Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seven Months Photo Shoot

(I figured I better post his 7 months pics before my computer fast starts tomorrow...because he will be almost 8 months when it's over:(

I can't get enough of this sweet baby boy!
Jewels Sad Face
Jadon was my photo shoot helper...I just had to capture his sweetness also. He loves finding bugs, he's such a little boy:)
I am blessed beyond measure!

Do everything in love
1 Corinthians 16:14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Weekend

We had a blessed time this weekend...
organizing, exercising, shopping, a surprise birthday party with sweet friends, going to church, BBQ with family. Life is Good!

 On Sunday night we went to our mother church and Pastor Rob preached about a 10 day fast the church is starting Thursday. In his sermon he's asked us to take a minute in prayer and ask God what we should fast. I was hoping sugar because summer is here:)! My husband usually teases me about fasting, that I like to do it as a diet...He is just teasing because he knows I pray and take it seriously:) but still ten days without sugar for a good purpose sounded nice. 

When I was praying I clearly felt God impress upon my heart to fast the computer! I was like-ugggg- you've got to be kidding we just finished school, I have so MANY project planed that require a computer. Yet I know this is what God spoke! So starting Thursday I will be offline completely for a ten day prayer fast. I plan to spend these days in serious prayer and Bible Study. I am making a list of what to pray for each day and how to spend my time seeking God, not just filling it with other things to do. I am excited to see what God will do in my heart and life! 

Now on to some weekend pictures:)

We were matching on Sunday so of coarse I had Jesse snap a million pictures before church.
Little Jimmy was missing almost all weekend at youth group, then a fellowship meal with the youth band, then at a friends birthday party. We had family movie night and I almost cried because we watched Marry Poppins without him:( When we took this pic he was already at church practicing for worship. As he gets older and we have to let him go little by little, it is so hard on my heart. I want to keep him my baby boy forever.

In Memory of my Uncle Terry and Papaw that bravely fought for our Country, so that we could enjoy worshiping and living in Freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday the 17th

We had a lot of fun last Saturday! We were up bright and early for our annual Walk To Africa. Jimmy and I decided to RUN the walk. I hate to admit it but it took me months of training to work up to 8 miles and Jimmy seemed to do it pretty effortlessly with no training. I guess that is the benefit of being 16:)
Julian came along for the ride. He loved it!
My big boy and little boy. We had so much FUN running and chatting:)

Next we headed to Jesse's Art presentation. He did an amazing Job as always!
Jesse's tree man made the front cover of the comic book. By the way Tree Man is a real guy he came  to the art studio for the students to draw him.
We are so proud of you Jesse, you are an AWSOME artist!!!

Last we went to Mams for dinner and to watch Return to Zero. It was a fun, full day I want to remember:)

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalms 143:10

Monday, May 19, 2014

Looking Back--Return To Zero

A note of waring...
This is hodgepodge, awkward, messy and may not even be legible or understandable. It's for me, for my heart and shared here because transparency is a treasure.

(Deep Breath) This post has been a long time coming, one I have written in my head many times. Sometimes I feel like I have lost my voice or rather intentionally silenced myself. Or maybe I have just been so very busy living I haven't had time to write. I am not sure? I find sitting down to actually "write on my blog" almost impossible. I do still have thousands of words swirling  around...I write the post in my head, late at night when I can't sleep. That seem to be enough-- just to think it all out --then let it go.

Recently when I was making my blog book I read a lot of the posts from when my blog began. It just happened to be at that same time of the year as when I wrote them. I was overwhelmed with the memories of two years ago and how so much has changed yet has remained the same. Complicated I know. I had so many mixed emotions as I read...sadness, memories, relief (that I am not still in that place) and in truth a little embarrassed. I felt embarrassed that I had shared so much--bared my soul for all to see. I did not just do this on my blog but in real life as well. 

I was uncensored after Jonathan was good, bad and sometime downright ugly.

I have not been sure how to cope with these feeling of embarrassment. One minute feeling totally justified--I did what felt right--then the next minute horrified that I let so many people read and see my thoughts, my heart and my soul... Did they laugh? Did they uses it against me? What did they think? Maybe that I was crazy? There were times I felt like I was headed in that direction, yet I never felt far from my Jesus the one who give healing and peace. Why did I struggle so much if I stayed close to him? Why did I feel the need to express the depth of my grief if he was my ever present help in times of trouble? Which he was!!!! Why do some people seemingly face much more difficult circumstances and fair so much better?

