Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Milestones of Life....

This past week has been an Amazing week filled with milestones and accomplishments....

My sweet baby girl, Ella, graduated from Kindergarten! We are so proud of you Ella, and love you more than words can express. We are so thankful to her amazing teachers for loving her, encouraging her, inspiring her, and teaching her throughout this past 9 months of her life. You have made each and every day of kindergarten a JOY and a Blessing in all of our lives!!

One of the greatest things about having our girl in a Christian school is that her education is centered on Christ, and so in the graduation booklet, each parent was asked to write a prayer to their child....

Our Dearest Ella,

We are so thankful to the Lord for blessing us with you as our daughter. You have brought such incredible joy, love, kindness, and creativity to our lives. Through you we are able to truly enjoy the wonder of God's creation, the joy of life, the love of others, and the beauty of the simplest things. We thank you for being true to your spirit, your self, your love for others. We are so awed and amazed by your intense faith in our heavenly Father, and we look forward to watching your faith continue to blossom and grow over the years. We are touched by your words, taught through your actions, and treasure all of our time with you. May you always start and end your day centered on our Lord, focused on His plans for you, and may your love for Him lead and guide you through the journey of your life.

Dear Lord,

We come to you Lord, with prayers of thanksgiving for gifting us with Ella as our daughter. May we glorify you through our parenting of your treasure, may we humbly lead Ella on a journey through life centered on YOU as her rock, foundation, and may her life be filled with love for others and for You. Lord, we pray that Ella may find her greatest joys in life, and in doing them, may she give glory to You through her actions, words, and deeds. Lord, we pray that Ella's love for learning and love for others continues to blossom in her, continues to overflow throughout all areas of her life. Lord, we are so amazed by your goodness, mercy, and grace for others, we humbly pray that we may parent our daughter with you as our guide, with you as our mentor, with you as our focus. ~ Amen ~

~ Ella Christine Davis ~ May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and give you HIS peace ~

Friday was Ella's milestone filled day...and Saturday was mine...

Together with the greatest running friends EVER, I set out to complete what seemed to be an unattainable goal...I set out to run my first half marathon....13.1 miles. It was the most amazing experience of my life...we ran each and every step, finishing in 2 hrs 43 minutes. I am filled with awe at all of us. In January this seemed unimaginable...impossible... and now, today I sit here at my computer with ice packs on my feet...aches in my body...and a medal around my neck because I DID it!!! WE DID it....together....with the strength of the Lord carrying us at the most difficult times....we recited Philippians 4:13 a few times.... but the single greatest moment was when we neared the finish line our amazing trainer met us there and ran us into the finish....and boy did she run us hard....because of course she doesn't believe in a soft finish...NO way, we had to finish hard...and so we did. And so we accomplished the unimaginable.... We can do it, We did do it, and We will do it again!!!

~Pre-race fun ~

~pre-race prayer~

~The final stretch~

Post race with our amazing trainer Missy!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Having a little blog party!!

Okay, so I finally decided to take the plunge and join in on the blog party!! Kelly at Kelly's Korner is hosting a "tour your home" party!! This week...the living room! I have resisted the temptation because we live in a little shoebox, but decided the love shack is just to special to us to keep it in hiding....

so, without further ado....~our living room~

This is the view from our front door

The girls' toy nook

Our sweet Angel Leah's home and tribute. The little urn holds her ashes and the frame on the left is the print of her feet.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sweet Caroline....

Today our sweet Caroline turned 3....and oh what a wonderful day it was!!

Caroline got her much hoped for bike!

Morning Lovin' from the sissys!!

Dinner at Bennihana

Being "mama" to her new baby!

My dearest Caroline,
Not a moment goes by that I do not thank the Lord for blessing me with you as my daughter. Your joy for life, and zest for living bring a smile to my face. I love how much you LOVE to be mama to your many how determined you are to ride how hard you work to "keep up" with your big how much you love your baby sister in how much you LOVE the Lord with all your heart!!

Dearest Lord,
Please bless my sweet baby girl with the joy and love for life only you can give. Allow her the discernment to choose to walk in your footprints and to follow your path you have laid out for her. May she always feel your love in her life, your strength in her times of struggle, and your love in times of regret. May she be filled with your grace and mercy as she encounters the many obstacles in life that lay before her...and may we as her parents, guide her in your image, love her with your unconditional love, and accept her with your grace and mercy. We are so thankful Lord for the three daughters you so graciously blessed us with, and we pray that we can always be your light unto their lives, and may we always be your fruit of the spirit offering our children the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that is found in our walk with you! ~amen~

We LOVE you sweet Caroline, Joyful Ella, and Angel Leah!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Never-ending Blessings....

they keep going and going and going....

no. not the energizer bunny.

they keep going and going.....

the faith of my daughters. their love for our Lord, their belief in the beauty and wonder of their sister Leah.

Yesterday, as I so gracefully weeded the driveway of all it's pesky and annoying budha hairs, my sweet Ella asked if she could send one of our balloons to heaven. Of course, I said of my favorite memories of Ella as toddler was her unending need to release all balloons to Jesus. See this mama decided that she would *lie* to her children and tell her that balloons were against the law in the car...and therefore all of those adorable free balloons from Trader Joes had no other purpose than to join Jesus in heaven. Anyways, back to yesterday....a moment after Ella released the balloon, she stood looking at the sky, hands clasped in the prayer fist, and she starting talking to her sister, to her baby, to our Leah. And as Caroline stood in wonder, Ella walked over to her sister, put her arm around her, pointed out the small balloon spot in the sky and proceeded to explain to her the destination of the balloon.

Yes, my sweet Ella, there is a Jesus, and in His arms rests our baby, your sister....and together they rejoiced and held a balloon.

and they keep going and going....even when my heart aches beyond words, even when my arms long for the weight of a baby, even when my tears flow girls keep going...keep believing...keep my FAITH resting in HIM who is our comfort, our strength, our salvation....

Tomorrow is my "middle" sweet girls birthday. Tomorrow my Caroline Grace turns 3. ANd tomorrow we will celebrate the blessing of her life in ours....and tomorrow we will hold our sweet Leah in our thoughts as we celebrate the life of her little big sissy....