*His birthday was April 1. Life is busy. I’m late.
Caleb, opening a birthday card
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!
Because Grace’s birthday fell on a Wednesday, and we had church activities that evening, her celebration was a little spread out.
We began by celebrating Aunt Alonna’s birthday (she was 19 on the 11th) on Tuesday evening, and Grace opened most of her presents at the same time.
With the necklace Alonna gave her:
…and a new book series from Grandpa and Grandma…
…and horses from Grandma and Papa.
I made fudge for their birthday treat. Yum.
The next morning, she awoke to balloons all over her bedroom floor and a sign on the wall that said, “Grace, you’re 8 today!”
Then we had her requested meal: homemade waffles, bacon, smokies, OJ, and egg nog. Yum again.
After breakfast, all the kiddos sat on the couch, and we made them close their eyes while Luke wheeled in her birthday present. I think she liked it.
We have one more celebration to go, on Sunday, with her dear friend Miss Lindsey, who shares Grace’s birthday.
Happy birthday, Gracie girl! We celebrate you every day in our hearts and prayers, regardless of balloons or streamers! We thank God for you!
Our little girl turned 5 about a month ago. I still can’t believe how tall and grown up she’s looking these days.
On the actual day of her birth, she requested heart-shaped scones for breakfast, just like those we had on Valentine’s Day.
For dinner, she requested BLUE chicken and rice (that is, chicken and rice casserole with blue food coloring), green beans, and dinner rolls.
There she is with her red plate and chosen dinner foods. Sorry for the blur. If you squint a lot, it’s not so bad. 😉
Did you notice that she dressed up for the day?
Yes, our little girly girl LOVES to dress up. In that picture, she was opening gifts.
She had been begging us for a while to be able to get her little ears pierced…And here she is after Grace read our card to her, which said, “Let’s go get your ears pierced now!”
She was SO excited.
And she was SO brave during the piercing. She didn’t cry at all.
See her little pink sparkly earrings?
Our baby girl is growing up.
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!
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,