"While your light absolutely impacts hers, your child is (wait for it) NOT YOU. She is her own little or big person. She is responsible for her own light. Can you support her brilliance? Absolutely. Is it entirely up to you? Nope."
It’s Sunday night - we are on an airplane ride home – and the most beautiful little girl on the planet is sprawled across my lap. Her feet brush our neighbor’s leg...
Fortunately, as my Father would have it, Lisa is a friend from church and she knows our Bliss. And by knows, I mean knows.
"We just need to get through these days. But also, I don't want to miss them! This is going to fly by."
Today I'm trying my hand at poetry. We'll see if I can convey the joy I'm experiencing. I pray I can.
Blessings, sweet friends
Hey beautiful friends! Welcome to the adventure. I am so incredibly honored to explore life with (and speak life into) you! My prayer is that this is another post full of exploration tinged with hope.
A few years ago, I wrote about bed rest with my Wild one. I was 31 weeks gestation when early labor terminated our adventures out in the world. And while I struggled deeply during that time, I also grew. I've been reflecting on this a lot lately, as I dig into supporting the postpartum and special parenting community that I know and love.
Sometimes, I just need to read a book... find a Bible study plan that really just meets me where I'm at. The one I've just started has done just that.
Specifically, it is meeting me as I struggle with doubts – unsure of what to do or who to turn to because obviously God isn’t listening. Well, at least it feels like that some days!
Bless our tiny.
I hopped on facebook memories today and was met with a flashback from one of the first postpartum healing classes I taught with her when we moved to Arizona.
That morning she was absurdly naughty, from what I recall. We smiled anyhow...
Can I tell you how excited I am for this series?
Surrender was my word for 2018. And as I prepare to dig into life-giving, purpose-driven goal setting for the coming year - it seems appropriate to share with you some takeaways from this adventure-packed year.
Oh precious friends. I had this grand idea that I would be talking to you from a place of having fully prevented stress - or at least having managed it well - this year. But here we are. Me a lump of chronic-disease-filled exhaustion. And you... maybe a little bit better off than myself?
I'm praying it's so
As the hot water poured down this morning, I pondered. I'm naturally inclined to write about everything. All of it. The good. The bad. (Is there such a thing as bad?) The happy. The wild. My Wild. And absolutely my Mild. Sweetest boy ever!
Because I'm naturally inclined to write about everything, I am thinking all the time. Except on the days where chronic fatigue syndrome takes over - and I wonder if I'll ever have a free-flowing thought again (she's a beast, but my coffee helps bunches). So this morning, during my peaceful, child-free shower, I pondered. My pondering led to prayer. And my prayer led to a new whisper that must have been from my Jesus, because the other thing I'm naturally inclined to do (other than write) is to spend lots of time in introvert-land. Quiet is like having the best glass of * insert your favorite mocktail or cocktail here * in my hand. I celebrate it. Yet, as happy as I am in solitude - where I can actually hear my own thoughts, and perhaps God's call - I know at my very core that I am made for people.
I'll let you in on a secret... there was a short period of time when I forgot that this is His call to all of us... to be together. I'm so thankful that our family business requires being hand-in-hand with other incredible souls, because it led me back to togetherness.
Back to that whisper. Here's what I heard:
I have nothing better to do with my time than to pour into God's people.
I could have laughed. I could have cried. And a part of me thought, "duh" as I stretched my aching neck beneath the hot waters sweet touch.
Every aspect of our lives has to do with being with His people. If we can manage to bring this into focus daily - we'll be better for it. What we focus on (our mindset) is what we move toward. Always.
Ponder this for a moment and let me know what you receive!
Psst - Speaking of being with His people, it's the time of year when community either heals or hurts or sometimes both! Our pastor spoke about this on Saturday evening, and it's worth a listen.
Also, I promised you a fabulous recipe for low carb cake.
Here's the link for it! We aren't typically big chocolate-lovers at our house, but really, who doesn't love a dark chocolate cake with very few carbs every once in a while?!
Sending you so much love, from our wildness into yours.
I love sharing helpful resources! I may also make a small cut that keeps me fully caffeinated and my brain research-packed (because we can't serve from an empty well, and I really love collecting all the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom I can for both of us.) Always, I'll do my best to keep you on the right path, but I'm no doctor even though I play one at home - often - and mostly for myself. Life with CFS sure keeps things interesting! Life with you + CFS keeps things full of JOY, too.