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15 years ago today you were born into this world. Momma held you. She loved you with everything she had. Daddy did too.

My promise to you is to do my very best to love you with all of my heart and life and to represent and carry with me the love of your first mom and first dad. Through them God brought you to this earth. That was not a mistake.

You make the world a better place.



Self-Confidence Booster & Thankfulness

At the onset of November I thought it would be fun to get 30 note cards and rather than list things we are thankful for we would write notes to 30 individuals that we are thankful to have in our lives. It was a bust. Seriously. Great idea. Bad timing.

Steady could not wrap her mind around why she would be thankful for people in her life. Strong was eager to write kind notes to his friends and our neighbors and cranked out seven notes in one sitting. His notes were full of kind words about how his friends served him specifically.

This was my quiet ah-ha moment.

It is hard to be thankful for good when you cannot find the good in you. When good is defined as getting your way and not by positive character traits.

So we are switching gears. This November we are thankful for so much but we are documenting it in a different way. We are document what we are thankful for as it relates to us as individuals. We are using this awesome self-esteem building tool: Confidence Journal

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What activities does your family do to promote thankfulness? What about self-esteem?


Happy Birthday Steady!

I call her Steady in this internet world. Steady because she is. She has stood strong in the face of adversity. She is nearly unshakable. Trust me! Sometimes I really try to rattle her to be sure her foundation is strong 🙂

She brings joy to everyone around her. People often tell us how fun she is and how sweet she is and we couldn’t agree more. She has made our view of teenage years favorable, enjoyable! She has a fun enjoyable personality emerging. Sometimes snarky which is sometimes spot on and other times mom wants to roll her eyes!

I think this age and stage can best be defined by this graphic we share a laugh over:


Steady is a survivor. A pioneer. She puts forth her best effort all the time. She balances the freedom of being a kid with the desires of her little girl heart to be connected to her family. I am proud to be her mom. I am sure her mom is proud of her too!

I don’t tell her enough. I want to do better.

Steady if you are reading this…  you are more than enough. You are beautiful in deepest corners of your heart. Mom gave you that gift. You are doing so well, working so hard. We are so proud. We love you to the moon and back! Forever!

~ This Mom

PS – Nope. Still not really ready to have you driving me around but we will awkwardly figure it out together. Cold hands, happy, messy tears together. 😉

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