Happy 33rd anniversary, Mom and Dad Sturgis!

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HAPPY 33rd anniversary, Keith and Angie Sturgis!

Quite an accomplishment, particularly in 2014. We three kids have spent our entire lives reaping the blessings of your commitment to one another. We benefit from your example and your shared determination to stick together, through thick and thin, and we know enough to know that it’s far from easy.

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We admire and appreciate the qualities you demonstrate to each other… love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. As soon as I saw this image I knew I had to share it.

(I plan to follow up with more on this living example of love and commitment, but for now, please enjoy this picture of two of the happiest grandparents in the entire world.)

Love you, Mom and Dad. Thanks for everything.

Happy first birthday, Baby Genius!

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Baby Addilyn is a toddler.

She toddles.

A miracle, I’ve been saying, because for the first year of her life, someone has usually been waiting in line for their turn to snuggle her.

But.

She turned one year old on January 20.

Our baby genius is not so much a baby.

We celebrated with the entire family on January 26.

Pictured below: Aunt Danielle is sometimes tasked with naptime duty, wherein the Baby Einstein channel on YouTube is everyone’s favorite invention.

October 26: homeward bound

addilyn.9 monthsOur baby genius niece, Addilyn Ruby, will soon be nine months old and she’s going to take her first steps any day now.

I’ve averaged one flight home for every 6 weeks of her life and while that’s not nearly enough time to snuggle this baby genius, it’s a blessing to be able to visit somewhat regularly.

This weekend I’m flying home to see the baby the family, and, as usual, will be Instagramming away (my sister made the explicit promise, while pregnant, that both aunts may take “as many pictures” as we want).

Follow along on Twitter for the most fun – and wherever this weekend finds you, make it a great one!

Next up: Mother’s Day

As you may know, I’m obsessed with pictures (primarily of my pup, Puggle… but my new baby niece is quickly taking the spotlight). A supplemental obsession is Shutterfly, a site I use regularly for my Christmas cards. They’ve updated their iPhone app, making it easier for me to load my Instagram pics into my Shutterfly account.

Which means… magic. I designed Mother’s Day cards for the special ladies in my life. This one is my sister’s:

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View the entire collection of cards.

So. Make a note: Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12. It’ll be here before we know it! A word to the wise: design your cards now (see Shutterfly’s selection of Mother’s Day cards here). And/or purchase your gifts now; stick both cards and gifts somewhere in your home or office or car; update your iPhone calendar with the exact location of said gift and also with the date you need to deliver or mail the items. Or is that just me?

Oh, and another reason to check out Shutterfly, if you’re not already a fan?  They constantly run fabulous promos and freebies. An example: through tomorrow, 4/2/13, get 101 free 4×6″ prints with code 101PRINTS. You’re welcome!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies in my life. I’d be nowhere without you. (Note to self: MORE ON THIS LATER. FOR REAL THIS TIME.)

And – while this is not a Bible Thumpin’ blog (not that there’s anything wrong with that) I wanted to share this little bit ‘o scripture, which I came across this past weekend. I read part of Proverbs 31 at my Grandmother’s funeral – “Her children arise and call her blessed” – how beautiful is that?

 

Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.