two years with Tallula

Two years, y’all.

Not only is my baby 4 now, but she’s been home for 2 years.


I posted about her being home one year, and it feels like that was just a few months ago.

I’ve heard it said that time goes by faster and faster as you get older…

guess that makes me really old.


What can I say about Lula?

She’s wonderful.


She is smart.

She can write her name.

Draw a face with eyelashes and lips.

Say the alphabet and count to 30.


She is busy. She is in everybody’s business. And everybody’s stuff.

She occasionally struggles with keeping those little fingers out of trouble.

And when she does get busted – for say, making her footboard into a chalkboard with a Sharpie – she goes immediately into a well-rehearsed, baby-of-the-family wailing fit.

That’s my girl.


She is sweet. Oh my, Tallula has the biggest heart.

She loves fiercely.

She forgives freely.

And she has a joy for life that is absolutely contagious.


Happy two years home, baby girl.

Can’t wait to spend forever with you.


my baby is 4

Lula is 4.

And that might not sound like such a big deal.


But it’s been a long, loooooong time since my littlest has been 4.

Like 15 years, y’all.


When Zach was 4, I was pregnant with Asher.

And ever since then, I’ve had at least one little one under 4.


Technically, all my kiddos will be school-aged in just a few years.

And I’m only 45.



Ha. Ha.


There is something to be said about parenting as a more *ahem* mature mama.

Age and experience have mellowed me.


Rounded off some sharp edges.

Taught be to let some things go.

I am learning, as the days slip by, to be more purposeful. Patient. Persistent in loving on my little ones while they are still little.

And within arm’s reach.


Of course, age does have a downside.

I’m not as fast as I used to be.

I’m not as energetic as I used to be – at least not without copious amounts of caffeine.


But I think that actually suits my kids just fine. Especially my wild(er) ones, like Miss Tallula.

Because I’m a whole lot easier to outrun.

Happy Birthday, baby girl. I am so glad I get to be your mama.




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Sunday Snapshot: a picnic


We took some lunch across the creek the other day and had ourselves a little picnic. I don’t have any pictures of that because, well… I was eating. I purposefully didn’t bring my big camera for several reasons. 1. I wanted to enjoy my kids and not be completely focused on getting pictures. 2. I […]

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Sunday Snapshot: into the frame


Sooo, I mentioned having to get “into the frame” for my photography class. Not my favorite place to be. But once we were out there, with Poppy perched on my lap, it wasn’t so bad. Okay. It was a lot of fun. Especially laughing at all the silly things Sophie and Vivienne were doing to […]

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a pleasant surprise


I had a photography assignment to do. One I had kinda-sorta been putting off. Because the assignment was to get a picture of me. *yeah* So, since I don’t own a tripod nor a remote, I figured I’d have one of my kiddos snap the picture… you know, once I’d determined the location, chosen the […]

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Sunday Snapshot: start to finish


Ohmigoodness. We took the kids to the McWane Science Center. And we had so much fun. For over 5 hours, 2 adults and 9 kids ran around 4 floors, giggling and squealing with delight. Okay, only some of us were squealing. And every time the kids found something wonderful, I couldn’t help but snap a […]

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a love letter


I am trying to teach my boys how to love scripture. And to look and listen for God in His Word. Because He is there. We are reading through the Bible using the One Year Bible plan. Every day we read some Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. And each day we write down […]

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Sunday Snapshot: beauty


This last week has been an adventure in trying to look for the beauty around me for my photography class. And, most times, I only have my iPhone in hand when I’ve been struck by something beautiful. So it’s been a real challenge. Not on the beauty part, because God is an exquisite Creator. But […]

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Lucy’s forever family


Help. We are looking for the soon-to-be forever family for a little one who was cared for by An Orphan’s Wish. She turns 2 this month and her special need is repaired clubfoot. Her name while at the House of Love was Lucy and her Chinese name is Rong Fu Xuan. Lucy will join her […]

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