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We want you to meet them!! So, this post is about these most important children in our lives!!
At age 4, she is a little more reserved. Welcoming Cameron’s lead, she is always at his side, taking a more cautious stride to life. But this picture, taken by yours truly, and quite possibly my favorite picture ever [No offense, Nate!], displays her gorgeous head of red hair, to match her fiery Irish personality. Adding defiance and stubbornness to her tenderness, makes her the perfect ‘Sweet & Sour’ mix.
…is her Mom, Kate’s, biggest helper. Being the oldest she cares for her two little brothers like they were her own. While babysitting the other day, I even heard Baby Nate refer to her as ‘Mom.’ As this picture depicts, she is the sweetest thing around. Her greatest talent in life is to adore everything with kindness, including animals, dolls, grandparents and even children with special needs. Her artistic ability is in close second.
… is so enthusiastic about everything! I’ve never seen a child light up like he does. He is so TENDER and sensitive, while still being tough and mischievous! I wish I had his easily excitable nature. Everything presented to Ben in his life is: “WOW!” “COOL!” “YAY!”, with his classic wide eyed, open-mouthed expression. It was said of him: “To know Ben, is to love him.”
While looking totally angelic in this picture, “Happy Feet” here is actually a feisty little guy. He can never stand still, and if he is ‘walking’ somewhere, it’s never a simple ‘walk’. Its a hop, and a skip, with a jump or a heel click at the end. He is athletic and tough, surely the family’s sports star. Lightning McQueen is his best friend.
… is the classic ‘cool big brother’, though never TOO cool. He is so sweet with his little sister and protects and includes her. He NEVER tires, always full of energy, and he is almost too intelligent for his own good. Matt is perfectly well rounded.
Our blonde-hair, blue-eyed buddy here is Matt’s side kick. They are inseparable and get along fabulously. He matches Matt in energy and daring. Although more sensitive, his beats everyone in determination. In the misfortune of a bonked head or a scraped knee, he handles it with a smile.
‘Fearless’ is the first word that pops into my mind when I think of this exuberant 2 year old. She has no trouble keeping up with her older brothers. She has a mind of her own, and I am so excited to see what this “Go Getter’ does with her life. She keeps her parents on their toes.
We absolutely adore them and long to live near them all. They make our lives so much more beautiful than they already are. Stay tuned because two of our sisters, Kate & Brooke, are pregnant!! Can’t wait to add two more girls to our list of NIECES!
“Who are these children coming down, coming down? Like gentle rain through darkened skies, with glory trailing from their feet as they go, and endless promise in their eyes.
Who are these young ones growing tall, growing strong, like silver trees against the storm? They will not bend with the wind or the change, but stand to fight the world alone.
Rising in their might, to win the battle raging in the hearts of men. Strangers from a realm of light, who have forgotten all, the memory of their former life, the purpose of their call.
And so they must learn why they’re here and who they really are.
They must learn why they’re here… and who they are.”
Meet Gio and Gucci… our sweet little joey’s! [below]
*Sigh*… what a wonderful life.
After all is said and done… I still ended up with a wet bum.
(The bathroom mat was still wet from my morning shower). : )
Honestly, IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER!!! Because tomorrow I’m on my way to FINALLY be with Nate again!! It’ll be the best day ever! If you don’t hear from me in a while, it’s because we’re still working on getting internet in our new HOUSE! Wish me luck! It’ll be the most suspenseful, anticipated 4 1/2 hour drive till I finally get home.
Boise Beware! Here we come!!
See Nate’s Photography site for some more…
It was good to be home, but adjusting was interesting. I got busy immediately working, remodeling our attic and helping the missionaries, which seemed to be a manifestation of denial. I missed my name tag.
I did, however, bump into ELDER HOLLAND at a Young Single Adults conference. He served in Chile as the Area President for three years. When I informed him of my recent return from my mission, he grabbed my face in his hands, gave me a kiss on the forehead and said: “Then you are one of mine.”
In the meantime…
… Nate was busy saying goodbye to Africa. He was beloved by all who met him. As you can see from the expression of the gentleman in the front, they were not yet ready to let leave one who had served and loved them so selflessly.