Theia’s been asking a lot of questions which have led to some awesome conversations. Brian and I are both amazed at how even at 4 years old there is so much their little heads and hearts can take in.
She quietly sat at the table and drew this picture, and glued a cross of yarn on it. When she was done she asked me to write at the top “I love you Jesus.”
Wow, I know what my heart did when she asked me and then to watch her proudly tape it up in the kitchen. I can’t imagine what Jesus’ heart did.
It reminded me that is all He wants-my love. Heart abandoned, hold nothing back. Just a love that follows Him, that listens to Him, that waits for Him. There’s nothing tricky or complicated about it. It’s not performance based or guilt ridden. Simply love ME he says.
I love when I get these big reminders from the little people in my life.
Theia you are still our introvert which we love and appreciate more and more but lately you are coming into your own person. You are becoming more confident and brave in who you are. We love to see you venture out and initiate with new friends and in new surroundings.
You are still the “mother” of your brother and sister. You closely watch what is going on around you and with others and are quick to respond if there is a problem or difference.
You are caring, kind and inquisitive. You know exactly what you want and are quick to tell us if something is not fair.
You have a silly side that balances your seriousness.You are so helpful and responsible.
You still love your “night-night”. Prefer dresses over pants and “comfy clothes” is never an option.
You could eat apples and pretzels for all 3 meals and would never complain. Prefer vanilla over chocolate and love sips of Daddy’s coke.
You love riding your bike and writing “stories” at the kitchen table.
You are my shadow, wanting to help me with everything and asking questions about everything I do.
Theia, you challenge me and draw me in with your big smiles and tight hugs all in one day.
I love you.
I love this picture of you because it is totally you being your silly self. You are our free spirit. You are often in your own little world dancing in sunshine and over rainbows. Your smile and belly laugh really do light up a room.
On the flip side you are a feisty one. You are brave, strong and enjoy trying new things. You gracefully bring your sister along in your daring adventures.
You are determined. You do not stop trying once you have your mind set on accomplishing. You do not give up. One of the many things we love to witness about you.
You are so kind, always thinking of others and willing to share or compromise when no one else will.
You love taking care of your babies, preparing for “trips” and making up dances for ballet.
You love your big brother. You are his sidekick and most times go right along with him in whatever he’s doing.
You could eat mac-n-cheese all day long. You are our grazer, never really eating 1 whole meal at a time. You are our chocolate girl.
Still under 30 pounds I can easily pick you up like nothing. But your fiery personality makes up of what you lack in weight.
You love to ride your bike, play with friends and always singing a song, twirling around.
Miss Kaia, your smile melts me and your kisses for no reason steal my heart and make up for how you test my patience to no end.
I love you.
Woo hoo! We have two 4 yr. olds in the house as of Friday! They are BIG girls now and they do not let me forget for one second. All of a sudden there are things they can and can’t do now because they are 4. Or things they can’t wear because they are 4. It really was a sudden change for all of us:)
We had a great day celebrating them. Starting off with birthday cake pancakes, decorated door to their room, special birthday girl chairs to sit in and opening big brother’s present. They were beyond excited to open the Disney princess cash register that was picked for them. Excitement and sugar levels were high from the start and pretty much continued all day long but that is what birthdays are for, right? The girls finally decided on a rainbow birthday party pretty much last minute but I was ok with it because I had not gotten anything for the other 5 themes they suggested and rainbow was by far my favorite. It was a fun and easy party to decorate for. Good old Pinterest had a ton of ideas. Oh Pinterest you won me over again! Unfortunately, I forgot to get a pic of the food table. I choose one or two foods of each rainbow color and displayed it in rainbow fashion. Looked cute. Here are some other pics.
Cake and candy table…
When the kids arrived we had rainbows to make using Dot to Dot markers and bead necklaces or bracelets to make. More than anything I think the rainbow Goldfish and gummies to snack on were what they all liked most.
Yummy cake requested by Theia loaded with gumballs and other rainbow candy.
And because Kaia wanted cupcakes we did rainbow cupcakes with gumballs.
We had a great time celebrating with our friends. We are so thankful to have friends here already that love our girls so much!
So happy birthday to our BIG girls!! Coming up next will be individual posts about each of the girls as I always do on their birthdays. I love to look back each year and see how they’ve changed.
With Mason being in school I have a lot of extra one on two time with the girls. Just in the two weeks of school being in we’ve already shared some really special times together. Here is what I am loving most about them right now.
- Their amazing sense of fashion. Well, okay maybe it’s not what I would pick for them to wear. Actually most days I would never put these outfits together. But they are having fun, loving the independence and enjoying exploring their “fashion diva-ness”.
- Their sweet, endearing little comments. They are sensitive little girls that share what’s on their hearts with me quiet often.
- Their sense of imagination. Whether they are taking care of their many babies, going on summer vacation or talking to their friends on their phones they are busy little girls. With out Mason here they are loving being the ones “in charge” deciding together what game is being played.
- They are silly little girls who love to laugh and dance and just have fun. I am having so much fun with them!
- I love that they are enjoying their girl time and having mommy all to themselves but as much as they are enjoying it, they are also always eager for their big brother to come home. This makes me smile:)
This picture was taken after a fun family night of pizza and ice cream. We wanted to take a walk afterwards on the trail and enjoy the beautiful evening just a little longer. The girls were having nothing to do with it. They stood firm and held their ground. It was a frustrating moment. I’m so glad Brian caught it on film.
As much as my girls smile and giggle, twirl and dance with joy and cover me with their kisses and hugs…I see these faces all too often. This picture really captures a day to day experience. These girls are strong willed and test their momma to no end at times. But I am reminded that with guidance, encouragement and much prayer on my part I can direct these little independent souls to do great things! They will be leaders among their classmates and friends. They will be the ones that others will look to as a source of strength and dependence. They will be the ones who won’t be persuaded into making choices that aren’t right. They will stand their ground for what is honoring and pleasing to the Lord. They will choose to walk the narrow path when others aren’t.They will be a light among many.
These are things I pray over my girls. Along with much patience and wisdom for me as I fight to keep them heading in the right direction.
I remind myself in the midst of it all it is so worth it! They are worth it!
For this Thankful Thursday I have much to be thankful for…our girls!
Today our girls are 3! They are big girls now and they let us know every day. Our lives and family has changed for the better because of these precious girls. Their smiles light up a room, their laughter brings joy to everyone around them and their kind hearts just melt us! The bond they have with one another is one of the best things we get to witness each day. What a privilege it is to have them as our daughters!
Happy 3rd birthday sweet girls!
We love you!
sensitive to others
loves to play dress up
favorite color: purple
favorite food: sausage
best friend: kaia
adores her brother
loves her babies
favorite color: yellow
favorite food: mac-n-cheese
best friend: theia
adores her brother
I probably should have done this a long time ago but I don’t like to “should” myself so I wont say that:) What I started doing recently is separating the girls for their rest/nap times. Formerly naps were not happening at all and in the process of “resting” they were destroying their room and turning into wild, crazy and overtired girls. Day after day you can only imagine what this turned into…not good. So a couple weeks ago I put one in one room and another in another room. They only fought me on the first day. Now each day they ask me “Are we separated today?” The answer is yes! and they go off to their respective rooms. The result is: naps are occasionally happening and the girls get a break from one another which I think they need. It’s important to develop their own personalities and imaginations, dislikes and likes. I love the special bond they have. To watch and listen to them play together is such a joy. But it’s always good to have a break from your best friend…even when it’s your twin sister.