Five kids...each one it's own variety. Lots of laughter, joy and fun times. A life following Jesus...being a Jesus lover. Raising these incredible individuals and leading them towards their destiny. Stop on by, settle in for a bit and share bits and pieces of our life.
I had to write something today about the special joy in our life, Esther! Today she is turning 7 years old...unbelievable! We can not believe that she has been in our life this long. She has been such a joy since she was born. She has one of the sweetest personalities and she never gives anyone a problem. And she gets the prize for the quietest of all of our children. You have to draw out the conversation from her. Even so, she is incredibly gifted when it comes to art...she is a whiz all together-it amazes me sometimes how her mind works. And she is the best snuggler. She will still come up and sit on my lap. So, on her birthday weekend we had a little cake for her with the family and then we took her to Disney as a present. It was a wonderful day...just the three of us. Special time for the girl who has brought so much joy into our lives!
Here she is at her favorite spot...in Minnie's house. She thought it was so fun to see where Minnie lived!
Daddy and Esther about to go on their first roller coaster....It was a small one, which she liked. She wasn't too sure about Space Mountain or Splash Mountain later in the day!
Esther with her favorite character, Cinderella. She was so shy at first, but warmed up in the end!
Meeting Cinderella's step-sisters and step-mother! They were incredibly funny!
My dad and his wife were in town the other day...and my cousin who lives 3 hours away came to have dinner with us. What a joyous day it was. Here is the first family selfie with my extended family. Good memories!
It seems that I have been going to births for most of my adult life. The first birth I ever was at was for my niece Brianna, and that was 22 years ago. I was 18 years old and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Little did I know at that tender age that I would be attending births as a job...as a careeer.
There are so many moments that you experience as a doula. There are so many highs and lows. And there are so many hours that you are there. Many moments of laughter, maybe tears, tense decisions and talking. The first moment that I always think of is when you get that first phone call. It seems like they are always in the middle of the night. The jolt from bed you get when you hear your phone ring. It startles me. You are expecting the call any day, but somehow you didn't think it would be that night. And then the adrenaline rush comes in. Usually my doula bag is packed, a shower is a must (never too sure when you will get another one), and I usually talk wi…
This girl has been caught taking selfies on our cameras. We don't realize she has taken them until we look at our phones. She is so cute...and so preteen. As we are winding down the teen years with Bryn...we are in the homestretch, we see several more beckoning. Caleb will be 13 in one month and Esther is 11...and she is just bursting to be a teenager. She still has that softness of a little girl, but we keep on seeing glimmers in her life that are totally "TEEN." The entrance of selfies is a prime example. Love it. She has always been our quiet, keep to yourself girl...but all of a sudden she is becoming a social butterfly. Lots of friends...texting them on her tablet ( you should have seen my face when she sent me her first text)...small temper tantrums. It's in the mix..and Matt and I feel a little more prepared this time. We have some experience...we know what to expect...what to pay attention to and what to just ignore. By time we are done with this load of kid…