Nora’s First Birthday


Today is Nora’s first birthday! The day was absolutely perfect, rain and all. We celebrated Nora’s big day at the Lichgate Cottage which is a beautiful piece of preserved land that was saved by a wonderful group of local people. It was the perfect place to celebrate since both Lichgate and Nora were both given second chances. We could never have hoped for a more joyous day. This time last year it was a distant dream to be in such a happy place on Nora’s first birthday, especially TPN free. Nora has been off TPN for seven days and is doing great and she is more active than ever.

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Lichgate Cottage


Nora napping with Grammy inside the cottage before the party.


Nora rested up and changed into her party dress is ready for her grand entrance! Thankfully she was not apprehensive at all about going back into the cottage full of people after having gotten quite upset when she awoke from her nap in a room with lots of people.

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Nora walked around happily greeting her guests before heading outside during a short break in the rain for cake and presents under the oak tree. (Thankfully Nora didn’t know the difference between birthday cake and rice and squash.) :)

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Nora was surrounded by many friends and family on her big day. The day was extra special with Dr. Crooms there to celebrate. We can never thank him enough for giving Nora the chance to show us that her life force is stronger than medical logic. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by so much love and support from near and far. The love surrounding Nora has allowed her to stay strong and beat the odds. Thank you to everyone who has shown our famiy so much love and support during Nora’s first year.

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3 Responses to “Nora’s First Birthday”

  1. Aunt Jenn Says:

    HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY NORA!!!!!!!
    What amazing accomplishments in just one year!
    We were so sad that we weren’t able to attend such a very special milestone so we’ll have to make it up when we are in Florida in a few weeks!
    We love you very much!
    Aunt Jenn, Uncle Chad & Marin

  2. Maruska Family Says:

    Happy Birthday, Nora! You look great and we are happy to hear of your successes.

  3. Emily and the ky crew Says:

    we are all so happy to see and hear about Nora doing so well, we all love you so much!

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