Friday, December 31, 2010

colossians 3:17
"whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus."
we plan to this year-
WELCOME 2011!!!!

you have my heart! i am so much more in love with you today than i have ever been. i admire the man you are. i plan on holding your hand & kissing you for no reason for the rest of my life. may our days continue to be filled with laughter & the small stuff.

the mama-
may you always be the daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, He created you to be!

i adore you. you make me laugh at just the right time.
you are responsible, caring & so thoughtful. i love the way you hug & kiss me even if it is not "cool." i want that forever. my first baby boy!
beau bears-
could you be any cuter? your smile lights my day. squinted eyes smile! a beau trademark! i wish i had your prayerful heart. so pure, so constant. i love you-

oh are it! you are kind & have a sense of style i have never seen. kookie & krazy for sure. xoxoxo

libby claire-
sweet girl. you had me chasing you from day one. i long for the day i can never meet a stranger like you. you captivate everyone you meet. when i put chapstick on & you rub my lips with yours- that is worth freezing-

finn finn-
my little precious one. you are so sweet. you are curious & so loving. your laugh is contagious & that thumb sucking...geeesshhhh. you couldn't get any cuter!
quit growing!


isaiah 9:6
"for unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given;
& the government will be upon His shoulders.
and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Price of Peace."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

merry CHRISTmas!

we have entered the ecard era-
merry CHRISTmas
matt, elizabeth, mac, beau, maggie, libby claire & finn

merry CHRISTmas!

Friday, December 10, 2010

"i will have fries with that!"

we were asked to send in some photos of our libby claire to a company that is doing some fundraising for ronald mcdonald house. they will be on the collection canisters-

Thursday, December 9, 2010

christmas cactus

"i will have fries with that"
libby claire is our little RMH model! she was asked to be in some photos for a company doing fundraising for the ronald mcdonald house. she will be on the collection canisters.

bloom under stress

2 years ago a friend brought us a Christmas cactus for Christmas. they had just been blessed with their new addition. the adoption process was complete & they were to spend their first Christmas as mommy & daddy. it had tiny blooms on it & i couldn't wait to see it burst forth with the beautiful pink blossoms. it was something i cherished having given to me. i would anticipate the blooms every year. prepare for them, see the buds form, then the delicate flowers drip out of the ends of the dark green cactus leaf.

last year our cactus did not bloom. it had stayed in the same spot. i thought i had watered it not to much but enough. the sun was the same, temperature same, i was not sure what was going on. i missed seeing it bloom.

this fall i did a bit of reading up on these cactus plants.

they bloom best under stress!

i moved my plant in the closet for a few days. i completely stopped watering it. no water for months. i then pulled it out and placed it on matt's desk in the front of the house with bright sunlight. within a few days the tiny little buds began to push to the tips of the cactus leaf. they turned light pink & continued to grow. i now have a plant full of blooms ready to burst forth just in time for Christ birth.

i can relate to the Christmas cactus. we have gone through our time in the dark, closed in closet. left parched & dry. but how wonderful when i could finally see the buds. my dear friend who gave me the Christmas cactus was able to bloom during her battle with breast cancer. what is your stress?

the most important question is are you like the Christmas cactus? able to bloom under stress or do you wither away & die. refusing to bloom?

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