Category Archives: Birthday

Gift of Life.

Just reflecting a little on life today… seems fitting.

Of course, I am very thankful to be physically be alive and well but I am even more grateful to be spiritually alive to what my Creator has intended for this earthly life.

I realize each day is a gift.  There is no guarantee of tomorrow. 

So many blessings, so much to be appreciative of and content with.

I’ve shared my birthday with many people before, mom used to plan really fun little birthday parties, and when I grew older we would usually at least get together to eat and have dessert.

Something new this year- I’ve never actually shared my body with someone on my birthday…

a friend asked me if I felt any different being 26, and I said no, but what feels different is having 35lbs strapped to the front of your body.



You made me a mother this year, thank you for that gift.

Besides your daddy, no one has ever taught me to be so sacrificial, less vain, putting others needs and desires before my own.

It’s not always easy and no doubt it will just get harder, even if right now I can’t cross my legs and my back feels like it is bending like a bow.

Speaking of bows… I read this amazing quote yesterday:

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.  The archer bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hands be for gladness.” – Khalil Gibran

Our pastor reminds us of the amazing truth that you are on loan to us little one. God chose me and daddy to be your parents, to raise you up and send you out.  You might be my baby right now, but I must constantly think of and help you prepare for making your mark for Him.  You have given me a new sense of purpose and a new role for my life, I’m 26 this year Haddon and Lord willing I have a lot left to do here, and I love that you are a huge part of that.

So as I continue to bend (kind of physically) but mostly figuratively, be patient with me sweet one, forgive me a lot, and let me love and teach you.  I know you will teach me more than I could have ever imagined.  You already have.

What I’m really excited about is celebrating YOUR birthday next month.

You are already such a gift to us!


Thank you Pioneer Woman…

for making my husband’s birthday weekend delicious.

New favorites around here- 

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.

The Best Coffee Cake. Ever.

Chicken Tortilla Soup.


Thanking our Father for a fully belly (and fridge), also thinking its time for some Crunch: Belly, Butt, and Thighs Bootcamp!

For Micah.

I’m not poet… but last year I wrote Micah a silly poem for his birthday so I did this year as well.

Happy Birthday sweet love.


Another year my deer

A lot has transpired since your last birthday, for example I graduated in May…

But the best thing to happen was in the snow, I bet you are glad I didn’t say no

You asked if I would be your wife, you gave me the news you wanted me for life

Engagement pictures in a barn, and a wedding on a farm

It was in June, and there was a full moon…

We exchanged vows and rings, among other things

What a wonderful day, as we trampled through the hay

Our cheeks hurt from smiling, but we were just compiling

Pictures of our love, which was given straight from above

Two days later we hit the road, riding in our first humble abode 

Our honeymoon adventure out west, was definitely the best

Even when my feet hurt from 16mile pain, the end was worth it because of the gain

We got to see Gods beauty like never before, and it just makes us awe Him and adore

Then back in the cabin I showered you with sweets, while every morning you hunted deer friends for meat

You were provided for with the job at the lab, our living conditions weren’t too shab

Then we moved to the city to begin life again, all the while chiseling each other’s sin 

Thank you for loving me, I’m so grateful everything now is a “we”

I love you Micah more than you can know, every day I’ll try and show

Just how much you mean, even if you don’t like things as clean…

I hope this next year brings us even closer as one, working together until His work is done

To us, through us, and all around, we’re sinners but we show His grace abounds

You really are an Ephesians 5 type of man, and I’m honored to be part of the plan for your life living beside you as your wife