It seems like I barely blinked

Today is it, she is five. I can hardly believe that our baby is five years old. I can vividly remember my last night being pregnant with her. Waking up early to head to the hospital. One of my favorite memories was seeing those dimpled cheeks and loudly saying “look she has dimples” seconds after she was born.

ImageThe next couple years brought a whirlwind of first and new adventures but she learned and so did we here are a couple of my favorite pics.

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Days after her second birthday this picture was taken. Her face unknowingly summed it all up, change was already in the air.


Year number two brought news of a baby sister, a big girl bed, potty training and more fun.

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Then In February of 2011 she officially took on a new role


It was like I was dreaming two beautiful healthy girls, finally able to quit working to stay home with them life couldn’t have been better…

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To our surprise about 3 weeks before her 3 rd birthday this happened


Unexpectedly in a matter of seconds EVERYTHING changed. Over the next year we would: Live with grandparents, move into a new duplex, go to Disney World, start building and move into a brand new house. We never saw any of this coming. In an amazing and un-explainable way the next year although one of the hardest we have done, it was one of the best. We saw countless blessing after blessing, and smile after smile.

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We moved back home in April of 2012 almost one year later. Marissa loved the new house and her PINK room.


We were able to celebrate her 4th birthday at the new house, she started preschool and we adapted to more of the new normal together. This past year I watched her grow from a silly girl in the late stages of toddler hood into a still silly but more mature girl. It was amazing to watch.

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I can’t believe 5 amazing years have gone by.

With all of the ups and downs and ins and outs of the past 5 years I can honestly say I have NO idea what is next for us. But, I can finally also say I am okay with that.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future ~Jeremiah 29:11

I can find comfort in knowing that. And I know His plan is always good even when it doesn’t always seem that way.

Today starts a whole new chapter and adventure in life and we will take it one day and one step at a time.

Happy Birthday Marissa Renea, we love you to the end of the earth and back.