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Baby Boy

I don’t know what I was doing a year ago tonight. My calendar from November 7, 2014 is empty. My Facebook had no posts that day.

I had no idea that it was the day you would enter the world.

That makes me immensely sad.

And immeasurably happy.

Daddy and I were done having babies. We made sure of it. But we told God, “God, if you want us to have more babies, you have to make it happen. And we’ll trust You.”

What we meant was, “If you get us pregnant, it will be an outright miracle, and we’ll keep the baby (of course).”

What He did was send us YOU.

This is the first picture I ever saw of you, when you were two days old:

You were so tiny.

My heart said, “That is my son.”

My head freaked out. And argued with God. And freaked out some more. And prayed a lot. And finally…eventually…talked to Daddy about it.

Miss Dana took such good care of you. She was your first foster mama, and she spent hours and hours and hours loving you when you cried all night long every night. She loved you. She still does.


We did lots of paperwork and got fingerprinted and had doctors make sure we’re healthy enough to parent and had a social worker come over and ask us lots of questions. We did these things (and more) so that you could come live with us, and we could be your Mommy and Daddy instead of your babysitters.

The day you came home to stay was a really big day for our family. I cried many tears of joy that day.

Sometimes people tell me that Daddy and I are such wonderful people for bringing you into our family. But you know what? It’s not true. It’s not about us.

It’s about GOD. HE is wonderful for bringing you to us. YOU are a delightful, amazing little boy, and you bring joy and laughter into our home every single day.

Your brothers and sisters and Mommy and Daddy all delight to see your smile, and the way you are mimicking so many things right now, and your sweet little high-stepped walking (with help). We love to hear your laugh and help you discover new things about the world God made.

I’ll admit it’s hard sometimes…like when you still get up nearly every night, crying. In the middle of the night. At 12 months of age. That’s hard. I like sleep.

It’s hard when I think about your biological mom who should be enjoying your sweet self, if it wasn’t for all the dadblasted brokenness in the world.

It’s hard when I think about the racial tensions we might someday face because of your beautiful brown skin.

But it’s all worth it. It’s more than worth it.

I can’t imagine our world without you, little one.

Happy 1st birthday.


May we have many, many more birthdays to celebrate TOGETHER.

I love you,

A Godly Legacy

My sister Melissa, me, Mom, and my niece and nephew

My sister Melissa, me, Mom, and my niece and nephew

She was the middle child of five kids, all born within one crazy 7-year stretch of time. Four girls and one boy.

Her dad, who had fought in the Korean War, was a truck driver. And her mom worked at a factory.

She met my dad when she was young – 17. The same age I was when I met Luke. They got married just a couple of months after she turned 18. That was nearly 38 years ago.

And since 1982, she has been an example of faithfulness and godliness to me.

In my growing up years, I often found her at the kitchen table, her Bible and journal in front of her, with a cup of hot cocoa. I knew that she faithfully read God’s Word and kept a journal, with writings and poetry to Him.

She was a stay-at-home mom, and I loved it. I have many memories of coming home from school to a fresh batch of chocolate chip muffins (or some other delectable snack), and she was always ready to ask how my day went. She was there, too, when I needed help studying for a test or something for school or church. We would sit on the floor in the kitchen and study and talk and laugh.

I don’t take it for granted that she dedicated her life to raising her three girls.

In the moments and hours and days and years of schedules and routines and discipline issues and cooking, cleaning, laundry, dishes….She faithfully gave me an example of what a godly mother looks like.

And then, 7 years ago, when my dad was in a near-fatal accident, and he spent 3 weeks in a coma and many more weeks in hospitals working toward recovery, her faith was put to the test. Like Job, she had a choice: curse God for allowing this to happen, or trust Him.

What I love to remember, what makes me smile, is that I never, ever saw her faith waver. In those days and weeks of tears and sorrow and begging my dad to open his eyes, move his hands, learn to talk, stand, swallow, walk…The many years that she had spent communing with God at our kitchen table paid off.

He was her ROCK. The days were hard. But she still trusted that God is good.

And because of her example, my faith (and I’m certain the faith of many others) was made stronger.

Her birthday was yesterday, and I’m celebrating her and the godly legacy she is giving to her kids and grandkids, and generations to come.

I’m so thankful that God gave me her to call Mom.

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,

Caleb’s 7th Birthday: 20 Questions

Last year, we started this tradition of asking the birthday kiddo 20 questions on his/her birthday.

Here are Caleb’s questions and answers.

Caleb, opening a birthday card

Caleb, opening a birthday card

My favorite food is: that soup we just ate.
My favorite sport to play is: baseball.
The coolest person on Earth is: Daddy.
My favorite movie to watch is: Brave, when we stand in line at Sam’s Club. (*Editorial note: I watched Brave last fall and didn’t think it was appropriate for our kiddos at their ages. Little stinker watches it in the checkout line, apparently.)
My favorite thing to learn about in school is: science.
If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: Mongolia.
My favorite color is: blue.
When I grow up, I’m going to: be a construction worker.
Three words that describe me are: I love baseball.
When I was little, I used to: be naughty.
My favorite season of the year is: summer break from school.
The snack I like the best is: donuts!
My favorite thing about church is: that we get to learn about Jesus.
My favorite Scripture verse is: Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
My favorite song is: We Will Rock You
One of my best friends is: Isaac.
My favorite thing to do outside is: play with Isaac.
If I had one wish it would be: to play baseball, which I got, which was so cool.
My best memory is: that Jaden’s first word was “Bible.”
My birthday dinner this year is: chicken tarragon soup, bread, and root beer floats

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