Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Best Friend

I have been so emotional lately, I guess I can blame this whole pregnancy thing, but it has made me ever so grateful for my attentive, loving and patient husband.



We are no where near perfect, but God definitely knew what He was doing (as He always does) when He put us together.

I hate being weak, emotional, out of control, or ugly in front of people, but when my husband loves me through those moments, it truly is a beautiful and amazing thing. He doesn't love me because I am perfect or because I always choose the right attitude, he loves me because I am me (the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly) and because he made a promise to love me forever. We are able to do this because Jesus first loved us. And He gives us an incredible and challenging example to follow.




We are still learning how to walk out this whole marriage thing (I suspect we will be learning our whole lives), but I am beyond blessed by our beautifully imperfect marriage. He is my absolute best friend and I don't know what I would do without him.



*** Photo credit to Sarah Rogers - these are a bit old, but definitely some of our favorites - she did a great job.



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Failing...

God is SO GOOD. I am constantly amazed at His sufficiency when all my best efforts are still insufficient. His promises are true EVERY day, and we can solely rely on Him for ALL that we need.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Many days I feel like I am failing...

Failing to be a good enough wife
Failing to be a good enough mother
Failing to be a faithful and true friend
Failing to consistently reach out to others
Failing to make a big enough difference in this world
Failing to eat healthy enough
Failing to exercise enough
Failing to communicate adequately or honestly
Failing to get all of my "to-do" lists done
Failing to be genuine or real
Failing to follow through with good intentions
Failing to be involved enough

The list could go on...

And the truth is that I do fall short, almost every time. I do fail, over and over. But the beautiful thing is that God covers me each and every time. His grace never runs out or falls short. He loves me through my weakest moments and He gives me the grace and the strength to try again. He is teaching me to rest in Him, to rely on Him. He is reminding me that the only good in me is Him anyway.

It is humbling, but also, incredibly freeing.


But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:10 

***For another GREAT read check out my friend's post at Messes & Moments

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'm Back...

Well, it is a New Year - Happy New Year! Hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the Holidays.

One of the new things I want to try this year is to blog more regularly. This may be difficult for me and the posts may not be anything profound or even important, but it is a goal. And hopefully some of you will enjoy this journey with me.

Lately, I have been sitting down with every intention of writing - multiple times in the last couple months - and as you can see I have not successfully typed even one word. Maybe, it is because so much has been going on, I can't seem to gather my thoughts enough to share them coherently. Maybe, it is because nothing hugely significant has been happening and the rest doesn't seem post worthy. As a dear friend of mine (Chelsie) put it, I often can't decide weather to write about something serious (a heart matter) or something mundane (day to day happenings) and I often second guess myself which obviously leads to complete inaction...ha! Anyway, my goal is to be better, even just as an exercise for myself. So here goes...


SOME RECENT HAPPENINGS:

1) Elijah and I got to spend a whole month in Arkansas with my amazing sister and her sweet family while Ethan was doing some training in Mississippi.



2) We found out that baby #2 is 90% sure a GIRL! We both thought it was a girl, so we are inclined to agree with that 90% chance that it is a girl, and since we already have boy stuff we will be okay if we end up being surprised at the birth. Of course, we will be ecstatic either way and we have names picked out for both. GIRL: Makayla Grace BOY: Ethan Noah (we would call him Noah)



3) We had a wonderfully, lovely & very blessed Christmas even though it was just the three of us celebrating this year.







4) We were surprised with the visit from some of our loveliest and dearest friends of all times - Sarah and Billy Rogers and their sweet baby boy Liam. Such an incredibly fun treat! I was too wrapped up in enjoying them to think about snapping pictures but here is an older one...and soon we will both have another little one added to our families - congrats Sarah & Billy!!!


5) We were blessed with the opportunity to visit some family in Hollister, California - the lovely Francis family! Again, I didn't think to snap a picture, but, trust me, we had a GREAT time ;)

6) We got a second vehicle...my husband is a very happy man!


I am sure I am forgetting something, but I will be posting more regularly so I will fill you in if I remember :)

What has been happening in your lives lately??