Remy’s 1st Birthday!

I actually wrote this awhile ago and scheduled it but it never posted! So here it is!

This summer, during our extended transition to Wilmington, we were between homes for about 6 weeks. Remy grew up SO much: she got two teeth, quit nursing, started walking, and turned ONE!

Dear Remy,

It’s hard to believe that you’re getting so big and independent. It’s so easy to picture us in the hospital when you were born, discovering your teeny elf ears and how very, very loud you can be! I love your big blue eyes and long lashes, your crazy hair, and your big smile.


That’s you with Daddy on your birthday eve! #facetwins


That’s you on the morning of your birthday – our big one-year-old!

I love how you hug – you’re such a cuddler! You wrap both your arms around our necks and squeeeeze, and press your face against ours. I LOVE it! You love to be held and carried and snuggled.

I love your love for food, and drinking water, and how you point and flap and squawk and clearly tell us what you want. I love how you notice EVERYthing and try to do it all yourself: putting on clothes, using your spoon, wiping the floors, putting lids on containers, and vacuuming.

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Sorry your first cupcake was store-bought. We’re glad you liked it. :o)

I love that you are so busy that you barely have time for books, and that they Must Have flaps, or things to feel, to engage you. You know I like them, though, so you faithfully bring me some to look at!


We had cupcakes at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

I love how much you love to sleep! (No, really. I LOVE THAT.) You know when it’s nap time and you go up the steps of our new house as fast as you can. You sleep with your blanket and your bunny, and you gather it all in your arms and hold it tight. You’re usually smiling when we leave the room!


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Your delight in each day brings us such delight, too. It’s such a joy to be your mom! I can’t imagine our days without you in them. We’re praying that God will continue to give you joy and hope as you learn to trust in him, and that you’ll understand and rely on his ceaseless, steadfast love, mercy, and faithfulness. We love you so much!



Grocery Store Adventures.

Laine, yesterday as I was putting groceries in the car: Something hot and gross is coming in my mouth!
Me, activating my-child-is-about-to-puke reflexes: Are you going to throw up??

Laine, with drama and disgust: It’s the sun!!!
…the horror! ;)

A hard bargain.

Laine was jumping off the bed and Jay was catching her.

“I want to do it again!” she said.

“Okay, one more time,” he said.

“2 more times!”

“Okay, two more.”


#negotiator #donttakeyesforananswer

First Day of School, 2015.

Laine started school at her new preschool on September 2. The day before, she was getting her poor sweet face x-rayed after a faceplant on the living room floor. So she started the year a little banged up. So banged up, in fact, that she looked like a different person and prompted a sweet teenage girl at church to actually gasp in horror when she saw her. ;o) It really was painful to look at. She was excited about school, though, and Squirrel was excited to be part of the photo op and to ride along in the car.



She is in a total braid phase and I LOVE it after a lifetime of not wanting her hair done at all! Aren’t they the sweetest?


So excited to play with The Littlest Pet Shop in her classroom!

Remy was also excited for her first day of “Nonnie School”, where she hangs out with Nonnie while I drive Laine to school! It’s so nice for her to have fun playtime instead of sitting-in-the-car time. (Yes, I know we’re suuuper spoiled!)



Sweet girls! Laine is doing well in her class – she’s the youngest in a 4-year-old class this year, so it’s a big difference from being oldest in her 2-year-old class last year! I’m pretty sure her fave part is deciding what to bring for show-and-tell. :o)

Laine’s 4th Birthday!

(I’m Very Very Behind on my posts, still.)

Dear Laine,

You are FOUR! That’s the biggest kid I ever had. :o) You love books, dancing, getting your way, and using your imagination! Your favorite thing is for someone to enter into a pretend world and PLAY with you. (Current top 4: Angelina and Alice dancing around, the gingerbread baby running away from everyone, Biscuit and Puddles either running away from their bath or chasing their toys, and Tabby and Mr. Putter…you love acting out the stories we read!) You love to go to the beach, play with Brynn, and go over to Nonnie’s house. (Most days you mention that we haven’t been there yet before we’ve even eaten breakfast.)

Your birthday was so special – Grandma and Grandpa came, Nonnie was here, and we had a great afternoon and yummy dinner! We were so excited for you to open your ballet shoes and skirt, and you’ve been dancing with Miss Liz on the TV almost every day! We love to watch you dance and the joy that it brings you to spin around in your skirt and point your toes in your slippers.



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You love to help in the kitchen, and you’re great at cracking eggs, stirring, and tasting as many ingredients as you can. You helped make your birthday cupcakes – which of course were chocolate, with chocolate icing.

You are a person who is driven, creative, and smart, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in mind for you as you grow! We continue to pray that you will do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God, that you and Remy will be good friends, that you will be a kind friend to other kids, and that you will grow in your desire to obey and follow Jesus. We are so, so thankful that you are our beautiful daughter!




Laine had to have a timeout in her room, and was crying hard. As I walked down the hall I heard:

Laine: (escalating wails)

Laine: (normal tone of voice) So she cried louder.

Laine: (desperate sob)

Laine: (normal tone of voice) And louder!

Does anyone know of some acting classes in Wilmington??