Happy Birthday to Our Julz-Bee!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 12, 2010

Today you turn eight. {Our baby girl is EIGHT!}

I remember the day you were born, like it was yesterday. The first thing I made sure of, seconds after I heard your first cry, was that you weren’t ugly. {giggle} Everyone present said you were beautiful. And, oh, they were right. You are beautiful!

Your energy brings joy to all around you.

Your smile is contagious.

Your laugh is like music to our ears.

You are beauty.

Happy birthday, Julia!


Happy 6th Birthday to You, Joshua!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 10, 2010


When Daddy and I look at you we see passion, drive, and great concern and love for your family. A love that runs deep. We pray that this, hand in hand with your love for the Lord, will guide your passions into service for Him, as you grow in Him.

You are focused and know what you want, hopeful, and eager to take on new challenges. Not to mention, a total goofball! It’s very clear to us that you have every desire to succeed in all that you set out to do, making you less than content with failure. Your winning spirit is truly contagious.

We love you, Bud, and know that this year will be one of filled with many good things! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Hugs and Kisses,

Mom and Dad


Seven: One More Than Six

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 9, 2010

We are proud to say that baby number seven is now dancing in my womb. God knew that our family was not yet complete and has surprised us with a most precious gift. There are truly no words to describe our joy and excitement, although I will say we are VERY caught off guard by this news.

“Children are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.” – Psalm 127:3

spontaneous stork


Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 17, 2010

I am still recovering from a magical time in sunny freezing-cold Florida at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, aka #DisneySMMoms… Home with my kiddos has never been so sweet!

Being one of the small percentage of moms attending the conference sans family (not by choice, mind you… I wish we could have afforded for all eight of us to spend a week at Disney World together), I was able to enjoy some fun girl-time with some of my fellow solo mom friends – Tara, Sue, Audrey, and so many more.

Plenty can be said about this fabulous conference/celebration, and I will get to all of that, but for now I hope you’ll enjoy a glimpse into my play time.

Disney Moms


I always regret not taking more pictures while with my friends at events like this… For more, check out the Disney Social Media Moms Flickr stream, a picture of two of my closest friends and me, and one of some lucky moms with Chris Brogan. Can you see Alyssa and Colin peeking from behind in that last one? Miss you already, girls!


Happy 4th Birthday, Ben!

January 31, 2010

Many hugs and kisses for my sweet and thoughtful, spunky blondie on his birthday! We love you, Ben!! Check out Ben’s first two years and year three – My, how he’s grown!

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Christmas, a Trip to the Dump, and a New Dog?

December 28, 2009

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve posted giveaways every day of this last week…. I hope you had a chance to enter each one. Even with all of my giveaways, I’ve been taking a vacation, of sorts. A bloggy vacation. But, boy… Have I been busy! Our Christmas was such a wonderful and joyous celebration. […]

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November 4, 2009

What happy and handsome fellas!

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Happy 9th Birthday Ethan and Zach!

October 24, 2009

I’ve told this story a million times. And I could tell it a million more. I truly feel that our story is an amazing testament to the Hand of God working in my life and the lives of my babies. We were created and preserved for great things, I am convinced! Ray and I had […]

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September 7, 2009

There is no place like home. But boy, did we have fun on our anniversary trip! The days we spent in the ports of call were certainly the most exciting. With zip lines and a river raft tour in Jamaica, snorkeling in Grand Cayman, and an Everglades safari in Miami, we had loads of fun! […]

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10 Years Ago

August 28, 2009

We became husband and wife on that squeltering August evening, ten years ago today. I vowed to love, honor, and cherish him for all the days of my life. We became a new family. Just the two of us. We began a journey. A wonderful journey. And now, ten years later, I love him more […]

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Happy Birthday Ben!

January 31, 2008

It doesn’t seem like that long ago… Everyone fell in love with you from the moment they set eyes on you! Our blue-eyed blondie! Happiness is singing praises to Jesus! Big Ben! The last two years have been a joy! HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY BIG BOY!!

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