Saturday, August 27, 2016

Gratitude Challenge Week 2

Week 2 - Spouse

Well if you know me, read my blog, see my occasional facebook posts, then you'll know how much I love this guy I married. He's amazing. So I'm definitely thankful, greatful, and blessed to have this man in my life.

He makes me laugh, he makes me feel safe, he encourages me, he inspires me, he makes me want to be a better person. He's an amazing dad. He won't admit it, but he likes our kitties. One of the biggest pieces of advice when you are dating a guy is to watch how he treats his mom. And one of the things that first attracted me to him was how much he loved and respected his mom. He's incredibly smart. But it isn't just IQ, although that's pretty high. He can figure anything out with a little work or research. He's patient, way more tolerant that I could ever hope to be, a great teacher, and an amazing listener. I also love his quiet faith. He's not the type to preach, but all you have to do is watch him to know that he loves God and has amazing ethics.

Can you tell yet how great this guy is?! 

So today I'm thankful for my husband, Jon.

On a date - even though it's blurry, I kept this one because of the fun memories we made that night.
Remember me mentioning the kitties?! =)



He loves his kids.



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gratitude Challenge Week 1

I saw a list on Pinterest. It was called 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge. I have no idea whether the challenge was related to blog writing, but I miss writing. 

Week 1 - Why Start This Challenge
I thought this would be a great way to prompt myself to write every week and also to encourage thankfulness. Everyone has something to be thankful for. And if we look for the things that are a blessing to us, we will be more likely to not only notice them, but have a more positive attitude. 

I didn't really want to leave the challenge with just why I wanted to start. If it's truly 52 weeks of gratitude then I need to start today. So today I am thankful for the Sabbath. It's God's way of helping us take a break and relax.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Home Sweet Home

I love traveling. We've had quite a few opportunities this year so far and I've loved every single one of them. And I've wanted to extend most of them. But no matter how amazing the trip is, it is absolutely wonderful to come back to my familiar, wonderful home.

And then there is this that greets me upon my return.
Packages and packages of books.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My heart

I am by nature a very private and reserved person. An introvert. I can talk up a storm and share what appears to be way too much. But the serious stuff? That's kept close to my heart. While difficult because of my introvertness, I force myself to make friends and try my best to be welcoming. But the biggest pieces of my heart are saved for a very select few. These are the ones that can truly stay in my home for weeks without my minding, we can go months without talking and still have that connection, we can confidently share our most private secrets, they get me. They are family. I love them. I've mentioned one of the sisters of my heart here and now I'm going to share about the other sister of my heart.

She and her precious family came to visit us last month and I wanted to tie them down so they wouldn't leave. I was downloading the pictures from my last photo shoot and found the two pictures below. I don't remember taking them, so they might have been taken by Matthew when he borrowed my camera to try out a lens. Either way, I love them. And it made me miss that piece of my heart so very much.

Beth-Anne - sister of my heart
Beth-Anne is a beautiful person, as you can see from the photograph. But her gracious heart and understanding spirit is what shines through. Her friendship means the world to me and I miss her.

Edmund - my squishy boy
I love this little boy. I love him as if he was my very own. I understand how someone can love a child who wasn't born to them because of this sweet, squishy boy. I can't wait to meet his little sister. 

I love this family so much. I've learned so much from them and they've been an incredible blessing to my entire family. God gave us a great gift when He put the Whites into our family of friends.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Photo Shoot

I got the chance to take pictures of the cutest little boy the other day. His mother was contemplating cutting his curls and since it was close to his third birthday, figured she'd get some pictures taken. It was a crazy day for both of us, but we managed to squeeze in a few minutes to snap some shots. As typical with some young children, he isn't fond of cheesing for the camera. But we worked with it, and I love several of these shots.

 He might not want to look at the camera, but there is a whole lot of cuteness wrapped up in this little bundle. Love his smile!
 Mommy kisses
 Sometimes it helps to have big brothers come stand with you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Helper

Yesterday I was talking with a mother who was upset about some recent events. She made the comment that she was all alone and was completely overwhelmed. She was venting, so I wasn't really able to say anything. But later I thought of so many things that I could have said. Naturally!

Several things just today struck me as things that would have been helpful to her. 

We are studying Matthew in our Sabbath school class. And one of the things that really stuck with me was how much God cares about our little daily trials. He's the kind and considerate teacher; the loving and guiding Father. 

Then when I got home I received a gorgeous book in the mail. 

It had a gift receipt, but no indication of who sent it to me. So as of right now, that is still a mystery. But I opened the book to today's page and read this -

"I am a Mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Me. I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your weakness is designed to open you up to My Power. Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day's demands against your strength. What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources. When you face unexpected demands, there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation.
I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting in My Strength."
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young pg 141

There are so many texts that come to mind after reading this. This mom is not alone. She might feel family-less, friendless, and helpless. Her job and many duties might be overwhelming her. But she is not alone. No matter what her circumstances, she has a heavenly Father who adores her and a Savior who has promised to always be there for.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Man of my Dreams

This man has my heart!

He's the very best thing that could have happened to me. 
Love him!!!
 And there's this side of him - the one that won't cooperate when I'm trying to take a picture. 
Love this side too. =D