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The Very Best Day

It’s been a rough year for me so far, you know…emotionally. Nothing too crazy has happened, well except of course that my life has suddenly evolved into “kid” stages rather than “baby” stages. I have written about this subject on a few different occasions, and I have cried over it more than that. For the past five years of my life, I have done nothing BUT babies. My life was a constant whirlwind of feeding, changing diapers, washing clothes, cleaning up vomit & urine, and excessively enjoying every laugh and giggle that ever came out of their little mouths.

Pretty recently, all of this is occurring less and less. Don’t get me wrong, the cleaning and such is nice to have less of, but I have been denied cuddles and kisses by all three of my children. It doesn’t happen very often, but the fact of the matter is that it still DOES happen! No one ever told me that there would be moments when your children wouldn’t  like you. Really? That is so not fair.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to relive old memories…you can do that in this blog post: Forever Young 

The reason for this post is to explain that although my life is changing, my kids are growing up,  and I wish with my whole heart that I can get some of their days back, there are still some days that I can’t help but relish in the enjoyment of their growing youth. My littlest one, Miller, has just become a little boy almost overnight and has caught the attention of everyone he passes by. I know every mother says this, and I am joining in on the boasting…he is soooo smart, and sweet, and so stinkin’ cute!

Today, I left all three of my kids with 2 different sitters while I attended a MOPS planning meeting with some ladies at church. The first sitter was my good friend Shannon. She has 2 boys herself and is an excellent mother. She is also the one who I called at 6 am last October (after only knowing her for maybe a month) to watch my other 2 kids while Miller was in the hospital for his little choking episode. She was a life saver then, and was a life saver yesterday when I really needed her.

After a long day (and an extremely fun one!) I came home completely worn out and suddenly remembered why I would be completely incapable of holding down a full time job right now! The kids went to bed pretty quickly and easily and I enjoyed myself on the couch, snuggled up with a good book, because hubby already crashed out in bed. As I read, I received a text from Shannon that just made my heart melt once more. Yes, I want Miller to be a baby again, but seeing this text just made me so excited to see what he will become as he grows up! Big plans for my little man, indeed!

Like I said, Miller has just become something great and is a little light shining so brightly in my life.
He has also become quite the soloist. Singing songs has consumed a large part of his day and last night, I just had to stop myself and listen to him as he lay in bed next to his brother. Two things…he never lays down with Camden for bed, and I have never heard him sing this particular song. His siblings sing it over and over, but it was the first time I heard it from Miller. It is probably the cutest thing I have ever heard in my life. I had to sneak into the room so I wouldn’t disturb him…it’s dark and you don’t see him at all, but the words he sings completely makes up for it!

(ps- make sure your volume is all the way up…it’s a little hard to hear at first)

 

And to finish it off, he sang this song in the car this weekend. It’s his favorite song, and it’s adorable.

 

 

Thank you for enjoying my baby boy…he is pretty amazing, and I am pretty darn lucky.

 

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Cindy

my grandson, Miller, is quite the singer!

Shannon

Sooo cute, these made the boys really smile.

Kristi

so cute!! Your kiddos will really enjoy all of these blogs when they get older!!

Anonymous

He is growing up so fast. They are all so prescious.

What a sweet sweet boy. I love how well he sings! With all the growing up so quickly it os nice to get these sweet memories to cherish them at their different stages forever :)

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A Grand Garden

My mom has always loved making things beautiful. When I was little, my parents bought some land and threw a tiny house on the lot. This made a huge amount of empty space…and, she filled it! She planted baby trees that over time became huge trees. Us kids loved those trees so much that we would jokingly call each of them by name…Mom’s tree and Dad’s tree were each on the outer corners of our front lawn and the rest of us had trees scattered around the property. Then, there was the willow tree, definitely my favorite. The yard was lined with pink oleanders and we had a garden bed in front of the house filled with beautiful flowers.

Well…her talent has only become better with time. She now has a house in Washington that she has slowly transformed into an amazing array of delicate flowers and unique plants.

I’m bragging about my mother’s garden because she has taken the simple beauty of a garden and turned it into a precious symbol of love for her family that can always be treasured and remembered.

Pictured below are 3 very unique plants that she searched for specifically when each of my children were born. Because we live so far away from each other, this is the perfect reminder that her grandchildren are alive, healthy, and BEAUTIFUL!
Some day, these same plants will be planted in my own garden…thank you mom!

For my oldest daughter Mackenzy…EMILY MACKENZIE

 

For my son Camden…GOLD MEDAL CAMDENS

 And for my littlest son Miller…DUSTY MILLERS

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Very Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing.

14 Reasons


What a weekend!

My very best friend and her family came to visit us and we have spent the past 4 days in a downtown Las Vegas resort. Swimming, cooking, relaxing, and having fun…just what we needed!

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about Father’s Day. What a great day to honor such important gifts in our lives! Naturally, I thought about my own dad…I thought about the things I used to love the most about him when I was a child. My greatest memories include all-out wrestling matches on the floor of our living room until one of us kids got hurt, or singing as loud as we possibly could to old rock songs when my dad drove us somewhere. And mostly, I loved how easily he could cheer me up with one silly face when I was sad about something.

As I gathered up my memories, I couldn’t help but wonder what memories my own kids have established with the fatherly figures in their lives. I have no doubt that their list of wonderful things about their own dad will be just as special as mine.

I asked them about it, and they gave me 14 reasons why their dad is pretty amazing…

1. He’s really strong ( I love that this is the first thing my daughter said, because it’s my favorite thing about him too!)

2. His shirts are cool

3. He helps us not to be scared, he will shoot it (HAHA!)

4. He is brave when we aren’t (awww, so sweet)

5. He throws water balloons at us

6. We shoot birds together with my BB gun. (YES & in my backyard!)

7. He gets me some suckers.

8. He lets us do silly things to him.

9. When I was little, he used to help me count

10. He prays for our dinner.

11. He says funny things to make me feel better (one of his strongest characteristics!)

12. He gives me some lovin’

13. He so handsome

14. He plays baseball with me EVERY night! (aint’ that the truth!)

 

Thank you Mr. Crow for giving my children such wonderful memories and the promise of filling them with so much more!

I love you and I love the father that you are!





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Forever Young

“Oh darlin’ don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up…just stay this little”

These words have held my thoughts captive every time I look at my children lately. Thank you, Taylor Swift…I hum the harmony, I sing the words, and I think of them in my sleep.

 I don’t know what exactly has brought on this awareness of passed time, but I do know that I would give just about anything right now to have my babies back. Just thinking about their chubby buns, baby-soft skin, and belly laughs have my eyes swelling up.

It deeply hurts to know that I can never hear those precious first words again, that I can never rock them as they doze off into a peaceful sleep, or that I can never get giddy and excited because they took their first steps. Man, oh man…that is a difficult realization!

At this point in my life, they are still quite young. BUT…I feel like my family has suddenly leaped into the next stages of life and I didn’t see it coming at all. Overnight, my youngest, has outgrown infancy as he struts around the house riding with training wheels and sporting big boy underwear. My middle child brings tears to my eyes as he so kindly puts other’s needs in front of his own. I see him turning into a humble young man that is going to change the world one hug at a time. And then, my oldest is about ready to graduate pre-school and head off to tread the unknown waters of kindergarten.

Yes, they grow up way too fast. My mother warned me as well as everyone else in this world. Of course, though, no one ever fully understands the advice they have been given until it’s too late. I cherish these memories and I am desperately holding onto them as they slowly slip through my hands in slow motion. How did this happen? How did I not savor every moment?

As weary as a mother can be, I plopped into my bed last night trying to relive the baby days with what little I had left. My eyes swelled again and I knew there was no turning back. No more babies. No more little chubby fingers. No more diaper explosions, baby powder aromas, or even late night feedings. It’s gone…no more of that…ever…again. Full on tears in my eyes now and then I just stopped. I had to stop. I can’t be sad over what I had in the past. I felt God gently remind me that although those days are long gone, He has so much more for me to experience with my children in the future. I thought of one of my favorite verses that brought a smile to my face as I envisioned my children in the days ahead.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
Ephesians 3:20

I don’t know what God has planned for my children…BUT I do know, without a doubt, that He has AMAZING plans for them that will bring me the same joy, or maybe even more, that I experienced when they were babies. I see Him at work already as He is transforming their little hearts to love and serve others.

I then remembered that God tells us in the Bible that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and this particular season in my life has passed. Thank the Lord that I don’t have to completely forget it, that is why He gave us memories, but I do have to let it go in order to open the doors for the next season that is already taking place right now.

My prayer this week is that we as moms, no matter how old we are, can cherish our past memories and keep them forever young within our hearts. Help us Lord, to not be sad about losing our days with our children, but rather, be excited about what you have planned for them in the future. Our children have the power to change the lives of anyone in this world…help us to remember that you are in control of their lives and you are guiding each step of the way. Thank you so much for the children you have blessed our lives with. Help us to treasure each and every memory they give us and to look forward to many more as the grow into the men and women you have designed them to be!

 

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Beth – What beutfiual beutfiual photos! You can’t beat photos of newborns! She really does look like a doll in the last one. Her parents must just LOVE these. The one of mom and baby together is just precious. This baby looks like she’d sleep through anything!! Great job, Dawn!

[...] Anyway, the point of this post is not to relive old memories…you can do that in this blog post: Forever Young  [...]

Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches

Once again, I was browsing around the site of Chocolate Covered Katie and found this wonderful recipe for peanut butter cookies. I love her recipes for two reasons; they are healthy and they only make small quantities so you are not tempted to over-indulge…something I would of course, never do:)

My kids helped me put together these cookies and they were super tasty and creamy and chewy. YUM! As I continued to peruse her recipes, I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with bananas, strawberries, or frosting sandwiched inside! Genius, right? I threw the bananas straight into my PB cookies because everyone knows bananas pair perfectly together with peanut butter.

And then…I froze them! They were perfect for an afternoon treat on a hot day!

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 T whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T applesauce (I used plain yogurt because that’s all I had)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients very well. Then add wet and form cookie balls. If you want soft cookies, fridge the dough for at least an hour. Then bake in a preheated oven (350F) for 8 minutes. They’ll look underdone when you take them out, but that’s ok. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from tray.

Slice your bananas and place inside. Freeze if desired.

Kid approved?

Absolutely!

Not too much sugar, but enough to give a little energy boost mid-afternoon. My kids get so tired come 3 o’clock.
And I love that they are so small, perfect size for those little hands.

Only 50 calories per cookie too!

 

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