THREE

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Ezra!

Today we kicked off your big day with breakfast at your favorite place, Buffalo Cafe.

I say this every year….and Im pretty sure that I’ll continue to say it each every year forward. I can’t believe my baby is THREE! In some ways it seems like yesterday that I help him in my arms for the very first time. I remember so clearly the way he stared into my eyes the morning after he was born. I remember thinking “Hi sweet baby…..Im your momma.” Its like we knew each other and didn’t….all at the same time. So surreal.

What a true blessing this little man of ours is to us. His joyful spirit encourages me and brings a smile to my face, daily. His unconditional love constantly reminds me of the Lords amazing grace.

Ezra love music. He loves to sing……and loves “singing to Jesus” all throughout the day. It’s really incredible how a little human being can wreck our hearts to the core in such a powerful way. When he begins to sing a song…whether it be “Fight For Honor” or “Fall Afresh”…..my heart is ministered to. I hear the lyrics that he is singing….they are so clear…..and those raspy words pierce my soul like none other. I’ve heard it said over and over how much children impact lives…..and I’m a believer. It’s true. It’s so very true.

I love that Ezra is eager in learning about Jesus….and even more that his heart is cracked wide open…..responding so sweetly to topics such as Heaven and thankfulness. He loves to pray over our meals and is constantly thanking Jesus for all the little things in his life.

My prayer over his life is that God would keep Ezra’s spirit soft to everything He wants him to see and hear.

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Ezra, you are a joy to daddy and I. Having you in our lives is one of our biggest blessings. It’s an honor to be your mom….its a privilege to spend each and every day with you. The Creator of the universe has His eye on you. You are unique. You are valuable. You are important. You are a leader. You have a voice that will be used greatly in your days. We love you with all our hearts….and we celebrate your life today….and always. Love you, sweet son.  xoxo

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Our 4th of July Tradition

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I love this tradition we have [this is our 4th consecutive year to document this]…..It started during my weekly photo maternity series, [week 39] July 2012.

The owners of the firework stand are the sweetest and welcome us with open arms, year after year. They love seeing how much Ezra has grown…..and always mention how they remember us stopping by just days before he was born, to take a photo holding a big firecracker.

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This year we had a fireworks ban all across NW Montana. I’ll be honest, it was sad to miss out on all the sparks lighting up the sky on the 4th of July. I love the 4th of July and one of my favorite songs is the National Anthem…..so naturally I love celebrating in all its glory. Therefore, we stocked up on sparklers and smoke bombs to use later this summer.

Well, I cant believe my baby is about to turn THREE on Monday!!!! The time is flying by….so Im savoring the little moments, traditions and memory making.

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!

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Dinner Party!

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Last night I hosted a small dinner party on our back deck, in honor of Reed. He didn’t want it to be about him, but it was, of course. The people that gathered together love Reed….honor and respect him greatly. We were definitely in good company and we are thankful for these friendships in our life.

My dear friend Hollie helped me put together the menu. She’s an amazing cook….and inspires me in so many ways when it comes to being in the kitchen and feeding my family. Reed LOVES Hollies cooking [no , this doesn’t bother me one bit]….so if her and her husband couldn’t be here [they live in Portland] the next best thing was to make a Hollie meal. She helped me put together the menu and we skyped each other as I was chopping away in the kitchen! Seriously, who takes the time to cook with you over Skype? Hollie does [and I miss her like crazy].

Main course:: Grilled chicken topped with peach salsa; Watermelon salad with goat cheese; Potato salad
Dessert:: Strawberry Shortcake
Specialty cocktail:: Glacier Ginger Brew + shot of Montana Spring Wheat Whiskey [optional]

Last night reminded me how much I enjoy hosting small gatherings. One of my goals this summer is to host more dinners on our deck. Nothing beats face to face conversations, along with a good meal, of course! Who’s coming over?

Here’s a glimpse into our evening celebrating Reed….
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