Friday, April 29, 2011

a royal party.

the bigs and i are looking forward to settling in for
a viewing of the royal wedding for
friday movie night 
(a new tradition for us).

B remembers his mom 
waking him up in the middle of the night 
when he was four years old 
to watch Princess Diana's wedding.
i am grateful for tivo so that i do not have to do that.

and, it was absolutely perfect timing that B's mom 
just returned from a trip to London
where she brought us back this lovely 
oven mitt.

now i just need to think of something 
delicious to cook. 

1036. the weight being lifted
1037. excitement and anticipation
1038. picturing what our summer will be like
1039. being able to enjoy the last dr.p
1040. picking up a tear-free L from the CBS nursery
(a first)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

me and the hubs.

here we are,
all gussied up
and celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.

1031. backyard shindigs
1032. a break in the near, near future
1033. new ideas
1034. a very fast trip to the airport and back
1035. a leisurely bedtime routine for the munchkins

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

picture me {im}perfectly.tired

i'm tired.
well, i'm not actually tired at all. 
i'm completely exhausted.
you know, like when you feel so run-down 
that there seems to be a cloud over everything?
yeah, that kind of tired.

right now, i'm just really tired. 
tired of keeping it together.
the kids,
the house,
my emotions.
i know that i cannot do this. 
not on my own. 
but i keep trying.
and i keep failing. 

He is before all things, 
and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17

you must watch this video.

and be sure to check out
Wendy's post from last week
as she reminds us that we are not perfect 
and that sometimes strangers can surprise us. 

picture me {im}perfectly
is a weekly project to reveal that we don't have it all together.

i will post a 
picture me {im}perfectly
blog post every wednesday 
where you will be able to link up to your blog
revealing that:

you are not picture perfect,
your kids are not picture perfect,
your house is not picture perfect,
your crafts are not always picture perfect,

inspire and 
other women 
that none of us have it all together.  

add my button to your blog post
and link up to your direct posting
and feel encouraged. 

1026. rest (to come?!)
1027. a change in the schedule
1028. His true Word
1029. eating outside
1030. encouragement from a friend

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


i am realizing more and more 
that life is not about being comfortable.
it's not supposed to be comfortable. 
it's a good thing too, 
because i am not comfortable.

there and
i am reminded that i am not comfortable. 
a quick trip to the grocery store, 
a birthday party,
sitting in our house, watching families walk by.

there and
i am reminded of where we are not. 
i am reminded of what is missing. 
i am reminded of what i am longing for.

in this world,
i am reminded 
and i am grateful
that i am not comfortable
because He and He alone is my comfort.

and with that mindset,
there and 
i should be seeing what i do have.
what He has given me.

and this incredible blog post so resonates with me. 
i too want to have that 
complete and utter dependence on God 

As a mother comforts her child, 
so will I comfort you.
Isaiah 66:13

1021. resurrection eggs
1022. this recipe (thanks, Auntie B!)
1023. teensie tiny babydoll diapers from etsy
1024. feeling uncomfortable in this world
1025. His comfort

Monday, April 25, 2011


my sister, Aunt WW, 
recently returned from a trip to Kenya.
we were so excited for her to go on that journey.
so excited.
and we were equally excited for her to return from her journey.
excited to have her teach us all about what she saw and experienced.

not only did she make us these delicious and adorable cookies,
she presented us with a slideshow of 350 of her favorite photos from the trip.
it was simply put: awesome.

1016. my baby sister had her baby!
1017. a beautiful Easter day
1018. the rain
1019. the rain that stopped
1020. life and not death


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Friday, April 22, 2011

so talented.

you know what's neat?
each and every day i get to enjoy both 
hot coffee
iced coffee.

unfortunately, it's the same cup of coffee.
and it's not really iced, just cold.

isn't it absolutely incredible how messy a child can get 
with one teensy tiny piece of chocolate 
that she got for finding george the giraffe at our TJ's?
it's a talent, really.

and you must, must read this blog post.
we are too thrilled to be able to celebrate with them.

And we know that in all things 
God works for the good of those who love him, 
who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

i hope that you have a blessed Easter 
and are filled with the joy that only comes from Christ. 

1011. celebrating!
1012. fun, full days.
1013. sleepy babies
1014. the birds chirp, chirp, chirping away
1015. feeling sore

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

not the life for me.

we have been having a lot of fun this week.
no school.
no CBS.
no therapies.

