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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri



This week I was doing some organizing and came across some of the letters my kiddos have written me over the years.  I keep the older ones stored in a box, but had to add to it lately because of the girls.  But, for years, I have kept this one near my bathroom vanity.  It has faded over the years, but still lovely as ever.

Maybe it is the fact that this is our first Christmas without Jordan home, but I'm a bit melancholy.  Not in a bad way, but in a thoughtful way.  There has been a lot of stuff going on inside my brain lately; lots and lots of pondering over lots and lots of stuff. 

So, I thought I'd share some of my precious masterpieces.

 Jordan's Father's Day card, obviously.  But, below, is a heartbreaking card Jordan wrote when her brother and sister twins died.  She was so heartbroken.  It still makes me cry.  Jordan was only 12 years old.

I have a lot of letters from Seth.  Most of them are letters telling me how much he loves me and "Thank you for letting me off school today."  I must have needed many breaks while schooling him.

And apparently, Seth tried his hand at cross stitch at some point in his childhood.

My Jack was never much into coloring or writing.  I'm not even sure I could find a letter in my tub of Melancholy from Jack.  So, yesterday, as part of his schoolwork, I made him draw me a beautiful picture and a note.  Not a man to mince words, I got this from him.

If you know my son, you'll understand this is as good as it's gonna get.  I'll take it!  At least he made it look colorful.  It might just be my favorite.

Remember doing these in school?

I should have done one with all my children.  Any guesses who this is?  Yes, he is the one who never brushed his hair except on church days.

5 kind words:


These treasures are so sweet and priceless! I hope and pray that your first Christmas without Jordan is filled with joy, despite her absence. I hope you have a wonderful, Merry Christmas!! Enjoy your snow!


Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas! Beautiful notes! I should have kept more of those. Life is certainly different after they start to move out. Still good with lots of "new things" and "chapters", but different. I often wonder how life would have been had we adopted Haleigh earlier when the three older ones were still home, but then I remind myself that God's timing is always best. And, if we had adopted years earlier, it wouldn't be our little spirited Haleigh, and I know she was meant to be a part of our family!


How different this year will be without your brave Seth and Jordan. Thanks for sharing their precious notes! What a sweet time to reflect. I sincerely hope that you will at least be able to Skype on Christmas. I'm sure they are missing home right about now too!

Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!


Oh, these are so precious.


Love these, so sweet! I have the same thing, a teeny, heart-shaped "I love you Mom" note that is stuck on my bathroom mirror. This is the third house I've had it in. As my children grow older, the very best days of my life are passing quickly! (oh no, starting to cry!)

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