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Christmas Day

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I took hundreds of pictures. Yes. Hundreds…with an s. But, I won’t subject you to all of them (unless we’re friends on Facebook, then you’ve already seen them all!). Here is just a little glimpse of our day…

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We started out the morning opening stockings…

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Then, after breakfast, we were off to church…

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I love that Christmas fell on a Sunday this year! I wish it always did. We had a sweet time, worshipping, and celebrating the birth of our Savior together with our church family!

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I know that Christmas isn’t about the presents. But, I just love picking out special gifts for my family, and watching the excitement on my children’s faces as they open their presents! This year, I especially loved seeing them choose gifts for each other, and truly experiencing the joy of giving.

2016_12_253Favorites this year included books (of course!),
Transformers, American Girl accessories, a Minnie Mouse outfit, and a bike!

The kids had some time to enjoy their presents…

img_6258wmTitus explaining his new Transformers.img_6280wmRebekah on her new Minnie Mouse bike!

Then, we continued the celebration into the evening with Grammy and Grampy!

2016_12_255It was a busy, busy day. But, so fun.

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Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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Resurrection Sunday

We had a lovely day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior with…

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Special Music

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Biblical Preaching, from my favorite preacher! Although, I have no pictures of that.

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Believer’s Baptism!
A perfect picture of our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection!

And…Fellowship!

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2016_03_27_182wmFriends: Sophia & Rebekah

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2016_03_27_205wmI wish I had been able to get more pictures of our friends.
We love our church family!

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2016_03_27_200wmOur Family – Resurrection Sunday 2016

2016_03_27_217wmHannah – Can you believe this beautiful girl is almost 11?!

2016_03_27_210wmTitus – My handsome little guy

2016_03_27_222wmSweet Rebekah Ann

2016_03_27_236-cropwmRachel Susannah – Our just-turned-one-year-old!

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I love these sweet kids! They’re my favorites.

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 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~Romans 8:31-39 (ESV)

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Our Little Lady Turned ONE!

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We celebrated with a Ladybug-themed party!

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And, just between our two families, we had 8 kids at this party!

2016_03_261Present time!
I have never seen a one-year-old so into opening gifts.
This girl thoroughly enjoyed herself.
And she had plenty of willing helpers…and toy testers!

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It’s a lamb. Her name means “ewe.” Appropriate, no?

2016_03_262This card…
Hannah made her a card, with cats. Because “Rachel likes cats.”
It’s true. She does.
But, I think it was her favorite present!
She squealed about it for a good 10 minutes, and showed it to everyone!
It was adorable!

2016_03_263“Pin-The-Spots-On-The-Ladybug”

2016_03_264This girl liked her cake!! A lot!

We had so much fun celebrating our sweet girl!

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Happy 1st Birthday, Rachel!!

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One Year Old

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Happy 1st Birthday, Rachel!

 

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I can hardly believe it has been a whole year since you joined our family.

At times, it’s odd. You remind me so much of your oldest sister…the way you look, your favorite foods, your easy-going personality, and even your utter hatred for diaper changes! (But, being like Hannah isn’t a bad thing. Not at all. I am so thankful that you have such a wonderful big sister to look up to as you grow!)

But, you are definitely your own unique little person, and once again, you were exactly the right addition to our family!

It has been such fun to watch you learn, and grow, and change this year.

I truly think you must be the happiest baby. Ever. You smile all the time! You even wake up happy (most of the time).

You don’t have huge vocabulary yet, but you can say and sign a few words: kitty, Hannah, woof, uh-oh, more (sign), all done (sign), and thank you (sign). We are working on signing please, but you’re a messy little eater, so I may let that one slide until you can vocalize it.

Of course, I love hearing you say “Mama,” and the excited way that you squeal “Dada!” when he gets home in the afternoons. You completely surprised me one night a few weeks ago when I told you, “Say night-night to Rebekah.” And, you waved and said “Nigh-nigh!” I think I just stood there and stared at you in disbelief. I guess I didn’t think you could do it! Silly mommy. But, I think my favorite is when I say, “Rachel, I love you!” And, you mumble something that has 3 distinct syllables in response. I like to pretend you are saying “I love you” back. The fact that you always follow it with a sweet kiss helps.

You love going outside. As soon as daddy gets home from work, you start pointing wildly at the door…your way of asking for him to take you out. You love crawling around in the grass, looking at the leaves, playing in the dirt, walking up and down the sidewalk (usually barefoot, because you hate shoes), and riding in your stroller to the mailbox.

It’s a good thing you also like bathtime! Once upon a time, they calmed you down. Now, it is just an extended, wet playtime. You love standing up, laying down, pouring water (and even attempting to drink it from time to time!)…and splashing!! I think by the end of it, I am as wet as you are!

I think I can say you are officially a toddler! You have been taking a few shaky steps for a little while. But, you would always resort to crawling if you fell down. Just the other day, I watched you fall down…but instead of crawling, you got up and kept walking! And, you’ve been doing it ever since.

You’ve got to keep up with your siblings!!

You love playing with your big brother and sisters. And, as long as you aren’t trying to eat their Legos, or tear up special books, they are just as delighted to have you. I love hearing the four of you play and laugh together! It is one of my favorite sounds in the entire world.

You have definitely been the star sleeper of the family! I wasn’t quite sure what to do with you as newborn, when you seemed perfectly content for me to lay you down, and let you sleep. Within your first week, you were sleeping for 4-hour stretches at night…that only got longer as time went on. I honestly didn’t know babies could do that! There have been a few sleepless nights, but most (if not all) have been directly related to teething or illnesses. So, I really can’t fault you for that.

I guess we rewarded your sleeping superpowers by picking your loudest sibling to be your roommate. (Sorry.) But, you should come out of it able to sleep through anything! And, maybe someday Rebekah will learn how to whisper. Maybe. But, you really don’t seem too bothered. And, I think you kind of enjoy having the company when you wake up! I love to hear you two talk and giggle together when you wake up in the afternoons… Now, if only you didn’t feel the need to wake each other up…

With 3 older siblings who are quite a bit more talkative and active than you are, it can be challenging to get mommy’s undivided attention. So, I think it is the cutest thing when you tilt your head around to look at my face with your silly grin, just to make sure I can still see you. Oh, I’m watching, baby girl. Don’t you worry. I’m watching.

I pray each day that the Lord would draw you to Himself. And, that someday, your joy and contentment would come from knowing Him. I am so thankful that the Lord gave you us one year ago. It is a privilege and a joy to be your mommy.

Happy 1st Birthday, Rachel Susannah!

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