Monday, February 27, 2012

it's a fresh new week

it's a brand new week. and i'm looking forward to it.
what are you looking forward to?

we've had a little storm move through.
a few peeks as it began over the weekend:


fresh, glittery flakes of snow cover the town. we love watching it from the windows.
elijah really loves stomping in the drifts at the back of our building, as we head out to the car. 
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i've been enjoying hearing about what people are reading/doing for lent.
this is the first year that we've been purposeful about beginning this time before easter with a focus.
i've had several of you ask what i am doing!
i loved this quote i read last week, wanted to share it here:
#truth
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once upon a time, my sweet boy adored bath time.
he used to say "bath! bath! bath!" with such shrieking joy and energy.
it made me thrilled about it, too!

elijah doesn't say "bath" anymore. and he is rarely excited about it.
in fact, it seems nearly traumatic for him most nights.
resulting in a screaming, sobbing boy, standing stiffly in the tub, as he protests the after dinner cleaning ritual.
i've prayed and prayed for this little portion of our day to be less stressful for him.
and even become fun for him again. praise jesus!
by his grace we've had a few enjoyable nights in the bubbles lately!


i'd say this is a happy kid, wouldn't you?

on nights like this, bath time can last as long as he wants.
to see elijah playing happily, flooding my bathroom with bubbles and cheerful squeals...
sunshine into my soul. peace.
i laugh with him. and cry a little, too.
but not from exhaustion or defeat.
thankfulness springs up.

god is in these details. he hears us when we cry to him for help!


so grateful for even a few victories in this area.
maybe you have some idea of how huge of a deal these small triumphs can be?!

out of my distress i called on the lord;
the lord answered me and set me free.
{psalm 118:5}

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happy monday, make it great!

60 comments:

  1. sweet boy! i am glad he had fun (for you and for him).
    love you.
    off to read about your lenten plans!

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    1. thanks:) and we are still having pleasant bath times! holla.

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  2. I had to start using bubbles to get my daughter to agree to it too! It used to make me crazy because of how much she'd carry on whenever I had to wash her hair. Thanks for posting this! Nice reminder to ask God to get us through.
    Noelle

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  3. my little brother used to hate taking baths too. he used to pretend to take a bath or shower by making all the right sounds in the bathroom haha.

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  4. so sweet!

    i've been doing an awful lot of calling out to the lord lately. it's nice to be reminded that he does hear me. :)

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    1. stacey, keep calling to him, he does listen!
      love you, friend.

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  5. aww, girlie, i'm so glad bathtime has been easier as of late. how can bubbles not make ya smile, right? your boy is such a cutie, too. your snow pics make me miss it... really, i do. i miss the winter wonderland living from northern Cal. i love that you live right downtown. i think that is way cool. and amen, LOVE what scotty smith said. truth, indeed. have a happy day, my sweetie pie. : )

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    1. carissa, i want to visit nor cal! let's go.
      and so far, baths have been ace this week! magic.

      love ya!

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  6. I love the Psalms...that verse is wonderful! :)

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    1. me, too, jacky! i think the psalms are my favorite.

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  7. We have gone back and forth with bath time at our household. Being a parent totally makes you cherish the little victories in life.

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    1. em, that's the truth! cheers to better bath times! xo

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  8. Yes, He is in the details, and He even cares about bath time! I love it. So happy for your small victories!

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    1. thank you! so grateful for the attentiveness of jesus! xo

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  9. I'm in love with your house! And I need to pray about bath time too, I guess...

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    1. thanks, katy.
      all we're missing is a yard;)
      and praying for bath time is a must do!
      xo

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  10. Great attitude about Lent- I'm doing the H2O Project's challenge this year and it's my first year to actually observe this time of preparation. So glad your bath time was fun this week! He is such a cutie!

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    1. amen, chelsea. i think the h2o plan is great!
      loveya.

