062616 – 062816: Happy Birthday Lucy!

Oh my goodness I have a 6 year old. 

Literally, she just asked me, “is lava around here?” My answer was no. “Good…” was her reply. When did we start having conversations?!

I remember my sweet baby. This was days after her birth. 

Then, at one. 

Two. Those bright blue eyes. And that sweet little smile. 

Three. And so mischievous and adorable. 

Four. Wide eyed still.

Five. Looking grown and playing the part. 

And now six. 
Thoughtful and friendly. Lover of animals. Sweet and mild. Except sometimes with her brother.

Having this sweet girl has brought me so much happiness. 

And her brother too. 

And watchin Wesley grow as a father to her has been amazing. He’s learned a lot, just like I have. 
She’s our precious princess and we are so blessed to get to tell her happy birthday today. 

Happy birthday Luc. I love you the mostest and always will. 

062316 – 062516: Cousin Visits

My kiddos are creative and I truly love that. We got home and unpacked and they wanted to paint. So, we painted. 

Lucy got some cute little bird houses for her birthday and she was kind enough to let her brother paint some with her. They had so much fun. 

Then Thursday we went swimming! 

We stopped by and got my niece. My beautiful girls…

Truly crazy how much they favor. 

The blond beauties. 

I jumped in the shower and when I got out, found Lucy playing with Kaileys hair while Kailey read fair takes to her. 

Love my sweet girls. Kailey slept in Lucy’s bed and I haven’t seen Lucy that excited in a while! 

We all had fun and I’m planning on getting her again this summer. She’s going to be a Junior in high school and I can’t believe my eyes. 

I mean, you know they grow up so fast… She showed me pictures of her from just like two years ago and I cannot believe how much more grown she looks. 

And Lucy too. Her birthday is this week. Tuesday. After Tuesday I’ll have a 6 year old. I cannot process. 

Hope you’ve had a great weekend filled with family and fun too!

062016 – 062216: Little Swimmer and a visit to Louisiana

We shimmied on down to Louisiana to visit with Wesley’s dad for Father’s Day, and to get a little pool time in with Lucy. She’s almost 6 and it drives me bonkers that she can’t swim yet. But this week… We got it!

She’s finally figured out how to go under water and she’s been having a blast doing it! Wes and I couldn’t be more proud!

And our weekend of swimming wore out my kids like I’ve never seen. 

They were out about 15 minutes after we left. 

We had a blast visiting or family, and Lucy of course left them with drawings everywhere. 

Judah enjoyed the pool as well and started putting his head underwater before we left. He couldn’t have his sister outdo him. He’s only sorta competitive, haha!

Lucy made Wes the cutest little Father’s Day gift at church. My favorite? He’s not very good at…”he’s good at everything.”

This little guy took naps while we were down. Crazy! He never naps. Swimming is exhausting!

And of course we got ice cream. And we also got it everywhere. (At least Judah did. His hands, shirt, shorts, legs, face, hair, elbows, chair and mirror had some form of ice cream on them before we left.) 

A great trip and super productive as well! 

We are so proud of our little girl and her finally braving the waters. 

061916: Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is a new for me to celebrate time. When I was younger, it was just me and my mom. We didn’t do much on Father’s Day. Then I was adopted and Father’s Day became a day that I got to celebrate my “new” dad. Then when I was 18, I met my biological father and had a whole new reason to celebrate Father’s Day. 

I was personally blessed with two fathers that care about me and I’m such a lucky gal to have them in my life. 

But my biggest realization into Father’s Day, was watching my husband become one. 

It was the most amazing transition I’ve ever seen. And so instant. I saw it right here:

That was the moment I understood what he was going to become. 

And it’s been so amazing to watch him love our kids. 

He’s a boo-boo kisser and a rocker before bedtime. 

He’s the one that feeds them peanut butter right off the knife. I can’t stand peanut butter. 

He’s their cartoon drawing champion. And their monster-gorilla-dragon. 

He’s their protector and they know they can trust him completely and wholly. 

And I’m so glad I get to, not only, call him mine, but they can call him theirs as well. 

Happy Father’s Day Wes! 12 years together and 2 kids…. You’re amazing and I love you. Thank you for always being fantastic to me and our kiddos. 

061616 – 061816: 12 YEARS! (And a lot of pictures Wes hates…)

Today is our anniversary. Twelve years married. Gah, we were so young when we first got together. 

This was my senior prom. 

We were kids! Then.. Marriage. 

(Still just kids…) Then life. 

This was not long after we started our church. It feels like a lifetime ago. 

And then our first big adventure. 

Followed by some other adventures that were crazy and fun…

But nothing compared to our 2nd big adventure. 

Our first adventure took this picture. It may be my favorite of us. It sums us up well, I believe. 

Our lives get better and better every year we’re together. Kid you not. 

I am so glad I got to marry my best friend and I’m so glad that he loves me as much as I love him. 

He’s an exceptional person. He’s the most genuine person I know. He means what he says. He’s as honest as they come. He’s generous. He loves Christ in a way that you don’t see just every day. 

And I’m so blessed that he loves me the way a husband is supposed to. He prays that he’ll only see me, and when I’m in a room with a hundred other girls, he really does only see me. I know, because he generally makes a comment or two about me. 

Every time we go out somewhere I ask him, “so, if we weren’t together and you saw me there tonight… Would you try to pick me up?” And his answer is always the same. “Definitely. You were the best looking girl there. Not even worth my time to glance around the room. Only you.”

We don’t always get things right. We don’t always choose the correct words. We still hurt each other from time to time, but the thing we haven’t done… Given up. We haven’t given up on each other and we aren’t planning on ever doing that. We aren’t going to come to a place and be like, “well, we’ve run out.” He’s my one and only and I’m his forever. And we are happy with that. 

Wes, I love you always. You’re my one, and I’ll always be here by your side. 

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