The Day My Boy 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.

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Happy Birthday Isaiah

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Oh, Isaiah Gabriel, our lives are so much richer and more glorious because of you.

Through you I am continually learning what it means to show honor, to be humble, and to be an ordinary everyday hero – one that walks with God in the big and the oh-so-little.

You, my boy, show me the sweet struggle to display these characteristics.

For God knows that we are both finding that it’s His love in our hearts and the strength He gives us on the inside that truly matters.

I’m forever grateful we get to do this together.

happy 9th birthday Isaiah

my boy and me

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You and your passion.

You and your dedication.

You and your love for basketball and heroism and all things Narnia.

You and the ways you think of and cherish and try to protect this mama.

Oh, I love you!

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Isaiah's 9th birthday

Happy 9th Birthday, Isaiah Gabriel!
I can hardly wait to see all that God will teach us in the next nine years of crazy adventure.
Love you!

On Your 12th Birthday

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 already!?

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12th birthday

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Half a dozen years ago you were the tenderhearted girls who peeked big, round, smiling eyes in at this mama who lay sick in bed pregnant with the littlest of your baby sisters.

Six years before that you were the babes in the NICU with all the wires and cords and preemie diapers that were still too big.

Six years from now you’ll be adults all ready to live out your dreams.

And I can barely breathe thinking of how fast the time is going.

But what I want you to know today – today – is that you are so very loved.

I’ve loved you from the moment you were wrapped in my womb; I’ve loved you something fierce and strong and beautiful for all our yesterdays; and that love will continue for all of our tomorrows.

But I don’t want you to miss how much I adore you today.

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Alyssa's 12th birthday

baby Elliana

Elliana's 12th birthday

Alyssa, with your compassionate, helpful, caring personality, and the way you laugh, the way you bring joy, the way you show glimpses of God to those around you.

And Elliana, with your quiet, thoughtful, kind heart, and the way you serve, the way you work hard, and the way you surprise us with beauty from within.

And, yeah, some moments are hard. Emotions reign, words slash, and we’re all still learning how to live together through these awkward, scary, amazing days. But I love, love, love that today you are the girls that have grown to be my friends. You are the young ladies who stay up late watching Fixer Upper with me, the beauties that share my favorite coffee-ish drink, the precious ones that giggle with me over the quirkiness of the little ones and the daddy that we get to do life with, and the dear souls that lead me to the throne of God.

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Oh, I am so honored to be your mom. And I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than here – by your side as you grow and learn and love and change.

God is working something lovely.

It’s breathtaking.

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Happy 12th Birthday Alyssa and Elliana!
You are so very loved!

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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A Sneak Peek to our School Year

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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 […]

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Now She’s 7 Years Old

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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 […]

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life with this man – harder and much more beautiful than I ever could’ve dreamed

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Words etched out a year ago, but still so, so true today… The blanket spread out over the tall grass and there we sat searching for words to express what we were feeling. And I could’ve sworn that my beating heart was about to come thundering right out of my chest – for somehow we […]

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Today My Baby Turned 5

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Today I woke to your sweet giggles from the other room. And I smiled big at your excitement bursting. But it took just about all my strength to sing that birthday song to you this morning without letting the tears spill out. For somehow a half a decade’s worth of days have gone by, and […]

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He keeps stealing my heart

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So this guy – it’s been 14 years – and he just keeps stealing my heart every day. Our life together has been a joy. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband, friend, or father to my kids. Gabe, you make my heart skip a beat still, and I love walking this life with […]

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The Day She Turned 10

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I don’t know how in this crazy world a decade’s worth of days has gone by. Just yesterday I crawled right into that crib with you as your tears mixed with mine. And I prayed something fierce that you would sleep and that no one would see me curled up in those bars around this […]

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