“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, 
“No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”
~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

Today is your birthday and 
today i am choosing joy.  
 i remember you and my thoughts are of heaven
 my God who is perfect and makes no mistakes has taken this day 
from me and made it nearly perfect. 

i made it to the gym
i changed diapers 
i blew bubbles
i picked up pinecones and waved at the mail lady.

i let a perfect stranger with a cane and white hair nuzzle his face into
my baby's head in Kmart as his wife looked on from her wheelchair.
hampton squeezed his finger and laughed and smiled
and pure joy rushed in

Tears in Kmart. 
happy tears because i know that's what you would have done
you loved old people

Today i am choosing joy all day long for you
because i know there is a God
and i know where you are

Oh happy day my precious friend. 


Easter 2013

A peek into our Easter...

 POGO BALLS!  Remember these?

Is there anything sweeter 
than a baby in a bowtie?  No.  

I have to tell you THE BEST story about our Easter baskets.  Seven years ago, when the big boys were 4 weeks old, we were in Macon, Georgia visiting family.  We attended a festival {maybe Cherry Blossom Festival??} and I came across a lady handpainting these adorable Easter pails.   Of course, I bought them and they have been the boy's baskets every since.

ENTER BABY #3...Hampton.  Last year, I could not decide on a basket for him because nothing seemed as special as Tradd and Jackson's baskets.  I looked on Etsy, Pottery Barn, etc and just could not find something that I loved so we just let him used a small pail that I already had.  I knew this year that I HAD to buy him an actual "forever" basket so back to Etsy.

Y'ALL.  I found the lady from the festival 7 years ago on Etsy!  I emailed her to confirm that she was the same and ordered Hampton his forever basket to match his brothers!   Nancy was wonderful to work with and my basket arrived in plenty of time for Easter.  This link EASTER BASKETS will take you to her site, but it looks like she may be sold out!