Instagram Me Monday

I start the week thankful.  Thankful for my family.

For Q’s cheerful blue eyes and CeCe’s ornery little spirit.

 The tragedy of last week has given fresh perspective and deep gratitude for my children…as well as a heavy reminder that they are not mine.

They are a gift.

They belong to God.

 And every.single.minute. that I get to be their mommy is a blessing far greater than I deserve.

I read this quote yesterday and it resonated deeply with my feelings about what happened in Connecticut:

“Human beings do not lose control of their lives. What we lose is the illusion that we were ever in control on the first place,”. Barbara Taylor

There is only freedom in that statement if we believe, like REALLY believe, that God is at His core good and loving toward His children.

And that we can trust Him fully with our own children.

Because He knows what it’s like to love and loose His only Child. 

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I was lying in bed Saturday night fearful and overwhelmed with sadness. The only words I could think to pray were Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When you don’t have the words, when the fear or anxiety threatens to steal your joy and security, pray those words.

They are good, true, hope-filled words.

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Now, how about a little Ankle Biter adorableness to lighten the mood?

Cousin Annaliese wasn’t too thrilled about Q reading her favorite book!  Look at that pout! I LOVE IT!

The motley crew of Nativity Scenes…

Our church had a birthday party for Jesus on Saturday….

Look at those faces!  A CHILD IS BORN! Such joy!

This is CeCe’s “quit bugging me, mom!” face

I whipped up (and by “whipped up” I mean, trashed my kitchen and spent the whole afternoon…) some  dye-free chocolate dipped s’mores for Q and CeCe’s preschool party.  You can find the recipe at Bye Bye Food Dye.

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Whew!  I feel a little better.

Have a peaceful Monday!

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