Saturday, November 17, 2012

   Today, I had a busy day filled with lunch with some of my favorite friends, an oil change, & a last minute haircut. Then tonight Eric & I spent the evening in Jonesboro with our precious baby girl, Madelynn. We went out to eat at Red Lobster (on a gift card) and we went to Target. No trip to Jonesboro is ever complete without a trip to Target! We still had money left on gift cards that we were blessed with at our baby showers for Madelynn and we bought 2 new toys for Madelynn to help her with her teething issues. Our sweet baby girl has been drooling like a mad woman for the past 2 months, which we knew was related to teething. But we finally felt one of her teeth coming through her gums tonight! She is growing up so fast!!! She also sat in the front of the shopping cart for the first time all on her own like a big girl. Where is the time going?!? 

   Anyways... we thought she deserved to celebrate with a couple new toys to chew on so we bought those plus a couple new outfits for colder weather. :) 

   Eric & I celebrated with drinks from Starbucks. He ordered an iced black tea- typical Eric drink. I ordered my usual for the holiday season: Venti Skinny Decaf Pumpkin Spice Latte. HOWEVER... I totally forgot to order it as a decaf! This was at 8:45-ish PM... and it is now 3:25 AM and I am wide awake blogging about my crazy, but delicious, mistake. I honestly think it has been at least 14 months since I have had a caffeinated drink from Starbucks. I never thought it made much of a difference in my system... BOY WAS I WRONG! I am wide awake, and feel like I have a million things to do. Crazy!! So that's why I am finally blogging tonight... this morning.

   I hope to blog more as I am getting used to this "new normal" of being a stay-at-home mom while still being the best minister's wife I can be. All the while, I am still trying to establish my Premier Designs business in our "new" town. (We have been here for 18 months now... but moving, getting used to a new town & church, and getting pregnant & having a baby all during that time has made establishing myself a little harder than I ever expected.)

Anyways... I am ready to commit to more blogging. I just hope it doesn't take a Venti Skinny CAFFEINATED Pumpkin Spice Latte to give me time to do it.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Content with the World"

   Two months old! Our baby girl is already two months old. It really is unbelievable! 

   We have an extremely happy & peaceful baby. She's already sleeping through the night and only cries when she's hungry or needs her diaper to be changed. Every time we are at church, at the grocery store, or anywhere in public everyone "oohs & aahs" over how cute and how 'good' she is. Most people can't believe that she is so alert and that she is so easy-going. My 'mommy response' is simply this, I usually say, "She's just content with the world." While it definitely seems to be so, I can't help but think about this world, and how naive... better yet... how innocent her world view is right now.
   Right now, this precious child is absolutely, 100% dependent on us, her parents. Hungry? We feed her. Dirty diaper? We change it for her. Sleepy? We tuck her into her swaddle blanket and rock her to sleep. She knows nothing more or less than what we do for her. She doesn't realize that there are other options. She only knows, believes, and trusts everything that is right in front of her... as is... no questions asked.

   In light of recent events in Aurora, not to mention wars continuing all around the world, and the growing human trafficking epidemic, I can't help but think about this world that my sweet 8 week old baby is so innocently content with. It breaks my heart to think that one day, she will figure out what sin is. She will one day realize that there is evil in this fallen world. It breaks my heart.

   In the same breath that I say "It breaks my heart"... I exhale a sigh of joy and relief knowing that her daddy & I will be, all the while, telling her about the Creator God who has every intention to have his Spirit dwell within her. I cling to hope in Christ that her mind will be able to comprehend a love that fulfills far past the love of any human. I pray that she will understand and accept God's forgiveness and mercy that was planned for her long before she was even in the womb. 

   So, while evil is still present in our midst and we must not be oblivious to it...  my prayer is that we would be people who are quicker to acknowledge the presence of YAHWEH, IMMANUEL, in these times that trouble us. Don't give the enemy more credit than the God who has already won the victory over evil. 

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.


I am so thankful that IMMANUEL is with us... more than just in our songs at Christmas time! (heehee)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Morning, By Morning

   For the past five or six weeks I have had trouble sleeping all the way through the night. Even more recently, I have been waking up every few hours and often have trouble getting back to sleep. Now... this has everything to do with the fact that tomorrow night I will be setting off to the hospital to be induced! My husband and I are hoping to meet our first child on Thursday at some point, God willing! (In fact, as you read this, I may be in labor or I may have already had our daughter, Madelynn Claire Moffett!)

   In the last month of this third trimester I have come to the staggering realization that I feel SO unprepared! As my husband, Eric, and I talk about our birth plan and other parental responsibilities regarding the hospital, we often reassure ourselves that people have been becoming parents for a really long time... you know... since the beginning of time! If they could do it, we can too! We have a good laugh and then dig right back into our books and 'how-to' blogs and websites. 

   As we prepare for this new adventure, I am reminded of God's faithfulness to carry me through it. Period. If I trust in the outcome of situations and circumstances, I am not trusting in the One who created me for His purposes and His glory. I am reminded and encouraged by the passage in Romans 8:18-28 which says:

"18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to son-ship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

    From the expectation of God revealing more of His plans, to the intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf, and then the reassurance we have been called according to His purpose... the peace that overwhelms me is incomparable to the lack of preparation I feel sometimes when thinking about becoming a mother. 

   Our God is faithful! AMEN! 
He has something new for us to discover each day
 that we lay ourselves before His throne. 
He is faithful even when WE are not. 
Allow God to reveal Himself to you, today. 

(He's Always Been Faithful - by Sara Groves)