Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to my babies!

Dear Pius, Forrest, Danna and Laine,

I can't believe one year has already come and gone with you four AMAZING blessings in our lives. You will never know how much joy and peace (even in the utter chaos) that your presences have instilled in my soul. You were each made so uniquely different and wonderful by God and there isn't a prayer of Thanksgiving that is long enough, elaborate enough, or even remotely sufficient to express our gratitude to Him. He gave us ALL we asked for and MORE.

My sweet babies.....you were SO worth the wait, the heartache, and the heartbreak that we went through to get you! Each one of you is always on my mind and will inevitably bring a smile to my face, even if you did just throw a tantrum royale. I love you from the tops of your heads to the very tips of your toenails, that probably need trimmed. You help make me into the human being that I want to be.

I love you forever and hope you have a GREAT FIRST BIRTHDAY! You are my sunshines, my pride and my joy.

Love,
Mama

37 comments:

Tubre Quads said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIUS, FORREST, DANNA & LAINE! You are still my 2nd favorite set of quads and uber adorable too! Keep throwing fits as often as possible. It will keep your mama and papa on their toes :) I am so proud of you and your progress this year. You guys and gal ROCK!

We Love You,
Aunt Jac, Uncle Torey, Abbey (XOXO Laine), Tyger (XOXO Danna), Cullen (What's up my buddy Pius?), & Emma (XOXO Forrest)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Babies!
Wow! Time flys. They are more beautiful every day. What a fantastic job both of you along with your families have done. Billy and Moni, you need to write a book.
Congratulations!
Debbie

Charity Donovan said...

HaPpY FIRST BiRtHdAy to Pius, Forrest, Danna & Laine! It's been a pleasure to watch you all grow into such sweet & hilariously fun babies this last year! Have a fabulous FIRST Birthday!
Love & Hugs from the Donovan Clan!!!

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday!!!!
Happy Birthday!!!!
Happy Birthday!!!!
Happy Birthday!!!!
What a beautiful birthday message Monica! Times flies after 1 so enjoy every moment while they are still little. Before you know it you'll be celebrating their 3rd and 4th birthday and it will feel like they should still just be 1 or2. Love and kisses to all 4 of you--Andrea

Suzanne said...

Happy Haaaaaappy Birthday Graf Babies!!! SO many people around the world love you and you don't even know it. You have amazing parents who would give the world for you. We pray that you continue to grow and develop and become compassionate little people. Have a wonderful second year of life!!!

The Steece Quads

Ashley Dave and Lexi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIUS, FORREST, DANNA AND LAINE! Hope you have a great day today and I hope to see you Saturday!

KelNosz said...

Awww, you made me get all choked up at work! What a sweet tribute to your little cuties. It's been fun reading about your family over the last year and a half. Your humor is much appreciated, as well. :)

Happy Birthday Pius! Happy Birthday Forrest! Happy Birthday Danna! Happy Birthday Laine!

Kellie N.
Ohio

Misty said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!! What a beautiful post. You are such a good mommy!
I hope allof your birthday celebrations are a blast!
Love ya,
Misty

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Laine, Danna, Pius,
and Forrest!

Monica, I am a friend of Jaclyn's (she may call me something different!!). There are (8) little beings on the face of this earth blessed with infinite love and opportunity. Your posting was beautiful. Many years from now, these kids will appreciate the gift of a lifetime...Your hearts-documented.
Personally, I thank God continuously for young people like you...so full of gratitude and life. It always lifts my spirits and solidifies my prayers for GOOD.

God Bless you and Billy and your entire family - Have a wonderful year.

Karla

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY PIUS, FORREST, DANNA & LAINE!!!!!!!!!!

Stacy

Stephanie said...

Happy 1st Birthday Pius, Forrest, Danna and Laine!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pius
Happy Birthday Forrest
Happy Birthday Danna
Happy Birthday Laine
Congratulations Billy & Monica for making it through the 1st year!!
It seems like yesterday I was watching your blog for news of the big event. Thanksgiving around your house is going to be awsome!
Love,
Rosie

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday beautiful ones!
Lana

Andria said...

Well written Moni!

Happy Birthday to each of you! I've enjoyed watching you grow since inside your mommy's tummy. You are such miracles in the eyes of many!

Kami Lambe said...

Happy Birthday Pius, Forrest, Danna & Laine! Hope you all have a wonderful day and a great celebration this weekend!
Love,
Kami, Nick and the four little Lambes

Hilary said...

Wow!! Happy 1st birthday guys!!! It's been a great ride..thanks for taking us along :) Enjoy your cake

Anonymous said...

You know..........it's ME!!! :) Can ya guess?!?! ha!

I know I know, it took me over a year to post a comment but what better time to do that than to wish your beee-aUUtiful kids a happy FIRST birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful, blessed, fun-filled day!!

