The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:4-9
Our family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger
- author unknown
This is a picture that I found on the internet of the F2 tornado that came over downtown Huntsville last night. This is actually on Governors Dr. at the First Baptist Church. Not sure who actually captured this photo but I just thought this pic was AMAZING!! Thanking God today for keeping everyone safe last night.
I have been meaning to share these pictures all week and just now getting around to it! But Wow, what a Sunday we had!! Waiting in line at Parkway Place mall for 6 1/2 hours to see Alabama football's Terrence "Mount" Cody!! Sam LOVES Cody, so when we heard he was coming to Huntsville we told Sam and he HAD to go see him! We knew it would be crowded but never ever did we think it would take us that long to see him. And barely see him at that, we got to the front of the line at 6 p.m. which was supposed to be the time he was to leave and everyone had been saying all day he is leaving at 6 on the dot and will not stay any later. Sam was so worried and kept saying "mom we arent gonna make it up there are we" and of course I didnt know what to say! Well thankfully after that long of a wait we made it. Sam had brought from home his football and helmet to get signed and we also bought a canvas of the big "Tennessee block" play and had that signed. Sam was SO SO SO ExCiTeD! I was so tired from standing all day, Chad & Sam were there with me most of the time but after we saw it was taking so long they actually left and went to basketball practice, came back and I was still in line! It was fun making these memories. Hope Sam will always remember these fun times!!
yes.... this is the line we waited in
our day in the line was just beginning patiently waiting
God never ceases to amaze me and I just wanted to share this God moment with you. It may not seem like a very big deal to you but to me it definitely was. I find myself lately just "craving" (for lack of a better word) another baby! I have good days and through the holidays we were so busy I didnt have time to focus on it so much but now that things are settling into this new year it has been all I can think about lately! 2 nights ago Chad and I were about to go to bed and I just turned to him and said "I want another baby"!! He really doesnt know what to say anymore I dont think!! So he just listens. I ended up crying my self to sleep. Questioning God.... Why?!?! I know that is so wrong of me. Yesterday morning I check my emails and I have a message from joy with a sweet email stating she followed this blog and thought of me when she read this most recent post titled beyond our imaginations hoping it would give me some hope. Below are the words from that post that helped me so much that day.....
"I have been feeling somewhat tired in this early stage of pregnancy and also pondered some tough questions as I stated that the reality of another baby is sinking in more and more. We are excited that God is sending another baby into our lives. Yet a big part of me also aches at the same time because I have so many friends and know that lots of people are on a journey of hoping to be where I'm at- expecting a baby- and yet it seems no matter what they try or do or how hard they pray, their journey ends at a "dead-end" time after time. I can't help but feel some of their pain and wonder how God's plan can be trusted when it seems so cold and bleak. Yet I know that God is the Creator of all- from everlasting to everlasting He is God. His timing is always right. His ways are higher. What we find confusing as we walk life's journey so many times turns into something that goes beyond our imaginations as we look back and we can "see" how He in fact did have it all mapped out. Perfectly dependable; totally reliable; Almighty God. I take great comfort in knowing that even when life's path gets bumpy or takes a turn I hadn't planned for, none of it takes God by surprise. He is with us through it all and has our best interest at heart. And He has a BIG heart too! Maybe you find your own self struggling with something in life right now that seems overwhelming, dark, beyond what you can bear, or simply leaving you without any peace at all. I hope I can be an encouragement to you that God is near and He will see you through. Your journey might not look the way you had imagined it or wish it would look, but God is always in control and when we give our hearts and lives and futures to Him, He promises to make something beautiful out of our offering. That promise gives me peace, joy AND hope! I trust that it does the same for you too!"
You see when I was so down that night, crying myself to sleep. God heard me. Thats no surprise to me...I know he always he hears me. But for him to just show me in this way! At that same moment before I went to bed, Joy sent me that email at 9:55 pm. The same exact time I was crying out to God. And those uplifting encouraging words in that blog was just what I needed to hear. It did give me so much hope! God is Good. I am so thankful that he has brought me in touch with my blogging friends. It has helped me so much through these hard times to hear your encouraging words. Sometimes thats all I need and it turns my day around. Thank you!
I continue to rely and trust in Gods timing. My heart will just not let me give up on having another baby. Sometimes I just pray that God will just let my heart feel content and complete with just Sam so that I can move on past this, but I dont feel that. Thats why Im still waiting and trusting in him, his timing, and his plan.
These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3
Today is Maw Maw's actual birthday.... 85 years =) We celebrated at my house Friday night and she was SO surprised! It was great to have everyone here and celebrate with her.... only I sure missed Paw Paw not being here for it! Before everyone got here Sam asked if he could have one of the balloons to let go up to heaven for Paw Paw so he could be a part of the party!! So he picked a yellow one... wrote I love you Paw Paw on it and drew a sunshine all by himself and then brought it to me. My eyes just filled with tears. I am so thankful that Sam still talks about an remembers Paw Paw since he was 3 when he passed away. So off Sam and I went outside and we sent that balloon right up to Paw Paw =)
When everyone arrived we had some good ole bar-b-q sandwhiches, chicken, potatoe salad, baked beans, and of course what would a party be without some CaKe!
I love you Maw Maw! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and that 2010 will be great year for you =)
Early last week Sam had a very mild stomach bug and now this week.......
Sam is back to school today after missing 3 days this week from strep throat =( This is the first time he has ever had strep and he was pitiful! Started out on Monday afternoon with 102 fever and by Tuesday night he had broke out into a horrible rash. The trunk of his body and face were red as fire, luckily benadryl did the trick until we made it to see Dr. Dudley Wednesday morning. She said as soon as she saw his rash and throat/tonsils, she knew he was positive and the throat swab confirmed it! Amazing how fast some Amoxicillin can do the trick though, he was feeling better in 24 hours! Thank goodness!! Now praying Chad and I dont catch it. Bye Bye cooties, please stay away now for awhile!!
Yea, for Sam's GrEaT report card that he brought home from school on Monday! So proud of how well he has done in Kindergarten this year! I am lovin listening to him read and seeing how well his handwriting is improving! Way to Go Sam!!!!
Today I will be working my tail off to get my house clean and clothes washed after doing nothing but laying around with Sam this week (which by the way I so enjoyed snuggling with him for 3 days) Tonight we are having a surprise birthday party for my MawMaw at my house. She will be 85 years young on Monday =) I love her so so much and am so thankful for each and every day we have with her. I really wish I could slow myself down and get over to her house and visit with her more than I do! Love you MawMaw!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoy this heatwave!
Wouldnt it be so much fun to be snowed in tomorrow!! I think so!! I hope we get a BIG snow. The local weathermen are saying 1-2 inches, i think 3-4 would be good =) Its been way to long around here!! I would love to be able to build a snowman like this one with Sam tomorrow!! Not hopin for an ice storm cause we need our power!! Just some snow would be GREAT! We will see =)