Kensington is TEN!


Tomorrow, my baby girl turns ten years old.

I absolutely cannot believe it.

When I think about how quickly these ten years have flown by, I tear up.  I just know that I’m going to blink and another decade will be over.  Time, won’t you please stand still?!  Whoever penned “the days are long but the years are short” hit that nail right smack on the head.  Short.  These years are so short.

My sweet Kensington Kate,

You made me a mama.  I cannot remember a time in my life when my number one goal wasn’t to be a mom.  My road to motherhood was bumpy, rocky and filled with pain and grief…but it was so worth it because it lead me straight to you.  You were my blessing.  You were the answer to my prayers.  YOU, my love, made me a mom.  You have exceeded every expectation I ever had about motherhood.  You have made it more fun, more messy, more amazing, more crazy, more delightful, more enjoyable, more perfect than I ever imagined.  You are loyal, you are smart, you are funny and sincere.  You have a huge heart for the people you love.  You are passionate, you are a hard worker, you are considerate and kind.  You love the Lord with all your heart and you make your dad and me so proud.  I know God has BIG plans for you.  I am excited to sit back and watch.  I love you with all my heart.  Happy 10th birthday to you sweet girl. xo

Here’s a look back at ten years of Kensington…












I love this girl so much!  Happy 10th birthday, Kensington Kate!  xo

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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog September 14, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Happy birthday to little Kensington! She’s absolutely beautiful – she’s a copy of you! I hope your family enjoys her special day! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Rebecca Rooney September 14, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Happy Birthday Kensington! What a beautiful young lady x

  • Reply Laura E Fredlund September 14, 2018 at 5:42 am

    What a beautiful girl you have! She looks just like you. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by with our little ones. Good thing you have so many good pictures 🙂 I adore your family and enjoy your blog immensely! Happy birthday to Kensington!

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  • Reply Elspeth Mizner September 14, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Happy birthday Kensington!! Have the best time in NYC

  • Reply Kelly Stamps September 14, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Happy birthday Kensington!!!!

  • Reply Sarah Shaneyfelt September 14, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Happy birthday Kensington! It has been so fun watching her grow up! I hope y’all have a blast in NYC!

  • Reply Kristine September 14, 2018 at 6:00 am

    This is so beautifully written ❤️

  • Reply Narci September 14, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Happy Birthday, Kensington!!! We love you, sweet girl!

  • Reply Gardner Story September 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Your post made me teary!! It really does fly by. My baby is about to be 14 months old and I promise you she was just born… So glad you are having a wonderful time in NYC with her!

  • Reply Amy Heinl September 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Happiest of birthdays to you sweet Kensington. May this day be filled with lpve, laughter and treasured memories

  • Reply Sarah Plank September 14, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Happy Birthday Kensington!!!! My first baby girl turns 10 on Monday, so I’m right there with you. It’s been the best 10 years of my life! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Lisa N September 14, 2018 at 6:57 am

    She is lit from within! Have the best time in NY city and a very Happy Birthday, Kenington🎂🍧🎉

  • Reply Melissa Terry September 14, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Happiest of birthdays to your sweet Kensington. Your pictures are precious…have the best time in NYC!

  • Reply Kimberly C September 14, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Happy Birthday, Kensington! 🎂🎉 She is a beautiful young lady, Shay! Hope she has the best birthday!

  • Reply Ralinn September 14, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Happy Birthday Kensington.

  • Reply Sheri Crowley September 14, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday!🎂🎈

  • Reply Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams September 14, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Aw Happy Birthday Kensington! Those words made me tear up Shay, she is lucky to have a mom like you!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Reply Janice Dobbe September 14, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Happy birthday sweet girl 🎂

  • Reply Angela Shields September 14, 2018 at 7:48 am

    She is SO precious!! Happy birthday sweet girl!

  • Reply JodieKingsbury September 14, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Happy 10th Birthday Kensington!!! Hope you have a super fun day.

  • Reply Susan September 14, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Happy 10th Birthday Kensington. Such a beautiful and sweet girl.

  • Reply Ronnie September 14, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Happy birthday, Kensington!! You are such a beautiful young lady. I hope your 10th year is your best year yet!!

