Beautiful.

She rises early with sleepy eyes and a bright smile.

She is infused with excitement for the new day.

Her little face and little hands are scrubbed clean.

She asks “Do I look beautiful, Mommy?”

Yes, precious girl.  You are beautiful. 

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  You are truly beautiful.

She twirls in her rainbow dress; her face lit with joy.

Her Master’s workmanship shown for all to see, for His glory.

She asks “Do I look beautiful, when I dance, Mommy?”

Yes, precious girl. You are beautiful.

God made your dancing legs; you are healthy and strong.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are truly beautiful.

When you dance, you show God’s beautiful creativity.

You show the heart of His plan.

In the midst of dinner time busy, she remembers to bow her head.

She opens one eye and slips her hand into mine, smiling.

Quietly she says thank you for her food.

The precious girl is learning what beautiful is. 

Learning how to honor the One who made her.

She snuggles into bed at the end of the day; eyes heavy.

Wrapping her arms around my neck, she wispers,

“Mommy, I think you are beautiful, just like me.  God made both of us beautiful.”

She now understands.  Her child like faith truly believes.  She trusts her Maker.

Yes, precious girl. We are beautiful; made in His image.  For His glory.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are truly beautiful.

Magnificent Monday–10 Reasons

It’s especially easy to find ourselves in a slump of ungratefulness on Mondays, following the weekend.  But today, I’m challenging myself (and you) to make a conscious effort to have a Magnificent Monday.  Yes, it’s a choice.  And, together, we can succeed! 

My 10 Reasons.

1.  My little guy woke up dry (an answered prayer)!

2.  My little girl loves school!

3.  I have a husband who works hard for our family!

4.  I get to exercise with a friend for 1 hour each day!  It’s a great way to stay healthy and recharge!

5.  Even when it’s raining, our house keeps us warm and dry!

6.  I have time and freedom to help my kids learn Bible verses!

7.  My father in law is helping my husband maitenance our van this week!  I’m so thankful for his ability and time, which is saving us lots of time and money!  And my mother in law is watching the kids so I can see a friend and get my hair done.  I’m so excited!

8.  I got to make valentine cards/treats this weekend with 2 special friends.  We talked and talked about God and our families.  So encouraging and refreshing; I am so thankful for friends who share the Lord! 

9.  We have the perfect driveway for side walk chalk!  Right now, there are some beautiful pictures on my front step!

10.  My kids are enrolled in swim lessons and I love the mom’s I’ve met and am so thankful for their teacher.  She works so hard for them and we enjoy our time at the pool so much!

When we choose to take upon ourselves an attitude of gratefulness, it is easier to keep our mental list going!  We start to see more and more things…when we make it a habit to look!  Your whole family can benefit from this when your attitude is spiritually transformed, especially if you talk about what you are thankful for aloud with your spouse and/or kids! 

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:14-16

Today

Hello Sunshine:  You are a welcome surprise.  The rain was getting old and it does nothing for my hair.  It was mostly a problem when I had to get kids out of the car and when those kids wanted to play at the park.  Please stay a while; I promise to appreciate you.

Goodbye Baby:  I went to a baby shower last night and it was very enjoyable.  I loved seeing the little outfits, especially knowing I purchase big outfits now.  Love sharing the new mommy’s joy; love that I am saying goodbye to the “baby season” in my family.

Welcome Busy:  You came fast and by surprise.  I do not see a day on my calendar that does not hold a lot of life!  I did not think young kids were this popular to have their own schedules and therefore creating mine.  I am at home now and will not be for the rest of the day.  So welcome.  It looks like we will become quite close.

Stay Active:  I am through the first week of my workout routine.  I have stayed consistent.  I am actually looking forward to the one hour a day.  I am hopeful to see results soon.  I am learning to love the feeling of hard work, sore muscles, and hot showers.

Crayola:  You are not in fact washable.  There. I said what every other mom is thinking.  When my child colors all over his own face…he is still blue after scrubbing.  I hold you responsible for those empty promises.  Don’t judge the fact that somehow he colored his own skin under my supervision.  The kid is ninja fast.

Small Hands: That are often sticky.  You fit in mine perfectly and I love it when you fit in mine willingly.  Especially when your owner looks up at me and smiles.

Mirror:  When I pass by little man’s room and he’s looking in you; I giggle.  It may be the way you show him his growing muscles or the way you reflect his face as he makes dinasour noises.  Either way.  Thank you for keeping it real.

Swimsuits:  We have always had a patchy relationship.  But you make my little lady look adorable.  Love your bright colors and how she loves wearing you all. day. long…even if I have to turn the fire place on so she’s not cold.  Love that you somehow inpire her imagination.  She feels like she can conquer the world.  And I love that she feels pretty.  I hope that she never knows different.

Fenced Backyard:  You’re my favorite.  Enough said.

Laundry:  You must think I like you, because you’re everywhere.  Just for the record, I don’t.  You are still everywhere because I try to pretend I do not know you.

Handsome Man:  I saw you checking me out this morning.  I may not have called you out but it still gave me butterflies in my stomach.  You have that way.  And when you told me that you were having a hard time falling asleep when I wasn’t there…you made my day.  Let’s flirt in the kitchen more often.

Today:  You are the day the LORD created.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.