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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Ava-Bo

Dearest Ava-Bo,

I waited until today, your birthday, to sit down and write your annual birthday letter.   There are so many things I want to tell you over and over again.  But first and foremost, I want you to know I am so proud of you and today my heart swells with pride.  This weekend, you gave up celebrating your birthday weekend at home with your friends and family to go out of your comfort zone and play with a coach pitch softball team.  Not only was it your first time to play an 8U softball game, but it was with a team you had not practiced with before.  You overcame your fear, your anxiety and nervousness, only to be put into a situation that no child should be put in.  You were told you weren’t good enough.  Maybe not in words, but in the actions of an adult.  When they found out you weren’t 8 but just now turning 7, they based your ability to play on your age and not your talent.  They gave you only a few chances to play and you showed them you could despite what they thought, even scoring the game winning run in one game.

Despite your hustle, ability to hit and play, they refused to get over your age.   You could have quit.  You could have cried.  You could have been upset (like many of us were), but instead, you taught us all a lesson.  You showed them, you were better than a number – you had class.  You showed us all, even if they didn’t believe in you, you knew you could do it anyway and it was their loss.  Every inning you put on your gear, stood in front of the dugout and made them have to tell you to sit down on the bench and not once did you shed a tear or give up.  You lead cheers in the dugout, you danced, you smiled and you killed them all with kindness.  This weekend, you reminded us all, when faced with a challenge don’t walk away from it but stand up and show them how it’s done with dignity and a smile on your face.  You, Ava Ruth, may only be turning 7 but you are an old wise soul and today you made an impact on more than one person and I am so very, very proud to call you mine.

The maturity you have gained this year all culminated in this one weekend.  You have grown so much both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  You have conquered fears of the unknown and excelled in school and sports.  You daily exhibit the love of Christ to all you meet.  Your tender heart just melts me every day.  And I can’t help but thank the good Lord daily for picking me to be your Momma. 

Happy Birthday Ava Ruth – may you always believe in yourself even when others don't, share your beautiful smile with everyone around you and never ever lose the mischievous twinkle in your eyes.
With all my heart –

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Be Pretty

Ava always asks me to leave her messages on her chalkboard by her bed - today, I told her to be pretty.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

A new Kitchen

We scored a good deal off the Buy Sale Trade page on Facebook and the girls doll house officially has a kitchen! 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Aggie Softball

Saturday, we went to Aggieland.  Voluntarily!  Crazy right?  But some of the girls from Carli's softball team were going to watch the Aggie's play Oklahoma State and asked if we wanted to go.  We were surprised with the girls said yes!  So we went.  The car ride there was the longest part of the trip but we managed with a pit stop or two and a whole lot of singing and finding tractors and cows for Drew!

I was very surprised that the girls actually watched the game.  It was a good game to watch.  Lots of hits and plays.  The Aggies run ruled Oklahoma.  And I have to admit, the Aggie softball girls did an amazing job of making the time and effort to meet their little fans.

After playing an awesome game, they came out of the locker room and were bombarded by a crowd of little softball players. They each took time to talk to the girls signing balls and taking pictures. Our girls were in awe and as parents, we were so thankful to these older girls for not only being awesome players on the field, but awesome role models off the field.

So while we aren't normally Aggie fans, today we became Aggie Softball fans because these girls helped to make the game of softball a little more fun and real for our little softball girls!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just a Quick Pic

Let's take take a picture they said, we'll cooperate they said...and this was the only decent two of the twenty we took.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

A Ruined View

When our neighbor messaged us to say they were cutting the trees down across from our house, all we could think about was at least we were going to get neighbors out of the deal.  Turns out we didn't.  The owners of the empty lots in our neighborhood decided to clearcut the lots to get money from the timber.  :(  They'd have made more money if they simply come off their asking price.  So now our view is not so pretty and to make matters worse they just left the mess of stumps, limbs and branches.  It does not look pretty at all.  :(

The only bright note was that Drew thoroughly enjoyed waking up from his nap to sit on my desk to watch "Pa's" trucks work.  He is usually very cranky waking up from naps so it was a nice break from the usual 30 minutes of whining we typically endure!

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