Monica your blog has always been and continues to be THE BEST THING EVER!! Thank you so much for sharing your lives worldwide!! You have touched many in more ways than one!! Keep up the great work - you guys are amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pius!

Love your favorite uncle and Godfather,

Ryno

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot about Danna, Laine, and the holy terror... you know who I am talking bout.

Yes its you FO!

Did you seriously think I would forget about you three?

Come on now!

Much Love to you all!
Your favorite uncle!
Ryno

HansonTriplets said...

Happy Birthday sweet babies! I have enjoyed so much watching them grow up this year through this blog. You are all truly amazing and adorable. We can't wait to see you for your birthday party.

Rachel Haag said...

Happy Birthday little ones! Can't wait for this weekend to party it up with you guys!
Moni -- GREAT post...they better appreciate it when they are older!
Love you guys!
Aunt RayRay

Trisha said...

Happy Birthday Pius, Forrest, Danna, and Laine! Congratulations Moni and Billy, you guys made it through the 1st year. It has been wonderful watching you lil' munchkins grow and become your own individuals. I am excited to see what you will show us this year. Moni, you haven't lost your touch on makin everyone all teary eyed.

Love you guys,
Trish

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pius, love the fun days of making "eyes" with you even with grass hanging out of your mouth.

Happy Birthday Forrest, yes that really is your name not any of those other names you might get called before you break out that big beautiful snaggle tooth smile.

Happy Birthday Danna, you make me feel so special when our serious always watchful and thoughtful princess lights up with a smile and crawls over for some cuddling.

Happy Birthday Laine, what excitement you have shared with me as you learn to stand solo or with a block in hand. I'll always remember the thrill you got out of learning your new tricks. Was that really a step I saw this week?

Monica and Billy, what can be said except, you two are amazing!!

Lots of Love, Melody

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pius, Forrest, Laine, and Danna!!! I can't wait to see all of you on Saturday!

Your tallest friend,
Frank the Tank

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIUS, FORREST, DANNA AND LAINE! Hope you have a great day today and we look forward to celebrating with you on Sat. Billy and Monica you are doing an awesome job with the quads.
Love
Ross and Brenda

The Carlsons said...

happy sweet 1st birthday pius, forrest, danna and laine!!!! you four are such sweeties and you have an awesome mama and dad. praying your birthday celebrations are memorable and that God continues to grow and build you up!

-fellow quad mom of GGGG and a 4yo boy

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday babies!!! Love you guys~ Alyssa Roberts

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Danna, Laine, Pius, Forrest! It has been awesome watching you all grow over the past year! I'm sure the videos will keep getting better and better. Hope you are ready for some birthday cake on Saturday! Yummo!
Mallory

jag said...

I wish you the happiest of birthdays baby Grafs! Moni, your post was so sweet. The love you have for your babies radiates. You are such a wonderful mother! Looking forward to the birthday pics.

Love,
Jenna and Nuggets

EMO said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Birthday! That was a very nice post Monica. It got me teary eyed. Now I would like to hear Billy's version.

Anonymous said...

my goodness that was such a sweet blog! definitely got the tears going! i know everyone has already said it but its CRAZY that it has already been a year! love you all (yes all six) you have meant so much to me and i wouldn't give up any tuesday night not even the worst hour and a half of my life on that last plane ride home frosty!!! =)

love
-ashlyn

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday a day late!!! Can't believe its been a year already! See you all on saturday.

Love,
A.J. and Austin
a.k.a. Danna's proud Godfather

Anonymous said...

From one Phoenician transplant to 4 originals – HAPPY B-DAY!!!!
- MM

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday munchkins, where has the year gone,it passed so quickly. That was a wonderful tribute to the quads Monica. You have grown up so fast even though I have gotten to see you fairly often, each time you are doing more things and more enjoyable. Mom and Dad have done a wonderful job keeping all of us in your lives. I hope you have a fun birthday party. Love you all Aunt Laverna

Anonymous said...

FWGNFL Says..............

Happy Birthday to the my favorite
foursome.

Wish I could be there.

The Murray Crew said...

Congrats Graf Fam! You've survived the craziest roller coaster on the planet (including jaw dropping, endless screams, drops, vomit, and surprise endings), and you're still smiling! So glad to have your fam as friends along this journey. We are blessed by your friendship. Enjoy this weekend of celebration and give Jac a hug from Hoosier Mama (after she washes the swamp skum off, of course).

Hugs to All,
Jen and The Crew

Monica said...

Hi Monica- Billy's cousin Erin gave me your blog, I love reading other people's blogs. Your kiddos are so precious, what a blessing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I bet it has been such an amazing year for your family. Aaron and I have a ten-month old little girl, Gemma...she is such a joy. Isn't being a mom the best?! God bless!!