Tybi Turns One!!!

My baby is growing up! People ask us (often) if we are going to have more children. I don’t know the answer to that… all I can say is “if it is God’s will.” I have felt different this time around though. For the first time, I think I’d be okay not going through pregnancy and newborn days again. Maybe it’s time to enjoy other peoples’ newborns and let our family move past diapers, teething, late night feedings, etc. Maybe… just maybe.

Tybi turned one! She is bursting with personality. She is learning how to charm people with her smiles and antics. We do adore this sweet little blessing. She, like each one before her, is very unique in how she tackles the world. She started walking at about ten months, but hasn’t really started talking outside of babbles and the occasional “mama” and “dada.” She adores her big brother and sisters… particularly Selah, who has really embraced her role as big sister.


Breakfast on her birthday with chocolate chip pancakes… she diligently dug out the chocolate chips.


First cake experience… we got her cupcakes and then headed to lunch at the Chinese restaurant.


We headed to Atlanta the next weekend to celebrate with cousins and grandparents. Usually, we have a cute them for birthday cakes… but I had just gotten a Baby Cakes, Cake Pop maker and wanted to try it out. We decided that Tybi would have an elegant birthday with her pearl sprinkled, chocolate drizzled cake.


She didn’t care… she just wanted to keep on eating the cake pops!

I am so thankful for this sweet little bundle. I wasn’t sure how we’d do with four kids, but it really hasn’t been that hard. Tybi makes it easy. Happy Birthday Baby Girl!


Looking Back- Abigail Turns 6

I just cannot believe she is six! Abigail is so desperate to grow up. About a month before her SIXTH birthday, she said, “mom…. do you want to know what I want to do for my seventh birthday?” I said “no! Can we get to your sixth birthday first? can you just be six first?”

Here’s a look back at our sweet and sassy six year old!

Abigail 1

When I Was One, I Had Just Begun

(And yes, this is Abigail… not Tybi)

Abigail 2

When I Was Two, I Was Nearly New

Abigail 3

When I was Three, I Was Hardly Me

abigail 4

When I Was Four, I Was Not Much More

Abigail 5

When I Was Five, I Was Just Alive


But Now I am Six, I am clever as clever
So, I think I’ll Be Six For Ever and Ever!

Isn’t She beautiful! She is such a sweet girl and an amazing friend to anyone and everyone she meets. She is sassy for sure and so full of life. We do adore Miss Abigail!

If you’d like to see some about her Little House on the Prairie Party, you can hop on over to the Homeschool Blog and check it out!

**Also… I don’t know the author of the poem I just used. It’s painted on the wall at our local children’s museum and I thought it would be cute for the blog post **

Celebrating Selah at Three Years Old

Three years ago, we had just moved to central Florida for Brian to go to RTS. I was about 34weeks pregnant when we got there. I kept putting off making a doctors appointment… insurance was frustrating, we were settling into a new house and chapter in our lives. Brian was working as a manager at Chick Fil A while also going to seminary full time. Going to the doctor was not high on my priority list. I finally realized that I needed to go at about 36 weeks pregnant (especially considering that Abigail and Elijah were both about a week early). I called to make my appointment and let them know how far along I was, but when I got to the doc’s office, the nurse just kept staring at me. When I asked what was wrong, she said, “we have written down that you are six weeks pregnant!” Clearly there was a miscommunication and she realized that rather than just beginning my pregnancy, I was quickly coming to the end.

Selah was born at around 2:15 in the afternoon. It was the easiest labor and delivery I’ve experienced. We named her Selah… it means “pause and reflect.” With all the craziness that was happening at that time in our lives, we needed a reminder to be still. She was such a good baby… slept and ate like a champ. She was easy to care for and such a reflection of her name.

Selah- August 29, 2009

It’s hard to believe she was born just three years ago. She is so full of life and spunk. And – she has a lot of words for a three year old! She talks all the time… it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not… she just talks. She loves Abigail and wants to be just like her. She is curious and always ready with a hug. The poor girl is so clumsy, but she doesn’t let it get her down… she just shakes it off and jumps right back in with both feet.

Selah is usually the second one up in the morning (tybi is the first). She comes out with sleepy eyes and crawls up into my lap for morning cuddles. She is such a sweet girl and so full of life (did I already say that… well… it’s worth saying twice).

Selah loves to be on stage. She took her microphone in the car the other day so she could sing on the way to the post office. She is full of sass.. in a good way.

Happy Birthday to our Big Three Year old Selah!!!! We love this sweet little bundle!