November 14, 2016

Words for Elle

To the one who made me a mama:
You are the light of our lives.  You're too smart for your own good (or ours for that matter).  You're dramatic and joy-filled and so very goofy.  But underneath all of that, you've got the kindest heart of us all.  You hug tightly and love fiercely.  You treasure "special time" with the ones you love; but never exclude anyone.  You are tender and kind and love "the least of these" with your whole heart.  You stand up for your brother and defend him at all costs.  (Even when he pulls your hair.)  You've been given the gift of endless energy like your daddy; and we pray God will use that mightily. You play school with your animals and talk to them sometimes until midnight.  Your brother calls you "sis sis" and wants to follow you around everywhere to learn  your ways.  You make us all laugh on the daily. But not just any laugh- a straight up belly laugh until we cry.  You're funny, little one.  You're nothing like what I expected; but everything God knew I needed.  Happy birthday to our Ellie Gray- you're my dreamiest of dreams come true.  We're so lucky that you're ours.  

We celebrated your birthday a record FIVE TIMES this past week:
Once with "Aunt Meg" who flew in from Texas to be with you.
Once with Mimi and GP .  We had dinner and cupcakes and opened presents.  Those two always make things magical. 
Once with your preschool friends. 
Once with some other wonderful buddies.  We met them at Amelie's French Bakery for a fancy tea party.  We all wore crowns and shared colorful macaroons. (Just like "Fancy Nancy" you said.)
And once with Papa, Gammy, JoJo, Nanna, Allison, Jon & Clara.  You had a special Princess Cake at this party. 

Goodness gracious, you are loved little one!

Things you love:
Fancy dresses.
Playing Dress Up with Mama's scarves and shoes.
"Sheshal time" with mama or daddy. 
Sleepovers and movies at Mimi's house. 
I think these will be some of your most special memories
Evenings with Papa and Grammy. 
You might live there if I let you
Playing Hide and Go Seek with your brother.
You're such a good sister.  You let him win and act so surprised when you find him
You're so proud to walk into school now without crying!  You give big hugs when you leave me and have the best time with your teachers and friends.
Playing School with your stuffed animals.
Park dates with Pops.
Yesterday when he took you, you said "Pops this is just the best day ever. Thanks for taking me to the park."
Reading books with Lula. 
You cuddle so close to her and love your "Nuna" with all your heart.
Tea Parties with Mama. 
Going to visit Daddy at work. 
Greeting Daddy when he walks in the door every night.  
You SPRINT to him like you haven't seen him in years.  It's the kind of love that melts your heart!
Riding your tricycle around the driveway. 

My favorite things you say:
"Mama, if all of the mommies in the whole world were lined up, I would choose YOU."
And I would choose you, sweet one.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!
How lucky I am that you're mine.

"We shouldn't be scared of the dark, mama; because Jesus is in our heart and Jesus is LIGHT."
Amen and amen.  Wise words, my little one!

At dinner every night:
"So Emily, how was your day? "
"So Michael, how was your day?"

When you meet a new person, you very confidently introduce yourself and say:
"Nice to meet you, I'm Ellie Gray."
(I love that you have named yourself that. So original and so you. I don't even think you know your real name anymore.  No one even calls you Ellery.  And I love that!  I love that you are Elle to the world and "Ellie Gray" to all of your friends.)

I love your spunk and your sass and your kind, caring heart. 
 And OH how you love your cousins!
We need more Clara pictures :)

 It seems like yesterday I was holding you in my arms just like this.  
What a joy it's been to see you grow these past three years. 
God's got great big plans for you, little one and I can't wait to watch.
I'll be the one on the sidelines cheering you on....always!

All my love,

August 28, 2016

Summer 2016

What a fun summer it's been!
I can hardly believe it's over already.
There were lots of late night swims in the lake, pool days, and ice cream runs.
These two make life SO MUCH FUN.
Elle started school last week and we're so very thankful that she LOVED it!
And Beckham is - as usual- Daddy's biggest fan and greatest helper.
(He could play on the tractor and dig for hours on end.)

Our tiny dancer!

So so proud of her first day of school dress and new shoes!

I'm bribing them with this picture one day :) 
They truly are the best of friends!

Hard at work helping Michael with the irrigation system install.

Beckham's personality is starting to blossom more and more. 
He's so very focused and SUCH a hard worker. 
Just like his Dadddy.

Elle loves to play teacher. 
Beckham doesn't always relish the role of student, however.

I adore this little face peeping through the stairs each morning.
Her bright and bubbly countenance makes every day a delight.

Toddler top-knots!

We feel so blessed to finally be settling into the new house. 
What a ride it's been. 
But, goodness gracious - we are just SO thankful!


April 28, 2016

Happy {Very Belated} Birthday Baby Beckham!

I can hardly believe this was a year ago!
And what a year it's been....
A new baby, a renovation, a move, and a few growing pains; but on the other side of it, I wouldn't change a thing. 
God has refined us and grown our family in ways we could have never imagined. 
But the best part of this whole year has been falling in love with our little boy!

Baby Beckham, you certainly haven't gotten the spotlight like Elle did in her first year. 
Though there are less pictures and less blog posts; you don't seem to mind one bit, sweet boy.

I feel like I've known this face forever; and yet it's only been 12 months. 

 I see so much of your Pops in you!
And what a wonderful man to strive to become. 
Strong, loyal, brave, and so very loving.  I pray all of those things for you.
And you share your Daddy's immense joy for life. 
You are quick to smile and the simplest things make you belly laugh.
(peek-a-boo and "a-choo's" are your favorites right now)

There is so MUCH to love about you, little one. 
I could write a book.
But just for today; I'm going to marvel at how one little boy could bring such joy to our house.

Elle is your hero and she loves you fiercely. 
(sometimes a little too fiercely)
But we all feel blessed that we can call you ours.

Perhaps your very favorite thing in the whole world is the tractor. 
You want to be just like your Daddy so badly.

Your joy is contagious and you steal the hearts of everyone who meets you.

You are so deeply loved and treasured, little buddy!
I can't wait to see all that God has planned for you in this life.
It's an honor to be your "Mama"

February 14, 2016

Bathing Beckham

Sweet little B loves LOVES the water!  Bath time is, without a doubt, his favorite time! 
Today we put Elle and Beckham in the BIG bath tub and they were THRILLED!

 While Elle plays with her toys, Beckham giggles and splashes and gets as wet and loud as possible!

These two are already best buddies and I couldn't be more grateful that they call me mom.
Happy Valentines from the Knotts crew!

Michael, Em, Elle & Beckham

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