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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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Titus’ 4th Birthday Party

Our boy turned 4 years old!
So, we celebrated with a Monster Truck party!

Titus' Monster Truck Birthday

My children have very specific ideas about their birthday cakes. And, while my cake decorating ability is (very) limited, I try to comply whenever possible.
This year was no different. The birthday boy wanted chocolate cake and vanilla frosting…and monster trucks.

So, I did what any self-respecting, but artistically-challenged parent would do. I resorted to thievery. I used his “Monster Mater” trucks as part of the decoration.
IMG_4750wm(The one in the “ring” is I-Screamer. Get it? Cake and… Yeah, okay. He got it.)

We celebrated with Grammy & Grampy, and a few of his friends from church.
I can’t tell you how excited he was to have another boy at the party this year!


Because his birthday fell on a Sunday, we had his party on Saturday…

But, after church, we came home for more celebrating…and more presents!

Titus' 4th Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday, Titus!!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Titus!


My boy is 4!

You have changed so much this year. You have gone from a toddler to a real “big kid” now. (Pull-Ups’ reference intended.)

You have introduced me to superheroes and monster trucks…and the incredible array of noises and heart-stopping crashes that go with them. The things I never thought I would be interested in… Somehow, I find them fascinating now.

You amaze me with your enthusiasm for school each day, and your hard work and concentration has really surprised me. You could practice writing your letters for hours…and, on occasion, have done just that! Our reading time together is one of my favorites. You have been begging me to teach you how to read for months, because you want to read your Bible…all by yourself! And, you are working so hard. I love to see your face light up as you sound out a word – all by yourself.

As much as you love to run around outside, and get dirty, and make noise, you can also be a perfect little gentleman.  Ever since Christmas, you have wanted to wear a tie to church! And, while I know this phase won’t last forever, I am greatly enjoying it while it does. (Who said boy clothes aren’t as fun as girl clothes?!) I love that you want to dress just like your daddy and “Boppy.” They are great examples for you to follow…in so many ways!

You have a special role in our family as little brother to one, and big brother to two. I know I’m supposed to discourage it, but I can’t help but smile when you intentionally bug and annoy your sisters. Maybe it would bother me more if I didn’t just see how much you love them. You are their best buddy and protector. You entertain Rachel, and love to make her smile and laugh with your goofy faces and silly noises. Things I would think terrifying are absolutely hilarious to her!

You are the sweetest little boy ever. I might be just a little bit biased, but, I’m allowed to be. Thank you for looking up from your play to tell me, “Mommy, I just love you.”


I love you too, Buddy. And, I am so thankful for you. Happy Birthday!

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Titus’ Truck Birthday Party

Titus 3rd Birthday

For Titus’ 3rd birthday, we partied pretty much all day long!

He woke up to presents from the family at breakfast…

The Birthday Boy!

And then it was time to get ready for his Truck Party!

Friends - yes, all girls!

Grammy and Grampy, and friends from church came over to help us celebrate! (Yes. It was a truck birthday party, for a 3-year-old boy, and all of the guests at the party were little girls!)


Lunch was, at the birthday boy’s request: Hot Dogs, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, celery, carrots, cucumbers, and Fritos. All of his favorites.

The Truck Cake

For the cake, he wanted “yemon” (lemon), with chocolate frosting. He actually loves lemon. But, lemon and chocolate? I wasn’t too sure about that flavor combination…we ended up going with yellow cake, and that seemed to be exactly what he was asking for.  My cake decorating abilities are decidedly limited. But, with the help of pinterest (and obviously, that was only for ideas…I was not going for an exact replica!), a few stolen uh, I mean borrowed construction trucks, and a creative big sister, we managed to pull off a cake that pleased our new 3-year-old…and that’s really all that matters.

Present Time!

It was a fun day, celebrating our boy.

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