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Auction #1
Baby Chenille Hat

This hat is made of baby chenille yarn and fits size 6-12 months.
I can’t tell you how cute this hat is. What baby wouldn’t look cute with feathers on top of her head? Joel said that it wouldn’t be cute on Levi. Bummer. I guess it is not “boyish” enough.  Lesli, if we ever have another girl I think she is going to need a hat just like this! 
Auction Rules:
If you want to bid on this adorable hat…leave a comment.
You can outbid each other by leaving your amount in your comment.
You have to bid at least a dollar higher than the comment before yours.
The bidding will close Sunday, February 28 at midnight (central standard time).
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The winner of giveaway #4 is…
Kristin Berghold (February 26 @ 3:50pm)
Congratulations Kristin!
Please e-mail me at contactthemacs@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being so patient with me as I sort everything out. Thank you also for joining me in praying for Calla. It sounds like little Calla should be coming home today or tomorrow. What a blessing! Ian and Julie are so excited to have their family all together again. And Ori will finally get to meet his little sister. What a sweet time that will be. I know the Johnsons would appreciate your continued prayers as they have a big transition ahead of them. 

The original plan was to be done with Cora’s for Calla when Calla came home. But with the hold-up last week, I will continue to do the giveaways and auctions until all the donated items are gone. Even though Calla is coming home, the Johnsons still have a long road ahead. Calla will come home with monitors and oxygen. Julie and Ian will still be making lots of trips to Wichita for doctor appointments. I know your donations are such a blessing to them. Thank you!

Remember this cute pillow from the giveaway?
Micah from A Cherry On Top is donating 20% of her Etsy sales to Cora’s for Calla. Her pillows are ADORABLE. Just mention “The Macs” in the comments to seller section when you are checking out. Thanks so much Micah!
I am working on the auction posts right now. Check back in a little bit!
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  • Courtney - I am so glad Calla is getting to come home! What a blessing! I will continue to pray for them and you guys too. Little Levi is so beautiful!
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Levi and I thought there were way too many girlie things lately.
This one is for the boys…
Here is what you will win:

Airplane Pillow

Space Burpies

Pirate Wipe Case and Onesie
Giveaway participation is free. Anyone can enter by leaving a comment on this post. As you leave your comment please remember to pray for Calla and her family! Comments will close at midnight (central standard time). The winner will be posted tomorrow morning.
If you are interested in donating to support the Johnson family you can use the donate button on the sidebar.
I am thinking I will auction off a few items this weekend. Check back tomorrow.
Happy Friday!
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Sorry about my absence.
Do you ever have weeks where everything feels like a mess?
That has been my week.
My house has been a mess.
My emotions have been a mess.
My spiritual life has been a little messy.
Levi has had a few days where he has been a mess.
And the Cora’s for Calla fundraiser…
well, it had turned into a mess.

mess #1
It turns out that my little Levi DOES cry. I know, it is hard to believe. Earlier this week he spent lots of time trying out his lungs. He found out he can scream pretty loud. I think the poor guy has had some belly aches. And maybe a growth spurt. It is hard to know. But every time I started to get frustrated or tired, I just squeezed him a little tighter. I reminded myself of how blessed I am to be able to hold him at all, even if he is screaming. Although sometimes even my exhaustion overtakes my common sense. Thankfully Joel is around to keep me level headed. Oh, and the past few days have been much better. And Levi has started smiling at us all the time (when he is not screaming of course). And cooing too. It is SO sweet.

mess #2
I have been struggling. Struggling to find time to spend in the Word with little Levi around. Things are all of a sudden busy again–life has changed, again. And just like so many times before, I am having a hard time keeping my priorities straight. I remember going through this same thing after Cora was born. But this time I feel the absence so much more. My time with the Lord has been so sweet since we lost Cora. He has been my friend, guide, comforter, and so much more. I needed Him desperately to get through each day. And I still do. I have never longed for time with the Lord like I do now. I miss Him. I can tell a difference in my day and emotions and attitues when I haven’t taken time out to talk to Him. Everything else starts feeling like a mess. And I don’t want to keep moving forward like this. I am making it a priority from here on to set aside time each day for the Lord. At least I am praying that this would be my priority. My time with the Lord may look a little different now, than what it did before Levi was born. And that is okay. But I still need it. Not just a few passing seconds, but quality time. As my life becomes busy again with being a mom, I don’t want to be so distracted by other things that I miss out on what is most important. I need to be solid in my relationship with the Lord so that I can be the best wife for Joel and the best mama for Levi. I need Him.

