Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Paw Patrol Saves Breakfast



I can't believe my baby is 4! I guess he's no longer a baby technically. We celebrated with a small party, 10am to noon, with close friends and family. It's funny how when they are little, everyone stays, so a small party becomes a big one. insert smiley face. I could tell he was processing a lot of emotions. He woke up for a week asking if today was the day, so when it finally arrived, I don't think he knew what to do with himself. He recovered quickly and had a great time. He asked for a Paw Patrol party, so he got one with all the fix-ins, including dog bowls filled with kibble (cocoa puffs).
Henry is such a live wire. He is impulsive and loud. He loves to run, jump, and get dirty. I always tease the girls that if he came first, they wouldn't exist. God certainly has a sense of humor. Henry is the best cuddler in the family. He loves to be close to you and he loves to listen to books. He's full of joy and he completes our little family.
Happy 4th birthday, Henry! We love you more than you can ever imagine!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Now We Are 40

Dan and I turned 40 within two months of each other, so we decided to have a little party to celebrate. It was so nice to have some of our nearest and dearest under the same roof. I really love these people and I'm really loving being 40. I feel so blessed. I have an amazing husband, and three children who challenge me to be my best every day. I love teaching kindergarten, watching those little miracles learn to read brings me so much joy. I appreciate being able to job share all these years. I feel God's grace every day, and am learning to "be still." 40 is a nice place to be. I guess I'll hang out here for a while. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christmas Eve



Christmas Eve is my favorite night. We have so many tiny traditions that the kids have remembered year after year, and would never let me forget. We visit my dad and Dan's mom. We exchange gifts, eat, laugh, and enjoy each other.
But what I most enjoy, is the quiet night with our little family. We say "good-bye" to Buddy. This is the only time we get to touch him, so it's very special for the kids to give him a hug and thank him for spending December with us. We sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn, and leave cookies and milk for Santa. We also leave him a special note and key (since we don't have a fireplace). We tell Santa that we appreciate him and his gifts and let him know that Jesus is the best gift of all. We read the Bible and cuddle. Time slows down as we anticipate the morning that is to come. Knowing that God sent His son to die for our sins so we may join Him in heaven one day is incomprehensible, but through faith and the reading of His word, we know this is true and we are so grateful for God's grace and being able to start each day anew.