Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tyler Lane Harmon

It's hard to believe that sweet Tyler is turning 18 years old this year.  I know he's happy to be growing older, but I'm feeling a little sad that time is going by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday that we were anxiously anticipating his birth.  

Tony and Mom hadn't found out if Jordan was going to be a boy or a girl, but they decided that they would find out with Tyler, so that we could plan.  Unfortunately for us, Tyler had his legs crossed; so we had to wait for him to surprise us in person.

Though I was hoping for a sister, I was happy to have another brother...  especially when Tyler agreed to let me dress him in my old dance costumes. (Did he have a choice???)

Tyler has always enjoyed being alone, and he's always been a thinker.  I have many memories of standing at the kitchen window, watching Tyler drive the toy John Deere tractor.  He'd hitch up the wagon, fill it with pine straw, and drive a little longer.  It should be no surprise to us that Tyler now has his own lawn business.  

One of my most memorable experiences with Tyler was when he stepped on a nail.  I heard a cry of pain, ran out to see what was the matter, saw the nail in his foot, and ran back into the house, screaming--leaving Tyler outside to fend for himself.  I'm sorry about that, Tyler!  Getting the nail out of us foot was pretty painful, for all of us :), but thankfully we have a nurse for a mom.  

The nail incident happened just a couple of weeks before Easter.  Tyler shared with us that he felt that God allowed the pain of the nail in the foot so that he could feel a little bit of what Jesus felt when He died on the cross for us.  Tyler, your sweet heart was so evident then, and I'll never forget you sharing that with us.

And now you're pursuing a life of sacrifice, as you train to help and protect others.  Thank you for your caring heart.  I'm so proud to be your sister. You're the "best brother ever."  :)  

 Happy 18th Birthday, Tyler!!!  

We love you!  

Laramie (& Jamie)

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Today is a very special day.  On March 25th, 1988, I officially became a sister.  God gave me a wonderful brother.  And that's an understatement. 

I don't have any baby pictures of Will, but I vividly remember what he looked like as a baby...E.T.  

I know you won't believe that when you see how cute he turned out a couple of years later... 

Don't you see the resemblance? 

Will loved tractors.  Grandpa and Grandma Ohms even sent him a little John Deere tractor that we used to play on.

I have so many wonderful memories of playing with Will.  He made things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghost-busters fun.  Of course, that was after I forced him to spend the majority of our time playing house, Boxcar Children, and making him follow along as I read aloud from our story books.

Will was always so easy-going and kind...

even when I was bossy and mean.  

God knew just what kind of brother I needed... 

someone who would love me, even on days when I was crabby.

Will was always ready for fun...

and through his example, I've learned to worry less about what could happen.  (Remember what happened after we ate these?)

Will and I are very different in many ways (ex. journals of our trip out west :),

 but our relationship has taught me to see the beauty in differences...

And it's taught me a lot about love.

(I'm sorry that our relationship hasn't taught me more about photo editing...)

I'm so thankful for all of the happy memories we share.

I love you, Will!  I hope you know how much I treasure our relationship. 


Love, Laramie (& Jamie) :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jeremiah Jones Harmon

Once upon our lives, there was a little boy...

He kind of looked like the boy on the box of Life cereal. :)  

Except I thought he was cuter (he=Jeremiah)...

He was such a sweet little boy!

I loved capturing him and playing with him in my room.

And I loved working with him on school projects.  

Jeremiah was born right around the time we canceled our cable subscription...

which, as you can see, was perfect timing.

His fun-loving spirit has brought so many laughs to our family.

Jeremiah, you have so many gifts. 

 You are funny,

kind and personable,

 and you're really great at drama. :)

One of my favorite memories is working on Fish Tales with you.  
I'm so glad we had that special time together.

 And we still don't have cable...

so thank you for continuing to serve as our family's entertainment.

Happy Sweet Sixteen!!!  (We love you more than March Madness!)


Jamie & Laramie

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Girl...AND A Boy!

Dear Emma & Anthony,

11 years ago, one of you was a great surprise to many people.  Everyone could tell that mom had a baby in her belly, they just thought it was a really big baby.  Very few people suspected that she actually had two babies in her belly.  I was pretty excited to be in on the surprise, but I had promised to keep my lips sealed; I could hardly contain myself.  Dad had so much fun calling all of the extended family to tell them that our family had a new baby girl...and a baby boy.  :)

Even as little babies, you loved being together.  Mom put you in the same crib when you were teeny-tiny.  When you grew to be a little bit bigger, she put you in different cribs...but you didn't seem to like that as much.  We would go in to check on you in the mornings and, Emma, you would be in Anthony's crib; in the middle of the night, you had climbed out of your crib and into his.  

You did so many cute things together.  

She pushed....

 He pulled...

And at the end of the day, you were always there for each other.

Hot chocolate?  What hot chocolate? We haven't seen any hot chocolate.


and Emma...

Two peas in a pod.

Do you know how much joy you bring our family?

We have not one but two siblings who are beautiful, lively, smart, and not-lacking-in-any-personality.

Happy Birthday Emma & Anthony!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Abigail Elise Harmon

A long long time ago, in a land that currently feels far far away, I was 13 years old.  And all I wanted in life was a baby sister.  I had plenty of opportunities for fun in our house that was filled with Lego's, and tractors, and stinky socks, and all the other stuff that accompanied my four brothers...but I longed for cute dresses, girl-talk, and pampering parties.  

On the eve of your birth, Mom & Tony packed their bags to go fetch you, our new baby sibling.  Just before leaving for the hospital, they asked if I wanted to go along.  I wasn't really sure what I was in for, but since I rarely enjoyed missing exciting events, I agreed.  Just hours into January 14th, I awoke to a baby screaming and a unanimous, and excited, chorus of, "It's a GIRL!!!!"  

I couldn't believe it.  It was you.  Finally!!!

And I couldn't have dreamed up a better sister. 

We started right away with our pampering parties...

And I always wanted our outfits to match.

Dad loved you so much, he made you a dollhouse bed.  I was a little jealous, but I got over it.

You were a sweet, caring, and easy-going little girl.  
 And you grew... 

And you grew...

And just when I thought you couldn't become any cuter, or any more beautiful, you did...

See what I mean?  :)

And now you've grown into a beautiful teenager!!!  You're beautiful on the outside and on the inside.  Thank you for being the thoughtful, easy-going, and selfless sister that you are.

 I'm so thankful that you are my sister.

I hope that you have a Happy, Happy Birthday!  
And I hope that this year is the start of many wonderful memories as a teenager. 
I love you!!!

Laramie (and Jamie loves you too! :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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