Happy Birthday Little Dinosaur

Dear Abel,

We had so much fun celebrating you today! You had the best day playing with all your new dinosaurs. It is a rare occasion if you don’t have a dinosaur in your hand. You are a lot like James was when he was around your age. He loved dinosaurs, too. And just like him, you can name almost every single one of them.

It is such a blessing watching you grow and change each day. You were too cute this morning as you ran around and told all of your brothers and sisters that you are now five!

It made my heart sink a little each time you said, “Me five!” It only sank because I can’t believe you are already 5 years old! Time has got to slow down. When I close my eyes, I can still see you as a tiny little 4 month old.

I will never forget the first day we met. It was one of the best days of my life! You are so special sweet boy. God has brought you so far. He will always carry you through this life no matter what is put in front of you.

Thanks for including us in all of your celebrations today. You have so much to celebrate. We are so blessed to be a part of your journey.

We will love you forever and a day.

Love Always,

Mommy 💙

Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

Abel’s Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 5

What is your favorite food? Chicken nuggets and fries

What do you hope you never have to eat again? Onions

What is your favorite thing to do? Play with Dinosaurs

What are your favorite animal? Cows

What makes you happy? My family

What is the best memory from when you were 4? Eating waffles with Lilo and Stitch at Disney

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 5? Go swimming

What would you like to do when you grow up? A builder like Daddy

What is your favorite song? All is Found from Frozen 2

Where is your favorite place to eat? McDonalds

What is your favorite book? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Where would you like to go on vacation? Disney World

What would you like everyone in the world to know? I love my mommy.

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Happy 11th Birthday, James!

Dear James,

How have 11 years already passed since you were born? It doesn’t seem possible. You were known as Baby James for so many years.

I’m afraid you have outgrown that name. I still see you as Baby James though. You will never be too old to be your mama’s baby.

Over the years, you have grown so much and you are anxious to be as tall as me. Trust me, in just a few short months, you will be. I’ve enjoyed seeing you grow physically but also intellectually.

You are so smart. I have learned so much about nature and animals from you. You have been my teacher since I can remember. I also love all your jokes. The way you come up and tell me funny little jokes throughout each day keeps me giggling. I enjoy all of our talks about life in general.

I’m so thankful that you are planning for the future. You’ve had everything planned out for at least 5 years now. I love listening to all your dreams, aspirations, and plans.

The best part of it all is that you are turning to the Lord as you ask Him to plan your future. You are praying for God’s will in your life. It brings so much joy to see you walk in Truth.

I loved celebrating your birthday with you. It was so exciting to see your face when we surprised you with a donkey. He’s so cute! And, he is just what you had asked for.

I hope your birthday was one to remember! We love you to the moon and back and some more.

Love Always,

Mommy ❤️

James’s Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 11

What is your favorite food? steak

What do you hope you never have to eat again? white rice

What is your favorite thing to do? ride horses

What are your favorite animals? White Tiger

What makes you happy? my family

What is the best memory from when you were 10? spending the night with Mawmaw

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 11? learn how to jump on a horse

What would you like to do when you grow up? zoologist

What is your favorite song? Love Broke Thru by: TobyMac

Where is your favorite place to eat? Mexican

What is your favorite book? Magic Tree House books

Where would you like to go on vacation? NC Zoo

What would you like everyone in the world to know? Jesus loves everyone!

Proverbs 28:1 – The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

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Happy 6th Birthday

Dear Jayce,

Wow! I can’t believe you are already six years old. It truly doesn’t seem possible. This day six years ago, you were born at only 3 pounds and 12 ounces. You were so tiny and would fit in your daddy’s hands.

The Lord has done great things for you over the past six years. He has taken care of you and helped you become the sweetest boy around. He also gave you enough energy to help me stay young. You keep me hopping each and every day.

I love when you snuggle with me and tell me that you love me more than anything else in the whole wide world. I love it when you say you will love me even after I’m in Heaven.

The Lord made you a tiny little guy because He knew I would need you to stay small as long as possible. I love it when you wrap your little arms around my neck and give me the biggest bear hugs. I love it even more when you fall asleep in my arms. You still twirl my hair when you are sleepy. I don’t mind at all. I love that you still like to be held by your mommy.

