One Year—The Best is Yet to Be

Hey hive, long time!

I meant to come back after my recaps and do some series posts and a budget breakdown, but the day after my final post went up, I got a phone call that I was being induced two weeks early. Baby Lyre arrived nine days before he was due, and this is the first time I’ve blogged since!

A year ago today, on an unseasonably warm winter day, Mr. Ly and I stood in front of our family and friends, committed to spend our lives together, then threw the most incredible party to celebrate our love. Our first anniversary marks just the beginning of our journey together, and it passed in a blink of eye.

Some of my favorite memories from the day:

All wedding photos by Mike Landis Photographer


The teaser—first picture we got from our photographer—still one of my favorites


The laughs we had while taking our portraits


An empty Broad Street made the perfect backdrop for our quintessential Philadelphia photos


Spending some girl time with my lovely ladies at the Art Museum


Poor shoe choices led to painful, yet lovely, pictures


Our traditional Jewish ceremony


First married kiss


Our first dance


Toasting our marriage


Lovely night photos as our reception wound down

But as lovely as our night was, none of this can really compare to what was to come six months after our wedding, when we were blessed with the birth of our baby boy.


Baby Lyre—three days old / Erica Haller Photography


Superhero Baby Lyre / personal photos

I wish that I could tell you I had some great insight on marriage, or parenting, but really we are still figuring it all out ourselves. We laugh, we cry (sometimes for good, sometimes for sad), and we know that we’ll make it through whatever life hands us as long as we’re together.

So our family of two became three, and my life has been filled with this goofy, sweet, smiley baby boy ever since. Mr. Ly is an amazing dad, and seeing him with our son only reinforces my love for him everyday. However, motherhood has been both the most rewarding and trying role I’ve ever had in my life and I wouldn’t have made it these six months without the July mamas from the Weddingbee boards. Like the friends I’ve made through blogging, the July mamas have been my support system during long sleepless nights, through milestones and worries, and there is no question or comment I couldn’t bring to this small but supportive community. We have formed true friendships, though we may never meet in person, and Weddingbee continues to contribute to my life in ways I never anticipated when I first set out to blog here. I am so grateful for the friendships I’ve made, for the community I’ve been welcomed into. Thank you for letting me share my wedding with you, and my life’s greatest moments along the way.

The Lyres—Kel Murphy Photography

One year down, and a lifetime to go.


Mrs. Lyre

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January 2013
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  1. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:29 am

    Congratulations Lyres!! Baby Lyre is such a cutie!

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:46 am

    Happy Anniversary, Date Twin, and congratulations on Baby Lyre, he’s perfection! (And I’m obsessed that you took his monthly pictures in different comicbook onsesies)

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:00 am

    Happy Anniversary, Lyres! You guys look great, what a lovely family you are! I was scrolling down all like “come on, give me a baby picture!” and you did not disappoint haha! He’s such a cutie and I love the superheros every month!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 am

    Happy Anniversary, Lyre family!! What a sweet little guy, love those dimples!!

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    mrscvsomeday 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:24 am

    Happy anniversary, and congratulations on Superhero baby Lyre! SO cute!

  6. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 7:11 am

    Congrats on everything! Baby Lyre is adorable!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:21 am

    Oh my goodness, that picture of you three is adorable! Happy anniversary, happy little Lyre family! :)

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:35 am

    What a cutie pie!

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    lolo0113 381 posts, Helper bee @ 8:09 am

    I’ve been waiting for an update that includes baby Lyre! Congratulations!! He’s adorable. :-)

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:36 am

    So happy to see you back (Philly brides represent)! Happy Anniversary and congratulations! :)

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 8:57 am

    Baby Lyre is ADORABLE! Congratulations on your first anniversary!

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    ilovestripes 376 posts, Helper bee @ 10:19 am

    What a beautiful update. Happy anniversary to you and your awesome hubby.

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:46 am

    Happy Anniversary, Lyres! I love the collage of Superhero Baby Lyre! Thanks for the update!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 11:57 am

    Mrs. Lyre, your baby is adorable! Loved the superhero pics!
    Also, I love your new hair color, you look beautiful and your family looks so happy!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:49 pm

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Thanks, Mrs. W! We think he’s pretty cute, too! 😉
    @BookishBelle: Happy Anniversary to you! And thank you! We were going to just alternate every month between Superman and Batman at first, but then we decided to try and see how many superheroes we can do!
    @Miss Pyramid: Thank you, thank you! And I wouldn’t dream of posting an update without a picture of Baby L. :)

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:51 pm

    @Mrs. Jet Setter, MrsCVsomeday, Mrs. Bicycle, Blonde17Jess, Mrs. Bracelet: Thank you all! We are very blessed!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    @LoLo0113: Sorry it took so long! I wanted to give Baby Lyre a proper introduction! :)
    @Miss Wellies: Thank you! And, Yay, Philly brides!
    @bridesmomma: Thank you so much!
    @ilovestripes: Thanks dear, big hugs from the Lyres to you, N, & A! xo

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:59 pm

    @MissGoldFish: Thank you!
    @cosmo_gmr: Thanks! My hair color hasn’t changed, but glad to hear it looks good! (I think I had it cut and blown out that day, so that probably helped!) :)

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 6:15 pm

    Congratulations! It’s great seeing your family and knowing that you’re doing well. Love those superhero pics of Baby Lyre!

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    Mrs. Filly 64 posts, Worker bee @ 1:58 am

    Happy anniversary, and congratulations on the little one! Sounds like you guys have been keeping busy over the past year :)

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:29 am

    Happy anniversary Lyre! I love those little superhero outfits, they are just too sweet. You have such a beautiful family, so happy to see everyone is doing well! Congratulations!!

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    saltedcaramel 1426 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    So glad you updated! Baby Lyre is so adorable (and I agree with PPs, your hair looks fantastic in that last shot)!!

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    nightcheese 1836 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:16 am

    oh my gosh he is just so precious. congratulations!!!

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    kellis 54 posts, Worker bee @ 11:04 am

    I love, love, love your super hero baby pics! OH MY CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!! Happy 1 year!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:34 pm

    Happy anniversary, Lyres! What a great year it’s been, and what a perfect, happy baby you guys have. Love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:24 am

    So happy for you!!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:15 am

    Ahhhh Baby Lyre sighting! <3 Too cute. Happy Anniversary, Lyres. xo

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    Julia, Guest @ 10:00 am

    Congratulations! Such a gorgeous baby

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:59 pm

    A (very, very) late happy anniversary! Baby Lyre is the cutest!

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    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 6:51 pm

    Thanks so much for checking back in! Glad to see you again and your little guy is adorable! Happy one year and hope for many more years of happiness :)

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    Leslie, Guest @ 6:53 pm

    Absolutely love the super hero onesies! Do you mind sharing where you got them?

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