all grown up…

“They keep coming up new all the time - things to perplex you, you know. You settle one question and there’s another right after. There are so many things to be thought over and decided when you’re beginning to grow up. It keeps me busy all the time thinking them over and deciding what’s right. It’s a serious thing to grow up, isn’t it, Marilla?”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Thaddeus and Quack

I am having such a hard time believing this little man of mine will be THREE next month!!!  He’s such a bright, little spot in all our lives and hardly a day goes by that I don’t ask myself what I’d ever do without him.  These photos just capture his little essence so very well… loving, goofy, sweet, and spirited all rolled into one.  These are those frustrating days when he wants to be so independent and wear your patience thin, but I think I will just squeeze him again, instead…. before I know it he will be in college ;-)


my oldest boy in his happy spot, doing what he loves…  he looks like such a man now, it’s hard for me to comprehend.  i feel like he should still be tugging on my hand to take him outside to play.  but with every new year there is something even better around every bend.  even when we argue and forgive, and argue again,  i see a deepening of our relationship.  as we share some quiet conversation in the mornings or he makes me laugh only the way a fourteen year old can, i am getting glimpses of the man that is shaping.  Happy 14th Birthday, my Lee Jackson!!  Life wouldn’t be the same without you!

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 

thorne turns one….

in a family our size, it’s hard to keep all the birthdays straight…. but a first birthday is just a little something special.  even the older teens and kids love to shower these babies with a special day.  they don’t want to miss out on it.  little thorne turned one and it’s safe to say, he will never want for love or attention!  these little lives are such gifts! 

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