Sunday, March 11, 2018

Brielle Turns FIVE

Brielle turned 5 the end of January. What a joy to celebrate her!

Brielle has a sweetheart personality. She is my quietest child, and she also has a big heart of compassion. She runs to help anyone who gets hurt, and she dislikes when people are unhappy, so she nearly always accommodates them, even if it means giving up something she wanted. She is very motherly. It is always hard for me to say what her favorite things are, but truly, I think that's because her favorite thing is people. She loves people, and she always wants to be with them. She wants to do whatever the people around her want to do, because that's what makes her happy. 

Funny/Sweet Things:
- "I'm going to get a soup and a cracker for you for Mother's Day and a chocolate for daddy for Mother's Day." (yes, she said mother's day both times haha!)
- "You're anking my hair!" 
- "Grandma, your fridge is sinking again!" (she meant leaking haha!)
- "We're going to cut up the chubbiest watermelon."
- Whenever she has the hiccups, she says, "I have the hook ups!"
- After burping, she told me, "My stomach doesn't hurt anymore now that I got my excuse out of my throat."
- "Mommy, I'm going to live with you forever."

We don't do any formal pre school work. She has learned how to write her whole name now, simply from seeing me write it. She also can write all of her sisters' names and mom, dad, and Ben. When we read stories and she sees two of the same word on a page, she always asks me what the word is. It's been a joy to watch her learn, as I haven't pushed anything. It's incredible to see how their own curiosity pushes them to ask questions and discover learning.

For her birthday, I decided to do things a little differently. She loves people, and she especially loves all her extended family. But I didn't really feel like planning a birthday party. I decided, instead, that we would visit all of her family members on her birthday! We began our day by opening gifts at breakfast. At lunchtime, we went to her favorite restaurant to eat, and then we started our rounds. We first visited Aunt Nikki at the bank. I asked each of the family members to forego gifts but to get her a balloon. I thought it would be fun for her to have a bouquet of balloons at the end of the day. After visiting Aunt Nikki and getting her balloon, we went on to visit Aunt Brianna and Aunt Brittany at their jobs, and then we went to my mom's house, where she got to see all her cousins whom my mom was babysitting. We sang to her there, and we cut and ate her cake. After that, we went to visit Uncle Nate and Aunt Kelly and cousins at their house. We ended our day at her other grandparents' house with dinner and her final balloon (and some flowers!). It was a really fun (but long!) day, and Brielle really enjoyed all of the special attention.

Loves: family, her blanky, eating, taking care of her little sisters, making people happy

Dislikes: being left out, saying good byes

What's your favorite food? Apples and bananas
What's your favorite thing to play with? My bow and arrow that I got for my birthday
What's your favorite movie or show? My favorite show is Puffin Rock. My favorite movie is Little House on the Prairie 
What's your favorite song? Away in a manger
What"s your favorite verse? The Lord is my shepherd
What's your favorite book? The Going to Bed Book
What's your favorite color? Yellow, like my Mommy
What's your favorite Bible story? The ten men went to Jesus because they were really sick, for Jesus to heal them. One man went back to Jesus to thank him for healing them.
What do you like to do with Sophie? My favorite thing to do is to play house.
What do you like to do with Lyla? Jump on the couches and the bed and to take the pillow cushions off
What do you like to do with Violet? Play house
What do you like to do with Daddy and Mommy? I like to hug Mommy and Dada
What do you want to do when you get older? Get a phone
Okay, what do you want to BE when you get older? I want to be a vet
What's your favorite animal? Kitties and goats and all the animals in the world
Who are your best friends? Emma and Jaeda and Khloe and Bowen 
What makes you happy? Watching a movie and playing
What makes you sad? When someone throws something at me
What are you really good at? Doing my bow and arrow



  1. Hi, I'm Missy. I haven't said much to you yet. I teared up a few times during this post, simple and beautiful. I love the way you take a moment to focus on your children. I love the warm and simple whites in the style of your home. This inspires me to write down what my kids say more often. I don't know much about your back story yet, but I have 4 kiddos so when I get a sec I look at your Insta page. Found you through Charlotte mason etc. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thank you for the note <3 I do these posts because I love having them for my own record, but I always love hearing that others enjoy them too! I don't find time to write down as much as I used to... but I try to still do it as much as possible because I know older me will be so glad I did! Four kids makes these days go so fast, huh?! Thanks for reaching out and saying hi!