mess #3
I was getting so frustrated with the Cora’s for Calla thing. I have been praying that the Lord would work in this “mess” and that I would be able to continue to love my friend through this fundraiser. Every idea I had or someone else suggested seemed to lead to a closed door. I thought I had everything cleared up with PayPal and then I got another e-mail saying that my account had been restricted again. Really?? I called, sent in more information, wrote several e-mails and then finally resolved the problem yesterday. I found out that they WILL allow me to accept donations as long as it is just a donation, no strings attached. NO RAFFLES. Apparently they are illegal, so I wouldn’t suggest hosting one on your blog. And auctions are okay too.  So here is the plan for Cora’s for Calla…

I am going to try a combination of giveaways and auctions. I will also be putting up the donations button again. This time we will just be taking donations from anyone who feels led to give, any amount. Even a few dollars, when added up with everyone else, goes a long way. The giveaways WILL NOT be tied to a donation. Although if you want to give and enter the giveaway that would be awesome…but you don’t have to. Anyone can enter the giveaways. All I ask is that you would pray for Calla and her family and maybe even hop over to their blog and encourage them. The giveaways will be smaller and more frequent. And then every once in a while I will auction something off too, with the item going to the highest bidder.  Believe me, I have looked into a lot of things, and this just seemed like the least time consuming and best way to finish off Cora’s for Calla. I have okayed everything with PayPal, so I think we are good. I know this is different than the original plan, so if you donated an item for Cora’s for Calla and have a problem with what I am doing, please e-mail me. Otherwise, Cora’s for Calla will resume tomorrow. Yeah! I am so relieved and excited to have this all figured out. I can’t wait to see the Lord continue to work through this fundraiser. I am praying that this will be a huge blessing to the Johnsons.

I know that a lot of you think that I have it all together. I don’t. My life is…well…a mess sometimes. But I am so thankful that my God can still use the messes in my life to accomplish His purposes. All that He asks is that I draw near to Him and He promises to draw near to me (James 4:8). I am so thankful for the hope and grace we find in Jesus. I am thankful that I don’t have to live in fear of failure because of all of my messes.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30
The Message

I read this translation of Matthew at my Bible study a few days ago. I just love it! See you all tomorrow!

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  • Jamie - Thanks for the uplifting post today. I know you may not feel like it is one but trust me — It is! We (as wives and moms) all have those “mess” weeks and while mine is not 100% identical to yours I know exactly what you mean and I pray that these next few days will be better for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Thanks for taking time out to share with us..Continueing to think and pray for you and your sweet family. Love that Cora’s for Calla will continue..I do visit their blog and pray for them daily..Sweet Calla is filling out!

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  • susy - When Life is overwhelming, your best friend is the Lord. I always ask myself how to the non-believers go through life? God Bless you all.

    On a lighter or heavier note, Little Levi definitely had a growth spurt. He is so cute.ReplyCancel

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  • Caroline - praying the rest of your week is stress free.

    Levi looks so adorable in that picture, what a beautiful baby boy.

    Thank you for such an honest post. Look forward to tomorrow!

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  • The Dolezal Family - One thing that helped me was to read the scriptures while I nursed one time a day. I wasn’t going anywhere and it gave me about 20+ minutes to read with no other distractions. I found doing it at the evening or one of the early morning feedings worked best because everyone else in the house was asleep.

    The other thing would be to remember that as a young mother Heavenly Father knows that you can spend countless hours with Him. One of my religion teachers talked about how many mothers feel like they neglect God while being a mother because they can’t spend the same amount of time as they used too. But according to him he felt that wasn’t always the best way a young mother serves the Lord. We serve the Lord by raising righteous children.

