Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big Ben Winter 2015

And then there's this sweet little guy who taught us how to be a mama and papa to a boy, who came to us a little later in life, who has changed the whole dynamic of our girl-centered home, who is loved intensely by his 4 big sisters...this one who thanks God each day for making people and for making us able to know Him. I love my boy!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sweet Cheeks Winter 2015

This little punkin wasn't into the photo shoot as much as her sisters. For her, it was all about how fast she could get her picture made and hop back in the van!

But here's my baby...sweet, innocent, loving girl who solidly has my heart!

My favorite!

Not my favorite! She looks too old!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Miss Middler Winter 2015

My darling, sweetest-girl-you'll-ever-meet 3rd daughter. She's a friend magnet, so easy to get along with. She's happy for others, sad for me, the epitome of "pure in heart." I love watching her become her own person as she's entered Middle School. Every time she walks into my Bible class, I think how blessed I am to get to teach her this year!

By far my favorite picture I've ever taken of her.

No props, just a sport setting on my camera and real snow!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Twinkle Toes Winter 2015

Twinkle Toes, my spunky, tender-hearted 2nd born daughter. She is quick to listen to the Lord and pours her heart out to Him in prayer, journaling, and drawing. I couldn't be prouder of her! Sometimes people say she looks like me, what a compliment to me!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Firstborn Winter 2015

Perhaps my favorite Christmas Day memory is this. The hoar frost had left Cigdem, but we knew it still remained out in our new neighborhood (higher elevation). So, after we had our Christmas breakfast and opened gifts, CC announced his plan for the day was to take a nap. Poor guy! He'd been working hard all week with packing. I knew I wanted to get some pictures of my 5 kids with that beautiful frost. So, while he slept, we loaded up and drove out to our new neighborhood. The following 5 posts are the pictures I took that day. It was SO cold. The kids stayed in the van, while I motioned for which one to sprint out, strip off their winter coat, and give me a big smile while freezing!

Here are Firstborn's pictures; my beautiful, intensely-loyal gal that made me a mom. She's so quick to tell me thank you and recognize what has been done for her. She's heading off to grown-up life in just 1 1/2 years. I have no doubts she will do well! Her heart is the Lord's, and she's going to launch just fine, we believe.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


I called my reindeer rug Rudolph. CC changed the name to Vixen. He said it can also mean a mischievous woman. Hmmm. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Back to School

Right away the girls had a basketball game. Our sweet Miss Middler was cut from the team because they had so many girls trying out, so they cut all the 8th grade from the high school team. But she was given the chance to practice with the team. She never missed a practice or a sprint and stayed with it. Then, an older team member quit. So she got a jersey and even got to play in the game! I am still smiling to think about it! The girls won their game 20-2. They secretly told me later, they just quit stealing the ball because they felt so bad for the other team. 

I was so proud of Twinkle Toes. She chose Drama as an elective course and was in a play about Amelia Earhart. She was a 1980's reporter trying to find out what happened to her. I am proud to tell you I was the official 80's hair stylist. I needed more products and could have made it bigger, but anyway, it'll do. 

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