~Maria

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We have just had a ridiculous amount of fun this summer.  It felt like the most busy summer I can honestly imagine in, well ever.  I am completely exhausted just thinking about it, but so thankful for all of the wonderful memories. I’m sure I’ll leave a ton of things out but here’s my best

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In memory of Sophia’s first birthday in Heaven, we decided to do something sweet to help other families that may experience something like the loss that we had.  I remember in the hospital preparing to deliver Sophia and panicking because I didn’t even have a blanket to wrap her in.  I felt terrible to not

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Just checking in to say hello and let you know that I am here, we’re doing well, and that I’ll be back eventually!  I blinked and realized that over a month has passed since I last wrote here or really even looked at this site.  In trying to keep my priorities in check this summer

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July 6, 2013, was our dear Sophia’s first birthday in Heaven.  It is so hard to believe that a year has gone by already. Sometimes it seems like it was so long ago that we held that sweet little girl.  Other times it feels like it was just yesterday. I had no idea exactly what

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We have been rearranging and cleaning out the basement so I decided to move the school room to another location.  It was in the main part of the basement before and was a mixture of school and play things.  I thought that having a room specifically for school may be nice.  So, we moved it

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Meet “Homeboy”. Homeboy used to be “Fluff” because it was our cute little “exotic chick” that the hatchery sent us for free for ordering 25 chicks.  To our surprise, the free exotic birds are a straight run, meaning you get what you get, males or females.  We obviously got male!  We didn’t really have intentions

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We are coming upon Sophia’s first birthday in heaven and all that comes along with a milestone like that. Last week, Lilly and I were in the garden when we both noticed that one of our zinnias had opened.  We looked at each other at the very same time and just knew… This little patch

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We picked up our patio table and chair set on craigslist a few years back and I think we got a steal of a deal. However, having been a used set to begin with and getting lots of wear and tear around here, the seat cushions were getting a bit icky.  So rather than spend

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Apparently I blinked and 9 years flew by! I took it easy on myself this year and offered to make something Minecraft related.  The birthday boy was thrilled with how it turned out. I myself prefer cookies and scotch-a-roos over cake any day.

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As a memorial gift when we had Sophia, my siblings gave us a gift card towards a tree to plant in her memory.  We picked a Burgundy Hearts Red Bud tree and it was planted yesterday. It will be full of light purple flowers in the early spring and the rest of the year we