I hope you loved everything about your 6th Birthday. We had so much fun celebrating with you at home. Hopefully we will be able to do something special really soon. Today, I’m just thankful we are all healthy and together.

I’ll love you forever and always!!

Love Always,

Mommy 💚

Jayce’s Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 6

What is your favorite food? chips and cake

What do you hope you never have to eat again? tomatoes

What is your favorite thing to do? playing with nerf guns

What are your favorite animals? dogs

What makes you happy? Mommy and God

What is the best memory from when you were 5? Going to Bald Head Island and Rachel giving me birthday presents

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 6? ride in my Batman car

What would you like to do when you grow up? I want to cook.

What is your favorite song? I Can’t Even Walk

Where is your favorite place to eat? McDonalds

What is your favorite book? My Hat

Where would you like to go on vacation? The beach and Disney World

What would you like everyone in the world to know? Everyone is good except bad guys

Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

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Happy 8th Birthday, Jayla

Dear Jayla,

Your 8th birthday was probably a little different than you had hoped for. You are my social butterfly and like guests galore at your parties each year. Considering we were on coronavirus lock down, guests weren’t an option.

We didn’t let the virus stop us. We still celebrated. Daddy picked up Happy Meals from the famous McDonald’s. Jaden made you a Fancy Nancy cake. You opened your packages. You loved your Baby Minnie and your Belle nightlight.

Thank you for making a huge compromise this year and celebrating at home with your family. You are definitely our feisty, tenderhearted child. I’m not sure how that’s even possible.

You are always quick to let me know that you get your strong will from me, your mama. That’s okay by me. I completely understand when you say that you just can’t help feeling frustrated at times. It’s because you are so passionate about what you know is right.

You wear your heart on your sleeve. I hate to break it to you. You will have to fight hard to hold that temper back throughout your life. Just keep working on learning how to control those emotions and use them to do great things one day. I know you will. I already see you learning how to get those strong emotions out by singing your heart out for the Lord. Keep being passionate about the things that matter little mama.

The Lord will lead you and guide you to His perfect will if you continue to seek Him. I love you so much my little twin. And as you already know, I wish you could stay 8 forever! Considering I’ve said that for every single birthday that’s come and gone, I’m sure you will be 9 before I know it.

Love You Forever,

Mommy

Jayla’s Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 8

What is your favorite food? tacos

What do you hope you never have to eat again? Brussels sprouts

What is your favorite thing to do? visit Disney World

What are your favorite animals? toads, dogs, and giraffes

What makes you happy? Mommy

What is the best memory from when you were 7? going to Disney World

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 8? build a swimming pool at my house

What would you like to do when you grow up? a songwriter

What is your favorite song? Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music

Where is your favorite place to eat? Red Lobster

What is your favorite book? Fancy Nancy

Where would you like to go on vacation? Bald Head Island

What would you like everyone in the world to know? Jesus is our Heavenly Father

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


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Happy 16th‼️

Dear Jacob,

I really cannot believe that you are actually 16 years old. How has 16 years flown by so quickly? I can still remember sitting in that hospital room looking down into your eyes for the first time. You made my dreams come true. You made me a mommy!

You were the best baby. For months and months, I sat and held you all day and night. I never thought I would ever have to look up to see your big blue eyes. Goodness, it has all happened way too quickly.

In just two short years from now, you could fly this coop. I’m praying you stick around a few more than that if it’s God’s will. You are such a big help around here and to your daddy. He enjoys you being able to work with him.

You have learned so much in your 16 years. You haven’t came across anything that you can’t build or create. You amaze me more and more each day.

Most importantly, your love for the Lord shines through in the way you love your family and your friends. I’m so thankful that God chose you to be my firstborn. I love you more than words could ever say. Thanks for being so patient and showing so much grace over the past 16 years.

Love Always,

Mommy 💚

Jacob’s Birthday Interview

How old are you? 16

What is your favorite food? seafood

What do you hope you never have to eat again? I like all the foods that I have ever eaten.

