Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's a HER!

I have been meaning to post this but, like everything else in my life, I'm months behind.
(This is the first time I've embedded a video from Vimeo since blogger changed, and I can't figure out how to scale down the size of the video. I suggest watching it in full screen by clicking on the icon that looks like a star made of arrows.)

Such a good good day.
Thanks, Erin, for filming.
(For the sake of comparison, here is the video of Harper's arrival.)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Four and flyin' high

One of the joys of having an almost four-year old is that he is now old enough to anticipate his birthday. Weeks, even months, before his 4th birthday, Henry excitedly asked questions about his special day and all the wonder it would bring - how to celebrate, what kind of cake to eat, what kind of presents to buy. Even though his excitement was grounded in self - his party, his cake, his presents - I was filled with joy as I witnessed his anticipation and enthusiasm.

So we loved on him and all his four-year-old glory. This was the first year we did not do a birthday bash at my mom's house as we have done the past three years. Instead Henry took family and his best buddy, Jake, to the Air Force Museum in Dayton. It was a special day, one that Henry recalls vividly. I don't care much for historic airplanes, but for this now four-year-old's mom, the day wasn't about airplanes. It was about my sweet son and his birthday, a celebration full of praise that I have been given the most precious gift, the gift of an incredible son.

We ended the day with pizza and a Becky Hooper original (her cakes are insane). I confess, being a mother of three continues to result in trying to find quicker and more convenient ways of doing things. This was the first kids' party for which I didn't do one stinkin' thing - no homemade fruit dip, no crafty decorations, no themed favors, no nothin'. We literally showed up at the restaurant, ordered pizzas, and left the drink refills and clean-up to the establishment.

Let me tell you, now having done the Martha Stewart worthy party and the just-hand-over-the-credit-card-and-let-the-restaurant-handle-the-rest party, the latter might just be more my style after all.

4-year-old birthday parties ain't so bad after all.

And as you might imagine, he's been four for only a month and already anticipating birthday number five. 

Friday, May 4, 2012


March came and went and oh-my-goodness it's already May! March was a family-filled month, and as you can see by the last pictures, it was exhausting. The thank-you-Jesus kind of exhausting, to be precise.

One of these days I'll be all caught up around here. In the meantime, savor that last picture. I've never seen a more beautiful gift from God.