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dear rider,

23 Jan

I am already learning so much about you and your sweet little personality. You are SO different from your brother! Everyone laughs at how different you two look, and I am loving every minute of it. I love that you both are so different. You are special and unique and so incredibly loved by this family. You are a lot more laid back than your brother. You are content to just hang out and watch him run around you, showing you his cars and other various toys. He’s learning how to ‘share’ with you, even though you aren’t quite ready to play with him yet. You have such a sweet demeanor and are happy to smile at anyone who asks you too. You are serious most of the time though, and I always wonder what you are thinking about.

You’ve only rolled over one time and prefer to stand as much as possible, with the help of a saucer obviously. Your doctor said that wanting to be able to stand is a pretty big milestone for a 4 month old and I know you are just wanting to run around with Cruz. Your teeth are coming in and despite the fussiness that that naturally brings, you are still happy and content.

We are so blessed by you. And we can’t wait to learn more about you and see who God created you to be. I can’t wait to learn about more differences and similarities between you and Cruz. It’s just such a fun dynamic and keeps me on my toes. When I think about how much you’ve changed and blessed our lives, I am forever reminded of this passage:

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:14-17

You are special, sweet boy. You were created for us and for this family by a God who loves you more than you could ever imagine. We love you more than you’ll ever know.

I love you,



teething sucks

22 Jan

So the teething is in full swing for my little Rider man. I feel so bad for him. I’m doing everything I can for him, but the honest truth is that teething is hard, it hurts and it’s uncomfortable for the little guys. Well, it’s uncomfortable for the whole family, really, because when he’s fussy and not feeling good it throws us all off.

Teething sucks.

So I tried to snap a few pictures of his new two teeth that have poked through the gums. They haven’t come in any further, but they have broken through the surface. So he’s drooling a lot. (And yes, I caught Cruz actually ‘hitting’ Rider out of some sort of frustration, which and was immediately disciplined by yours truly. Ha!)

He’s ALWAYS serious. He smiles, yes, but this picture completely sums it up. I wonder what he’s thinking. Or maybe I don’t want to know!

He’s chomping on EVERYTHING these days. And while he hasn’t mastered being able to hold or grab toys on his own just yet, I do try to have him chew on cold washcloths or teething rings. He still prefers his hands.

This is me, in need of a new paint job on the nails, trying to snag ONE picture of his new teeth. But the kid loves to stick out that tongue. I didn’t think I was going to be able to grab a shot! And then….

SUCCESS! Can you see them?? Look hard!

It wasn’t good enough for me so I tried again, and I actually grabbed a better shot.

So there they are. Rider’s first two teeth that are coming in AT THE SAME TIME. Poor kid has hardly been himself these past few days. We are going to Disneyland next week so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to deal with teething while standing in line for Space Mountain. Not that Rider will be going on Space Mountain, but you know what I mean.

cruz on location

24 May

I mean, seriously. What is happening? How can one little boy possibly be this cute??

We recently took him on a photo shoot with us and were able to snap a few pictures while on location. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more genuine human being than this little boy. The more I get to know him each day, the more I think that my heart can’t possibly hold all the love that is bursting out of it.

He is the best. And I’m not sure what I did right in my life to make God think that I deserved such a cool and amazing kid. Although motherhood is the hardest job I have ever done, I never realized how much that wouldn’t matter. I don’t care how hard it is. I get to hang out with this amazing face every single day.

And for that, I know I didn’t do anything to deserve him. But I am so glad that God gave him to me and Jason.