New Year’s Day is always an exciting day! It is a day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. It is a day that opens the door to new goals and dreams. So as we ring in the new year, let’s give thanks for all of our blessings!
For my family, we say goodbye to our first year as a family of 5, and we say hello to a new year ahead of growth and more adventures to come.
We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… HELLO to a new decade – Hello 2020!
Take time today to thank God for the blessing of Day 1.
Lamentations 3:23 – Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year! Hello 2020!
I did it!… I have officially joined the digital world of Amazon Kindle reading and I am a huge fan! Don’t get me wrong… I know there will be times that I miss actually flipping the pages and smelling the paper, but so far I am loving it. Go Team Kindle! And ever since I bought a Kindle, I have been able to fly through Books! It goes everywhere with me and it is filled with all of my favorite titles. Thanks to the convenience of electronic reading, I have some great books to share… I enjoyed these titles and I think you will as well.
So here you go, a good round up of books that you can’t go wrong with! In full disclosure, please know that I adore a Hallmark style love-story with a happy ending, but I am happy to say I branched out a little bit this time around. These books have some unexpected plot twists, surprise endings, in-depth storylines and historical connections… Which I found very intriguing as well. I also read 2 great books that have a Christmas theme – just in time for the holidays!
My 12 Recent Reads
Dear November 2019,
As always, you were a month filled with thankfulness! We celebrated daddy’s birthday and we soaked up all the fun turkey-day school festivities while preparing for the big family feast! We spent lots of quality family time together as we enjoyed riding bikes around in the amazing cooler and rainy weather that you brought us! We stood as a family and dedicated ourselves to raise Payton and Kensie in a Jesus loving home surrounded by encouragement and support. And we spent a maroon and gold filled day at ASU Homecoming, taking the girls back to where it all began for our family. Wow, it was a special month!
December… we are so excited for you and the special memories you will bring us in this festive month!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2019 ::
Dear October 2019,
You were a month of soccer, more soccer and a slice of pumpkin everything. You are always one of our favorite months filled with decorating the house for Halloween to picking out cute costumes… We always adore October with the kiddos!
This month was filled with changing weather (It almost feels like fall here!) to school parties and costume events. It was a month filled with fun and, of course, … lots of candy! Did I mention soccer??? With two girls playing we are on the field a lot, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
As we prepare for November and the grateful-thankful month ahead, we look back with a smile and we look forward with excitement!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2019 ::
They picked well this year! We decided to let the girls select costumes that made them happy! So we jumped on Amazon/Target online and let the girls browse and pick what stood out to them. As an added bonus we let the big sisters select Kensie’s costume, and I am pretty sure she is not thrilled about the head piece. HaHa – The life of the littlest sister!
Dear June 2019,
June has been a perfect 1st full month of summer. The girls enjoyed a week of vacation bible school and a week of dance camp and adored both! I am so grateful for fun activities to keep them energized and happy and I love the opportunity to watch them grow in new endeavors.
We were able to sneak away to the mountains for Father’s Day weekend and soak up family time, outdoor adventures and cooler weather… And of course celebrate our favorite daddy!
With the girl’s sports and extra activities on hold for the summer months we have been able to catch up with friends on more double-dates and share in more creative date nights just the two of us. It has been so much fun! This month we snuck in pedicures and Top Golf, and we have enjoyed trying new local restaurants!
Meanwhile, Kensie took her first steps this month and hasn’t stopped walking since. She is a go-getter and wants to get her hands on everything. She is also starting to copy our words and tones and her favorite activity is giving kisses, which we all line up for!
With the month of July ahead, we are excited to celebrate the 4th, check out some fireworks and soak up the last bit of summer break before school starts. The back-to-school countdown is on.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2019 ::
Where has the time gone? How can my littlest baby girl already be a 1 year old? Thanks to the help of Instagram and #hastags … I was able to keep a month-by-month milestone keepsake for Kensie, which can be found at #KensiesStickerPhotos. It is so special to look back at all of my sweet messages to her and all of her adorable Monthly Sticker Photos, to see how much she has grown in her first twelve months of life.
Here are Kensie’s captured memories… Her Monthly Sticker Photos
Dear March 2019,
Spring is in the air & we definitely had an extra SPRING in our step through spring-break! March brought on a month of adventures. From a trip to the mountains and throwing snowballs to a getaway in the Sedona red rocks. But, the true beauty of the month was being able to slow it down and sleep in without rushing off to school. Did I mention I love spring break??!! We spent most of the month focusing in on family, it was so refreshing. We also celebrated Payton’s 4th Birthday with an Elsa-themed Birthday party and we indulged on the most adorable cake ever!
April you are bringing another month of celebrations, so what are we waiting for… Let’s party!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2019 ::