I have to add an intro to this post! Notice my new blog design?!
Sweet sweet Kelly Ann just put it up for me and I couldnt post my post without talking about what an AMAZING job she did and how fabulous she was to work with. Quick responses, beautiful design, fantastic vision and creativity. I already hired her for another project because she was such a joy to work with. Above is the mood board she sent me- isnt it incredible?!
It is exactly what I wanted. Yet so much more.
She is amazing and I really couldn’t give a higher recommendation!
LOVE LOVE LOVE her and all the time she puts into every detail!!!
OH and I am so excited to have a “pin it” button now! It will be super easy to pin posts and pictures directly from my blog now!!!
I wonder how many blog posts I have named “jumbled thoughts”.
I think quite a few.
Usually my thoughts are a bit “everywhere” when I sit down to really write what is on my heart.
So they feel jumbled. and misplaced at times.
First off, THIS is one of the best articles I have read in awhile. It is with my pastor and whether you are religious or not , in my opinion it’s an awesome read. I could not agree more with his thoughts on marriage, his thoughts on parenting, his thoughts on God and living in the now.
It’s all really good.
I adore how he talks about knowing his kids and the differences in them and their needs. I love how he talks about soul shaping his kids and working on their hearts, preparing them. I get a lot of questions about discipline. I can tell you that we want to be intentional when it comes to shaping our kids hearts.
Whether it is a “teachable moment” or not… we know they are watching us, our spirits, our reactions, our nature…and being gentle and slow to react is on my mind from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.
I fail sometimes.
I want to teach them how to love and react well.
And truth be told, a lot of that is done by them watching.
On a different subject, when we were in California last year I got a comment from a reader (she might be reading this now) about the loss of her little girl.
The comment/ her story made me weep.
It was horrible.
I contacted her and had her tell the story on the blog because it impacted me so much. One of the things she said after she lost her little girl was that she actually wanted her back to smash crackers in the carpet again, that she would give anything to have her back at home making messes.
I thought of her today.
Picking up toys, cleaning up smashed goldfish crackers from the carpet….how thankful I am to have little precious ones here doing that in our home.
We lost our baby Addison a year ago in August.
It’s been interesting to see how God has used that story.
Some people read those posts when I was walking through it and instantly could relate. They had suffered a loss years before or happened to be walking through one at the same time. Others couldn’t relate at the time…but throughout the year as women would miscarry &/or lose little ones they would email me. They were reading back through my old posts relating to my raw emotion I was experiencing at the time.
I have heard from women crying in the bathroom at 4am because they feel completely alone with their loss and are desperately searching for answers,
others who have had to bite their tongues as friends & coworkers were insensitive, some who werent sure if they should schedule a d&c or not,
some who felt like their husbands weren’t feeling the pain the way they were….
the list goes on.
It’s been sad….
and confusing to try and understand why this happens.
I have said this many times before…before I lost a baby I had no idea what a loss it is. And nothing can bring me to tears quicker than thinking of that little one.
I knew it was sad but never did I know the emotion that would come with walking that road.
I mentioned it last week but if anyone wants to get involved in project hope, Laura has such a beautiful thing going on for families who have lost little ones.
She has a post here that basically talks more in detail and explains what she needs… I respect her so much for pouring her heart into this and I know what an impact each box will make on these people.
Have a lovely weekend, when Monday hits I will be 29 🙂 xoxo.