Thursday, May 1, 2008

Pause on Purpose

"Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

I think anyone who lives life has times when they need rest. Today I want to talk about a sabbath.

  "Sabbath is both a time, and more important, an attitude to nurture stillness"
from "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns

"Sabbath rest is physical and emotional renewal, but it is also fellowship - a delightful space on the weekly calendar reserved for becoming better acquainted with ourselves, others, and God; it is a time for good talk, holy laughter, serious ideas, and shared intimacies between Creator, and creature. Our souls are replenished, quieted, nurtured, caressed. REST WITHOUT SPIRITUAL REST IS INCOMPLETE"
From "Making Sunday Special" by Karen Burton Mains

"Sometimes we have to say no to good things so we can say yes to the right things"
from "Cure for the Common Life" by Max Lucado

"A (NO) uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a (YES) merely uttered to please"
Mahatma Gandhi

Well, As you can see I have been learning about REST from a lot of sources. Hmmmm... I think God might be trying to tell me something. One thing I strive for with my blog, is to be "real". I know for me, that I get the most from people who are. I so appreciate vulnerability. We are all in this flesh condition together. I may be embarrassed at times but I guess that is the risk you take when  you are authentic.

Our schedule lately has been overwhelmingly full. My mind even more so. This little tidbit from a devotional describes me lately.

"What are we to do when even our trust in God seems shaky? When answers are not immediate and God seems far away? When we don't know how to tap his help and are left to wait passively for him to answer, wishing for some spectacular flurry of divine activity to deliver us? What are we to do when that rescue doesn't come, and unfulfilled expectations for help from him turn our hearts towards doubt? When we begin to slip back to the Whys?
from "The Upside of Down" by Joseph Stowell

I have to keep telling myself to not ask why. I need to "Be still and know that I am God" Ps 46:10. Once again I need to ask the Father to forgive my doubt. This adoption process has been way harder on me, than I ever expected it to be. I know he is telling me to rest. To stop trying to "figure it all out." I am so sorry Lord for the frailty of my human condition that I keep trying to rely on myself. " Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

 I am sure I am not alone in my struggle. So I will end with  a request. Please keep praying for us. My mind needs rest.

One final excerpt:

"If you wait for a sabbath to just appear, it won't happen. You have to create a sabbath time for you and for your family. Slowing down the pace of your life may do more to build a healthy family than any other factor. Rest heals, rest soothes, and rest gives perspective."
From "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns

Can anyone relate? Tell me about a "waiting time " for you and how God got you through.

Blessings and love!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Please Help Us Get There

A call to sisterhood/ A postpartum moment shared

Good Morning Dear Ones:

I OFTEN think about what life will be like once our little Mercy arrives. As the mother of four biological sons, I right now can only relate to their arrivals. These were definitely ranked at the top of the list as far as favorite life moments go. There were of coarse challenges also. People who know me are aware that tears come easy to me. I mean I can not get through a single Little House On The Prairie Episode without some tears falling. Needless to say I was extremely prone to tears after giving birth. Hormones can do a number on you. Can I get an AMEN! 

Well, all this leads up to a postpartum moment I am going to share: Elijah is my firstborn son. When Elijah was born we had some difficulties. You see Elijah was a tongue suckler. This meant he was not nursing and not gaining weight. He actually lost more than normal once we got home. He wasn't even making wet diapers. I was an emotional wreck. We had to train Elijah how to suck by expressing my milk and finger feeding him for 9 WEEKS! Fortunately my awesome hubby stayed home for the first few days and was a tremendous help. Those first few days I never even had to change a diaper. Real life once again came and Eric had to go back to work. So picture this a physically and emotionally drained first time mother changing a newborn boys diaper for the first time (remember I was HORMONAL.) 

Well, this is how it all went down. Elijah needed a new diaper and as I was changing him, not used to "the stem on the apple" if you know what I mean. His "parts" moved way more than I expected them to and I was convinced I had disabled him and knocked  a very significant section of his body off. I began to cry and could not get a grip. I seriously cried the entire day until Eric got home from work. Poor man, coming home to his wife who looked like Garfield the cat (HUGE SWOLLEN EYES.)

That was one of my worst postpartum moments, days, whatever. I can laugh at it now. I am sure adoption will bring some post placement moments, both delightful and challenging, so stay tuned for those. Any moments you want to share?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tacky Day/ A thank-you/ A fun design

Hello Dear Ones:
This above photo is how my boys left for school this morning. Today is Tacky day at school. As you can see they looked pretty tacky with their mix matched colors, shoes, and garments. They are celebrating Spirit Week all week so probably more interesting shots to come.

This shot is a way to say thank you. First to God for placing a family in our lives who live close by and who share our "waiting" for a daughter from Guatemala. They came to dinner last Friday night and brought this gift. It is an adorable little story that I just can not wait to read to my little girl someday. Thank you Emily for befriending us and for being so thoughtful!
Anyone who would like a copy of this cute story can check it out @ My Amazon Store
Just go to the Guatemala section and feel free to browse around :)

Next I wanted to add one of my latest t-shirt designs. I just think this one is fun! I have been on a roll lately and there is lots of new stuff to see @ My Sweet Spot

Finally, Guatemala waiters are in prayer again today as governments are scheduled to meet again. Thank you for praying with us and hopefully soon we will have some news!
Blessings to all!

Monday, April 28, 2008

So excited!!!!

With the help of my friend Dawn (a design expert) and another friend I am getting to know through the "waiting" process, also named Dawn who had an idea, I came up with this design and I just can not stand it how much I love it! It looks even better on the products I think. Check it out by clicking here ~~~> My Sweet Spot

I welcome ideas and if there is a design you would like to see on a different product besides apparel just let me know!

Don't Worry...Random

Hello Dear Ones:
 Have you ever heard about Guatemalan Worry Dolls? This is a tradition in Guatemala for children. Before you go to bed, you tell your worry dolls your worries and then put them under your pillow. While you sleep the dolls solve your problems. However many dolls you have is the amount of worries you are limited to have. 
Of coarse our family believes that we cast our cares on Christ but I think the dolls are cute and they make me think of Guatemala. The picture above is my latest t-shirt design. Be sure and check them out @ My Sweet Spot

I also wanted to introduce My Amazon store. This includes many topics  mostly to include Adoption and family related material. From time to time I will give my opinion on something I have read. You can check it out @ Michelle's Amazon Store

I would love to know what you think!

Now to satisfy Crystals tag for 6 random things about myself.
  1. I stalk Zeppolis Restaurant whenever I get a chance for the sole purpose of hoping to eat the 7 layer chocolate cake that is only available on occasion. 
  2. I used to groom dogs (not well I might add.)
  3. I have been pregnant 5 times ( We lost our first child to miscarriage.)
  4. I have a low brow sense of humor.
  5. I have 2 younger brothers who are sadly not really a part of my life
  6. Family is my passion!
Crystal not sure if this is what you are expecting. I feel it is a little dull but me none the less.
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