It feels like a game sometimes…

You take 1 step forward…

And then your next move?

4 steps back…

The great thing about this life?

We WILL get HOME…

‘In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.’ John 14:2 

Time

It’s been quiet over here {or at least as quiet as it can be with 4 kiddos home from school & family visiting & a trip away}.

As I think back over our Christmas & New Years, I know I want to be intentional with time as I start 2012.

The time that we have been together recently has reminded me so much of the time we had with Lulu…

Slowing down & just soaking in everything.

Time with my husband, time with our kiddos, time with family & friends,

And most importantly time with God.

I may have to remind myself daily, but I want this new year – this fresh start to be more than ‘just a resolution’.

Decorating for Christmas

Last year, I was looking for a word that could be visual in our home. We wanted to be reminded of God’s continuing presence in the midst of our shaken up life.

 I found this sign at a local store & set it up…

I brought our Christmas decorations out this year & decided to put the words ‘Peace’ out again and also add the other ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ words in our decorations.

 

 I like having the words out to see.

And also to be reminded of God’s fullness in our everyday lives.

Snow

The snow started falling yesterday afternoon.

When the kiddos got home from school we went out to play.

 The best part of playing in the snow?

– besides building a snowman…

– and besides doing donuts in the golf cart

{cause we’re hillbilly like that – I wanted to take a picture of Jason doing the donuts, but I was laughing too hard}

 Anyway…the best part?…

Hot cocoa with a whipped cream hat.

This week

This week my mind is all over the place. This week is already heavy with memories from a year ago that are keeping me from the moment. This week my mind is crammed with thoughts and leaving no room for much else. This week, a year ago, consisted of dedicating our daughter, a doctor’s appointment, a lot of snuggling, a nurse check-up, a night out for mama & daddy, a good-bye that we never wanted to say. This week takes me to a place I haven’t completely let myself go.

This week is here.

This week He is with me.

This week His promises are still true.

This week I WILL rest in His presence.

This week His peace will be sufficient for me.

This week He is good.

This week He holds my daughter,

and He holds me.

Letter to Ana

Three of the kiddos are sick at home today, so we thought it would be a good time to do some writing & coloring to send to Ana.

 

It is important for us to focus on the beautiful things that can come from hurt.

And something beautiful today is thinking of Ana & her family.

The pain of missing Lulu still comes on strong & hard many days & sometimes the choice to focus on something good is just not there. So when we can choose joy over pain, we want to make that choice.

 

Friday Praise & Prayers

Good morning…

This IS the day that the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it.

{no, I’m not here right now, but isn’t this a beautiful way to start a morning}

What are you praising God for today?

I have been thinking a lot about those I know that are battling cancer and I am lifting those friends and family up in prayer today, for their healing and for their relationships with Christ to be deepened. 

We are showing our house this weekend and next. We are still waiting on the right buyer to come along so that we can make our move. So we are praying for this as well.

What are your prayers?

Will you lift them to God today?

May your weekend be a beautiful one.

Savoring the Moment

This weekend, Owen & Simon’s soccer games were over & it was our first Saturday morning we stayed in our pj’s until close to lunch time.

The kids built blocks for most of the morning.

Jason & I were wondering what we should be doing.

It is a new phase in our lives, where the kids play (most of the time) really well together.

It was a relaxing morning & a great time to sit back & savor the moment.