Monday, April 29, 2013

Come to me as a child

 I prayed for joy and i think i literally got it in the form of this little bundle of JOY! All my children have taught me something of the heart of God. In each of kids characters and personality they have shown me something of myself and then sometimes something else entirely that i had know idea i needed in my life. But "Joy" this level of child like faith is being shown to me through our little Violet


I remember praying for joy in the hardest season of my life to date. And it was so hard to be present during that time in my life, i had no idea how God could bring Joy to me when i was so heart broken about my life. Looking back i can see how selfish and blind i was to how truly blessed i already was. And because of that i believed a lie about myself that robed me of the joy i so desperately needed..


She comes to me and well just about everyone else she comes in contact with shinning bright joy. She comes expecting love and gives it with her little chubby arms wrapped around you patting your back, wanting to comfort you more then thinking of herself. She trust and depends on me completely. She worships with arms stretched high mimicking others at church and singing along with pure joy. She doesn't think twice about showing love or giving joy.  Jeez VioletJoy i want to be just like you!

 OK God I feel it, I feel this unexplained joy, delight and immense thankfulness for the life i have. I see you showing me her joy and therefore teaching me to embrace this and claim this joy for myself. The joy of having family surrounding me, the friendships that are growing, the lessons that were hard to learn and the ones I'm still laying at your feet and crying out for your help in.
 I'm a brutiful mess but i love my life, this story that's playing out before me. I'm doing my best to come to you God as a child,  your child:)

She really has the best brothers ever!
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4 
Joy.

Praying you not just encounter Joy but that you fight for it!

Happy Monday to you and God bless you and yours,
xoxo-Aligna


Thursday, April 18, 2013

How we do spring


We dream and pray for it to come that's how!!
I can only imagine what summer will feel like (insert dreamy look here;) Yes i can only imagine because our forecast this week said to prepare for 30's... Um yeah so Imagining and dreaming it's all I've got folks

In fact I've been imagining it with earnest daydreaming pleasure..oh the things i have already dreamed of doing. The summer 2013 list is long. Already there is weddings, family vacations and projects from last years summer, fall season are spilling into this summer. Our weekends have started to fill up but I've pulled back a little i don't want to plan for every single minute, there needs to be room for spontaneous things...the great things like the last minute road trips and the quite restful summer night fire. oh Summer i miss you!




The weather was just beginning to warm up here so we felt the need to be brave. Jasmine is all about her bow and showing me her skills and it became a sweet hour of "mom did you see that? mom take a picture of me shooting it this way." And then we lost her arrow and a piece of her only arrow left broke off against a tree. Pure drama and heartbreak soon followed because never did find the missing piece or arrow. It was great while it lasted and shopping for arrows is now in my near future



Hope
My heart just skipped a beat

Future Michael Jordons?... They've been bitten by the basketball passion. They have big plans for the summer to practice daily...we shall see


On a whole other note I've been reading "Cold Tangerines" by Shauna Niequist. I had heard that all of her books are great so I'm starting with this one. And let me tell it doesn't disappoint! 
I'll leave you with these words from her book that have already taken root in my soul

"I don't want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than 
this day." 

"Maybe some of what we're doing here is representing the goodness and love of God in tangible ways. You're showing that love to the people in your life and then sometimes they're showing it to you, and when your friend isn't going to make it to the edge of the pool, you jump in with your clothes on and swim next to her."

"The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting."


God bless! 
xoxo-Aligna


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Late Easter Love

Easter 2013


I know I'm a little late to the game of blogging about Easter and all its fun but its never to late for me.
Documenting these moments on the blog is so much fun for me and i know my family afar will love it
So here goes our Easter!



This picture captures so much of her goofball personality
I hosted a Good Friday dinner. I was so intimated to cook this meal for some of the best cooks i know. But low and behold God saw me through it and i didn't burn a thing or kill anyone. Praise the lord!!!;)





We know how to get down to celebrate Jesus. Just Dance4 is so much fun!

Easter Lunch at grams. The best!


So the jar thing was a hit this year wohoo!! I decorated the mason jars and filled those babies up with a little candy and two plastic eggs in each jar. One with a bible verse that i pray over them this year and one with a little cash. I was shocked that the kids didn't have a fit over not having bags of candy and those ridiculous baskets filled with toys to the nines. Ahh I've always hated that whole idea and now i have finally mastered this Easter with focusing on what Easter is all about. Jesus.
Thank you my savior for all you've done for me the debt can never be repaid. Your banner over me is love

God bless!
xoxo-Aligna