Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Love of my Life

This week Mark and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. A whole Decade. Wow.
Are there people who thought we would never make it? Most certainly. Were there times that nearly broke us apart? You betcha. But the thing is, when God looks on something and says it is good, IT IS GOOD. We have been continually molded and shaped and taught how to love each other and rise above the hurdles that are thrown in our path. In spite of every attempt the enemy has made, God's hand has faithfully been on our lives, pointing to the beautiful purpose that He is fufilling through our love.
So 10 years later through the raw grit of life, I have a greater love and understanding of the man that I chose to spend every day of my life with...
10 Things I Love About Mark...
1) He still kisses me goodnight, even when he *thinks* I am sleeping.
2) He is not afraid to show his tears.
3) He always makes time for our children.
4) He kills all the spiders.
5) He supports me and helps me reach my goals.
6) He is "better than me" at driving the babysitters home.
7) He makes sure our girls know they are beautiful-- inside and out.
8) He is SO patient.
9) He is a darn good cook.
10) He is the glue that has held us together through some of the hardest days of our lives.
Celebrate with us. God has chosen something impossible and made it something beautiful, and we hope that we will be a reflection of that promise of healing to anyone who sees us.
Happy Anniversary Buddy!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Good Things

In all the hurt and uncertainty... good things are happening.... This week marks the first steps in some important journeys for our family...
Please remember us in your prayers this week... pray we will stay focused and working as a team... that we will make it to all of our appointments with as little stress as possible... that we will be protected from negative thoughts... that we will be rested. That God will do great things in us and through us. We believe...

Friday, October 7, 2011

From the Mouths of Babes

"From the mouths of infants and children, You have created praise."
Matthew 21:16
Morning time holds a special time of prayer for the kids and I.    It began as me praying for them each morning while they listened. Now it soothes my heart to see how they are learning to pray and growing in their own understanding of who God is. They are so simple and honest... many of us adults can learn from the humble prayers of a child. How often we get concerned whether we are using the right words or making our prayers sound good, and yet it is the words of the children we know are close to the heart of God. I want to share some of the things these precious little souls are praying for... and hope they make your heart smile like mine.
"Please hold Ellianna in Your lap in Heaven and keep her safe" -Jacob
"Please help Mommy not be afraid" -Baylie
"Help me to have a happy heart today" -Bella
"Please help those Angel Guards keep Satan out of Heaven" -Jacob
"Please let Ellie see your rainbow horse" -Baylie
"Help me do my best and not listen to lies" -Jacob
"I hope Ellie is having fun with you in Heaven" -Bella
"Help our friend to believe in You" -Baylie
These simple and heartfelt conversations show me the trust and faith that is molding their lives and giving them hope... and it encourages me to hold tight to my own.