Wednesday, November 12, 2014


There may come a day when you will try to fit the mold and conform.  You might want to dress just like your friends.  Somebody might tell you that rubber boots are only for rainy days or tutus are for ballerinas only or white is not to be worn after labor day.  You may someday read in a magazine that your favorite color, pink polkadots, is "so yesterday" and shove your favorites to the back of the closet.  Somebody someday may try to make you feel less pretty in order to make themselves feel better.  When that happens I hope you know that you are in full of beauty...and beautiful is not about what you wear.  Beautiful is about how you act and's confidence knowing you ROCK the pink polkadot-rubber-boots-on-the-wrong-feet-on-a-sunny-day look!  Beautiful is helping others feel pretty. Beautiful is a smile on your face and kindness in your heart. Beautiful is knowing what you love and seeking it out, or making it happen.  Beautiful is being true to who you are and the person God created.

There is nobody else who can rock the pink-polkadot-backwards-rubber-boots-on-a-sunny-day-look better than you because there is only one you!

And lastly, but not leastly, IF someday, you do choose to ditch the boots and/or the polkadots, I hope it's because you have found something that speaks to you and who you are even more, and NOT because someone made fun of you or a magazine told you it was out of style.

"What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in."  ~1 Peter 3:3-4

"You're amazing just the way you are" ~ Bruno Mars

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Scary stuff


Recently at nighttime, you have suddenly become scared about a few things.  I know that this is a phase and many kids your age have nighttime fears.  I did when I was your age.  I was scared of  monsters...think Cookie Monster but with black fur.  When I look back now it seems ridiculous, but at the time, it was very real and very scary for me.   This is something you will overcome and look back and smile about...maybe even laugh.  I'm writing about it NOT to make fun of you, but to document it as a something difficult that I know you will overcome.  One day you will look back at this and see that this fear was silly, as are many fears and we shouldn't let them rule our lives.

This all started when you had a dream that there was a mouse in the attic space next to your room.  I showed you pictures of cute little mice and tried to show you that they couldn't hurt you.  I showed you the attic space and we looked for mice and found none.  Gigi and I asked you what the mouse said and you said, "squeak, squeak." There was no convincing you.  You haven't slept in your room since.

Then there's your other fear: Mr. Cuddles.  Yes, you are very afraid of a teddy bear named Mr. Cuddles.  In fact, we have to move Mr. Cuddles every time you want to go in a room he's in.

Like I said, I am confident that you will someday look back at this and laugh even though it's very real for you now.

I love you...fears or not.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Trunk or Treat and Halloween

 Mermaid Annabelle

 Kyle won a prize for the best boy costume for his Paul Bunyan!

Barrett the Stick Figure - cooler after dark...and after some modifications

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