Friday, August 17, 2012

He's SIX!!

There have been few evenings lately that have not included teary eyed talks with the husband about this boy and the coming kinder fun.  We have talked about it like it's Disneyworld and after his orientation day...he was hooked.  Made a momma's heart let out a big sigh of relief!  And though I'm far from elated he'll be gone all day...I'm excited for him because he's so excited. 

Zachary's birthday was widespread over parties with buddies and parties with families.


p.s. It undoubtedly needs to mentioned that his slow pokin' momma smoked everyone on that track and came in first for the birthday boy. 

Sister needed some ice water & a shady spot to relax with her main squeeze on that hot summer day.  And no, Rob is not profusely sweating from the shoulder...he had just come off the bumper boats.

THE day started off with birthday donuts...

Minnie & company can often be found suiting up in brother's fire station :)

Zachary shares a birthday with my oldest brother, so we had a fun family double birthday celebration.

And birthday boy ninja training...

Yes, all birthday boys :)
A slightly more typical representation of my oldest sweet.  His heart is being so pruned right now...Rob & I can both see it.  The teary eyed questions, the desire to know more...the Lord is stirring in him.  Hoping his name is called into the kingdom soon! 
And as we prepare to venture into the school days, my greatest desire is that his heart knows TRUTH.  To be equipped in knowing how to FIGHT his battles and where to look for Help. 
A new season for him and for me.  Going to miss him like CRAZY, but I know it'll make our time together that much better.  Shew...slow this train down!!!
Judges 6:12 "...The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."
That's all you ever need, Buddy.  Love you more than words my growing boy...Happy 6th Birthday!

*Look below for "She's THREE!!*

Thursday, August 16, 2012

She's THREE!!

Father's Day collided with Ansley's birthday this year...which led to some hilarious Father's Day questionnaires {by the sweets} followed by a birthday/Father's day breakfast.  Courtesy of PDub.  She wasn't actually at our house...but you get the idea.

 If you are awake, you might pick up on a theme surrounding our golden haired angel's birthday. 

It's so weird that Zachary happened to match his sister for church that morning.

 Birthday party goodness was had...candles were blown out...hopes were cast once again in our heart's for the coming year.


Psalm 65:11 "You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance."

 This year holds much anticipation for our littlest sweet.  With her first day of preschool less than a week heart is FULL.  Can't pretend there isn't fear mixed in with our overwhelming excitement, but I want to try to operate out of the hope of the crown of bounty already in place for her.  I want to sit in a desperate anticipation of watching her cart be sweet life gift at a time this year.  To absolute...overwhelming...overflowing abundance.  Because of our great and merciful God who has displayed his hand of strength in her thus far.  He continues to require...TRUST.  He continues to invite us into...IMPOSSIBLE HOPE...bold surrender.  The only place where there is rest.  So hard for me.  CanNOT believe it has been three years.  To look back...I remember all of it.  You know what gets me...what really gets me? 

"Psalm 56:8 "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

Not one moment unnoticed by the One who desires my heart above all else. Not one.  Patiently collecting each tear knowing His power is coming.  Refining painful...but He knows not even a smoky stinge will remain.  I have become speechless in the moments of realizing how fully He has moved for her.  How He has spoken LIFE of out what was dead in her brain.  And I love that no doctor on this planet could tell you otherwise.  Our unexplainable miracle girl.

Happy 3rd birthday lovie.  Sing with a LOUD voice my sweet.

Luke 17:5 "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice."

p.s. you'll never guess what kind of backpack she has :)

(Zachary's birthday post coming a little later this evening...Berenstain Bears just ended :))