S: Abigail's 3rd Year! July 2012-July 2013
BC: “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley,
1: To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
2: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks | 2012
3: "Home of the free... Because of the Brave" | Let's Celebrate! | OOOOOOooooo! Aaahhhhhh! Ohhhhhhhh!!! | BBQ at Nichole's & Aunt Jo & Uncle Pat's too! July 04, 2012
4: Abigail's 2nd Birthday Party! Hidden Fields Stables ~ July 12, 2012
5: It's the little things that make life beautiful. | As a mother I hope that you touch the life of thousands of other people with the same happiness, care and love that you have touched mine. Happy Birthday to the best daughter in the whole wide world!
6: It was a great party! Pony Rides, Cake, Bounce House, Friends, Family, and lots of presents!!!
8: I asked for light; God gave me the sun. I asked for water; God gave me rain. I asked for happiness; and God gave me you.
9: The best thing about me is you.
10: Good times are even better when shared with Great friends! | Abigail you love to sing!! You stole the show at karaoke. It was Juliana's birthday but you & Kirstin decided it was your show. Singing the A,B,C's and Twinkle Twinkle.. Jesus loves me...
11: STRONG Women chart their own path, lead their own lives, & drive the course of history. | "The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children."
12: "Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be."
13: "The more you laugh the longer you live" | "Good times are even better when they are shared"
14: "A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows." | Best Friends!
15: The Best Summer!
16: Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
18: I promise you this: Many people will love you in your lifetime.. But I will always love you more.
19: Uncle James taught you the Monkey Face & you did it ALL the Time!
20: It's the little things that make life beautiful. | Remember, you are a Gift from God.. & who you become is your gift TO God.
21: The ribbons of your love are woven around my heart | God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Head you win, tail you lose.
22: There is a voice inside of you that whispers all day long, "I feel this is right. or I know this is wrong." No teacher, parent, or friend can decide what's right for you--Listen to the voice that speaks inside your heart, Abigail. You have a heart of Gold. It will guide you long after I'm gone. | On 10/23/2012: We added a new member to our family; Libby!!!
23: Always a New Adventure | At Work with Mommy!!
24: Fall is here!! October 2012 Pumpkin Patch! | "No one can do it for you, Abigail...Choose to use your wings!"
25: You & Kirstin claim to be "sisters". "A best friend is a sister destiny forgot to give you." | "Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."
26: Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" - Dexter Kozen | Kirstin & Abigail!
27: Halloween 2012! | Trick or Treat! | Abbey was a Bat Ballerina!
28: We went to a Pumpkin Carving Party with Angela & Nichole. You played with Lana & Bria..dancing & singing. On Halloween we went to church and you had a blast with the other cute kiddo's! The next day you wanted to go "trick or Treating" again. :) | ROAR!!!
30: "What I want most for my daughter is that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be. " November 2012
31: Trying to get a Family Photo was difficult!! Libby & Abbey would not hold still! LOL We had fun trying anyway. :) | "She who will learn to fly one day must first learn to stand, walk, run, climb and dance."
32: Family, Food, Friends. Give Thanks to the Lord. 11/22/2012
33: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy | As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy | Abigail: You are the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world. Your God is with you always... Do NOT fear because you are HIS.
35: On Mommy's Birthday we went to the Zoo with Uncle Joe! You fed the Giraffes & Sting Ray's. We had a fun filled day. | 11/26/2012
37: Christmas is about CHRIST!
38: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days | FUN Smokey Mountain Adventures!!!
39: A Season of Love and Laughter | Family Is The Best Part Of
40: For the 2nd year in a row, we spent Christmas in the Smokey Mountains with Uncle Pat & Aunt Jo. But this time..G-pa came too!! You got to play in the snow for the first time. You loved Dollywood & Dixie Stampede. We had a wonderful Christmas. Could not ask for more. You were even brave & went snow tubing!! | You rode rides, helped Aunt Jo decorate the tree & baked cookies!
41: December 21, 2012-December 26,2012
43: She's not just my daughter. She's my best friend. She's the reason I wake up, the best part of my day. I want to be a great for her. Everything I once wondered if I could do; Now I have to. | You were formed by God's hands, dreamed up in His heart and placed in this world for a purpose. Dream BIG..Change the world.. Don't let anyone dull your sparkle.
44: My daughter: I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence...along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully. I wish you adventure on your journey and may you always stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart and take risks carefully. Remember how much you are loved... I am SO proud of you!!!
46: Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” - Albert Einstein What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson | Uncle Joe turned 41 on 01/28/2013. We went to The Alligator Farm & all around St. Augustine to celebrate!
48: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
49: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? | You must love God. You must love yourself. You must love man. In this order, your love should be distributed or every relationship you have will eventually fail. | Valentine's Day 2013
50: "Rare as is true love, True Friendship is rarer." | Your first salon visit for some curls. You were adorable..sat SO still.
51: Never be too busy to write thank you notes to people who have blessed you. | February 2013 Bowling... You love it!! Hanging out with Kirstin & playing dress up & Princess.. you love that too!
52: Some Bunny's Having An Easter Egg Hunt | God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you." ~Billy Graham
53: Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise." ~Phillips Brooks
54: Giggles, Curls, & Tea Parties! | March 2013 Oh the fun we had!! Our photo shoot with Kirstin, Easter at our church, Easter Fun at Sweet Pete's, & Easter dinner & Egg hunting with Nana Corrine. You told everyone, "Jesus up from dead!"
57: All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney | Laughter is America's most important export. ~Walt Disney | We went to Disney again this year! April 5-8, 2013. It was even better than last year. You loved the rides. It's a small world seemed to be your favorite. The Character breakfast was really fun & you enjoyed that immensely. The water park at the hotel was a blast. You & Kirstin had a great time. YOU make me love Disney again! :) We did Magic Kingdom & Epcot this time.
