It’s a Good Day!

It’s Sunday…SUNDAY! This day is revered all over the world by Christians as a time to come together collectively, in their churches and in their hearts, to worship and praise our precious Lord. Today, we re-center our thoughts on what it means to be a child of God. As much as we try, the week is full of worldly distractions and we fall short daily of our best intentions to draw closer to Him. Isn’t it exciting to think that we, as one body, will be together today all over the world in Worship?! TODAY we see how it should be EVERYDAY! Think! Think about the warm and loving peace that comes over us as we take the time to come, bearing all, in worship. Oh if only we could achieve that daily!

Dear God, help each one of your children to draw closer to you every day. Continue to nudge us, remind us, that it’s only our time with you that matters. The distractions will fall away and in the end, it’s you we seek.

It’s a good day!

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Baby “C” turns ONE!

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In 365 days, you have changed our world, our hearts, our lives. In only 1 year, we cannot imagine a day that you weren’t here. Your constant smile, precious and infectious laughter, and plentiful kisses consume all of us. We are so thankful for you.

Since August, 2013 (365 days ago), you have mastered eating, crying, sleeping, smiling, laughing, rolling over, sitting, screeching, talking yourself to sleep, crawling, walking, dancing, running, and now talking! You’ve been loved by your family, Miss Clara, Miss Marie, as well as lots and lots of other people. You’ve traveled to church, Gatlinburg, Birmingham, Fairhope, on Lake Martin, Destin, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach. YOU HAVE GAINED ABOUT 16 POUNDS AND GROWN ABOUT 6 INCHES!

When I look back over the past year and the thousands of pictures we’ve taken, it’s hard to comprehend how much you’ve changed. In only a year, you’ve gone from depending on those around you for everything to already insisting on doing things for yourself.

Coleson Adam Wendling, you are an angel on earth and have filled our family with excitement and another level of love we could not have dreamed possible. As much as we would love for you to stay little forever, we’re excited to walk & run every step along side you in the years to come. Praying for God’s many blessings for every breath you take.

Love you so much!

Mimi

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Exactly as I feared

Is it the mattress? Am I just getting old? Maybe I need to exercise more – ahem…maybe I should exercise period? MY BACK HURTS EVERY MORNING!! Even after purchasing a new mattress, which now I wonder if we even needed, my entire back aches every morning. I was so very excited after finally making a decision to buy the ridiculously expensive mattress. (It took me a year or longer to decide.) After the purchase, I “dreamed” of climbing in to bed and floating on dreamy clouds all night. So now what? Should I have gone with a softer mattress, a different pillow top, firmer?

How is it that anyone knows what mattress will be the best, I mean, you can’t spend the night in the mattress store, right? The 2 minutes I stretched out in the store was awkward enough. Maybe I should have asked to be left alone for awhile and taken a nap.

What am I supposed to do with this bad purchase NOW?!!

The Days Come and Go

Early morning sounds (really early morning…) are bringing the house alive. Once again, we find ourselves at the beginning of another school year. Once again, my three girlies will soon head out of the door. Once again, the day has come to begin yet another chapter.
Thirteen school starts ago, my AM was still sleeping, not quite as ready to begin her adventure in to Kindergarten as she is her senior year. Her little backpack was packed, and that hasn’t changed. Her lunch and snack sat on the counter, that hasn’t changed. Her clothes for the first day of school have been picked out…that hasn’t changed. Many days have passed all too quickly, and she most definitely has changed. The big hair bow is gone and the smocked dresses are hanging in the closet. The tears and leach-like creature that wrapped herself around my legs will confidently walk out of the house this morning for her last first day of school. Yes, the days continue to come and go. The anticipation of starting her senior year is here. This is the day that seemed too far away to think about, too far away to get emotional and yet, here we are. All of the days that have come before us brought us front and center to this day. Lord, please cover this child in your love. Let her share Your love with others throughout today and the rest of her life. I pray she has an amazing last first day of school.

As it happens around here with four kiddos, one pivotal year rarely stands alone. Our SB has an adventure of her own beginning today. We all can remember the first day of high school as one of the more nervous and exciting days in all of our school career. From elementary school we all look at the “big high school” kids with wide-eyed amazement. Today, our little SB, will step on to a new campus thrilled to finally have arrived. This morning, she will bounce down the stairs like always but today…the bouncing blonde curls will have been replaced with straight, big girl hair. As much as some things change, SB’s love for learning has been with her from the beginning. The “thinker” in our family will have a mind full of questions and thoughts as she prepares for her day. Her young mind will be on overload today as she tries to find her way. Poetic and ironic at the same time, this is another practice day for the rest of her life. Find your way my sweet girl with the Lord walking with you every step of the way. He will never leave your side.

And then there’s Kee…left alone to finish up at the middle school. Little Kee will hop out of the car on her own this morning to take on a school year without a big sister close by. Sad? Not a chance! This is her time to shine. Much like the rest of her life, this joy filled child will take on this day with excitement and thankfulness. Her backpack has been packed and zipped for at least three days and her first WEEK of clothing have been picked out for even longer. Being the baby of four, Kee sees life a little differently than the others. She doesn’t mind being away from me for she’s seen that she can always come home. There’s no need to overthink anything…life is good and everything will work out. She revels in the joy of each day and lives life to the very fullest, challenging each of us to do the same. Our Lord knew exactly what we needed in this happy spirit. Please protect that spirit Lord and continue to grant her a contagious happiness.

So, the days do come and go all too quickly. We’re thankful for each minute we all have together but as it goes, I think we take many for granted. Sitting here this morning listening to the beginnings of another adventurous school year, let it be Lord that we realize and give thanks for each other and for each minute.