Happy ninth birthday, Ava Kate!

Born on a cold and snowy morning in Wisconsin, our firstborn spent five days in the NICU as she recovered from a hole in her lung. She hasn’t let us rest since, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our determined, smart little girl has made sure the past nine years have been filled with sleepless nights, challenging days and endless amounts of laughter.

Thanks, sweet Ava Kate, for teaching us how to be parents. We love you so much.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Such a fun collection of photos! We love you, Ava Kate. Have a great 9th birthday!

  2. Posted by Karyl on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Ava!!! I love the photos – you were and still are so beautiful!!

  3. Posted by Gramma Great on March 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Happy 9th Birthday Ava from Grampa and Gramma Great! Thanks to your Mom for the photos–those years have flown by. We love you very, very much!

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