Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
-1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Psalm 7:17
Would you please join me today in visiting and encouraging a sweet mama. Her name is Courtney and her baby it Tripp. Her life is hard right now, yet she shares her spirit of faith and trust and thanksgiving with the world in her latest post:
Friday, November 25, 2011
Yes, you read that correctly ... this sweet girl pictured here, snuggled in her mommy's lap is nine YEARS old. She is one of the fortunate ones to be rescued from the life she was living ... many more remain in the orphanages and they need our prayers ... they need our attention and our voices!
James 1:27 tells us "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Well, the world polluted many people in this little girl's country into believing that because she was born with a disability that she was worthless, that she should be shut away and nearly starved on the 4th floor of an orphanage. I guess the world did not realize that God himself had other ideas ... he has a plan and a purpose for this sweet life and her whole family! Their story is a beautiful one. Is it all flowers and roses? Is it always smooth sailing, of course not! But they are doing what God has called them to do and they are doing it in HIS timing ... that my friends is a beautiful beautiful story! Please join me in following their blog:
Thursday, November 24, 2011
so we would have two turkeys to color
in the paper and online ... because her schooling is getting to a
point that she needs her own laptop
the other parts of our meal soon:
The smashed potatoes getting a little more smashing because one little girl felt very offended at being left out of the precess and cried that she never got a turn to smash potatoes (she never got a nap today and it is really starting to show)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, we live in MN and it was bound to happen ... it snowed! Oh the excitement from my kids and their cousins. They had been gone all morning with their Papa. And after lunch, just as it started to snow, they decided to goto a movie:
But when the movie let out there was quite a bit more! So Papa brought them back to my house where we scrambled to find snow clothes and boots that fit everybody ... good thing we save the old stuff to pass down and that the cousins fall inbetween my kids current sizes:
Friday, November 18, 2011
I had sometime all to myself today ... kids were all occupied and busy, so I thought I would take a few holiday things to the cemetery. Its an odd feeling being there ... looking around... so much love displayed in the wreaths and flowers and trinkets that people leave, especially on the "Babyland Hill" where our tiny Journey is buried.
As a mom with a baby in heaven you still have this strong desire to "mother", to care for, to DO something for your baby. I am sure to many people out there that seems so strange and odd. But honestly I think its natural ... its instinct ... and it hurts even more if/when we try to hide from it. I know people in my life question: why does she still go there? And why in the world does she take pictures there? And when will she get over this?
Well, I am learning something ... you never get over this ... I am forever changed. Like it or not, this is who I am. I know that Journey needs no actual parenting now. Heaven is a perfect place with the perfect parent ... but I am still here in a very NOT perfect place. I think for many many parents who wish they could have held and rocked and kissed their babies taking things to their baby's graves or creating memory shelves at home in their child's memory helps ease that aching ... I suppose its a difficult thing to understand, especially if you have never been there. I'm not sure I can put any more words to the idea. But I know that bringing flowers and a stuffed animal to Journey's grave and keeping his angel and candle and name on my shelf bring me healing and some sense of peace.
I pray as this season of holidays approaches that peace would surround us and we would be kind and gentle to those in our lives trying to figure out just how to celebrate when hearts are so broken.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
And a prayer request…
Momma’s been a little quiet over here–and just waiting on Him. And just wanted to ask those of you reading this far today if you would lift our family up in prayer as we seek and wait on Him in an unexpected direction right now. God’s plans are always perfect. His ways are always higher than our ways…although they don’t always make sense when we are in the midst of it. My heart is on a roller-coaster–and I am praying for His peace to come and rest completely over us as we trust and find our strength in Him. He is good all the time. I keep saying this over and over…some times we have to say truth to remind our hearts no matter what is before us. If you think about it–just pray that His will would be done in our lives no matter what. Thank you…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Nov 15th 2004 was the day we learned that the baby I was pregnant with had died ... he or she was our first loss ... it was a very difficult time. We decided to name him/her (though I really believe she was a she) Liberty John. A friend made this beautiful picture for me in rememberance of Liberty:
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I ordered a simple little pebbled painted with a "vision" I have had several times over the years ...
Casey at TreasureBeans.com did a beautiful job painting what I described to her: My sister, Missy, in Heaven holding, loving and playing with my angel babies.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I am glad that our boys attend a school where Veteran's Day is recognized with a special chapel service. The students each brought in pictures of the veterans they know and local veterans were invited to join us. Looking at the many pictures of the men and woman who served our country and are still serving our country made me wish I had more pictures to honor the veterans I know and love. So below is a collage of my pictures (of my grandpas, my father in law and my hubby) and then a few more internet images pulled together for a Veterans Day post.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Anchored By Hope
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope
Missing Grace Foundation
Infants Remembered In Silence (IRIS)
Grieve Out Loud
Sufficient Grace Ministries
Thursday, November 10, 2011
My dear friend Beryl came up with this wonderful photo assignment idea for November. And since I am really having a tough time being thankful, or even content this time of year I thought I would give her assignment a try. She has titled this assignment A Lesson In Gratitude