Liberty’s 5th birthday prayer…

our little lady Liberty is now 5!

she is such a joy – sweet, silly & smart – can’t get over how gracious God has been to our family through the gift of Liberty.

she loves going to the local pre-k & seeing her friends & favorite teacher, Ms CoCo.  she’s learning to read and eager to do “long homeschool” but still takes naps most afternoons.  she’s affectionate & emotional, kind & generous, hilarious & especially fond of doting on her little brother & playing with her big brother.  she’s a wonderful middle child, only daughter.  in the past several months she’s also become much more attune to spiritual realities, enjoys singing made-up worship songs & on occasion, is surprisingly insightful.

because we know that liberty is dependent on our prayers we’re inviting you to join us in our birthday prayer tradition.

will you please join us in praying psalm 63:1-5 (see below) for liberty?  our prayer is that these verses would be the meditation of her heart & the testimony of her life.

5th birthday prayer

Sterling’s 7th birthday prayer…

today as we celebrate sterling’s 7th birthday – we celebrate the gift of family.

and we celebrate the boy he is – affectionate, extroverted, fun, imaginative, thoughtful, God-loving, wonderful big brother – and the man he is becoming.  we truly can’t be more grateful to our Heavenly Father for our firstborn, the boy who first called us “mommy” & “daddy”!

because we know that sterling is dependent on our prayers, we’re inviting you to join us in our birthday prayer tradition.

will you please join us in praying proverbs 2:1-5 (see below) over sterling?  our prayer is that these verses would be the meditation of his heart & the testimony of his life.

7th birthday pryr 1

Shepherd’s 1st birthday prayer…

daily we’re amazed at how abundantly blessed we are by our THREE sprouts!  from aching hearts and empty arms to enlarged love and not enough hands… God’s grace and generosity are evident in every area of our lives!

there’s probably no one more surprised than us that we have a (soon-to-be) one year old!

on tuesday, august 18th shepherd will turn 1.  as with the older two sprouts we have chosen a life verse/prayer for him.  we joyfully invite you to celebrate his life with us as we together give him the gift that truly keeps on giving via our birthday prayer tradition.

will you please join us in prying proverbs 3:3-7 (see below) for shepherd?  our prayer is that these verses would be the meditation of his heart & the testimony of his life.

shepherd 1st birthday prayer

Sterling’s 6th birthday prayer…

on saturday sterling turns six!

how did that happen!?!  we’re not quite sure!  but we do know that sterling is dependent on our prayers… & as such, we’re inviting you to join us in our birthday pryr tradition.

will you please join us in prying proverbs 2:1-5 (see below) over sterling?  our prayer is that these verses would be the meditation of his heart & the testimony of his life.

6th birthday prayer

thank you for prying words of life over him & on his behalf!

Cassie’s view : life on the east side

so much life happens in such a short amount of time that if i don’t record it immediately an almanac worth of memories is swept away by the current flood of memories being made.

here’s my attempt at salvaging & sharing some of those in-the-blink-of-an-eye memories.

the sprouts were bridal escorts in a friend’s wedding which meant that they got to carry the train of the dress & ride in a limo! it also meant that they were at times the star of the show. but most disturbing for them was that it meant they got caught in a rainstorm of confetti. so being the tidy sprouts they are & taking their duties very seriously they tried to remove every piece of confetti from the bride’s dress, a tedious job for sure!



while jarod’s sister cassie was visiting (late april, early may) she had the privilege of seeing our {normal} life & we got to see our {normal} world through her eyes. here’s a glimpse of our familiar (accentuated by her artistic bent):
she also blessed us with some sweet maternity shots. baby sprout at 6 months gestation.

and some candid moments, like our walk to dinner. what the camera didn’t capture was that during dinner i insisted Sterling remove his helmet to eat which immediately resulted in him falling off his stool and hitting his head… & Liberty vomiting all over me. special memories for sure! (sometime we’ll also have to share Sterling’s “view” of our world!)

over a month later the sprouts are still talking about & missing “Aunt Cassie”.