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Happy 7th Birthday!

Posted May 18 2013 11:42pm

Russ, Ally, Molly, Libby

Instead of one of my annual sappy, sentimental, weepy birthday posts, I think I'll start this one with my facebook status from Mother's Day...

I spent my very first Mother's Day sitting in the Sutter NICU watching my four preemies (31 wks & 5 days-yes, I still count the days) struggle for life. Everyone told us it was "impossible for all 4 of them to be healthy." TOMORROW THEY WILL BE 7 YEARS OLD... & are all currently sitting in time out. Oooh, how healthy they are! Lol! God is good & we are so lucky.

Hospital name tags by Nurse Shannon

Yup! That just about sums it up! Life with these four has never been, nor ever will be dull. They are each so full of life and so incredibly different... just as they always have been.

Russ, Libby, Allly, Molly 

Russell John

Our Oldest, Mr. Russell John, is a wild man! The phrase "all boy" never seems to do him justice. Despite being surrounded by sisters, he just can't help himself. He's rough and tumble and constantly "chasing his own tail." However, if I ever want him to mellow out, all I have to do is ask him to draw something. The kid has a crazy cool imagination and talent for all things art! I love to listen to him explain his creations and the back stories that go along with them. He's an entertaining little guy! I asked him, "what is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?" He replied, "playing soccer and spending dude time with Daddy." We girls don't know what they do, but they always come home on cloud nine! Russ also has a huge heart. He loves on his mama with a precious, unconditional sweetness that only a son could profess. His concern for his sisters is always on his mind too. He worries about them non stop and always promises to "make sure they are ok!" He's a complex kiddo who always knows how to make us smile. We never know what he's gonna be into next and he ALWAYS keeps us on our toes. It's really fun to watch him grow up. He's turning into a pretty neat kid!

Allison Ann

Our second born might just be destined for SNL. Her natural comedic timing is priceless and her cackle is simply contagious! She can make us laugh no matter what is going on. It makes it REALLY hard to be mad at her sometimes. You can often catch us turning our heads or bolting from the room so she won't catch us giggling. She is such a goofball and always tells it like it is. She is one of the very few people I have ever known who truly does not care what anyone thinks of her. She plans to be a "famous singer," when she grows up and sings day in and day out. Ya gotta love it. She's also quite sneaky and smart as a whip. We can almost always find her at the root of all mischief in the house. It's a good thing she has a HUGE heart!!! She's our resident "Mother Theresa." The girl worries and takes care of EVERYONE and EVERYTHING. She can often be found protecting rollie pollies & daddy long legs on the play ground or standing up for a friend who is having a bad day. She loves her siblings deeply and would do absolutely anything for them. Anything! The best word to describe Ally is, loyal. In addition, and we have NO CLUE where she gets this from, she is really into learning about saints in school. She LOVES to reenact stories from the bible. I'm telling ya, this kiddo is as unique as they come and we adore her! 

Ally leading a home production of The Birth of Jesus
(yep, that's Libs in the laundry basket as the infant)

Molly Lou Ann

Miss Molly may have been born third, but she is, and has always been, the leader of our little gang. Our sweet,  long-legged mother hen spends most of her days worrying about & caring for her siblings. The other three look to her for guidance and affirmation.She wears her heart on her sleeve and takes on the hurts and concerns of those around her. When someone else is sad, she's sad too. She's a beautiful old soul who channels all of her emotion into her song writing! No joke, she's quite the budding lyricist! Her words and melodies have heart and true meaning. It's very sweet. Often, she writes songs for Ally to sing. Once in a while they do a duet! Who knows, maybe they will actually take this act on the road one day. A natural born leader, Molly is also incredibly outgoing. She's always the first to make a new friend and has yet to meet someone she didn't get along with. I'm so proud of her gentle heart. When it comes to school and sports though, Molly is a perfectionist and crazy competitive. These things come naturally to her without much effort. She's not a fan of coming in second. So...we're working hard to explain that sometimes it's okay to have to work for something! LOL! Must be rough to be Molly!! God love her and that precious heart she wears on her sleeve for all the world to see. She makes me smile ear to ear.  

Molly getting ready to bust out her best Karate Kid Crane! 
So sweet when she sleeps... mostly plotting her world take over while riding a unicorn into the sunset! 
Happy Birthday, my babies!
Yes, you will ALWAYS be my babies.
I  love you,
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