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. And you see, as conflicted as I may feel at times, I am rarely ever terrified of getting caught. But I think I get it. It’s bc you look at life from your feelings (4s are in the feeling triad... but I didn’t need the egram to tell me that you look at life that way ;))... and 9s are in the gut triad, so I react to life from my gut. So that’s why I don’t really worry or fear things. I just know that whatever happens, I’ll reach into my gut and be tough and respond how I need.
    On a side note, I was upset with you the other night when you talked about being afraid of getting caught and getting disqualified... I didn’t tell you bc I know how you can’t handle the idea of upsetting me, and I didn’t want to give you a reason to feel like you had to come see me and fix things... and like usual, I worked through it on my own and saw your point of view and got over it. But at first, when you say things like that it hurts me bc I hear “My future and goals and life are more important than you and your life.” And it feels scary for me when I hear you say that bc it feels to me like you wouldn’t be there for me if it did all come out... that you would bail. But I get it. I know that choosing to pursue this path means you’re committing to life changes and an exposed life. So the stakes are higher for getting caught or being exposed.

    Does it terrify you more about getting caught when we are still talking on here? Or is the damage already done, so to speak? I spent a lot of time today trying to decide if it was truly possible to be “just friends” after being intimately deep. I’m not sure yet. The alternative (being nothing) feels horrible.

    And back to conflict... the conflict is never whether I love you. It’s what to do with love that has to be hidden. It’s believing you love me when it hurts. It’s wondering what the best way to love you now really is. It’s wondering when you told me I was your soul mate if you just felt that in the moment or if you’ll always feel that. It’s living with a secret my whole life.

    1. Mmm, living with a secret your whole is what drew me to you. To see (somehow so easily) that you were keeping secrets from everyone...that there was a thick layer you wore....that i wanted to know the real you....a sidenote...just finished what is the bible...please read it very soon...i want your thoughts on it...and i knew you were upset by that the other day...and i miss you...and i want to feel walls clothes on. Red.

    2. I knew as soon as I read the 4 chapter that I’d get a message like this from you some day

    3. Why did you think that?

    4. “Once Fours find this perfect someone or something they’ll pull them in until they get close enough to realize that whoever or whatever it is won’t fill the hole in their soul.’ Then the Four will push them away. Maybe they stop returning calls or showing up for things without explanation. But then when the same person begins to move too far away from them, they start to desire them again.”
      “More than anything else what Fours need are partners and friends who know how to ‘detach without withdrawing.’ ... You have to remain detached and let Fours do their thing until they’re done.”

      Pretty sure I read that and said shit... Don’t go through too many detachment emotions yet, alisha

  4. To be sure, I knew your personality before reading a chapter about it. If you remember, I’m the one who took the test, with many questions and many possible answers, and got the correct result on your type ;) I know you. But I think there was something about reading it in the book and realizing is is a deep set personality. I used to always think maybe it would just all change some day and suddenly you really would have too much of me.... for good. But reading that made me realize that you will always get to points of having too much of me and then you will want me back... always. That you will go dark- like really dark- but then you will spike back up the mountain again- always.

  5. So A love... I don’t really know what to do with you ;)