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Big and Beautiful

I am getting big….

I am reminded of this every Sunday by the dear man at church who likes to comment on just how large I am and how I must be having twins…We both laugh and I remind myself that it is good to laugh about such things instead of wanting to knock the man in the jaw because he has no idea what it feels like to waddle around feeling like at any moment that bone is going to break in two or baby Jo is going to fall right outa there at any second…

I tell ya…pregnancy is an awful and wonderous thing…

As I was reading up on my problematic bone pain down there…I learned about how the body knows exactly what to do to prepare the baby and the mother for birth….I will spare you the details, but it was astounding…How God works in so many intricate and tiny details that we have no clue about…

It made me feel so beautiful and loved…that this body God has given me can do so many miraculous and crazy things…

And while I may feel like a whale…and get out of breath easy…and waddle…and let out a scream every time I have to get up off the floor…and pee 5 times during the night…and have heartburn so bad that it makes my eyes water…

I do feel beautiful…

Big-bellied and beautiful.

Many Blessings to you on this Monday!!!!!

P.S.  I love the picture above.  Davis sits so perfectly on his little brother. 🙂

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Pretty things in the making

From the photos you can probably tell what I’ve been doing.

I actually have no clue what I’m doing.  Seriously.

What is so funny, is that I’ve never been much of a jewelry wear-er.  I’m not sure why.  I’m sort of picky when it comes to jewelry.

All I know is…I love to create…and I have loved working with my hands and trying different colors and materials together…

I have an obsession with antiques and old things…so what I am thinking….so far….is taking old jewelry…vintage rhinestones/gems and making them fresh…giving them new life so to speak…

Once again, I honestly have no clue…but I am having fun…

Hopefully, I will have more to show you soon…I am working on enough to put out at a table at Arts and Crafts…

We shall see…

Much love!!!

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In the Water

I am still at a place of searching out what church should be like and operate like…I don’t know why it is taking so dern long for me to be resolved on this…but it is…and I’m glad because I really feel like this journey of doubt and questions regarding church functionality is important, I think….

But, there is this one thing I love about church…besides the fellowship with people I have come to love dearly….

And that is baptism.

Especially when it is little ones.

I’m glad and happy when adults or teenagers get dunked in the water…

But, Oh, buddy, when I see a little 6 or 7 year old step into that water…looking all terrified…or happy…and they stand there as the Pastor says a few words…and then he says…

“And, Anna, what is your profession of faith?”

And that precious little girl says so sweetly and boldly…

“Jesus Christ is Lord!”

I am telling you every single time it makes me want to bawl like a baby…and sometimes I do…

Oh my goodness how I cannot wait for the day our children accept Christ and step into those waters and say those words…I think it will be one of the happiest days of my life…and I also think I will need someone to carry me out because I will be sobbing uncontrollably…

I also just sit there and think how Jesus must love hearing it too…no matter the age or size…How it must be the sweetest thing to here His children profess their faith, love, and allegiance to Him…

Just some sweet thoughts on this Wednesday morning…

I hope you are having a wonderful week!!! Blessings!

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Creating and Imagining

So, I have this idea…

Many times I will get ideas…for things…really creative things…and they would be superb…but most of them are extremely unrealistic.

For example, I envision in my head really wonderful short films and/or music videos and/or trailors for movies.  They are beautiful and I know I would be good at this…but do I have the time or money or desire to go to film school. No.

And painting…I’m ok at it…not great.  But, do I really want to work hard at it just to have a painting sit in a store for months on end and never sell?…because in the world I live in…artists don’t do well financially…unless you live in New York and hang a toilet seat on a wall as an installation and it becomes art and people “oooh” and “ahhh” and whisper to each other how marvelous it is….

Anyways…

I now have an idea that I could, in all reality and seriousness, do….using my God-given creativity and maybe… just maybe… make a profit from it…

So, I optimistically searched and searched the internet to see if anyone was doing something similar, not to mention THE EXACT SAME THING….

And, what do you know?….There is!! Imagine that! And she does it so well, and so beautifully, and seems to make a substantial profit from it…

So, my question to myself and to you…is…what do you do when you want to create…but someone has gotten to your particular idea first…?

Do you throw in the towel?

Or do you forge ahead and make your own way in the world of creativity and just hope that you and that person never meet…(she lives in London, so odds are good we wouldn’t)…. 🙂

Thinking on this a good deal…..

Hopefully, the answer will be to forge ahead…and I will share with you soon my thoughts and ideas…

God Bless!

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I remember bits and peices so clearly.  Others are blurry.  Oh, how I wish I could go back and watch our love story like a movie…how it all unfolded….how he won me over with his easy way and his lagoon blue eyes…

The dinner that night at Jesse’s was a little awkward…he was a little more quiet and reserved…

Afterward, we climbed rickety old wooden ladders outside an old historic home until we reached the rooftop overlooking the bay…Dah’s bay…a place that meant a lot to this girl.  The night was dark and the stars were bright.  I clung to him and he held me atop the Fry House…I never wanted him to let go.  His heart was beating so hard that I knew what was coming next…. 

He reached down and out of his sock he pulled out a little box.  He asked me to be his wife.  I said yes.  I couldn’t see the ring because it was so dark but it could have been made out of aluminum foil…I didn’t care…I was his and he was mine…

We smiled and laughed and kissed and the excitement of what was to come flooded every single thought and wish…

The past five years have been full of love…a mess of tears…and the best of my life so far…

In five years we have grown up and grown into a family of five…holy cow…and there is no one else on this planet for me, than you my love.  I pray the next five will be even more beautiful.  I pray we will grow closer, laugh harder, love deeper, kiss more, and let annoyances and arguments go easier.  Hard, I know, being that you are stubborn and I am dramatic and we are both exceedingly selfish and think the other is more selfish than we are.  But, babe, you are my other and like this song says…my heart and yours are the same.

I love you Daniel.  Happy Fifth.

Listen to this song, January Wedding by The Avett Brothers…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq4DsqiW2DI

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Some Brightness

Resolutions are always fun to think about…to write out…I don’t think I blogged them last year.  I remember a few…many were left undone…some untouched completely…and some accomplished…

Here are a few, realistic goals…ideas…dreams for the coming year:

-read and learn more about photography

-with lots of prayer…learn more of the Bible…to really become a student of it and gain a love for it like I’ve never had

-spend more time soaking up Maris and Davis…and less time worrying about house cleaning

-grow this little blog into something more creative, more developed

-paint ONE, just one painting that I love and matt it and frame it and hang it on a wall

-read various books on homeschooling

Yep…thats mine.

 I’m so looking forward to what the next year brings.  Lord, fill it and go before us….Thank you for the love, goodness, blessings, and the things you have taught us through the tears and hard times in the past year.  No good thing do you withhold. I love you.

Do you have some brightness planned for 2011? I’d love to hear!

Love to you!

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