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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…

img_6041wmBefore…complete with Christmas music and a fire in our TV fireplace.

We started out the morning opening stockings…

Christmas Stockings 2016

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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Birthday Balloons

pageRebekah’s Little Einsteins Birthday Party

IMG_5763wm{Rebekah and her BFF, Sophia}

We celebrated our 3-year-old Rebekah with her grandparents, and our sweet friends from church.

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Second to Minnie Mouse, her favorite show is The Little Einsteins. She could watch the episode, “Birthday Balloons” on repeat! (And, ahem, has on occasion.) So, since she likes to pretend that she is Annie, we created a party based (very loosely) on that theme.

Lunch was, by request of the birthday girl, hot dogs. (I put them in the crock pot before church, on low, and they were ready to eat when we got home!)

IMG_5723wmMy one moment of creativity: I recycled a (Pinterest-inspired) idea from Rachel’s Ladybug Party, and made Leo’s Conducting Batons. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods, with star shaped sprinkles, because one of Annie’s Birthday Balloons was a star!

The cake… Rebekah just likes cake. It really doesn’t matter what flavor…just as long as it’s cake. So, getting her to pick a flavor was difficult. But, she eventually settled on chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting. (Which, conveniently matched up with the Little Einsteins episode that our party was based on!)

IMG_5750wmI assembled the cake before we left for church, and, while my lack of cake decorating skills have been well documented here on the blog, this was a new low. It didn’t go well…at all. To put it mildly. The top layer began to crack while I was frosting it. And, there was not enough frosting in the house to glue it back together.
But, in the end, it tasted good.

IMG_5754And, Rebekah was thrilled.  Because, cake.

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She got some fun gifts from her friends, and her grandparents.

IMG_5725wmBut, I think her favorite gift was the bouquet of balloons.
We tried to duplicate Annie’s balloons…and she loved it!!

 Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

Happy Birthday, my sweet little Bekah-Bug!

As a newborn, you seemed to look around at our crazy family and wonder what we had gotten you into. But, you fit in to the chaos, and add to it, just perfectly.

You are my sweet, spunky little Bekah-Bug. I love that you have your own style, and your own (very strong!) opinions. From what you want to wear (all Minnie Mouse, all the time!), to how you love to climb up the slide. You are all girl, and love all things Minnie Mouse, pretending to bake muffins and cakes, and all sorts of goodies, and taking care of your baby dolls. But, you also love to run, play in the dirt, and ride your scooter, and catch bugs and lizards with your brother.

So far, you continue to be the only not-morning person of the group. It takes you a little longer than your siblings to get going in the mornings, and you definitely do not like to be woken up. But, once you do wake up, you are full of energy, and smiles, and ready to go! And go, and go, and go… You officially stopped napping this past year, which has curbed some of your night owl tendencies. But, you still love laying in bed, singing at the top of your little lungs, and chatting with (or at) Rachel. And, I think it is absolutely adorable when you cry because your little sister fell asleep before you. You just love her company.

You are our family cheerleader. You always have a sweet smile and hug for everyone. And, you always give your brother and sisters a sincere “Good job!” when they complete a task, or try something new. You have grown into such a sweet big sister! You comfort and entertain your little sister with a surprising amount of patience! And, I love how you look up to your big brother and sister. You think everything they do is just amazing…and of course, you want to do it too.

I pray that you would grow to love and serve the Lord with the passion, enthusiasm, determination, and spirit that you put into everything you do.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Rebekah. I love you.

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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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Happy 2nd Birthday, Rebekah!

My sweet Rebekah Ann! I can hardly believe you have been a part of our family for 2 years. You were another amazing surprise, and an answer to so many prayers.

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You are the perfect combination of spunky, sweet, and stubborn. It has been amazing to watch you grow and change this year. Only a year ago, you were a mostly-bald, crawling baby, who could barely talk. (But, still tried desperately to get her point across!) Today, you are running around with your big brother and sister, with your wispy blond hair constantly in your eyes!

And, wow. You can definitely get your point across now! You have one volume. Loud. I guess when you are the “middle child” you do what it takes to be noticed.

You love music, and I have been repeatedly amazed at your ability to sing songs with a recognizable tune!

You are stubborn…and kind of a klutz – like your mommy. And, yet, you can be absolutely fearless at times. All of this has been a heart-stopping combination for mommy on more than one occasion…as I have had to contemplate taking you to the emergency room to get stitches – in your tongue! Or as I watch you fall head-first down the stairs…and then jump up and declare “I okay!”

“I do it” has become your favorite phrase…whether it is getting dressed, buckling yourself in to your carseat, or brushing your teeth, you want to do it on your own! You just want to keep up with your big brother and sister! You love being one of the “big kids” and have put that determination to good use. You decided to start potty-training yourself. Maybe some of that stubbornness will make mommy’s life easier after all, huh?

You are definitely not a morning person. Waking up is just a very hard thing for you… But, I love getting you up from your naps, because you will still sit in my lap, and snuggle with me, until you are fully awake. And, I’ll take all the sweet snuggles I can get! Sometimes it isn’t very long before your sweet smile returns, and your amazing energy kicks in, and you’re climbing down, ready to go again!

Even though you were a little unsure about adding a baby to the family, you have become a great big sister! You love to hug and kiss your baby sister. You bring her toys to play with, and try to entertain her when mommy is busy. You (try to) comfort her when she cries. You sing to her in the car. And you love to climb in the pack and play with her, just to keep her company! I love how much you love her, and I can’t wait to watch you two grow up together!

Happy 2nd Birthday my sweet girl!

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