1. I haven’t taken any pictures for over a week. I need to pull my camera out again. It is not very fun to write a post without pictures.
2. Speaking of pictures…I am still working on getting all of my photos off of my computer, organized and backed up. I have made it through half of 2012. I can’t wait until they are all organized and I can start making some photo books. Fun.
3. The winner of the Lauren Haddox Designs giveaway is:
Aimee: When my first born turned 4, we did a construction themed bday party, complete with hard hats and vests for all the kids! So fun!
Congratulations, Aimee! Check your inbox for an email from me. 🙂 And don’t forget that Lauren is offering a 20% discount in her shop through the end of November. Enter MAC20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order. You can find Lauren on Etsy or at Lauren Haddox Designs.
4. Have you been following Julie’s blog? I have been blown away by how God’s hand has been involved in every little step of Katee’s adoption. Katee was placed in her mama’s arms forever on Monday, but they got to meet her even earlier than expected. So amazing! Adoption is so beautiful. And such a powerful picture of our adoption in Christ as Ian wrote about here. You have to go see Katee…she is precious…and I can’t wait to meet her next week!
5. The past few weeks I have felt a new sense of thankfulness that God’s mercies are new every morning. I grew to love these Truths in Lamentations after Cora died:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
There were many days and weeks after Cora died that were dark and consumed with grief. Yet the Lord was so faithful and every morning He was right there by my side giving me just what I needed to get through another day without my daughter. My days lately have felt consuming…but in a much different way. Parenting is hard work. My boys have not been getting along at all. It is hard to know how to discipline or who to discipline when they are both crying and both at fault…even the baby! Don’t get me wrong. Even the hard days of parenting are a privilege and a blessing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But my boys know how to wear their mama out and lately I have just been so thankful that on these rough days…when I feel like we are getting no where and I am failing as a parent…that I can anticipate His new mercies in the morning.
6. And just because…here are a few pictures I found from this summer that I never posted. They are such a perfect picture of my determined, stubborn and dramatic baby boy.
These just make me laugh. He was so determined to get in that sandbox all by himself. And so proud when he finally made it over the edge face first…until he eventually realized his mouth was full of sand. Then came the delayed, dramatic meltdown. And these pictures remind me that they do love each other some of the time! 🙂