Sunday, May 15, 2011

He's Always Been Faithful


It is an absolutely GORGEOUS day in the Lord! It is 73 degrees and sunny with a refreshing breeze. I just thought I'd take time to elaborate on what God is doing in the life of our family. As I wrote about yesterday, I am about 20 weeks pregnant with our fourth child and am having an amazing pregnancy compared to the others. I have not had to have a blood transfusion or IV fluids in the hospital or be on bed rest or be on home IV therapy or a zofran pump for hyperemisis (which is severe nausea and vomiting to the point of being dangerously ill). Praise be to God for this miracle! I have had a bad infection which caused some worry at first but antibiotics took care of that. In the same day I went to the hospital for some spotting and cramping, I was dealing with some difficult issues with friends, and we found out that our air conditioner completely went kaput. But God always has a plan doesn't He? The cramping and bleeding was because of a bad infection and so I was put on antibiotics. The baby's heartbeat was perfect and I was told to just take it easy the next few days and to keep pushing fluids. Praise be to God! The issues with friends were worked out and God whispered to my heart that HE is Healer and Savior, and Sustainer and I am NOT. Thank goodness! The world would look vastly different if I were in charge. Praise God that I am not, right? :) God used the hard stuff to show me exactly who was in control and that I am not that person. Those lessons are hard but so necessary. Praise be to God! As for the air conditioner, we learned that depending on what had to be replaced it could cost up to $5,000 dollars. Thankfully our homeowner's insurance will cover all but the $750.00 deductible AND we can get on a payment plan! Praise be to God! He is good good good! All the time! And what is even more profound is that through all of that, my heart understood that even if something was wrong with the baby, had I lost a friendship, and had we been in a situation where we had to pay the full amount for a new air conditioner out of our own pocket - He STILL would be good. ALL the time. 

I am learning to not only treasure the times where God answers my prayers, but rejoicing even in the times where He does not. Because He is God and I am not. He doesn't owe me an explanation and in my humanity I am not deserving of anything but death. But God, in His love for the wretched people of this world, gave his only Son that we - that I - might have eternal life. Abundant life. Praise God that I am covered by the blood of Christ and that He has washed me white as snow! God gave absolutely everything He had so who am I to expect anything from Him? 

There is a beautiful song I'd like to share with you that talks about being drawn closer to the Lord in the storms of life and laying those treasures which are formed by the trials down at His throne.  I hope you love it as much as I do! Blessings friends!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook





Outside My Window...

Crickets chirping, a light breeze is blowing, and the sky is a deep blue.



I am thinking...

how amazingly blessed I am. God has been so good to us. HE is AWESOME!


I am thankful for...
my husband who sees the real me and loves me with the love of Christ.


From the learning rooms...
gearing up for a summer of learning fun! Researching ideas, planning, and we have started bird watching and nature journaling. Fun!


From the kitchen...
Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana, fresh homemade salsa, and hopefully trying a recipe for Sopapilla Cheesecake - YUM!


I am wearing...
gray sweatpants, blue-gray maternity shirt and bare feet.


I am creating...
a new look in my kiddos rooms with new paint and wall decorations. Pics soon to come!


I am going...
to head to bed for some much needed R&R in just a few moments!


I am reading...
my One Year Bible, and The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

On my mind...
Wondering what this new little one is going to look like and be like. Feeling the tiny kicks of my fourth child in my swelling belly. Such a gift!


Around the house...
painting, decorating, cleaning, and loving my family and God in each mundane task I endeavor to complete each day.


One of my favorite things...
Those moments in the morning when our children make their way into our room and snuggle in our bed and we laugh and giggle and tell stories. Such sweet moments!


A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Ultrasound to find out who this little one is! SO EXCITED! I can't wait until Friday! 


A Picture or Thought I am Sharing:


Next Sunday we will say goodbye to some sweet friends. This is a picture of one of our last days with them. From Left to right in the back is our friend JW and his daughter LW,  My husband, Big Daddy holding our Drama Mama and our friend's little boy CW. From Left to Right in the front: Our son, Tater Tot, our friend HW holding her son, MW, then me holding our  little Wiggle Worm and carrying our fourth little one in my belly which is hidden lol!