Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 30

I'm thankful for Wassail Fest!!! My dad has played in the Denton Community Band for years, and we've always had a great time at the Denton Holiday Lighting. This year was extra special for three reasons, yes three!

1. Jake was able to join us (he's never been able to get off work in time).
2. CARSON is here!! I'm not gonna lie, I didn't think we'd have our baby home for the holidays, and I really really really wanted to share this Christmas with our little one. Yay for his first tree lighting :)
3. Our whole family was able to attend-David, Bridget, and Kynslee came too! It was really neat everyone was able to make it out this year. 

photos from the last few years:

Denton Holiday Lighting/Wassail Fest '12

So much fun and very Stars Hollow-esque 

Day 29

I'm thankful for God's faithfulness.

According to Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." I've grown up in the church and was definitely coached to have faith, but I must say it's only recently I've learned what I really think about faith. Despite my best efforts, I am constantly doubting and allowing fears to grab hold of my heart, I hate this about myself. I was extremely emotional today about meeting Miss K, for multiple reasons, but it really boiled down to fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of her response, fear of my response, future fear of Carson's response to her... and so on....

During my wonderfully timed Beth Moore study (living beyond yourself), this week was discussing faithfulness. What I love about this week is the focus was God's faithfulness, not mine. One thing I do have faith in is God's faithfulness. My faith is like shifting sand and is easily wavered- His is not. I oftentimes associate my faith in what God does, not who He is. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8) and although our lives are prone to change, and our circumstances change, He remains the same- He is faithful. Beth Moore says "If your faith is based on what God is doing, you are in for the scariest ride of your life." I will mirror that and say if my well-being is based on my faith and not His faithfulness, then I'm a total mess. My reality is- I do believe in God's sovereignty, I just don't always believe He goes about achieving His plan in the most "effecient" way and feel I should help Him. So my prayer today is that He grows my faith, continues to speak truth into my life, helps my unbelief, and protects me from fear. "When great fear exists no faith can survive."-Beth Moore

Jesus, faithful king, 
Lord, with grateful hearts we sing
how great is the love
how great is the love of our Savior. 

How Great is The Love
Meredith Andrews 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 28

I'm thankful for winter pajamas. :) I'm so excited for Christmas, and these jammies sure put me in the holiday spirit.

how cute is he??

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 27

I'm thankful for The University of Texas at Brownsville. The years I spent in Brownsville shaped me into the person I am today; living 9 hours away from home forced me to find myself. It wasn't always pretty, but I created some of my best memories in that border town. I'm so grateful for my life today and never wish I were back in the good ol' days; however, I'm proud of my athletic accomplishments, and proud to be part of UTB history. Even though I am no longer in touch with coaches, players, or athletic department--Good luck at the National Tournament ladies... so sad they're going to be ocelots and not scorpions... some things just ain't right!

Sting 'Em Hard!! Scorpions foreeeeevvvvvvveeeeerrrrr...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 26

I'm thankful for the ALL the hope babies. ♥ I had lunch with a fellow Hope mom today and her little boy; what a blessing to think how different our world is today. We met in March at our  Adoption Education Seminar, spent a little time chatting at the Infant Care Class, and then connected via email. We both knew the road would end with our sweet babies coming home to us, but it was hard to always believe it would ever happen. It's nice to be able to talk to someone that truly understands ... they got their call the day we brought Carson home. Praise the Lord little A is home with them and praise the Lord we were able to meet up, chat, and celebrate! 

Hope cottage placed so many babies to wonderful homes in the past few months, check out all the new Hope Families here. Also, they featured a letter to our sweet Carson in the newsletter this month. :)

 Love this boy! 

Day 25

I'm thankful for Jake's childhood friendships. We hosted a baby shower for one of his friends this weekend, they've been friends forever and it's so neat to share in the growth of both our families.

We prayed over their family, and had a sweet couple speak on how to pray for our children.