On Wednesday we finally celebrated Theodore’s first birthday. When planning his party, we thought what better day to celebrate than McHappy Day? On this day, proceeds support the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that has been invaluable in our family’s life during both Theo’s hospital stay these last few months and my nephew Luke’s hospital stay a few years ago. This way, we could spend the day with the many people who love Theo while giving back to a great cause.
Surrounded by family and friends at a nearby McDonalds, we feasted on burgers (a Big Mac challenge may have occurred), enjoyed face paintings and celebrated our little man’s belated first birthday. An incredible superman birthday cake was also provided by Icing Smiles Canada, a nonprofit organization that provides custom cakes to families whose child is impacted by a critical illness. Friends and family members, who weren’t able to make the drive up, also celebrated with us back at home.
The pictures are a testament to how special the day was but I will say that when it came time to sing Happy Birthday, I looked up and saw the many loving faces who have been with us through this difficult journey every step of the way. Celebrating this milestone for Theo meant as much to us as it did to all of them and we wouldn’t have the strength to face each day without their support.
Happy Birthday Dear Theodore. As we sang these words, I couldn’t fight back the tears of pure happiness: I never thought this day would come and now I will forever hold it in my heart.
Today’s miracle is the perfect celebration of our sweet Theo’s first birthday and the wishing of many more to come..