Sunday, August 18, 2019

Happy 17th Birthday Sierra Elizabeth



Last night I had a dream that Sierra was turning 18, not 17.
And that she and her friend were moving away from me forever.
I woke up crying. 
Like, literal tears streaming down my face while I struggled to catch my breath.

One.More.Year.
One more year of “whole” family dinners ‘round the dinner table.
Of  Sissy flopping down on my bed, keeping me company as I wash my face each night.
One more year of family vacations, and movie nights.
Of girl talk and daydreams and plans.

It physically hurts to think about what it will be like when she no longer lives at home.
But then, it’s simultaneously exciting to think about the future God has in store for her.
Oh how I wish they would have prepared me for this roller coaster of emotion when I was in the hospital with her, seventeen years ago.
We only have them such a short time y’all.
Which means I’d  better focus on the 365 days ahead of me. 
And cherish the memories from the last 6,208.


Sierra Elizabeth:

You are beautiful, smart, and kind.


You are neat and tidy, and need everything to be in its place.


You are organized and determined.
You know how to get things done, and almost always
have an idea of the perfect way to do it.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1_X6cDxddgjWddqicVGjIqqEN6KLrB2Fo

You are the best big sister. Ever.
God knew exactly what your little sisters would need:
Guidance, love, and protection.
They have all that and more in you.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1iFd6u-ok-xG7p1gnTIclAAOAIoDhjHbe
You are strong and capable, yet soft and compassionate.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1_Ruqd3HLMgrQYcet5AI7PN5h5ghBviuN

You love to get dressed up and wear makeup.
But you are at least as comfortable throwing on
Your hunting clothes and spending a week in the middle of nowhere
 stalking Antelope.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1cgygEDoYbYyD4DSCWxmBKtby0GtFMqpv

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1OAbcicgpfxbGPLMkcXFotoBUw4XFCJ7S

Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined the blessings you would bring to us.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1FVL_8t70NXifhcsMy9iPC4iOfTErhH5k

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
We love you to the moon!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happy 8th Birthday, Tay Tay


Happy 8th Birthday to our Taylor Grace.
It doesn't seem possible that it's been eight whole years since the day you were born;
but conversely, it seems we've known you an eternity.

Taylor, you keep us on our toes every day.

* You are kind and thoughtful;
and as you get older, you are the biggest helper!

*You like things neat and tidy {like big Sis, Sierra}

*You are the only person in this house that can scoop up Luna, and tote her around.
She wouldn't tolerate even a second of that nonsense from any of the rest of us.

*You know what you want, and you are particular about how you want it.
Just because you're the youngest does not mean you'll let others walk all over you.

*You're a homebody like your mama.

*You still maintain that you are never getting married 
{you don't want to have to share the parmesan cheese}, 
nor having children {they're too loud, and you want your freedom}.
And that as soon as you turn 18 you are buying yourself a pig.

*You are gentle and loving with animals.
It will not surprise me one bit if you grow up to work with animals in some capacity.

You are such a bright ray of sunshine in our lives.
You make us laugh each and every day.

We love you to the moon, Taylor Grace! ♥

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Happy Birthday, Makenna Nicole


 Why does time just fly by at warp speed?? 
WHY?!

Y'all, my second oldest baby girl is 14 today.
I really don't know how it is possible, because it truly feels
like yesterday that she was THIS big:





Or this big:



 Or even this big:





But certainly not a teenager . . . let alone a second year teenager.








Makenna Nicole,

You are:

Creative, and innovative.
You love making projects, and figuring out how things work.

You are witty and fun,
but you also take things seriously.
You want everything to be fair and just.

You are THE ONE to go to to figure out a plan of attack.
You may not be neat and tidy. You may not love to organize.
But you always seem to know just what to do to get to the end goal.

You have high expectations for yourself and others.
You are kind and compassionate, loving, and caring.

And we love you to the moon!
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!



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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Double Digits for Kameryn Faith!


Happy Birthday, Kameryn!

I know I lament every year, but come on! Double digits???
How.does.this.happen???


Kameryn Faith, you blessed me beyond measure ten years ago
by making me a mama for the third time.
I love that by baby number three I thought I had it all figured out . . .
and then you came along, six weeks early, and took us on an amazing, new adventure.

































* Kam, you are my Accessory Queen,
Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, headbands, and now ~ glasses . . .
you rock them all!

* You love pampering days ~
facials, manis, pedis, and hair-dos are your love language.

* But you equally love throwing your hair in a pony, and heading out on a hunting trip ~
days spent riding four-wheelers in the dust and dirt are among your favorite ways to spend time.

* You love summer days, time spent outdoors, adventuring, trips to the beach, 
and most of all ~ time with your family. 

*You are such a bright light in our lives, and we love you to the moon!


Kam through the years ♥




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