A Sneak Peek to our School Year

Today was our first day of school for the year. We’ve got kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and sixth grades going on at out home. It’s the first time all of our children are in school. 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!

first day fun

first day of school

first day of kindergarten - Ariya

first day of first grade - Annabella

first day of third grade - Isaiah

first day of fifth grade - Kayla

first day of sixth grade - Elliana

first day of sixth grade - Alyssa

first day of school 2016 - my class

And, because it’s a big day for this sweet girl…

first day of kindergarten for Ariya

first day of kindergarten

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

We have some new things going on this year. And, after today, I think there just might be a few more changes coming soon. I look forward to sharing more when I can.

Happy school year!

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

Now She’s 7 Years Old

She’s the girl that sparks sweet joy in our hearts.

She’s the girl that teaches us more about love.

She’s the girl that sings glorious songs every day.

She’s the girl that shows us how to be brave.

And I’m in awe of the ways that her beauty and her strength, her uniqueness and her creativity, her kindness and each lovely offering continually display the gracious, beautiful love of God.

beautiful birthday girl

Happy 7th Birthday

Annabella and Mom - birthday day

sweet sister birthday cards

Bella is 7

Oh, Annabella Love –

I’ll take the singing in the bathroom from the top of your lungs,

The smiles and hugs as you show me your love,

The countless drawings scattered all over the house,

The snuggles as you sound out each and every new word,

The cartwheels tumbled across the living room floor,

And the heart-stopping that comes from watching you fly.

love her

Bella's favorite gift

The birthday gymnast

birthday girl

Annabella's birthday

You captured my heart seven years ago, and you just keep doing it over and over. I am so honored to be your mama. Oh how I love you!

Keep being brave and kind, precious girl. Keep looking to Jesus. Keep singing and praying and dancing and laughing.

Annabella - birthday girl

Happy 7th Birthday, Annabella Love!
You have my heart!
Love, Mommy

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