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Month: June 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday to our Mini Man!

Happy 3rd Birthday to our Mini Man!

Dear Mini Man,

Where do I even begin?  How these three years went so fast I do not know.  Your baby days seemed to just fly by!!  I clearly remember when and where I was when we found out you were on the way.  We were in California visiting our former college Pastors church and I just had a feeling…. I was awake at 5 in the morning and I crept out of the bedroom and took a test.  Sure enough, there you were 🙂  I went in and woke up your daddy, I couldn’t wait!!  He was SO excited and we spent the next several minutes crying and praying for you.

The next several months went much faster than my pregnancy with your sister!  You were ALWAYS in my ribs but your labor was much faster than your sisters so I forgave you 😉

The moment you were placed in my arms, oh man, the love I had for you in my womb just went to the moon and back a bazillion times!  I love you HUGE!  You were full of smiles and eager to move as a baby.  Your sister was so wonderful with you and always wanted to help…. even though at times her *helping* meant her putting your life at risk 🙂  I mean, seriously, anytime you were on the floor she wanted to try and pick you up because you hated being on your tummy!

I wish there were enough words in the world to tell you how much I love you.  Words just don’t seem to do justice.  You have grown to be such a big boy and you have stretched me as a Mommy for sure.  You are stubborn….. very stubborn.  But you are also so very sweet.  You have a gentle spirit when you want to and I adore it!  You give the best hugs and kisses and I love that after you wash your face and hands after a meal you come up to show me your face is *clean enough to kiss* 🙂

Right now you are CRAZY about Spiderman and all things super heroes.  You also LOVE this toy you call your swordfight, which is a soldier type of guy.  He goes with you pretty much everywhere!  Cars and squinkies are also very high on your favorite toy list and there is never a moment when you are without a fist full of some kind of toy!  At night when I check on you I often have to pry little cars out of your hands while you are sleeping.

 

Your Daddy loves you so much too.  He enjoys wrestling with you and teaching you all about *Man things*.  You guys go out to the *Man Store* known as Lowes and you love it!  You adore your Daddy and always want to play with him and be at his side.  I couldn’t think of a better man for you to look up to. Your daddy, he is a great and godly man!

Mini Man, you are such a blessing in our lives!  Though you can try our patience with your stubbornness, there is not a day that goes by where we don’t pray for you, thank the Lord for you, plead with the Lord to save your soul at a young age, and also realize that God is going to use your independence for His glory one day if you allow Him too.

Always strive to do right.  Always look to the Lord.  Always point others to Him.  Always know that no matter what the day brings, you are forever and always LOVED and CHERISHED by your Mommy and Daddy.  We are BLESSED to have you in our family!  We are blessed to have been chosen by God to raise you for HIM.  What a sweet gift from the Lord you are!

I adore you sweet boy.  Happy 3rd Birthday to you!!

With much love,

Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

A Long Day

A Long Day

It had been a very long day.

I hadn’t been sleeping well and was extremely tired.  The day wasn’t bad, it was just long.

After cleaning up the kitchen and putting freshly bathed children to bed I was in need of some alone time.  Some days I just need to be alone, where no one will hang on my leg or pull at my shirt for something they need.  I found my place of relaxing and I put on some music and lit candles.

As I laid my head back my eyes couldn’t help but fill with tears.  The days events, and even the events of the past week began to replay.  My heart was convicted over my lack of patience, unkind tone, and lack of time in prayer with the Lord.  I spent the next 30 min. in prayer for all kinds of things and simply just getting my own walk with the Lord back on track.

For the umpteenth time in the past year I had gotten an e-mail that night and though the e-mail was meant to be very encouraging, I felt like I had been placed on a pedestal and I didn’t want to be there.  I am thankful for those that encourage my heart, but with everything in me, I want people to know that I am real, just like them.  I struggle, greatly at times.  My walk with the Lord could be so much better than it is.  Being put on a pedestal and compared to others is not something I desire.  I am just like you!

As a child I remember looking up to different women I knew.  They seemed to be super Christians, you know?  Always have the right answer, always have joy no matter what is going on in life.  Now that I am older, I have learned something.  I realize that those women I *idolized* at one time or another, were just women trying to live their life to please the Lord.  They didn’t want to be on a pedestal either.  They knew what to say at the right time because they were allowing the Holy Spirit to control their tongue.  They always seemed joyful because it was the Lord who was giving them that joy.  Everything in their life that seemed to make them *Super* was all coming from a sweet fellowship they had with the Lord.  I’m not saying it is wrong to look up to others, I’m just saying, putting people on a pedestal way above yourself or others isn’t the right way to admire them.  It takes the focus off of the One who has made them who and what they are.  The attention should be on God and what great things He has done in their lives.

Putting others on a pedestal and lifting them up can be dangerous, because all of us are human and all of us will fail each other.  God is the One who deserves the praise for all that we are able to do through Him.  (Matthew 19:26)

If you click off this page with only one thing you will remember, can it be that you can have a close walk with the Lord as well?  You can have the joy that He gives, you can have the sweet fellowship with Him.  You can be the one who allows the Lord to use your life to point others to Him.  Don’t hesitate to encourage others, but don’t raise them so far above yourself that they seem unattainable.  We all have the same opportunity to have a close walk with the Lord, we just have to be disciplined to maintain it.

I am so thankful the Lord is willing to use my life for His glory because I am thinking that most days He looks down at me and says, “Oh Wendy, here we go again!”  The Lord also wants to use your life as well though.  We are all on the same playing field and instead of comparing ourselves to each other, let’s just get busy with living our own lives for God’s glory!