    Also, (sorry this is so long!) you will be surprised what a little taste of the scriptures will do for you. Start the day with a verse then come back to it later when you can.ReplyCancel

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  • The Rouse House - When it rains it pours :) Thanks for sharing that translation of those verses. Such a beautiful picture of God’s love and provision for us.

    I’ve been waiting to donate to Cora’s for Calla based on the raffles. Now I’ll make my donation and watch :) I pray this works out even better than the raffles!ReplyCancel

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  • Tricia - Oh Jess, none of us have it all together. I am a mess probably more times than not. I hope that none of my words have ever made you feel down, unhappy about how I see you. Just the fact that you both were able to get up and function in those first hard weeks and months alone was mind-blowing to me.
    Your faith, and love, and belief that God would bring you through this trial has brought me encouragement that I can never really put into words.
    Thank you for all that you do. Noone expects you to have it together all of the time. I hope they don’t expect that of me either. They would be sorely disappointed. 😉
    So glad to hear that Levi’s exercising those lungs. Just not so glad to hear that you are sleep-deprived. Those are the hardest days, I suppose.
    You are all in my prayers. I hope that the coming week will bring a bit less stress, a whole lot more sleep, and some precious time with the Lord.

    With love and prayers,
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  • Anonymous - Life is messy. It the grace that you handle it with that makes you an inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - Thank you for sharing this verse! I love it! And may have to post it on my bathroom mirror as a reminder! Praying that everything falls into place soon! It’s hard with a newborn and honestly if you are able to work out the kinks now I think you are doing amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Lane - I am totally with you on mess #2. I have an almost 5 month old and am struggling so much to fit Him in.

    Thanks for your honesty. It’s so refreshing.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I have to admit I was beginning to worry about you since you hadn’t posted :) Sleep deprivation is used as a torture tactic in many countries and as mothers of infants we understand why! This too shall pass. When I think back on the first 8 weeks of my daughter’s life all I can remember is feeling like a mess as well in all aspects of my life. Doesn’t it make you feel good that you’re not alone? You don’t have to have it all together for us to appreciate you. We appreciate you for the Godly woman you are — messy or not :)ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - wow. i can imagine the emotions of being a new mom again can be overwhelming on a good day… but with all you have swirling around you i can imagine there are days…
    i’ve been having a week like that too. i just put my burdens down at the foot of the cross. i’ve traded my ashes for beauty. sigh. i love jesus!
    so thankful for his redemption.
    may he give you comfort and peace during this time of transition and little levi will be smiling more than crying here very soon. i feel it!
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  • Sarah Joy - thank you for your honesty today. My mess is over taking my life and well your words just made me feel not alone over here on the east copast. Life is just messy soem times, isn’t it but God is bigger than the mess. I trust he will help me and you through all the messiest of times we have.
    Praying for you this evening…ReplyCancel

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  • twolittletots - praying for a less messy week for you. i have never meet you, but jess i think you are doing a wonderful job…and everyone’s life is a messy, don’t beat yourself up.

    blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • jen - thank you for this post. ive had a rough day, and had ‘skipped’ my time with God today… feeling like I did not know where to go. I do now. Matthew 11:28-30. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - thanks for the pot..& where did you get levi’s cute romper?ReplyCancel

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  • merlin - Missed you. Glad to read today’s post and see the adorable photo of Levi.

    One of the religions, Quaker I think, believes that every act is a prayer, a conversation with God. Every dish washed, every diaper changed, every stitch sewn, every kind word, every piece of food chopped, diced and cooked, all are acts of prayer.

    Whether I have attributed this to the right faith or not, I hope that you will see that all that you do, each day, from sun up to sun down can be interpreted as prayer.

