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mercy adoniyah

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IMG_1798dear mercy,

 

you were my miracle. you were my healing. you restored my faith in childbirth. you restored my faith in myself.

 

you taught me that i know nothing.

 

you humbled me.

 

let’s be honest. every day you humble me.

 

and amaze me.

 

and remind me that you. are. you.

 

not your sister. not your mother. not your father.

 

you.

 

i love you, baby girl.

 

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mercy adoniyah klein burtt

 

matthew 9:12&13
Jesus said, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. but go and learn what this means: ‘i desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ for i have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

adoniyah: the Lord is my God

 

born thursday, 16 june 2011 at 6:20pm

 

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365 days of mercy. nine minutes long. we aren’t offended if you don’t watch the entire thing. we made it for her and yes, she helped me pick all three songs.

 

a year of mercy (13/14) from Marie Burtt on Vimeo.

 

 

good night, grandma

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tonight my grandma is breathing some of her last breaths. we’ve know it was coming. she has alzheimer’s and has been fighting a good and decent fight. but the last few days have finally become the last stages of the disease. she isn’t in pain but she does have more and more frequent seizures as her body shuts down.

 

for some reason, knowing it was coming just doesn’t make it any easier, ya know? we could definitely use your prayers as we walk through the next few days.

 

this picture is from my sister sarah’s wedding. grandma couldn’t come. i am pretty short with small hands like her. so i wore her rings and necklaces as sarah’s matron of honor. every time i see this picture, i see grandma.

 

good night grandma. i love you very much and pray you are resting peacefully.

 

 

•gardener+photog•

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the mer and i planted some flowers. nothing much. we had to take the inexpensive route this year even though i kind of wanted to plant an entire veggie garden on my balcony. but let me tell you when she discovered the budding plants, she went ecstatic. she was racing back and forth, shouting, “me new home grow-ing! me new plants in me new home grow-ing! here ‘de come!”
then she begged me to take pictures of them with my phone.

 

{side notes: she missed a lot of the actual buds. and yes those are my daughter’s own amazingly adorable squishy toes in her picture taking adventure.}

 

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i think she has a green thumb!
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mer in moldova

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mermer and i spent four days in moldova without christian and addy. and while it was pretty weird to be without my oldest daughter (this mama hasn’t had to leave them very often!)…i have to say, it was really GOOD to spend those four days alone with my youngest and really get to know her as an “only child” so to speak.

 

of course we couldn’t wait to be reunited afterwards though. four days was definitely enough for us!

 

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moldova-bound

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mer and i went to moldova to meet new baby evan grinder. we took the night train which could have been easy except mama may have forgotten her blankie and pillow. who would know i have parented six kids, right? major rookie mistake right there!

 

we were blessed to stay with our friend’s {the bartlett family} which was the perfect place for us to stay. they are also a gluten free home AND they have a very similar schedule to us…so staying with them was super relaxing. although as most of you know i am NOT a night owl and two of the nights i stayed up chatting until past 11pm. oh my. {it was worth it, though!}

 

we met evan, i chatted with shannon and mermer played with juju. i am so thankful mercy and i were able to go and meet even while he is still a newborn. we also went to our church in moldova and hugged LOTS of friends. it was a super four days!

 

we took the maxi-taxi home in case you were wondering. in the daytime. mer and i just don’t do overnight trains sans blankie and pillow.

 

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hai sa facem o petrecere!

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one of the little girls in addy’s group had a birthday party at school. mercy got to go with big sister addy. they have a blast and i think it was great for mer to spend some time with the kids since she is hopefully starting school there next month!

 

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my sixth mother’s day

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a little late, but…

 

it is hard to believe that i have only officially celebrated sixth mother’s days. sometimes {in a good way} it feels like forever. yet daily it feels like i’m still a newbie at this thing called a parent. 😉

 

thank you addy, aaliyah, beyonce, aalysha, luca and mercy for teaching me how to be a mama.

 

i love you munchkins!

 

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a fun flash back of my girls.

 

a fun flash back of my luca boy.

 

 

sinaia

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we were the tourists that took the train to sinaia finally. i haven’t been to sinaia since 2003 and christian had never been at all. so we trekked up there with grandma and grandpa and although we throughly wore them out, the general consensus was that it was an awesome adventure! we even did the tour of the castle and go figure my girls loved every minute. addy was asking the tour guide detailed questions (we got our money’s worth!) and mercy was searching the castle for the queen and king.

 

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