I rarely share “life” stuff here – I try to keep this blog mostly focused on crafts.

But I wanted to thank you for Colin’s birthday wishes and share a few photos.

I am in *love* with this shirt that my friend Amy Tan made for his bowling party. Isn’t it perfect? He loved it, too. The party had glow-in-the dark bowling, and he was tickled that the “5” and bowling pin glowed…

(If you are interested in having a cool shirt made, you can contact Amy HERE. She is a gem. I have been incredibly impressed by everything I have received from her.)

These two not only look alike, but act alike, too. I am thankful for that…

And me with my little dude. I am smiling big time because we survived his party, as *very* stressful as it was. (30 kids bowling? Eek. Thankfully, I had lots of help.)

One of the best things about Colin’s birthday is that it happens every year on the girl’s spring break. So they were there when he was born (I prayed so hard for that) and is here for his party each year. We flew in Audrey’s best friend, Mia (in the middle), for the week. We like her so much, we plan to keep her. 😉

Oh, and for those of you out there that are scared of the teen years… there is hope. These girls are great kids and have hearts of gold. Yes, there are little bumps, but that’s because God isn’t done with them yet. They are wonderful – it is possible!

Love this family.

We have a few new winners. I have emailed you…

I will be back tomorrow with a crafty post. See you then.

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  1. I love the shirt and am glad you survived the party…I could not imagine the kids…eek would be an understatement 🙂

  2. He is the cutest thing, ever! LOVE that bowling shirt.
    No teenage girls but I am surviving 3 boys quite well. God blessed me with awesome kids, not perfect, just good people!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Yay for surviving the bowling party! The pics of your family are so peaceful! I’m personally terrified of teenage years (one reason we only have a dog!) so I’m so so so happy to hear it’s not all scary! Thanks for sharing *life* stuff with us!

  4. Jennifer:
    Darling pics…and let me tell you, you are a far better mother than I could ever be. Hugs to you for your fine and loving heart…you inspire me to be a better person.


  5. Jennifer, You have such a beautiful family! Thank you for taking the time to share a peek at your family and your personal life. Its wonderful to see all of the great smiles. Colin is so cute and I hope he had a fabulous birthday!

    I want to also congratulate the 2 winners that you listed at the end of your post. Way to Go Lucky Ladies!!


  6. This is such a beautiful posting Jen, I love that you took the time to share this with us..such beautiful photos too. Glad you all survived the Bowling Party and most importantly that the whole family were together..Hugs!

  7. Congrats on a party that sounds like it was fun for all! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful family! Congrats to the winners!

  8. I love when you share *life* stuff. You truly are blessed, and the beautiful part is, you realize it. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time. Love Colin’s shirt! He seems to get cuter with each passing year! What a treat to be able to have the girls there too! Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer! 🙂

  9. Happy birthday Colin, love your shirt!!!
    But I’ve gotta say – Mia’s shirt rocks too! That one made me laugh :):)
    You’ve got a great family – thanks for sharing little snippets of them with us 🙂

  10. so very cute that shirt… glad u had help! I did a bowling party with 16 kids ONCE…. told my son NO next time lol… then did 20 swimming! we are nuts! great pics.. ty for sharing…and congrads winners!

  11. We call family members like Mia, intentional family, they make the best family members. Thank you for sharing these memories of your family. It’s fun to see the more personal side of things once in a while. I (I’m sure I’m not alone) see so much of your work it feels as though we know you more personally, its nice to see your other more important works of art 😀

  12. Oh I love those photos Jenn and Colin looks so darn cute in that sweet bowling shirt. I’m glad you survived his big party – phew! I know what you mean about teenagers….I have 2 – son 17 and daughter 15 and I absolutely love having teenagers….more so than when they were younger so that’s saying something huh:-)))

  13. What a great shirt and how lucky for you that you that you had the girls to help you. Colin is one lucky little boy – BTW – Happy Birthday Colin!

  14. You have a beautiful Family Jennifer! I love the pic of you and Colin together. (he’s such a cutie patootie!)
    Thanks for letting me know about the win! I emailed you!!

  15. Love the shirt! And you have the perfect attitude for dealing with teens – God is not done with them yet and with us either! God bless!

  16. Oh, to be 5 again! What a special time for all of you. So glad the party went well. What clever bowling shirts!

  17. So glad you all were together to enjoy celebrating Colin’s 5th birthday. That makes it really special. When I looked at the photo with he and his dad together I thought he looked just like his dad … but then when I look at the photo of Colin and you together – I see him looking like you as well. 🙂 You are a beautiful family!

  18. You have such wonderful children because of the wonderful care and upbringing you have instilled in them when it comes to morals and values. My husband Steve and I have raised three (2 boys, 1 girl), all are in college right now and are good people because of the faith, hope and love we have given them along the way. Of course we have had our bumps too, but that is what life is all about. Learning lessons on the choices we make along the way. Beautiful pictures of your family Jennifer.

  19. I love your family!!!! I could take them all and keep them. So glad you had a great time!! Hugs to you!

  20. What lovely family photos! :> I see a lot of both you and hubby in Colin!!! :> Love reading how great the teenage years can be, although a way to go. :>

  21. Thank you for sharing your special family moments with us. You have a beautiful family, including your “new daughter!” Glad to see you survived to post another day. 🙂

  22. I love when you share your family with us, gives me hope for my little girl to turn out as wonderful as your girls.

    What cute photo’s of you all but Colin looks so happy, as he deserves to be:)

    Sharing your family is a blessing for us all!

  23. What a beautiful family!! Sounds like you had a great party.
    I love anything Tim Holtz makes….thanks for the chance.

  24. The photos of you and Colin, as well as the one with his dad, are great. He is so adorable i just had to write. Looks like you are blessed in so many ways.

  25. Your photos are breathtaking and that shirt is absolutely adorable. I love themed parties–Must be the scrapbooker in me. Happy to hear you survived and had a good time. 🙂

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