Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pondering the Blessings God has given Us

I knew I would have something to blog following this weekend because this is the weekend I had one of my annual big events with my 5th & 6th graders and Kati Ann got to spend about 24 hours with Charlotte & Darren, some of her favorite people. However, as I went through the 245 pictures that Charlotte took in the less than 24 hours that Kati Ann stayed her I was struck with how blessed we are.
We never could have imagined when we left Nacogdoches, TX, where we had some of the the sweetest friends that we truly loved, that God would supply people in Huntsville, AL that would show us God's love in such an amazing way. One way that blesses me so much is the way our sweet brothers and sisters in Christ love on our child. Could I have imagined that moving so far from Kati Ann's grandparents and aunts and uncle (that love her dearly) that God would provide people that would dote on her and treat her like the granddaughter or niece that she really isn't? I could not have. Not because I didn't believe God could do it but I just never thought about it.
Charlotte and Darren are amazing...from the pictures you will see that in a short 24 hours Kati Ann drew pictures on the sidewalk, was introduced to half the instruments in the marching band, played on the playground and had a clown come visit her! A note on the clown that I want to add is how God further displayed his love through Mrs. Angela aka Doo Lolly. Mrs. Angela has loved on Kati Ann since she was tiny. She and Charlotte both work on the support staff at our church and Angela "clowns" on the side. She had told me she was doing a clowning gig last night and she was going to come help out with my event after she was done. However, she forgot to mention that she was stopping by to visit Kati Ann before she came to help me.
She did not have to do that but what a blessing to know how much our child is loved beyond what Jared & I can give her. Enjoy the pictures of Kati Ann's adventures at Charlotte & Darren's.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I read this blog article this evening and it really gave me a fantastic perspective on Lent. My mom participates in Lent and though I've never really participated this really made me think. Definitely an article worth reading

This Week 3 Years Ago

So, I wanted to put a recent picture of me at 30 weeks pregnant so I chose the best one I could find!! Well, Shamu might be a bit of an exaggeration but over the last 2 weeks Kie has really grown and therefore so have I! The most striking thing to me is the reminder of what happened at 30 weeks when I was pregnant with Kati Ann. It was at 30 weeks that I moved to Huntsville to join Jared. It is hard for me to imagine that I moved so many miles away from what I had called "home" for 27 years to start a new life that would include such an life-altering addition in 9 short weeks. I am so thankful for the life we've made in Huntsville and the precious addition we added shortly after arriving. We all 3 look forward to meeting Kie and I am ever so grateful to not be moving at 30 weeks pregnant with an almost 3 year old!