Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Best of November

Getting to intercede in prayer for our nation and press
into the Goodness and Security of WHO GOD is.

Having a truly beautiful daughter inside and out.

Being taken out for a special dinner by my Father-in-Law
at an Austrian restaurant that served Hungarian food!

Finally getting to paint Ahava's room!  The color is called
"Limelight" and we talked about how Jesus is the Limelight of our hearts!

Having NO CAVITIES!!!

Seeing Ahava Learn and Love at school.  She is a VERY smart
girl and is already reading at age 4!

Laughing at how silly Gracey and Ahava are when they play!

The Lord leading me to a $20 bill that has been packed since our move
back from California.  It was in a box, in a card and God totally led me to it
just when we needed it. 

Ahava deciding that everyone at Papa's work needed a good
bell performance. 

Meeting the absolute cutest baby donkey in the world "Eli".
He is so so so so cute!!!!!  I want one?????!!!!

Ahava coming up to me saying she drew a flying unicorn!  I think
I cried I was laughing so much, it made me so happy!
 
It finally getting cold outside!  Praise JESUS!!!!

Making Apple Pie with Ahava.  She is REALLY good at cooking.  She doesn't
just play and pretend to help, but truly manages to work as a team with me.

Going Horseback Riding WITH my FAMILY!  My sister and her family
drove to Texas from Massachusetts!  We had a blast!

Having the most precious nieces and daughter that God could have
blessed me with.

Spending time with my sister and her family, laughing, creating memories and being
thankful that God has done so many things in my life.  He is worthy of all the
Glory and Honor,  Thank you Jesus for this month and what You have blessed me with.

Cousins make the best friends.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Best of October

Celebrating Natalie Grace's 13th Angel Day.
We bought a bunch of newborn baby girl things and went to
a local hospital and asked them to give it to a baby girl
that was born that day.  There was no dry eye between the nurses
and us by the time we left.  We never got to meet the
family, as per our request, but we poured into this blessing
and was so happy to celebrate LIFE as we thought of Natalie
this year. 
Well, I wouldn't say this is a part of the "best" of October, but it is
how we spent most of the mornings and evenings.  The "gunk" arrived
and we spent weeks trying to clear Ahava's lungs, but she pulled through
like a trooper!
 

Ahava getting me a new "car"!!! 
Well, almost, but I will take it!

Being spoiled by Grandma Barb!  She loves this shirt!

Becoming PIGGY's at the Texas Fair and Rodeo in Dallas

Going back to work Part Time!

Looking at old photos and listening to stories from Bryan's Grandmother.
We spent over 2 hours doing this and I could have easily done 1,000 more.

Spending the day with Ahava's best buddy at the zoo!

Welcoming a new precious life of my sweet friend that I have prayed for.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Heaven

Night time is my all time favorite.  I guess half of it is because I survived the day, and the other is that I get to hear Ahava's heart as we cuddle in bed. She tells me about her day, asks questions and sometimes, like the other night, it can get very deep.  Laying next to me under her covers, she puts her hand on mine, looks at me very sad and says "Mommy I don't want you to go to heaven."  I was a little shocked at how our conversation went from her favorite color and animal to this.  I told her enthusiastically that "I WANT to go to heaven!"  I explained that I am not going to heaven right now, but that eventually, I DO want to go to heaven and I was REALLY excited.  We have talked about heaven and she always seems so amazed!  She then told me that she doesn't want me to go to heaven without her, and honestly this pinged my heart a little bit.  I didn't want Ahava to be thinking about something so sad like me dying, so I thought about what I should say.  I told her that we don't know when we will go to heaven and that only God knows and that if Mommy goes to heaven before you, then you will see me again in heaven and we will live together forever WITH Jesus!!!!  I told her that me being in heaven before her isn't the end and that we should WANT to go to heaven.  I could see Ahava's face in the evening shadow becoming more and more gloomy and concerned.  I started praying in my heart and just felt this weight of sadness.  I wanted to say the right thing and felt like I had done a good job, but there was something more on her heart now.  "Mommy," she said very distraught. I tried to stay calm, "Here we go," I thought and braced myself.  "But, Mommy" she continued, ",....are there...." and she almost couldn't get it out, "...are there spoons in heaven?"  "Well," I said as I relaxed my body, "there has to be.  God said that we are going to have a FEAST in heaven and I can't imagine eating food at a beautiful feast without spoons!"  Ahava's whole demeanor changed!  She SMILED so BIG!  She hugged me as tight as she could, (ouch!), kissed me on the cheek and seemed so so so so relieved.  SO, rest assured, THERE ARE SPOONS IN HEAVEN!

Singing Along

Yesterday was Sunday and Ahava and I spent some time outside now that it isn't immanent death by heat.  She was on a "very important mission" of some sort collecting leaves in a big plastic bucket and I took the opportunity to grab my often too neglected guitar and decided to strum a little outside.  I didn't play anything fancy and I didn't sing, I just wanted to strum and play some chords.  But before I knew it, someone WAS singing along with the music.  A soft red blur shot through our bushes and landed right where I could see him and Mr. Cardinal sang along his worship song with me.  It really was a precious moment and I felt like "all creation" was declaring the glory of God!  He sang beautifully and it made me remember not to forget the little moments of God's beauty in this crazy world.  They are still there, we just have to get quiet and still enough to see them.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

I NeedA Laugh


Ahava's first made up joke:


Q: How do Horsey's fly?
A: Because they're normal

(followed by uncontrollable laughing)



Tuesday, September 06, 2016