    I understand that hunger for “quality” time in worship, the great thing is that God meets us where we are.ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - oh i have those days/weeks too! thank you for sharing that verse, it was just what i needed to hear(read) today! God bless you and your sweet little family.ReplyCancel

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  • Tammie - Can so relate… i have no babies or husband but plenty of “mess”… love that translation too!ReplyCancel

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  • Townsend Crew - Wonderful post. Can you share with us more about how you spend time with the Lord? I want to learn from you what that sounds like. What does that look like? What tools do you use? Do you memorize (as Julie wrote about in her blog recently) and recite? Do you sing? Teach me. Teach us. How does a mom do it in the midst of broken up moments, alone, and looking for Jesus our days? Thanks for your continued model of faith and grace! Sorry– don’t mean to ask you to give us more, when your words and faith already give me so much!ReplyCancel

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Dear Jess

    About a week ago, I posted a long overdue little package to welcome Levi. I have no idea how long it will take to get from Australia to you but I hope when it arrives, it puts a little smile on your face.

    Your blog is marvellous, you are marvellous, your example is marvellous, your generosity for Calla is marvellous….and messy is completely fine as you can’t be marvellous 110% of the time.

    With prayers for your family and Calla’s from our little family in Brisbane, Australia.ReplyCancel

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  • Anne - Your post hits home for me. I feel like this many day. Do you know how Calla is doing? I haven’t seen an update in a few days and I’ve been praying she’s doing well.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - It’s good to hear your update, Jess, I know I have been feeling like life is a little overwhelming too this week…I hope you got the package I sent a few weeks back for Levi’s and Calla’s knitted blankets…I am working on another one now for another sweet baby just born to a young couple at church…I know what you mean about needing time with the Lord…I am right there with you! Praying you will have that time with Him..!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Thank you so much for taking the time to post today – I know how busy life is with a newborn! Levi is so cute, I started smiling and laughing out loud when I saw your pic. What a sweet little face! He looks so much like my nephew. Hang in there. I think we all need the reminder that we need to reprioritize and spend some time with the Lord each day. Lately it seems like I only get that time Sunday at church, but that is definitely not enough. Motherhood and teaching keeps me so busy most days, but you remind me that I need to make time for the most important relationship that I have, my relationship with Christ.
    God bless!
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  • Ashley - Reminds me of a book I own called “God Loves Messy People” by Bonnie Keen. We all have messy days! Praying that yours get better!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - We learn some of God’s biggest messages through the messes in our life!!! Just know that we’re all a mess, not just you, ha!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - As a mom, things are never perfect. But you look into that sweet little face and then all of life’s imperfections are sudden worthwhile.

    Love that little Levi – he is a cutie.ReplyCancel

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  • Audrey - I have a feeling that Paypal considers raffles gambling which can be considered illegal without the proper permits. Paypal truly are a bunch of idiots anyway so I wouldn’t worry so much about it. They are only losing business and hurting themselves by continuing to give their customers such a hard time.ReplyCancel

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  • Donna H - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2Corinthians 1:3&4

    Young mothers need encouragement and are finding it here. This is a valuable ministry.

    God uses The Macs because they are willing. It’s the ‘messes’ in our lives that teach us the things God wants us to learn.ReplyCancel

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  • La Familia Garcia - Just seeing that through all this you still take the time to “praise him in the storm.” When we are a mess, and God STILL uses us to reach others, we see it is all God, not us at all. Thanks for being a mess, and still sharing God’s love!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Hey Jess…
    I wanted to leave a comment to encourage you….but after seeing all of these sweet comments, I have nothing left to say:). Except, from one mom to another I’m starting to think, there will ALWAYS be messes! Makes me crazy, but so thankful for the reasons I have my messes.
    And hang in there. I always try to remind myself, the 2 month mark is where things finally start to settle down. And life just gets more & more sweet as time moves forward with those little bitty ones. They are so good. Levi is precious! Give him a good squeeze…ReplyCancel

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  • Julia - Praying for you daily. Both my children had terrible colic. Something that worked for my first daughter was called Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water. There are other brands out now too. But this one worked the best. It’s all natural and was a miracle. There was a point where I would have paid $100 for a bottle! It did not work for my 2nd daughter but may be worth a try with sweet Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - Hi Jess –
    Thanks for sharing and my heart goes out to you, especially in regards to your time with God. It’s something that I’ve definitely struggled with and thrown a fit over every time God changes a season on me and I have to readjust to finding a new quiet time that works. God knows your heart on this and He will lead you through it. Something I’ve been learning lately through a variety of sources and has been an encouragement when I’ve felt He is in a time of hiddeness, is this: God is often so close to us that we are unable to perceive Him. Perhaps He is casting that shadow in the valley (for something has to be present for a shadow to be cast) or maybe His hand is covering our eyes asking us to believe He is there on faith.

