Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Lessons

God has been speaking to my heart a lot lately.  It's crazy how you can be involved in situations around you and God uses their circumstance to teach a lesson.  I find myself standing in amazement and in AWE of my God a LOT here lately.  I find comfort in knowing he is always right there waiting for me. 

My friends child is still recovering from the swimming pool accident that happened almost 2 weeks ago.  I have watched her hurt, cry, be angry, frustrated....almost every human emotion possible and all I can do is pray for her.  Which can speak volumes don't get me wrong but the human side of me wants to DO something to fix it.  It breaks my heart when another friend/mama is hurting because her child is hurting and there's nothing even she can do.  I cannot say I know what she's going through or that I even understand, but rest assured that I definitely am learning how blessed I am that my children are currently happy and healthy. 

She is struggling with his anger/violent stage, which has got to be wearing on a mama's spirit to say the least.  I spent a few hours with them this afternoon, and although he did not have a full blown episode I got a small dose of what she's been dealing with.  She is one patient mama, God bless her is all I have to say.  She speaks sweet and calmly to him, when she is really crying out inside.  She is consistent when it would be easier to give in to his demands.  She has a smile on her face when I know she would love to sit in a corner and cry. Or at least I know I would.  I know she has her moments in tears but honestly, GOD bless her because she has been keeping most of it together for the sake of her kiddos.

I made a little something to hopefully just brighten her a day a little and give her some encouragement from God's word.  The idea started with a perpetual calendar kinda thing....it turned out into a little booklet....but there are 24 bible verses on each page.....and each page is full of thoughtfulness and prayer...

So next time you have a friend who needs a smile, a pick me up or just some encouraging words from THE WORD try making one of these:



These are just a few pictures!

Count your blessings, love your babies and have a blessed night!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Time with the Father

I am at a loss for words......every day I look forward to reading Ann Voscamps blog and just to be quiet and still at the moment.  The music is beautiful and brings me to the verge of tears. every. single. day. There are times when I read the same thing more than once a day, just to hear the beautiful music and be in the quiet, in the stillness of the day and just be.

Yesterday was a wonderful day to worship the Lord. Oh my gosh. Words cannot express the gratitude i felt in my heart just to be in the Saviors presence twice. and all day.  We have a wonderful church and I really learned soooo much yesterday! Our church teaches and preaches line by line in the bible and I am being fed soooo much.  I find myself yearning to spend more time in the word every day.  Every day I fail at that though and I am working on making more time for my Father.

When the day is long, hot, wearisome, busy, chaotic, loud, messy, short......whatever, i can find rest in my heavenly father and know that he is WAITING on me to spend time with him! How awesome is that? There are people in our lives that we long to spend time with and with the busy-ness of life there isn't always time but you and I can rest assured that our heavenly counselor, friend and father is waiting on YOU and ME.....for us to spend time with him....HE is always there, always makes time for us and longs for us to find HIM and just be, in his presence. 

What a mighty God we serve!

Have a blessed Monday!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Grateful

So many things have been going on in our lives the past week.  For those who don't know, we had some friends' whose son fell from an 8ft. ladder slide into the pool, onto concrete.  This happened last saturday afternoon and he has been at childrens hospital ever since.  There are 2 daughters too, which we are taking care of while mom stays with boy and dad goes to work.  I am more than willing to care for them and i have enjoyed having them here.  They are such good kids whose world has been turned upside down and thrown into a situation where they are having to adapt to also.  It's been challenging for them I'm sure.

I find myself with my heart full of hurt for my friend.  She is hurting and has so much to deal with and there is nothing i can do except pray....which is something tremendous I know, but as a human being there is more I wish I could do.  He is ok for the most part.  He is alive.  He cannot walk, cannot put arms above his head, cannot hold a toothbrush and doesn't even know what one is.  Some of his memory is gone.  His right eye is lazy and will probably have to wear glasses.....but these are all things that can be dealt with.

we were at dinner last night and i found myself thinking of my friend, and looking at my own children and found myself overwhelmed with gratefulness. My children are healthy and can do most things. And then I found myself feeling guilty because I was grateful.

All of this to say, I made myself a gratitude journal.  I decided I needed a place to write down bible verses that are meaningful to me as a parent, as wife, as a woman.  I needed a place to remind myself of all the gracious things God has given me when I am overwhelmed with motherhood, when I feel like my children are rotten, when I've had a bad day.....I need to have a place to remind me of all the wonderful things I have to be thankful for! I found this idea here from the FAB Virginia Tillery! I just love her!
And here is my work in progress:












I used brown paper lunch bags to make this mini! :D And a mixture of delightfully domestic and mary ellen kits from noel mignon!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Birthday Invitation

So here it is.....post number 2 for the day! It's the birthday invitation I made for savannah's barbie rockstar......

Lost in the hustle and bustle

I have been so bummed not posting lately! :( We have just been crazy busy with graduations, babies, end of preschool, finishing up soccer, tball and getting things prepared and filled out for all the necessities for kindergarten. The kickoff to summer was memorial day weekend and we spent it with some great friends after church! It was great! Now we are in full swing of Barbie Rockstar planning party.....that has taken up most of my time the past few days as I am trying to make Savannah's 5th birthday extra special! I have the invitations done and I hope to post pictures later....we are having real life barbie come by to see the kiddos.  She is going to do a photo opp with the kids, play games and spend some talking to them about how beauty on the inside is what's important....since so many kids play with and look to barbie! We are having stars hang from the ceiling of our screened in porch, the kids will make some frames to put their autographed picture of themselves with barbie in and then Savannah asked if her friends and her could decorate their own cupcakes.....hope everyone enjoys it.

I have given up on housework today. My in-laws are coming to keep the kids because I am going with a friend tomorrow to walk in a 5k to benefit youth kids. I'm super excited and starting to think ahead to try another one later....but to jog it. I may start training for that! I cannot remember the last time I was so excited about working out and working for something! Back to the housework, every time i pick stuff up and clean the kids drag back out.....so i've given up....i'm taking my friends attitude....."if you are coming to visit with me, great....if you are coming to see the house, make an appointment." I do try really hard most days and today is no exception but I'm in a weird place right now and I can't figure it out.

This too shall pass........

I will leave you with a few pictures from some fun times! :D Hope you all have a fun filled summer beginning weekend!