Thursday, October 21, 2010


Lizzy and cousins on Tuesday. Love it!

-I think I'm finally caught up on editing, which is good since I have another shoot tomorrow afternoon! I'm thankful to have had so many opportunities to shoot recently, but I'm also thankful to have a weekend off! So does Justin!

-About 20 minutes into the Couch to 5k running podcast, the podcast guy says something to the effect of, 'At this point, you should be feeling warm, but not tired or out of breath.' I want to punch him in the face every time. 

-Lizzy took two wobbly steps last night. Justin missed it, so I tried to recreate it my putting a gingersnap (she LOVES them for teething) on the couch, and putting her standing about a foot away. She did the wobbly walk again! Holy cow!

- Justin made Kraft Macaroni and Cheese out of the box for dinner last night, and it was delicious.

-My sister-in-law decided that we would take a load of things to the dump yesterday. Instead, we ended up cleaning out our entire garage. For the first time ever, our CAR actually fits inside our garage! And it's a single-car garage! Wooo! 
-While we were cleaning, we talked about the idea of all of us (4 sisters/sister-in-laws that are married and in our own homes) getting together, and taking days to go to each others houses, and doing either the cleaning tasks that never seem to get done (i.e. washing the windows, cleaning out the pantry), or the cleaning tasks that person hates most (i.e. the bathroom for me, laundry for others, etc). I am really, really liking that idea!

-Thank you guys for your prayers for my friend {A} who lost her baby over the weekend. On Wednesday mornings, most of the women from Mom's Group meet for a Bible Study. {A} asked that the group still gathered yesterday, and she wanted to come. I was really nervous going into the morning, because sometimes I feel like I'm really socially inept when it comes to people who are grieving. When I'm grieving, I initially need some time and space to be left alone, and sometimes I assume that others feel the same way, and don't reach out to them enough. Anyway, we gathered, all wrapped around {A}, and prayed.

The church that I grew up in and attend today doesn't tend to do the laying on of hands when we pray, but we did yesterday morning, and it was one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced in my spiritual life. There was so much love, sorrow, grief, and compassion in that room all at the same time. 

After that, {A} asked if she could share the story. She talked about her experience, and about how beautiful her precious baby girl was. She asked us all questions about physical recovery. She spoke of her sorrow, but also of the fact that she trusts that God is walking alongside her through this experience. I was, and continue to be in awe of her perspective. There were smiles, laughs, tears, and so much love. I am so thankful for this group of women, and I pray that we'll continue to be able to support {A}, especially around Christmas, when she would have been due. That we'll be able to help her remember that it's OKAY to be feeling angry and upset. That just because we know God can use any situation for good, doesn't mean it hurts any less while we're going through it.

- In the midst of being with {A} and the other Moms, I received a text that another one of my friends who had previously experienced pregnancy loss had given birth to a health baby girl that morning. It was an overwhelming and emotional day.


  1. Wow. The last snippet was overwhelmingly beautiful.

  2. Yay for wobbly steps! And I'll continue to keep your friend in my prayers, especially as the holidays draw near

  3. yay for wobbles! That's how they start, watch out! :)

    Ditto Kristal, she is brave for sharing her story and i'll keep her in my prayers. Noone should have to go t hrough that!

  4. This is just a great post...awesome ideas, pictures and even awesomer (yes, that's totally a word) friends and support.

  5. That sounds like a fun idea, going to each others' houses and doing things.

    And yay - first steps! Look out! :)

  6. 1. Yay, you have a walking baby!

    2. I love that cleaning idea.

    3. Prayers for you and your friends and their babies - here and in heaven.


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