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Happy Days

When life is chaotic and uncertain, it’s important to be thankful for the beautiful things (or people) we’re surrounded by. They are easy to overlook, especially in difficult times.

Deer in our backyard!

Turning boxes into forts ๐Ÿ™‚

Peanut butter and jelly – yummy and fun!

Sister time, just missing one ๐Ÿ’•

What do I say? I appreciate his love for bugs that I’ll never have!

And that love he’s passed on to his brothers…

Precious moments ๐Ÿ’œ

Nap time with Grandpa.

Eager helpers ๐Ÿ‘

First Birthday

The other day, the baby of our family turned one. Everyone says this, but I want to strongly repeat: They grow up so fast.

Yes, many of the nights are long, and some in the beginning are sleepless. There are the daily ups and downs with bringing up children. But each child is so precious! And in the blink of an eye, they go from tiny and helpless in our arms to bouncing about with their own distinct personality.

Happy first birthday!





Birthdays, Friends and Dogs

This week, my oldest daughter turned 8 and my baby turned 6 months. Where does time go?!


My oldest daughter’s birthday began a few days earlier with old friends celebrating at Dave & Busters, and a furry owl present.



Her birthday morning was complete with many phone calls from relatives and a lovely gift from her cousin.


Later we went to the park, where another homeschooling group was meeting for their weekly park day. She made some new friends, which is always the best present!


In the evening, another family came over to share in the cake and song celebration. They brought Twister, which has kept the oldest kids entertained ever since.


I made the most fabulous gluten free, flower power cake ever, and it was delicious!


And yesterday we drove a few hours to meet friends we miss dearly from our old hometown. We spent a wonderful day at the zoo with them โ™กโ™กโ™ก


Little Baby is now a Crawling Baby! And she’s quite pleased with herself.


She now crawls up to our sweet dog, who is never missing attention and affection from the kids.





For My Baby

It hardly seems possible
One year has passed us by.
One spring, one summer,
One winter now two.
You came in all smiles
All giggles and grins,
Rolling and bouncing
And that crazy little crawl.
You’re loved and cuddled
By five bigger siblings,
And soon you’ll snuggle
When you’re big brother, too.
But for now you’re still my baby,
Taking your naps upon my chest,
Bouncing about the house,
My sweet little one.


Precious Little One

Cliche to say, but it seems like yesterday

You were a newborn baby boy,

Youngest, newest little joy.


Number five, we waited for you to arrive,

Grandparents, uncles, aunts and more

With a brand new treasure to adore.


Precious little one, our hearts you won

Nine months before you made your debut,

And how much more we’ve grown to love you!


You looked at me, two weeks old and smiley,

Always content in everyone’s arms;

You are a baby who brings on the charms.


You took your time, and that was just fine,

Why be in a rush to reach silly milestones

When content and happy in your own loving home?


Precious little One, our hearts you won!

It is hard to accept and hard to realize

One whole year has skipped on by!


Happy birthday, little boy, happy birthday, sweet joy!

I will cherish and love you every day,

For mommies all know, time too quickly flies away.



Superheros have Birthdays too

Tomorrow the superhero of the house will go from 7 to 8.

Just like that, another age gone by…

Another childhood year to say farewell to,ย a new one to embrace.

Where do these years go?

They go in photo albums, countless drawings and homemade books;

They go on walls and refrigerator doors;

They run down our cheeks on sad days, and spread across our faces in smiles on all the good days.

To my soon-to-be-8-year-old son (and all his alter-egos): HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Goodbye Two

I tucked you in tight, sang you a song, said “goodnight,”

You curled up in your bed, in the corner just the same,

Hugged your Blankie, thumb in mouth and closed your sweet eyes.

Tonight I say good-bye, Little Two, tomorrow you are Three.

When you turned two, you were Youngest Brother,

But baby came and now you are a Bigger Brother!

And how sweet and amazing you are at your new role.

Tonight I say good-bye, Little Two, tomorrow you are Three.

You grew more teeth, but had too many and knocked one out.

You decided this was best done after bluebonnet pictures

But before Baby’s baptism… he got all the attention that day, anyway!

Tonight I say good-bye, Little Two, tomorrow you are Three.

You loved Blankie from early on in your life,

But tonight you share that love with a host of new ones:

Cars, trucks, trains and planes – anything that’s on the go like you!

Tonight I say good-bye, Little Two, tomorrow you are Three.

It’s sad to kiss a day that’s past,

Hard sometimes to watch you grow from in my arms to oh so big.

But I can’t wait to see what Three brings, sweet boy,

So good-bye and goodnight, Precious Little Two…