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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…

2016_12_251{Aren’t they adorable?!}

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!


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.


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…


Special Music


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


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



2016_03_27_182wmFriends: Sophia & Rebekah


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


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!

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


 “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.


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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Rebekah’s 1st Birthday Party!


We celebrated Rebekah’s 1st Birthday with a little party and few friends from church.


Jessie & Alejandra

Johanna & Sophia

Johanna & Sophia


Micah & Hannah

Grammy & Grampy came too!

Grammy & Grampy

Grammy & Grampy

Seeing as how it was October, a fallish-Pumpkin theme just seemed to fit.





Bethany & Hannah

Bethany & Hannah





Rebekah received some sweet gifts from her friends…although she was a bit overwhelmed by the unwrapping.


Opening a Gift…with help from Hannah & TItus

Then it was time for cupcakes!


Hannah lit the candle


In keeping with our theme, I decorated the cupcakes with little candy pumpkins…and that is the extent of my cake-decorating ability.

Rebekah’s first taste of sugar…

What is this?

What is this?

She was a little hesitant at first…


Licking the frosting off her fingers.

Just poked at the frosting…

Really? I'm allowed to eat this?

Really? I’m allowed to eat this?

But, then she got brave.

First Bite

First Bite

Yeah. I think she liked it.


Happy Little Frosting Face…She even had it in her eyelashes!

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!! We love you!

With my Birthday Girl

With my Birthday Girl


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Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

1 Year Old

1 Year Old

My sweet baby girl. I can’t believe it has been a year since you were born! You have been our “sweet Rebekah” from day one. It just seemed to fit you. It still does. Over this past year, you have grown from a sweet little baby into such a sweet little girl.

Everyone has told me that the transition from 2 children to 3 is the most difficult. But, you have made it so easy!

Of course, you also have a mind of your own. Oddly, you may just be the most stubborn child we’ve had yet. But, that iron will only seems to exert itself at bedtime. Yes, in keeping with family tradition, you do not like to sleep…in your bed. But, you curl up and relax so easily when Mommy or Daddy is holding you…and you know what? I love it.

I have loved watching your little personality grow and develop this year. You have the best facial expressions! And, you smile and giggle so easily…especially at your big brother!

You still don’t say much in the way of “real” words, but you are very passionate and chatter on endlessly in your own little language. You have picked up some sign language. “More” seems to be your favorite…maybe because it seems to have the most immediate results.

You are growing so quickly. Like your brother and sister, you are long and skinny. You weigh 17 pounds, and measure 28 inches long (tall?). You are mostly wearing size 12-18 month clothes…which, on the one hand, is hard for me to believe as I have been packing away those tiny, little newborn sizes you were wearing not so long ago. But, then, most of what you are wearing these days used to belong to your big sister…and, I know you’ll be as big as she is before I know it!

I am so thankful that the Lord surprised us with another little girl! People told us that the transition from 2 children to 3 was the hardest. But, you have made it so easy. I can’t imagine our family without you (and, no, I don’t want to!). You are an incredible gift, and reminder of God’s undeserved goodness and kindness, and it is a privilege to be your mommy.

I love you so much! Happy Birthday, my sweet Rebekah Ann!

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