Diving into Spring!

I am thankful:

~ for a simultaneously full and relaxed Spring Break with my Loves. The long-awaited sunshine warmed me from the inside out.

~ for tart and refreshing key lime pie to celebrate Pi Day! (3.14) Bear and Birdie got a good sniff, but didn’t get to share. (Although upon examining my photo, I spy something that looks suspiciously like whipped cream on Bear’s mustache…)

~ for our long-standing tradition of Spring Break Breakfast Dates with Mom. One-on-one time is a precious commodity, and these brief stolen moments are so special. I know how much I love going, but it surprised and blessed me to see how much each of the kids valued it as well. They eagerly leapt out of bed when it was their turn, voluntarily dressed in favorite outfits, and agonized over their restaurant choices. Best week of my year. (I’m exhausted and FULL!)

~ for a donut as big as Tatum K’s leg!

~ for a fun day visit with Grandmommy and Aunt Gina. We visited and laughed and caught up on each other. Our whole Tribe journeyed to Jucy’s for delicious burgers, fried pickles, and beans. The kids enjoyed the pool, and then Grandmommy treated our kids and half the neighborhood to fully loaded banana splits! What a fun day!

~ for green-stained smiles from green-dyed oatmeal on St. Patrick’s Day. Nobody got pinched!

~ for the most darling “gold” shirts for me and my girls. Thanks Gina Sue!

Came across these while spring cleaning, and stopped in my tracks. While on treatment for leukemia, Sawyer took zofran for nausea around the clock. Every 6 hours for pretty much 3 solid years. And hydrocodone regularly for the intense bone pain and neuropathy that would wake him screaming multiple times every night. I truly can’t believe we all survived that nightmarish season. BUT GOD! Thank You Jesus for our amazing miracle boy!

Feeling so very thankful tonight. For my precious kids that are so incredibly unique, and so thoughtfully and precisely chosen by God for our unique family. For my husband and best friend who pushes me way past my limits and stretches me out of my comfort, in such a maddening and loving and growth-inspiring way. He is SO the Giddyup to my Whoa, and we balance and ignite one another. There’s no one else I’d rather dream crazy dreams with.

Thanks for giving thanks with me.

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.” (Psalms 65:8)

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” (Psalms 127:3-5)

One thought on “Diving into Spring!

  1. Well, your flaky friend thought she had read last week’s post, Then realized about Friday that I hadn’t, LOL! Then got interrupted (not like you do) and didn’t leave a comment. So here we go! You reminded me of Sophie the Brave Day to be kind or do something special for others in her honor. I cried with the picture of her and Sawyer in bed, talking – IV’s and all. How hard it must be for her parents and grandparents and friends, like Sawyer, to miss her so much.. Just like in this post, where you found those old bottles of Hydrocodone and Zofran. I never knew he woke up at night, screaming in pain. Or that he needed Zofran constantly. I remember the intraspinal chemo under general anesthesia, even though he was less than a year old. Hard memories, but so wonderful to look at Sawyer now, and see the healthy beautiful caring person he has become (with his cool Clark Kent glasses!). I love the breakfast with your kids pictures! What yummy breakfasts, and how precious that they view this as special time with you – focused on each one. I’m so glad you all got time with Susan K (Grandmommy) and Aunt Gina (who accompanied you to Children’s in Dallas numerous times) – ! What delightful memories! And banana splits for everyone!! I sometimes feel I am eating my way through your posts – tasting waffles, key lime pie, homemade cookies, etc. Your verses always touch my heart. The Isaiah verse today is such a good one to remember, when I don’t understand why bad things happen. Most of all, I am glad that you are still keeping your focus on the Lord, and He is helping you push back against pervasive anxiety, due to the super hard times in the past. You were made for joy, my sister. You certainly bring joy to so many others – especially me! Love forever.

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