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The Birthdays of July 26


July 26 is very special to our family because there are actually 3 of our family members with the same birthday! Our July 26 birthdays are:
*My daughter, Kariss (who turns 8 today)
*My father in law, Rick Sr. (who you may know from this blog as “Dad Cone” if you’ve been following his health journey after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor this summer)
*Ricky’s Uncle David (his mom’s brother)

Kind of crazy, isn’t it?

It’s interesting because when it comes to Kariss’ birthday, I feel like we’ve already celebrated it (She had a McKenna American Girl birthday party earlier this month), but we still want to do something special for her today. Yet when we asked her what she wanted to do or where she wanted to eat, she kept drawing a blank.

Doesn’t that seem odd for a kid when given carte blanche to do whatever they want?

After more prodding, we finally got something: She wanted to stay home. She wanted to play. She wanted us.

I wrote a post earlier this year on how the best present for our kids is our presence. Although we love being a family on the go, I guess we may have been gone a little too much this summer. We moved into a new house at the end of May and between travel, work and family issues, it seems like we’ve hardly been here!

So we’re getting back to basics today, shutting down the electronics and playing some serious games of tickle monster, monsters in the bushes, spy, gymnastics and whatever creative games her 8 year old brain comes up with.

Oh, and I think she want’s some Sweet Cece’s too 😉

So please join me in wishing my baby girl the happiest birthday an 8 year old could ever have!


*On a side note, if you’re wondering why I haven’t posted on Dad Cone in awhile, it’s for two reasons: 1. there hasn’t been a lot of change in his condition and 2. it’s not exactly my story to tell. While I wanted to have a concise way to share about his story in a way I relate best (writing) so the most people could be praying, I’ve also come upon a little backlash for it. Realizing it’s not my life, I’ve decided to not write about the details of his days for awhile. PLEASE, continue to pray and should there be any major developments, I promise to pass the facts along. Thanks for understanding xoxo


  1. Happy birthday to the sweetest 8 year old on the planet! I can’t believe you are 8!!! I miss you and love you dearly, sweet girl! You are so beautiful, but your tender heart for Jesus and others is what shines the brightest! Uncle Jeff and I are so proud of the lovely young lady you are growing into!
    I hope you have a wonderful day with your family! I wish I was there for the festivities, but know that you are loved and thought of today!!!!! Love, Aunt Car

  2. Thanks for those sweet words, Aunt Car!