Saturday, January 21, 2023

Larkyn 5th Spiritual Bday


Happy Spiritual Birthday, Larkyn!

Every year on January 16th we celebrate that Larkyn chose to follow Jesus!  Traditionally, Larkyn serves the family by making the family dinner, we read through past blog posts about her decision for Jesus, and then she opens one gift to help further her faith journey.

This year she chose to make mini cheeseburgers, mini hot dogs, fruit kabobs, yogurt bites, veggie tray, punch, and ice cream sundaes!

This year she opened a devotional book called Made to Create with All My Heart and Soul: 60 Worship Through Art Devotions for Girls.  Larkyn LOVES art and creating and I love how this book encourages Larkyn in her love of art while at the same time teaching her more about the Creator's love for her.

Third grade has been such a growing year for Larkyn, dealing with lots of girl drama at school, increased homework, and learning more about the world (both good and bad).  I am so proud of how Larkyn is choosing to stand up for right (even when she is the only one making the hard right choice), love and pray for those around her, including her "frenemies", intentionally seeking out ways to show secret kindness to her siblings, and continuing to grow her her knowledge of the Bible and the Lord's purpose for her life.  It has not been the easiest year for her, but she is leaning on the Lord to help her through. God is working in her life and I am so grateful for all the amazing ways he is molding her to be more like himself and the ways she is seeking him.  I am so proud of you, Larkyn!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023



We took the week after Christmas and headed down to warm, sunny South Padre Island with the Kirkwood side!  It was absolutely beautiful.  We stayed in a house right on the beach, which made for gorgeous views as well as amazing walking/running/shelling/sandcastle building/biking just outside our house.  Highlights of our trip included being with family and the weather, as well as visiting a turtle rescue, going on a pirate cruise, taking sandcastle lessons, flying kites, biking along the beach, going mini golfing/go-karting, and eating lots of seafood!