    I hope that makes sense and helps.

    Loving seeing the pictures of Levi.

    Love in Christ,
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  • Marla Taviano - Thanks for sharing your heart, Jess. I’m a mess too.

    That little boy is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - SWEET baby boy. LOVE the romper!
    Thank you for the post- great perspective and we have all been there! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Our Naquin Family - What a wonderfl post…We just moved to Germany in October, my life has been a mess or so I feel. This post was wonderful, thank you! The picture of Levi, is precious! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Elz - You are brave to share all your struggles with us. Don’t forget to take time to just breathe and be.ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda - Things tend to get out of control when your routine changes. It might take a little while for things to get in order, but you’re doing great!
    I love Levi’s little outfit! Where do you purchase his clothes? Too cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - Jess, our lives all get in a mess from time to time. :)

    I do love that version of that verse from Matthew. I just read it recently and it was wonderful to see it again on your blog and to have it reinforced in my life.

    AND . . . I bought those same adorable elephant pjs for our little one on the way! love them! :) KellyReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - Gripe water! it is the best and is dr and pharmacist recommended for babies who have excess gas or tummyaches. use regularly for the best results! picky moms use it and get great results! happy babies! i had a baby with reflux and colic 22years ago and wish we had something like this then!ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - Hi, wow Levi is a beautiful baby :-) I agree with the others, you are doing fantastic, life with a newborn is tough in any circumstances, I found it was 12 weeks before I drew breath!!! Take time for yourself, very important, I particularly like the idea of reading your scripture when nursing, heaven knows you’re probably doing alot of that given how fast Levi is growing lol. Another sanity saver is a sling, something like on http://www.becobabycarrier.com (think you’ll like that style). They’re very handy for trips to the farm to see daddy later on too and trips into town where the stroller is a pain but they are fantastic for evening colic or general unsettledness. HTH xxReplyCancel

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  • Lisa - Love the picture. He looks like he is quite pleased with himself.ReplyCancel

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The Lord has blessed me with great friends both near and far.
I mean really great friends.
The kind that stick with you through the tough stuff.
They see you at your worst.
They let you cry and even cry with you.
And they still love you through it all.
These are three of my “near” friends 
who have been there for me through a very tough year.
And, even now, they are still blessing me.
This time with a shower for Mr. Levi.

Everything was perfect.
Blue and green pom-poms hanging from the ceiling.
Fabric bunting with Levi’s name on it.

Yummy food.
Of course!
Cupcakes with sarah + abraham toppers.
They were so cute.
Sara made the invitations too.
She is one of my “far” friends.
And she has just launched a great new website–
They even featured my baby shower on it this week!

More cute decorations.
These lollipops were made with washcloths 
and baby spoons by the very talented Heather.
She is another one of my “far” friends.
And she is the queen of party planning!

Silhouettes of my sweet family of four.
Heather made these too.
Thankfully, they told me to come early–
before everyone arrived–to get my tears out.
Oh, how I wish my family could all be together like in that picture.

Lots of great gifts too.
Levi is one spoiled little guy.
He is going to look quite handsome in all of his new clothes too!

The whole shower was so sweet.
But I think this was definitely one of my favorite gifts.
The girls had typed out verses with Levi’s name in them.
They passed them around and everyone prayed
these verses for my little guy.
I loved it!
I cried through the whole prayer.
What a sweet thing to have all these ladies praying over Levi.

