Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some Christmas snapshots

 Christmas Eve in festive downtown Poulsbo

 Our oldest daughter and her future husband-yeah!!!

 Cant even tell he was grease from head to toe an hour before
but he got his car running again, so he's all smiles :)

 Big brother Ashy is such a comfort to us all!

 Daddy hammin' it up for the kids..guess he likes his new towel!

 So good to have Sarah home for the holidays-she always makes us laugh!

Good Morning :)

Love these early mornings alone. Everyone else in the house is still sleeping and I can take the time to gather my thoughts.  These moments are rare, especially when the kids have school, but I treasure them. 
With my warm cup of coffee in hand and my ever-faithful pup draping her head across my lap. I allow the fullness of the life that God has given me to fill my heart. 

It's been such a long time since I have posted, it's hard to know where to start filling you in on our struggles and triumphs. 
I guess it would be best to start with letting you know that our Little Miss Abby is home again. The program was very good for her and a life saver for us. We are very proud of the hard work she put into learning how to control her emotions. It required a lot from all of us, we all grew by leaps and bounds. 
Forgiving and allowing God to heal our hearts is more difficult than I had ever imagined. We still have a long way to go, but we are moving forward now where'd before we were slipping backward. 

She is a "senior" this year but will not be able to live independently for many years, if ever. It's a daily challenge to not allow myself to worry about what the future will look like. When I think about all the things that God has brought us through so far, I'm ashamed that I would doubt Him now. 

This is random but I watched my all time favorite movie "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart the other day. Love this line where Elwood P. Doud says,
"My mother always told me, 'Elwood, in this world you must either be very,very smart or ever so pleasant'. For years I was smart, I recommend pleasant!" 

Blessings to you, friend.