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Got to celebrate the sweetest little life joining our family this April! Caitlin is pregnant with their 4th baby (2nd girl) and we had so much fun showering her with love (and lots of cute girl things). Just missing Nana and Rachel!! I felt like the Lord gave me a sweet encouragement to speak to Caitlin during this time. They are naming their daughter Josephine (calling her Josie) and that means “God will add to” or “Jehovah increases”. I love that meaning!! Oddly enough, I am behind in my Bible reading plan and this week I read about the life of Joseph. Not a coincidence! As I read about his life it was so evident that whenever something miserable happened to Joseph (and lots did) I’m sure he was frustrated. But He always responded with obedience and kept tuned into God. Because of that…God continually ADDED TO or INCREASED things in his life. Including his legacy! And there was even a point in Joseph’s life where a massive famine was happening. And while everyone else was decreasing, Joseph continued increasing!! Only God! Isn’t that so cool to think about? Our obedience, EVEN in the hard moments, produces faithfulness in us that allows the Lord to add to and increase in our lives in so many ways! As long as we stay tuned into him! And that’s who Caitlin is! Who she has always been. And I’m so proud of the wife and mother she is and that little Josie is one of the ways God is showing his goodness to her in this season. We love you Caitlin! I love you! I’m so grateful for the impact you’ve had and continue to have in my life. And we love Josie — I can’t wait to be her Auntie!! “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV
Happy Valentine’s Day! Lucy got to join this tradition this year that we started with Griffy as a baby. Swipe to see him through the years. Anyone here when Griffy was born and remember those epic cheeks in pic 5? These two are the best of friends ❤️ For fun, comment below your guess of how many m&m’s it took to make this picture and the winner will get a Valentine’s Day surprise gift from us!! **hint: it’s more than you see on this picture. I zoomed in. Pic inspo: @lolo_webb
In the hallway, on the way to the boy’s rooms hangs a sign that is still my favorite to this day: You are loved for the boys you are The men you will become And the precious sons you will always be! Now I need one for Lucy: You are loved for the girl you are The woman you will become And the precious daughter you will always be! I love that this sweet saying speaks to who they are and who they will be. Both important. We aren’t meant to skip through one to get to the other (although some days it’s easy to want to right?). What a gift both sides are. What a gift NOW is! And the fact that we get to watch our children’s unique giftings and bents unfold before our eyes is mind boggling- so cool! Lord, help me guide them well. Even when I’m struggling and they are struggling and the days feel muddled, give me glimmers to see through that and speak to who they are and who they will be with confidence so that among ALL the voices they will take in, what they hear from me is always life-giving and filled with Your truth and encouragement. As I was writing this reminder to myself out, I remembered in my book Well Said* that I wrote the following (pg. 143): The importance of speaking identity is ongoing. No matter who we speak over, we’re acknowledging where they are, speaking to who they will become, and reminding them of the value they always have! I love that! “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalms 139:14-18 NLT
Lucy girl is 11 months old!! Our sweet little peach will be one soon and we all can, yet cannot, believe it. But before we fast forward too much, we are soaking in all 11 months of her sweetness in our family. “Mama” “Dada” “Papa” “Nana” “Nigh Nigh” “Bye Bye” sound the sweetest whenever she says them. Add in her cute little hand wave and it’s pretty heart melting. Her little army crawl scoots her around here and there but never anywhere too fast. She’s in no hurry for most things. Except food. Then you better get it to her fast or her high pitched squeal lets you know. Lucy looks all around for her brothers from the moment she wakes up. Griffy gives her kisses that she now expects and opens her mouth to. Hudson makes her giggle like no other. Jude is her safe arms to land in. Chase makes sure she is always carried around. Crew tells us whenever she “needs” something because he’s always aware. And Beck makes sure she never has a shortage of toys. Well loved would be a massive understatement!! Lucy, we love watching you grow and life is far, far more lovely and wonderful in every way with you in it! We love you we love you we love you!! #ayearoflucywren **Lucy also had her first trip to Kauai and while we were there we lost my Great Aunt (the kid’s double great) but I’m so thankful Lucy got to meet her earlier. So pic 9 is extra special to me!!
Yesterday was hard. Today wasn’t. What a contrast right? Funny how we can have one tough day or moment that knocks us off course a bit. But in the words of a wise Nana who happened to call me in the middle of my tough day: “Remember this is one day out of lots and that one day doesn’t determine all of the days or define any of you”! Leave it to your mama to always encourage you! So reminding myself that the good news for me and all of us is this: God’s plan is bigger than just one day. In fact, often those “one days” or “tough days” are the foundation for beautiful lessons that actually stick with us longer than the days we just breeze through. So yes, although I still shed some tears from a hard day, there was also hugs, healthy conversation with the boys, realistic expectations understood and asking forgiveness for attitudes and words that didn’t align with The Lord! Me included! Thank you Jesus that one day doesn’t define us (or our kids) in any arena of life! Whether parenting, working, schooling or whatever season you find yourself in, we are all working to make the best decisions for our family with lots and lots and lots of God’s help, trial and error, and maybe some encouragement from Nana along the way (and lots from you guys too)! On days when efforts feel futile, the reality is that they aren’t. The truth is that God is still “El Roi” the God who sees! And He sees you (and me) and meets us right where and when we need Him. Which spoiler alert- is everyday! “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden give you is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30 NLT “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT Hope this encourages some of you like it has me today! Also, these pictures of Lucy needed a permanent spot.
