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A Tender Heart

Saying Goodbye

August 30th, 2014

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Dear Readers,

After seven years of sharing my dear family with you through stories and pictures, I’m sad to say goodbye. I wish I could keep writing about my adventures, but I’ve come to the point where it takes all of me just to live the adventures.

We’re gearing up for another year of homeschool with a new extension district and my second son eager to start kindergarten. Our garden and chickens give us bounty every day. The boys love nothing more than to snuggle with me and read or run off to play Transformers together. I still struggle physically from pregnancy/nursing hormones, but that’s ok.

Our littlest one is just adorable and has stolen all of our hearts. I’m trying to learn to relax when I get a chance. I’ve taken a break from writing to enjoy researching the Regency era and just letting my brain dream stories. My husband and I just enjoyed a hilarious night out to see Bill Cosby live- what a master comedian! I’m also learning to trust and rely on Heavenly Father more. And I’m finding out what it means to have my efforts magnified by the grace of Jesus Christ.

This picture was from Mother’s Day in May. My husband asked what I wanted and I said a picture with my boys. I was in the midst of some bad postpartum anxiety at the time, so it was a real gift to spend a day just playing with each of them. I love this picture. Sometimes, like now, I look at it to get the strength to say goodbye. Their faces remind me that I love them more than anything on earth and I’d sacrifice anything for them.

I will miss you and this blog very much. I’ve put my heart, laughter and tears into these snippets of my life and you’ve all been a wonderful support. Thank you so very much.

My husband is researching how to export the blog and make a book out of it. Once he’s done, we’ll be shutting it down.

Take care and best wishes to you and your families!

Love,
Heidi

He’s four!

April 6th, 2014

(This post was planned last year, but never got finished when my chronic pain made it too difficult to use a computer. Please forgive the tardiness and enjoy. Oh, and after a bit I’ll move it to last year for better chronological order.)

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Oh, where has the time gone? Our wonderful Boots is four!!

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I love how much he enjoyed wearing the special birthday crown just like his big brother did.

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And I love when he gets quiet and focused. That’s how you know something is really important to him.

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He never asks for much, so I loved surprising him with a tube of Thomas toothpaste just like his little brother’s.

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He often asks to use his little brother’s and will love having his own!

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I love how his pants are always too long.

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And his shirts are always just right.

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And his face is as sweet as can be.

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And the wrinkle nose!

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His brothers just love him and it warms my heart.

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He asked for pancakes and eggs.

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Man, I love that smile.

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And those incredible eyes.

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Someday I’ll figure out how to describe them.

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He wanted a Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader cake, so we searched for a picture online and he picked this one. (With a little nudging from me because the others he picked were way out of my artistic league.) Then he wanted to add R2D2. And C3Po.

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The little cutie was easy to please. I love that.

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Later on, the guests arrived for Boots’ first birthday party with friends!

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First they defeated Darth Vader!

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Then Boots got the first swing at the Death Star!

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*WHACK!*

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We made this one a bit too sturdy, so we gave big brother the light saber and told him to do some damage. I love how sensitive Boots is to loud noises. After his first hit, he didn’t want to hit it anymore. But he kept watching with eager anticipation and covered ears.

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Then he moved even further away! So cute.

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After that it was time for dessert!

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He got quiet and focused again as his friends sang to him for the first time. I wished I could read his thoughts.

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Then he did it!

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Just look at that smile! What a cutie.

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All of his friends and even his grandparents, Papa and gg, were there! What a special day.

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I love you, sweet boy, with all of my heart! Thank you for being my dear son.

Story Time

December 5th, 2013

Sweet Baby (6 weeks old) was in his Bumbo for the first time a few days ago and the older boys LOVED it. Potatoes read him a book and then Boots took over after that. Baby alternated between watching his brothers and the angels up above. :)

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Our Sweet Baby

December 3rd, 2013

My husband introduced me to Jim Gaffigan tonight and we had some good laughs over one of his stand-up comedy performances. He’s a dad to four kids and we loved his anecdotes.

“You wanna know what it’s like to have four kids?” he asked. “Imagine that you’re drowning and someone hands you a baby.”

Our sweet baby is six weeks old now and I’ve often felt like I’m drowning with a single nostril above water. But man, drowning never looked so adorable!

In other words… Jill, I’m so sorry it took me this long to post pictures of our new miracle! Here are a few pictures I grabbed off our phones from his first week with us and I swear I’ll post more when the water settles into lower rapids. It’s been a sea of hormones, recovering, feedings, lots of rocking and not much sleeping. Thanks so much for your comment and for wanting to see the little guy. We are all beyond smitten.

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