Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So for the past few weeks it has been tough. Not just on me, but for her too. As these episodes of 'flack' have left me with little respite my tongue has become sharper. Saying things to vent frustration that would be better left unsaid. It has caused me to be overly critical of every little thing Kiersten does and struggling to compliment her. Isn't that just ugly when you read it? Oh dear, my attitude needs some adjusting. And to be honest it didn't occur to me until another Mom mentioned a similar situation with her daughter, of similar age, and how just this past week it occurred to her to stop praying for her daughter to change and start praying for her, the Mom, to change.
As a result of all this I have been making parenting-type topics and speaking in love areas to seek when I read my Bible. Wouldn't you know I read a verse last night that hit me right between the eyes?
'Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.' -Ephesians 4:2
I have been anything but gentle and patient with her. And I think it is safe to say not much has come out of my mouth that has been loving. Wow. Ugliness. And here I thought it was just Kiersten that was the problem! Turns out Mom is the one who needs an attitude adjustment. We are working on it, or rather God is, now that He has my attention. I will say there were some verses in James 1 that also spoke to me about my attitude and my tongue. (James 1:19 & James 1:26 - just to throw a few out there)
And this is where it becomes clear why I enjoy babies so much. Sure, they are cute, cuddly and have cheeks that just beg to be kissed- but the #1 reason....they don't talk back! :)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
My Beloved thinks she looks almost Asian when she grins because of the way her eyes squint...and then there is her coloring as well. Her mouth gets real flat when she grins. Oh, and did I mention the grin is often times accompanied by a squawk of some sort? Yep, it even comes with sound effects. :)
I was trying to do a bathtub picture similar to one I had done when Kiersten was a baby. She had so little hair and I made her a Mohawk in the tub and took her picture. I was searching for it to add to the post but just couldn't find it. I'll have to look again so I show my girls as babies side by side. Anyhow, the Mohawk didn't quite work for Katie, as she has so much more hair than the KK girl did at this age. Katie has what I call a 'wave' going on. She looks a little Elvisy, although that was not my intention. Oh well, it is the grin I managed to capture, not the hair. :)
Monday, March 23, 2009
So where do I come back in? Well, this past Sunday at church we saw this wonderful woman - but the change in her since just a few weeks ago is drastic. I was so disappointed God was not healing her. I had been praying daily with Kiersten and believing He would. I think I thought that because there were no other medical options that He would just do it and show Himself off. You know display His awesome power as only He can and in this case it would undeniable that it was all God. I cannot say it any other way than to say I was completely shocked at her state and disappointed He wasn't healing her.
I do know God knows far more that I do, so there is a plan..and obviously my plan isn't His plan. But the shock will take a little time to wear off. So since this has been weighing on my heart I sat down last night and turned to my Bible and the story of Job. At the end of chapter 1, when he has been stripped of all he held dear he responded - "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21b) So as my heart struggles to get on the same page as my head, no matter what the Lord does or doesn't do for Miss Linda - Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
And here is my card. Although it lacks color it was done without any help from me. See, when Kiersten makes cards I write the words out for her on a separate sheet and then she copies them down. This one was all her (that is why Isaiah is Car boy!).
I couldn't not show the beautiful flowers my Mom sent for Valentine's to the house. They were gorgeous and helped brighten up the house. Hope everyone else was feeling the love on Valentine's too! :) What a blessing to love and be loved.