Halloween Costumes = Family Fun (Part Two)

So, yes…

last year just happened to be my favorite Halloween EVER.

But how could it not be?

Gideon was in love with Davy Crockett.

My nieces were studying “Little House on the Prairie” in homeschool.

Amy’s parents made a covered wagon for us to trick-or-treat in.

The stars had obviously aligned for the perfect Halloween theme for an extended family of 10. Is it okay for a Southern Baptist pastor’s wife to thank God for Halloween blessings? Don’t answer that…

Anyway, Jerry, Amy and their 3 girls dressed as Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, and Baby Carrie Ingalls.

Our family dressed as a hodge podge of frontierspeople, starring Davy Crockett (played by Gideon), accompanied by his pioneer friend (who also doubled as Pa Ingalls friend, Mr. Edwards), his friend’s Indian wife (my very first costume repeat), and their two daughters. Our favorite part of this costuming was that Rebekah Sunday looked like the picture of a frontiersgirl who had been kidnapped in her infancy and raised by Indians, with her cornflower blue eyes and golden yellow braids. And I obviously read a lot of Christian fiction.

Truly, though. I have never in my life experienced such a joyfully fun Halloween, and I hope I never forget sitting in the back of the electric Mule watching my son and nieces being toted around town in a super-awesome covered wagon.

I seriously don’t know how we’re going to top it.

Actually, yeah I do. Halloween 2012. Coming soon to Mrs. Gore’s Diary…

The Birthday Girls

Although I have been singing their birthday praises all day long, I simply cannot let this day pass without saying it here ~

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two very special girls, Abigail Grace and Betsie Fair.

My niece Abigail was born on May 30th, 2004, and God used her birth to turn my life upside-down…in a good way. Her arrival into this world took my self-absorbed eyes off of myself and allowed me to truly begin living for others, an art I am still perfecting 8 years later. The moment I laid eyes on her, I was hooked, and I got a glimpse of what it meant to be a nurturer and a mother. Living in the room beside hers during my final semester of college, I learned to change diapers, I learned to make bottles, I learned all the special tricks to getting her to sleep, and I was a pro at keeping her out of trouble and keeping her tender heart protected. We were soul mates, the two of us, and we just “got” each other from day 1. She changed my life, and I will love and champion her until the day I die.

And because of that love, I was determined to give her an extra special birthday present last year, nearly begging the hospital staff to induce my labor when they said I could go home and wait a couple of days…

Abigail’s baby cousin, my own Betsie Fair, made her arrival late on May 30th, 2011, with 30 minutes to spare. We all rejoiced, not only because our precious baby was safe and healthy, but because Abigail’s oft-repeated birthday wish had come true! The two seem to share a special bond, and I think it will always be great fun for them to share their special day with one another.

My sister-in-law posted these photos on Facebook today, and it made my heart hurt and rejoice at the same time. I obviously expected to see how Betsie had grown in her first year of life, but Abigail, too? Life is truly bittersweet. But mostly sweet…

I don’t know how special May 30th is at your house, but in ours…

it’s epic.

Gideon is FIVE

While I have a minute, I want to quickly share some of the photos from Gid the Kid’s FIFTH birthday. That’s right…fifth. I can’t believe it, either.

As time allows, I’ll share more of what’s going on in this sentimental brain of mine – although I’m sure you have an idea of what that will be about…time goes by too fast, where did his baby legs go, I have a lump in my throat, yada yada yada, blah blah blah – but for now I’ll just leave it at this before I add the photos: I had a great time putting together this celebration.

The theme this year was simple: Gideon. Which translated into a random assortment of 5-year old awesomeness with lots of chocolate, lots of his favorite toys and lots of classic birthday gaiety, much of it inspired by pictures I found on Pinterest.

But one of my favorite things that happened this day was the impromptu photo shoot that took place at the party site. I was hauling the last items to the shed in our backyard when I looked over at Gideon, already dressed for the party, looking handsome as a devil, and decided to plop him on the table and snap away. The reason this makes me so happy is because his 5-year old pictures? DONE. Buh-bye Picture People…

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More birthday fun to come…