Answer: Theme Thursday, and Happy Birthday, Aliya!

Please forgive the combo post.  I owe my little 7 year old (whaaaaaat?) a birthday post, and I just happened to choose her as my subject for this week’s theme: “Answer.”

Dear Aliya,

Happy birthday, baby! I remember your birth like it was yesterday. You came squalling into this world, 9 lbs of chub and love and righteous indignation, and rocked our world to its very core.

And [Hannah] said, “Oh, my Lord! As you live, my Lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to Him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”- 1 Samuel 1 26-28

f/3.2, 1/125th, ISO 200

Looking for answers at the library.  {f/3.2, 1/125th, ISO 200}

You’re such a creative child, chock full of imagination and ideas and plans. You love to direct plays for all your siblings to act in. You don’t mind at all taking the backstage; it is, in fact, your preference and you excel at it.

Photoshop: Added Low Key B/W, and then brushed away some of the effect so the books were visible.

Photoshop: Added Low Key B/W, and then brushed away some of the effect so the books were visible.

Your very favorite thing to do is cartwheels. You must cartwheel a hundred times a day, spinning your way to and from every chore, lesson, and game. Sometimes it drives me crazy, but mostly it reminds me of how much fun it was to be a kid, to want to do all the dizzy-making activities I could at any given moment. The other day you said to me and Daddy:

I love my family, God, my friends, and cartwheels.

You summed yourself up pretty well, honey.

Low Key Color

Low Key Color


Ali, our sweet shining star, so full of life and love and color: we love you with everything we have. We’re so grateful to have you in our lives.


Mama and Daddy


Cari @ Clan Donaldson has more “answers” for you, so click on over. And if you haven’t jumped on the Lentsagram #HolyLens bandwagon yet, get over to Abby @ Surviving Our Blessings to see what it’s all about. I’m posting (almost) daily IG photos during Lent. You can follow me by clicking here: micaela_darr on Instagram


  1. Great picture(s)!
    Happy Birthday to her!!
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  2. She’s beautiful! I love that shot. (Also, is your public library as cool as that shot makes it look???)
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  3. Happy Birthday to Aliya!!!! And I love the picture of her. So pretty!
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  4. Beautiful – especially love the B&W 🙂
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  5. Happy Birthday Aliya. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl!
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  6. Great shot and editing! Happy Birthday!
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  7. Happy Birthday!! Beautiful post.

  8. JEE WON SHIN says:


    • Thank you, Jee Won! We miss you too! Please give our love to Cindy and Diana!

      • Ji WON SHIN says:

        yes.I sent kakatalk to you new year’s day.but you didn’t check it.
        so I gave up sending kakatalk(ㅜㅜ)so I remember your I asked to BW about it.
        sometimes I’ll keep in touch with you here.^^
        Are you ok?we are same as usual.
        Cindy gains weight(^^34kgwow!! ) she transfer to school around here.
        Diana is still happy^^and ready to go school next year.
        BW lost weight 5kg for his health!! and I have caught bad cold for 2week.
        but now much better.
        We hope you are happy and nice.Please say hello to Kevin and Kids.