The Party {Her First Birthday Celebration}

Gathered in our humble backyard, we celebrated your first year in our world; the triumphs and the tears, the laughter and love.  At no time could we have envisaged, one year ago, just how very much you would change our lives and our hearts, forevermore.  Never have we known a love like this; both for you, darling girl and for one another. Often, we sit and we watch you, mesmerised and in complete awe; our fingers interlaced, our souls even more so. As our eyes meet, no words are needed. Glistening with pride and pure adoration for everything you are and everything you have become, we still cannot fathom that our love, our bond, our unity has ensued your creation; your emergence into the world. You were meant for us, of that I am eternally certain.

Sage, you have touched my truest, deepest core. Each smile, each sigh, each movement, each breath - if only to capture each one to relive when you’re grown. I will be forever by your side, embracing you hand, whispering of my enduring love. All that is within me is for you.

I carry your heart with me {I carry it in my heart}
I am never without it {anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling}
I fear no fate {for you are my fate, my sweet}
I want no world {for beautiful you are my world, my true}
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
{Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide}
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart {I carry it in my heart}

By E. E. Cummings

Sage's birthday images were captured by the incredibly talented Naomi Fenton of Look See by Naomi Fenton. I met gorgeous Naomi whilst attending The Nursery workshop hosted by Tim Coulson last year and her eye for exquisite beauty and design is truly impeccable. Naomi's images are currently being recognised though various state-wide exhibitions and her Pinterest board is a force to be reckoned with! Check her out - she is amazing.


  1. What a beautiful, gentle day to celebrate your angel! Wee Sage will treasure these images and her Mumma's words even more so in years to come...as will her babies. It makes me feel so at peace to know there is so many children in beautiful homes like yours who are adored by such wonderful parents as yourselves. Beautiful x x

  2. Such a wonders. It IS so wonderful to see all these pictures and the flowing of love coming from you as parents. The little landmarks such as birthdays of our littles always seem like my own special sort of Christmas: my celebration of the gifts I have been given by them. Enjoy your weekend.xxoo

  3. What a perfect idea for a birthday. It looks like the perfect day and each of these pictures captured a special moment, I especially like the one where she is removing the crown from her tiny head. I can imagine a baby doing that, it's very cute. Thank you for sharing this special day with us. Gorgeous images, gorgeous girl.
    Bella xx

  4. That poem always brings a tear to my eye... A beautiful day had for your darling Sage :) Anna you did a wonderful job with planning the gorgeous event. The photograph bunting is just precious...

    Sophie xo

  5. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Anna - you really are too too kind! It was just wonderful to share her special day with you guys! xx

  6. Oh my! What beautiful memories Naomi has captured. You created such a gorgeous celebration for your darling Sage and won't she know it in the years to come when she can pour over these images accompanied by such heartfelt words. I see a familiar princess in pink making ice creams in the tee pee......what a fun day full of love and happiness! Xxxx

  7. amazing party and beautiful details. love her name! hope you all had an amazing time

  8. Little Sage is so blessed to have such wonderful parents as you two. Her party was absolutely perfect, simple and sweet. It's amazing how much love we are capable of - something I never even imagined until after I had children. Wishing you lots of relaxing, joyous birthday afterglow together x

  9. What a beautiful day. So much love surrounds dear sweet Sage. It obvious from reading your blog and more so from the beautiful birthday images above. Happy Birthday Sage. Anna you did an amazing job! xo

  10. i am so glad i found your blog this week via the project 52 link, its beautiful. what beautiful photos of such a special day too, sage is a very lucky little girl. looking forward to following along x
    ps off to check out your pinterest boards!


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