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i’m not going to lie. 2012? a hard year. both for me personally and for so many people i care about.
sometimes i get overwhelmed by the seemingly unending SAD things and the scary things I read/see on the news that i just want to go back to bed, pull the covers over my head and hide from it all. but then i remember. God is good. he really is. my cousin and I have started an ongoing “things I am thankful for” list. we will text each other at random things that are blessing us and showing us that God’s love is real even when the world around us seems so so dark.

today. i am thankful for THIS song.

Am I at the point of no improvement?
What of the death, I still dwell in?
I try to excel but I feel no movement
Can I be free of this unreleasable sin?


Never underestimate my Jesus
You’re tellin’ me that there’s no hope
I’m tellin’ you, you’re wrong
Never underestimate my Jesus
When the world around you crumbles
He will be strong, He will be strong

I throw up my hands, oh the impossibilities
Frustrated and tired, where do I go from here?
Now I’m searching for the confidence, I’ve lost so willingly
Overcoming these obstacles is overcoming my fears

Never underestimate my Jesus
You’re tellin’ me that there’s no hope
I’m tellin’ you, you’re wrong
Never underestimate my Jesus
When the world around you crumbles
He will be strong, He will be strong

I think I can’t, I think I can’t
But I think you can, I think you can
I think I can’t, I think I can’t
But I think you can, I think you can
Gather my insufficiencies and place them in your hands
Place them in your hands, place them in your hands

and for the true light my children are. the other day, everything seemed to be crushing in on me and i had to sit down and have a good cry (yes. i am UBER emotional. sometimes crying just FEELS good). so i gathered up amelia and chase and the snuggled me while I cried. (chase saying “you crying mama? you crying?” then he wiped a tear with his finger, put it on his face and said “i’m crying too mama”) and you know what? not much can be better for my soul than huge hugs from those two. plus a big slobbery open mouthed kiss from their little brother….provided it doesn’t end in a bite.

yes. i am amazingly thankful for them.

chase. he is almost four. FOUR. i am still not sure how time could fly so very fast. it seems like yesterday that he was just itty bitty. (well as itty bitty as a 8 lb 10 oz baby can be) and now he is running around the house in robot jammies pretending (so far in the hour since he has gotten up) to be a detective and then a bad guy, that he was blasting off to indiana, and he that was saving someone from falling off a cliff…all with a running commentary to himself. this boy LOVES to pretend. you can see by the last picture…he is just a tad bit dramatic. of course I have NO CLUE where he and amelia get their dramatic, talkative, quick tempered natures from. i know NO ONE like that. (smirk)

i am sure he won’t thank me for this one later…

all of these were taken within about a minute span…

 

a few weeks ago amelia and chase formed a band. amelia played the “trumpet” and chase played the drum. they spent quite awhile practicing, amelia gathered some chairs in the yard and they put on a show for some lucky family members. these pictures aren’t from that evening performance, but a repeat show they put on for daddy, grant and I. I also have some video I will try to get up sometime.

earlier this summer….well a couple of weeks ago, we went on vacation with a large group of my mom’s family. it was an absolutely lovely, multi-generational group and we had so much fun. we relaxed, we ate, we played games, we shopped, we ate, we swam, we fished, we sang, we roasted marshmallows, we ate, we celebrated. and we ate.ate.ate. you know most people when they camp they have hot dogs and hamburgers, and sandwiches and easy food? oh not us. we had to have fish fries and roast and pasta dishes, and so much more. and the deserts. how can i forget the deserts. um. yeah. we like food. i adore my family. i adore being by the lake. it was just such a nice time. here is a little taste of that. ((well, by little i mean way too many pictures. total overload)