Monday, September 20, 2010

Not sure of a title!

This posting is bouncing all over the place but welcome to my thought process! I cannot seem to focus on one thing for too long and I am pretty good at interrupting and changing the subject, even with myself! :)

I just need to start out with a picture of me and the girls on my birthday.....I just LOVE them!!!!

As posted in previous posts, I have a real issue with saying I have 2 children when I have 3 but it is difficult for me to say 3. This weekend, when asked "how many kids do you have?" I simply answered, "I've had 3." Then I quickly say they are all girls and make jokes about how Greg cannot give me boys (poor Greg!). This allowed the jump right past th "how old are they" questions. I am not at all sure that I will always be able to answer "3" but I am just so glad that I did it even one day.

This weekend was great, I was able to go with some of my Lia Sophia ladies to a training in Chicago. It's so nice to be able to get away for a day or two and come home an energized mommy! I just wanted to add this picture because I like it :)

I have been thinking alot about comments said to me when I was pregnant. Not the usual sympathy ones that we all expect but comments on how happy I still seemed. People would tell Greg that it was great that I was still living life and smiling. I had also been told that you could not look at me and tell something was wrong. Although I was (and still am) going through the most difficult time in my life, I still have so much to live for and be happy about. Two friends in one week told me that I just "shined." I didn't think much of it at the time, I was kindof tan (just kidding!). I have been thinking of that more often lately though. At that point in my life I had put all of my faith in the fact that God would carry me through this. I would daily, if not several times a day, pray for strength and peace. That was granted to me time and time again. As anyone who has walked this road before would know, you cannot get through it alone. The shine that I had was radiating from God working within me and He continues to do so.

After I had Olivia I was afraid that my growth in God would take a backseat to other things in my life. It is so much easier to be faithful to God and share that love when going through difficult times. I want to make sure I can continue that path, whether times are good or bad. I want to continue to "shine" and know that it is coming from God and not from myself!


  1. I love that you are still able to shine. For some reason the idea that God's light is brighter than even the sun has been brought to my attention now three times in less than 24 hours. Wow! Last night at bible study, we read in Isaiah 60 about how "the sun will no more be your light by day...For the Lord will be your everlasting light." Then again today in science we are studying the sun and this same verse and concept popped up again. Well now you have said it again and I am wondering what God is trying to show me. Maybe, just maybe, you shine because like Moses you have caught a glimpse of God and it has made you shine. All I can say is wow today in tears!

  2. I love the photos too:) You have such a beautiful family. I feel the same way. I know that my faith has grown in the last year. ((hugs))

  3. Amazing post! And so true! I love your pictures too! I totally agree with and can relate to your perspective. *hugs*

  4. Such truth in this post...thank you for sharing this-keep on shining girl! :)

  5. So True, how when you put your faith in God, You shine. Great Family Pictures, such a wonderful family =-)