One of my son's favorite movies is the movie "The Incredibles". When our second son was born, someone said that his resemblance to "Jack Jack" in the movie was incredible. Our oldest got such a kick out of that and the nicknames stuck. He still refers to us by our nicknames on a daily basis. We hope to add a "Violet" to our family through adoption someday.
I am abundantly thankful & incredibly grateful today and pray for God to continue helping me cultivate a spirit of thankfulness each and every day! There is a quote I like that says “it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy”
I am thankful for my boys’ school. It is a joy to watch them thrive and to know they are in a loving environment. I am thankful for their learning, their teachers, their friends, and the friendships I have formed with other moms from school! Today I helped in Dash’s classroom, which I always enjoy, and it was so great helping with turkey crafts and cupcakes and listening to the kids excitement and prayers of thanksgiving.
I’m curled up with a big blanket at my dining room table this morning. The house is peaceful with the boys off at school and the sun is pouring in the ice-flecked windows. I’m listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong United and have my Bible and journal open in front of me. I’m thankful for this quiet time. The week ahead is very full and I started this morning already tired and looking for my extra-large coffee cup. Welcome to Monday where my to-do list is looming and my laundry is overflowing and the milk is bad in my fridge. I have photos calling my name and a pile of dirty dishes filling the counter. Instead of jumping into my tasks head first, this morning I am starting the day with quiet time. A friend and I were writing back and forth over email last night and her words struck a chord with me: ”it is a time of busyness upon busyness that tends to overwhelm those of us who like to keep on top of things and do them all well. But it is so important that we find time to recharge and tend to our own health and well being to get through it”.
This morning I’m reading about Abraham and how he trusted God even though he didn’t have all the details. I am a planner. I like goals and to do lists…and those things are good. However, sometimes God wants me to just rest in Him and trust His plan, even when I don’t understand what it means. He desires to bless me with His quiet promises that fill me with peace when I slow down and listen. It goes against my human nature at times, but I know that God desires my good and that even when I don’t understand, and I’m full of questions, His plan is a very true promise for me to hold on to!
I know I’ve shared this song before, but it is just so good!
Today I am very thankful for second chances, and even more so with pictures like these* ;)
*even though my “shoot” with the boys was a complete bust today, I still secretly love these pictures–they make me laugh SO HARD! The middle left one with Dash slumped on Jack Jack’s shoulder is my personal favorite We’ll try again tomorrow!
Child of God. Mommy. Photographer. Social worker. Lover of fall colors, rainy days, and hearing my boys laugh. Committed to living life intentionally in every area.
My husband amazes me every day with his incredible patience and love. He quietly tries to make my life better in each of his actions, and he is a natural father, shouldering equal responsbility in raising our sons and caring for our household. He is a mechanical engineer by profession, and enjoys reading, board games, hiking, and playing with the boys.
our spunky red-headed 7 year old lives up to the name "Dash" with his genuine love for running and anything active. He also loves to read, create imagination games, and play soccer.
Our unbelievably happy 4 year old who keeps us on our toes by his love for mischief! His smile and amazing blue eyes capture the hearts of everyone who sees him, especially his mama!
We are in the process of adopting a 3-year old little girl through international adoption. We can't wait until she is home and part of our family! You can read more of our journey to adopt her on our fundraising website, http://www.bringinglylahome.com