Goodbye 2012

Dear Carter Jay,This year treated our family pretty good.  The only thing that would have made it better is if you could have been here with us, but since that can't was as close to great as we can get. As the year comes to a close, I wanted to share a few of my favorite highlights. we have so much to be thankful for ....more


Dear Carter,Well, it's that time again ....more

The Festival Of Trees - The True Spirit Of Christmas

Dear Carter,Have I mentioned to you how much I LOVE the Festival Of Trees?!?  I feel as though it happened so, SO long ago, yet it's been less than a month.  This year we decided to go ahead and try our hand at the large trees.  I think that we did a pretty darn good job for our first year! You were actually represented by seven, YES SEVEN! items that were decorated and donated in your memory.  Each year it ...more

My Club

Dear Baby Boy,Today was one of those days that stirred up some feelings that are kind of hard to describe.I realized that I'm part of an exclusive club, heck, maybe I'm even the president.  Nobody wants to be a part of my club, and I don't blame them!  It's every parents worst nightmare.  I don't even want to be part of it!  If only I had the power to change that ....more

Your Big Brother

Dear Carter,Mikey and I have this thing where we lay in his bed at night, and he reads to me.  A couple of months ago, in the middle of a Magic Treehouse book, he turned to me and said "Momma, I want to ask you something, but I'm nervous".  Considering that Mikey never gets very serious about anything, I was anxious to hear what he had to say.  "Would it be OK if I did my own tree for Carter ...more

Your Girl!

Dear Carter, Wow, you are so lucky baby boy!  You have a sister that loves you with all of her heart.  I used to worry that she would forget you because she was so young, but she hasn't seemed to at all.  In fact, she talks about you all.the.time.  She draws you pictures all.the.time. And so, whenever she has a chance to do something for her baby brother, this girl is a ...more

Three Little Birds

The Third Christmas

Dear Carter Jay, It seems as though the days are just flying by!  Your brother and sister are growing so fast, and with each and every day that goes by, I realize that it makes it that much longer since I last held you in my arms. It occurred to me to ...more


Dear Carter, I'm going a little backwards here on my journaling, so bear with me while I catch up .... ....more

Your Beautiful Trees!

Dear Carter,   Well, I just got back from a week's trip without your brother and sister.  I missed them soooo much, and couldn't wait to get back home to them.  I'd been looking forward to this trip for a very long time, and now that it's over, I feel like it's time to get into tree making mode.  I've got lots of posts scheduled about the trip and all of the goings-on of our family, but for today ...more