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Happy 6th birthday, Ava Joy!


Dear Ava,

You counted down the days until your sixth birthday, and now it’s already 22 days later, and you’re counting down the days until Christmas. You are the kind of kiddo that grabs life and lives it fully. You are wonderful.

As I sit back and watch you, I realize that my baby girl is becoming a young lady. Your baby features are leaving, and you are growing up. You are reading short books now, and you are SO helpful around the house. You love to put away clean dishes, and you especially love making muffins all by yourself!

You also still love to laugh, and that makes my heart smile. Just yesterday, you were following Daddy around as he got ready for work, mimicking his every move and giggling constantly. You love to do little pesky things just to get a laugh.


I love it when you play with my hair – sometimes brushing it, sometimes putting pretties in it, sometimes making ponytails – while Daddy reads to us at night. That is so special to me.

You’ve recently started asking a lot of questions during our Bible reading time, and that’s really fun. We want you to have a love for God’s Word and a desire to understand it. I pray that you will always love His Scriptures.


Our greatest desire for you, sweet girl, is that you will be fully satisfied in Jesus and always find your source of JOY in Him. We want you to live the life that He has planned for you. And it’s exciting to watch you grow into a young lady who loves Him!

I love you more than you’ll ever know! Happy (belated) birthday!!!


{Awesome pictures taken by our dear friends at DaveTree Photography.}

Happy 32nd Birthday, Luke!


Dear Luke,

I know you hate public displays of affection, so I’ll try to go easier on you this year. You’re welcome. 🙂

The kids and I love you more than words can express, and we’re so thankful for your godly leadership of our family. We don’t deserve you, but we’re so thankful that God blessed us with you.

It’s been fun to watch you grow more and more into a man of God over this past decade. I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds.

I love you with all of my heart,

Happy 7th birthday, Caleb Aaron!

*His birthday was April 1. Life is busy. I’m late.

Caleb, opening a birthday card

Caleb, opening a birthday card

Dear Caleb,

How can it be that you’re 7 years old already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we moved into the house we built, and I was 30 weeks pregnant with you?

But here we are, and you’re somewhere between a baby and a young man. You are so sweet I want to squeeze you, and sometimes you’re so exasperating I don’t know what to do with you. I grew up with sisters. I am a girl. I will never understand your need to jump, yell, hit, kick, run, and scream. But I am glad to know that God made you that way. And I’m glad that you’re starting baseball soon, so maybe some of that energy will work itself out. 🙂

I’m excited to see you play on a team for the first time. You have a God-given athletic ability, and I hope you use it to His glory. I think you’ll love playing baseball on a team.

I’m really proud of you for working so hard to learn verses. This winter, you memorized all of Psalm 27, and then your class recited it in front of the church. That was amazing, and brought tears to my eyes. Never stop memorizing God’s Word, Caleb. You will never regret it.

Daddy and I are so thankful that you are a child of God, and our prayer for you is that you would serve God with your whole heart, just like the Caleb in the Old Testament. We pray that you grow more and more into a man of God with each year that passes.

Happy birthday, Buddy! We love you!


Happy 5th Birthday, Ava Joy!

My sweet Ava,

In a way, I can’t believe it has already been five years since we were blessed with you. It seems like you’ve always been a part of our family. And I can’t imagine what our family would be like without your sweet, uncontrolled giggle and your silliness and your girly-ness.

Your first name means “sings like a bird,” and your giggle is sweet music to my ears.

Speaking of ears, you begged and begged to get your ears pierced, so that was our gift to you this year. You sat very still and didn’t cry at all when they were pierced. You’ve also been very diligent to remind me to clean them three times each day. I guess our little girl is really growing up!

Another way I can tell you’re growing up is that you’re in kindergarten this year…and you’re doing great! You LOVE to work on your math lessons with me, and you’re eager to learn to read. I can’t wait until you’re reading chapter books all on your own; I know you’ll love it!

Most of all, as you grow and mature, our hope and prayer is that you will learn to love Jesus with all of your heart, that you will give your life to Him, and that you will do your best to always obey Him. That’s what will give you a satisfied, purposeful life. That’s our greatest prayer for you, sweet girl.

Happy 5th birthday, Ava Joy! I love you to the moon and back!


Happy 3rd birthday, Jaden!

My sweet baby boy,

You turned THREE yesterday! I can hardly believe it! This birthday is bittersweet to me, because now it seems that the baby/toddler phase of our lives is ending! You are definitely not a little baby anymore. You run along with your brother and sisters, keeping up with them pretty well. And you’re a smart little guy – articulate and quick to learn. I’m thankful for that! But you’re not a baby anymore.

In fact, today you’re wearing big boy undies. Because you decided you want to be a big boy. I’m ready to stop buying diapers. I guess I’d better be ready to stop having a baby at home.

If I had to describe you with one word it would be DELIGHTFUL. You make me laugh so often, with the funny things you say and do. Lately, you’ve been hiding your face in embarrassment whenever I giggle at your funny antics. I hope you realize I laugh with joy, not because I’m making fun of you. You bring smiles and laughter to my life, just like your daddy does.

I’m proud of you for learning to ride the little black bike (with training wheels) ALL BY YOURSELF last week. You’re amazing! Pretty soon you’ll be zooming around without the training wheels, I’m sure.

As you grow, Jaden, daddy’s and my prayer is that you will grow to become a boy (and then a man) who loves and serves Jesus with all of his heart. Let Jesus use your fun personality and your smarts for His glory. That will be the BEST way to live!

I love you with all of my heart,

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