Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 Year Old in the House!

I can't believe I'm the mom of a 10 year old. Yes, you read that right, a 10 year old!  I don't feel old enough to have a child that is 10, but the reality is..... it's true.

It's been a wonderful 10 years with our oldest.  She's grown into such a fun, loving, carefree (sometimes too much for me), beautiful, precious little lady. She's an avid reader to the point where I have to ban books as punishment.  She LOVES all animals, real and stuffed.   It feels like I just blinked and here she is... 10.  On her birthday I told her all about the day she was born.  How we didn't even have a car seat!  I know!  Thankfully, my sisters went and bought us one as well as washed clothes so we would have something to bring her home in. First time momma.... and a baby that came three weeks early, we weren't ready.

In honor of your 10th sweet girl a little letter from your momma.

I am blessed to call you my daughter.  The day we found out we were expecting you, I knew you would grow to be a phenomenal woman.  Even though you are still a "kid", I can see the glimmer of what you will be like when you are grown and it's a beautiful picture. You have a personality that lights up a room.  You have an abundance of friends because of this personality. You are so loved.  I pray that you will stay true to your faith.  Keep the Lord close to your heart and mind.  He will guide you in all your ways and be with you even when things get tough.  Here's to another year of amazingness!  :)  I love you sweet girl.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sister Love....

One of my 5 sisters is getting ready to have her first baby.  In anticipation of her little bundle of joy, the boys had a Diapers and Drafts shower!  Man... times have changed!  I wish I would have had one of those, minus the Drafts.  I wish I would have kept track of how many diapers I used/changed for each of my little ladies.  That would probably have been an astronomical number I tell you.  Anyway.... my nephew and his girly friend said they would babysit all the kids so the MOM'S could go out to dinner!!!  You read that right, it was just the MOM's!!!!!  It was an amazing night out!!!  I had SO much fun!  We talked, laughed, talked, ate, laughed, talked and laughed some more to the point of tears!  It was so nice to be out with my sisters and to not have someone ask me to go to the bathroom 50 times or tell me they hate the food or start arguing with their sister OR spill something.
We were at the restaurant for 2+ hours when I had to be the party pooper because my girls had to get up early to sing at church and go to Sunday School.

I'm hoping we get more nights like this.....

I just love these girls so much!  All of them add joy to my life.  Their kids add joy to our lives.  It's amazing how we've all grown.  I can remember playing with them at home, dancing, singing, and chasing each other around the house, especially when we were mad at one another.  Those memories seem so distant now that we are grown, but I still hold all of them close to my heart.  Until next time!

This verse from Sirach is how I feel about my sisters and many of my friends.  My parents gifted me with the love and friendship of 5 great women (and one brother!). I'm blessed and thankful everyday for each one of them.  Click on the verse to print it out for yourself!  I have given this verse as gift to friends and it prints very well as a 5x7 picture. :)  When was the last time you hung out with your family?  What did you do?

From our Brown eyes to yours...