A Special Date With My Daughter

On Monday I did a thing.

After a little planning and coordinating, I took my 5 year old daughter out for some very special quality time. 

I set out to spend quality time with each of my girls, but I had this strong urge, this pulling on my heart strings, to take it up a notch for my oldest. 

It wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t far. It wasn’t very expensive. 

But it was special, and memorable, and everything we both needed.

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The Gift of Life; Happy Birthday Dad!

Dear Dad,

We celebrated your birthday today.

It wasn’t the party we might have previously envisioned, and the circumstances were nothing we would have desired.

We weren’t at a restaurant of your choice. We weren’t shaking our heads as you pretended to scan the menu as if you’d actually try something different for a change.

We weren’t having a family game night, talking trash to one another as the cards fell across the table. We weren’t teasing lovingly commending your persistence even though you have a knack for coming in last place.

We weren’t even at your house because you’re not there. You’re not there and I know that’s the birthday wish that supersedes them all.

But you are here with us, which is a blessing in itself.

You’re here after that alarming text I received on the afternoon of April 4th.

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I’m 5 Now!

My Dearest Alexandra,

It’s been a couple weeks but I still can’t believe you’re 5! This is a major milestone to me, and it seems to be significant for you as well. 

I’ve heard you enthusiastically exclaim “I’m 5 now!” to anyone with ears to hear. Whether it be friends, family or strangers, you’re proud to be this age and you want everyone to know it.

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This Is 35

Alright friends. It’s official. I’ve been 35 for a whole entire day and my world has completely changed!

Ok, not really. Haha. But I am a year older and perhaps a bit wiser (???), and more than anything I’m grateful to God for another year!

This birthday is hitting me as a bit of a milestone, so I thought I’d share 10 life lessons I’ve learned along the way. 

I know there’s still so much wisdom I’m lacking and so much knowledge to gain, but for me, this is 35.

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A Thankful Heart: Sisterly Love

In my recent post, 9 Things I love About Novemberone of the things I mentioned was the outward expression of thankfulness in this season. It truly warms my heart!

I hope to do a better job of slowing down and giving God thanks for His many blessings, so I’ve decided to join some beautiful blogging buddies of mine for ‘A Thankful Heart‘ link-up.

Pausing to reflect on the good that surrounds us, no matter how big or small, does something wonderful for your spirit.

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