happy monday, lovelies!
patrick was home all weekend. we pumpkin-patched
and enjoyed lunch out with my mom, and sister and her fam.
we enjoyed yummy food at texas roadhouse,
and elijah and my niece ivy were total champions during lunch!
i even sneaked out(is that right, sneaked?)
for pier 1 and other fun shopping with my mom and sister.
saturday night patrick and i went bargain hunting at the gap, and scored some sweet deals.
it was an unexpected treat. maybe because i'm in a tender emotional state right now,
or maybe it was just super adorable. go check it out. or at least rent it when it hits the redbox;)
how was your weekend?
mine was mostly a joy, sprinkled with some disappointment.
this is life, yes?
i've been struggling with not being able to keep up with blog comments and emails.
responding to comments and emails is one of my very favorite things to do,
but it just hasn't fit my schedule this month.
i just became ok with this fact.
my dad would say, "you can't just live for emails", and he would be correct.
i adore my friends and family and my sweet readers-who are friends.
those who take the time to comment and interact with me make my heart all kinds of sunny.
please know that i read and delight in your comments. your encouragement lifts me up.
and i have had some incredible email these last two weeks.
seriously, i've been blown away with the timing and goodness of the lord.
he truly does use anyone and anything.
like me and this blog to reach people for him. why i am so shocked, i don't quite know.
to god be the glory! may it always be!
anyway, i love you. all of you! thanks for your patience and friendship!
note: this is one reason why i've been m.i.a. this month:
oh, elijah. what can i say. i love you with my whole heart!
also, you drive be crazy. crazy looks great on me though, so no worries.
i was pulled out of sunday service to attend to him in the nursery.
'neck grabbing' was the offense.
truly, i think he was just trying to hug everyone. to death.
yesterday afternoon, i took elijah to play at one of our favorite little playgrounds.
there were some older kids (looked jr. high age) playing on the equipment.
and by playing, i mean making out in the tube slide. they were speechless when i asked
"do y'all not have a home to do that in? nowhere else to go where children aren't playing?"
i think they do have homes, and are likely not allowed to do 'their thing' in those homes.
just an educated guess.
goodness, i would love to say i wasn't like them at their age.
what is it about being a hot and bothered teenager
that makes you think a tube slide at a playground is a hot place to make out?
i'm praying for elijah. i'm praying that he will flee those temptations.
i'm praying for his future wife that she will also flee.
lord, save them both from foolishness and waste.
help them keep their way pure. keep them from harm.
lord guard their hearts, draw them to yourself.
and lord, if you have a wounded girl saved for elijah,
give him the strength and compassion to love her well.
heal her, restore her, hold her closely and lift her up.
make elijah an example of you, a lover, a forgiver and a protector.
today i'm thankful for:
:: my husband, that the lord knew i needed, he is perfect for my wounded heart ::
:: fresh new weeks, mondays mean new beginnings! ::
:: comfort in disappointment ::
:: this story in john 9 wow. ::
:: fun stripey straws ::
:: maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal ::
what are you thankful for?
last week, our pastor's son ben was in a motorcycle accident. his spinal cord was severed.
he has surgery today and i'd love for y'all to join us in praying for him.
you can read more about ben and his needs here at caring bridge. thanks!