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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Before Our Baby...

...Our lives were much different.

We had freedom to travel.

We enjoyed restaurant cuisine more frequently.

We were able to focus more on other things, like:  the house, the car, and entertainment.

We did what we wanted to do, pretty much as the mood suited us.

We were able to lavish attention to little nieces and nephews, and then give them back to their parents.

We were on our own schedule.

We could pack up and move cross country, with relatively little notice.

Our house stayed clean and organized.

Definitely, we were freer for many activities and interests.

However...




...It was also a quieter home.

No squeals of laughter filling our house.

No early morning cuddles with our li'l love.

No hand prints all over the mirrors and windows.

No little person hugs that filled your heart with a love never known heretofore.

No little persons kisses given, just because that little person loves you.

No delight in watching that li'l one full of glee over the sound of Steve Green singing "How Great Thou Art."

No little person clothes to clean and put away.

No toys to stumble over, as that little person dumps them here and there in their quest for adventure.

No sense of fulfillment, as you know this li'l person was the missing person in your lives, all this time.

No humble sense of duty before God, as you realize the grave responsibility given unto you in training and loving this little one.

No indescribable gratitude, humility, and awe at the answer to your plea for a child.


"Our Li'l Blessing" Copyright 2017 Molding Into A Lady




The nights sometimes are long, and sleep elusive.

The days may be filled with more "no's" than we would wish.

The task of taking care of such a one more daunting than we realized.

The learning for all of us may be more challenging than expected.

The dirty diapers smellier and more in number than imagined.




Food flies around the kitchen as that li'l one delightfully demolishes their meal...

...Challenges come as training to "sit still" ensues...

...Many a chewed-up book, toy, or sippy cup, as more teeth erupt...

...But, oh, is it not worth it all!


"A Father's Love" Copyright 2017 Molding Into A Lady


One day, the sippy cups will be gone.

No more diapers needed.

No more need to teach to "sit still."

No more need to fold and put away their clothes, for they will do it themselves.




The little person hugs and kisses give way to adult hugs and kisses.

Tears from a sleepless night with a growing baby, give way to tears in prayer for an adult child facing life's challenges.

Tripping over toddler toys will give way to a vacant play room.

Immediate obedience from a child ever desiring to please their parents, will be replaced with an adolescent making choices contrary to their parents' wishes.




A house full of squeals of laughter once again will have silence.

A kitchen full of dirty walls and dishes will once again be spotless.

No more need for the car or booster seat, for that li'l one will be driving their own vehicle.

No more need for school curriculum, for that child will have graduated school.



One day, the house will once again be home to breakables.

One day, Dear and I will be free to take a whirlwind trip.

One day, Dear and I will enjoy more restaurant food.

One day, Dear and I will be able to pursue our interests unhindered.



One day, Dear and I will watch to see if the lessons we sought to teach the li'l one, made an eternal difference.

One day, Dear and I will watch to see if the faith we share, will become the same faith our child will hold dear.

One day, Dear and I will watch to see if our child will walk in truth.

One day, Dear and I will watch our child live life on their own.



Until then, I am going to enjoy these days.


"A Mother's Love" Copyright 2017 Molding Into A Lady
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."  
Psalm 127:3

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 January Day Book


For Today


Looking Out My Window:
...Is the start of dusk.
 
I Am Thinking:

...Of how blessed I am to know the Living God!

I Am Thankful:

...That through Christ, I am forever blessed!

One Of My Favorite Things:

...Is moving forward with the Lord.

I Am Creating:
...ideas.

I Am Wearing:

...Jammies.

I Am Reading:

...Well, wanting to read:  "Passionate Housewives Desperate For God," "Given By Inspiration," & "Created To Be His Help Meet," to name a few.

I Am Hoping:

...For God's protection over His people.
I Am Learning:

...To not grow weary in well-doing.

In My Kitchen:
...Is the delectable aroma of dinner.
In My Garden:

...Ahh, well, nothing, currently.  The surprise cold snap and drenching rain helped tremendously with that one!

Post Script:

...Our child just handed my husband the "Holman Bible Atlas;" never too early to start, I guess!

