Monday, March 29, 2010

The God of Second Chances

I love Spring.
And I love Summer.
And I love Fall.
Wish I could say the same for winter!

For many people, Spring is often about new life and a fresh start. Which interestingly enough, isn't the New Year, a few short months ago, about new beginnings?
I guess we can't be given enough opportunities to start anew.

I think we can all appreciate a "do-over"

1. a chance to redo an action
2. alluding to going back in time

This Spring, I am thankful that God allows "do-overs".
No matter how many times I fail, He is faithful to pick up the pieces and give me another try. And on top of that, He is willing to step in and do it for me if I would just let Him!

"You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same"
(Indescribable by Chris Tomlin)

I need that kind of love...unconditional.
We all do.

Let's remember this week what Easter is all about. God's love for us expressed through His sacrifice and the life He has offered us through His resurrection.
(Check out Alicia's post

Whether it be a new beginning,
a fresh start,
a do-over,
a mulligan...
the God of second chances is desiring to pour out His love on us no matter how many times we have let both Him and those around us down.

Doesn't that just put a smile on your face?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Cavalry has come and gone.....

Once again, it has been so long since I have blogged...
I sat down to look at my pictures from the past two months to see what I would like to post and there are so many. A lot can happen in such a short amount of time.

First of all, Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Each holiday I look forward to learning about that holiday's origin and traditions, etc.
Unfortunately, since I often function on little sleep, I quickly forget what I've learned.
So each March I read up on the origin and traditions of St. Patrick's Day.
I couldn't tell you what I learned last March, or the March before that, or the March before that..... Sad, huh?
I do like green though.

Secondly, I love this blog background.
I wish I could say I found it myself.
Well, I could say that.
I found it myself on my sister-in-law's blog and shamelessly blog-lifted it.
I'm sure she won't mind.

Third, I can't believe Carissa will be two months old on Friday!
The Cavalry has come and gone.....a few times.
Some of our family graciously changed their plans when the baby came 5 weeks early.
Others kept their original travel plans and we had visitors (visitors=help!) until just a few days ago.
God sure knew what He was doing with that arrangement.
In other words, He knew I needed long term help!
My parents were our final visitors and my Mom just left on Saturday.
It's back to real life now.

I will get around to posting pictures of what we've been up to.
I just don't know where to start.

Last month, our kids were passing around a cold - along with everyone else in the school district. Carissa got the sniffles and then a cough. I wasn't too concerned because her one month well-check was scheduled.
Her well-check became a sick appointment and she ended up in the hospital for two days with RSV. It was not a fun time, but we are so thankful she has recovered fully. We had about a week of breathing treatments and returning to the doctor for regular oxygen checks, but we know it could have been SO much worse and God really protected her! Thank you to our friends and family for your prayers!

Carissa's first breathing treatments did not increase her oxygen level, so we were sent to the hospital to have her checked.

Hanging out in the E.R. waiting for a room upstairs.

BIG Stretch!!!

In our room...sleeping peacefully

The hospital provides 'visitors'. We allowed them even though they were Buccaneers :)

The only comfort from home I need is Daddy's lap to get a good night's sleep!

All better now and so happy my sisters can play with me again!