Saturday, April 6, 2019

Happy Birthday, TallyGirl!

Oh, sweet, sweet girl.

What joy you bring to our hearts.

I don't know how many years it will take me to not get a bit weepy when I sit down to write your birthday post. But there's a special connection between a mother and her child on that child's birthday. As a mama, birthdays always bring back all the memories of not only that day the child was born, but the season of life.

And the season of life that you were born into, for me and for many others, was b
ittersweet. The meaning of your name, "dew of heaven" aptly describes you in that season, and some of the pictures that I hold dearest of all contain you as a newborn.

But all of that pondering is a bit heavy of a topic for our baby girl, who this day, turns three years old!!

Of course, your middle name is Joy. And you are that! You are a bundle of energy and a girl of many words and your eyes light up for "Molly dogs" and rubber duckies and princess dresses and Minnie Mouse. And according to your precious world, all flowers should belong to Mommy.

This year saw you become a big sister, and you wear that badge with honor and tenderness and delight. A few people were worried about how you would handle being a big sister, considering how happy you were with being the baby in the family. But you stepped right in to the role and it really looks good on you. Your baby brother adores you, too.

We love you, Sweet Baby Girl, and we hope and pray that you are very blessed this next year. It's looking good so far, as we're heading out soon to celebrate your "favorite Aunt Chair-tees" wedding!!

Happy, happy birthday, TallyShark!









Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Happy Birthday, JJ!

Our Sweet JJ. You're six years old. I've always said one of my favorite stages is "five year old boy syndrome." And it's true. Five has been really good on you. You're sweet, thoughtful, a little loud and boisterous, but typically super content to just be you. You love everyone and are super good to your mama and younger siblings.

You started kindergarten this year and you're flying now. You're definitely a boy and a bit rotten at that, but somehow, you get away with it. All I know is that everyone thinks you're pretty much perfect.

We're really so thankful that God put you in our family, JJ, and we hope and pray that you have a wonderful year. We pray that you always know how deep and wide and strong God's love for you is, and that you grow in that faith and trust more and more each year.

We love you, Son, and we hope you have a very happy birthday and an awesome year! Happy, happy birthday, J.J!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Selah Is Eleven!!

Sweet Selah, you're eleven. As I start to type this blog post, I glance at the clock, and eleven years ago this moment you were three minutes away from making your debut. You still hold the record for perfect birth stories, Girlie!

This year has been really good on you, Selah. You're definitely our extrovert, our entertainer, our goof ball. But this year has seen a sweet tenderness growing and maturing in you. We've loved watching you step up even more as a big sister to the little ones, your nurturing heart has been a blessing to us.

You're been faithful in your schoolwork and you're quick to help out others. It's also been fun to see you get involved with American Heritage Girls -- this seems to be a really good fit for you, and a great opportunity for you to bond with your older sister, and get some extra time with your friends. You really never seem to get enough time with them, and you have such sweet friends!

We love you, Selah, and we hope this next year holds unexpected blessings for you. We hope that God reveals His great love for you, and that you know His mercies every morning. We are so very thankful that you are in our family -- we can't imagine life without you!!

Happy, happy birthday, Butterfly!