July 03, 2012


Today I was looking through all of my past 4th July pictures from when the kids were babies until this year.  It brought tears to my eyes to see how much they have grown.  I cry as I write, "where have my babies gone"?  The kids are all old enough that there will be no new discoveries of fireworks, parades, and such this year.  But, I am however, enjoying the fact that they can anticipate and be excited for it all. I love that they are old enough to understand the meaning behind our celebrating and can appreciate our freedom.  Oh, how thankful I am to be able to reminisce on the past and have such lovely and heartfelt memories of my little family.  I have been so blessed.
These pictures were taken last Fourth July when we spent it in Bear Lake.  "Baby" is just discovering chickens.  

All dressed up in the coop.  

Happy Independence Day.  May it be filled with family and memories.  
I am going to now go give all my babies a big hug.
Thanks for letting me share.


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Hi, Steph~ Cute as a button~
Happy ~ Happy 4th

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Hello Steph! Happy Fourth to you and your family!
Your daughter is adorable! I know what you mean, they grow to fast. As a Mother of 3 boy's I often find myself wanting them to be little again! My oldest just turned 23, then I have a 21 yr old and my youngest is 11. Sigh!
Enjoy the rest of the week.


TheRustyThimble said...

Baby is so Cute Steph, Give them extra hugs. Time flies I miss mine being young.

Hugs and Have a Happy and Safe fun filled 4th

The Gingerbread Gem said...

Time flies, for me too! There growing up so fast.

Happy 4th! We should have taken our vacation a week earlier. I celebrated the 4th in Chicago (in 1997, long time ago)so I know there are lot of fireworks. I've never seen a parade before. I would love to see one.

Cindi said...

You are just the bestest and sweetest mom! Your girls are so blessed to have you! Enjoy your 4th tomorrow and can't wait to hear about all of the new special memories you made!
Be blessed!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Happy 4th Steph! Yes they grow so fast.Hugs and kisses while they still want to snuggle..smile..Warm Blessings!~Amy

Trace4J said...

Oh soo cute!
Where oh where does the time go?
Happy 4th Friend.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

steph, the time flys by! Enjoy your holiday! OLM

Holly said...

Hi Stephani! I am a new follower of your blog. My mom (Angela from Thru Nana's Window) sent me over to visit your blog and I can't wait to read more. Your little one is adorable. I am right there with you this year on the "growing up" part. My little girl is 4 and has "experienced it all" this year too. It's amazing how fast they grow up! Have a happy 4th!

Humble Heart Designs said...

Happy Independence Day, Steph! Your little girl is a beauty. Enjoy them as they grow. It seems that time never slows and they will grow very fast. Mine are 33, 29, and 18....Wow.
Be Blessed,

Raggedy Creations said...

Lovely post Steph. It never takes long for them to grow up. Hope you all have a wonderful 4th full of more memories.


Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Sweet post! Don't worry Steph....when your girls are grown up and married you will look at them and still see them as little ones--they will always be your babies! Mine are 37 and 32 and I still see them --Brian running home with his underwear on backwards (???)and Craig running through the woods with his white blond hair flashing between the trees-shaved head now (???).ANYWAY...moms always see them as they were when they were little! Enjoy the fourth with your beautiful brood!! :)--Jan

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi,Steph. I feel happy and sad too about my girl being all grown up.
Thanks for visiting me and checking in on me these past weeks. You're a special friend. Happy 4th.

A Primitive Homestead said...

They do grow up fast. All of mine have flown the nest but one. Happy 4th & Blessings!

Angie Berry said...

Oh girl, I know just what you mean with having 3 kids of my own. It's so sad to watch them grow up but with each "new stage" of their lives, there is something more to be excited about! It's so fun to watch them grow and learn.

Sheila said...

Hi Steph!
just getting home from spending time with our kids. Son and daughter in-love came from Montana. We all met in Victor, spending time with them all filled my heart. Seeing them as adults, the paths they've chosen and the grandsons is truly a blessing. I was thinking the same thing as I watched them altogether, "where have the years gone?" They will always be my babies......even though they get embarrassed when I refer to them as such! As I've said before, enjoy every moment with your sweet girls. In the blink of an eye, they will be grown and on their own.
Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy 4th!

Shannon DeMasi said...

Hope you had a great 4th! She's absolutely adorable! Everyone told me that they grow up fast and they were right. I can't believe Noah is almost 1!

Pendleton Primitives said...

Hi Steph! They do grow up so fast. I can't have any more little ones so I've been very conscious about slowing down and enjoying all of their firsts. We still have so many memories yet to make even when they are grown :)