Tuesday, March 29, 2011

behind the lens - a 3 year old's perspective

ahh...life around here seems to be settling down a bit...
my mom is home from the hospital,
so while the scary part of the roller coaster
seems to be behind us, a new unexplored
section is being experienced as
she recovers at home, and we learn exactly
what level of care is needed.
thank you for your continued prayers!

on a much needed lighter note...
Gracie received her very own
camera for her birthday.
(ours kept coming up missing,
and would have dozens of random
pictures on it - hmmm...)
I thought I'd share some of her photographic
skills...enjoy, & keep her in mind
for your next big event!!

someone quickly figured out
the camera's special effects

the never-camera-shy big brother

her dream kitchen

abstract Erin

one of her favorite tv shows

Fred's big close-up

she calls this her
"washed out 70's polaroid photo
of my sister Ali"

she loves capturing her mama
in her pj's w/o makeup

she actually took this of herself,
and we think its lovely!

Monday, March 21, 2011

the birthday in pictures!

the troops bring breakfast to the birthday girl!

Quinn's gift - a lego rifle
("because you're studying the Civil war at your school")

Gracie couldn't wait for sissy's birthday!

we had lunch with our church family after the morning
service -someone was thrilled that there was face painting!

a girl can always use a new sassy purse in her wardrobe

so glad our friend Diane could share part of
Erin's special day with us!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

fourteen is fabulous!!!

happy, happy birthday to our
beautiful, funny, talented,
compassionate, smart, creative
Spirit-filled girl!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

new every morning

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

it’s been a long week here.

my mother has been in the hospital for over a week now
with diabetic related complications.
we are seeing steady, slow improvement, and we are so grateful for that.
we really felt like we were going to lose her last weekend.
it’s tough being spread so thin, and I know there
are many for whom this is a daily lifestyle.

splitting time between a hospital, caring for & watching
my precious mom suffer,
and being a wife & mommy is not easy.
let’s just say I’ve cried buckets of tears,
interceded like I never have before,
and seen the bottom of many starbucks cups lately!

my family is amazing – oddly enough, I wouldn’t trade the times
of prayer & intercession, and reminiscing that have
been shared w/ my parents,
my brother & sister –in-law, my sister, & their kids.

would you please keep my mom in your prayers – for a
grace-filled recovery, and for
wisdom for future care. our kids are starting
to show signs of stress as well. they’ve done great,
(Brian has been AMAZING)
but it’s hard for everyone when your
schedule is turned upside down, and stress
seems to be palpable in the air.

believe it or not, my nephew was admitted
to the same hospital as my mother yesterday,
and will be having surgery (kidney related) this afternoon.

Praising God Almighty for His new mercies EVERY day,
and for His healing

watching this video has been a huge bright spot for Brian and me.
we have always loved Third Day, and this song is very powerful -

please take the time to watch!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

happy referral day!

2 years ago today we got "THE call".
we had been matched with a beautiful little girl
on the other side of the world.

the first time we saw
this face
we knew it was our Gracie girl!!

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.