la vida es bella

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me...I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phillippians 3:12-14

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

dear devin,

I cannot believe you are 5 years old today. I remember the moment you were born and the tears of joy that came during one of the most incredible days of my life; you have asked me why I am sad that it's your birthday this week, and I have tried to explain that I am still just as happy to have you to love today as the day God introduced us. "Silly mom," you said, "I love you, too, but I'm just always happy about it!"

I wanted to write you a quick note to remind you of some of the things going on in your heart and mind on your 5th birthday, as well as some of your favorite things...

Anyone who knows you knows that God has given you a mind for knowledge. At the moment, your mind needs to make up words in order to try to express all of the things brimming from that head of yours. An example is this: (while expressing your amazement regarding gravity) "I just can't believe it! It's undylating! There is this force that rezedens everything in outer space so that all of the planets can be pulled in the right place". (= I love your big words. Soon enough yours will be words I have to look up in order to understand...

This last week as we were all driving home, you must have been contemplating what it means to grow older. In a distressed tone, you asked, "Is there any way to stop my brain from growing?" It was complete with your squinty worried face and your hands clenched at the sides of your head. When we started trying to give you an answer, you immediately interjected with, "No, I just really want to be an astronaut when I grow up. Do you think God will still let me be an astronaut? I don't want to change my mind." Once again, over our smiles, we started to explain that God has given you gifts and passions to serve Him with. The final interjection came quickly as a sense of peacefulness came over you as you said, "It's okay guys, I can be whatever I want to be when I am old. I just really want to be an astronaut right now, and that's okay..." I must say, though, becoming either an astronaut or a paleontologist ("dinosaur expert" as you like to call it) would suit you quite well at this point in your life. (= You will accomplish anything you set your mind to do.

You are still the biggest goof ball ever, and we love to laugh with you. You love to tell jokes and be the life of every party. This is a picture of you dressing up in your Grandpa's hat and glasses and making everyone laugh. Your newest thing is to talk in different accents and pretend you are someone else. You and your dad love to be silly together. You fill our lives with joy.

I believe that God is teaching you more and more each day to put others above yourself. Though this is hard for all of us, I am seeing you realize and reference things that you are aware of without having to be reminded. Recently, you were challenged to raise enough money to feed almost 200 children a meal. You were very encouraged at first, but lost a bit of steam after a while. Just a week ago, you thought of it yourself again, and now only have $1.50 left to go! You are also very passionate about your "best buddies". They all love you in return, and you are learning what it means to be a friend.

Lastly, you are an incredible big brother. J loves you so very much, and follows you everywhere day in and day out. You have always been his protector and I cannot remember a single time you have fought with him. You have taught him so much of what he knows, and I know that he would tell you how much he loves you if he could. Instead, though, he shows you every day. Or, in his words, "I uff ooo too!"

I know that God is smiling and delighting in your special day today along with daddy & me, J, your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. You have brought such an amazing light into this world, and I am so proud to be your mom. Happy Birthday love...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tuesday, January 02, 2007



Monday, January 01, 2007


feliz año

It is the end of one year and the start of another...and we were blessed to celebrate both with those we love beyond words. We said farewell to my family this morning after a great time together full of long awaited introductions, first ever snowfalls, more family get-togethers than our stomachs could handle, late night movies & games, and laughter & love enough to fill our home for the year to come. I am already reminiscing as I view the moments captured in photographs; I cannot thank God enough for the blessing that each one of these individuals have been to my life...

This last year has been full of all the growth & struggle, victory & defeat that I fathom life could offer, and yet I wait expectantly that at the end of this one, God will have revealed to me how far I have yet to go in the journey. It is this desire for the adventure of what following after Him brings which compels me to move forward. I pray that the number of victories take over the defeats as I continue to learn to seek His face, as there is nothing I long for more than the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant..."

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10