Just wanted to dedicate this post to my one and only niece, Joy, on her 1st birthday!
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!
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! 😉
OMG Joy is TOO cute for words!!!!
These pics are sooo adorable!
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!!!
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. 🙂
Happy birthday, Joy! She is such a cutie pie! I love the photo with the bunny ears 🙂
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Aww your niece is absolutely adorable! She’s lucky to have an aunt like you
love joy and family!!! started reading your blog through jenny 🙂 can’t believe a year has gone by already! what a beautiful auntie post!!
Joy is so cute 🙂 Very nice post Sandy!
omg, these photos just made my day! TOO cute! happy birthday to Joy!
aaawwww!! Happy Birthday to sweet little Joy!! She is so precious! xo
How cute are all of these pictures!!! Seriously!! What one darling little girl!!
So cute! The one with the bunny ears is just precious!
adorable 😀 these photos put a huge smile on my face
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Aw, what a sweet letter to your niece, you’re such a great aunt.
she is soooo ridiculously cute!! i’m basically crying tears of cuteness. x
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! 😀
So cute! You seem like a great aunt 🙂
She is precious! I love the “pure joy” picture. What a cute idea.
That one with her in the bunny ears put the biggest smile on my face! And I really needed that today!
Your niece is just the sweetest thing! Happy first birthday to her. x
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!!!! 😉
sandy, this is SO sweet. 🙂
awwwww, she’s so pretty and so cute!!! happy birthday, joy! 😀
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This is so sweet. Joy is so lucky to have such a great auntie!
Awww so so sweet!! I remember being so excited reading your email that you’ll be at the hospital. Time flies!
How cute is that photo with the dog and Joy both wearing bunny ears! Did you take these? Gorgeous!
You’re making me want a baby! She’s so beautiful!
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Oh my goodness she is a DOLL. Happy birthday to your precious baby girl!
OMG, those are just the most adorable photos ever!!! LOVE the bunny ears! 🙂