Beautiful Place

This past week, our second born daughter grew up a little before our eyes.


Lyla Precious Joyce …. {her middle name is after a sweet, beautiful girl we met in Zambia, Africa 9 years ago} … suddenly, she is no longer five – she is now six years old… of course, I can remember the day she was born. I can remember the second they placed her my arms. I can remember loving her full head of hair. Loving her amazing carefree spirit as she began to form a character over the next year … loving the amazing, WONDERFUL, SPICE she added to our family life. She quickly was nicknamed “Tarzan Jane” – she’s a second born, what I can say?!

Loves adventure.
Loves a challenge.
Doesn’t wimp out.
Tiny but full of life.


Happiest of birthdays, Lyla. You bring joy and surprises to each new day in our family.




“Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

Kurt Vonnegut 

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July 17, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Jen Heemskerk She is just so beautiful, and you can tell that she loves life. what a beautiful portrait.

July 16, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Tanya She is so lovely 🙂