A few days late, but my monthly note to the three I’m blessed to call family (which is below) is always a highlight to my month. It’s a blessing for me to recall the events we shared through the month, and to publicly appreciate my husband and children. I believe it’s important to remind those closest to us just how very important they are!

March 2016 Collage

To Bill, Alissa and Zach:

Happy April!

As we changed the calendar here at home, new pictures of our family appeared on April’s pages. Even though we’ve all probably seen these photos numerous times, there’s just something about seeing them again. Our smiles. Our laughter. Our good times. Together.

But with good times, also comes not-so-good times. We are just like any other family who experiences them. But no matter what we may be going through–good or not-so-good–we’re going through them together.

As I was praying for you three earlier this week, I was reminded how very special you are to me. I was reminded what a gift each of you are… to me and to so many others. You make being a wife and mother an incredible privilege, and a whole lot of fun. I thank God for you and for how close we are. I continue to pray daily for us and for you individually. I love to do so!

Bill, you inspire me. Thank you for leading our family in the ways you do. Thank you for leading by example last month with your healthy changes. And thank you for motivating me to keep going when I want to quit! When you get your mind set on something, you don’t stop until it’s done. I love that about you. I also love how you continually listen to me, encourage me, and build me up–just when I need it. Thank you for loving me and putting up with me. I’m honored to be your wife!

Alissa, March was a big month for you as you completed a goal for your upcoming trip, you started a new job, and you made some positive changes in your life. You encourage me as I watch you live your life. You embrace new things, you keep a positive attitude, and you build others up as you go. Thank you for being a great example for your momma! I love how you continue to support your family, especially your “little” brother. He looks up to you, and loves you more than you know. I may say this often, but I am so proud of you. I love you so very much, and I look forward to making more great memories with you as we share more fun times together in April!

Zach, I cannot believe you turned 19 last month! How can that be? When you were a little boy, I tried to imagine what kind adult you’d be, and what kind of man you’d become. You are far beyond what I ever imagined. You have blown every thought I had out of the water. You continue to excel, to shine, and to work hard. I’m proud of you for what you’ve accomplished, but more proud of you for who you are. Your example of doing one’s best rubs off on others… especially me! Thank you. I love how you don’t cut corners, and I am impressed with the choices you are making in your life. I love you so, so much, and I look forward to great times with you this month!

One of the many things I pray is for God to help us put Him first in our lives on a daily basis… for us as a family, and as individuals. May each of our relationships with Him grow stronger with each passing day, and may we always seek to do His will and not our own. I’ll continue to pray this promise, and I encourage you to pray the same:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Julie & Mom

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