Tim here! I commandeered Sarah’s phone unbeknown to her this morning to do a sneak post to celebrate my absolute favorite day of the year! Sarah’s Birthday! Since the day I met Sarah I put her in my phone under the name “beautiful”. I knew from the moment we met that she would be the love of my life. What I didn’t know is how much I would grow to truly depend on you. Not only as the mother to our children but as a best friend. Living life with you has been the biggest gift that God could have ever given me. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for bringing you to me. Cheers to 37! I can’t wait to see what the Lord will continue to do in and through you in the next year! Can you join me in wishing Sarah a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!??
Tim happened to catch this sweet moment at church of Griffy worshipping! Nothing better than seeing your little ones worshipping and loving Jesus so sweetly at such a young age! I gave an encouragement earlier this week in stories about Griffy (see my encouragement highlight) and how in this moment, the Lord gave me a verse for him based on the different seasons we’ve walked out with his health: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT What a good reminder for all of us that God sees a fresh perspective that we often don’t. I’m so glad for that. What a peace that should bring us knowing He has our best in mind even when we wish we could speed things up! This song is one of my favorites- “Holy Forever” by @christomlin
Dear Chase, HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY 🎉!! You have been counting down for a whole month. Swipe to see Chase back to newborn! Not only are you older, but you’ve grown so much (especially in height) but also in who you are. We love seeing you love Jesus with your whole heart and be intentional in choosing to follow Him! Hearing how you pray is my favorite. You are SO sweet Chase. You have always been and are still much quieter than your brothers (yet becoming more and more extroverted) and you take in everything differently than they do. You are expressive and thankful in all you do! At any given moment we will usually find you in a quiet place solving a maze or puzzle, building legos or organizing your things just so! But then put you on a soccer field and suddenly you are a go getter who never stops hustling and is aggressive. You even learned to snow ski this year! It’s so fun to watch you and have a front row seat to all sides of who you are and get to guide you in it all. I’ll say it again, but you really do have a special knack for building anything and are SUPER into legos. You are happy to sit at a table all day and build. But this year it’s been fun to see how you take that gift and use it to help your little brothers and others in all you do. You are especially protective of Lucy and love to just sit with her during the day and play. Daddy and I believe gifts of building, organizing and neatness are unique to how God has wired you to connect with others. We see in you a steadfastness to stay committed to others in what you do and ultimately the Lord! You are unwavering, kind, gentle and compassionate. People are drawn to your sweetness. Not to mention how fun and silly and goofy you are! Chase- we are so proud of who you are now and who you will continue to become! We love you SO much!! Jesus loves you even more. Love, Daddy and Mommy
At last!! If you want to know more about our trip, comment HAWAII and I’ll send you a message with all the details (hotel, food, beaches and adventures) all in one place! Kauai has become a special place to us. We first went without kids on our 10 yr anniversary when I was pregnant with Beck and discovered this place (pic 3), came back in 2021 with the whole family after Griffy was born (pic 2) and then now- 2024! We hope you enjoy all we shared about it and that maybe it inspires a trip for you in the future! 🏝️ Just for fun, every vacation we give ourselves fun names ☺️ So, Aloha from - Ahi Daddy, Mango Mama, Papaya Papa, Cabana Nana, Sharktooth Jude, Aloha Hudson, Starfruit Chase, Shave Ice Crew, Hottub Beck, Guava Griffy, and Lilikoi Lucy! #alohakoloa
The hostess seated us and said “are you celebrating anything special tonight?” to which we both casually said “not really…just a date night without kids.” And later it hit me how much we really WERE celebrating and how much we CAN celebrate each day even if not deemed a “special occasion”. For example, here’s just a simple list I started for myself: •14.5 years so far of marriage and choosing to love and like each other •Faithfulness- to God and to each other •7 incredible children God has gifted us •Health- it’s not always perfect but we are grateful for it •Extended family that we love on both sides •A warm home •Food to eat •Being able to see God’s beautiful creation and travel occasionally •The gift of homeschool to our family •Rich friendships that have taken years to form but are so worth being attentive and intentional with And so much more… And although I won’t list all these out to the next hostess we meet (or maybe I will 🤣 but it might take awhile to be seated) it was a good reminder that there is ALWAYS something worth celebrating in life no matter what life we choose to live. Or at least worth sharing with others because God’s goodness in our lives no matter how seemingly big or small, is always a good reason to share! It can often be a faith builder for others without even knowing it. I’d love to hear one thing you would put on your grateful list 🌺 “I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” Psalms 145:5-7 NLT “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.” Job 19:25 NLT “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” Psalms 27:13 NLT P.S. I love you Tim 🌴 Thanks for being my forever date! These pictures are my fave of you and me from this week! #alohakoloa
Yesterday, my Great Aunt Phyllis (Nana’s Aunt) was welcomed in the presence of Jesus and all I can imagine is that she is saying His Name over and over and over with a giant smile and laugh of joy. 94 1/2 years of a live WELL lived pouring into and serving others with the purest heart that LOVED The Lord. I will miss her so much. She was more than a Great Aunt to me. She was so close to our family and such a constant my ENTIRE life showing up for anything and everything. More than that- praying for us daily. The boys affectionately called her “Double Great Aunt Phyllis”. It is a true treasure to me knowing she knew all my children and loved on each of them. And so many more treasures and memories stored up in my heart. One special one is that she was a nurse in the Air Force (pic 3) as well as in hospitals and she pinned me at my pinning ceremony when I became a nurse and passed on her pin to me. But even more-so than any “thing”, she passed on a fervent, unashamed love for the Lord to us and I remember the prayers and the words she spoke over me and the way she just said my name with such love and adoration! She has been begging God for heaven (with a smile on her face) as her body had slowly but consistently failed her the last 10 years. We will miss your presence here on earth Aunt Phyllis but we all know that you are receiving a hearty “Well done good and faithful servant” welcome to heaven. Crew said you are getting a parade! I believe it. I love you! We all love you!