Audrey Hepburn once said “Happy girls are the prettiest” and I do believe she is right. A smile like this one will brighten any day. And today is a special day, because Eden is five. No longer my baby, but a little girl, preparing for Kindergarten next week. She’s excited and ready, and I am not.
Eden is and always has been, a joy to have at home. She spends hours and hours playing with little princess figurines, Barbies, dress-up clothes and ponies. She creates imaginary worlds and stories out loud and hearing her sweet voice from the playroom always gives me this little pain in my heart- simultaneously happy and sad. Sad because she won’t always be so little and so innocent and she’s growing up too fast! She loves puzzles and board games, coloring and painting but most of all, she loves her family. There is never a shortage of love from Eden. She adores her little brother and sister and showers them with hugs and kisses each day. Her big sister is her hero, and Eden sticks right by her side everywhere they go. And she loves her Lord as well. Every other line in her personal prayers is “and we LOVE you Lord, we just love you so much!” How blessed we are to know and love this beautiful little girl. Happy Birthday Eden! We love you more than you could ever dream…
Eight years ago we embarked on a journey together… one that we thought we were prepared for and took on with great excitement. Like all new travelers, we made mistakes, took wrong turns, got lost and got in arguments. There were many curves in the road and hills to climb. But when it felt like too much, when it felt too hard, I only had to look to my side and you were there, holding my hand. And from the tops of the hills we have seen the most incredible views. You have supported me, loved me, guided me and shown me so many beautiful things in this world. You showed me the importance of relaxing, clearing my mind, focusing on God and His will for our life together. You are not the boy I was head over heels for as a 20 year old bride. You are now a man, the father of my children, my guide, my best friend. Together we have weathered the storms and we have seen the sun coming out from behind the clouds, the rainbows reminding us of God’s promises. Our children have been blessings in our lives that we could never have imagined, and watching you with them fills my heart with such pride and immense joy. I am blessed to call you my husband and I’m thankful for the years, the moments and the memories that we’ve had together. If this is what the first 8 years brings, I can only imagine the joys we will experience throughout the rest of our years together, God willing. Happy Anniversary my love.
These are just a few of my favorite images from our session two years ago, celebrating our six year anniversary in California. See more of Jules Trandem’s gorgeous work HERE.
This past month we celebrated some amazing local businesswomen and gave everyone a chance to win an incredible prize lot worth over $1000! I’m so excited that the giveaway was a huge hit, and the response was overwhelmingly positive! The giveaway found its way to the local newspapers, which you can read HERE. With such a great reaction to this giveaway there will likely be a bigger and better one next year!
Now, I know the only thing most of you care about right now is- WHO WON!!?? Well the lucky person who won ALL of the prizes below is ……….. (scroll down to the bottom of this post!)
| THE PRIZES |
Luxurious, Extra-Large Microfiber towel and Organic leg Cream, plus free product voucher for booking a party/personal consultation | Value: $71.00 ($101.00 including voucher)
Re9 Anti aging body wash, Re9 body lotion as well as the Re9 instant life gel. Also the Ultimate facial for the winner and 4 friends including a gift certificate for $100 product | Value: $150.00 +
$25 gift cert. to my Etsy shop | Value: $25.00
A Rustic Window wall Decor Piece with window box – Indoor or outdoor, decorate for any holiday or season! | Value: $70.00
A 1 hr introductory wrap session (includes 1 wrap) | Value: $35.00
Cloud Burst Necklace | Value $99.00
8″ round triple layer ruffle cake | Value: $45.00
1 hour of 1-on-1 time with an organizer to ask questions and get suggestions for problem areas of the home consultation | Value: $65.00
3 piece canister set & $10 gift certificate for future order with For the Love of Tupperware | Value: $35.00
Hand & Body Silk, and an in-home pampering session | Value: $67.00 (17 for the lotion, 50 for the pamper session)
One bunting (fabric flag banner) | Value: approximately $32.00
2 recipe seasoning mix (One Pulled Pork & One Country Chicken) AND one Cajun Oven Fries seasoning jar | Value $15.00
A one hour massage(offer only valid with Laura Vanderhout) | Value: $74.00
A gorgeous custom arrangement with a mix of interesting florals, textures and foliage in a container | Value: $45.00
A free custom sign at any size | Value: $60.00
A Spring Garden Gift Basket | Value: $50.00
A mini ‘Mommy and Me’ session and 8 8×10 prints | Value $200.00
… Rosy Witten!!! Congrats Rosy! I know you’ll enjoy these incredible prizes so generously donated by our talented businesswomen! Please contact me at email@example.com to find out how to receive your prizes!