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The other day I was on my morning walk…I say that like I walk every morning…I don’t…I just started a few days ago.  I honestly hate excersize but I have found that with each baby it gets harder and harder to lose the baby fat…so I am forcing myself to at least walk a little in the mornings…

I have been struggling with some battles…battles against sin (bad attitude toward Daniel, selfishness, bitterness, insecurity, apathy, ect.) and I’ve just been feeling like crap, spiritually speaking, the last few days…

But as I am walking and looking at the beauty around me and listening to music…(music by the way is so powerful…God soooo uses it to usher us into His presence and He truly can speak so much through it)….I am overwhelmed by His love for me…

I completley felt His pleasure and smile resting on me…covering and enveloping me like the softest blanket you can imagine…He totally spoke His grace and love to me during that morning walk…

You see, I feel like so many times I believe the lie that God is dissappointed with me when I am undone and sinning a lot…and when I feel like my act is all together…He is pleased…

But that is NOT TRUE!

He is always pleased with us….Why? Because if we are in Christ…then He sees Christs’ perfection and righteousness when He looks at us….

He does not grade our performance at whatever on a scale of 0 to 5…He does not frown upon us and shake His finger at us when we mess up…He is always there with open arms…Always welcoming us and our screw ups…ready to use them and speak His tender mercies into us…

And that is a lesson I truly needed a reminder in. 

That, of course, is not to say because of His grace we can live however we want…Because of His grace, we are to want to do good and want to act like His child…

And being His child is the best thing in this world….

Anyway, just some thoughts on this Friday…

Happy Weekend!!!!

Love to you sweet friends!

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Ok…so I am going to try and write this without crying because I miss you more than you know!!!  Please don’t hate me for putting this many pics of you on here….

My sister and me have something very special…it’s actually crazy how much I love her because she and I are TOTAL opposites…but hey, opposites attract, right?!…She is smart, I am….artistic ( cool word for not too book smart), she is in a lot of ways fearless and bold…I am scared of everything, she is assertive and a people person…I am reserved and introverted, she has an I phone 4g…I have a ghetto phone from 1997 (please don’t send me a multi media message because I can’t get those) lol, she has blonde hair…I have brown….what can I say…How were we born from the same mother?

 I love her more than I can say in words…

From dancing as little girls in our living room to Pump Up the Jam and Manic Monday (we totally did not understand the words to that song 🙂 )…to our sleepover marathons with Amy…to our days in Yearbook together in Highschool…to our summers with cousins…to college days that were hard…and now to times with babies and new careers…You have been there for all three of mine being brought into the world…….I could not have prayed for a better sister, Aunt for my kids, and friend…

I love you so much Leah…I hope your birthday is so wonderful…I am so proud of you!

 

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I first off just want to share something funny…or at least I thought it was hilarious….

Davis was up early this morning and it seemed like he cried all morning long…teething and hunger for Davis DO. NOT. MIX….

So I’m in the big kitchen at the ranch making muffins and in walks our little 10 year old Charles all sleepy eyed and he asks…”Has Davis been crying all morning?” ….”Yes, he has…” I replied….And after a long pause and a bewildered stare he said…”Parenting must be tough”….

MmmHmm…………….

Throughout the craziness of the past few weeks and the fact that this Babywise FANATIC has an 8 week old that is still not sleeping through the night…it has actually been a fantastic start to summer…

My parents were sweet enough to let us stay at their house while they were in Cuba on a mission trip…Being over there is so relaxing…there is so much beauty everywhere you turn…Their house sits on the bay right in front of my aunts house…which was my grandfathers house….which was where us kids grew up and made so many memories with so many people I love…

And now watching my children make memories in the same places I did.. is as sweet as anything…

I hope your summer is off to a spectacular start!!!…(And please when you go to sleep tonight thank the Lord for the full, uninterrupted, glorious 7 or 8 hours you will get.. 🙂 )

Love to You!!!!!!!

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Or is it A friend is a friend forever?…don’t know….Oh, those old days of Michael W. Smith, SCC, and the like…such sweet memories attached to 90’s Christian music songs…no matter how cheesy…

I can count on my hand the kind of friends that are super special/love them like a sister/tell them anything/be totally yourself/act really dumb with and not care type of friends….

They are hard to come by and when you are given one…they are a forever friend…no matter the distance…or the time that has gone by since you last talked…you can pick right up where you left off…

This past weekend was one of those pick right up where we left off times with Darla…except where we left off was when we had (collectively speaking) three kids…and now there are five…

Doing a group shot was not happening…

 

I went down there thinking I would get to relax a little…enjoy a day at the park…spend lots of time catching up with Darla…Yeah…WRONG!

Our days were spent chasing little ones, wiping noses and behinds, feeding babies, cleaning up after them, and loving on them…Only after they were all put to bed were the four of us able to chill…over a glass of wine and laughter, mind you!!!…so good for the soul…

We were able to reminisce and laugh over days gone by…college days where we were so different than we are today…and share stuff with each other…hurts and problems and issues we are facing…that too is so good for the soul…

Overall..a sweet weekend…one I wish would come around more often…

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, maybe next time we will hire a babysitter (or two) for a night out to dinner, eh???!!

I hope your week is going wonderfully!!!

P.S. If you are a coldplay fan, their new song is out and it is (not surprisingly) phenomenal…. 🙂

Love to You!!!!!!!!

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Last year it was Liberty for Target that I was totally in love with as far as clothing goes for summer…

This year I’m smitten with Lilly Pulitzer and Boden…

The thing is, I don’t have 300 dollars to spend on a summer dress…and even if I did…I don’t think I could spend 300 dollars on a summer dress or outfit…

But, I love finding clothing that I love that looks just like the expensive stuff…but isn’t.

I love, love, love, the summer colors of Lilly Pulitzer… Boden is a little more casual and a little less frou-frou.

It makes me want to pack up and head for somewhere in Florida….maybe….Tampa…!!!

We are leaving tomorrow for Tampa to see my best friend and her family… Cannot express the excitement over getting to spend precious time with her, catching up with her, and loving on her little ones….There will be five children in her house=Pray for us!!!

Much love sweets!!!!

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