Sunday, May 29, 2011

Today He turns 3!

*I had this scheduled to post 5/29/11, while we we're waking up to our first day in Ohio...but obviously mission failed. Anyway, here's a back-post*

Like every other mother out there, it continually amazes me how watching children grow makes me very aware at how fast time goes! 3 years has swiftly went by, since the day we we're entrusted with this sweet soul!

He was a relatively normal baby...happy most the time, but took his turn at fussing during those early evenings...developed skills right on track...was (and still is) small for his age, according to the "charts"....eats pretty well, but has to be continually prompted to do so...

He has a sweet, sensitive spirit...loves to give "gifts" to you...has called me "honey" instead of mommy since he could talk... he is very studious and takes himself very seriously...has enjoyed books and being read to since he was quite young...expects eye contact when he's talking to you, or he will repeat himself un-ending until he thinks your listening...

He could spend from dawn until dusk outside, if he was allowed...has a big heart for animals, and sleeps every night with at least one or two stuffed ones...has an incredible memory for peoples names, that puts me to shame...

and that's just a quick glimpse at this little ones make-up! ;) Like all children, he too has his challenges at learning the lessons of life! Our prayer is that God grant us the wisdom to take each opportunity as it presents itself to teach him the truths of Life, and the grace of Jesus!

Happy 3rd Birthday my big boy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet the Bride

I have a beautiful friend getting married in July, and I was priviledged to get to host her bridal shower last week! We held it at our garden center, which made for easy decorating!

It was a gorgeous spring evening, and we had a huge turn out! Unfortunately I was bustling here and there during the shower, so I didn't get to pick up my camera to take some "during" photos!

This bride and her sweet fiance' are well loved, and supported, as we had close to 130 people show up to shower them with gifts!

Her gratitude was expressed with heart felt appreciation, and I have no doubt she meant it! If you've ever been on the recieving end of a shower, it's overwhelming to be the recipient of such generosity! ;)

The cash register counter was where we served the food, (which i failed to photograph) but it was a little challenge to hide the monitors! lol!

The two beauties on the ends are my sweet friends that helped put on the show! I can only take a 3rd of the credit for the planning, decorating and hosting!

Her friendship is such a blessing, and I'm grateful to have her in my life!

And here is the soon to be MR. and MRS.! They are going to be a stunning couple on that blissful day in July!

*stay tuned for more pre-wedding fun in the upcoming weeks!*

Saturday, May 21, 2011

frantz boy {NO.4}

To all who don't know... I have a new nephew!! He missed my birthday by one day! I thought we'd agreed on sharing, but apparently he didn't take our little chat to heart! ;)

He is perfectly precious, and as sweet as they come! I already know he's gonna be one tough cookie! How do I know? Because here's where he follow's in the line up....

Enter {No. 1} and {No.2}
These two are peas in a pod! Trouble is quickly brewing for the frantz farm!

Closely followed by {No.3}
(i know he doesn't look threatening now, but watch out...he already knows how to use those eyes against ya!)

See...tough cookie huh?! Lord have mercy, if there is ever another and it's a girl!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

From a Mothers heart...

"A women's life, lived in intimate partnership with God, is a beautiful thing to behold. Often, however, the only one who seems to be doing the "beholding" is God himself. Whether we work full-time outside of the home, full-time within the home, or some creative gymnastic combination of both, so much of our lives as women is lived in secret; hidden from the eyes of the world and the accolades of others. So much of it feels mundane. You don't get an award for your 100,000th load of laundry. My family expects to eat dinner-every night! So much of what we do feels thankless, unappreciated, unseen. But God sees. And he esteems most what is done away from the eyes of others. He loves hidden, secret, small places. He does his best work there- in the home, in the womb, and in the heart!

Every choice you make to love, to serve, to offer, to sacrifice, God sees and is very pleased. You are joining with him in the amazing work to bring forth life every time you say yes because it is the loving thing to do. When you say yes, even when you want to say no; when it would be so much easier to say no. Every single time we choose to put our children first, before our needs and our wants, before our dreams and our desires, before our rights and what we deserve, a little bit of our selfishness dies and a little more holiness takes root in our hearts! When you cry out to God in the midst of weariness and loneliness and sorrow for strength to love, for the wisdom to discipline well, for the grace to respond with patience, for the help to soothe the ache in your heart, he deepens his presence in your soul and changes you ever more into the woman you desire to be; the woman you are becoming- the woman you were created to be.

This mothering we are called to is an amazing honor. God has invited us to join him in the holy work of bringing forth life in others. We get to partner with God in helping our children become who they were born to be. And this mothering we are called to is not only about the ones we are birthing life in. It is also about God's deep work in our own hearts. You know that already. As a friend recently wrote to me, "being a mother has brought out the best and the worst in me." You know that it is hard to love. You know that being a mother has exposed your weakness and your selfishness and your bent toward sin. That's okay. In fact, that's even good. Seeing it is the first step toward being freed of it! How will we cry out to Jesus in repentance, in need of his grace and forgiveness and life if we aren't aware of our need for him? Dear ones, he knows and he understands and he will be enough. In the midst of our laundry and lists, our carpools and craziness, our meetings and making lunches, God is bringing forth life in us!

*taken from You Are Captivating: Celebrating a Mother's Heart by Stasi Eldredge
(I love this little book, and find much encouragement from it over and over! I recommend it to any young mother! ;)

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