My Oldest Turns 7

Dearest Lillian,

Today is the day you turn 7. (My heart beats a little faster and I get a little shortness of breath when I say that). You started talking about turning 7 for at least the last 364 1/2 days. There has been a change in you this past year.  You are growing taller and looking more mature.  You are such a little beauty. Not only on the outside, with your long hair, but definitely on the inside. I heard in a sermon that said the more a person develops a servant heart the more mature they become.  My dear you are on the path of developing a very loving and sincere servant heart. You serve your family and friends well.  You are a helper and SUCH a hard worker.

Things that remind me that you are more 7 now than 6:

You sit and talk with me and Dad a little more often than play on the playground with the Leeland and Norah. When we ask you if you want to go and play you say, “No, I”m good.”

You started to carry a purse. It’s contents include: Chap stick, Hand sanitizer, a little purse with some spending change.

You talk about having alone time

You demonstrate you cutting skills on preparing fruit and snacks for Norah and Leeland

You want to talk with the older cousins, but still have great play ideas for the little cousins.

You demonstrate your complex monkey bar routines and tricks, and make it look easy.

You ride your bike like a pro and have started to stand up a bit when you peddle.

You helped Grandma Wilken sell flowers and make arrangements at the market this summer.  You were so proud when your bouquets sold.

You ask great questions about what we read, learn, hear about, and about God.

You are starting to love others more than yourself. This my daughter is hard and you are doing it well.

Mom and Dad are starting to see the things that make you come alive with excitement and passion. Flowers and making things beautiful makes you passionate. Planning special birthday parties and scavenger hunts for your sister made you giddy with joy.  Spending time with others is your love language.  You love people and love to make them feel special. We pray that you continue to put God, and the needs of others at the forefront of your mind, heart and actions. We love you with all of our hearts.


Your mom


note: my blog is maxed out on space for pictures so today will have to be a post with just the sweetness of words.


Lillian Turns 6

Lillian’s birthday was such an amazing day this past month in September. It was awesome for this mama because it hit a few of these benchmarks:

  • Her party was on her actual birthday! She was born on a Saturday and it was awesome.  I love it when we get to celebrate on that day. Make a big deal and then we are done at the end of the day.
  • We had the party at a beautiful park in LuVerne. We love this park due to it’s enormity in size, benches that are swings,  beautiful surroundings, and the fact that it has all these playground you can go around and play at.
  • Family on both sides could come and celebrate.  It’s a beautiful thing to see family come and love on your kiddo

You had a park birthday -themed party.

These friends helped you celebrate:  The Rupps, Maloneys, Hawkins, Grimmius’, G& G Maloney, The Wilkens, & Grandma Wilken

Costco provided your birthday treat, which was a chocolate princess cake.

One of the best things that happened at your party was: we got to have it at a park with lots of equipment to play on.

Some of your gifts included: American Girl Doll, spot it, a bed for your doll, fairies, Elsa dress.

Here’s how I’ll always picture you at this age: : Long blond hair, busy girl who is growing up.

God has definitely given you natural ability! I love to watch you sing, learn , bike, do the monkey bars

This is the year you biked on two wheels for the first time.

This is the funniest thing you’ve ever said! (so far): You say “That looks interesting” when you want us to buy something for you at a rummage sale.  


Here is her Birthday Interview from the Birthday Journal we fill out every year:

Interview conducted by Mom on 9/21/2015

We sat down at our family room for a nice long chat.

During the interview, the subject rocked in the rocking chair.

Here is what we discussed:

What are you thankful for today? School

What’s something you’re really good at? reading words

What do you wish you knew how to do? climb a tree

What would you like to be when you grow up? a nurse

What’s your favorite song? “Let it Go”

How does it feel to lose teeth? Hasn’t happened but she wants to.

Is there something you’d like to ask God? What is it? How did you make us?

Lunch :Bread,mayo, butter, and meat sandwich

Thing to wear: Elsa dress

Time of day: morning

Activity: swimming

Person to spend time with: Logan


Guess what? You’ve been named president of the world!

What will you wear on your first day in office? A dress with cherries on it.

What special song will they play when you walk into a room? “Let it Go”

You have the chance to change one big problem the world has today. What problem will you fix? Feeding Animals

How will you do it? I will be feeding them food.

Who is the best person to help you do it? Why? God- because he knows about everything.