58: We went back to Disney 05/31/13-06/03/2013. You were very excited. You saw fireworks, rode rides, and played at the water park. You "taught Kirstin how to poop" which was hilarious. The visit with the princesses was priceless!! I love the way your face lights up. It truly is Magical.
59: You love the beach! You use to be scared of the waves. Now you think you're an awesome "Wave Jumper". We spend a lot of time at the beach & pool during the Summer; usually with Kirstin & Sherry...sometimes Daddy & Uncle Joe too.
60: "We never know the true love of a mother until we become a mother." 05/12/2013 Mother's Day You made me a potted plant in a milk jug. I loved it! Best Mother's Day Ever!
61: You got your first BIG Boo Boo on Father's Day. 06/16/2013 Your Daddy was pulling you to the pool in your wagon & you stuck your hand in by the wheel. I was so freaked out but not you.. you were only concerned with going to the pool! We got some cream from the doctor. You are one tough girl. You hung out with Daddy & G-pa on Father's Day.
62: "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom." Abbey you share a birthday with America. That's wonderful & amazing just like you!! Be Proud. HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY ABIGAIL!
63: I woke you up with a cupcake & singing! Then we hung out with The Greene family for some fun, food, & fireworks. My BIG 3 year old!!! | "If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. "
65: July 6th, 2013 We had a Royal Princess Party!!! It was magical. You danced and played with your friends. We had it at our church. Everyone was sssooo helpful. Princess Mandy made a special visit for you. Happy 3rd Birthday Princess Abigail. xoxoxo | Abigail your birthday was awesome! First, Ms Wendy had a water-slide party for you. Then on the 4th we spent the day with Lana & Bria. You were not scared of the fireworks at all. You said "They are cause it's my birthday". Of course they were!
66: My hand is large and hers is small, And there is nothing on earth at all More important than the task That lies ahead of me, I ask For wisdom, Lord, that I may lead This child aright; her every need Depends on me. Be Thou my guide That I, in walking by her side, May choose the right paths for her feet. The days are swift, the years are fleet, Mark me alert in deed and word As we go forward, blessed Lord: Her precious clinging hand in mine, With always, Lord, my hand in Thine. | Hold my hand, I'll teach you the way to go....... | Abigail, you'll travel where my arms won't reach As the road will rise and lead your feet On a journey of your own May my mistakes not hinder you But His grace remain and guide you through This is my prayer Take His hand and go where He calls you to And whatever comes, seek Him With all your heart, in all you do This will be my prayer for you Father hear my ceaseless prayer Oh keep her in your care. Hold my hand, child, I'll teach you the way to go
67: July 2013 Dear Abigail, Another year has come & gone. You are a big 3 year old! Wow, it has flown by. However, I am trying to savor every moment. I am in no hurry for you to grow up. I love this journey that we are on together. Each day you make me so incredibly proud. Your kind heart, your giant smile, and your amazingly intelligent thoughts (for a 2-3 year old) blow me away. In these moments I understand God's creation. I love you so much it hurts. Crazy, right? This year has been a great blessing. You are growing taller, smarter, and becoming a little lady. You can recognize your letters & most of your numbers as well. You are learning some short Bible verses or Bible concepts at least. You learned that the Baptismal at church (or church pool as you call it) is for when "you ask Jesus to live in your heart". You are wanting to pick out your own clothes more & more. You get upset if I put anything on you other than a dress. It's really adorable. Ms. Wendy is "your other mom" & sometimes she's even your favorite mom. Ouch! But I'm glad you love her so much. I do too. You have wonderful manners. Please, Thank you, Yes ma'am, No sir, etc. You are slightly obsessed with Dora. It is all you ever want to watch. Cute show but driving me nuts. lol We did Disney TWICE this year. You LOVE Disney. The rides, foods, all the characters, etc. I was never that big into Disney but watching your face light up like that... I'm a Disney fan forever now. You & Kirstin love each other. It's a special friendship. I hope you two remain friends throughout your life. Who has a Best Friend (that's not family) since birth?? You two like to play games, fart & laugh about it, play Princess, & tea party too. You are FINALLY getting some real hair. You (& Kirstin) had your first hair cuts at the Magic Kingdom. Pixie Dust included. Now you have less of a mullet. haha! You are blessed to have such wonderful people that care about you. I was worried since my mom is gone. But you have SO many great people that look out for you. Aunt Jo, Uncle Pat, Uncle James, Uncle Joe, Grandpa, Papa Ray, All of our church family!, my boss Corrine and my work family, and of course your Daddy, Granny, & Me. You are loved. You are VERY independent. You get mad when I try to help you with anything! Even going to the bathroom. You are funny... you say "Look mom I did a big stinky!" I try not to laugh but it's hilarious. You are fearless. You want to ride everything and get very upset when I say "you're not big enough" for a ride. Being your mom is the most awesome job ever. God gave me everything when he gave me you. This world can be crazy & bad things happen that we will never understand. I don't want that to discourage you. God is with you through it all. Keep your eyes fixed on Him & you will be fine. I started keeping a journal for you this year. Trying to tell you all the stuff we do, places we go, funny things you say. I really hope I can keep it up. It's hard to find time but I think you will love hearing about yourself & our adventures. You are now into all the Princesses...prolly from the Disney trips. Rapunzel & Sofia the 1st are your current favorites.. but that changes daily. :) I can't wait to see what this next year has in store for us. I love you to the moon & back & all the way around the stars & forever & ever & ever!!! Bring on the 3's!!! ~ Your Blessed Mommy