Friday, September 23, 2016


Wow...a teenager already! You are poised and ready for all God has in store!! I know you will live vibrantly for Him!! Here are 13 of the many things I love about you...
1. You have a determination in all that you do. You love to set goals for yourself and you persevere in accomplishing them.
2. You love beautiful things. From clothes and hair styles, to sunsets and song lyrics, you appreciate and add to the beauty around you.
3. You are a nurturer. You are always looking for needs you can meet. You love to care for others and you seek out creative ways to make others feel pampered.
4. You are a justice-seeker. You have a very strong sense of right and wrong and you are very active to righting the wrongs around you.
5. You are intentional in your relationship with God. You think deeply about Him and relate His Word directly to your every day life.
 6. You are HILARIOUS! This has really developed in you this last year or so. You are so funny and it makes you soooo happy to make others laugh and feel at ease.
7. You feel DEEPLY! Whatever emotion is on your heart at the moment is felt 300%. You are all in!!
8. You are a great friend. You work hard at your friendships. You truly want your friends to feel loved and appreciated and are always thinking about how you can bless them.
9. You are responsible. If you are entrusted with a task, you make sure to complete it and to the best of your ability.
 10. You have a heart for evangelism. You truly from deep down in your heart want everyone to know the love of Christ and you seek intentional ways to share it.
 11. You have a spark. You do not back down easily when you believe strongly about something (which is almost always). And, although there are many times this has been a humbling attribute for you, I know it means you are a fire-starter and combined with your need for justice, God will break chains and move mountains through you.
12. You have a high amount of energy. I am so jealous of this one!! :) You are energized BY many of the above attributes (determination, justice-seeking, responsibility and more) and you use that energy FOR many of them (nurturing, loving etc.)
13. You have a heart full to the brim with love. You pour out the love of Christ in so many tangible ways to those around you.
I love you so much, sweet Abby Claire, and I am so very humbled and grateful to be your mommy!! 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Happy 11th Birthday to my dimple-cheeked and freckle-kissed precious Max. Eleven of the many things I LOVE about you...
1. You always have a twinkle in your eye. You see the glass as half full and you love people. You have never met a stranger and can make anyone feel at ease in a conversation.
2. You are extremely tender-hearted and affectionate. Your biggest frustration in life is that Sam is shying away from your hugs You try every trick you can think of to get him to give you hugs! Not to worry...I will take them all!!
3. You love random information. Your favorite books are fact books and you love to share these random facts as they pop into your mind.
4. You have a compassionate heart for the lost. You feel a deep sense of sadness for those who don't know Christ and are determined to share the Good News. You especially want to find a way to share with people who have never heard the name of Jesus.
5. You are joyful. I constantly see that dimple and know there is a smile behind it. Life is fun and adventurous to you.
6. You are quick to forgive. You don't hold other's offenses against them. Even after the worst of offenses from siblings against you, you work hard to mend the relationship and keep the friendship in tact.
7. You truly see value in all people. You are a friend to all and see people equally.
8. You are creative. You love to sketch and paint and you see the world through a creative eye.
9. You are an incredible brother. You adore your siblings and you are very intentional in finding ways to connect personally to each of them.
10. You are a gentleman. You often hurry to beat me to the car so you can open my door. You feel so happy when you think of something you can do to care for me. You are a night in shining armor.
11. You love the LORD and you shine your light brightly for Him. I know the plans He has for you are adventurous and full of love for humanity. I can't wait to see them unfold!!
I LOVE you!!!
<3 Mommy