Saturday, October 16, 2010

How can it be?

Thomas is 3 yrs old tomorrow.

Three years old.  How is that even possible?  I can still remember the day he was born.

And when I say remember, I mean every precious moment of that day I still feel...right now...deep in the core of my heart, the depth of my soul, the marrow of my bones, the stillness of my breath.  Every fiber of my being.

And now here it is, 3 short years later.  Or is it 3 long years later.  In my mind this passage of time has been both - short and long.  Either way though, these 3 years have been full.   

Full of so many, many wonderful moments and memories.  

Hugs and kisses

Tears and tantrums.

Fun and games. 

Smiles and laughter. 

Oh the smiles. 

I came across this verse a while back and thought it fit me to a tee:

1st Samuel 1:27 - "I prayed for this child and the Lord has given me what I asked of Him"

But the more I reflect on it, the more I realize it isn't true.  I did ask God for a baby, a boy, who was healthy and happy.  Which is exactly what He gave I thought. 

But over these past 3 years I realize that Thomas far exceeds any of my prayers.  So the verse should read: "the Lord has given me far better than I asked of Him"

Thank you God,  Thank you for Thomas.  And for the privilige of being his mama.

Happy Birthday my sweet boy.

Friday, October 8, 2010

What could be better than a new house?

a FABULOUS swingset for the boy, that's what!!!

Friends from church gave - yes GAVE - it to us. Their three girls and many foster children have grown up and moved on so they wanted it to go to a family who would get as much use out of it as they did. Knowing we had just purchased a new home, they called and just offered it to us!  Can you believe it!???!!  I still can't.  It is well used but you would never know it.  They took excellent care of it!  Last weekend, Paulo and 5 other guys dis-assembled, transported, and re-assembled it in our big new yard!  We replaced the swings, the tarp and the rope railings - that's it.
 Paulo and I were so excited for the reveal.  WE were the ones who were like little kids waiting for christmas morning. And Thomas did not at all disappoint with his reaction.  He asked if he could live in it - how's that for love at first sight.


Paulo and I both agreed it was one of the best days of our life - to not only be able to give our son a big, fenced in yard to play in, but through the generous spirit of others, to be able to give him such a wonderful swingset.

 Dreams really do come true.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I've been keeping a secret.

Its a good one.

And now

I can

finally share.

wait for it....

We bought a house!!

A fabulous gorgeous wonderful house

A Big Fat Fixer-Upper.

Oooooo, but the potential.

Thank you faithful readers and friends for putting up with all my mysterious, vague complaining recently.  This very long, complicated, scary process has been ongoing since July 4th.  Talk about a stressful summer.

We weren't planing on buying a house...sort of.  I mean, we were talking about it...a little.  Throwing ideas around.  But we weren't looking.  This house just sort of found us.

Actually, it found me.  While out on a walk.  I saw it.  I called.  We toured.

I wanted it.

I felt it.

I knew it.

Then I had to sell Paulo on it.

That, my friends, was a very...BIG....sell.

Then there were a lot of logistics about buying this house...and some drama.  I'd like to say this will be our forever home, because i N E V E R want to go through this process again!

But it is ours.  ALL OURS.  And I am overjoyed and filled to the brim with blessings.  There is no doubt in my mind that this house, our future HOME is truly a gift from God.

I'm saying that here.  now.  firmly.

 So that you all can hold me accountable when I start complaining and whining about ALL THE WORK.  Cause there's A WHOLE LOT of work to be done.

I hope you will join me on this journey .....I intend to post lots of before and after pics of all the remodeling projects.

And pics of the process of transforming this currently empty, boring, personality-less, blank-slate box of walls, floors, windows and doors into OUR warm, cozy, peaceful, happy, bursting-at-the-seams-with-joy safe haven in this world.

Our little postage stamp on this earth...while we are here.