Dear Lulu,

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I woke up at 2:00 this morning and could hardly breathe as I thought about you.

I wonder who you look like on your 4th birthday.

I wonder if your eyes match the stars in the night.

I wonder if your hair is still dark and gently lays across your forehead.

I wonder who is holding you close.

I think about your brothers and sister, as they run and play. I see you beside them.

Chasing the chickens, throwing September’s tennis ball, riding in the golf cart.

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If I could have one more squeeze – I would take it in a second.

If I could kiss your sweet little nose – I wouldn’t hesitate.

It has been more difficult, this birthday.

My heart is still raw.

Time is not doing his job very well.

But…

I know my tears are captured in the hand of The One who made this ‘your’ day.

There is hope in front of me.

So, we WILL celebrate you today, Lulu Grace.

With so much pink…

Balloons – the big ones.

Strawberry cheesecake.

And bubbles being blown all over this little city farm.

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We will embrace it all.

The brokenness that still plays its part.

The beauty that somehow outshines it all.

And we will hold you closer still.

Happy 4th Birthday, baby girl.

Luvu, mama

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O’s Big Day

It’s all about O today…

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Celebrating him as he turns 10!

A story to share a little of his sense of humor {it’s the best!}

Last night, he was working on his homework for language arts. Each week he has to define a particular word, give a synonym, an antonym and write a sentence using the word.

The word this week is ‘obnoxious’.

He looked up the definition and the synonym. Then I asked him what we thought an antonym would be and he gave me the same look in that first picture above and without hesitation said, “me!”

{O, you do my heart good like a medicine.}

So, in case your every needing the antonym for obnoxious, that would be Owen.

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I admire you, already for your laid back attitude about most things.

You make me laugh in the middle of me being upset with you, a gift you got from your daddy.

You make this crazy world brighter and we are so-so blessed to have you OO.

Luvu 10X10X10X10X10X10X10.

A Few More Moments of Celebration

We spent Monday night at the soccer fields. When we got home Boo set the table for our party of bubbles and strawberry swirled cheesecake…

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Our birthday-buffet was overflowing with luv from you all…

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Thank you!

{See what GREAT love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1}

We’re still soaking it all in.

And then last night we had our family pictures taken.

Here’s a sneak peek…

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I’ll share more photos later and where you can find this sweet photographer.

I can’t wait to show you the one of us with Lulu’s tree. ❤

Happy 3rd Birthday

Today we are celebrating you, Lulu.

We bought a tree for you and trees for your brothers and sister. We had a beautiful day yesterday and planted your pink weeping cherry tree. Today we will plant the rest and over the years we will watch them as they grow and think about how you are growing in heaven. I can only imagine you would be right in there planting with us. Garden gloves, dirty knees and a big smile.

You certainly fit in with us.

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Our strawberry pie is waiting in the refrigerator for after dinner…

and the bubbles will come out tonight.

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We’ve got our family pictures scheduled for later this week.

Wow, you keep us busy, just like your big siblings.

I’m glad.

And although time keeps moving forward, we stop where we are and thank God for you.

Happy birthday baby girl.

Luvu.

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12 years old

It has been quiet on here as of lately. Christmas {and more so} Christmas break has a way of doing that.

But today is not a day for me to be quiet.

Today our oldest turned 12!

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You have rocked our world since day 1.

luvu so much, D.