Whatever is lovely…

I’ve found that most nights I’m given quiet moments where my mind is clearer and I can regain a solid focus on God and His amazing, good gifts. I don’t have the distractions of every day life in Laura’s darkened room. I’m a person who gets easily and frighteningly quickly wrapped up in sin. I thank God for these times when He gives me a peaceful mind. Tonight was one of those blessed moments.

Every night I rock Laura while giving her a bedtime bottle. I’ve only not done this a handful of times. It is by far my favorite time with her. I sing my favorite hymns about Jesus while she plays with my hair, arms, or fingers. And I can’t forget to mention that she also snuggles with her blessed lovey grey elephant. During these moments I often find myself thinking about how she’s changed and how much she’s growing and learning. Tonight while doing our evening routine I was reminded how blessed I am. 

Laura is becoming such an awesome little kid & so bursting full of personality. (So much so that the young dad we sat next to in church today smiled at me after the service and said, “Well she’s definitely a character, huh?”) She’s running through the house, twirling and dancing at will. Tonight she was giggling uncontrollably at a tennis ball that we were rolling and bouncing back and forth. She will randomly come up to me, hug me while pat-pat-patting my back and say “huggie.” It. Melts. My. Heart.

I absolutely adore her spunk and tenacity. She is fearless, knows what she wants, and oh so smart! There is definitely no fooling Laura. She sees something once and remembers it. I love how she can sit by herself looking at her books for 20 minutes straight but also let us know when she wants a playmate. She’s learning to listen so well. She shows so much love. We went to music class for the first time and she literally hugged or tried to kiss every child in the room. It was adorable. We’ve been so immeasurably blessed by God with this little bundle of love. I like to think of these things. I pray that I have more gentle moments like these where I can keep my mind on the pure & good…the blessings.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4: 4-5,8 

Dear Gracious Father in heaven,
Words don’t say enough thank yous for the wonderful blessing of our little girl. You know my heart and how much love I have for Laura. Thank you for loving her even more than I can fathom. Thank you for you providence and grace. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of being parents. Help us to guide Laura in Your ways that she may show Your love to all. 
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.  


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