  2. This is a lovely baby girl. Its smile is going to fascinate everyone. Keep sharing the nice post. Remove Black Magic Expert in Dehradun

  3. I’d love to hear more about flying A on Wednesday. Did what I said today about “angry me” make sense? They say I’m in the “gut triad” which means I feel things in my gut (whereas you feel them in your heart/feelings). I very strongly feel things in my gut. Not just anger, but unrest/lack of peace. So when making love, you can shake me if you like to in the beginning, but not when I’m close because then it distracts me. Haha I’m so easily distractible. How did jt do at faking?

    1. I was thinking tonight how absolutely incredible it would be to go away just for a weekend by ourselves. I operate best when I’m at complete peace and with no obligations. I’m sad you never get to see that me. I also deeply wonder how it would affect me sexually, to have that level of calm and “awayness” and ability to focus completely on you and us. Idk... I guess I’ll never know.

    2. Why would you say never know? Im hopeful that we will know in the next five years...somehow...

    3. And guys just left. He did good. I challeneged the new guy on abiding in the "word". It was a great question, if i do say so myself. Adked him if one could avide in deut. and john at the same time. Could i stone my child for disobeying AND welcome him back as the prodigal. Worked out. I think he was genuinely perplexed. Ac kid. Def bible is a rule book. Ill attempt to challenge further. And jt was looking across the fire at me often in disbelief on some of what i was saying to the new guy. But it was good. I was chill flying. Which is how i am when im flying around a campfire. It is usually more sarcastic but poignant thann day flying. And your anger thing was clear, i just cant relate. I dont have a gut from where anger flows or is born. Or it has never been tapped if one exists. Like ever. It is very strange when i think about it. That ive never in my life been gut-level angry.

    4. It is weird. You do get mad at people though, but I feel like you’re kind of just a jackass when you get mad, and it only happens when you’re flying. Like when you were mad at your boss. How do you describe that, since it’s not a gut level anger... like how does it FEEL to you? I’m fascinated by people, btw, so I will ask every possible question to understand. Also... makes me think of you when you say “I’m not B”... but you don’t understand... if I’m actually engaging you at all about a disagreement or trying to gain understanding, I am not reacting with you as I do with b. I shut down long before that point with him. I don’t engage in them. Not worth my time. I think sometimes you don’t grasp my deep interest in knowing everything... like everything... at probably an annoying level. It’s why it’s so fucking hard for my brain to rest. The amount of things I am trying to know and learn at any give time is ... too much, probably. But I’m just fascinated by everything. Sometimes I think you assume I’m being defensive when I’m just trying to understand. I also think you don’t know how to read my facial expressions bc I’m often on a different planet than you think I am... usually two steps behind... but sometimes I’ve jumped ship totally. But back to my anger... in the last year it’s become painful to me to realize how I don’t ever get to experience my anger (or really just my feelings) in a healthy way. I stuff so so much. Which is why I know that things are.not.okay. It is not okay to live like this. I keep watching these lives of people who have broken out of conservatism and the level of realness they have now and I think it’s worth anything you have to lose to get to that place.
      And I refuse to be hopeful anymore. Youre leaving for missions. I shut a part of me down when you stopped working Fridays.

    5. Hey... I hoped you would be up a little longer to discuss but looks like you went to bed. I’ll leave that one up though so you can respond in the morning bc I’m too tired to wonder if I should take it down since you went to bed ;)
      Wanted to read my book tonight but got sucked into educating myself more on indigenous people. Again, it’s so important for me to understand people. There’s something in me that feels at a deep level of unrest bc of the way “my white people” have treated people for so many years. It’s not just an interest or a bandwagon or something I’m on- it affects me so deeply. I feel sick about it sometimes, I cry about it sometimes. The level of peace I desire for the world is unrealistic, but it’s very real to me and it causes me a lot of unrest. I think I’m midnight rambling now and I kind of want to erase all of this bc I feel like I’ll be misunderstood, but I’m going to try to get over that since it’s you I’m talking to. Basically just to say I can’t let this topic go because it stirs deep emotions in me.
      I’m falling asleep on the couch... so I guess that’s all ;)