  • Reply Yley Allen September 14, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Happy Birthday!! She seems like such a great kid! Hope you guys have a fun day celebrating 😀

  • Reply Meagan Ruse September 14, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet Kensington!!!! You always include my Sadie and make her feel big 🙂 Hope you have the most special birthday trip!

  • Reply Rose September 14, 2018 at 9:09 am

    She is one of the most BEAUTIFUL child I’ve ever seen and what a beautiful letter to her! Happy double digits day Kensington!!!!

  • Reply Amanda @ That Inspired Chick September 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

    She has been such a beauty since day 1. Sweet sweet girl. Happy Birthday, Kensington!!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Reply Lauren Chitwood September 14, 2018 at 9:21 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENSINGTON! You are such a beautiful and sweet girl. Hope you have the best day!

  • Reply shawnna Griffin September 14, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday Kensington! You are so blessed! Y’all have a great weekend!

  • Reply Angela Ellingson September 14, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Happy birthday sweet girl! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

  • Reply MICHELLE O September 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday Kensington!! Have wonderful birthday weekend!!

  • Reply Debbra L Weber September 14, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Happy Birthday to you sweet girl! Have a fabulous time in NY!!

  • Reply Ashton September 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I just realized after years of reading your blog that she looks just like your mother in law! Happy Birthday Kensington

  • Reply Tamra September 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Happy Happy Birthday Kensington!!!

  • Reply Amy September 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Happy 10th Birthday, Kensington! I hope you have a fun time celebrating your big day!

  • Reply Bri September 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Happy 10th to Kensington!!!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World September 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Happy birthday to your darling girl! I hope you have the best time celebrating her in NYC this weekend!

  • Reply Lauren Barnett September 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Happy birthday, Kensington! Have the best birthday in NYC with your bestie!

  • Reply Liz Thorson September 14, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday to darling, sweet Kensington!💕🎈🎊🎉🎂🎉🎊🎈❤️

  • Reply Elizabeth September 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Kensington! I hope you ladies are having a fantastic time in NYC! It has been so fun watching her grow up and into a beautiful little young lady!

  • Reply Tracy September 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    She is so beautiful! Hope she has fun celebrating!

  • Reply Leanne Gilchrist September 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to Kensington!!! What a beautiful tribute, Shay. 10 is such a magical age! I have a question: since Kensington is now picking out her own outfits, would you do a post about where you get her things?? It would be so fun to see, and also, as she gets older and is developing her own fashion and sense, do you have any guidelines, and share those with us! I hope you all are having a fabulous time in NYC!

  • Reply Becky Carl September 14, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    What a beautiful young lady she is turning into! I know your mama heart and it is passing right into that sweet girl. Happy Birthday Kensington! You have a beautiful family ❤️

  • Reply Lindsay Dunagan September 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Kensington!!!

  • Reply Jeanie September 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Those pictures are darling! The second one really made me smile. She still does that foot thing in her photos. Happy birthday, Kensington!

  • Reply Debbie September 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    She is 🌷STUNNING🌷! I love her in that green plaid dress with black boots! Adorable! Shay, does Kensington have a nickname? What do you all call her at home? Have a beautiful birthday! 🌟🍧🌟

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 15, 2018 at 6:10 am

      We call her Kensington or occasionally, K.

  • Reply GiGi Turner September 14, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Happy birthday to your beautiful Kensington! What a celebration she is having! I have always thought that three year old picture could be a magazine cover! She is absolutely gorgeous and I have hair envy – I love it long again! Such sweet words you wrote Mama!

  • Reply Lauren Austin September 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Happy birthday Kensington! It’s been fun watching her grow up…I do wish time would slow down. They don’t stay babies long enough!!

  • Reply Nicole September 16, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Happy, happy birthday!!! I have a random cruise question for you, we’re going on a kid free cruise for the first time. Would you suggest a drink package? What do you usually do? Thanks!!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 16, 2018 at 10:34 am

      if you plan on drinking specialty coffees, sodas or alcoholic beverages, then yes! The package is typically a savings if you want any of those beverages.

  • Reply Erin Port September 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Looks like you had such a fun trip to celebrate 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Johnson September 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm


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