My family has a few traditions. Usually the tradition doesn't start out with the mindset that it will become a tradition but it just does.

Birthdays are always a time of anticipation especially for my kids. Months before their birthday they begin planning what food they want, gifts, friends and what they want to do. My littlest's don't understand time or days yet. We often hear them ask quiet frequently, "My birthday today?" Our response is leading them to our homeschool wall's calendar to show them their name and balloons that represent their birthday.

In our home we ask the soon to be birthday kid what breakfast, lunch and dinner they want. The past few years the day before the kiddos birthday I get to have special time in the kitchen with them making their cake. We bake it together and then I allow them the decorate it with as much or as little assistance from me. Its their cake!

I have a friend that when I began to get to know their family she would hang up a birthday banner the week of anyones birthdays. I LOVED the idea and anything that gives me an excuse to get my sewing machine out I especially love. I copied her idea and made a banner that now is hung up every week we have a birthday. I often turn the banner around after the birthday week just because I love having a banner hanging up in our house. Do you know we go 6 months with out a birthday in our immediate family? But for the 6 months we do have birthdays its every other month that we are celebrating. Our youngest is the only one who doesn't have a birthday month buddy.

 After making our birthday banner  I realized I could have done another pattern on the back saying Happy Birthday as well to change it up some but its fun to have an original and just like I teach my kids, "You make and design and learn how to improve." I am learning as a go with sewing and making things for my house. I get better each time I repeat a technique. I have been making a new Happy Birthday banner for my Etsy store but I put myself on vacation and well.......I'm still on vacation!!! I have a goal to someday (hopefully soon) to have a booth at a Christmas Bazaar, open back up my Etsy account, or sale from my home or Blog account. Right now though, my time is highly invested into my children and I often begin a project and I have learned now to be okay with it taking me 10x longer than it normally would.

What traditions does your family have? 

8, 12, 6

Beckham turned Eight back in November and Brooklyn turned Twelve just a few days after him. Then we went into Thanksgiving, Our Anniversary, Christmas, then next came Brinley's Sixth birthday followed closely by Dennis' birthday. Lets just say I fell way behind on updating birthdays or even getting Birthday photos done.

Beckham, your drive and determination are such a magnet that draws so many kids and even adults to just want to be around you. I have been so impressed on you taking initiative in projects around the house. One day I came home to find that you had fixed Brooklyn's closet door. You had screwed the door back on that I had fixed awhile back but had came undone once again. No one asked you but you saw a need and it was something that you knew was in approved tasked. You also were given the privilege of starting controlled fires in our fire pit. We love seeing your desire to help fix things and build things. I also love seeing you growing in God through your words and actions. Seeing your love for God warms our hearts more than anything. Continue to lead through God's word. Love you and so thankful to have a son like you.

Brooklyn, this is your last year before you enter your teen years. I'm not at all dreading those years but excited. You are becoming more of a woman than a little girl and I couldn't be prouder of the way you are growing in the Lord. I can clearly see God working in your heart. You encourage and bless me so beyond what I imaged when having kids. I love seeing how you are with your younger siblings. I know it's not always easy and we have had days of chatting about behavior, but I see you growing in your decisions and choices and leaning on God. I love who you are and becoming in the Lord. On a side note you are blowing me away on your creative cross stitch people and the gift you have on designing them for your friends. Love you and your heart and love that you are the one who made me a mom for the first time.

Brinley, you are so unique and fun to just be around. Your outdoor life, funky style, constant chatting or whistling reminds me of me when I was little. I know if I was your age you would have been one of my closest buddies. I get you! I see your tomboyish ways and I see myself as a kid. I love being able to connect with you in that way. Finding it harder to connect with girls than boys when you are a girl, I completely get. I love seeing you have a tender, soft side and how your heart grows when you see babies and animals. Your wild curly surfer hair fits you so well. You hardly hesitate on tasks but jump in determined to conquer and accomplish well beyond the original task set before you. I love your barefoot, tree climbing, bug loving self. I know God is working in your heart to by your actions and how your love for others is growing. Love you to the moon and back a gazillion, million times.