Dear Anna Kate

Dear Anna Kate,

Five is such a big birthday to me. It’s hard to believe that you will be starting kindergarten in the fall. It’s all going by too fast.

Sunshine, you are such a happy person and so full of life it’s hard not to get sucked into your enthusiasm. You love to color, and all things 5 year old little girls should love; like playing dress up, friends from church, playing with your brothers, princesses and pink (or whichever color you have deemed “your favorite color” for the week) but you also seem so grown up to me at 5.

I envy your happiness and joy for life. I love spending time just the two of us, running errands or sneaking away for a special time. Anna Kate, knowing how much fun we have together now, makes me SO excited for our times together in the future {God willing you will still think I’m cool enough to hang out with}. You truly are maturing into a beautiful little lady, inside and out. you are quite dramatic in your explanation of things, or telling stories, or in something that one of your siblings did to you! You are helpful, but you aren’t really neat. However, you are learning to clean your bedroom. But it doesn’t really come naturally


Honestly, I could sit here and brag on you all day, but to make a long story short…I’m excited about how far you have come and I’m even more excited about where you are are going.

I hope your day was as special as you.  Just remember, you are my sunshine.

love, your mama

M What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: A veterinarian and a princess… and a doctor and a preacher…and an artist

M: What is your favorite thing God made?

A: Colors

M: What is your favorite activity?

A: Color

M: What is your favorite color?

A: Light blue. dark red, too.

M: What is your favorite animal?

A: Kitty

M: What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?

A: Go on a daddy/daughter date and flowers

M: What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy?

A: Color together

M: What do you dislike?

A: bugs

M: What is your favorite song?

A:  Ariel songs

M: How old is Daddy?

A: uh, I don’t know

M: What is your favorite day?

A: Sunday

M: What is your favorite snack?

A: Cheese, Pickles and Applesauce

M: Where is your favorite place to go?

A: Disneyworld

M: What is your favorite thing about your brothers?

A: playing with Judd and building Legos with Jake

M: What is your favorite thing about you Sadie?

A: Play baby dolls

M: What is your favorite thing about Daddy?

A: He is a superdupper Daddy

M: What is your favorite thing about Mommy?

A: I really, really, love to color with Mommy.


Baby Surprise Update

This pregnancy is moving along rather quickly and somewhat uneventful since beginning the second trimester. It is such a blessing to feel this little one kick and squirm. We are looking forward to meeting this precious little one.


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My first babygirl is turning five years old … and I’m not sure how to put into words the emotion this brings me. Sitting here, typing out f-i-v-e-y-e-a-r-s-o-l-d … it just really chokes me up. It seems there is something about the significance of this birthday, yet I cannot quite put my finger on it. She is a big girl now.


The Friday night before her birthday we had a small party to celebrate with friends and family. She really wanted an Ariel birthday cake.


DSC_0204DSC_0224DSC_0213When her birthday finally arrived, she grinned from the moment she woke up until the end of the day, when it finally sucked every last ounce out of her.  She completely enjoyed all of the attention.  All.  Day.  Long.


The two of us enjoyed the morning getting her first manicure and pedicure. We wanted to be sure she was ready for her date later in the evening.


For Anna Kate’s birthday dinner, we decided that Jim would take her on a daddy/daughter date. He went by Kroger and bought her a bouquet of flowers. Her face was priceless when he brought them to her. My mom did a great job of capturing her facial expression.
IMG_2511 DSC_0245Anna Kate decided that she wanted to go eat Mexcian for her birthday. She LOVES cheese. It is her favorite food.

IMG_2512DSC_0249IMG_2518When they came back home we enjoyed ice cream and presents as a family. The boys wanted to use their own money to buy her birthday presents. Judd bought her coloring books and new stickers. She also LOVES to color.

DSC_0253Jake loved the card he picked out for her and he bought her a set of Lego Friends, which she wanted for quite awhile. DSC_0258Today was a great day full of memories! It was a lot of fun for all of us.

Happy Birthday sweet girl!  You are such a lovely daughter, a helpful big sister, and a beautiful little person.


Easter “Flu” by this Year!

This year we had three children sick with the flu the week prior to and the weekend of Easter. Honestly, we still have one on the mend. We missed almost all of the Easter celebrations, except the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. We do plan to “celebrate” this weekend. We will have resurrection rolls, baskets, Easter pictures, and a great day at church. He is alive!! He is Risen!!

Let’s start over with an update since I started that post above: I didn’t make it to church for two weeks in a row. Our whole family was finally well and we dressed up in our “Easter Outfits.” We never did resurrection rolls and egg hunts, however, we did enjoy our Easter basket scavenger hunt.

Here are a few of the pictures that I took of the kids in there Easter outfits. I’m not please with Anna Kate’s hair. She loves for me to braid it so that it will be curly the next day. Just so happens that it didn’t dry completely during the night. (just my luck) We also do not have a family picture because it started pouring down rain just as church ended. Sigh!

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Sadie was in the best mood until i tried to take a picture of all four of them. Errr! DSC_0207


This boy was praying for one of his basketball team mates that continually shows no interest for the things of God. They desperately wanted the little boy to love Jesus. IMG_3147


Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25