Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Happy Birthday, Sammy!

Sammy, my man! You're nine years old.

I was reminiscing about your birth this weekend, as I'm sure most moms do on birthdays.  It's fun to see my random thoughts that I posted as I was getting closer and closer to your birth, and then the sweetness that came with having you here, on the outside, with us.

From the beginning, you were a laid back baby. Day one, I remember waking up from a nap to see you had awakened before me. Instead of crying to be fed or comforted, you were simply watching me, with your sweet eyes studying my face as I slept.

We really enjoy your quiet, contemplative nature. You're a typically happy kid. You're ever so sweet with younger children. You don't antagonize or often annoy older children. You're a good friend, a good brother to your siblings, and a dear son to your parents. We are so thankful that God planted you right in the middle of our crazy family. You're good for us!!

This year you've especially blossomed in your joy in learning and watching and growing. We may not always realize that you're even paying attention, but you commonly surprise us with what is going on in your head.

We've watched your eyes light up as you talk about the goodness of God, and we rejoice with you in this faith.  We pray that this next year is a huge blessing to you, that you will continue to grow in wisdom and stature, and that you will always delight in the profound simplicity of God's love for you.

We love you, SammySam, and we thank God for you. Happy, happy birthday!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Birthday, Talia!

You're two years old, Sweet Tally Girl.

Time has flashed by since you were our tiny baby girl, through infancy into toddlerhood to this point where your creative spunk and independent personality seem to be more and more developed each day.

You crack all of us up regularly, and you have each and every one of your siblings wrapped around your adorable fingers. I love seeing how your big brothers melt with your attention. And your big sisters have such delight in teaching you new things about your world.

You're a talker. You already use a few sentences comfortably. You're a singer, even making up your own tunes and words. And you have a few loyal obsessions -- doggie-oggie-oggies and GongGong (our Roombas) being your very favorite conversation pieces.

When we saw the meaning of your name, "Dew of Heaven," while you were still waiting to be born, I knew deep in my heart that Talia was the right name for you. As a family, we were in the thick of difficult times and the meaning with such a beautiful name was fitting in numerous ways. We had no clue at the time, though, when we named you, how many times Heaven would be almost touchable over the next couple of years.

Even in the midst of a season of countless losses, you have been a comfort, a joy, a delight to all of us. God created you beautifully, sweet child, and we are very, very thankful that you are ours. We love you so much and we pray that as you grow, you will know the deep, deep love of Jesus, and that you will delight in Him as He delights in you!

Happy, happy birthday, Sweet Girl!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Birthday, JJ!!

JJ!!

It's your birthday!!

You're five years old, and such a dear, precious gift from God.

You're (most often) cheerful, you're (always) sweet, and you love, love, love life and siblings and your Mom and Dad and your friends and everyone you know.

You're tender and sweet with your baby sisters, and you give your Mama so many sweet cuddles, often rubbing my tummy and daydreaming about "Baby TinTin." And daily since I was about four months pregnant, you ask me, "How many more days until Baby TinTin comes out??"

You're an easy kid, you go with the flow, and you love to learn and grow. You've really enjoyed your preschool communications class this year, and we've seen you progress with leaps and bounds.

We're very much looking forward to seeing what this next year holds for you, sweet son -- including Kindergarten!!

Happy, happy birthday, JJ! We thank God for you!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Birthday, Selah!

A full decade has passed since the evening you were born. I know your dad has fond memories of "the perfect birth." I do, too. Of course, I usually just tell the story of how you yelled so loud that the midwife came running -- sure that I had dropped you -- though your meal had just temporarily been interrupted.

I guess being loud is in your genes.

But with your loud, there's adventure. There's love for life. There's tenderness with younger siblings. There's a love for creation and beauty and fashion. Maybe not so much of a love for order, but there's a love for baking and cooking and anything else that might distract you from math (though you are quite good at that, too).

And we love you, sweet Selah. We are so thankful that God created you -- so beautifully -- and fit you so perfectly into our family. He knew what He was doing when He made you, as He always does. And we can see glimpses of that handiwork. We're so very thankful for His love expressed to us, in gifting you to us!

And we pray that your year will be blessed and your youthful enthusiasm for life will flourish. We pray that as you grow in wisdom and stature, you'll also grow in love and grace and mercy and righteousness. And we pray, as always, that you will know ever more fully the deep, abiding love that God has for you!

Happy, happy birthday, Sweet Girl!