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Two going on fourteen

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R 2 Bday 3

My baby is two, and I can hardly stand it. Time speeds and overnight, your kid is an mini-adult.

We chose to celebrate Reese on a sunny afternoon with tons of family, friends, and a bounce house. Since we had not yet formally dedicated her, we decided to do so on this day. Family and friends held hands and prayed for little Reese Mae’s life. I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I watched our community gather around our family. Supporting not only us as her parents, but loving her and dreaming about who she will become and praying for the journey. They had much love to share, I am thankful.

R 2 Bday 4
R 2 Bday 2

We chose Colossians 2:7 as her life verse; which says, “Let your roots grow down into Christ and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done”. We also read a few dreams we have for her, taken mostly from Lysa’s beautiful post on 10 prayers for your daughter. She has one for sons too, check it out here.

R 2 bday

I think of Laurie praying for Drew (my husband) when he was two years old. I imagine my parents unexplainable love for me when I was a toddler, submitting me to the Lord and doing their best day in and day out. It takes a village, this parenting thing. On my own, I am weary. Even as I pulled into my driveway last evening, I waved to a family with a double BOB and a toddler throwing a tantrum right there in the middle of the street. It made me smile (haha, sorry family!) because I thought..we are all in this together. I have to catch myself from being too private, from doing it all on my own..because I WILL break, it’s just a matter of time.

So, thank you. Friends who have encouraged, listened, and understood. Family who watches our children and loves them as their own. Spouses who have taken a backseat and given relentlessly. Childcare workers, nursery volunteers, speakers at mom’s groups, the list goes on. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

(all pictures in this post by my sister, Haley)