Sunday, April 19, 2015

Birthday Buddies


Jude's birthday is on April 17th.
Dave's birthday is on April 18th.

What fun!




Daddy and Jude celebrating birthdays together!
How special is that?




"Someone" was super duper excited!!




Blowing out the candles.....
Easy-peasy when you're three!




And we tried to make it real easy and for the "person" who wasn't three. (wink-wink)

Birthday Buddies!!
What a blessing!



Jude's is three!!!


Our little guy is three!!




THIS is our FIRST birthday celebration with him!




My heart swells with love for him.
We are so blessed to have Jude as our son.....forever!




All though we weren't able to celebrate his first and second birthdays with him......
We certainly are thrilled to be celebrating Jude's third birthday as a family!

This kid.
Such joy.






So much love!!!!






Oh, precious boy.....
How we love you!




Happy Third Birthday, Jude!



Monday, November 17, 2014

{His} smile......



Jude had his lip repaired on October 29th.

Look at his wonderful "new" smile!!!



I'm amazed.



I'm thankful.



It's beautiful.



BUT.

I do miss his "first" smile.



Pure joy!



His big wide, adorable smile.


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!! And I MISS, MISS, MISS it!



And you know what?

I must confess, I was nervous, afraid of his "first" smile.

I worried about his "first" smile for months before I met him.

I didn't know what to expect.  I didn't want people to stare...to judge...to...oh, I don't know.....

I.Don't.Know.
I just don't know.....
What in the world was I so afraid of?????

THEN.
I.
MET.
HIM.

And EVERYTHING changed.
No fear.
Only love!

Those first - tentative "first" smiles.....while we were in China.....



Oh my!


Be still my heart!



Now.

He has THIS smile....



A sweet "new" smile.



A smile I can hardly resist.




That "first" smile.....it melted my heart.



This "new" smile?
Melts my heart FOREVER!





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of School


Yep, it's another 'first day of school'......

I'm filled with all kinds of emotions.


Like:

*Wow, summer is over????  Wait, how did that happen?

*Finally. School has started.  

*I'm going to miss our lazy, unscheduled days of just doing whatever, whenever.

*The girls really need some structure. (I really need some structure!)


Sigh.

My little girlies are growing up on me.

They didn't even want to have their backpacks in their "first day of school" picture.
What is this world coming to?
I love their backpacks!

Shea is in 4th grade this year.
She scampered off to her class and didn't even need me to help her......with anything! For shame!
At least she let me take a picture of her.
As you can tell she wasn't thrilled with the idea.


Avery is in third grade.
She gladly accepted my help!
Made this momma happy.


My second round of kiddos seems to be growing up on me.  (How does that keep happening???)
I really missed them today.


Good thing I have "round three" to keep my days filled.
My grandson and my youngest son.
2 two year olds.
Yep.
They keep me hopping.
And I love it!


By the way, these two little bubbas are NOT growing up.
Just saying....