Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Fotos

Friday's Five random Fotos:
First is Ivydee

#2 Friends and fellow grammas with 2 grandkids

#3 Four cousins with their fun Aunt Hilary

#4 Facetiming with familiar faces

#5 Fuzzy, furry, fluffy snowsuits


Truthfully,
Joanne
"You give us the wine that makes us happy,
    the oil that makes our skin soft,
    and the food that makes us strong." (Ps. 104:15)


Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Elisabeth

Happy 28th Birthday Elisabeth! Today is your first birthday celebrated as a wife,


Also your first birthday as a mom.

I love seeing your tenderness and gentleness with Beckham. I'm so proud of the loving, compassionate mother you are,

and the encouraging, supportive, caring sister you've always been.

Thanks for the late night talks, the daily texts and picture messages. You share your heart, yet are always willing to listen. Your laughter and joy blesses are family immensely.
It's so fun to see your baby expressions on Beckham's sweet little face.

I love you, Elisabeth, Happy Birthday!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

How can I not be thankful for grandkids? 
Beckham is 1 month old and growing so fast. Trying to decide if his eyes are blue or not.
Josiah has blue eyes for sure. I'm thankful for my cell phone. It enables me to get pics of the grands whenever I'm with them.

I'm thankful for cousins. Ethan loves Ivydee and Beckham so much.
I'm thankful for messes with the grands. Ivydee had so much fun playing with beans.
Thankful Ethan hasn't seen this picture, hahaha. Ivydee was driving his car with Elmo.

I'm thankful for brothers who love each other so very much.

I'm thankful for snuggly, cuddly babies and bathtime.

Truthfully,
Joanne


Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Words Aren't Enough

I try to speak,
no words form.
Pain is all I feel.

Betrayal, abandonment,
isolated, alone.
The pain is real.

Some burdens must be carried alone.

This burden is too heavy Lord. I need you to take it from me. I am weary and heavy laden. Give me your burdens because you have promised that YOUR burden is easy, and YOUR yoke is light.


They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. (2 Timothy 3:3-4)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Conversations

The conversation began over feelings of discouragement. My daughter wanted to be more positive, but was discouraged that life wasn't going in the direction she had hoped and planned. She expressed her desire to be grateful, but waiting was hard. What if life takes a turn and her dreams never become reality?

I shared that I understood, but even when setbacks happen, it didn't mean she wouldn't attain her goals. I remind her that when her grandparents married, they were told they most likely would never have children. It was not my mother's goal to have her first child at the age of 19. Nor did she plan to have 4 children in 4 1/2 years.  I expressed thanks that my mom's plans were interrupted by those pregnancies. Had they waited 5 years to have children, I wouldn't be here, and neither would she. These setbacks did not stop my mother. She not only raised 4 children, but pursued and fulfilled her dreams and desires. She has never slowed down. Her life just became fuller and richer.

I thought about Abraham and Sarah from the bible. God promised them a child, but the waiting was hard. Had God told them exactly how long it would be before they received their Isaac, would it have been easier for them to wait patiently?

I admitted to my girl, that it is sometimes hard to have faith and to trust God. I reminded her that God is good. If we ask for a fish, He isn't going to give us a stone.

She replied, "No, He won't give us a stone, but He might give us kale. And while kale is certainly good for you, it really is awful."

It was hard to respond to that.

Truthfully,

Joanne

"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone?" (Luke 11:9-11)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Heart Strings

This boy
melts my heart. Monday he had an EEG-a sleep deprivation EEG.
 Basically he has to stay up until midnight. After 4 hours of sleep, he is awakened and kept awake until his scheduled EEG. I hate that he has to do this. Sleep deprivation causes seizures, which is why the doctors choose to have their patients sleep deprived before the testing. Sweet boy...shouldn't have to go through this. This isn't Ethan's first EEG.

This boy
celebrated his first birthday on Sunday.

He exudes happiness and is a mover and a shaker. Can you tell that he likes cake? My heart melts like butter. Happy First Birthday Josiah!

This girl is in town for a visit.

After a long day of travel, she was a little overwhelmed. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents surrounded her. I reached my arms out, "Ivydee!" She had the biggest smile when I scooped her up. My heart completely melted.
And then there is this boy:
Snugglebug Beckham melts my heart daily.
When not melted, my heart is so very full.
Truthfully,
Joanne



"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them." (Mark 10:15-16)


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Thunk Thursday



It's sad that online news sources don't care much about editing their work. This one made me laugh. "large parents are calling his office" Dr. Goodman must have a lot of fat patients.