Making This Place Your Home

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Re-living these moments brings happy tears to my eyes! Wish we could’ve captured everyone’s reactions about baby girl. We did get a few clips of our family, from the very first time we told them about our baby, to finding out the gender… Such sweet memories!

Here are the few we were lucky enough to capture on video…

 

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Another New Year


It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a moment to come here and write down my thoughts. The year 2016 has come and gone so quickly, and the last few months have been some of the busiest for us. I’m starting to understand more and more what my parents meant when they told me that the older you get, the faster time slips away from you. And here we are, at the start of another new year.

I see a lot of people on social media posting about how they wish “time would slow down”.

“Slow down time.”

“Time please, please slow down.”

But time is never really on our side is it? I don’t disagree with these ideas. Wouldn’t it be something if we could slow down time during the joyous moments we wish to soak up forever? If we could somehow capture the moments and make them more than a memory, maybe somehow stay in that moment just a little longer. Just one more day. Bottle it up to open again later. Perhaps, if time were to agree with our pleas to slow down, we would only wish for more time. Just one more day. Five more minutes.

Time doesn’t wait for us to be ready, though. I’m very much guilty of having that “childlike” mentality, of just five more minutes even as an adult. We’ve all at some point wanted to fast – forward through hurting or a hard work week. Waiting is not promised to be an easy task. It’s funny to me, how God chooses just a handful of these moments to become those lifelong memories. Often times, we know in the middle of a memory that we won’t ever forget it. You know the moments when everything in the world is right?

Have you ever prayed to never forget a feeling? Just soak it up as much as you can, knowing full aware it won’t last forever. Could be the moment you’ve been waiting and hoping would come for so long. My favorite memories are the ones that weren’t expected. I believe God gives us these times to get us through the rest of our days.

So maybe this new year we should stop saying “time slow down”. Maybe it’s not time that needs to slow down. Maybe, it’s US that needs to slow down and soak it in. Maybe it’s US that should be praying for our feelings in these moments to last forever in our hearts. Then no matter what is in front of us, our heart is full. Yes, today is hard, but remember when God provided a memory so sweet it still to this day brings a smile to your face? Thank you, Lord, for the memories and the reminder to slow down and enjoy what you’ve given us. 

Here’s to another new year, full of all the unknown to soak in, and the memories that fill our hearts from times past.

Let His Love Bring You JOY

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Christmas time is undoubtedly a special time of year. Between all the hustle and bustle preparing for Christmas Day, it was nice to stop and reflect on the birth of our Savior today. Our church service this morning consisted of a sweet Christmas play as told by the children of the church. Their innocence was a reminder of the simplicity of the season.

I must admit to being slightly overwhelmed the last few weeks. But today, I will focus on Jesus, just Jesus. Ann Voskamp writes, “I will not be driven by perfectionism or performance – because I was formed by Love, for Love. I will simply enjoy the ministry of presence today: God’s presence, people’s presence, the present moment, the gift of now. The greatest gift I can give back to our great God is to let His love make me glad.”

All we need to get ready for Christmas is to prepare our hearts. So here’s to a Christmas filled with joy!

To Every Thing There is a Season

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This week marks the first few days of fall. As I took in the crisp air early this morning before the sun came up, I was reminded to soak in all the little changes our Lord gives us each season. Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 is a reminder that there is a time and purpose for everything. Can I just say, that chapter is so beautiful and the older I get, the more I can relate.

Often times, I feel as though we go through a change, and quickly find that we are looking for the next exciting life change without appreciating the present moments. I guess as sinners our flesh is never satisfied.

It’s so easy to get discouraged waiting for your next season. (Believe me!) But then the Lord will send little reminders, like this morning, that in due time His plan will unfold and it will be the most perfect and more amazing than we could ever have imagined.

I want to try and not overlook that God has placed us in this season right now, and it’s all a part of His plan. Don’t miss your purpose now looking for what’s to come later. As Chapter 3 says,

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (v11)

I’ve caught myself thinking lately, “If only I could know when”. I’ve also thought “If I knew then what I know now…” after hard life lessons. But if we knew the future, why would we need to place our complete trust and faith in God? During my last few weeks in college, I remember the fears of the unknown creep in to my life. For the first time, I had no idea what was next. The week after I graduated college, the Lord brought Levi into my life. We were engaged 5 months later, and I was also fortunate enough to be introduced to the field of work that I would later come to love. I would have never guessed, but let me tell you friends… NOTHING takes God by surprise.

Even with such evident proof, I still have to remind myself that His timing is perfect. So to those of you who are also hurting, anxious, or stressed during this time of “waiting season”, I pray this chapter could be an encouragement to you as it was to me.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (v1) 

My Little Bear

Most kids have a “security blanket” or comfort toy…. Mine was a teddy bear, given to me at the age of 5. My bear and I, later to be named “Little Bear”, instantly became inseparable. My kindergarten class had given me a large basket when my brother was born. Inside was what came to be my lifelong “comfort”.

For those who don’t know, my baby brother, David, was born with a rare bone disease. He was not supposed to live 7 minutes on earth. I love my school for going that extra mile to show that curly haired little girl affection. I’m sure that basket was filled with love and handled with care, but the only thing I remember about it is my teddy bear. He was “born” when my brother was born, and when our Lord took my brother home 7 MONTHS later (yes, he was our family’s miracle), Little Bear stayed with me. In my naive mind, I felt David was with me when I squeezed that bear. Every little whisper of a prayer, Little Bear came to life.

Little Bear’s home was in my room as long as I can remember. Since Levi and I have been married, I wanted so very much to find a way to remember the treasure I found in that old teddy bear. He has had several “surgeries” over the years… aka Mom had to sew him up a lot of because of wear and tear.

I just now found a way to showcase my Little Bear….

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Now in one of our extra bedrooms, you can find my Little Bear showcased in a simple wooden frame. I would love to pass him down to my children, but I know his fur is thin and needs some care. So instead, I plan to share my memories with them. All it took was an old wooden frame, some fabric, and some pins. It may seem silly to you, but with that old worn out bear with the green bow tie, I shared my secrets, my prayers, and my love as a child. He holds some of my greatest childhood memories.

No, We Aren’t Cavemen

No, we don’t have cable.  Yes, we know that’s not normal. 

No, we don’t get bored. Yes, we just simply go outside.

No, we can afford it. Yes, it’s a choice.

Just a few of the questions we get when people find out we don’t have cable. You should see the look on people’s faces!! It’s like we are cavemen or something? Yes, we have a Hulu for movie nights and those rainy days… But no cable. We have always been “money conscious” but especially when we first got married. To save a little extra, we decided to not have cable. I must admit to sometimes wanting to watch the news in the morning, or a football game, oh and HGTV…. But the simple truth is almost two years later, we still survive. It pushes us to go outside, to talk in the evenings, to read more books, and get out of the house. So for now, we will keep the cable-less lifestyle. Although one day this may change, we hope to not let such a simple thing like cable get in the way of our marriage and takeover our lives. Definitely not saying this happens to everybody, but it’s so easy to get caught up without realizing the truth. I pray we always remember these “simple” days.