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siblings (a delayed post)

(I just came across this draft that i wrote in November 2,  2016 and i dont think ever published! what a gem! also just realized that jackson still wears like all of the shirts he has on in these pictures from 2.5 years ago! )


I’ve actually been a little surprised by how quickly I’ve had to remind jackson and maggie to share, get along, etc.  But watching these two siblings is one of my greatest joys.  They adore each other.  I’m excited to get to observe this relationship and watch it grow.  I pray that they would always be great friends as my sisters are for me.  These two – they are the best thing.

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Jackson at 9.5

On May 1st we celebrated Jackson’s half birthday with some chocolate cake.

Sidenote: It is (sadly for me) a sign of the times lately that the blog posts I want to write take approximately 2.5 months to think about, begin, and complete (ie Willa’s 7 month post??)  But I am determined to continue documenting our crazy, stressful, tiring, always-changing, beautiful life and I realize that a few months off doesn’t really matter.  So yes, I am going to let them have a little bit more screen time at the moment to at least finish this post.  (🤞 )



You’re halfway through your tenth year of life!  You’ve been ours for about a decade and it’s been incredible.  Things about you right now that I want to hold onto are:

  • how absolutely incredible you are as a big brother to your sisters.  you love them so much.
  • you’re so curious
  • You’re a reader (!!!)
  • you love to listen to books (right now it’s Lord of the Rings) and play with legos in your room
  • you love to ride to school with your dad while either listening to trivia/jokes on the radio or books
  • you’re wrapping up 3rd grade!
  • you just finished a soccer season (with no broken bones!) and you really grew as a player.  you play soccer almost every day at recess and i think it has really helped you to improve.  you have more confidence and its been so fun to watch
  • you have helped me learn to throw a football and you love to play catch
  • you eat a lot of cereal
  • you still sleep like a rock
  • you love to pass the soccer ball or the football (you have a pretty good spiral!)
  • generally optimistic about our upcoming move

I want you to know that, I am so proud of you.  So grateful for you.  You are kind and thoughtful.  You are sensitive and understanding.

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(J’s first time riding in the front seat with me.)

I love one-on-on time with the kids and it’s hardest to come by with the firstborn.  The other day I got to take him to practice (with Willa in tow) and I let him ride in the front seat and we went to the store together on the way home.  When we got back into the car after the store he even said, “that was so fun”.  As in grocery shopping!  But I completely agree.

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Our Jackson received two awards last week, AB Honor Roll and Math! We are so proud of you Jackson.

2018 in Review

I’ve said for a long time that I don’t really like New Year’s.  I realized that I don’t especially like going out on New Year’s Eve but I LOVE the New Year.  I love thinking of exciting and fresh goals for the year and so far this year I have particularly enjoyed looking back on 2018.  It wasn’t necessarily a significant year for me “goal-wise” but  I did grow and give birth to a third human, so there’s that.  This year will definitely go down in the books as a big one for us.  The year four suttons became five.  Maggie learned to swim and spell her name.  Jackson played basketball and had not one but two casts!  We played in the snow, hiked in the mountains, swam in the ocean, played at the Y, went to parks, painted, read, went to the library, played with our neighbors.  It was a year of baby prep and baby cuddles.

Can’t wait to see how these three grow and surprise us in 2019.


Our first glimpse of Baby #3.


We enjoyed some snow


Maggie and Jackson found out they were having a baby SISTER!

Jackson finished his first basketball season


We found out we were having a girl!



Baby Grew


We went to the mountains for spring break with the Craigs and Cormiers.  Our longest trip to the mountain house so far and we had a blast.  We even went to Grandfather Mtn.

Jean’s birthday celebration at the Durham Bulls


Mother’s Day

Jackson got his cast taken off!

Father/son backyard Campout




Finished 2nd Grade!

The beach!


I celebrated my 33rd birthday when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby!

Baby girl kept growing

Summer fun with the cousins

We got some culture at the art museum


Jackson flew to Louisiana with Jean and the cousins!

Last (of many) pool days

Maggie became a ballerina for a day

3rd Grade!

And…..a broken arm


Baby Willa arrived at last!

Hurricane sleepover in Durham


Daddy’s birthday with all 3 kids!

Maggie Grace turned 4!

Baby Smiles

Jackson got his cast off and learned to change a diaper!

Willa’s Sip N See



Our boy turned 9!

Willa give us a scare

Thanksgiving in Goldsboro


Snow! (and lots of sleet and rain)




New Year’s Eve Charcuterie and Coloring (and bedtime by 9:30!)

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