Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pippa's Fourth Birthday

Pippa,
You're a little genius.
Pippa,
You're strong.
Pippa,
You're original.

Pippa is a combination of rainbow and TNT. The girl has ideas. The girl has energy. A lot of energy.

We were awestruck that this little thing is turning four already, and celebrated it at home with much gusto. Pippa celebrates everything with gusto. Gusto is her middle name.

I love the way she dresses herself.






I love the way she does manual labor in a princess dress.



And her bravery of deciding to get her ears pierced. The girl was determined AND decided on her course of action. Perhaps a little surprised, when she found the first side hurt, but she still went through with it and is as proud as ever.


















I love the way she loves butter.

Why yes, that is whipped cream on top of a butter stick. Happy birthday.





















And... the Mahnkens came over on her birthday! Boom. Seven extra children makes a party if I ever saw one. I love that Veronica took on the trip right before their huge California road trip. And it was the first time she had driven their behemoth van such a great distance, and the first time she had come over without the hubs. I salute her. Bonfires and park days and Old Navy trips galore! (Just kidding. It was two days. There was only one instance of each of those.)









So we made the froofroo cake, and happy-birthday-ed and these slappy hand-thingies we had purchased and given out made us wish there had been no party favors at all, and I still see them or pieces of them on my floors every single day but can't bring myself to toss them because as gross as it is, the children STILL play with them and love to do it, so...





Anyways. Pippa. This firecracker birthday girl.

Always look up to Jesus. He is excited about you. He is close to you. He will never leave you. He has great things for you. You will lead people with your voice. The way you love to recite scripture and sing is just beautiful. Your voice has power to effect change in the earth. You know that! Proverbs 18:21 is one of your favorites, and you committed it to memory really quickly. Your voice is a special gift that was notable from the day you were born, and I can't wait to see what happens with it as you hone it, as you use it in the presence of God, as you bend and discipline your will for the purpose of power and love and a sound mind. You've got this! God's in you! I am so blessed to be your mommy. You have made me an extra level of rich.

Love, Mama

Not a perfect picture of either of us, but we're both in it!
















Here's Pippa reciting Proverbs 18:21, just before her fourth birthday:



She's going places. With Jesus!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Silver's First Birthday

It has been four months since the event, and this mama is determined to get back into the family record-keeping aspect of blogging which is why she started this blog in the first place.

So better late than never.

Silver's first year was crazy and wonderful. She wasn't crazy. Our circumstances were sometimes crazy. She was pure wonderful.

A couple of milestones:

Birth: January 9th, 2015

Loved by all siblings. Came home January 11th to all four siblings, a dad, and grandparents from Germany who were there specifically to welcome her into the world.

For months she just slept and nursed, slept and nursed. Sweetly, so sweetly.

Around three months she started batting at the hanging toys over her bouncy chair. glory of glories. There is always great rejoicing.

There was turning over, then rocking, sitting up, and crawling.

First solid food, around six months, in the upstairs room of our friend's house where we were staying in between houses... Her first solid food was squash from our friend's garden.

She first stood up at seven months.

We moved into our first home (that we owned!) when she was just over seven months old. Her first real home.

Took first steps around 12 months.

It took til 13 months til she was really walking.

She is a gorgeous little being, sweet and excited.

In the winter, Thomas found an old tiny little Elmo in our attic of our new home. He brought it down and I just nodded toward the trash can. It was cheap and dusty and of questionable origin. But Silver! I remember she was wearing green flannel footie pajamas handed down from her brother (with trucks on them, thank you, she's the fifth child...) And she just flipped over love for this elmo thing when she saw it! She screamed with such energy when Thomas threw it in the trash, that we fished it out, cleaned it, and now it is one of her most beloved toys.

Oh Silver.

Her first birthday was spent at home with the siblings. I made her fruity muffins in the morning, then we bought her a beautiful fruity cake at Whole foods to have with dinner that night.

Silver--how God has blessed you. How He has blessed us in giving you to us. The perfect addition, a spunky, sweet, and amazing being that brings more laughter into our home every day. Thank you for being you and showing us more of God.

You are my earliest to attempt to sing.
You are my earliest to attempt to dance.
You are my earliest to start kissing us!
You are my only one to care about fashion so young. Haha! When I put a new outfit on you, you parade down the hall proudly to show the rest of the family and are all smiles under their praise.

We love you, Silver. All my heart, Mama