What is your favorite thing to do? spending time outdoors

What is your favorite animal? dogs

What makes you happy? fishing

What is the best memory from when you were 15? fishing on Bald Head Island with Branson

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 16? get my driver’s license

What would you like to do when you grow up? a home inspector or an occupational therapist

What is your favorite song? Almost Home by Mercy Me

Where is your favorite place to eat? Red Lobster or Kobe’s Japanese

What is your favorite book(s): The Adventures of Arty Anderson, Poison in the Colony: Jamestown 1622, and Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607

Where would you like to go on vacation? Bald Head Island

What would you like everyone in the world to know? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He’s the only way to Heaven.

John 13:7 – Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

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Happy 3rd Birthday!

Dear Littlest Guy,

We have been so blessed to share our home with you for over two years now. Not one single day of this journey has been easy. But, seeing the progress you have made makes each day so worth it.

Your smile has came out more and more this past year. There is no denying, at no fault of your own, the first year or so was unlike anything that any of us have ever travelled before. But, you have let your guard down little by little. It’s been a blessing to see you learn how to trust, laugh, and play.

We have no idea how long you will be with us, but we know God knows all things. We are trusting His perfect plan for your life and ours. He has not revealed His plan to any of us just yet. So, until He shows us the final outcome, we will continue to love and hug on you while we wait for His answer! We will keep our focus on one day at a time. One day at a time..

And, today, we say a big Happy 3rd Birthday, Baby Simba!

Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 3

What’s your favorite food? hot dogs

What do you hope you never have to eat again? potatoes

What’s your favorite thing to do? play

What’s your favorite animal? horses

What makes you happy? Simba

What’s the best memory from when you were two? “I road a rollercoaster. Rachel go with us!”

What is one thing you would like to do when you are 3? Go see Buzz Lightyear

What would you like to be after you grow up? Buzz Lightyear – and fly everywhere

What’s your favorite song? Baby Shark

What’s your favorite place to eat? McDonalds

What’s your favorite book? Curious George

Where would you like to go on vacation? Disney World

What would you like everyone to know? Trees get the leaves off.

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Happy Double Digits!!

Dear Abby,

I can’t believe you are already ten years old. A lot has changed since we first met you a little over 4 years ago. You were a few months shy of being 6.

I’ll never forget those first moments of seeing you during those uncertain times. God has brought you so far these past 4 years. You have matured and grown so much since you came to live with us.

I’m sorry you have been through all that you have. But, I’m thankful you are allowing God to shape you and mold you. You, sweet girl, are allowing Him to use your story to help others. I am so proud of you!

It has been a long road, but I see you relax and trust a little more each day. You have taught me so much. And, I’m so so thankful that we have gotten to celebrate the past two birthdays with you. We’ve missed so much time together, but God is allowing us to make up for lost time.

I don’t even want to think about the fact that you will be 18 in just 8 years. I know the time will fly by so quickly. I plan on cherishing each moment that we have together. No matter how old you get, you will always be my daughter. I love you more than you could ever imagine.

Love Always,

Mommy 💓

Abby’s Birthday Interview

How old are you? 10

What is your favorite food? Lasagna

What do you hope you never have to eat again? Hot Dogs

What is your favorite thing to do? Play with people’s hair

What is your favorite animal? A rabbit

What makes you happy? Jaden

What is the best memory from when you were 9? I liked it when I got a fluffy marshmallow unicorn pillow.

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 10? Learn new hairstyles

What would you like to do when you grow up? Be a hairstylist

What is your favorite song? Friend Like Me

Where is your favorite place to eat? Milano’s

What is your favorite book? James and the Giant Peach 🍑

Where would you like to go on vacation? California

What would you like everyone in the world to know? I am adopted!! 💕

1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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Waiting for You

Dear Girls,

We waited for 856 days for you to move with us. Over four years ago, we were told that the 3 of you would come to our family the same moment your brother did. But, God had a different plan. And, as I’ve said time and time again, God’s plans are always right. They are always perfect.

We might not understand all of the details of why we all had to wait so long, but God does. He knew exactly what needed to happen before you all were even born.

Although we always know God’s ways are best, it didn’t make the waiting any easier for us. While we waited, we prayed for you many many times. We would think about you all often, and we would smile as we would talk about how Layla kept all of us laughing at AJ’s visits.

We fell in love with all of you so quickly, and our hearts ached because you were separated from your brother and from us for over 2 years. After visits stopped with AJ, we longed to check to make sure you all were okay. While he was having visits, we could tell things were not as they needed to be with your first family. The waiting and unkowns made us anxious for so long. But, God stepped in.

