Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We Love Joy!

     We were excited last week when our Run for Joy shirts came in, and we were excited to wear them today. Joy's mom and dad along with some friends are running in a relay race to help raise money for Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. Joy has been one of their champion patients in the past. You can donate to Scottish Rite on Joy's behalf by clicking on this link. When you click the donate button, it will come up Scott Jeffries fund.

     Joy has been through some many medical things in her little life, but through it all she has lived up to her name. She is a true joy! Joy and her sisters, Grace and Lilly, are like sisters to my boys. They are friends that feel more like family, and we love them so much!

"The joy of the Lord is my strength." 
Nehemiah 8:10 

Monday, November 24, 2014

He is Not Surprised

     Honestly, I've been struggling again since that positive pregnancy test popped up on my TimeHop feed. And I've been dreading each major holiday since my due date because it would've been Liana's first Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. The thirty days of thankfulness that I've been posting on Facebook has been so helpful for me. To focus on what I have, and try to not focus so much on the fact that I should have my baby girl right now, and I don't. I have been working so hard at staying in the Word, and giving my sorrow to the Lord.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
I Peter 5:7 (NIV)

     When you hear something one than once, you know it's time to listen up. Yesterday in Sunday school, a couple was sharing their testimony of moving Texas and how things haven't worked out the way they thought. Then Brice said, "God was not surprised by those things. You were, but He wasn't." It brought tears to my eyes, and a few tears escaped during our closing prayer.

     Then this morning as I was reading Chapter 3 on the goodness of God in Max Lucado's Before Amen, and there it was again on the top of pp. 24. "He's never surprised. He has never, ever uttered the phrase 'How did that happen?'".

     That morning when we couldn't find Liana's heart beat, and then confirmed with a sonogram that her heart wasn't beating. I was surprised. Stunned. Blindsided.

     But God wasn't. He knew before time began that I would be sitting in that exam room when my world would fall apart. He knew the moment when her heart would stop beating. He knew exactly how much time we would have her.  He knew I would still be struggling all these months later. He wasn't surprised by the depths of my emotions or the immensity of my grief.

     He was good a year ago, when we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of our baby. He was good ten months ago, when I didn't hear my baby's heart beat. And He's still good today when I feel like I'll be swallowed whole by my sadness and grief.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever."
Psalm 136:1 (NLT)

     There are a lot of things I am thankful for:

  • my husband.
  • my boys.
  • God's goodness. 
  • His faithfulness.
  • my list could go on and on.
But, today, I am most thankful that He is never, ever surprised.

"Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.
Everything I plan will come to pass,
for I do whatever I wish."
Isaiah 46:10 (NLT)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Children's Choir Performance

     Today the children's choir sang two songs, The Great Commission and He is King. Logan had a duet with a friend on He is King. The choir was amazing as always! We appreciate Miss Karice and all her hard work with the kids!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our Week in Pictures

Sunday~Lunch at Brooklyn's Best Pizza

Monday~Play time

Tuesday~First Fire 

Wednesday~rodeo night at AWANA

Thursday~play time with Cadence and Duncan 

Friday~Parents Night Out at Matthew Road Baptist Church 
The boys loved the Thanksgiving crafts! 

Saturday~pancakes and pjs to celebrate Avery's birthday

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lunch Date

     I had a lunch date with one of the cutest little boys I know today. We went to Chick-fil-A, and had chicken nuggets, waffle fries, and sweet tea. Lucas made a friend in the play area. He was a little younger than Lucas, but they played great together. He followed Lucas everywhere, and did what Lucas wanted to do. Lucas ate that up. Being the little brother, he normally does the following. When we left, Lucas went back to say goodbye and the little boy gave him the biggest hug. It was so sweet!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AWANA Rodeo Night

Lucas's Thanksgiving Feast

     This morning for the first time ever, I went to a school Thanksgiving Feast, and was able to focus solely on my child. It was so refreshing. Lucas told me all about his day as we were eating. And Lucas actually ate pretty well. He ate things he tells me are yucky at home. They made the cutest place mats that included words his teachers used to described him. Ms. Pat said Lucas is obedient, fun, good listener, hard worker, and friendly. Ms. Christy said Lucas is sweet, good listener, enthusiastic, courteous, and easy-going. After the feast, I brought Lucas home with me for a couple of hours together because Logan gets home. I'm thankful for my lil Lucas and our time together. I'm thankful for UME because they gave me this time back with my family.