bath time baby.

My little man sure does loves his daily spa time with mommy…Image

Special moments were captured thanks to my husband who was blessed to work from home today!

 

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These moments are flying by so quickly.  I so cherish my every moment with my little man!Image

like a child.

Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?ImageJesus then called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  He said…Image“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.ImageTherefore, whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”Image

Home for Christmas.

The most anticipated and celebrated day of the year has come and gone.  What now?

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I finally have a few minutes to gather my thoughts over a cup of hazelnut coffee.

A thankful heart is stirred as I recount the look on Kinsley’s face as she ripped the colorful damask wrapping paper off her Bitty Baby.  She’s grown into such a darling girl.  Her charm and smile are infectious! How does my little lady manage to melt my heart every second of every day?

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Elijah. So new, sweet.  He still smells like a newborn.  Wrapped up so warm in his knit sweater and swaddle.  He’s my gift this year from my Heavenly Papa.

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Adam’s heart and soul went into finding me the perfect bracelet this year.  I cherish it.  It reminds me of God’s love poured out on my heart.

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So many memories were carved into my heart yesterday.

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And so many more to be made this coming year.

Thankful for a family that I adore, and a Heavenly Father who adores me so much that He sent His Son to be my eternal gift.

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Our family is getting rather large! I LOVE it.

Merry Christmas!

Love,

Adam, Jackie, Kinsley, and Elijah

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deck the halls.

Frederick traditions run deep.

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Every December the Christmas tree must be adorned, as a family, with hundreds of ornaments.

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Amanda knows every ornament.

Which child they belong to.  What year they were purchased.

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Each is cherished, just like her children.

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Every year we gather with eggnog in hand, to unwrap and hang the family ornaments.

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Every year the handmade angel is perfectly perched atop the tree.  Just like this.Image

Every year we add another ornament… or family member.

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Every year someone says… “Momma…remember when…?”

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Thank you Lord for one more Christmas to share, celebrating your Son, with the ones we love.

little miss baker.

Do you ever dream of what your children will one day become?

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If left to my own imagination, I envision that my sweet, dimpled Kinsley will one day fulfill the role of baker extraordinaire. 

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She was, after all, a cupcake for Halloween this year!

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Her propensity towards anything spoon, whisk, or bowl related may lend way to my imaginings. 

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Aunt Anna and Yaya showed up early this morning to bake sugar cookies with my little miss baker.

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She enjoyed every bite of it!

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and… so did her mommy:)

kindred spirit.

I received something very special in the mail.

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My pen pal of fourteen years wrote once again…

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Kindred spirits since eighth grade… Mandy Dittmer… Now Mandy Decker…

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We would leave notes of encouragement, inspiration, and hilarity in our shared high school locker.

Wise beyond her years, her words uplifted and provoked me to thought.

Her friendship saw me through hardship…

Rejoiced with me in triumph.

Friends like these are hard to come by… Thank you Mandy for your note, and gifts for little Elijah!

Kinsley really loves Elijah’s “mustache binky!”

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So as I sip my latte I write… and remember the good ole days!

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I’m thinking of you!

Love,
Jacks