So I’ve really been slacking on keeping this blog updated, but holy haircut! She’s looking like such a little lady now!!!!

Winter wonderland. Missouri. Home. Family. Sigh

Winter wonderland. Missouri. Home. Family. Sigh

And so it begins…Um, when exactly did my child get old enough to express her interests and, like, take ballet classes and stuff??  Loving it, though!!! :)

And so it begins…Um, when exactly did my child get old enough to express her interests and, like, take ballet classes and stuff??  Loving it, though!!! :)

It never occurred to me that this might be strange: My toddler, ever since she could form a sentence, has never had to be put or forced to bed.  Yes, we read books and tuck her in, but she usually goes to bed on her own accord.  For instance, tonight, at 6 p.m., she told us she was tired and she’d like to go to bed.  So, we put her to bed. Not a strange occurrence at all here.  Wonder if it will last…

On teaching the important stuff.

Mommy takes Sadie to public restroom.  There’s a line.  We end up in line behind a Muslim woman covered from head-to-toe (including veil across the face).  

Sadie: “Look, Mommy! It’s a scary ghost!”

Mommy profusely apologizes to lovely Muslim woman, who thankfully laughed it off, and even lifted her veil to give Sadie a big smile.  

Mommy then proceeds to try to explain to a 3 year old that she was not in fact a ghost, but a very nice woman.  And some women like to wear long dresses every day.  Ummm, how do you really explain that to a 3 year old? I feel like I bombed that one!  Time to start talking about the beautiful differences in all people and acceptance of said differences, I suppose! Never too early, right?!?!

Dear Sadie.

Dear Sadie,

Try everything. Even things you think you wouldn’t be good at. Because you just never know when you might stumble upon that amazing thing that is both something you love AND something you’re good at.  

In the past, I’d have laughed at anyone who might have suggested I should become a photographer.  I’ve never been much for creativity.  It’s just not my thing—I was more of a stick figure gal in art classes growing up.  And, well, how can you be a photographer and not be creative?  At least, that’s what I’ve always told myself…

But, little by little, I’ve picked up that camera and been quite surprised at what I’m able to pull out of it at the end of the day… 

So here I am.  Practicing away in South Africa.  To make a new dream come true for myself.  I’m not ready yet, but I am proud of how far I’ve come.  And that feels fantastic!

Try everything.

Love, Momma

This is fun for Sadie.
See also: Curly hair. She asked me to curl it for her before we went to her friend’s birthday party. That was fun for Mommy. :)

This is fun for Sadie.

See also: Curly hair. She asked me to curl it for her before we went to her friend’s birthday party. That was fun for Mommy. :)

One of my favorite things about the iPad….Your look of determination when completing Minnie Mouse puzzles on it.  You are a puzzle girl through and through, and it simply amazes me the speed at which you can finish them!  
Loving the little moments today…

One of my favorite things about the iPad….Your look of determination when completing Minnie Mouse puzzles on it.  You are a puzzle girl through and through, and it simply amazes me the speed at which you can finish them!  

Loving the little moments today…

Mom, I need some leg room!
— Sadie, the 3-going-on-13 year old

You’re such a lucky kiddo! At age 3, you’ve already seen more animals in the wild than I can list….This game drive was especially fun, because we got to experience it with Grammy and Papa! Rhinos, kudu, zebra, buffalo, springbok, monkeys, lions…..Fun, fun, fun!!!

Christmas traditions have never been SO FUN! :-)

Christmas traditions have never been SO FUN! :-)

Sadie’s “new” playroom in South Africa….Given the limitations of re-doing a room in a rental home, I think it turned out pretty nicely.  She LOVES it!

Happy 3rd birthday to the most amazing child I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  You are going to do great things with your life, I just know it! To say I’m proud would be quite an understatement….ALL MY LOVE, MOMMY