Happy Birthday Isaac!!!!

12 02 2011

Wow, can you really be 7 years old?  Where has the time gone?  Just thinking that I only have a few more years to mold and shape you, before your on your own, makes me want to cry.  I can’t believe how fast the time goes, but oh how thankful I am for you.  You are an amazing kid!  It is such a delight to see you have a heart for eternal things.  Your love for people and missions amazes me!  You challenge me everyday and your wisdom is well beyond your years.

Our prayer for you is that God will continue to teach you, lead you and that you will obey His commands for your life.  He is your strength and your guide, lean on Him.

Thank you Isaac for being our son!  We could not be more happy with you. 🙂  Enjoy your 7th birthday, don’t rush it.  Adulthood will be here before you know it.  We love you!

Isaac’s passion is Baseball!  The kid plays it almost every minute of the day in the summer. 🙂

A favorite picture from this past year. 🙂

An event that happened this year was Isaac taking a step of obedience.  His understanding of eternal things amazes us.  He now says, “I have work to do for the church, I am apart of the body.” 

Happy Birthday Son!  We love you.

Summer Birthdays…..

7 09 2010

Sorry it has taken me so long to finally get the birthday pictures up.  I do have a good reason…..well, kind of one.  We bought a new camera early this year….and well…..I don’t know how to put the pictures up.  😦  Dave had to do it for me.

So, let’s start with my little princess.  Grace turned 5 this year and choose a Strawberry Shortcake birthday.  🙂  She had a great time with her friends and brothers. 🙂

We surprised Grace with a new kitchen table and dishes.

 Shortly after Grace turned 5 our son Owen turned 3.  Wow!  Really can my baby boy be 3.  He celebrated by having a Go Diego Go party!  This party was a month late because Owen got very sick the weekend of his party. 


The children made Diego vests, then went on an Animal Rescue!  Lots of fun.

Dave set up a course for the kids to run....at the end they had to rescue a stuffed animal. He is such an awesome daddy!!!

As hard as it is for me to believe that Grace is 5 and Owen is 3….the thought that Ethan is 1 is super hard!!!!  My baby boy has grown into such a sweet little boy.  We celebrated his birthday with a Thing 4 is turning 1.  It was a Dr. Seuss birthday party.

Things 1 to 4. 🙂


The Cat in the Hat cake table


The food table was based on Green Eggs and Ham

Ethan opening his gifts

Ethan having his cake...yummy.

I praise God for my wonderful blessings.  He is so good to me, I look at these children and just can’t believe He has given them to us to raise. 

We love you kiddos!  Thank you for being apart of our family.

Birthday Parties….

12 06 2010

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE to throw birthday parties.  Before my children can even sit up or sleep through the night I am planning their first birthday party.  Weeks after their birthday I am already thinking of next year. 🙂 I LOVE doing this….maybe I should check into that one day as a job….he he.

Well, after many years of having “Family and Friends” parties we decided to move onto Birthday party child friends and our family only parties.  Ummmmm you might be thinking….”What is she talking about?”  In the younger ages (1-3 or so) the child isn’t really “friends” with children yet.  But around the age of 4 they start to really have bonds with certain children.  So we are now only inviting our immediate family (grandparents and cousins) and the birthday child’s friends. 

This was hard at first.  Many of our friends have 3-5 children each and they are all close in age.  But we gave it a try last year anyway….and guess what?  EVeryone LOVED it!!!!  The parents of the multi age families were calling and thanking me!  They were saying how nice it was for their 2nd or 3rd born child to get to go to party without all the siblings.  They were saying how much it made their children feel special.

Now, I am not saying that this is the only way to go….but for us it is working!  Grace will be having her 5 year old birthday party next weekend and she is so excited to have 8 little girls coming over (and of course her brothers and cousins too).  We can actually invite several children because we are only inviting one from each family.  (If we had just invited 2 families we would have had almost 7 children had we included all the siblings).  So this is a nice way to do it and still keep it under 10 children.

Now, for the younger children we still invite the whole family.  The younger children need their parents at the party and we need them there to help too! 🙂 

I am excited to post pictures of her birthday party next week….let’s just say, there will be lots of pink, red and lime green.  Any guesses on what the theme is?

Gracelyn is 5!!!!

1 06 2010

Wow!!!  Really can this be, can I really be a mama to a 5 year old little girl. 🙂 She is fun and crazy too. She is such a great little girl, but boy can she add drama to almost any situation. 🙂

She did the K level of Sonlight this year and really enjoyed it.  She is an artist let me tell you!!!  She amazes me everyday with the creative things she can do with everyday objects, her perspective in her drawings is great.  Now I am looking into home school art curr. for next year for her.  I believe she is very talented! 🙂

She is almost swimming (she can go a good distance, but doesn’t have the confidence yet).  She loves the water, art, cooking, playing with dolls and in her kitchen. She knows all the Star Wars movies (the ones we allow) by heart and is always given the role of Princess Leila when playing with the boys. LOL .  She is a girly girl!  She loves to do her hair, wants to wear makeup etc.  She would wear a dress everyday if we had enough. 🙂

We praise God for her and all that He has done and is going to do in her life!  Here are some pictures from her birthday lunch. (Her birthday party is a few weeks away, and she is having a Strawberry Shortcake one).

Grace with her gum (We don't allow gum until they are 5, so this is a very big deal)


Mommy and Grace

 Here is a little on her birth.