Deuteronomy 4:35

You have been shown these things that you might know the Lord is God besides him there is no other.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Special Olympics Bowling

Because our baby girl is in third grade this year, she gets to participate in special olympics.  She has gotten to try her hand at bowling already, and it was such a joy to watch her.  I watch her..all grown up..and I can hardly believe this is the same girl that I was handed nearly seven years ago.
She is so confident, so happy, and so so big!
There were hundreds of bowlers.  It was packed, loud, and she did it!
She participated and bowled two games.  When it was done, we got her out of there as she was pretty spent, but she didn't mind having the afternoon off of school so it was a win for her!  I am so proud of her.  What a precious girl she is growing up to be!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Six Glorious Months with our Sweet Baby

Six months home for this incredible girl has come and gone.  These last six months have flown by.  Six months is so short, but at the same time it seems like forever, as I can't remember myself without her. I was snuggling her frame in my arms a few days ago, and I was overcome with grief that this sweet, precious gift had to wait two and a half years to know what it was like to be rocked by a momma.  Such a devastating loss my dear girl was handed shortly after her birth.  Yet from this loss has come such a beautiful family that is full to the brim with love, chaos, and crazy because of my girl's presence.
How I love this little one more than I could have dreamed when waiting for her.  When this girl was given to me six months ago, I had no idea that she loved avocados, music toys, or tickling.
I didn't know that she would crawl to the bathroom like a mad munchkin when she heard the bath running.
And I couldn't have dreamed that she would so perfectly compliment our family.  Good!  It is so good to love this girl as mine!  Happy six months home my treasure!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Here I am logged into this space knowing that I have about five seconds before someone screams, poops, or calls for me with a impatient voice.  There is so much to much going on in my heart, and yet the space and time to process is so elusive.  Days are chaotic, loud, and demanding.  Quiet and peace escape me as moments run together at such speed that days, weeks, and months jumble together.  I wish I could just stop for a second to get out some of the very important things that God is planting in my heart.  I long to just drink in the beauty that is marbled with the hard as I journey through this life.  How I desire so much to just have some time to be soaking in the Lord.  Yet with twenty hours a week of medical appointments, tea parties, requests for "SWING ME!", and so much more that demands my attention..such time doesn't ever come.  Isolation, business, and tasks so numerous it is impossible to not be overwhelmed are the enemies that haunt me these days, and yet even in the hardest of times this great HOPE that I carry from knowing Jesus is such a comfort.  This is all so temporary..the crazy, the chaos, the overwhelming..will all pass away, but this glorious HOPE is mine for eternity.  This morning I praise my God that He chose me.  I am grateful to know His love.  As I was feeling particularly overwhelmed one day last week, He pursued me making sure that Matthew 6:25 came up three different times over a span of two days.  Three times I read or heard..

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Three times the God of the universe revealed Himself to me to provide comfort and reassurance just because He loves me.  And I feel so incredibly burdened for those who go through this life without Jesus because, while my moments can be overwhelming just like everyone else, I have this JOY that comes in the morning.  I have this one who carries me when I can't walk myself.  I have this one who is beside me..inside in and day out.  I have this one who never, never leaves me..never lets me down..never forgets me.  One who reminds me daily that I am His.  Beyond grateful this morning for this HOPE only Jesus can give.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pumpkin Sensory Soup

My girls love messy, sensory play!
Ok, I love it as much as they do.
So, the week before Halloween we set up our favorite station in the backyard.
Pumpkin soup making!
Everyone had there own pumpkin cauldron.
We had plenty of ingredients too.  Pumpkin guts, gravel, water, soap, vinegar, baking soda, and sand
to dump, stir, and add to our vessel!
Mostly, they just made a big mess,
but my was it fun to watch them.
They are growing up too fast,
and I just love how their minds work.
I know my days of playing are numbered
so I am determined to soak up every single moment.
Embracing the mess, chaos, and laughter here as this season will be gone too soon.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Let Her Eat Cake

What a JOY to celebrate our little pumpkin's first birthday in a family!
She is now three years old.
She wasn't sure what to make of all of this.
This is her first time eating cake.
At first, she wasn't a fan, but slowly...
she squished,
and self fed.
Forty five minutes of eating later,
every morsel of cake was devoured.
She was quite pleased at consuming so much sugary goodness!
And she was adorable covered in dairy free orange frosting!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy Third Birthday

For six months, you have known the love of a family.

Today, we celebrate you!

Today is your very first birthday!

This evening you will sit in front of a dairy free pumpkin cake, hear us sing to you, and we will celebrate who you are because we love you so much!

We just can't get enough of your chubbiness..

or the way your eyes disappear when you smile.

Happy Birthday, dear baby girl!

You will never again have another birthday that you are not celebrated by your family!  We are absolutely grateful to God to have you in ours.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Baby

Oh my heart, I adore this sweet girl!

Wickiup Hill

There is an amazing new, natural playground at Wickiup. 
We grabbed our babies last Saturday and went to explore.
Water pumped into a log that leads to a creek is a giant hit with my babes!
Bamboo building center was so unique and provided such fun!
We couldn't even begin to photograph it all as it is amazing what this playground has to offer!
The music station was fun for everyone.
Ellie loved this huge metal drum that provided her vibration and sound.
Precious, Happy babes were everywhere!
We did some trail hiking and Molly led the way!  That girl can sure run!
They have an authentic wickiup that you can rent to camp in. 
Wood, rocks, sand, water..everywhere to play in, on, and around!
Spring..when will you come?  We can't wait to play here again, but it looks like winter is on the way in our parts so we may not visit again for awhile. :(