Monday, November 14, 2011

The blessings of the Lord

...make one rich.
(Proverbs 10:22)

Thank you for all your sweet congratulations and for rejoicing with us!

Dan and I are so very thrilled and excited -- not only with the eagerly awaited arrival of a precious little bundle next spring, but also because of the faithfulness of the Lord!

Earlier this year (in January) Dan and I found out we were expecting and couldn't have been more blessed and ecstatic. I was just getting ready to share the exciting news with you all several weeks later, when the Lord called our precious little one home.

So instead of preparing for a sweet little baby whom I'd been praying for, I found myself over and over again dealing with the pain of dashed hopes and dreams I already had for this little one. My Heavenly Father had other plans and yes, it was a time of deep sorrow. But it was also a time the Lord showed me more of Himself and of His great love.

I share this with you now because it was a challenging spring of coming to a place of simply trusting and resting -- only to find myself in tears again, struggling with the loss of wanting to hold my baby!

In the midst of tears and wishing for what might've been and what I longed for, He was so patient and brought me such comfort through the precious promises in His Word as well as through my amazing husband, dear family, and close friends. Heaven is only going to be all the more joyous when I finally meet our precious baby!

And now I am due the end of April and have been so thankful for a wonderful pregnancy thus far. I heard lil' Squirt's heartbeat for the first time last week -- what a precious, precious sound! And such a miracle.

15 week baby bump

And I'm posting this picture simply because I love being married to Dan and am so excited to watch him as a daddy! He is going to be wonderful. [smile]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Coming soon:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

What happened...

when Dan headed off to a men's retreat for 24 hours last weekend?

My brain began spinning with ideas to redecorate our bedroom to surprise him. [smile]

I also wanted to keep it very low cost and not surprise with a stack of receipts from purchasing a host of new things!

To begin with, I had a colorful bedspread on hand that I'd picked up very inexpensively this summer. After looking at the colors I was working with, I scoured the house for other accents that would tie in. I also stopped by our local thrift store and picked up a few versatile decorative items.

The fresh look...

a few new things on the wall...

(Check this post to see a 'before' picture
which was taken shortly after moving to Virginia.)

the top of the dresser...

and last but definitely not least, the new pillow I made for the bed. (I think it was my favorite part of putting the room together!)

I'd never done a project like this by myself before; usually there are siblings around to be co-conspiritors! I'd arrange something, and then try it a different way, and then rearrange all the surfaces, and eventually come up with something I liked (without talking to myself for a second opinion -- lol!) For those wondering, Dan was very pleased and surprised. Hooray!

(Now to master keeping it cleaned on a day to day basis...)
smile

Monday, November 07, 2011

1 Peter 2:9

"...Proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you..."

Our world hungers for an expression of Christ as He really is,
LIVING OUT HIS LIFE THROUGH HIS PEOPLE.

~H. T. Blackaby

Friday, November 04, 2011

Michaela

I had the privilege of photographing Michaela's senior portraits a few weeks ago -- and had such a wonderful time. I discovered more beautiful Virginia countryside and the weather was perfect. Add to that some beautiful blue eyes and a fun personality and it made for great photo opportunities! [smile]

Class of 2012


Congratulations Michaela!