Tuesday, October 07, 2014


Seven years ago today, our sweet Brinnly Ruth Ward became God's own child through Holy Baptism and it seems a fitting day to think of all that is special about her now.  Gracious as she is, she'll forgive us for not having this post done on her actual birthday. After all, her birthday month was filled with activity for this family--all 8 (!) of us. 

Brinnly has grown in maturity so much this year. Somehow our first "little sister" has become the go-to "big sister" for all of us.  She's eager to help, but fiercely independent.  She's usually the first one ready in the mornings although she would MUCH rather sleep in.  On Saturdays, she's been known to announce "you won't see me until lunchtime!" since that's how long she would ideally sleep. (In reality, 9:00 am is probably her best).  And just this past Saturday she took advantage of another sleeper-inner in this house, and cuddled up next to her dadddy before either of them were ready to face the world.

Brinn started piano lessons this year and her music filled our house with joy.  She's very new to it but making quick progress.  We are sorry that it's on hiatus for right now, but are hoping that she will pick it up again quickly once we get more settled in.  We are thankful for the music program at their new school and that we get to hear her singing voice in church choir. Her reading skills also took off this year and it is a blessing to see her cuddled up with a good book.

Brinnly-Bugs, you make us smile, laugh, and aim to be the best parents we can be for your kind spirit.  We love your style (purple! accessorries! fashion!) and your tenderness. We think you will be a great mom someday to all 11 of those kids, especially to your son who you plan to name "Bob T. Nutjob", even if that doesn't necessarily mean that you will get to live in a mansion and drive a limo.  Somehow, you would be fashionable in any gig. We love you bunches and bunches and are so thankful that God placed you in our family.