I just cannot believe my eyes. You are so grown-up and beautiful on the inside and out. Oh how I love your full red lips, your soft curls, your sweet high-pitched voice. Brayla, you are everything this mother could hope for in a daughter and more. You're strong, curious, creative, independent and brave. Your love is powerful and your forgiveness neverending. Joyous song flows so easily from you. I SO wish I could bottle your youth and energy.
What an amazing helper you've been to mommy as you've learned to do so many jobs around the house. And what an outstanding big sister you are to Brandon and Brighton as you often help keep them safe and content as mommy sometimes juggles more than she can handle each day. It's so nice to be able to depend on you--to trust you.
Some day you will understand how breathtaking (and yet heartbreaking) it is to see your own child's transformation happen so quickly. I am astounded to think just how quickly 5 years have come and gone. It seems only yesterday that you slept peacefully at my breast. But LOOK AT YOU--in all ways you are so lovely, my child.
You will always be my baby, sweet Brayla. Mommy loves you longer and longer...
I’m a joyful woman who wears many hats, including: wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend, teacher, librarian, and follower of Christ. I’m also an ex-public school teacher turned SAHM turned unschooling mom. Our little midwestern family is tremendously grateful for the liberties we have to home school, homebirth, breastfeed, co-sleep, baby wear, non-circ, delay or not vaccinate, and utilize non-punitive, grace-based discipline. We work hard to keep up with the ins and outs of healthy living. It was painful, but we took the red pill and still continue to find new truths daily. I teach just a few short-courses for the local college each year, read and write book reviews and blog on the side. And if you must know, I have an undergrad in music (BA), a masters in library science (MLS), and a masters in educational technology (MEd).