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.
It's a Birthday Party
Matt took this picture of Bryn last night at her party...it turned out to be a great shot!
My amazing husband made this for her...Bryn's choice birthday dinner. He makes it just like they do at a sushi bar...but for less than half the cost.
Bryn and Judah, after Bryn opened Judah's card. I love the relationship between them, even though they are ten years apart in age.
Esther made a special bead project for Bryn...I love that the two girls are close...it will be amazing to see what God is going to do between them.
The cake made for Bryn...her request for this type, of course. It's all about Bryn day.
Bryn opening her presents, with cousin Abby hanging out...and Bryn's oldest friend, Kelsey. Bryn got lots of money...and a Kindle (where she can download books inexpensively and read them from the screen) from Grammy. It ended up being a great day. We started it with monkey bread for breakfast (I have a tradition that we have a sweet for breakfast on the day of the child's birthday)...then after a no-school day (another tradition), we went to Chick-fil-a for their free Fryday for lunch...and then homemade sushi by Matt for dinner and the family birthday party at night. It was a great day...so excited to have this fourteen year old in our house!
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…
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!
Who knew...16 years ago this journey would look like this? Sixteen years ago these kids weren't even alive...lol. Our oldest actually took the picture, as she was on her way to class at college. Now, truth be told...this picture took several times to take. No, we weren't waiting for any babies to smile...just for my youngest, yes my 10 year old, to get himself together. He still has a funky look on his face, but I will take it. Not everyone is happy all the time. And one day we will laugh at this picture and all of Judah's antics. These treasures have made this journey incredibly difficult, but it's been worth every step. I am so blessed to be their mom. And glad that I get to be their mom. Blessings on this next year!