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by Lori Ann

Guess who’s one entire year old?

Smiley Birthday Girl

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Happy Fourth Birthday, my not-so-baby boy!!

Today, February 10th, 2011, my baby boy turns four. Seems like yesterday he was born! He’s not my tiny, scrawny 6lb 4oz baby boy any more! Its been four years since I squeezed my husband’s hand so hard he had finger-shaped bruises for a week! Forty-eight months since I saw those beautiful blue eyes for the first time.Two-hundred and eight weeks since I first experienced the bond that comes from breastfeeding. One-thousand four hundred and sixty days since I discovered what love really is. Read the rest of this entry »

by Lori Ann

Welcome to the December Carnival of Natural Parenting: Let’s Talk Traditions

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Christmas Sheep

I was challenged by the Carnival of Natural Parenting Question this month: “From holidays to birthdays, long weekends to family vacations, what has your family done to make special occasions memorable?” As Mama to a young new family, I’m very conscious of the habits, routines, and traditions we’re establishing every day as well as each holiday.

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^_^  Saruskabeth ^_^

Dylan, 2 years old.


Happy Birthday, Dylan! I’m so glad God blessed me with such precious children. Dylan, your laughter lights up my day, your silly antics can make me smile when I’m feeling my absolute worst. Ihope you never lose your love of life itself or your determination! It comes off as stubborn and sometimes even obnoxious, but I know you have that quality for a reason. Thanks for letting me be your Mama! I’m looking forward to seeing you become a big boy! Love you!

^_^  Saruskabeth ^_^

Happy Birthday, Madison Grace!

Madison Grace is 6 months old today! Incredible! Its funny; I can’t really imagine life without her, yet it seems like yesterday that she was born. Watching her brothers entertain her (and sometimes the other way around!) warms my heart, and seeing that smile lifts me up to a beautiful place. Its not easy, being a mom of three, but it is true what my parents (of four) always told me. Parents love all their children. When your second, or third, fourth or more is born, the love doesn’t spread out to cover them all. It doesn’t split to give each a share, or leave one for another. Instead, it grows a thousand fold. You simply learn to love in new ways. I can finally understand that, now.

Happy 6 months, Madison Grace! Here’s to another 6 as wonderful as the last. Thanks for being such great big brothers, Payten and Dylan! Mama loves you all!

by LoriAnn

Favorite Toy

Tigger with her favorite toy: a green washcloth from Kathleen (thankfully she sent several!!)

As I tried without success this morning to help a very sleepy Tigger drift off into sleep land, I remembered the days when holding her against my chest was enough to induce a nap.

Now, laying her tummy-to-tummy with me begins a mountain climbing expedition. Laying her on her side prompts roll-over practice. And laying her on her back atop my chest, she strains her neck so hard to make eye contact with me, she almost falls off. Or tightens her tummy in a baby sit-up, trying to… well… sit up!

It’s really rather cute!

Happy 4th month birthday, dear!

by LoriAnn

I had a great birthday! I got a library’s worth of books, some specifically for my birthday and others in well-timed care packages. Some are print, some eBooks, and some audio. I’m enjoying them all! More details on the MamaWit Bookshelf and at the end of this post.

Also for my birthday, we enjoyed a new tradition of baking my cake together the night before. My birthday pick was the Applesauce Spice Bread in a round cake pan, sprinkled with powdered sugar! Baba cooked lunch & dinner, my favorite: Thai food! (I’ll let you know if he posts the recipe online… he’s working on writing a blog about life in China!) And, Tigger napped well several times, so I got lots of chances to enjoy a bunch of magazines sent by my aunt plus my new books: in paper, via my iPod speakers, and on the iPod touch Kindle reader!

I guess I won’t need any new books for awhile… oh, but wait, I just used my birthday money to order two more!… and then I downloaded 6 limited-time freebies onto my Kindle for Mac reader… well, what can I say; I love to read!

Click to read more if you’d like to see the (huge!!) list of books I got; one’s available for free on any Kindle reader! There’s also a note at the end about joining me for a group book study online, for any Mamas who are interested in growing in their Motherhood.

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