Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas 

as our family eagerly awaits the arrival of its newest addition. 
(She will be here any day!)

May the good news of our savior's birth fill your hearts with joy and peace. Love itself came down for us.

Much Love to you all!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Some Thoughts on Independence Day

I love my country.

And not because it is perfect,
 because it isn't.

But because it is a place where my children and I are free to dream...
...and pursue those dreams.

A place where we are free
 to worship our God,

and enjoy/share the blessings that He has put in our lives.
I love this nation because it is my home.

It is the backdrop to the moments and memories that are being written on our hearts
and woven into my children's and my heritage.

Happy Fourth of July!

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence day every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the white house in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
~Erma Brombeck

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life as I know it


Revelation:  I am an epic failure at this blogging gig! 

but I am learning to be ok with that. I truly believe that there will be a season in my life again where I can be a consistent blogger, but for now, I have to choose to be at peace with my own imperfection, and my inability to contribute wholeheartedly to the online world. 

I suppose that our blogs should be a reflection of us, and where we are at in our lives: and my blog is definitely a reflection of the crazy that is my life, and the lack of emotional or physical energy that I have left in my day to contribute to the blogosphere. 

So please give me grace, and don't give up on me, because you, dear reader are never far from my heart. 

Oh, and by the way, 

Monday, April 1, 2013

"Where O death is your victory?
Where O death is your sting?" 
-Hosea 13:14, Cor 15:55

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Hardest Thing About being a Mom...

You know what I think the hardest thing about being a mom is?

It isn't the messes or the tantrums.

It's not the endless responsibilities, or 3 am feedings or dirty diapers.

It is me. 

The hardest thing about being a parent is the harsh reality that having kids doesn't suddenly make you like Mary Poppins or June Cleaver.

Since motherhood began for me, I have realized all to often that I am still the same broken, sinful person (who needs Jesus in a deeper way than I can explain) I always was....only now I have kids.   Now I have precious little people in my life who are affected by my sin and I hate that.  Now these little people are looking to me, flawed as I am, for guidance in this great big world, and are depending on me for well...everything

That scares me. I hate my own imperfection.  I hate it more when it affects my kids.  I hate it when I rob my home of its peace over issues that in the big scheme of things are trivial.  I hate it when stress, or temper or being overwhelmed with my own shortcomings takes over my belief system and my actions. 

But then a still small whisper breaks through the grievance in my heart to say, "It is ok. My grace is bigger than your mistakes. I love you. I love your children. I am with you. You don't have to be perfect. You just have to live out of my grace and believe that it is enough."

So, today I choose grace.

 I choose not to beat myself up over my faults.  I choose to embrace the love of a God who is by my side every moment: championing me and reminding me that with every mistake there is a chance to point my children toward Jesus and His boundless love wrapped in endless grace. 

Today I choose to love myself because my Father in heaven loves me.  Because to Him I am worth loving and to Him my flaws could never be enough to exasperate the fact that He believes in me more than anyone else ever could. 

Today I choose to live in grace; to wash my heart, hands and mind in it.  I choose to sing a song of His grace over my home by basking in it myself.  I choose to acknowledge the power of Jesus to transcend any and all brokenness in my life, and in the lives of these sweet blessings that I call my babes.

How about you mama? Do you choose grace for your life today? Because Jesus already has.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Read this Book!

Hey friends!

I know that I have been MIA around here for WAY TOO long... I can't even begin to explain my absence .. that will have to be its own post another day. 

I only have a few minutes while Ella plays in her crib and Bennet munches on cheerios, so I wanted to use these few minutes to tell you that I have been reading the most amazing book and I think every mom needs to read it!  This book is like a breath of fresh air.  It doesn't make you feel like you aren't doing enough, or give you unrealistic formulas for raising the perfect children.  The chapters are short and it is a very easy read.  This book has been life changing for me! 

 Mammas, Please read it! 
I know your time is precious and I would never recommend a book lightly.
(and no, this is not a paid advertisement) 

Remember today that know matter who you are, where you have been, what you have done, what you will do, or what you are struggling with, you are God's BELOVED!  May you rest in His grace and have a great Sunday.

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