27 August 2009

could people be any more awesome?

i have been very addicted to reading blogs lately.. especially craft blogs. i really want to start being more crafty and attempt more often to make things that i would normally buy. anyway, i was just watching a video on this blog, and man, i was just overwhelmed with how awesome people are. i mean, in tons of ways, but especially in how we have the ability to create. in the fact that we have been given that ability. seriously. God did not have to allow this. he could have made us totally dependent on a select few or any number of constricting things, but instead he allowed us to think so deeply and wildly and to make things. i love that.. and i love that he has given me the the desire to do it.

10 August 2009

it hit me yesterday that everyone's got something.. and by something i mean something going on in their life that's hard. that hurts. that's uniquely difficult for them, and that they may or may not share, but regardless, it's there.

sharon and i ran into a family friend/supporter of theirs at sam's yesterday, and after she talked with them it hit me. the wife has health issues and was walking around sam's with an empty cart she didn't intend to use because she needs it for support to walk around. i'm not sure exactly what it was about that knowledge that did it. maybe just being around so many different people during our travels in the past weeks, having lots of different conversations, has brought to mind that life is heavy and tough for us all at times. even if things seem to be going well in a lot of areas, odds are there will be at least something happening that's not easy, or good, something that tests us. usually we can either look at our lives, or someone else's, and think that our or their "something" is worse, less bearable. and if it's theirs that's worse maybe there's a strange comfort in that that we wouldn't necessarily admit. for instance, i've seen the story of "matt, liz, and madeline" on tv a couple times and i've started following his blog. in short, matt's wife liz died from a massive blood clot 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter madeline, and matt has been blogging about his and madi's life together since then. my heart feels so heavy for him, but in the midst of that i am thankful. thankful that it's not me that's experiencing that.. or daniel. his "something" is worse than mine. it's harder and heavier, and although i feel compassion for him i wouldn't trade my life for his. that's ugly, but it is the truth. i think all of us can probably think of someone, a number of people, whose life we wouldn't trade.

i'm not sure what i'm saying here, i guess just expressing some thoughts i've been having that maybe don't have any real point, but here they are anyway.

i guess, although i honestly don't feel this way much (because i'm so human), the fact that we all have something.. struggles, sicknesses, sadness... makes me look forward to heaven (and also mourn for the people who aren't going). because once we get there we won't have them anymore.. any of the somethings. jesus will take them away. i want to say i fully believe that he can do that here, but i don't just 'cause i don't believe any of us would allow him to actually take these things from us fully.. i wish we would, but i think sometimes we want to hold onto them for some strange reason.. or we don't know enough about or believe enough in jesus to believe that he actually could carry them for us totally even before we get to heaven. sad. but it does make me thankful. it's impossible to imagine, but i do believe there's a place that he's preparing for us where there's no pain, no darkness, only praising him forever and ever. amen. and i know it will be good.. even with this teeny human mind of mine.

so since this realization of "everyone has something", i've been trying to pray. pray differently, that is. pray for people who i know or don't know and their "somethings". and to be easier on them. easier on people instead of getting frustrated with their attitudes, driving, and other things that can aggravate me, but instead to see them like i want to be seen. as someone who is just trying to get through life despite my "somethings", and who needs kindness even from strangers.. because we can never ever know just what someone else is going through, so i think it's best just to treat each other the best we possibly can and wait for that day when jesus comes.

09 August 2009

site stolen...

i saw this on the galloway's blog and thought it would be cool to try.

here's the signature i made...

try it out... make your own signature.

04 August 2009

two month update...

ruby had her two month well child check-up today. it went well, other than the three shots she got in her two little legs. :( she weighs 9.13 pounds and is 22 1/2 inches long; which is on the small side of the average for kids her age, but the doctor said she's looking perfect and growing right on track.

at two months, ruby...

-smiles and is trying very hard to get a giggle out.
-loves to fall asleep lying on someone's chest, but usually wakes up right when you put her down no matter how hard it seemed like she was sleeping.
-has slept through the night on many occasions, and almost always wakes up right on the dot three hours after she last ate (it always amazes me).
-is very alert and looks like a cute little turtle when she lifts her head up and looks around while she's lying on her tummy.
-still has blue eyes.. maybe they're here for good?
-is a good eater (like her daddy) and takes a long time to wake up (like her mama).
-can still wear newborn clothes.
-has the prettiest eyelashes and sneezes a lot and always twice in a row.
-is the sweetest baby and gets so much love sometimes it overwhelms me. :)

here's to the months ahead and the excitement we feel about seeing this little girl grow up.

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