Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Can I Snuggle You, Mama?

We spent most of yesterday morning snuggled up in bed playing hide 'n go seek, building forts, and just being together. My sweet boy is so big. He gets bigger every day.

My day is completely made when those big brown eyes look up at me and he asks, "Can I snuggle you, Mama?" Anytime, anywhere, sweet boy.

It has had me thinking a lot about this little tiny boy he once was.

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I remember how we would cuddle up and snuggle our mornings away. Our cuddling looks (and sounds much different these days), but I am so glad that boy of mine still crawls up in our big ol' bed in the mornings to spend some time with his mama. One day he won't want to snuggle; he'll be off doing other things. All I'll have are these sweet memories to look back on, and I'll be so grateful I have them.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Faith Like a Child

Last week, the boy and I spent part of our Monday hanging out with Baby Ava. About ten minutes in, he looked up at me and said, "I want a baby to come to our house and be my baby sister." I coached him through the fact that a baby sister would live with us all the time, that he would have to share his time with me with her, and that she wouldn't be going home at the end of the day.

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"Right," he said. "We'll name her Woodstock."

So, I guess that's that.

Yesterday, after a rough day of sorts, I was pretty well feeling defeated in a lot of areas. I had convinced myself that maybe a lot of the signs about timing I saw from God were actually not God and me making things up. I was just down in the dumps and not really believing in the promises I know to be true. 

Then last night, as we were eating supper, that sweet boy of ours looked at his daddy (completely out of the blue) and said, "We're getting a baby sister!" Mr. Gray and I exchanged a look and let it go.

Today, it hit me, though. Just because I had a bad day does not mean that everything I believe is null and void. It does not mean that what we have been called here to do is no longer our calling. It doesn't mean any of that. I just means I need to get my head out of the sand and cling to that child-like faith.

Maybe it's not a baby sister, maybe it's not a church home just yet, maybe it's not any of those things, but we are here for a reason walking in callings we have been led to for a reason. God doesn't make mistakes.

I said Friday I felt a seasonal change coming, and I know now that it is. Just because I don't know what things will look like doesn't mean God doesn't have the biggest, best plans for our family. He is a God of details, both big and small. He is good. So I'm going to believe those things like my boy believes he is getting a baby sister--innocently and like a child.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

On Fridays We Write Vaguely

1. Sometimes when you get news you don't necessarily want to get, you take to worrying about everyone else in the situation. You pray for all the right things. You talk to the right people. You don't take time to think about the "you" in the situation. Then it hits you. Then it becomes infinitely harder.

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2. I have several writing deadlines and writer's block. So, that's fun.

3. We are officially making actual progress on our house. They started the form for the foundation yesterday. Here we go!

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4. I can feel a season shift coming; I don't exactly know what things will look like, but something will be different fairly soon. Vague, I know, but I just know it's something--I don't know what.

5. I read yesterday that Blake Lively and someone were married. It seemed like a thing I should have known at the time, but now I can't even remember his name. Shows how much I care about celebrity news and probably explains why I didn't know about the marriage in the first place.

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