Here were a few of them:

Let Levi sing of your great love forever; let him make known your faithfulness through all generations.
Psalm 89:1


Fill Levi with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that he might live a life worthy of you, Lord, and please you in every way.
Colossians 1:9-10
I love the idea of praying scripture for your kids.
I have all the verses printed out 
and will continue to use them to pray for Levi.
And in case you want to do the same for your kids,
here are some verses to start you off:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Psalm 5:11
Psalm 139:14
Isaiah 43:4
Proverbs 13:4
1 Kings 3:9, 12
Galatians 5:13
Galatians 5:22-23
Proverbs 9:10-12
Philippians 2:15-16
Joshua 1:9
Isaiah 48:17
Luke 2:52
Psalm 100:2
Romans 14:7-9
Psalm 141:3-4
1 Peter 4:8-11
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 89:1
Colossians 1:9-10
If you have other methods that you use to pray for your kids, 
I would love to hear them.
Thanks so much Amanda, Kendall, and Julie for the fun shower!
And thank you Heather and Sara too!
I know you girls did tons of work and it meant so much to me.
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I think that I am getting close to figuring something out for Cora’s for Calla.
Sorry about the delay this week.
Please continue to pray for the Calla and her family!
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  • Charity - Still praying… Jess that is such a sweet baby shower!!! I loved the verses, the silhouettes, the cupcakes, the presents (at least what you showed of them =D) – you have very special friends!
    God bless and hugs,
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  • Julie - Such an Amazing Baby Shower! Love all of the party decorations, gifts, food . . . Wow!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - can’t even begin to tell you how much I love you…. and your amazing husband…. and your darling little boy… and your precious little girl.

    thank you for allowing me to walk this path with you.

    my life is forever changed, and forever blessed because you are my friend.ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - What a blessing to have such wonderful friends! That’s probably the most special baby shower I’ve ever seen! The Lord truly has given you riches in those who surround you… and we can tell you are indeed a blessing to them!

    Mr. Levi, you are a lucky blessed little guy!

    Keeping Calla and her family in prayers!!

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  • 3LittleByrds - I love your baby shower. What great friends you have. I love the sweet silhouettes. What a special thing to keep.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - What a sweet shower — and even sweeter friends you have. All the details that must have gone into the shower, it looked perfect! And the cards with prayers for Levi, how special!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - That is so wonderful…the silhouettes are just…well, they leave me speechless. You have given so much; I’m so glad that they were able to do this for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Jennemma - I have been training my now 4-year-old to memorize scriptures and she knows 6 scriptures already. Matt. 5:5, Psalms 83:18, Gen. 1:1, 1 John 4:8, Acts 20:35 and Matt. 4:4. Little ones are like sponges and they can do amazing things.ReplyCancel

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  • Aaron and Shannon - The shower looked great! I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it. Aaron had a wrestling meet that day and I didn’t have anyone to watch the boys.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - How Beautiful! Thank you for the scripture references. It is because of you I am stronger in my faith. I have even discovered bible study with a wonderful group of women. Thank you Jess for your blog and for sharing your 2 children with us. My life is forever changed.

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  • Kristin Stegent - Awww…what an awesome shower! I LOVE the silhouettes! I swear, I am not a big crier…but you have kept me crying this year! I just love your family, and don’t even know you! :)ReplyCancel

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  • A - Wow, what a beautiful shower!ReplyCancel

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  • Cabra Clan - What a sweet shower and what great decorating they did!! I recently came across a 31 day calendar for praying for your children and I love it! Each day is a quality and corresponding scripture. I have it posted on my blog at the top of the right hand side bar.ReplyCancel

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  • hopefuls #1 - I was reading through this post, saying… oh that’s sweet. those are super cute. I love the cupcakes… yada yada yada…

    Then I got toward the bottom and it was like instant tears. I couldn’t imagine the emotions, the love and the spirit that must have been in that room while your friends were reading their verses and praying for Levi.