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  11. Jude is the same way about baths now! Must be a boy thing...they like to be dirty :) Jude likes showers, which is nice. But baths are easier...They have these really great bath fizzes that change your water color which he loves you can get like 10 for a 1.00 at wal-mart it has elmo on the cover ; ) Also I have put glow necklaces in the bath and they "glow colors" in the water! p.s. watch out they like to put them in their little mouths and that isn't pretty!

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    1. pretty sure you're a genius.
      trying glow colors asap!
      love you, sweetie!

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  12. Aw, that bath pics are so cute! I love that quote about Lent. So true. Have a blessed monday!

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    1. thanks, jennifer! hope your week was lovely!

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  13. Praise God for happy bath times!

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    1. yes, ma'am! god is so good!
      we've had success all week:)

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  14. oh man, praise the LORD.
    seriously. my heart is bursting with JOY right now.
    i think my favorite kinds of answered prayers are the simple ones.
    the everyday mundane things.
    (that become a big deal to us)

    The Lord truly has been answering a few of these for me - simple, simple, simple things - mostly in my spirit and attitude about things - and I almost miss seeing that.

    but this isn't about me, it's about you, and God providing for you and also for Elijah! i'm so SO happy to hear that this is something God heard and lovingly answered! AMEN!

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    1. thanks, kim.
      but it is about you! about all of us, seeking and praying together. love you xo

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  15. What a wonderful quote... thanks for sharing Hannah.

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    1. thanks, nessa.
      been reminding myself all week;)

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  16. it was fun seeing your little housey. i'm glad your boy is seeming to enjoy bath time once again. xo

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    1. rebecca, now you know where to stop when you pass through:) xo

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  17. i super love his bubble beard. ;)

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  18. I'm in love with your house too! Yes, i so know about these little triumphs. I'm glad it's getting better and he's having fun again :)

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    1. heather! thanks, we've had great baths all week!
      xo

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  19. God is in the details! I love this...thank you for the reminder Hannah!
    Have a great day!

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  20. Oh I so relate--to the blessing of victories in small things! Sure keeps us humble, though, when we find that we MUST pray over every.little.thing.

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  21. I love this post!! Your house is beautiful. Very jealous of the weather. It's been 80 over here in Southern California, which is fabulous...in the Summer!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. thanks, jena!
      wish we could trade weather, for at least a week!
      xo

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  22. I can't wait to check out your Lenten readings. We love to read Amon's Adventure with our kids for Lent.

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    1. amy, i saw that book mentioned elsewhere, too. now you've made me want to order it! xo

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  23. just wanted to cyberhug you and tell you how much i love reading your posts. you are amazing! "god is in these details. he hears us when we cry to him for help!" SO true! praying for you, beautiful

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    1. kristina. i LOVE you! thanls for being here, and always encouraging xo

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  24. this little birdie says praise the lord! Sweet Hannah, the early interventionist in me wants to say... on nights that bath time's not looking all that good... make a deal. Trade a big bath tub for a small bucket bath. Or no bath for extra snuggles. sensory issues and stubborn boys can make for rough nights... I am praying with you on this one.

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    1. agreed. and sounds like you just might be a wealth of information. have your people call my people;)
      loveya.

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  25. Each victory, and answered prayer increases our faith...and renews our strength! Glad your little guy is enjoying his baths again.

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  26. i love how God cares about it all. amen, sister!
    <3 <3 <3

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  27. That last picture is priceless. Small victories like these make all the tough times seem a bit easier.
    p.s. don't know if you've tried it yet or not, but my boys love to play with shaving cream in the tub. they even have little plastic razors they pretend to shave with, but most of all they rub it all over the place. It makes bath time a bit more fun.

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    1. adrian, such a fun idea. i think elijah would enjoy that!
      xo

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  28. Where you live is so beautiful!

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  29. just want to pop in and say i love your blog. i have been reading for quite some time now and am very inspired every time you post!

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    1. jessica, thank you. praise jesus!
      so glad you're here xo

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