{this moment}

by | Jun 8, 2018 | Baby "Grace", Precious Moments: 08 | 11 comments

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Our baby girl… Oh, how I love her! When she wakes up (probably in an hour or so, since that’s about as long as she will sleep at a time) she will be a year old… What a year it has been!

I can’t think back to the week she was born without fighting anxiety… my father-in-law passed away June 6th, I went (back) into labor June 7th, she arrived at 1:56 AM on June 8th, and my husband and our five oldest children all left on June 9th to travel to the out-of-state funeral while she and I were still in the hospital.

Since then it has been a hard year for so many reasons, including almost losing her to an ALTE when she was a couple months old, but God is so good and has sent us so many graces along with the little crosses and struggles.  Grace upon grace upon grace. 
I can’t imagine our family without her and I am so excited and grateful to celebrate her first birthday!  

She still smiles when she sleeps  ❤

Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, pray for us!


  1. Penelope

    I can’t wait to see all of the photos of her birthday celebration! God bless you all!

    2018-06-08 14:33:22

  2. jbc2789

    She is a beauty! Happy Birthday to your sweet little one-wishing you all a blessed day!

    2018-06-08 15:20:35

  3. travellingwith8

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful moments of your beautiful little daughter. I find such hope in reading these wonderful snippets of her life. God Bless you, so inspiring the way you are so generous and loving to your family with the grace of God. Thanks be to God for this wonderful treasure. I am so inspired by your blog and have learnt so much for raising my own little family on the other side of the world.

    2018-06-08 15:56:58

  4. Joy Young

    Every blessing and grace to her, you and your family. She is truly blessed to come into such a loving Faith filled home with loving arms and hearts awaiting her. God bless you for giving her everything she needs but especially our Catholic Faith.

    2018-06-08 16:07:44

  5. Jennifer

    It seems like just yesterday that your beautiful daughter was born. Happy Birthday little Grace!

    2018-06-08 16:10:04

  6. Marion

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACE You are a special baby girl. Blessings and all good things for you. Marion

    2018-06-08 19:33:22

  7. Joan

    WOW Grace ,you are 1 today. You are a blessing to your family. God Bless you on your birthday. Joan

    2018-06-08 19:36:30

  8. Marilyn

    Wishing you a day of fun and a year of blessings. Grace you have grown so much and you are a beautiful baby. God Bless you and have a HAPPY,BLESSED BIRTHDAY. May your day be as special as you are. Marilyn

    2018-06-08 19:40:06

  9. Melanie Vogel

    Im sure i read your post back then…but now i read it holding my own 2 month old…she also has reflux, also a tiny baby girl (8'11 at her 2 month check up) and it makes my stomach churn. <3 So glad to see her healthy and happy.

    2018-06-08 21:08:39

  10. Debbie

    Blessed Birthday greetings to your very special precious baby girl…Oh my one year old already. She is a beautiful child. I love her adorable smile as she sleeps…as my dearest Mom always says "babies are playing with angels in heaven when they smile in their sleep"…You capture your precious children in photos so wonderfully Jessica!

    2018-06-11 16:37:17

  11. Maria

    Jessica, I'm sure you already know this, but the Irish say when a baby smiles in her sleep, the angels are whispering in her ear. She's a wee darlin'! 😉

    2018-06-09 13:11:55


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prayer of Mothers

Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.

Our Family

Sean & Jessica, Captain-23, Ranger-22, Twinkle Toes-20, Chiquita-18, Snuggles-16, Rose-14, Bud-12, Grace-6 and Joy-4 (blog nicknames)

A Little About Me

Hi! I'm Jessica, a Roman Catholic wife and home educating mother to our nine children. I was home educated myself, along with my eleven younger siblings. I have a special devotion to St. Therese, through whom I have been given much help and many blessings--the beautiful "Shower of Roses" that she has sent my way! Here I will record a few of the blessings I treasure. Please remember that what you see here is just a little glimpse at our lives, so please say a prayer for us, as we continue to strive for holiness.

My Other Blog: Catholic Cuisine

Please Visit My Sponsors…

This Week's Popular Posts

Shower of Roses Affiliate Links

All About Spelling
All About Reading
All About Reading Pre-reading
All About Reading Giveaways
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Our Advent & Christmas Books

Shower of Roses Christmas Gift Guides

Looking for Something?

Looking Back

  • 2024 (5)
  • 2023 (30)
  • 2022 (48)
  • 2021 (48)
  • 2020 (57)
  • 2019 (61)
  • 2018 (90)
  • 2017 (128)
  • 2016 (148)
  • 2015 (172)
  • 2014 (227)
  • 2013 (238)
  • 2012 (308)
  • 2011 (297)
  • 2010 (313)
  • 2009 (486)
  • 2008 (564)
  • 2007 (148)