Thursday, September 15, 2005

Seaweed

One thing we're never short on around here is girls. And although Kevin is quite happy in his harem, he's glad to have joined ranks with Seaweed, the beta fish. Seaweed, first named Mermaid, is the newest male member of our household. He's quite beautiful and we are quite satisfied with out first family pet. He resides in Mikaela's room and is "officially hers" (as she quickly points out to her guests). Seaweed, welcome to the family.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Monday Prayer

How is it that I can spend so little time alone and yet still feel so lonely?

Lord, take this emptiness from me. Help me to learn something in the presence of loneliness. Remind me to count my blessings and not dwell on the things that trouble me. Help me to show my gratitude for my husband and children, parents, friends, and above all, for You. Give me the energy to do something kind for someone else. Increase my faith. Turn my eyes to your Word. Help me to listen. Abide in me. Hear my prayer.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday

Saturday

sleeping in
pancakes
kids in pajamas
mom in pajamas
yard work
shopping
birthday parties
kids playing
no cooking
baths
bedtime prayers
quiet house
movie
thoughts of Sunday

Saturday

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Worst of Times, The Best of People

It seems that everywhere I look someone is suffering. In the last several weeks, my own family has faced a series of challenges, foremost, the diagnosis of what seems to be a malignant brain tumor in my dad, Garon. I am overwhelmed with the generosity of my neighbors who immediately began to pray and offer their help especially with our children when I needed to be in Houston.

One thing I have learned in times like this, and other events of my life, is that when times are at their worst, people are often at their best. Families pull together, faith is increased, friends take over, prayers are multiplied. We live out loud the stewardship of God's love, a love that should not remain housed in our hearts, but manifested in our hands, our feet, our words, our everything.

May God's love continue to be displayed in all of us.