Counting Our Blessings

Blessing #5, arriving mid-January.

Blessing #5, arriving mid-January.


My First Birthday

I had my first birthday three weeks ago, and my mom hasn’t posted any pictures yet.  She says she’s been busy, and I even think she blames me for some of her lack of “free time.”

(I have some new teeth coming in, and I do want to be close to my Mommy every minute of the day, and I’m waking up more at night, too.)


I had a great birthday, and celebrated with my family and all of my grandparents.  Mommy made me a pink butterfly cake.IMG_7211

I especially liked picking off the M&Ms.  mmmmm! IMG_7208

Grandma and Grandpa gave me a baby doll, which I love!  I carry her around, hug her and pat her back, brush her teeth with my toothbrush, and wipe her face with a washcloth.  I’m pretty sure I’m ready to be a Mommy. IMG_7232 IMG_7227

It wasn’t a big party, but it wore our my big brother, Matthew.  I adore him, and think he is so funny!  He makes me laugh all the time.  IMG_7242

I’ve been walking for almost two months now, so I think I can do everything my brothers do.  I love to climb things, especially the things that make my mom come running to grab me.  Even if she doesn’t realize it yet, I know that I am ready to take on the world!IMG_7181

I also love being outside.  There is so much to do and explore!  I love splashing in water (especially the toilet … that also makes Mommy come running!). IMG_7311 I also love to eat dirt.  When I’m near dirt, and Mommy starts running toward me, I shove it in my mouth as fast as I can, so she won’t be able to stop me.  mmmmm!  She says I should wait and taste the things that are going to grow in our garden, but I’d much prefer to just eat the garden right now.  I really don’t understand what the problem is!


I spend most of my days being happy and adorable, busy finding trouble, trying to keep up with my brothers, playing with them and laughing at their antics.  We hope you and your family are also doing well.

With Love,


11 month pictures and Easter

If I’m going to get Mikayla’s 11-month pictures posted before she turns ONE, I better hurry!

Kaylie: 11 months old

Kaylie: 11 months old

We had fun getting these pictures.  I held her up by our flowering plum trees, and Micah used my camera to snap the photos.  That was a special privilege for him, and he did a wonderful job!IMG_6941 IMG_6961 IMG_6955

Somewhere between 11-months and 12-months, my baby became a toddler.  She is walking with confidence now, and very proud of it!  She is such a happy and easy-going little lady, and even though she finds trouble to get into everywhere she goes, she still rewards us with the sweetest smiles and snuggly hugs.

This Easter was the first year we let all 3 boys dye eggs.  It was quite an adventure, but they had a lot of fun.  IMG_6972IMG_6995   IMG_7002 IMG_7004

Jesse is at a stage now where he refuses to smile for pictures.  If we want a smile, we have to capture a candid.  Our attempts at a family Easter photo were … well … you’ll see:IMG_7014 IMG_7031


Jesse’s Pets


Jesse may have the most vivid imagination of any of our kids.  He is constantly pretending to be one kind of creature or another, and inventing elaborate scenarios for everyone in the family to play into.  So, it is no surprise that his stuffed animals are very, very real to him.  “Brown Doggie,” in particular, is his “pet” and his “friend.”  Jesse has been unable to sleep without Brown Doggie for more than a year, and usually “Kitty” is also required.

But, three days ago, I walked into Kaylie’s room and found this:  Brown Doggie and Kitty in an empty laundry hamper:


“Jesse, what’s this?” I asked.

“Oh, my pets all died.” Jesse said very casually.

Me: “Are they going to be o.k.?”

Jesse: “No.  They are NOT going to be o.k.  But, I put them in the garbage.”

Me: “I’m so sorry, Jesse.”

Jesse: “Yeah.”

Me: “Well, are you going to sleep with them tonight?”

Jesse: “NO!  That would be ICKY!”

I was sure he would ask for them at bedtime, but he didn’t.  He slept without any animals.  I was sure they would be rescued from the hamper the next day, but they weren’t.  It has now been three days, and three nights with no animals.  He has told me (very seriously) “All my pets died.”  Once he said, “All my friends died.”  But, he hasn’t even mentioned them at bedtime.

Before you ask, we have NOT had any deaths in the family recently.  However, a couple of Micah’s fish recently went belly-up.  Could that have caused this?  I don’t know.  Meanwhile, what do I do with Jesse’s dead pets?  On Thursday, we leave for the Kick-Off to World Down Syndrome Day at Great Wolf Lodge.  We’ve never been able to travel without Brown Doggie before, but I’m really not sure if I should pack his carcass this time.


Here are the latest cute Kaylie pictures. 🙂



Six Months

Baby Mikayla is six months old today!

Happy Half-Birthday, sweet girl!

You are such a joy!  You are quick to smile, and it looks great with your big, sparkling blue eyes.

You are sitting up by yourself, and pulling yourself across the floor.  You blow raspberries to get a laugh, then laugh at yourself.

I’m so glad God gave us you!