Sunday, August 17, 2014

On The Eve of First Grade


Tomorrow is the start of First Grade.  It seems like just yesterday you were headed to Kindergarten. Although sending you off tomorrow will come with a few less nerves for myself, letting go really never gets easier.

We've had a big week you and I.  If this is any indication of how the year will go, we have a lot of growing to do.  I promise we are in this together.  You, daddy and I we are a team.

This week you have struggled with and overcome some pretty big fears.  You have watched your closest friends get placed in classes together while you are going off on your own.  You have expressed to us your fears of making new friends, missing your old and adapting to new expectations. We have watched your wonderful school come to your aide as they have done all possible to ease your mind.  You loved your "private tour" of your classroom. 

We are so thankful that you came to us and expressed how you were feeling.  Please always trust us the way you have this week.  The couselor at school said she knows you are a leader because you are so thoughtful and sensitive  Yes, you are.  You are a thinker my dear.  This side of you is so endearing.  But, just like your mama all that thinking can sometimes stress us out. 

Rest assured.  This First Grade year is gonna be great.  Because God has planned it just for you.  He has mapped it out and as always we pray that you stay on the narrow path he is leading you on.

""For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future""  -Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, August 1, 2014


When I was three I broke my arm and my mom has the cutest pics of me posing on the beach with my cast.

Brooks broke his arm a couple of weeks ago and I asked if he would be willing to have me take a few photos of him with his cast.  Surprisingly, he was really excited and said he wanted to take pictures outside with his "friends" that live in his bed.  I quickly obliged as this boy HATES having his pictures taken.

Does he melt your heart?  Because he makes mine turn to mush.


How is it that seven years ago this precious girl was born?

Oh how true it is that time flies.  I feel like it was just yesterday that she was a tiny baby dressed in pink ready to head home from the hospital.

Kyrie, you have taught us so much as parents.  You have paved the way for you brother and sister and have allowed mommy and daddy to make all of our mistakes on you.  Sorry baby girl. You are a caring child, a loving friend and the most awesome big sister ever.  Your favorite things to do are arts and crafts, draw butterflies and flowers, write in your planner, school work (especially time and money), swim and shop (Oh do I love that you love to shop).  You love Jesus and love to teach your brother and sister about how much God loves them.  You love to eat most anything but, most of all mac and n cheese and ice cream.  You have a great spirit for life and I have yet to discover any activity that you try and don't like.  I love that about you.  

For her birthday this year Kyrie decided she wanted to have a special dinner out with Nana and Mommy and have a party at Build A Bear with her friends.

Sweetest girls.  They sang "Let It Go" all the way to the mall.  (Missing Ava here)

These two silly goofs were pretty excited to pick out their bear

Decision made...waiting to stuff

They all put a special heart in Kyrie's bear and then their own to remember her birthday.  Sweet touch.

Happy Seventh Birthday Sweet girl.  We love you soooooo MUCH!