at 7.

1. sleeps with Baby Bear

2. takes Jedi Training very seriously

3. curls into my lap during family prayer

4. eats Frosted Mini Wheats every morning and carefully turns each square sugar-side up

5. sings and dances with wild abandon

6. refuses fruit unless under great coercion

7. insists on a chapter of Harry Potter every night

And only mom is allowed to call him Gaby-baby.

7 is a year of tremendous growth; the transition year between little kid and big kid. So I wonder which of these will drop off the list before he turns 8?

But some things never change. He will always be my charming, beautiful, creative, angel Gabriel.

loving the sunflare here

Happy birthday, darling boy.

January 14, 2009
January 17, 2009



  1. Annie

    January 16, 2009

    What a loving, lovely tribute to your birthday boy! I love the Jedi paired with Baby Bear. Happy Birthday, Gabriel!

  2. GeorgiaBecksteads

    January 16, 2009

    I hope nothing drops off the list. Do they HAVE to grow up?!

  3. Claudia

    January 16, 2009

    Happy Birthday handsome boy! Hope you have a fantabulous Jedi party!

  4. Linn

    January 16, 2009

    So incredibly sweet! You are an amazing mom. And that is one darling boy! Happy Birthday Gabriel!

  5. Alyson (New England Living)

    January 16, 2009

    Happy birthday, Gabriel! You got some awesome shots!

  6. Brooke

    January 16, 2009

    i love it. i want to do this with luke now but know full well they won’t actually LOOK like this.

    hope you’re well…


  7. Heather

    January 16, 2009

    That light saber fighting while holding a teddy bear is so symbolic of that transition you mentioned from little kid to big kid. I love your photos. You are such a great mom of lots of kids to really spotlight them for their own individuality.

  8. m_and_m

    January 16, 2009


    Love the light saber in the light shot.

    And love shredded wheat, sunny-side up.

  9. Bonnie

    January 16, 2009

    Happy Birthday Gabe!!! I hope you have a wonderful year. And I love the sun flare picture especially, Michelle – though all your photos are fantastic!

  10. sarah

    January 16, 2009

    what a handsome 7 year old. It is sad when they start turning from little boy to big kid. Great pictures- my boys would fit right in especially at a Jedi party (great idea- you are too creative)
    awwwww…. I SO need to call you. Seems like the days are slipping by quicker and quicker as I try to get projects finished before this baby comes in hopefully less than 3 weeks. The 2 hour time difference also throws me off. BUT I WILL attempt today. Sorry for being a slacker in getting in touch. Hope life is good. Talk soon.

  11. Denise

    January 16, 2009

    So handsome. Can’t believe he’s already 7.

  12. martha corinna

    January 16, 2009

    Those pictures are so beautiful, he is so beautiful! I’m sure somewhere between 7&8 he will not want to be called beautiful.
    Michelle, I absolutely am in love with your blog, it is so(can I use the word beautiful one more time)beautiful!

  13. Mitchell Family

    January 17, 2009

    Happy Birthday Gabe!

  14. Jan Russell

    January 17, 2009

    He is such a beautiful boy!!! And #4 – I TOTALLY DO THAT TOO! Hope he had the best birthday ever!

  15. Jennk

    January 19, 2009

    Happy Birthday! What a sweet post. I love how you describe your children.

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