Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Musings...

Have you ever had a mommy-moment when you wanted to go all Chuck Norris on someone else's kid?  When you want to grab them up and shake some sense in them? 
Be honest....sure you have.  It's the mama bear instinct in all of us to protect our cubs from harm, whether physical or verbal. 
I had one of those moments this weekend.  I don't even think it was a true scenario, but one made up in an over-tired mind.  Sweet Sam told me on the way home from church that 2 people in his class made fun of him.  <gasp>
This is our Sam who has Cerebral Palsy.  He fights everyday for a sense of normalcy he will never have this side of heaven.  How dare some 'normal' kid pick on my baby!!
After having the thoughts of how many ways can I hurt this child go through my mind, I ask him what they said.  He responds with, "Well, Kid A rubs my head and calls me Sam the Man."  OK-I think that's cute.  This kid see's Sam is different and is reaching out in a way they understand.  But "Kid B don't understand why I walk so crooked."  STOP MY HEART
What do you say to that?  It's unfair, I'm sorry, I'd cut my legs off if it would help yours, God made you special just the way you are, it stinks, but we're making the best of it...
I'm not sure where this came from...I don't think Kid B has said anything to Sam on purpose.  Maybe they asked the teacher or Sam himself why he walks the way he does.  Kids are curious.  When they see something they don't understand they usually ask-most of the time not in the best way!
Our school is very supportive of Sam in so many ways.  The kids are great, helpful, encouraging...this gives me hope for Sam as he grows up in a 'normal' world.
It's times like this I have to remind myself God is bigger than our circumstances.  He IS.  He could heal Sam if He wanted to.  He can also leave Sam just as He is in order to bring glory to Himself.  It's not my place to figure out His plan.  My job is to walk by faith the journey He has set before us... and that's what we'll do, one crooked step at a time.

It has taken 5 years, but Sam can do the playground
"all by myself"

Friday, October 12, 2012

5 Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

The rules are simple:
1.  Write for 5 minutes flat, no editing, no scripting, just writing.
2.  Link up with the Gypsy Mama.
3.  Make sure you visit the post before and after you and leave an encouraging comment.

Today's prompt is race...Ready, set


Race, race hurry-go, go!  All the time.  Spinning in circles. 
Going nowhere, but everywhere at the same time.
Turn around, look back, look forward.  Race, race-hurry. 
Quicker, better, faster...farther, stretching, reaching....tired.
Slow down, look around, look up and down.  Rest awhile, hold His hand, let it all go...
Deeper, wider, stronger, longer is what you find
 when you stop the racing to enjoy His stillness.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Into the Beautiful


Stepping Into the Beautiful today, this is what's on my mind.  The backs in the picture above are two of the loves of my life.  The one is big, strong, steady and sure.  The other is small, bent, somewhat broken, unsure...
There are times in each of our lives when we need to be carried along by someone else.  It may be a time of sickness, heartbreak, or just plain need.  We all need someone by our side to reach out a hand and pick us up, carry us along for awhile, until we catch our breath...steady ourselves.
That is how it goes around here...Daddy always takes the time, reaches out his hand, and carries our sweet Sam whenever he gets tired and weary.
Just like my Daddy in heaven does for me.  He holds out His hand, begs me to grab hold, and rest for awhile...

Linking up with...
The Scenic Route

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Scripture

Photo courtesy of:  Decima's Delights Photography

Friday, October 5, 2012

5 Minute Friday

It's time for another 5 minute's the rules:

Five Minute Friday1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Today's topic is Welcome...


"Welcome to our home" said this Mama never.  I am not gifted with hospitality.  If there is a gathering to be had, I'm willing to travel to you-no matter how far away you live.  I confess I have the comparison disease.  I see pictures all over the net, TV, and some I've seen in-person of neat, cozy, creative dwellings. 
You won't find that at our house.  You'll find dog hair in your dinner.  You can't step two feet without stepping on a Matchbox car.  You have to move books out of the chair before you can sit down.  My floors don't shine, even when I mop them.  There are fingerprints on my door.  My laundry room has clothes in it!
"Welcome to our home" is something I can say if I'm willing to move my pride out of the way.  We live in our house, we love here.  You can put your feet on the furniture and you can come in without taking your shoes off.  That's just how we roll, if you can deal, then Welcome...


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Are you thriving?

The link-up I planned to join today asked posters to blog about an area in their life where they are thriving...I don't have one-stagnating, maybe?!  It's not in the kitchen, in frugality, family,, kinda smacks ya right in the face!
Surely there is an area of my life I can say is thriving, surely!  In order to discover said area, I looked up the definition of the word thrive:
1. To make steady progress; prosper.
2. To grow vigorously; flourish
After looking at the definiton, the area of my life where I am thriving is in my relationship with Christ.  I am studying the Word and praying more than ever.  I am making steady progress in my relationship with Him.  The outflow of this relationship with Him will make other aspects of my life flourish as well.  There comes a point when you get so full of Him it can't help but overflow into everyday life.
I'm not there yet, but I am taking steps daily to grow in Him.  I pray every area of my life will begin to thrive as I seek a deeper, more meaningful relationship with my Savior.
Linking up with...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Into the Beautiful...Unknown

This is a picture of our journey into the beautiful of hope and expectation. We stepped jumped out of the boat and into the world of adoption without a second thought.

This is the blessing we are honored to have everyday because we took the plunge into the unknown...

We had no idea what the adoption process would involve or how much the waiting would consume our every thought.  At times the outcome of this miracle was uncertain.  In the end, He was gracious and rewarded our perseverance. 
I remember like it was yesterday, the raw emotion of it and I vowed to never go there again...I've been reminded here lately you don't tell God what you'll never do.  He may call you out on it...and call you back into the beautiful unknown again.

Linking up today with...
The Scenic Route