Thursday, September 11, 2014

.we will remember.

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.

President George W. Bush

I have sat here at my keyboard for awhile now...struggling to find the words to share. But words aren't enough in this moment. The evil witnessed thirteen years ago is still fresh on this anniversary. It occurred to me this morning that I have lived longer in a post 9/11 world (and have for several years) than before 9/11. It has been our friends, our peers, and our coworkers who have chosen to pick up the fight against evil; they have chosen the safety and freedom of others over their own tomorrows. And today, we remember men, women, and children who left their homes never to return.

To those who are grieving, may you find comfort.

To those who are at war, may you come home soon and safe.

To those who are free, may you cherish your liberty.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

.three months.

How has it been three months, baby girl?
three months of your sweet spirit in our home...
three months of dresses, and hair bows...
three months of us loving on you...
three months and we already can't imagine life without you, sweet thing!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

.family sunday.

Well, family, another week has come and gone with you...time flies by sometime, sweet ones.

B - Congratulations on your first solo in a helicopter! I'm so proud of you and how hard you've been working and how far you've come!

J - This week you have mastered counting! And you are awesome at it! Watching you learn and discover is such a joy, Sweet Boy.

W - Your attitude this week has just been so great, kiddo! I love your use of words instead of tears to ask for things! Your loving heart warms mine!

A - Baby Girl, you are the sweetest thing...there's just no other way to say it! You are the best little sidekick ever!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

.oh, brothers.

Without fail, every time I leave the house with my three kiddos I get a comment that "you sure have your hands full!"


Usually literally, although I think most people mean it figuratively.

My boys are busy.

We have daily battles about naps, snacks, sharing, indoor voices, bedtime...typical toddler things.


But I am choosing to treasure these times...

...eavesdropping on lisped conversations between themselves, laughing at silly faces, running races, singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" at bedtime, racing toy cars...

It's so easy to get overwhelmed with crazy work schedules, minor health issues, the frustrating weather, and a dirty house.


My hands may be full, but it's a good full.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

.family sunday.

The first half of this week dragged on and on, but the second half just flew by!

B - Thank you for your encouragement (and I'm not being sarcastic!) with my new diet. It's so nice when someone notices that I look different!

J - You have been amazing me lately with your ear for music. This week you picked out the theme from "Great Escape" from two different soundtracks and commented that you liked John Williams. Great ear, kiddo!

W - You love to be silly, sweet boy, and this week you have been making me smile with all of your "roaring" - you crazy dragon!

A - This week you have been my shopping girl! I love going out with you, Sweetness, and I love hearing your opinions and seeing your smiles!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

.family sunday.

The past week has been just crazy.

B - Thank you for all of your incredible support this week as I had three interviews, was hired, and had my first day at a new job. With you backing me up, I know we can make this awesome!

J - Your eagerness to learn about the way things work is such a privilege to watch. Getting to go in the simulator at Dad's work this week was definitely a highlight for you and us! Your respect and aptitude for helicopters and air traffic control blew us away!

W - I can't believe you've been a part of our family for two years already! You amaze me with your quick mind - this week you started asking me about the names of letters!

A - You started talking all the time this week. Your sweet voice has been delighting us and your eagerness to be a part of family conversations makes us smile!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

.happy birthday.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to celebrate W's birthday a day late.

To my sweet boy,

Happy second birthday!

Your passion for life, your family, and learning challenges me as your mama and fills my heart.


I am so glad you are in our family, sweet boy, and I can't wait to see what your future holds. I know it will be great!

I love you!

Love, Mama