The Perfect Party – Just for Me

How to Make Sure You Have a Perfect Party
Advise from a one year old expert
1) Always eat before going to party!
And during, and after

2) Helping Mommy with party prep is almost as fun as the party itself
More for me than Mommy

3) Ducky Decorations
Which are all about me!

4) Got to have perfect party attire
Complete with tutu and Rapunzel hat

5) What would a birthday be without Fairy Godparents?
I’ve got mine: Uncle Mark & Auntie Kim

6) Ducky Food!
I could eat all day – oh, yea, I did!

7) Lots of Good Friends
Tip: Invite families with lots of kids – and you’re sure to have a full house
8) Opening Presents
With a little help from my friends

9) After the perfect party –
for dramatic effect –
Ride away into the sunset
10) Thank all those who love you
chose to spend their day
making you feel special
Grandma & Grandpa
Here’s a smile for grandpa!
Emylee & Stephan
Thanks Em for all the help you gave Mommy
for weeks before my party &
thanx Bubu for taking off work
I know you love me
who always makes me laugh
Mandy & her peps
who knows how to liven up a party
Uncle Mark & Auntie Kim
my other favoritest people
Brauns & Teters
11 kids and 2 Mommies
who forgot to bring her kids
Emily Clara
who remembered to bring
her Mommy and Daddy
And most of all to the best Mommy & Daddy Ever!

Birthday – Eve Meltdown

Don’t let the sweet face and twinkle in the beautiful blue eyes fool you – this little girl can be a stinker!

Tonight she had, what I am going to refer to as, a “melt-down.”
Over stimulation?! Too much previewing of birthday sweets?! Super short nap?! Not enough time with Mommy?!
Whatever the cause, or “trigger,” it was bad. Two hours of screaming, crying, kicking legs, head bagging, pulling her hair, hitting her head with her hands, pulling her ears, rolling around on the bed, thrashing her body. Two hours!
I rocker her – I cradled her – I held her close- She would cry and toss and turn, and push me away. As soon as she pushed away, she’s scream and snuggle into me with her head at my breast. Then the cycle would start again.
She seemed to like being held, but being held seemed to overstimulate her and wind her up again.
Finally, I tried something different – I don’t know how I thought of it – it just came to me as a answer to my silent prayer for God to help me help her. I laid her down on the bed and laid pillows all around her – two on each side – her right and left, her head and feet. The pillows were touching her – creating a soft cocoon. I then wrapped a light blanket around her and placed a pillow on top of her for pressure. Just one little head with wispy blond curls could be seen among the stack of pillows. Her crying stopped almost immediately, and her whimper turned into deep breathing. Within 3 minutes she was sound asleep.
I don’t know whether it was the security of being enveloped in fluff, or that she simply wore herself out and anything I tried would have worked in that moment, but there is peace on the other side of turmoil. God is good. All the time.

Kymee’s Turning One

Kymee’s Turning One! June 25, 2011

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him. So now I give her to the Lord. For her whole life she will be given over to the Lord.
1 Sam 1: 27-28


1 Month
For You created my inner most being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

2 Months
I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps. 139: 13-14

3 Months

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offsprings a reward for him. Ps. 127: 3

4 Months
As you do not know the path of the wind,or how the body is formed in the mother’s womb,so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecc. 11:5


5 MonthsBefore I formed you in the womb, I knew you
before you were born – I set you apart. Jer. 1:5

6 Months


This is what the Lord says, your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb


“I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens,


who spreads out the earth by myself. Is. 44:

7 Months

From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise

Matt 21:16

8 Months

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Matt 18:10

9 Months


He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.


Is. 40:11

10 MonthsEvery good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

11 months


Sweet Image in thy face,


Holy image I can trace.


William Blake