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Livin' the dream with hakuna matata!

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“You up for sushi and soda?”

If you’re out on the road
Feeling lonely, and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I’ll be there on the next train

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead


Hannah, remember that time we wondered around the Walmart parking lot for 30 minutes trying to help Betty White’s twin find her car? I remember both of us collapsing into our car and swearing to never be Good Samaritans again.

Do you remember playing the shadow game at night before we would go to sleep? We would turn off all the lights except for one lamp and you would tell scary stories while you made shadow puppets 😀  (clarification, this was when I was 5…not last year.)

and I really don’t expect you to remember this one, but that time we went to Colombia…it was my first time being there and I think your third. I remember standing outside of the showers with my 5 gallon bucket, petrified. “Either hypothermia or drowning are in my very near future,” I thought. But you came and assured me that hypothermia isn’t that bad, and that drowning was unlikely.

So today, on your 27th birthday, as all these memories came to mind I know one thing is certain….you are going to be the most kind, happy, and patient mom in all the lands. This little nugget that’s growing inside of you has no idea what they’ve been blessed with. As this little honey bear grows into either a boy or girl, I am completely confident that you will raise him or her to be the very best versions of themselves.


Let this baby be loved and teach them to love back.


And mostly, let this child be wild


I know this next year is going to be crazy for you, probably much crazier than you anticipated 😀 I just want to encourage you to enjoy every moment of it…that may be difficult now while you’re throwing up at the smell of …life. But once the nausea passes I hope that every preparation is an exciting adventure. Take time to rest, this baby doesn’t want a spasy mum. 😀 and most of all trust that God has given you and Isaiah this lil snuggle bundle for this exact time.


I cannot wait to see what this next year has for you, I hope it is full of not only lots of baby size things, but also an even stronger relationship between you and the Lord, and also with Isaiah. I hope there are so many moments of unexpected joy and adventure.

Hannah, you are one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me and I hope you know that your heart and soul are beautiful things to behold.

I love you to the moon and stars and way past Mars!

You are the peanut butter to my jelly, the sun to my summer, the Rory to my Lorelei, and the sweet chunks to my sugar butt. (Hm. Sure. ;P)


PS. This kid has no idea the adventures his crazy aunt Zanna has in mind for him.