Wednesday, July 15, 2009

God has blessed our family this week!


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Our darling Rose is THREE today! Three years ago the Lord blessed me with not only an incredible daughter but an amazing new relationship with Him - learning more about God by becoming a parent myself and growing closer to Christ through my child's own relationship with Him. There are no greater blessings. I don't take motherhood or my family for granted. I know just how valuable they are and just how precious. It leaves me awe-stricken to know that God feels the same way about each of us! I praise our Father for His goodness in giving this unworthy sinner such a beautiful reminder of His love...my daughter.

In honor of Rose's leap into three, here are some of my favorite looks she had through the year! My gal is a free-spirit through and through, and I love that she's exactly who God created her to be...rock on, my darlin'!



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(back from the diner on Saturday morning with Daddy)



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I just love her! Happy third birthday to my princess!

And, speaking of people I love...


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It was 10 years of couplehood this July for Ed and I, and we are so excited to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary as well this month...tomorrow! We received our best anniversary gift three years ago, of course. We were in the hospital with a brand-new baby girl on our first wedding anniversary in 2006.


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I have all of our wedding photos at my parents' house, but these are a few favorites that I have on our computer. We were married at an historic inn and my Uncle Ron, a pastor, officiated. It was just an amazing day!


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To wrap it all up...





1999


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2005




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2009


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Happy anniversary to my Ed, and happy birthday to our Grace! Don't worry, Alice, you'll be celebrating, too, before we know it. (Happy sob!)

"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23:6)

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's official! Alice's first word is...


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...MAMA!



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That's what "ball" translates into in baby-speak, right?


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Yeppers, she said ball! It was Rose's second word ("Dada" was first, though for the longest time I insisted that it was "Mama" based on the "mmmmmmmmm" she hummed one afternoon...). Ball was also MY first word as a baby. She may have all her daddy's looks, but there's a little bit of mama in my Alice somewhere!



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