Shared Quote:
"To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of everlasting importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where He calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom He died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men's souls are ensnared."--Thornwell, as found in "Final Authority:  A Christian's Guide to the King James Bible," by Dr. William P. Grady
A Moment From My Day:

"Sunny Afternoon in January" 2017 Molding Into A Lady

Closing Notes:
 
"This blessed old book that I hold in my hand, is true from beginning to end.  It's the solid foundation where I firmly stand:  sin kept me from it, now it keeps me from sin."
"This Blessed Old Book" hymn

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: A Year In Review

Another year about to end.  Another year about to begin.  The continuous push forward.

     Indeed, I definitely get the sense of moving forward this year.  Perhaps it is due to being a mother, who is constantly chasing after a lively li'l one.  Perhaps it is due to that extra strand of gray hair I see.  Or, simply, the need to purchase a new calendar.  Whichever it may be, forward it is!

     Forward, but, still desiring purpose.  More specifically, "What are we doing all the way away from any of our family?"  Trust me, Dear and I consistently discuss this very thing.

     To be honest with you, if you have not yet noticed, we simply do not have a concrete answer to that question.  Yet, as of now, we know that we are meant to be here:  not simply because we are here, but we have seen God show us so.

     What we do know, is that we want to be in God's perfect will for our lives.  What that looks like, is a good guess.  It seems that God has us in a "waiting mode."

     This year has seen us coming along in other areas of our lives, as we wait upon the Lord.  Waiting has not been the most pleasant for us.  Just like any child awaiting a treat, we are jumping up and down in our seats!  So, to either prime us, or hold us off for a bit (or, both), He has been giving us many opportunities to do other things.

     This year has seen us get to start our first real garden!  A friend from church came over to help us get it going, and it has been such a gift!  We still have so much to learn:  in the tending to plants, as well as proper preservation; yet, it is all a lesson we are thoroughly grateful to have!

     We have also been blessed with getting to see a few loved ones this year.  Since we live away from all our longtime friends and our family members, it can get a bit lonely at times.  However, having my sister come to meet her li'l nephew; a friend drive over from nearly 2,000 miles away; taking our first major road trip to visit a dear adopted mama; a dear couple stopping by for a few hours while on their vacation, has made the year that much brighter for us.

     Along the way, we have been blessed to have made some new friends.  Some of which, we found we had some uncanny connections.  We have experienced a great deal of kindnesses with our new relationships.  Always a delight to make good, godly, strengthening friendships! 

     Most of all, we are simply being a family.  We are very much enjoying this gift God has given us:  family.  It is a lot of work.  Oh, but the precious value of it far outweighs any burden it brings!

     It has been so delightful, to be able to be parents.  To have waited so long for this time of which we now enjoy...Oh, makes it all the more sweeter.  To walk, hand in hand with my beloved, as we seek to please our Father in Heaven in the rearing of this precious child...How does one describe such delight?

     Forward.  God definitely has us moving forward.  It is much better than stagnating, that is for sure.

     So, if I had to summarize all that I have noticed in this year for us, I would say:
  1.  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9
  2. "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."  2 Thessalonians 3:13
  3. "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."  2 Peter 1:5-8 

     I pray that we do a far cry better this coming year, than we have this past year.  Oh, it will be a lot of work.  The precious value of it far outweighs any of the burden involved, though!


      "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"  Philippians 1:6
 
 

     

   

    

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 December Day Book

For Today


Looking Out My Window:
 
...Is the still quietness of an early evening.
I Am Thinking:

...That I need to conquer this battle within me.

I Am Thankful:

...That through Christ, I can overcome!

One Of My Favorite Things:
...Is observing my li'l family.

I Am Creating:
...a home.

I Am Wearing:

...Jammies.

I Am Reading:

...Ezekiel & "Passionate Housewives Desperate For God"

I Am Hoping:

...For clarity in our purpose in this coming year.
 
I Am Learning:

...To not grow weary in well-doing.

In My Kitchen:
...Is a tidied-up table.
In My Garden:

...Our plants are growing!

Post Script:


Shared Quote:
 
'"I'd rather know my 'ABCs' in Heaven, than Greek and Hebrew in Hell." Sam Jones
 
A Moment From My Day:
"Clean Kitchen Sink" 2016 Copyright Molding Into A Lady




Closing Notes:
 
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
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