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I’m glad you are here to celebrate! For more information, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Please use #celebratelu to share.

I’m realizing celebration is a discipline. Like most disciplines, it takes time and effort to refine the art of it. For fifteen weeks we’ve been coming together on Saturdays to celebrate. And I realize it’s changing my life.

The intentional act of celebration is making my life more complete.

Thank you for making this little community powerful.

This week marked one year of being a forever family of six. It’s a miracle, really, the way our kids have adjusted and are making their ways in the world. I can’t believe I get a front row seat to watch them decide to overcome and flourish. It is truly remarkable and inspiring.

You have to read Colby Sharp’s post, “A (Crooked Kind of) Perfect Reading Moment.” 


I posted this on Instagram with the caption: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That’s my oldest daughter, Hannah, writing a blog post for a class assignment. Then there’s me, later that same night, writing a blog post (while Hannah slept).

Happy Saturday! I’m glad you decided to celebrate.


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  1. 🙂 My husband snapped a photo of my daughter and I both on our laptops in the same room last November during National Novel Writing Month. Yep, we have something in common.

  2. Ruth, Thanks for the recommendation of Colby's post! LOVED it! Congratulations on your celebration of being a forever family! I, too, believe that this discipline has changed my life. Thank you! I celebrate you and this blog! (I've invited a friend who is new to blogging to join us. I can't wait to share the celebrating with her too!)

  3. Ruth, I'm loving your posts this year. There is a calmness to them. I know life in a family of six isn't always calm, but the tone that comes through them is one of “Whatever it is, we can handle this”. Each post makes me feel better after I read it. Thanks for sharing your world.

  4. I love these celebrations! I was telling my small group ladies last week how intentionally thinking about celebrations helps me focus on the positive things in my life instead of focusing on things that I cannot control! Thank you!

  5. I read Colby's post-shared it with colleagues-it's those moments… And like your sweet picture too, Ruth, both so intent! Hard to believe it's already been a year since you brought Jordan home, a day to celebrate indeed! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Congratulations on your one year “familyversary” Reading your posts, I realize it hasn't always been easy, and I thank you for sharing that part of your heart. Again, thanks for this place to celebrate!

  7. It is so true how this community is changing the way I look at things in my life. It is amazing to read about the things that all of us celebrate each week. Thank YOU for starting this tradition.

  8. Hooray for the year of forever familyhood, Ruth! And, thank you for this opportunity to, once a week, be intentional about the act of celebrating treasured moments of our week.

  9. Love the side by side photo! Two peas in a pod comes to mind. A year gone by with its ups and downs, but knowing this is a family forever is priceless. You do good things for the world, thank you.

  10. I so believe that making time for celebration and gratitude is life changing. Thank you to you and this community that encourages us all to share! Love the photo 🙂

  11. Although I know you make a daily habit of celebrating the apples of your family tree, this week there is cause for even BIGGER celebration! Congratulations on the one-year milestone as well as on the little everyday signs of your family taking root (like the photos of you and Hannah juxtaposed to reveal an authentic connection). Thank you for leading us in celebrating the BIG and small.

  12. 15 weeks – wow the beginning of a life time of learning to celebrate the little and big. Excited for your year milestone. Love the pictures! What a great mama you are!