happy birthday elsa.

Last week we got to celebrate Elsa's birthday---she shares her big day with my Grandpa.
While one turns 7, the other one turns...well, let's just say he's not 7.

Elsa has been a source of joy since the day she joined our family.
I always say her theme song should be "Happy" because well, she's ALWAYS happy.
Her sixth year of life was made especially grand since the movie Frozen just happened to be made.  It's her favorite movie and everyone loves to tell her that she has a really cool name now (thanks to princess Elsa). 
When the movie came out, I told her "Elsa, your name is going to become so popular now, thanks to Princess Elsa!"
And then a few minutes later I heard her matter-of-factly stating to her little brother "Kohen, my name is going to be really popular because of Frozen.  And so is Anna and Olaf and Kristoff and Sven..."
Well, I didn't have the heart to tell her that those names probably wouldn't be so popular :)
We are so thankful that we get to celebrate with her...
Here's to a really grand 7th year!
Happy Birthday Elsa-girl!


easter verses.

Easter is only a few days away, and I love sharing what our family does for it.
This will be the third year that we have skipped out on the traditional Easter baskets and gone with a more simple, yet powerful approach.
You can read all about it here, but the main idea is that we pick verses out for each of the kids, for that year.  Those particular verses are prayed over our children all year long.  And then the following Easter, we pick new ones.

As I go through the year, I jot down verses in my journal that stick out to me...then it's simply a matter of praying and narrowing it down, what we feel like the Lord wants us to pray over each child.
This wasn't the easiest of transitions, going from Easter baskets galore to an egg with a piece of paper in it :)
But, I know eventually it will mean something.  My oldest son tapes his verses to the wall by his bed, so that gives me hope that they all will care about their verses one day!  I'd like to even incorporate this one day with their spouses...picking a verse out for them as well.
Praying for your children is a very powerful thing.

Like I said, you can read more about it all here, and see what it actually looks like.
And also the importance of praying for your kiddos here.