    So completely moving and I wasn’t even there. I love that idea though!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily - WOW AWESOME AWESOME shower!!!! you have some thoughtful and creative friends for sure! I love the idea of having the shower after the baby is born! so fun :)ReplyCancel

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  • Emma and Company - Oh my gosh, what a sweet shower your friends threw for you. Those silhouettes….just made me tear up. What a thoughtful gift. I also love the idea of all the verses with Levi’s name in them! I am so glad you had such a great shower!ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - such a cute shower with so many adorable ideas!! i love the idea of praying verses over children, with their NAME!! so adorable!

    will we be seeing mr. levi in your sidebar soon?ReplyCancel

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  • twolittletots - what a sweet shower and wonderful girlfriends you have. thank you for sharing the Bible verses, i am going to copy them and use them to pray with the girls.ReplyCancel

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  • SHUGGAMOM - Jess,
    What a precious loving caring thoughful group of friends,who love you and your family and GOD!!!
    That is so priceless!!! Everything looked perfect, so much love for you and Levi,it showed.
    I am like you those scriptures with Levis’s name placed in them,gave me chills,that was so special. I will have to remember to do that for others.
    Thats for sharing with us.
    I know you are super busy,but we love to see whats going on with yall.

    Abundant Blessings and Love,

    Stacey
    East TexasReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - looks lovely!
    i also love the idea of praying scripture over children. my husband prays a blessing and a prayer of protection over our daughter every night. starting from when we found out i was pregnant. the blessing is “may the lord bless you and keep you. may the lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. may the lord lift up his countenance upon you and bring you peace.”ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - looks like it was a beautiful shower!! so happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • BEK - Now that is an awesome time of fellowship!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a great baby show & a great time with friends & family. I’m currently working on a baby shower for my SIL. I would love to know where the “LEVI” picture on the goodie table came from. I would love to do something like that as well.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Sweet Sweet friends you have..What an incredibly sweet friend you must be to have such great friends..Thanks for sharing your journey with us…Your little Levi is just adorable..

    KimReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - What a sweet time of blessing for you and Levi~ I have two showers coming up and I love the idea of having the guests pray for the child. I have three boys and I put Thomas the Tank stickers on my washer and when I am doing laundry, I pray for them. Laundry is never-ending, but seeing those little stickers makes me smile and reminds me to be grateful that I have laundry to do for my precious gifts from God!ReplyCancel

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  • L ~ S - The scripture idea is very special!ReplyCancel

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  • The Baby Shower Guides Lady - What a great bunch of friends you have. The baby shower looked fabulous and all those home made baby shower decorations and invite cards. I can only say WOW.

    Thank you for sharing your baby shower day with us.

    Take CareReplyCancel

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  • Natalie Catherine - what a fun party!! everything looks amazing! just came across your blog and must say that it is inspirational and beautiful. will say a prayer for you and your family..keep on being such an inspirational woman. i’ll be back!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - The shower was absolutely beautiful!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Mommy - What a fun baby shower! You deserve to have such wonderful friends :) I love the verses idea…how sweet!ReplyCancel

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  • Sheryl - What an awesome idea to pray scripture with the child’s name. I love it so much I am going to give this as a challenge on my blog for our orphans!

    I love your blog Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • shepherdsgrace - I heart God-given friends..those close, those “far”…

    we are helping a “far” friend in the adoption of two littlies from the Ukraine…

    if you want to read about them…look here..
    http://onething.beautifulheritage.com/?p=4653

    blessings…btw I am SO stealing that verse idea for my children and for future showers…I love it!

    SarahReplyCancel

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  • the breedens - How cute! Your friends are so crafty just like you! On another note, I have never been able to get hold of a Cora dress (in any size or color!) so my mom is making a couple of what we are calling “In Memory of Cora” dresses. :) I’ll email you pictures when I get them.ReplyCancel

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  • Chelsea & Nick - I just found your blog. Thank you for sharing your courage and strength with all of us. Your story is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Teach Me to Be Still - Thank you for sharing these verses!! What a wonderful, personal way to pray for your little one. I am helping to host a shower for my sis in law this weekend–I’m going to use this idea so we can pray her little Gracie who will be coming home from Russia this month. :-) Thank you again for sharing!ReplyCancel

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