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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another year older...

Happy 12th Birthday, beautiful girl! 

   On this day 12 years ago we welcomed our third child into our family! Being the third child and second daughter in the family can be a challenging spot to hold, but not for this strong willed girl! She has kept us on our toes from day one and makes our life more fun for sure! Not only is she a very determined and persistent child she is prayerful, smart, fun and a pure joy to be around. Everyone who meets her and hangs out with her says the same thing.

  Rebekah is often the child friends and family will request when 'fun' is needed. She is super creative and is often found doing a craft with her younger siblings. When she's not making something with her hands (crafts or yummy foods) she can be found curled up with a book and unresponsive to the rest of the world. ; ) She is a loyal friend and is often the one who gathers her friends together for something social. She has been blessed with some of the sweetest girl friends I've ever known! And she knows they are a gift!

  Happy birthday, Rebekah Marie! We cannot imagine our life without you in it! Thank you for being uniquely YOU and for bringing fun and joy to our family! Your love for life, family, faith and friends is an inspiration to everyone who knows you!

      We LOVE you so, so, so much! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  Happy 7th birthday, Jacob Thomas! 
   We waited and prayed and waited and prayed for the Lord to bless our family with another baby and we asked specifically for another son because we wanted our first born son to know and love the bond of a loving, adoring little brother. Of course, we knew that getting another daughter would have been lovely as well, but my husband didn't have any brothers and he really wanted that for his son.

  After waiting 3 years to get pregnant again we were indeed blessed with another boy! What a gift he is to our family. He's witty, snuggly, oh so loving, smart, helpful, honest and just a joy to have in our family.

You can see why we're calling him 'jake-o-lantern' right now. One stubborn front tooth left!

2 years old.

Big brother, Joe, meets his little brother for the first time and give him a 'snake'. LOL.

They both have March birthdays, so they celebrate together. 
He's loves being a catcher just like his big brother. God has blessed him with great baseball skills and it doesn't hurt that his daddy and big brother are his personal coaches. ; ) He's playing travel baseball this year with the 8 year olds. 

He adores his little sister and she adores him even more!