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Everis // Six Months

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated 12 years of marriage. If someone would have told us twelve years ago that someday we would have four children, I'm not sure we would have believed it. Four would have seemed like a lot. And it is. In fact, I cried for a solid week when I took that positive test last April. Just that morning, we had been laying out our plans for the future and another baby was honestly not in my plan. Pregnancy is uncomfortable, birth is painful, and newborn sleepless nights are downright exhausting. But God's plans? They have been proven better than mine yet again. 

This baby girl has brought so much joy into our home. Adored by her three older siblings, and always ready to smile, she is simply a delight. The capacity of the human heart to grow with the addition of each child is baffling to me. You think with the first, there's no possible way you can love another child the same. Then the second comes along, and he's just as adored as the first. Then again it happens with the third, and now fourth. So yes, four kids would have seemed impossible twelve years ago. But goodness..I'm so glad that my plans didn't work out. 

Everis Anne Barker, you're pretty great.

Emelia // One Year Old

Tomorrow my baby will be one.  On Wednesday, just before a cold front came through, making us pull out our winter sweaters once again, we snuck out for a few one year pictures.  There was quite a bit of leaf eating, crawling away and looking at anything but me, but I absolutely love this age.  I love watching as she absorbs the world.  And just to commemorate some of her favorite and not so favorite things, here's a little list:

Likes: Brother and sister, teddy bears, bananas, broccoli, clapping, dancing, smiling and snuggling.

Dislikes: Sippy cups.  

That's right, she likes just about everything in the world except sippy cups.  In fact, she gets downright angry when I hand her one, especially if it has milk in it.  Sometimes she'll sip water, but absolutely refuses milk in a sippy cup.  It's pretty funny.

So here she is.  Baby girl at one year. 

And if you'd like to see sweet girl as a newborn, click here, and at six months here.