He works in mysterious ways. He worked out all of the details in His timing. Making us wait and fight for the three of you has made us cherish each of your lives even more. Many nights, we lost sleep over not knowing if you all were okay or if we would ever be united as a family. We hurt when you all hurt. So did God. He loves the three of you more than anyone else on earth.

And, today we can thank our creator in a huge way for working things out the way He wants them to be forever. Because today, you were ADOPTED! God moved mountains, and for that, we are grateful. We love each of you more than you will ever know. Thank you for loving all of us so well. The wait was so worth it!! You never have to be separated from your brother or any of us ever again! We will love you forever and a day!

Love Always,

Mommy 💕

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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Happy 6th Birthday!

Dear Ava,

I know! I know! It’s been two whole months since your birthday. Having a birthday on Christmas Day means your birthday letter was not only late this year, but it was also almost just as late last year. I always need a few months to get caught up from all the holiday activities. I’m sorry, sweet girl.

We had a fun time celebrating your birthday on your special day, but we also had a magical time celebrating at Disney World a few weeks early! You loved getting a special treat at Planet Hollywood. You smiled so big. Your new Dumbo stuffed animals made your face light up, too. You had became so attached to Jayla’s Dumbo, so we wanted to get you not one but two of your very own.

I am so proud of how far you have came the past two years! You have had so much standing in your way. But, you persevered and have became stronger than ever. I can’t believe you came to us when you were just 4 years old. Wow! So much has changed since the first day I actually met you. You weren’t even close to 4 at that time. You were a newly turned 2 year old with A LOT of spunk and energy.

You have grown and matured so much the past 4 years. And, I’m grateful that the Lord has allowed you to become my daughter. Even though you aren’t one of my tummy babies, my love for you is just the same. Things haven’t always been easy for us, but I love you something fierce. I’ll love you forever and always!

Love Always,

Mommy 💕

Ava’s Birthday Interview

How old are you? 6

What is your favorite food? mac and cheese

What do you hope you never have to eat again? carrots

What is your favorite thing to do? play outside

What is your favorite animal? horse

What makes you happy? Mae Mae

What is the best memory from when you were 5? playing in the water in the summer

What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 6? get a top bunk bed

What would you like to do when you grow up? a veterinarian

What is your favorite song? Frozen II songs

Where is your favorite place to eat? McDonald’s

What is your favorite book? Aladdin: The Desert Race

Where would you like to go on vacation? I want to go to Disney World again.

What would you like everyone in the world to know? Horses are pretty.

Psalm 139:14- I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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Dear Addict

Dear Addict,

I do not hate you. I want you to be better. I want you to make better choices. I want to help you. I hurt for you. I feel sad for you. I love you. No matter what, I always will.

Do I agree with the choices you have made? No. How can I? I see what they have done to you. I see that deep down inside, whether you admit it or not, you are hurting. You are hurting yourself. You are hurting all those around you.

I cry for you. I don’t know how to help you any longer except to continue to pray. You get defensive no matter how much I try to help you. When I come to visit, you deny that you need help. I see it so much differently. I know you need help. That’s why I keep fighting for you no matter how far you push all of us away.

Your addiction hurt when I was 5 years old. It hurt when I was 15 years old. It hurt when I was 25 years old. And, it hurts even worse now that I am 39 years old. The older I have gotten, the worse your addiction has gotten. The older you have gotten…

Time is running out. Time is running out for us to have a relationship again. A relationship of you being sober and enjoying life to the fullest. I want to see you smile again. So badly, I just want to hear you laugh. I am so afraid that time is gone. I know God hears my prayers. I know He can heal you.

But, you have to want it. You have to want to be healed. I cannot help you in my own power. But, I’m so willing to help you in God’s strength. Your addiction is so much bigger than me. It’s so much bigger than you. But, it’s not too big for God.

I have to protect the ones I love from your addiction because that’s my job. That’s my job as a mom. I take that job seriously. But, they all love you. They love you so so much. And, they know you are worth the fight. I know you are worth the fight. They cry for you. They hurt for you. They pray for you. They love you. Please don’t ever give up. We will love you forever no matter what. 💕

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