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sixteen things


Sixteen things I love about you…

1. You are not afraid to try new things.

2. You are a fiercely loyal friend.

3. The way you jump around when you are excited, knees pumping up to your chest and your hands flying.

4. Your stubborn streak.

5. Your convictions. (When #4 and #5 to into play together, watch out world!)

6. The way you are growing in your walk with the Lord.  That your faith is becoming your own.  It’s beautiful.

7. Your creativity.  You keep discovering new talents.

8. The way you help and love your sisters.

9. The way you clean your room, making a bigger mess than you started with and ending with perfection.

10. Your toes!

11. You love Jesus and you love going to church.

12. You can laugh at yourself and you don’t take yourself too seriously.

13. The way you have blossomed at school, making friends, getting good grades, trying new things, and are a student the teachers enjoy having in class.

14. Your voice.  The way you say, “Hey, Mom!”  I’ll never get tired of that.

15. The way you dance.  Everywhere.  All the time.  You’re beautiful.

16. I love that God put you in our family to love and enjoy.  I do love you and oh, how I enjoy you!



>happy 8th birthday, SuperGirl!



Today is SuperGirl’s birthday.  She’s 8, going on 22.  It’s hard to believe my BABY is eight years old.  We celebrated this morning, very early this morning, by going to Shipley Donuts before school.  This tradition was really fun when we didn’t have to go at the crack of dawn.  This year there were no sprinkle donuts for anyone, just sausage kolaches and a few donut holes.  As per tradition, we opened presents at the shop.  SuperGirl said she’d like to open one small gift today and save the “big ones” for her family party later this week.  I guess we probably need to go buy some “big” presents… or find some bigger boxes to wrap the ones we got in!!


SuperGirl has had her eyes on these Skechers Twinkle Toes shoes since we went school shopping.  They weren’t exactly practical or in our price range for school shoes, but I thought they would make a perfect birthday present.  They have glitter, lights, graffiti… all the things an 8-year-old thinks a pair of shoes should have.  She was THRILLED to see that those shoes were in that gift bag.


Of course, we had to change shoes in Shipley’s so she could wear them to school today.  Good thing Mom picked out her clothes this morning so they’d kind of match… with all those colors, they are bound to match just about anything, don’t you think?  I’m hoping she keeps her feet under her desk today… and that she doesn’t bounce down the halls of school, trying to light them up.  We’re new to this public school thing… are these things even “school legal” these days?  I don’t know…


Later today we’ll be taking lunch to SuperGirl at her school.  She is really, REALLY excited about that.  So am I! 

>thoughts on being 40…





  1. 40 isn’t old.
  2. At least it’s not as old as I once thought it was.
  3. But having to check the age range box that starts with 40 kind of stinks.
  4. So is having to scroll through the 2000’s and down to 1970. 
  5. There are only a few gray hairs on my head.
  6. That I can see.
  7. I’m not wearing readers.
  8. Yet.
  9. My body still works and is on it’s way to working better since I’m taking better care of it. 
  10. I am married to a wonderful, godly man and after spending almost half my life with him we have a great marriage.
  11. It’s not perfect, but we are always growing and changing and striving to make it what God wants it to be.
  12. I have three beautiful, sweet, smart, daughters who make being a mom a pure joy and blessing.
  13. And maybe they are the source of a few of those gray hairs…
  14. Much of who I am today I owe to my parents.
  15. I have a mom who protected me and nurtured me and taught me how to love… and a dad who has loved me selflessly and sacrificially. 
  16. My mother knows I’m really 39… because she knows if she admits I’m 40, then she has to admit she has a kid who is… 4-OH.
  17. I married into a loving, supportive family.
  18. And I have the title of “favorite daughter-in-law.” 
  19. Okay, I’m the ONLY daughter-in-law.  But still.  My title is my title and you can’t take that away from me.
  20. Being 40 means that my sister and I are not BOTH still in our 30’s.
  21. But today we are closer than ever and I count that as a giant, 40-sized blessing.
  22. Friends.  How did I get so lucky? 
  23. You know who you are… some of you are near some of you are far.
  24. Some I have known more than half my life… and some for a few years. 
  25. Many of you are like sisters… we are connected at the heart.  And that is a blessing I don’t take for granted.
  26. I’m changing and gaining perspective on many things…
  27. Like how to treat my husband and how to love my kids better.
  28. And what is really important.
  29. I’m not as hard on myself as I used to be.
  30. But I still don’t like change.
  31. Or conflict.
  32. Or pickle relish.
  33. Fear is not something I live under any more.  Do I struggle?  Yes.  Does it control me?  No.
  34. Living my faith for so long has taught me to trust… so worry is not as big a part of my life as it once was either.
  35. I’m still struggling to be content. 
  36. But finding joy in the little things, a smile, a hug, a clean sink, lunch with a friend, a good movie, all remind me to be content.
  37. My life is good.
  38. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
  39. Nothing.
  40. Except maybe to stay 39.