Read about her 1st birthday here,  3rd birthday here, 4th birthday here


Letter to a Six Year Old


Dear Lillian,

You are now officially  six years old.  This is a birthday that you have been pretty excited to get to.  You can say the date of your birthday.   You have been not only been growing taller but really been growing into a young lady. You are pretty proud to be the oldest and first born in the family.

This week alone you learned how to ride a two wheel bike, with no training wheels, all the way down to the end of the driveway. You have been reading 3-5 letter words, writing and learning cursive and  trying so very hard to learn to read.  You have also gotten your own library card, so that you can check  out as many ballerina books as you want!

You are an early riser, up around 6 and I think that this is the year the you may give up naptime for good. You love to listen to books on tape to during rest time.  You often will listen to chapters and chapters of books while you color in our bedroom.

I am learning that you are a girl that likes to know the plan for the day. I often hear, “So what are we going to do today?”. If you could you would either have people over or go to someones house every day of the week.  You enjoy and love to play with others.

Play time is all about making forts with blankets, playing house and making little spaces for you, Norah and your dolls. You like to dress up as Elsa and have your doll match in her Elsa dress.

Your hair is as long as ever, and you still love to wear skirts and dresses.

You use phrases like, ” That is interesting” or “She did a really good job” ( When talking about the lady who presented for the Zoo Mobile”

God has given you a kind, compassionate, and loving heart!

I am proud to be  the Mom of such a precious gift from God!




Past birthday letters here: 2012 ,2013 , 2014


Happy 5th Birthday Lillian!


Dear Lillian,

Today is the day you have been waiting for since you turned 4 years old last year. This is the day that you have been asking about and counting down with your fingers.  You are officially 5 years old.  You woke up with a huge smile and a birthday breakfast of surprise cinnamon rolls.  It’s getting harder to surprise you because you wanted to plan most of your birthday party.

Dad and I have been trying to shrink you down a bit because you are getting too  tall and so mature.  You are my big Kindergarten girl.  You love to look at books and read to your sister, even though you say that you are just making up the words.  You get the biggest smiles from Leeland.  This morning he just kept smiling at you during breakfast.  You said, that his smiles were his birthday present to you.

You are still small enough to want to crawl in to bed with me in the morning, snuggle on mom and dad’s lap during a movie and be tickled by dad when he comes home. However, you are big enough to make a peanut butter sandwiches all by yourself for lunch, big enough to ask dad how his day was at work, and big enough to help entertain Leeland in the family room by yourself.

You love to Learn. My prayer for you as your Mom and your teacher is that you always “LEARN WITH JOY”. Learn how to read, how to write, how to to be content, and how to Learn more about God with lots of JOY.

Happy Birthday my Sweet Lillian Louise!





It has been 6 months now of having 3 kids and after 2 plus year of saying, “the girls”… I think I have finally transitioned to say, “The kids.”  I’m blessed by this little ragamuffin group.  I thought today I would reflect on some things that you might not know about each one.


Leeland is….

army crawing fast across the floor when he sees something he wants (which is pretty much anything on the floor)

trying to be attached to mommy has much as possible lately especially at night

making spitting noises with his mouth currently in the swing.

in the 10th percentile of weight (only 14 lbs 5 ounces) and 70 percentile for length (27 inches)

loves swinging and being outside!

happy.. but I think most of you all know that already!


Norah is…..

going to turn 3 after her birthday (she says that statement at least one time a day

thinks that slides in the water park are “too wet”  and she would not go down them.

often thought of as older than a two year old (at least she is mature some of the time).

always singing. She pretty much is always making up songs or some tunes.  I think she thinks that her life is a musical 🙂

thoughtful. For almost 2 months she split an m-&-m with her teeth and shared half with her sister when she got one for going potty.


Lillian is….

a little monkey on the swingset. She has figured out how to do the monkey bars all by herself.

always writing notes to people.  Her favorite thing to do is take an old roll of fax paper and make drawings and writings on them.

starting to go (and like) Sunday School at Church.

always laying her clothes out for what she is going to wear tomorrow.  Sometimes she is already dressed in her skirt and shirt before I wake up!

dry at night has been wearing underware for 3 weeks! ( YIPPEE one out of pull-ups!)

loving. She always gives kisses and hugs to everyone in the family to make them feel loved!