My heart can’t take much more of these kids growing up so fast. Blondie just turned five. He was my littlest baby and now he’s such a grown up young man.  I feel so blessed…

Blondie, you bring SO much joy to our lives. You see life as one exciting adventure after another, and you bring us all along with you. Watching you and Buddy hang out and plan your next adventure makes we smile and wonder what kind of tale I will get to tell your grandparents next (and if you include Happy in your scheming, I know I better prepare myself for something big).  What an year we have had. From finding out you have hemophilia (and figuring all of that out), getting glasses, trying to keep you from literally climbing the walls, and simply trying to keep up with you period, has been more than I expected (or thought I could handle), but God is faithful and I praise Him for YOU. Happy fifth birthday, Blondie!

We had to start the day off with a birthday breakfast of some sort. This time round it was birthday cereal.

I wasn’t sure what he would think, but we got him a rock tumbler and the neatest book ever just about rocks. It was a hit (what a relief), and the rocks are tumbling as we speak…
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Surprise! It was a pinata cake. IMG_5876 IMG_5878

Happy Birthday, Blondie! You are loved more than you know, and that is just the beginning of the love Christ has for you. Our prayer is that you would know His love for you and that that love would completely transform your life.

My heart can’t take much more of these kids growing up so fast. Blondie just turned five. He was my littlest baby and now he’s such a grown up young man.  I feel so blessed…

Cute As A Button

Shortly after Button was born, we were blessed with a baby shower by some very sweet ladies, and the theme was “Cute As A Button”. So in honor of that celebration of Button’s life, we had a button themed birthday. I use the word theme lightly, as the only buttons in sight were on the cupcakes…

Instead of birthday toast, we had birthday pancakes.

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This year went by much too quickly, but it has been so much fun watching you learn and grow. This year I have been deeply touched by the love that has flowed in our home as I watched how your siblings showed their for you and each other. The look in your eyes when one of them came to talk or play with you is so sweet. We are so blessed to have you in our family and we thank God for you. Happy Birthday, Button!

Pink and Purple!

Happy is 3!

What better way to start off a birthday than to have icing for breakfast?


Birthday toast – a tradition my mom did with us.


Time for a dance off!



This little girl loves all things pink and purple.



She nearly singed her hair.





I’m sure I’m going to regret this, but I got you a recorder (what was I thinking ?!?).


Happy Birthday, Happy! If I could only use one word to describe you, it would be JOYFUL. God has used you in a beautiful way to bring joy into our home. Thank you, little girl, for filling this house with your smiles, hugs, songs, ridiculous sense of humor, goofy laughs…we love you so much!


We’ve been so busy (the weather is finally nice!) that I can’t believe how quickly time gets away from me.

Buddy. First off, we had a blast at your 6th birthday party – a robot party to be exact. To see your eyes light up by the friends who came to celebrate with you, the games, the pinata and the cake, brought joy to your mama’s heart. You show me each day what is means to love others. Thank you, Buddy. You and Blondie also had your violin recital, and once again, I was filled with pride to see you excel (you played a duet with your teacher). In May, we were also able to finally go to the greenhouse and pick out some flowers. It was so sweet watching you pick out which flower you wanted to buy. You looked and looked until you found just the right one. You wanted a yellow one and as we were walking around the greenhouse you saw a yellow flower in planter and said, “I want that one”, so we went and found the same one to take home (it was a yellow tuberous begonia). Another time we were back at the green house and you picked out a red and white striped petunia. When we got home you took such care to pick the best spot to plant it. You also helped plant the garden and have been so interested in taking care of it. You’ve done this by helping me water the garden, and by asking many questions about the plants we are growing. The other day you said to me, “Mom, look, I can carry the baby”. My heart just about stopped, but you were right, you can carry the baby and you do an excellent job taking care of her. In the last few months I’ve noticed how much you value quality time. Often before you go to bed you ask me to get up early in the morning to spend time with you (because you know I try to get up early to do devotions – try being the operative word). It is always a precious time when it happens (and you are always disappointed when it doesn’t). Every time it fills my heart with joy.


Blondie. At your violin recital this month you completely blew me away. You went up with me and preformed the most perfect bow I have seen yet. You did it! I am so proud of you, Blondie! You have grown so much in the last few months, and I can see how God is growing in you a heart to learn His ways and how even when it is hard you try not to give up. This spring has been so much fun with you as we have put up bird feeders and have been identifying different birds and learning about them. You also really enjoyed going to the green house and picking out some flowers. This year you chose a black-eyed susan climbing vine and black petunias. You have been encouraging me to pray more as your heart to pray for others has grown. Before you always wanted someone else to pray, but now you are praying for others and are eager to intercede and mention requests.


Happy. Oh. what. JOY! You keep me busy, but you fill this house with such joy. I can’t help but smile thinking of you. I thank God for blessing us with you as you have taught me so much about being joyful and letting go of the rest. You are also such a good big sister. Button absolutely loves you and you absolutely love her. When we come across a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit you any longer, you say, “Now it’s Button’s, right Mom?” So sweet… At the greenhouse you picked out only pink and purple flowers, but not only just pink and purple, but just pink and purple petunias. What a funny girl you are! Planting the garden with you was very interesting to say the least. I spent most of my time trying to keep you from “unplanting” the garden.  So far nearly everything has survived except one cucumber plant and about six green bean plants. I consider that a success…However, when I wasn’t looking, you proceeded to attempt to drown everything claiming they needed water…sheesh…


Button. You are so squishy, sweet and sticky. Love. it. It is so easy to make you laugh, and everyone in the family has one way or another to make you giggle. We can get over how HAPPY you are. You love spending time outside with us. We got you a baby swing which you have already spent hours in and we have all spent time pushing you in. You still love food, and we rarely come across anything you don’t like. Toward the end of May you accomplished a whole bunch of impressive feats. You grew two teeth (bottom centrals), learned to crawl, signed please, and went from being on your tummy to sitting up. I think I’m in trouble now… and your hair is growing!

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Home Infusions!

We started giving Blondie his infusions at home just over a week ago!

What a blessing…

First we had to take some training in the city. It took a bit of arranging to make that happen because the training took place 3 hours from our home, but we figured that out, and in the end everything there went so well that I was able to start to give Blondie his infusions at the hospital in our home town. This arrangement let me get more practice under supervision which sped up the process of getting to do the infusions at home. Well that went smoothly and now we are doing them at home.

What a blessing

While this obviously doesn’t mean we’ll never have to go do the hospital again (far from it), it certainly is freeing to not have to plan to go in twice a week. It is also a blessing because it’s less stressful for him and it doesn’t have to be as a big of a deal.

The journey we have been on since Blondie was diagnosed with hemophilia has been a difficult one, but I can look back and see how God has been walking with us step by step. He is faithful.

There was a song we sang growing up that expresses my praise to God for His faithfulness. It is based on Psalms 89:1,5,8.

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing, I will sing.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing the mercies of the LORD.
With my mouth will I make known
Your faithfulness, Your faithfulness;
With my mouth will I make known
Your faithfulness to all generations.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD.