Monday, March 21, 2016

Luke is Five!!

Dear Luke Nathanael,
        You are shy, sweet and full of life and light.  You are always so observant and always thinking.  You love to work puzzles and do pretty much anything with your hands.  You like to color and draw, play with play-doh and do crafts.  You love having a routine and notice when something doesn't happen when it should.  Bumps in routine used to upset you a lot before you could talk about it, but now you usually just tell us what you noticed.  When you speak, you usually have something really important and intelligent to say.  You love rhythm and music, but usually don't sings songs.  You love to beat-box them with your own rhythmic syllables.  The musician in your mom absolutely adores this!  You are so smart and helpful, handsome and kind.  We love you, precious boy!
Here's a quick glance of your 5 years with us!

You were born on Monday, March 21st at 5:12 a.m.

Sweetest smile...

And dimples!

You got to announce that your baby brother Timothy was on his way!

You were pretty proud of him too!!

You still love these fingers... Oh dear!

Sweet friends forever!
Such a tender heart for God...

And for taking care of others!

Such a good helper...

Such a good snuggler and buddy!

Your great-granny came to your 4th birthday party!

Your brother David played barber and... uhm... needs more practice,
so Daddy gave you your first buzz-cut!

This year you caught your very first fish!

We are so proud of you, big boy!

Friday, March 11, 2016

David is Seven!

David Josiah:
3/12/09;  7:07p.m.;  5lbs 10oz

Dear David,
     You are tough and tender.  You feel big feelings and are seldom in any kind of mediocre mood.   You are loads of athleticism in a small package!  You are the sweetest little singer.  Click here.  -So very sweet!!  You love horses, riding your bike, and TaeKwonDo class that you started being a part of recently.  You are learning to read and your brother Isaac is helping you with that which makes your parents so proud of you both!  You absolutely LOVE picture taking time and know exactly how to work the camera with your adorable personality and poses.  The pictures in this post are all just from your sixth year, which was a major growing-up year for you!  David, you were a bright light for your mom over the past year.  You were a "rainbow baby" for us and that gave me hope on some really dark days.  Your smile helped us remember that there is always hope to be had no matter what the future may hold.  What a blessing you are to us for so many reasons!  Your family loves you and your parents love being your Mom and Dad!

David grew 4 inches and gained 7 pounds in his 6th year after starting on growth hormone shots.

Taken right after his first shot.  He's a brave boy just like his big brother!

David loves to go fishing!!

He loves to climb and climb!

Pictures of David hamming it up at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch Fundraiser

Feeding the mule some watermelon.

Our little jockey loves riding horses with the family!

More fishing!!

-And more being charming and funny

David learned to ride a bike last October.... Except there wasn't any teaching from parents or "learning" to it.  Because he has such incredible balance like his daddy, he simply could ride a bike... just like that!  He said it best, "I just believed in myself to do it!"

Happy Birthday David!!!