(photo taken by my brother)

my parents took the kids and me 
to a petting zoo earlier this week.

(photo taken by my dad)

now, i have this dream to someday be a rancher.
but honestly, after being there for a few hours
and allowing my children to get 
filthy, filthy dirty
(well, not L)
and giving my children a bath and 
washing all of their clothes
the moment we entered my parents' house,
i've realized that it's not really the life for me.
i just don't think i could get used to that.

1006. being back home
1007. a fun, fun day had by all
1008. watching Tangled with the bigs
1009. not getting anything done
and not stressing about it
1010. Parenthood

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

picture me {im}perfectly.messes

is it just me or 
does having more than two children rock your world?
it rocks mine.
and not always in the most calming way.

i turn around.
i blink.
i take a deep breath.
i finish a single thought.
and in that short, 
(such a short amount of time)
my house is destroyed. 

i think that i probably touch more than 400 items a day
and unfortunately, i don't think that's an exaggeration.

i think we need to minimize the stuff.
if my children haven't played with something for more than two minutes, 
it needs to go bye bye.
that will surely bless our house.
less is more.
it is so so so much more.

but i think more importantly, 
when i am present
(and i mean really present, people)
the destruction in my house seems to decrease dramatically. 

i also think that if i borrowed an extra child for one week
and then gave them back to their parents, 
i would think three kids is a breeze.
any takers?

there were so many incredible women who linked up last week!
hop on over and visit
where she reveals her need to be less serious.
(i do, too!)

picture me {im}perfectly
is a weekly project to reveal that we don't have it all together.

i will post a 
picture me {im}perfectly
blog post every wednesday 
where you will be able to link up to your blog
revealing that:

you are not picture perfect,
your kids are not picture perfect,
your house is not picture perfect,
your crafts are not always picture perfect,

inspire and 
other women 
that none of us have it all together.  

add my button to your blog post
and link up to your direct posting
and feel encouraged. 

1001. kind words
1002. mixed CDs
1003. Truth spoken
1004. completely empty dinner plates
1005. time to blog

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

what joy really means.

apparently, i didn't get lunch on the table in time. 

i have been talking with 
a couple of sweet, dear friends 
who have been going through a lot lately.

i know by my own experience with L 
that God isn't going to bring us through anything 
that will not draw us closer to Him.
in those terrifying moments, 
we have the option to either 
cling to Him 
or crumble.

my life is not at all what i would have dreamed it would be. 
but God is changing 
my heart and 
my desires 
to be more like 
His heart and 
His desires. 
to see things the way that He sees them.

i know that without 
what we have experienced 
and are continuing to experience 
with L, 
my faith would not be where it is today. 
i am choosing to cling to Him.

I have found David son of Jesse, 
a man after my own heart; 
he will do everything I want him to do.
Acts 13:22

in my CBS class last week, 
we discussed that the word joy 
(which i learned means gladness in Greek)
"is constantly linked with hardship and suffering"
in the new testament. 
isn't that incredible?
yes, it is incredible.

He draws us closer.
that is what He is doing.
He is at work with His people.
He knows what He is doing. 
He has a plan.

i am assured that we are saved by grace 
and not by anything that we can do 
other than believe in Him 
who was sent to die for us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. 
Isaiah 53:5

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, 
whenever you face trials of many kinds, 
because you know that the testing of your faith 
produces perseverance. 
Let perseverance finish its work 
so that you may be mature and complete, 
not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4

i am also assured that 
that we go through in this life 
is there to strengthen our relationship with Christ.

from every good and wonderful gift 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, 
who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

to each and every heartbreaking moment.

And surely I am with you always, 
to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:20

i have a strong desire 
to have all of my joy 
come exclusively from the Lord.
oftentimes, it doesn't. 
but it is my desire.

 In this world you will have trouble. 
But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

right now, 
this very moment, 
i am in a good place.
but it's only because i am choosing to cling to Christ. 
i am trying (oh so trying) to live in the right now 
and not in the fear of what the future may hold.

996. great, great health news for that Guy Herb
997. holding onto what is to come
998. homemade chocolate sauce
999. living it up this week
1000. how counting my gifts has dramatically changed me

it has taken me nearly a year. 
and yes, you better believe that i am going to continue to count them.

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