I can’t deny it any longer…my baby is one.

The time since Jaylen was born has passed entirely too fast. We continue to feel blessed with the fact that our little guy is doing quite well and has filled our family with more love than we imagined was possible. His birthday was a memorable milestone where I found myself reflecting on how much he’s grown this past year.

Jaylen's first year

We decided that we’d hold off on having an actual birthday party, knowing Hope has a birthday coming up right around the corner. We still did something small to help recognize his special day. Here are a few highlights from today:

Hope & Jaylen playing early in the day.
happy kids

Hope decorated balloons for her little brother.
balloons decorated by Hope

Hope even made a card to accompany the gift she helped pick out for Jaylen. She’s so sweet to her brother. She wrote:

on the front: Happy Birthday Jaylen – you are a cool bro

on the inside:
I wish you were still little Jaylen but the time has come you were so cute now you are one I love you so much I love you
love Hope to: Jaylen xoxoxoxoxox kisses hugs

you are a cool bro...

Jaylen enjoyed opening his gifts.
opening gifts...

We sang happy birthday to him, he seemed to enjoy it.
Happy birthday to Jaylen!

Of course he loved the cake. He wasn’t so sure what to do at first, but in the end he enjoyed it so much that at one point he was even shaking to reach for it.

So as I reflect on this past year and wished there was a way to freeze time to keep some of the moments from ending, I now instead smile…knowing many great memories are ahead.

Here’s to you little guy…Happy Birthday Jaylen!

If you would like to see photos of Jaylen from the past year you can check them out in flickr.

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October 13, 2008 - 2:17 am

k. simari - awwwwwww! omg he is so cute! it is amazing how fast it happens!! I love the selection of pictures. awww! he is such a cutie.

October 13, 2008 - 7:08 am

Meg - Too sweet! Thanks for sharing him with us Kern Family!
Happy Birthday Jaylen!

October 13, 2008 - 8:22 am

Dennis santspree - Happy First Jaylen!

October 13, 2008 - 8:25 am

kristy pennino - he’s having his cake and eating it, too! happy birthday, jaylen. :-)

October 13, 2008 - 8:40 am

Mandy Bee - Time flies! Such cute cute pictures! Happy Birthday, Jaylen!

October 13, 2008 - 9:09 am

Kenny - YAY! That is awesome! Congratulations and Happy Birthday Jaylen!

October 13, 2008 - 12:36 pm

JT Sodaro - He is so cute!!! GIve him a big hug and kiss for me!! Happy Birthday Jaylen!!!

October 13, 2008 - 1:16 pm

Uncle Volker - Jaylen is just too cool. He doesn’t let anything get him unraveled. Congrats.

October 13, 2008 - 2:39 pm

Phyllis Hanson - It’s the big ONE! Where did this year go? Seems like I was just clicking on his delivery photos. ;o)

LOVE Hopes typography on the balloon. Priceless!

October 13, 2008 - 2:41 pm

Starla - Happy Birthday Jaylen. I thought his birthday is October 14. Same as my mom!! I can’t believe it’s been a year!! He is getting so big…. YEah!!!

October 13, 2008 - 4:21 pm

Erica - Serious case of the cutes, your kids!

October 13, 2008 - 9:34 pm

Gampfer’s - What a beautiful web page. He is so cute and looks just like his daddy! Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

October 13, 2008 - 11:52 pm

Lorena - wow.. 1 year already, time does fly.
Happy happy bday Jaylen.. he is soo cute. :)

October 14, 2008 - 5:34 pm

Aunt Terri - Happy Birthday Jaylen! I wish I was there to be at your party. I love you. ~Aunt Terri

October 20, 2008 - 5:27 am

Michelle - looks like he had a wonderful day!
he’s growing up so fast – he’ll be two before you know it!

October 20, 2008 - 10:19 pm

shannon - Happy Birthday!
I love the photo collage!

October 26, 2008 - 5:33 pm

Joe Saraceno - hi, love your book! I’m wondering if you can help me; I made a book with blurb but didn’t like the templates available in booksmart. If I create my own text and image layouts in photoshop, how do you import them into book form in booksmart?

Thank you,


November 2, 2008 - 11:27 am

Tanya - I can’t believe he is growing up so fast. As I had said a while back in a e-mail it just seemed like yesterday I was holding him as a newborn!. I sure wish I was healthier and in a better condition with the job situation etc that I could have been down there. I sure do miss them. I look at the pictures and hear their giggles and wish I was there. It makes me happy and sad. Hopefully things will turn around fast. Give them both hugs and kisses from me and Ashley and tell them that we love them and wish we could be there. Love you guys!

February 14, 2020 - 2:45 pm

Katteseng - I’m doing a project about spectators and am trying to find peoples opinions and feelings from the olympics (whether watching it in beijing or on the tv).. . I searched technorati for “olympics” and there are sooo many results that are much more recent and come up first, but aren’t what I’m looking for, I can’t work out how to filter out ones from the games…. . Anyone know how I can do a search for blog posts tagged olympics in say the month of August..

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