On Thursday, Levi stayed up a little after Griffin went down for his nap so that we could do some painting.
My friend, Heather, had posted a picture of some heart rocks on Instagram and I was inspired to make some of my own.
I figured Levi would like doing a little rock painting himself…and he did. Green and blue are his favorite colors just in case you are wondering.
He would have sat in there by himself for the rest of the day and painted every rock he could get his hands on if I would have let him.
While he was busy painting I painted a few heart rocks of my own.
I had searched for the most heart shaped rocks I could find in my driveway earlier that morning. Not perfectly heart-like but I think they turned out pretty cute. Happy hearts.
Next time I need to make sure he is wearing paint cloths or a smock or something. I saved his jeans before it was too late. Don’t you love little fingers covered in paint?
I finally pried him away so he could squeeze in a little nap that day, but we will definitely be doing rock painting again. Maybe someday when you drive up our driveway it will be filled with rainbow rocks. Wouldn’t that be fun?
The next day was Cora’s heaven anniversary. The boys and I go to Cora’s stone all the time because it is on our walking path, but we always go as a family on her heaven anniversary and birthday.
When we painted our rocks the day before I hadn’t intended on making them to take to Cora’s stone. But after getting donuts that morning, Levi and I were talking and decided that our rocks were the perfect thing to put on Cora’s stone for her heaven anniversary. Levi loaded up a bag with all his rocks and was so excited to leave them there for her.
Notice he gave her the blue and green one first? Love that.
The boys love to go to sissy’s stone and Levi often requests to stop there on our walks.
This is very typical to find them playing games and climbing all over sissy’s stone. Probably a little weird for most people but it has become our normal.
Definitely bittersweet. I so wish that these boys could have known their sister here on earth. But I love that someday they will know her in heaven. You have some pretty awesome brothers, Miss Cora. I can’t wait for them to meet you.
The rock hearts ended up being the perfect addition to Cora’s stone…and they won’t even blow away in the Kansas wind! I loved what they symbolized as I thought more about them throughout the day.
:: God my Rock ::
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4
I am so comforted to know that no matter what my circumstances He will always give me a firm place to stand. He is my Rock.
:: Stones of Remembrance ::
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. Joshua 4:4-7
The Lord has been so faithful to us and I pray that we would never stop telling others, especially our boys, of the great things He has done and continues to do in our lives.
:: God’s Love ::
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
And I had to add this verse one more time. How incredible to know that I can rely on God’s character and his love for me…even on the days when I am not feeling it. He loves me so much. He loves my family more than I can imagine. I am so thankful for His great love and what He has done for me…and you!