Happy Thanksgiving

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Hello Loved Ones. You’ve probably seen the pictures on Facebook, but I wanted to share a photo from our recent photo shoot with the beautiful and talented Monika Bliss Morris.

We had a lovely day today with gorgeous weather and a fun dinner with Robby, Meredith, Isaac, and Avery. Of course Juliana is thrilled any time that Isaac is here to play, and they had a good time together, mostly. Their visit may have included some kissing. The meal was standard veggie fare: Christmas casserole (old family recipe), green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, 5-cup salad, bread, pumpkin pie. Delicious. Maybe not so nutritious.

Although this year has had its share of tragedy and trials, we remain incredibly blessed. God is watching over us every day, and I am grateful that we have each other (nearly to the 15-year anniversary!), our precious Juliana who brings us amazing joy every day, a baby soon to arrive, dear family members in Tennessee and Michigan and Florida and Switzerland, and wonderful friends all over this country. Thanks to each of you for the ways you bless our lives.

I hope your Thanksgiving was special and meaningful.

Now, for more food . . .

3 Years Old

So this is what a 3-year-old looks like! (Of course she still is the size of a small 2-year-old, barely fitting into 24month or 2T clothing, but that’s okay!)

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Some new, favorite toys from her birthday:
–kitchen and cooking, especially with play-dough and her new whisk
–toy animal figurines
–lady bug watch (“I need to have my watch on, Mommy”)
–playing all of her new musical instruments
–coloring and drawing
–stickers galore
–feeding her babies with the eternally filling bottles
–solving wooden puzzles
–reading her new books
–build a “castle” (otherwise known as a tower) with her blocks
–play catch will all kinds of balls, including the newly rediscovered “sparkly” ball

Favorite apps:
–Letter School
–ABC Music (introduces her to all the instruments. When we are in a restaurant and there is background music playing, she will say: “Mommy, what instrument is that?” Or: “Mommy, I hear a violin!”)
–TED (yes, she watches TED talks)
–Coloring
–GarageBand

Something funny she said today, out of nowhere and related to nothing: “Don’t be sillly, Mommy! This is important!” I thought it was hilarious and laughed, so she now says it all the time.

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