Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Few Thousand Words

     My girls are growing up faster than I can believe.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words so rather than attempting to explain how much they are growing and how much of a delight it is to have them in our life, I'll just share our Fall pictures and hope you get the message!

Every day that passes, I am more and more convinced that I am more blessed then I could ever imagine.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Back to School!

      Ahhhhh!  It feels good to be sitting down at the old desk again.  Tea and oatmeal sitting haphazardly to my left, fuzzy green blanket my friend Theresa gave me for my 22nd birthday draped over my shoulders, hearing the clack, clack of clack of the keyboard. 

      My husband (an endless list of adjectives pop into my head making it almost impossible to simple type "My husband".  Amazing, incredible, wonderful, stupendous, handsome, unbelievable.  I want to include all of those every time I say "My husband".  Except for stupendous.  I really don't think I've ever used that one out loud.)  Anyway,  my .... husband bought me an ipad last Christmas and so ever so slowly I've found that I hardly ever return to this desk computer, except to edit pictures (ooooh!  More on that later!) or to BLOG!!!  It's good to be back.  But I digress....

     Jumping back in to blogging after being gone for months, I'm finding is like meeting up with a friend you haven't seen in years before the creation of Facebook.  It's hard to know where to start.  Do you catch up on everything that happened in between, or simply pick up on where things are today?  As a result, the posts that follow will possibly seem a little random or disjointed.  It's kind of how I roll.  I apologize in advance!

     The biggest happening around these parts lately has been the return of another school year.  With my health issues last year, school was sporadic.  I have been anticipating this new school year greatly and it has been so refreshing for all of us to return to some semblance of order.

         First of all, how is it even possible that I have a third grader this year?  We have majorly simplified this year.  I'm accepting from the very beginning that I am not some highly creative, super organized, home school mom who can pull fun and exciting object lessons out of her hat at any given moment.  I'm leaning more heavily on pre-planned lessons and have trimmed much of the "extras" from our school day.  So far it is going swimmingly.

     I've got two girls learning about binomial nomenclature, one girl learning to read, one girl learning to write her name and one girl learning to say "Please Mamma" instead of screaming and to use the potty.  Out of the bunch, I would say I'm learning the most of all.  What a tremendous journey this is.

      And in case you're wondering.  Those pictures were from the first day of school.  They're a memory.  A keepsake.  NOT reality!!!  Here are my little school girls this morning...

        It's off to school we go! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013


      A few weeks ago my friend posted this quote on Facebook that blessed me so deeply.

      "Does the wildflower bloom less carefully and are the tints less perfect because it rises beside the fallen tree in the thick woods where mankind never enters? Let us not bemoan the fact that we are not great, and that the eyes of the world are not upon us." ~ Springs in the Valley

      I have missed blogging so much!  I've missed a great many things.  But this has been such a refreshing season of being totally incapable.  Coming to the realization that I just can't, and that's okay, has been such an amazing ride.  It is much harder than I imagined to let go of roles that I thought I could and should handle so well. 

     What a gift it has been to let go and rest in the wisdom and sovereignty of my loving Father.  To stop the striving and the failing and the fretting and to just trust.  And to find in the trusting a beautiful place to rest;  Obedience.  I was where God wanted me.  And all the times I felt like I was slipping into no one, nothing, unnoticed by the world, He would wrap His arms me and remind me that I truly am nothing apart from Him and being where He wants me is all the greatness I will ever need. 

    He also placed around me people who had just the perfect words of encouragement at just the right moments.  I've never felt more truly loved.

    Thank you all so very much for your prayers.  I feel like physically things are getting so much better.  I'm looking forward to a new season and praying that I will never forget to strive only for HIS greatness and never my own.