Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the greatest show on earth

This year for my birthday my parents treated us all to the circus!


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ruthie girl is eight months old!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

a little reunion

I was once a cheerleader... back in the glory days. Oh, to be that limber again. I could do a mean middle split, and a pretty mediocre toe touch. I could throw girls high up into the air and catch them without much effort.
But you could have promised me a thousand dollars to do a back hand spring, and well, it just wasn't gonna happen. I always blamed my parents for not getting me into gymnastics at a very young age, but really, I'm convinced that it just wasn't in my genes. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. :)
Anyways, two of my friends from my middle/high school glory days came over the other day and brought their precious little girls for a play date! Lael was pretty much in baby heaven and took much joy in watching over each baby and making them smile.

Ellie, Brooke's baby is on the left, and Hannah, Katie's baby is on the right.


Lael wanted me to take her picture with all three babies... she made sure that she included each one by encircling them with her arms.




What a fun reunion! Thanks for playing, friends!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

happy love day







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So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

these three

I love these three. They truly rock my world.
Sometimes when I'm watching them together-- together just being, him clipping the bow back into her hair or him slipping the shoe back onto her foot, I think about how things could have been different. How we could have married other people, and how these three right here could be not.


My mind usually doesn't travel very far down that road.
Not because it shouldn't or because it's forbidden, but because that road-- it just... wasn't.
Detour, dead end. Whatever you want to call it.

Isn't it incredibly mind blowing to think about how paths cross?
How a young man's look in a young lady's direction, or a simple smile or wink can cause a rift in the waters of fate and slowly but surely a tidal wave of events comes crashing down and before you know it there are actual new people created as a result.
New people who will cross the paths of other new people and create new waves. And how God has control of every single bit of it, and how it is all to bring Him glory.
It hurts my head to think about how He intertwines our lives.


Lael-- a lot Kelli, a little bit Trey. I always thought this hazel eyed, dark headed, olive skinned babe looked a little funny in the arms of her daddy. No question though that their bond is tightly woven-- the father/daughter love that I had always dreamed my husband would have with my baby girl. She holds his love and affection in the very palm of her hand, and there is no one on the earth, not even me, who can fulfill her need to be cherished, adored and secured like he can.


The father of my daughters-- he was made for just that.


Ruthie-- always simply along for the ride. The typical second child. Usually has to take a back seat to her big sister, but always does it with a smile. Will sit in any lap that will have her.
She has eyes for her daddy and she has her daddy's eyes.
Trey couldn't be happier that his second daughter has ended up blue.





I couldn't be happier that when I look into them I can see him.

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