Thursday, July 30, 2009


We sure have gotten to enjoy some sweet babies this summer. Each and every year, girls, you get more and more captured by these precious creations. Here are three this summer that have gotten LOTS of attention from you. Kamry Layton

Lillianne Covert

Josue' Dominguez
I love having family and dear friends who allow us to be so involved with the lives of their children. You girls learn so much by observing and helping. I am so thankful for each of these new lives and the lives of upcoming new arrivals. They provide such hope and joy for the future.
Speaking of upcoming arrivals, we got the news yesterday that we are adding another BOY cousin to the crew... Wes and Camille received wonderful news of a healthy, baby BOY DOZIER. The boys are catching up, girls!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July festivities

We had a great 4th of July weekend this year. The older I get, the more I look forward to times for family to be together. Uncle Wes and Aunt Camille came over early to swim and have a little watermelon fun!!! You deemed Wes "The Best Uncle" award and gave him a medal, Caitlyn. He wore it with pride!

Getting a little sun!

Big Daddy and his girls!

Amy and Travis joined us this year...such a treat!!!

We attempted some fireworks, but the rain only really let us do sparklers. This has been the rainest and coolest summer I can remember. It was actually in the 70's this week...a record since the late 1800s for July. We aren't complaining...........

It was way past your bedtime, sweet girl.

Later that next week, you and Daddy got to go to Otter's first "Daddy/daughter dance", Caitlyn. Daddy and I chose you a new dress and Daddy picked you out a rose. You both had such a good time...we hope this will be a tradition every year. Next year, Daddy will have two girls to dance with!!

Oh, the days of summer..................

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Things we are learning.......

As always, we are to do new things, how to treat people, how to obey, what things in culture mean and on and on and on. These are just a few I have wanted to remember lately.

Let me preface this by saying, we are not shoppers. Well, at least I'm not. I have never really enjoyed it and I just haven't ventured out much with you, girls. I like to go in a store, get what I need and leave. Strange for a woman, I know...but that is me. Caitlyn, you, however are showing true signs that you will be a little fashion bug. You LOVE clothes. You love dressing up, making your own special outfits out of household items, and you are getting very particular about what you wear.
Anyway, we went into Old Navy for me to look for a dress. The two of you were in awe at all the clothes. I think you walked around with your mouths dropped open a lot of the time! When we were about to leave, you noticed the mannequins at the front of the store and said, "Mommy, are those people?" pause.."I mean did somebody kill them and use their bodies?!" I just had to laugh...I love the way your minds think.
Later that night you were telling Daddy about our experience and said.."Mommy got such a pretty dress at Old Maid!" Now that would be an interesting store!!!

You two are also learning more about what Daddy does. You so enjoy hanging out with him on my half days of work. He often will let you do something at one of his flip houses. Some days you get to demolish walls, some days you get to sweep or wash windows. On this day, he let you each paint. You loved it.

Daddy thinks he is training his future employees!!!

I always love to talk to you about what you are learning in church. Your teachers send you home with cards for mommy and daddy to discuss further what you are learning in class and children's worship. It is such a good tool to help us communicate with you about what we believe and to let you ask questions. At this point, it is us talking more than you, but I pray you will be girls that question things and want to discuss issues surrounding spirituality.
Caitlyn, you have gotten very interested in searching for scriptures. We will give you a verse and you scan the index for the book and page number and then see how quickly you can find the chapter and verse. It makes my heart glad to see your interest being peaked. You are also getting excited about memorizing verses. I love knowing the word is being hidden in your heart already.

My sweet Caroline, you are working so diligently to learn how to tie your shoes. We have a neat book that guides you....since most all our shoes are velcro or buckles. You have gotten frustrated many times, but you keep at it. I am so proud of you!

Finally, we are learning about compassion. Oh, this has been a hard one!!! When I think about the characteristics I want you to possess as you get older, this one is at the top of the list. We have gotten to experience several situations this summer with other little girls that have spurred us to really talk about treating others the way we want to be treated. It is still so hard for even mommy and daddy to do this, girls. But it is a goal we MUST strive for. Sure, to make others feel special, but more than that because WE have been shown SUCH compassion from God. The older you get, the more I know you will come to understand this truth and I pray HE continues to give us life lessons to help us practice this wonderful quality.

Lord, help us be more like Jesus in the way we treat others. Help us to have compassionate and understanding hearts when we meet people that are not like us or that are a challenge to be around. YOU never put anyone in our path that we can't love and learn from. Help Daniel and I to model this in our own lives, so the girls have a living example. Thank you for your infinite compassion and grace poured out to us every day.