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Our Ella Joy is 8!!

Can you believe that this beautiful young lady is MY daughter?!?! I can’t. We are SO SO blessed by Ella.  Yesterday we celebrated her 8th birthday here in sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, BEAUTIFUL Colorado Springs.  Her birthday wish came true. Daddy was out of Iraq and we were all together for her birthday! We had a simple, fun day together as a family.  I loved it.  I asked her what she wanted for all her meals, as usual.  She got the day off from homeschooling, but read 2 short chapter books anyway :)–that was what she wanted to do…Read, come along to Riah’s PT appointment with me, wrestle with Daddy, snuggle and watch a movie! I love this girl.  On Saturday, we did a birthday outing with Erin and her kids to the Focus on the Family Headquarters!! IT was so fun!! Ella, Caleb and her Daddy got to do their own Adventures

here. It is a fabulous, no frills, in depth study through the Bible!! The author is a homeschool mom of 6 and has come up with the BEST Bible study for multi-age levels that I’ve found so far.  It makes my day, every day.  The kids are loving it too! Last night as Ella had a little reading time before bed, she was reading out of Genesis 22:5   …God showed HER through HIS WORD this verse…”WE will worship and then WE will come back to you…” This was from the story of Abraham and Isaac…when Abraham was called to take Isaac up on the mountain in obedience to God…The LORD helped her to see this…that Abraham spoke out of faith, saying WE WILL come back.  She said, “How did Abraham know they would both be back??” Dave and I were SO encouraged to see how faithful the Lord is–how powerful His Word is and that He desires to reveal things to His children.  (Dave and I didn’t catch that awesome fact in Genesis until we heard it in a sermon a few years ago :)!)

Back to my awesome Ella 🙂

Ella is a strong and gentle leader in our home.  God has given her such a heart of compassion and nurturing.  She has a love for learning and especially for reading!! She loves to study the Bible with me and has memorized SO much Scripture this year through our home and mostly through her AWANAS group at church!! She is an observer and LOVES to make friends…she has the gift of making friends with almost anyone at any age.  She loves to teach and help!  I remember when I was pregnant I had a couple of other older moms tell me how BLESSED I

Since we’ve arrived here in CO, Ella’s spirit is more at peace again.  She is so so happy when our family is together and when her Daddy is here.  She has always had such an awesome relationship with him…which I am SO thankful for.

the Y has great Homeschool classes!! IT was incredibly awesome for us and something that helped us through the deployment and long days in our rainy land 🙂  Check out your local YMCA…it is so much more affordable than all the other ‘extra curricular’ activities I looked into…it’s especially affordable if you’re in the military!!  Ella also LOVES her dance parties, and most especially WRESTLE time with Daddy!!

I often think of how the Lord chooses our children for us. I could not be more in awe of His choosing.  I love my Ella Joy…she is our ‘deep Joy’ just as the Lord spoke to our hearts when she was still inside of me.  I praise Him for His gracious hand in her life and for blessing our lives with her spirit!!

I love you, Bug…you are beautiful to me…inside and out!! And, you’ll always be my Little One!


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