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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Down by the creek.....

Down by the banks of the hanky-panky where the bullfrog 
jumps from bank to banky, with a hip, hop, flip. flop 
Missed that banky and went ker-plop!

Such a beautiful place for our beautiful girl. We took the kids on a spur-of-the-moment picnic and our Autumn humored her mama with a few photos. I was sure glad she did! The creek was the perfect place.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Strong willed, yet so sweet......

Our 2.5 year old is such a strong-willed child. More so than any of the others. She has pushed me further, yet taught me more as a mother than any of the others. I often have to stop, breath, and ask the Lord to lead me. I know he has placed this precious, and rare being in my care for a reason. I often refer to her as my "Humility Child", because that is one of the lessons God has taught me with her. Where one thing worked with one child in the form of discipline, it does not always work with another. Even with her temper tantrums, her "NO's!", her meltdowns, determinations, demands, and every other quirky moods she may have, I would not trade her for anything. She has shown me more than any therapist or Dr could have. Love, and pure, over the top appreciation for the task I have in raising this strong-spirited beautiful little girl. Today I came across a prayer from another mom of a couple strong willed kiddo's. It spoke volumes to me. I thought I would share it here. {And as soon as I get ink for my printer, this is getting framed as a daily reminder to ME!} :) 
You can find her blog here We are that Family
She LOVES the chickens... (the little scuff mark on her pretty little face is from a baby goat. Those little guys are rough!}

"God, You gave me a strong girl.  She is a gift. You and I both know, this is a hard calling. Please help me not to crush her determined spirit with all my rules and regulations. You created her to color outside the lines, give me the courage to let her. Channel her determination into purpose. Turn her stubbornness into pliable willingness to say yes to You.  Teach her to yield her steadfast spirit and help me to let go of what doesn’t matter. I need help mothering:  Show me how to look past the attitude and see a pure heart. Lead me to look for the good and appreciate the crazy. Instead of controlling her, teach me to empower her. And instead of drawing a line in the sand and demanding my way, remind me that this little girl is a whole lot like me. Oh, and see what You did there. Most of all, teach all of us how to follow you. Amen."~ Kristen 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1 years young! Cake Smash!

Nope! I can  not believe it myself, but our little muffin has turned one already. She is such a little ray of sunshine. Only 2 bottom teefers still and she finally pulled herself up to a standing position only a few days before her first birthday. That is what happens I guess when you're carried around so much. {My take on these things.. I have yet to see a 5 yr old that couldn't walk...each in their own time} ;) Her favorite food is STRAWBERRIES!! She LOVE LOVE LOVES them and will eat them at every meal if we allow it. :) Her favorite person in the world is her daddy, she wants no one else when he is home.. followed by big brother Cole and big sister Ana :) We had a big celebration for her with about 35 friends and family attending her party held at our church. There was a puppet show, snow cones, a slip and slide and just a lot of fun all around. The party girl tuckered out before she could even get to her Birthday cake and gifts! (Those photos coming later) Be sure and check out the cake smash photos towards bottom of post.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BABY GIRL! 

 Notice the bee in this photo... she is telling the bee that it can NOT have her flower! :)

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