Thursday, February 14, 2013

a valentines memory

It was my sophomore year in college and I had just finished classes for the day. I walked into my room at my apartment and saw tulips and a note.  The note read:
    "Someday two-lips will touch... No dating - just waiting."

Nope, this wasn't from a stalker who had snuck into my bedroom and was trying to tell me something through a cryptic message. My parents had arranged for it to be in my room that Valentines Day.

I've thought about that memory more than a few times since then. While it was nice to have flowers in my room for a few days, I'm more thankful for the lasting impression those words had on me. When my parents wrote, "no dating - just waiting" that wasn't there way of saying that I wasn't allowed to date; it was actually a quote from a song that I'm sure I had shared with them. Those words have been a sweet reminder to be comfortable in waiting for the man God had for me. Although I wasn't always the perfect image of patience, and there were many days that I wanted God to bring someone into my life on my schedule, I know God protected me with His plan that was so much higher and so much greater than I could have ever orchestrated for myself.

So to my parents who were my valentines and prayed for me these last 26 years: THANK YOU, He has shown me His faithfulness! I love you!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

our family tree is getting two new leafs

In a little over month, we will have two new babies in our family.  I've had people ask me before if it ever gets routine going to the hospital to welcome nephews and nieces into the world...

I can honestly say, it never gets old.  I think I've been able to be at the hospital for each delivery so far, and I'm hoping these next two will be the same.  So thankful for the blessings the Lord continues to provide as we watch our family grow!

picture from the shower this morning for Kelly and Baby Queen #3! 
We missed you Carman!

Friday, February 1, 2013

the smallest act

I told myself that come February 1, I was going to write. And here I am laying in bed, with my alarm set for 4:40am (4:40am on a Saturday!) not really ready to say anything. 

And thinking about that reminds me of one of the things I love about my Jesus. Even though we aren't really ready sometimes, He decides to guide us into things anyways. Maybe out of our comfort zone, maybe into an unknown adventure, and away we go. He knows best after all. 

I want to write and share how the Lord has shown me His way is best and that He knows exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.  

So here's to February 2013; thanks for reminding me to step out and do.