All of this has been swirling in my my heart.


Saturday night we watched Return to Zero.

 I was excited to see it mostly because Jonathan's name was at the end, in the "in loving memory of" credits. I knew it would be hard to watch, I knew it would bring up some old pain but I did not know it would answer the questions that have been dancing through my mind.

This is not a review of the movie. I am in no way capable of writing a movie review. We hardly ever watch movies and we do not have a TV. We are a hard core Christian family. Meaning CHRIST is the center of all we do and living for him dictates what we see. I knew this was not a Christian movie and that there would be content that I did not agree with. I did not approve of the sensual scenes that could of been not show but implied to tell the story. I was very sad at how they portrayed the "Christian girl" in the film and even sadder that the main character said her baby dying caused her to stop believing in God. All that to say a big but... BUT... I still liked the movie.

I liked that it was honest in how they coped. I liked that it was messy, because grief usually is. I liked that in so many scenes I was there. I could feel her pain because I had felt it. There were moments that the truth was gut wrenching. When Maggie the main character is told her baby does not have a heartbeat she  reacted so much in the same way that I did. Insisting they check again, repeating over and over that I felt him move. It was like I was watching myself. That was hard but at the same time liberating, to see someone live out what I had lived and react in almost the exact same way.

Then to watch the way the couple handled grief reaffirmed my intense thankfulness for my Jesus. Because they turned to alcohol and an affair in their despair. I see this all the time in the church, hurting humans come up with some sad ways to cope.

I guess looking back bearing my soul on a computer was the way I endured. Like Maggie the main character in the movie I was consumed! I mean losing Jonathan became my whole world for a while and I saw everything through the lens of loss. I am still different and affected by Jonathan's life and death but I am not consumed like in the beginning.

So seeing the movie helped me feel ok about sharing all on my blog and in real life. I needed that...I needed to be heard! That was my survival mechanism. Jesus helped me so much and brought me closer to Him. He made me more like him because of Jonathan. He used my honesty as an avenue of healing-- to write it out, to share my feelings, to not be alone when I felt so alone.

 I found help here. I found support, encouragement and hope from other mommies that had walked similar paths. I wrote from my heart and that released the emotions, they where not pressed down inside of me to explode out later. My feelings became words, words became release, hope came from others and ultimately Jesus brought healing.

So in conclusion I am letting go of embarrassment and embracing my own honesty.

a side note...
Interestingly I read this article this morning, it was about the top 5 regrets people have on their deathbed...the morning that happens to be the anniversary of the death of my Papaw. Six years ago today I stood at the death bed of my Papaw and sang amazing grace as he entered Heaven. One of the top 5 regrets people have is "I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings" That was so affirming to me! Expressing my feeling was the right thing. Yes it caused some uncomfortable situations and made some people shy away from me. I was sincere, and honest in how I felt, it was sometimes raw and ugly but that was releasing and healing. I will not regret being real, being vulnerable, it leads to love and intimacy.

a last note...
Jesus Is the answer! He knows our hearts and he holds our babies. He is the only one that can heal and restore. Only He can bring the peace and comfort we all desire. Whatever has broken our hearts Jesus is the only one that can repair them. Maybe some of us have suffered so greatly that full healing will never happen this side of Heaven. Oh but Oh, one day when we enter into his kingdom, when he wipes every tear away and his perfect love washes over our souls. When we see the little ones that we called lost. Then healing will be complete and the suffering of a hundred years on earth will fade away at the joy of eternity in Heaven. 

“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.”
Psalm 22:24

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain
 Revelation 21:4 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Is there any better way to wake up on Mothers Day than this?

Mommy 's favorite shirt!

What more could a mommy ask for!
"Mommy it's HOT here:)"

Right before we left, LOL we look tired:)
The following pic is Joseph and me in Palm Springs 3 years ago. Pretty unbelievable but Julian and Jojo are wearing the same outfit and I am wearing the same shirt! I did not plan or stage this but I did have a kind of Déjà vu when taking it, then remembered this photo:)
I can not believe how different Jojo and Julian look from each other! 
May she who gave you birth be happy. ~ Proverbs 23:25

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