Resurrection Sunday 2017

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“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” ~Acts 2:22-24 (ESV)

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Bon Anniversaire, Hannah!

043Hannah loves all things French. She is constantly checking out whatever books she can find in the library on France: the country, culture, food, and language.

So, a (somewhat) “French” or “Parisian” themed birthday party was her obvious choice. We decorated in her favorite colors…pastel turquoise, pink, and purple…with gold accents.

We decided to stick with family birthdays this year, so we FaceTimed with Grandma and Grandpa in California, in the afternoon so that she could open their gifts “with” them. Then Grammy and Grampy joined us later in the evening for dinner, dessert, and more gifts.

Our sort-of-French menu was entirely chosen by the birthday girl: Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwiches), decidedly not-French pasta salad, and Passion Iced Tea-Lemonade. Instead of a traditional cake, she opted for an assortment of treats: Macarons (her new favorite treat!), cream puffs, Madeleines, and Mini-Palmiers.

It was a quiet day, but we had fun celebrating our sweet 12-year-old!

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Happy 12th Birthday, Hannah

06Happy 12th Birthday, Hannah!

My sweet Hannah girl. How is it that each year seems to go faster than the one before it? You continue to amaze me, as you become more grown up each day.

You love being in the kitchen. Baking is your favorite. You made a wonderful chocolate chip pecan pie for our family Thanksgiving, and even took on the task of making your own birthday cake to share at our church fellowship lunch! But, you are also willing to help with the less glamorous tasks…like making everyday meals, and washing a sink-full of dirty dishes without complaint.

You started playing the flute this year, and you really seem to have a natural talent. You have learned and improved so much. I love hearing you play, and seeing your discipline and hard work pay off.

Your brother and sisters absolutely adore you. (With good reason!) You entertain them endlessly with stories and creative games. You are patient with them, are constantly looking after them, helping them, and comforting them…even when you don’t “have” to. And they enjoy your time, the special one-on-one attention you give them, and especially your toys. “Sleep-Night-Overs” in your room are probably the biggest treat you could give them!

You are reliable, and competent, and more than able to handle all that we ask you do. And, we do ask you to do a lot. And, you do it with a good attitude, and you try to do it well.

But, I love that you are still my sweet, creative, artistic, dreamer. You entertain your siblings endlessly with your creative stories and spontaneous games…which I think you enjoy just as much as they do. Your room is a treasure box of potential craftiness…beads, ribbon, stamps, tape, crayons, paper, pens, yarn… Pretty much anything you see has the possibility of being turned into some artistic creation.

It is a privilege to watch you grow into such a sweet, beautiful young lady. We are so thankful that the Lord gave you to our family.

Happy 12th Birthday, Hannah!!

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Rachel’s Minnie Mouse Birthday

IMG_0744I like to save the “big” decorations for birthday party time. But, I do like to a few fun decorations up when the birthday boy or girl wakes up on their birthday. Once they are able to express an opinion about it, I more or less let them choose the theme of their birthday parties. But, until then, it is always fun to surprise them with something that I think they would like. And, this year, I was rewarded with sweet squeals of delight when this birthday girl saw her Minnie Mouse decorations at the breakfast table.IMG_0746

We had our traditional “Birthday Biscuits” and Strawberries for breakfast.2017_03_231After breakfast, Rachel had fun opening some gifts from her brother, sisters, and mommy and daddy. The Minnie Mouse toy makes noise when it is touched…but…I forgot to turn off the “test mode” before I wrapped it. So, when she grabbed one of the smaller packages in front, it was just enough to set it off! It started singing, and lighting up under the wrapping paper! Oops. But, even if the surprise was slightly ruined, she was still very excited about it!

2017_03_232Dinner was the birthday girl’s choice: Tacos! And, that top picture? Not chocolate. This is what happens when this girl eats black beans. She loves them.

2017_03_233After dinner, it was time to open gifts from her grandparents… A Minnie Mouse suitcase, a wooden dress-up Minnie, a kitty book, and a super soft kitty!

Then it was time for cake!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Rachel!!IMG_0750

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Rachel!

2017_03_23Happy 2nd Birthday, Rachel!

The days are long (and the nights may have been even longer), but the years truly are short. You might be the baby of our family. But, you are definitely not a baby anymore.

You are so much fun! You love to make people laugh! And, your laugh is absolutely contagious! Even on the hardest, most exhausting days, your giggle can always make me smile. And, you still give the best hugs.

You love to play outside…especially if it involves the swings, water, or Rebekah’s bike. You love bath time! You love food! You love ice! You love kitties! You love going to visit Daddy at work!

Yes, you really do love just about everything!

You want to be just like your big brother and sisters. (And, I don’t blame you. They are pretty cool.) It is so cute to hear you say “I do school too!” Mostly, you just sit at the table and peel the papers off of the crayons while your big brother and sister are working on their lessons. But, you are listening. And, I am always amazed at what you pick up while you sit there with us.

You are such a happy little girl…with only one big exception. You get quite frustrated if you cannot communicate what you want or need…or rather, if we don’t understand what you are trying so very hard to communicate. You know, and use a few signs. But, you would rather talk. I love seeing your vocabulary expand exponentially on an almost daily basis! You repeat difficult words as though you’ve been saying them forever. You shock us with complete, complex sentences. And, you definitely don’t “do” baby talk.

No. You are not a baby anymore. Yes, the days are long, and your energy certainly exceeds my own! But, my goodness these days go by so very fast. I absolutely love this stage…watching you as you learn, and explore, and change so quickly.

I pray that as you continue to grow and learn this year, that our Lord would draw your little heart to Himself. I pray that one day, your contagious joy would come from Him. And that you would love Him more than anything else.

Happy Birthday, my baby girl. I am so thankful for the sweet gift that the Lord gave our family in you. I love you.

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