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Just wanted to dedicate this post to my one and only niece, Joy, on her 1st birthday! 

Dearest Joy,

One year ago today, I just happened to be in California for work.  I was with my coworkers playing Bocce ball on the beach when I got the message you were born!  Little did you (or your Mom and Dad) know that I’d see you that evening and get to hold you in my arms.  You were a sweet, tiny, little soul with the cutest face I ever did see.  I held you close to my belly so Austin could feel his first girl cousin next to him.  :)  I was able to get a glimpse of newborn life just 4 months before I was about to have my own.  I’ll always thank you for giving me that opportunity to learn how to swaddle, change a diaper, and hold a tiny little one.  I look forward to the future where I can help shape you into a beautiful, sweet, amazing, caring young woman that I know you one day will be.  And most of all, I sure hope you love shopping… because Auntie Sandy will be the first person you can reach out to when you need some retail therapy.  :)  Can’t wait to see you again later this year!



30 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    hehe. happy birthday, little joy! these pics are so precious!

    p.s. love the part that you’ll be there for retail therapy purposes – hahah! i’m totally gonna be that kind of aunt, too! ;)

  2. Darby
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    OMG Joy is TOO cute for words!!!!
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously Obsessed 

  3. cassidy
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    These pics are sooo adorable!

  4. jenny
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    oh my goodness~~~ you totally made me cry! happy happy tears. you are the best auntie ever. thanks so much for loving joy so much! she has such an amazing auntie to always look up to. what a wonderful surprise and a perfect way to start off joy’s birthday. love you times a million~ my beautiful wonderful caring little sis!!!

  5. Lindsey
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Awe, cute post. I know it’s a long ways off but I’m looking forward to my brothers and their future wives giving me cute nieces and nephews. :)


  6. Sharon
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Happy birthday, Joy! She is such a cutie pie! I love the photo with the bunny ears :)

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  7. Kathleen
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Aww your niece is absolutely adorable! She’s lucky to have an aunt like you

  8. caroline k
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    love joy and family!!! started reading your blog through jenny :) can’t believe a year has gone by already! what a beautiful auntie post!!

  9. Miss Emily K
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Joy is so cute :) Very nice post Sandy!

  10. Neris
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    omg, these photos just made my day! TOO cute! happy birthday to Joy!


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  11. Ms. Megan
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    aaawwww!! Happy Birthday to sweet little Joy!! She is so precious! xo

  12. McKinley {Haolepinos}
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    How cute are all of these pictures!!! Seriously!! What one darling little girl!!

  13. Stephanie
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    So cute! The one with the bunny ears is just precious!

  14. katherine
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    adorable :D these photos put a huge smile on my face

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  15. Vintage Danielle
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Aw, what a sweet letter to your niece, you’re such a great aunt.

  16. chantilly
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    she is soooo ridiculously cute!! i’m basically crying tears of cuteness. x

  17. yvonne
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    happy birthday little Joy!! I cant believeeeee that I just found out that you guys were related!! lol When I saw Jenny’s family pix and I was so shocked!!! lol I been following her on instagram and had no idea! :D

  18. Jennifer
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    So cute! You seem like a great aunt :)

    xo Jennifer


  19. shannon
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    She is precious! I love the “pure joy” picture. What a cute idea.


  20. Krysten
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    That one with her in the bunny ears put the biggest smile on my face! And I really needed that today!

  21. Jenny
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Your niece is just the sweetest thing! Happy first birthday to her. x


  22. thehautecookie
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    awe this post is so heartwarming and loving. Joy is so lucky to have you and M as an auntie and uncle. Argh i miss her and i miss joy so much. feels like forever since i held her in my arms. TIme flies to fast! I think we should tell J to have one more..ahem and you too!!!! ;)

  23. mindy harris
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    sandy, this is SO sweet. :)

  24. Mimi
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  25. Angeline
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    This is so sweet. Joy is so lucky to have such a great auntie!

  26. miny
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    Awww so so sweet!! I remember being so excited reading your email that you’ll be at the hospital. Time flies!

  27. lisacng
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    How cute is that photo with the dog and Joy both wearing bunny ears! Did you take these? Gorgeous!

  28. Daisy Nguyen
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    You’re making me want a baby! She’s so beautiful!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  29. Jessi
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Oh my goodness she is a DOLL. Happy birthday to your precious baby girl!


  30. Jenny
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    OMG, those are just the most adorable photos ever!!! LOVE the bunny ears! :)

    xo Jenny

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