Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy First Birthday, Elle!

Our sweet little granddaughter Elle Marie Durham turns 1 year old today.  It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since her arrival.  I remember so well receiving a phone call from Sarah telling me that she was being admitted to the hospital.  Elle was a little early so we weren't quite expecting the call yet.   I ran to the airport, only to be told that all the planes were full after we'd had some cancellations and lots of people had been held over on standby.   What a helpless feeling!  Luckily, the kindhearted folks at Pen Air took pity on me after I stood there with tears in my eyes begging for a flight!  Whether they are supposed to do it or not, I feel pretty sure they bumped me to the top of the standby list and I was finally able to get out at 4 PM.    Elle was born while I was in the air somewhere on my way to Dallas, but I was able to see her when she was less than a day old.

The proud parents after bringing Elle home.

We were lucky enough to be able to meet up with Sarah, Miles and Elle in Colorado in August.   She had grown so much!

A cute family photo taken by Uncle David in the fall.

Elle with her cousins Aidan and Ally on our trip to Sedona in December.

What a big girl, learning to walk!  

Happy Birthday, Elle!  We wish we could have been there for your party and send lots of love your way.

AND  don't forget Random Acts of Kindness just because I did another post!  Notice I mentioned the folks at Pen Air doing something VERY nice for me!    


Anonymous said...

Look at those sparkling eyes! Beautiful. As is your apparent love for her.

Sarah Durham said...

Thanks mom! I cried reading it! I am so emotional...I can not believe my baby is one. We love and miss Gigi so much!!

Suzassippi said...

You have to admit those Rice-McHan genes produced some beautiful daughters who are now making beautiful children of their own. What a sweet post--makes me miss all of you so much. Texas seems like such a long time ago. "Tannie Suzie"

Bubbe said...

Very sweet! Elle is definitely adorable... AND very well loved.