The Start of our School Year

Today was our first day of school for the year. We’ve got first, second, fourth, sixth, and seventh grades going on at out home. And I’m barely able to believe the words in the previous sentence are true. I find it this incredibly beautiful mixture of happy-sad. Oh, I am so grateful for a God who goes before us, who walks with us, and who never leaves us.

And these kids – they have my heart!

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Ariya - 1st grade

Annabella - 2nd grade

Isaiah - 4th grade

Kayla - 6th grade

Elliana - 7th grade

Alyssa - 7th grade

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And, just because…

silly first grader

crazy kids first day

Ahhhh – the cuteness! Love them. What a fun, imperfectly perfect day it’s been.

We’ve been organizing books, getting a glimpse at how we can (maybe) make things work this year, baking apple crisp, visiting the library, and smiling for this mama that loves to take pictures.

We have some new, exciting things going on this year. I look forward to sharing more when I can.

Happy school year!

God goes before you, walks with you, and will never leave you!

Words on your 8th birthday

What words could I express to my daughter on her eighth birthday?

Oh, sweet Love, there are no words to truly convey all that I long for you to know. But with happy tears streaming down (because how is it possible that it’s been eight years already!?) I humbly scratch out a smidgen of my thoughts to your heart.

Bella and Mommy

beautiful birthday girl

Bella's birthday

Bella and Daddy

Bella –

You are braver than you know.

You are more beautiful than the sunsets God paints across the skies.

You are strong.

You are creative and fun and passionate and kind.

You give some of the greatest hugs and the most precious smiles.

And the sweet songs of praise that burst gloriously from deep inside of you all-day-long – I’ll never tire of hearing them.

Bella's ears pierced

Bella's pierced ears

beautiful Bella

Beautiful Annabella

It’s been eight years since you first captured my heart, and you just keep doing it over and over. And I am just so thankful and honored and blessed to be your mama.

Bella's 8th birthday

fun riding horses

riding horses

riding in the sunshine

riding in the rain

Keep making music to Jesus. Keep singing your heart out and flipping back kick-overs at gymnastics and saddling up horses and crafting out drawings and bubbling up with laughter and loving those around you – all of it. Each moment, in the sunshine and rain, do it all for the glory of God.

For, oh how He loves you!

He loves you with this never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever kind of love that I pray will consume and transform and move in your life in incredible ways.

Bella's birthday

Bella horse riding

I believe in you.

I see you.

You matter, dear one.

And I will always, always love you!

Bella is 8!

happy birthday Bella

birthday girl

Bella's 8th birthday

Happy 8th Birthday, Annabella Love!
You have my heart!
Love, Mommy

Today My Baby Turned Six!

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Half a dozen years ago we held this beauty for the first time. Who knew that our love could multiply so much that day after celebrating the years of marriage & love & time & faithfulness!? But just after the sun shone brightly that June morning our precious Ariya Faith was born. And this sweet […]

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This Man I Love

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It’s been fifteen years with this man I love, and he just keeps stealing my heart. Oh, I love him and our life together – the everyday, ordinary, digging in the dirt together moments, & the wonder of watching our children getting older and us getting older too. I love you, Gabe – your heart, […]

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This Girl

Love This Girl

This girl – She turned 11 yesterday. It was a beautiful day celebrating this beautiful girl. Her smiles and love and tender heart. Her joy and fun and creativity. The way she adores her friends, cares for animals, cherishes her family, and loves God. She has this quiet strength, amazing perseverance, and glorious way of […]

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Joy and Sorrow

Joy and Sorrow

I’m this splattered puddle of emotions today. There’s this sweet surprise of joy found right here squished between scrubbing bathroom floors and shaking whipping cream to concoct this buttery science experiment. And there’s this ache of missing my daddy that – after eleven years – I know will always be here in the way her […]

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The Day My Boy Turned Nine

The Day My Son Turned Nine

It’s been nine years of this crazy adventure of raising a little man. Nine years of courage and passion, joy and strength. And my heart swells looking upon the man God is growing this now nine-year-old of mine to be. Oh, Isaiah Gabriel, our lives are so much richer and more glorious because of you. […]

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On Your 12th Birthday

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A dozen years since that day in the hospital when our worlds changed forever. These two tiny, precious babes came and made their ways straight to our hearts. Who ever could’ve believed the fragile, beautiful, terrifying, heart-molding, glorious days to come? Oh, Alyssa Marie and Elliana Grace, how can it be that you are twelve […]

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Slow Down (School Pictures 2016-2017)

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Slow down. Just for a little. I want to just sit here and breathe in all the moments that God has orchestrated for His glory. Today – Today I will marvel at the beauty and the mess, the first steps and the closed chapters, the tears and the joys – each one strung together by […]

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Our 6th Grade Curriculum (The Thinking Tree) – and what we think so far

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More than a month of intentional heart-growing, mind-stretching learning – and I can’t help but smile and breathe it all in. It’s been amazing to wake up to this – the crazy beautiful that comes from teaching my half a dozen kids at home. A few short months ago I agonized over the amount of […]

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