Sometimes I think that my children's birthdays are more of a thrill for me than for them! Gabrielle was my first VBAC baby, and has been an amazing blessing from day one. Even if the nurses said she screamed like a Velociraptor (quite fitting if you know Gab, since she's the total dinosaur guru around here)...
She's an amazing girl. Funny, charming, smart, helpful, nurturing...
Gab just turned eight, here are some highlights from her big day:
|Getting ready to go Kayaking. That's all she really wanted to do on her birthday!|
|For dinner, she requested lasagna. We had some sweet friends and Nana join us for all the fun and dinosaur cupcakes.|
|Nana and Gab eating Sour Cream & Onion flavored crickets. haha|
1. Joe's Birthday
My little guy turned two the day before Thanksgiving.
I couldn't help but spend the day thinking about the night he was born, in my bedroom, in complete and udder peace. He is such a joy to me. I had better not say anymore about that or I'll cry.
|Waking up two years old!|
|Breakfast at Shipleys|
|Dinner with friends, cousins, and Nana. We had tacos and s'mores.|
|Helping the men build a fire.|
|Opening gifts....when I asked him what he wanted, all he told me that he wanted was...|
|...a trash truck. He was so excited. He loves the trash truck.|
My sweet mother-in-law hosted Thanksgiving, so I started the day off with a run, and then spent the rest of the day before dinner hanging out with friends, my little family, and drinking mimosas.
3. The Run
Thanksgiving morning I went and did a local run. By the end, I had wished I had registered for the longer run, and I realized how this past nine months has changed my life.
The packet included the regular stuff...freebies, t-shirt, etc. But also a flier for a local sprint triathlon in May...and I'm going to do it.
Let the training begin.
4. Thanksgiving Week Guests
We got to see SO many friends during Thanksgiving week! A friend came from Denver, one of our other friends who lives way across the city (this place is so spread out) came and stayed for several days, my sweet friend Chelsea came for a night, and we had a lunch turned all day affair with new friends the weekend after Thanksgiving.
I fell into bed every night with prayerful thanksgiving in my heart.
|Late night whiskey and cigars|
|Best BBQ in Texas|
This has been the most peaceful and fruitful Advent so far.
|Rolling beeswax Advent candles|
6. Felicity's Choir Concert
Felicity had her first choir concert this week. It's beautiful to watch her fall in love with this art, not only because it has been a love of mine for so long, but because she is recognizing how music can be used as prayer and a way to glorify her Creator.
She was very honored that many friends came to hear her sing, her godparents, one of her girlfriends and her mama (my friend!), and more dear family friends. It was a very special evening.
So, I'm a day late but check out Jen for more quick takes!