It was such an absolute JOY to watch these precious Iverson cousins play together this past weekend. In order of birth: Daniel Josiah Iverson V, Noa Noll, Trinity Iverson, Annie Iverson, Martha Iverson, and ? Iverson in Kimberly's womb.
As the loan boy, Daniel Josiah could be rebellious about having to play with his girl cousins. He could easily have grown weary of their dancing and squealing; he could have become violent when they wanted to play with dolls; he could have played too rough or given up on their childish, female antics. Instead, dear child, he played gently, tenderly and patiently with his little girl cousins. He pet them and protected them. He hugged and kissed them. Even when Annie was abusing him, Daniel Josiah gently leaned in for a kiss and forgave her with the grace of a martyr.
We LOVE little DanJo!
Noa's name means "Beautiful Love" in Japanese and she certainly lives up to it. She is a delight to know. She is full of personality and life. It's so easy to see that she'll be the queen bee and leader for all her younger cousins, and what better lady to set the tone and example for the little girls who follow her? Noa is precious and obedient, but full of will and spunk, too. She is sweet as can be and so much fun to be around. It is such a blessing to watch her mother lovingly discipline her for her good and God's glory. And as a result, Noa's heart is soft and open. You can tell already that she is a child deeply loved who loves in return.
We LOVE Cousin Noa!
Trinity is the coolest kid in the cousin pack, I'm convinced. She is ADORABLY cute and so chill. We need a chill cousin. Trinity, like her brother, is gentle and kind. The first time she saw Annie, she leaned into her and gave her the sweetest, most gently hug I have ever seen. It was real, so curious and kind. Annie, in turn, grabbed Trinity's arm and pinched and made Trinity cry. Annie takes after her mother. Sigh. Nonetheless, Trinity quickly forgave Annie and helped her learn how to gently hug over the course of the weekend. We are so thankful for Cousin Trinity to add some stability and calm to the pack, as well as a flare for friendship.
We LOVE Trinity Kat!
Last, but certainly not least, we love sweet baby Martha (Barfa). Martha and Annie are the two cousins closest in age of all the five and I think they will be good friends as the years go by. Martha Evangeline is named after her two aunts, Martha Iverson Robinson and Eric's sister. Martha Evangeline puts up with a lot, cousins running in circles around her, crawling over her, knocking her over when she's just trying to sit up, (not to mention a sister and an aunt who call her Barfa). But Martha bears all this and more with great patience and love. She smiles for all who seek her to, and she loves everyone around her so it seems. Can't wait to see what the Lord does with this precious little one.
We LOVE Baby Martha Evangeline Noll!
Of course, we also loved playing with our Chase cousins, Blake, Mason, Liam and Brennan, but perhaps because of Cake Baking and Grace Conferencing, we saw less of them this weekend. :) Love y'all!