four years of more happy.

Four years ago my life changed when I had my third little boy. It’s no secret to those who know me that I was thinking (dare I say hoping) that I was having a girl. When he arrived all smooshed face and wrinkly, let’s just say it didn’t take long for my heart to turn into complete mush over him.

My little blond haired beauty….I can’t believe he’s four. Such a big boy- taking after his big brothers, but still such the cuddly baby. I cherish this time.

Normally I do a portrait session for the kids’ birthdays since we don’t have “school portraits” in home school. ;)  I haven’t had a chance to do a session yet for Gabe, so these are just some recent moments in his life.

At the beginning of May we decided to try him out on a two-wheeler. All of our other kiddos rode before their 4th b-day, so we decided to try even though he had not asked for his wheels off like the others had.

Brett held his seat, went around a few times, and after a couple times of letting go and him falling a bit Gabe was tired of it.  I chocked it up to him being the baby. It’s really no secret that we have noooo problem letting him take his sweet time at growing up.;)

A week or so later Brett and I looked out the window to the scene below. We were a bit scared, but decided not to intervene. Come to find out Adin asked Gabe if he could try and help him on the bike. After about 5 minutes, Gabe was riding all over…..like a mad man!!

I’m so proud of Adin. For his loving heart. For his patience with his baby brother.

Playing outside, drawing, playing with friends ( below is Betsy’s Miles), painting, shooting baskets, and cuddling….these are some of Gabe’s favorite things. :)

Somewhere along the way this spring amongst crazy Ohio storms, tornado sirens, and trips to the basement, Gabe formed a habit of sneaking into his sister’s room for comfort. He just adores her. I adore how much they love each other.

Whenever Brett or I have a bad day, we scoop up Gabie and he just loves to love on us. On any given day if Gabe’s not playing, he is found like this:

From Priya, the brothers, to Mama and Baba….we are utterly smitten with you Gabriel. I thank God every night for the precious time I have with you. Can’t wait to watch you grow into who you will become, Lord willing.

So blessed to have you, little sweetheart.

yours ~mama & baba

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June 9, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Betsy - Happy Birthday precious boy!

Miles MISSES you so much! He needs a lesson in bike riding! So cool!!!

June 9, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Gabe - amazing!! really can’t say much else. happy birthday little man!! (oh and you..with a doubt..have the best name one could ask for :) )

June 9, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Shannon - So sweetness! You made me cry…

June 9, 2011 - 2:10 pm

melanie - dang time flies! hbd gabe!!

June 9, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Ashie - I cannot believe he is 4!! This post is so precious. Love you Gabey Baby (and love you too Sissy)!

June 10, 2011 - 8:32 am

Gail - If I didn’t already have every reason to adore your family, this post would pretty much seal the deal.

What a SWEETIE!!

PS – You know this already, but your kids are so beautiful!!!!

June 10, 2011 - 10:31 am

meredith - He is such a nugget of goodness..

June 11, 2011 - 11:38 am

lucy - happy birthday gabe…happy birthday to all beautiful years of you, precious baby boy!

June 11, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Donna - The photos of your boys – the oldest teaching your baby to ride a bike made me cry!!! How wonderful to see such love – kuddos girl, you are doing something right!!!!

June 11, 2011 - 8:48 pm

gina - such a wonderful wonderful post for your littlest guy. he is a sweetie and i always think of him as a happy little birdie taking blueberries out of my hand…nonstop;) xo happy birthday to you gabe!

June 11, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Char - This post makes my heart melt. Reminds me of my boys. I LOVE the way your photos capture so much emotion and realness!!!

June 12, 2011 - 8:01 am

Holly - i love that boy. such a sweet little flirt! :)

June 12, 2011 - 6:21 pm

Shannon Selim - I love the way you love him, it is so precious! :)

June 14, 2011 - 6:21 pm

patty - he is beautiful, truly.
happy birthday to him!

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