These are some pictures I have taken of life and its little treasures; there are so many things to enjoy : )
Amazing little bug!
The purple flowers are Sweet Violets. Look for the sweet things in life :)
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“Sophia, they say April showers bring May flowers. I never did understand how good hygiune in one month would result in a ship full of Pilgrims in the next. Reguardless, may you continue to flower as God showers you with His love. Happy B- day Love, Dad”
“Happy birthday, Sophia! Growing up has its own special fun and you do not grow up in one day. . . but slowly. . . one day at a time : ) Love, Mom”
“Happy birthday Joshua and Sophia! I love you both very much and I am very glad that God has made you a part of our family. May God bless you and draw you closer to Himself in the months ahead. Love, Elijah”
“Happy birthday Sophia! Love, Joshua”
“Happy Birthday dear sister! Wow. you are growing up so fast. I still remember you all wraped up in a blanket, just born. you looked mauch different then! You are growing and maturing and I pray God will bless you and mold you into the person he wants you to be. I hope you will greatly enjoy your birthday. Love, Elise”
“N.O. W.A.Y. ‘So wags the world away’. [Gilbert Blythe] And so it does!! Let’s keep working on photo shoots together and learning your personality through poses and relaxed smiles this next week. Let’s keep working on obeying God, parents and other authorities for our whole lifetime. These two things will C.H.A.N.G.E. your life! Much Love, Olivia”
“To a wonderful, remarkable sister, Happy Birthday!! A Poem for you:
Here’s to Laia
You used to call me names,
It was weird but rather fun.
If I name them from top to end,
there’s quite a ton.
Let’s start at the beginning. ‘Laibug.’
Now that was quite tough.
It made me feel like a deformed ladybug,
If you understand that much.
Next comes ‘Laia.’
If you think about it,
You used to scream ‘Laia! Laia!’ all day long.
I thought I’d had enough!
And when I couldn’t take it anymore,
another came along!
‘Lidja! Lidja! Save me!’ was your song.
I plugged my ears,
got rid of my fears
and yelled at you to go away.
Now I wish you said it still today
because I miss it.
Times are tough;
I never hear ‘Lidja’, ‘Laia’, ‘Laibug’ anymore.
I wouldn’t yell at you anymore.
Dear Sophia and Joshua, Happy Birthday! Your great siblings. Love Nathan
“Happy Birthday Joshua and Sophia! I love you. Charis”
Posted by Elise
Happy birthday to our wonderful brother and son, Nathan!! We love you very much and hope you had a wonderful birthday!
” Happy 11th birthday, you have become quite a help around the house and with the animals! You are learning to be a man. I appreciate your willingness and cheerfulness! Love, Mom”
“Nathan, I’m glad to see you stepping up. Keep up the good work. Love, Dad”
“Nathan, Happy 11th birthday! Cant wait to see the model airplane once its finished:) And race on the bikes once they are fixed! you are becoming quite a handy man! It is a wonderful skill to have! and it will help you everywhere you in life! But, good character will take you further, open more doors and bless more people. Seek to imitate Christ and learn more about God while you are still young-it will give you a firm foundation! Much love from your big sis, Olivia “
“Happy birthday Nathan! Love, Lydia”
“Happy birthday! WOW!! 11, I can’t believe it! Love, Charis”
“Happy 11th birthday Nathan! I’m glad you’re my little brother. Hope you’ve had a great birthday. Let God work in you, for who He wants you to be one day. Love you, Sophia”
“Dear Nathan, Happy 11th birthday! I hope you’ve had a year full of learning new things, making new friends, enjoying old friends and loving God more and more. As you enter a new year of life, may you learn much more, and be closer to the person God wants you to be : ) I love you buddy. I still remember the day you were born : ) My life would not be as blessed if it were not for you. I love you. your sis, Elise Marie”
“Happy birthday Nathan! You have grown so tall! I like you. I know God loves you and I am glad you enjoyed your presents. Love, Micah”
“Happy Birthday Nathan! I love you very much. You are a great younger brother and I am glad that God has made you a part of our family : )
“Happy birthday Nathan. Hope you had a great day! Joshua”
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
Life is an adventure. We were put here to Glorify God. It is a fulfilling and honorable calling. But life can also be messy. Friends come and go, arguments arise, pride gets in the way, we live and we learn.
But what a wonderful thought that we will never be alone in this world! Praise God for siblings who stick next to you through thick and thin, rain and shine.
Hold onto them . . . because we can’t even take tomorrow for granted.
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. . . for the lip balm! Like I promised I would [grin]. Check back a couple posts to try this fabulous stuff!
Posted by Elise