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a Valentine from Christ

Way back in college, I had (and still do have!) a best friend, Jen. She always was so encouraging, especially in the way she wrote notes to me. One of the things that I have kept (since 2001) is a Valentines Day card that she made for me “from Christ”. I just found it tonight and thought it was beautiful, and I should post it. When my girls get a little older, I will give them this Valentine from Christ each year to remind them how loved they are by Him!

Know that you are loved.
Know that I love you.
And before you formed inside the womb
Is when I said “I do.”

Your face is beauty to me,
Your voice a sweet melody to my ears.
You are my dove, my rose, my lily, my garden,
And shall stay my beauty beyond the years.

I love to hear you speak of me-
I love to hear you say my name.
It tells me you love me in return and you know this love
Is more than just a game.

I love it when you listen-
When you let me speak.
Don’t worry when you don’t know what to say,
I know exactly what you think.

There is nothing you must prove to me-
Nothing you should try and hide,
For I’ve seen your faults and weaknesses
And I choose to stay by your side.

I know it’s hard “without” me-
No arms can hold you like I can.
Please know I always think of you
And this time apart fits right into my plan.

I’ve never been one for long engagements-
That’s why I’ve made your days so few.
And I pray in these days apart, your heart,
Like mine, grows fonder, too.

So while we wait on perfect timing be patient
In my love-trust and abide.
So soon…Face to face…Beautiful…in GLORY…
I am coming soon, my pure and holy bride.

I love you.
Your Bridegroom,


merry multiplication

Today I hosted the 2nd annual Austin Stone Community Church neighborhood Christmas party.  Last year, we had 7 kids (4 families) in our neighborhood that went to the Stone.  It was so manageable that we could take a picture like this:

Halle, Cole, Rilyn, Ellie, Ella, Malachi, and Anna        From December 2007

This year, however, we had 21 kids(from 9 families)!!! And yes, we all live within 5 minutes walking distance from each other and we all go to The Austin Stone. Crazy, I know. I guess we could be considered a commune of sorts. Anyway, we had a great party! We had lunch, crafts, decorated cookies, heard the Christmas story, and had a book exchange. Sadly, we could not get all 21 kids into one shot this year so this is the best I got of the Christmas party chaos.

Christmas book exchange game               From December 2008

Amidst all of this fun(remember 21 children) there was, however, one casualty at my house. (Warning! This picture is graphic.)

From December 2008




Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown holiday specials??  I thought we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with our community group kiddos!  So, just like the cartoon, their plate looked like this:

From November 2008
From November 2008

But at our Thanksgiving feast we had a little more guests!

From November 2008
From November 2008
From November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from the Paquette’s!


The high school class of 2026

Well, here in Shadowglen(our neighborhood) we’ve got quite a thing going…namely reproducing. Here is the newest class making their official debut…Halle Peck(10 1/2 months), Malachi Suh (9 1/2 months), Asher Paquette(3 months), Gavin Collins(2 weeks), and Caden Richardson(1 week).


Carny Time

James took Rilyn to the carnival (part of Rodeo Austin) Monday night along with our good friends Jeff and his son, Cole Richardson. Cole was pretty interested in watching the people work the food booths at the fair. James asked Cole quietly, “Do you want to be a carnie?” but Rilyn heard and loudly announced, “I want to be a carnie!!” Hmm, not the future I quite had in mind for her…

“Cole, follow me!” (story of his life when he is with Rilyn)

Childhood Wonder

So James and Jeff posed Cole to do this b/c they thought it would be funny. (James won’t think this is funny too much longer!!!!)


July 4th

We had our 3rd annual July 4th barbeque/pool party at my parents house.  We somehow managed to get a group shot of the kiddos this year.  From L to R:  Mason Rice, Anna Richardson, Ella Paquette, Rilyn Paquette, Ella Douglass, Cole Richardson, and Dasan Hill.


We’re in Austin (actually Manor, TX)

We apologize for not updating our website sooner but we had a major life change happen in March as we moved from Houston to Manor.  We officially got all our boxes to Manor on March 15th.  We still haven’t sold our house in Houston…We know God has His perfect timing, but it is hard with double mortgage payments!  We are settling in with our new neighborhood, church- The Austin Stone (, and our old college friends (have we already been out of college for 5 years?)  We live right next to the Suhs, Pecks, Richardsons, and Douglass’.  What a blessing!!!

Ella is now 15 months old.  She started walking at 13 ½ months old and now is lovingly referred to as our “monster truck rally” because she just runs over everything and falls most of the time but doesn’t care.  Don’t get me wrong-she cries-a lot too- but only if you look at her wrong or if you are a man.  She got 4 more teeth which brings the total to 10 now (although I admit that I’m not checking her mouth anymore for fear of my fingers being bitten off.)  She has a vocabulary of about 10 words.  Her newest words are ‘duck’ and ‘sista’ for sister.  She loves bubbles, Backyardigans and lions (because they say “roar”.)

Rilyn is half potty-trained.  She easily will go pee-pee in the potty.  But don’t ask her to go poo-poo cause she will run and hide.  Her favorite tunes these days are all on the Backyardigan CD which we have listened to every day in the car since we got it and so that makes the grand total to about 100 times.  Luckily the Backyardigans have made themselves a special place in my heart too, so I don’t mind-that much.  Rilyn and Ella had a great Easter with both sides of the family coming to spend the day with us in Manor.  She had an Easter egg hunt in the front of our house even though it was 40 degrees outside.  Right after the hunt we came inside to pray and eat.  During James’ prayer for the meal, Rilyn interrupted and said, “Thank you God, that I can find MORE eggs.”  She continues to be our little adult and cracks us up daily with her use of language.  Her latest thing she likes to do is tell mommy what she wants me to wear or not wear.  She prefers me in stripes and doesn’t like my old college t-shirts.  😉

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April 2023