Tuesday, May 21, 2013

You're a giver.

Dear Brooklyn,
 Yesterday a tornado came through Moore Oklahoma and devastated homes and schools. Lives were lost and it is heart breaking. This morning I found out about several donation spots in Tulsa. I rounded up some diapers, baby food, canned goods, baby clothes, toothpaste and soap to give away. I sat you down, showed you photos of children who lost their homes and everything in it! We looked through your toys and stuffed animals (and after lots of encouragement from me) you picked out a car with lights and sounds and a stuffed dinosaur. It may seems like a small thing to others, but I know it was a HUGE thing for you! When we arrived at the donation center you wanted to carry the bags and diapers and give them away. I'm proud of you. You were filled with excitement and talked the whole way home about how the little boy in the photo you saw on the internet will love that dinosaur. That's what we are praying- that our donations make it to the right children and families in need! I'm so proud of you and your heart to give. Giving isn't always easy or convenient, but God has called us to give when we have extra. We are blessed to be a blessing. You are a blessing in my life and I'm so grateful for you; I'm also grateful that your tender heart is learning to give!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gummy bombs

Dear Brooklyn,
You are amazing. I know most kids are amazing to their parents, but truly you are!!!! I love how you can get a tiny bag of gummy treats and pretend they are "bombs" for over an hour. I love your imagination. You help me stay focused on whats important and I thank you.
You have a sibling coming soon... ok in about 7 1/2 months but you know soon :) I'm so excited to see you as a big brother. You can help her/him be fun and creative! We're going to have soooo much fun together.

I love you so much little man-


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bad Fruit

Dear Brooklyn,
   Fall is here! This month and last month have been BEAUTIFUL outside and we've been biking or playing outside every night with dad (which is your favorite thing to do) But with fall comes new fruits and veggies in season. Which made me thing of something important.
  Every Monday is grocery shopping day, you and I load up with bags, our list and hopes of adventure :) or at least that's what I call it- hoping we'll have fun! You and I buy lot's of fruits and veggies and depending on where we are shopping you usually have to check the fruit very carefully.. here's why.
  When you buy a container of fruit like strawberries for instance, if there is ONE bad fruit hiding amongst the good fruit- it ALWAYS turns the good fruit around it bad. And on some occasions if I don't see it soon enough it's turned every single piece of fruit bad too. Here's my meaning- Friends like fruit influence those around them. If you have a group of friends and they are all good friends except ONE- get away from that group or that friend. Remember the strawberry? It's just like that with people. One bad fruit has NEVER ever been effected or changed by a whole container of good fruit- weird huh? Well that's it, remember to choose good friends and to be that good friend too :)

I love you my little B!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Room, Big Love

Dear Brooklyn,
It's July now and we've just moved into our new home! You love it here and are enjoying your new room immensely. You have light blue walls, a fun bed with a tent on top that looks likes stars when you lay down to go to sleep; and dad and I just re-painted his kid dresser for you! There is color everywhere, you are fun and that's what I wanted your new space to be :)
Every morning you wake up to find dad and I on the back porch drinking coffee. You play with the same set of cars from the movie "Cars 2" on the table and eat your breakfast. You and I have so many adventures together but my favorite part of everyday is when we cuddle before your nap. You are extra loving and generous with your affection at this time. You always place your little arm around my neck, tell me you love me and kiss me over and over... you are the best.
As Mr. Bruce says- if I could "put a brick on your head to keep you from growing" I would :)
In the evenings we play with your toys after dinner, or work on house projects together. Just being together, the 3 of us is the BEST. Nothing compares to having you as my son, you light up my life and I'm so grateful for you. (Even when you had an accident and pooped in your pants during your nap today and had to have an impromtu bath, clothes changed, more laundry for me etc.) I truly can't explain my love for you, but it is starting to help me understand the love my parents have for me and our Father's love for us. That He would do anything- give His life for us. Wow. It's still so amazing. In a world where mom's are killing their children and covering it up- I'm so glad we have comfort and hope in our heavenly Father. I promise to do everything in my power to protect you. I'm so excited to be in our new house, to see our little family grow (not pregnant yet) and to see you learn new things! I love you-


Monday, May 2, 2011

Your New Room

Dear Brooklyn,
I'm really having lot's of fun planning out your new bedroom. You and I found an adorable little twin headboard and footboard at a thrift store for $5!!!! It needs some major TLC and a nice coat of paint, but I can just see it now in my mind all finished :)

We also have a fun red and white dresser for you that used to be your dad's when he was little. Now that's a vintage treasure! You and I also found a Pottery Barn Kids table for your room at a garage sale for $40 (regularly priced at $99) I want to paint the legs white and the top with a colored chalkboard paint. So many projects and now I just need the weather to be better so I can tackle some of them!

I also came up with a cool idea to incorporate your love of Toy Story. I've been buying vintage frames to paint white and I want to do Buzz and Woody Silhouette's. Won't that be fun?

Ok, well there are lot's more projects for your room that I have planned, but no need to put them all down today! I love you little man and I've been having so much fun playing with you.

Your new room is going to be amazing!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Like Mom, Like Dad

Dear Brooklyn,
Moving again! Our current Show Home sold and we must move out in the next 8 days. eek. We've been staging homes (that are for sale) with our furniture. BUT we have a house that's being renovated- but not ready for us :( So we'll be living in Marmie & Papa Doc's garage apartment.

Ok can we just agree that it's going to be AWESOME!? They have a heated pool & hot tub about 20 steps away from our room :) I'm sooo excited. I officially started packing this morning and you were not very excited to see some of your toys packed away. But no worries my little man- we'll get them all out again soon!

This afternoon you and I snuggled together for a little bit during your nap time and I was thinking how funny it was that there are things you do exactly like me! And then things you do that are exactly like your dad. I thought I would make you a list :)

Like Mom:
-We both sleep best on our tummies with our hands tucked under our legs
-We both love anything sweet :) or "treats" as you like to call them
-We both love to read (or in your case be read to) before bedtime
-We both have curly hair
-We both LOVE swimming

Like dad:
-Your blue eyes
-You are a morning person
-Your amazingly strong legs (you are already so athletic)
-You both love to laugh
-You both make incredible sound effects! (cars, planes, trains etc.)
-You both love to wrestle and get dirty outside

I know there are so many more- but that's what I thought of for now. Remember even with our differences- I will ALWAYS love you!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

No More Dipes

Dear Brooklyn,
Lot's of new things are happening right now, one of them is that you are potty training! Wow. It's pretty crazy in the midst of remodeling our new house, conferences at church, bridal and baby showers and just life moving along!
You absolutely LOVE wearing pull-ups now and not "dipes" (that's what you and I call diapers) You feel so big and grown up and smile the biggest, sweetest smile when you talk about your pull-ups. We've been training about 2-3 weeks now and you go pee on the potty about 1-2 times a day, but mostly do the pee pee hoppy-ing around dance and then hide to go pee in your pull up.
But today you went while we were out shopping at Hobby Lobby!!! I was so proud of you and even though you got pee all over your Woody costume you were wearing... I'm so excited for you!
So lesson learned for mom: bring extra clothes while potty training.

I really cannot believe you are going to be 3 in... 3 months! Where did my baby B go? You talk so well now and it feels like I really have a companion during the day instead of just a listener :)

Recently we've been getting movies from the library for "family movie night" which includes: mom, dad and you sitting on the couch eating popcorn and watching a kids movie :) You love "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" "Toy Story 1,2 & 3" ok most anything Disney :) It's one of my favorite times together- looking at you cuddled up between dad and I.

Let's keep working hard on this potty training thing... you'll get soon!