Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dear Marley Wren { 5 years old }

Dear Marley Wren,

... 5... a whole handful... happy 5th birthday little bird.  I can't believe we are here... Maybe if I keep saying you're 5, it'll become more real... 5...

You, darling girl... are fierce and sweet all wrapped up with a colorful little bow on it. You still make the most of each hour that you are awake, and beg for extra hours when you should be asleep. Full of energy and spunk... you don't know how to rest. Even your walk, has a little pep in it...

Your sweet smile is the first to greet us most mornings. You're up and at 'em and go straight to the marker jar... ready to create the day away. Your drawings have taken on a whole new layer of depth... each character adorned with clothes and a precious face. You don't move off that seat, until your picture, is "just right". Your attention to detail, is astounding. Your outfits on the other hand, they are all over the place. You like to pick out all sorts of different patterns, and wear them all at once. You've always marched to your own beat, and that hasn't changed... in fact, your beat has only grown stronger.

Everyday, it seems like you start another collection, or add to one you already have... whether it's rocks, shells, keychains, or just tiny little trinkets.  You could spend hours at the beach or just smack in the middle of a flower bed. You're content as long as you are surrounded by grounds to explore. Flowers are some of your favorites... you name them, pick them, and arrange them. You have a talent...You find beauty all around you... it's truly a remarkable thing. We pray that it never stops. Your excitement over a new "find" is so wonderful to watch... and we love having the front row seat to your show.

Your favorite color is dark pink... not light pink, not hot pink, not blush, not bubble gum pink... only dark pink. You love yogurt and berries, and any flavor ice cream. You eat your salami and bologna in triangle bites, and are not a fan of the crust on any bread. You need ketchup on your eggs and chicken... and still secretly shuffle over your broccoli to your brother's plate, because you know he'll eat it. Gosh, he's a sucker for you... but really, we all are.

You are such an amazing sister. Your love for all your siblings is so deep. You take the role of little sister, and big sister all the same... fully dedicated. You never give up the chance to play, dance or sing with any of them... You love quality of time... it's for sure your love language. You could just sit beside one of us, with nothing to do, and still be perfectly content.

Goodness, you have made these last 5 years, some of the sweetest yet. You fill our days with laughter... oh your gut laugh... may it never leave.

Marley, continue loving life sweet girl... continue being you, the one we love so dearly,

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Finn, Josephine and Mable.

Marley's birth story here
Marley's 1st letter here
Marley's 1st birthday here
Marley's 2nd birthday here
Marley's 3rd birthday here
Marley's 4th birthday here

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Papa's Day 2018

I can't say that the kids were well behaved... and I can't say that they got along all day long... but what I can say, is that it was a beautiful weekend... yummy food, cuddles, a workout, and the start of a fun project.

5 kids is some crazy business.. and he has embraced the crazy like no other... we celebrate you Daddy.. and adore you. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It's Always Grand

Our time with the grands... is always grand. It's been a month since their visit, and we're still sharing all the details of our time with them, reliving each and every moment. It always goes by too quickly... and then the kids are stuck with these withdrawals like no other. Laughs and giggles are shared, hugs and smooches are given... adventures are always had.

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