Forever sweetheart to The Boy, bio + foster mom to #mylittlebandofboys & wedding photographer at @jessicashaephoto
I unpacked, did laundry, calmed tired angry little men, answered emails, ate a pretend pizza + smoothie whipped up by my oldest, uploaded/downloaded pictures, sent a client gallery, caught up on (several) podcasts, and spent the evening at church. Vacation is wonderful but home is better and work is just as much of a gift as rest. #mylittlebandofboys
Josh has talked about taking us all to Disney for years now, but it wasn't until earlier this year that we actually seriously thought about making it happen. Thanks to God's provision + my husbands diligence we finished paying off his school loans this past February, (in just 4 years!) and decided to use some of our extra cash for family vacation. We started planning and I realized I had enough points for all four of our flights and half of our car rental. While talking about our plans with family my aunt who works in the hotel industry mentioned she could get us a a suite at one of the resorts outside Disney at a low rate. But my favorite part is that my grandmother heard we were going to Disney and pulled out these two Disney passes that she's been saving since 1991 (when I was just TWO YEARS OLD). Passes bought before 2004 never expire, so when they only used 2 of their 4 days she tucked them away thinking someone someday could use them. So Josh and I used the passes, Elijah was free because he's only 2, and all we had to buy was a 2 day pass for Judah 😳 so many undeserved gifts and sweet memories made this last week.
Today a woman at lunch asked the boys how old they were and when they told her ("2 and 3!) she said "your mommy must have been crazy to have you two so close together!" And then a few hours later and older man passed us on our way to the pool, took in the two little boys gallop/skipping their way down the hallway, looked at me and said "bless you" and I don't think he meant it in a nice way 😏 I hate that they have to hear these comments that belittle them and imply they are more of a bother than a blessing, but I hope they never doubt my feelings on the matter: they're the sweetest gifts and it's my delight to be their mommy. #mylittlebandofboys
Perfect end to our beach day. My favorite meal of the trip so far, their strawberry shake was the best I've ever had 👌🏻
They're having a little staycation at a friends house because our weeklong vacation starts tomorrow! 👏🏻☀️🐭🏖🏰
"What a foretaste of deliverance;
how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected
as we will be when he comes." Happy Easter!
"See the depths of his love in the wounds of his grace."
"He (God) made Him (His only Son, Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
Today we celebrate the darkest day in all of history, and call it "Good!" because “God was at work on Good Friday, doing his greatest good in man’s most horrible evil.” What a glad day this is, the day my Savior took my punishment upon Himself, that I might glorify and enjoy him forever.
"I don't know, I don't want to talk as much… It's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart, like treasures. I don't like to have them laughed at or wondered over." ••• It feels silly sometimes how much this tiny app on my phone affects me. But I am a classic over thinker and I had to step away from the busy-ness here for a little while just to clear my head. (Please tell me I'm not the only one that starts to analyze every image and every caption to the point where it's not even fun anymore?!) I've seen this space used as both a tool for honor and for dishonor and I've been thinking more and more about how I use it and if I am like a fool who "vents all his feelings" or like a wise man who "holds them back." (prov. 29:11) As Anne said... “I'd like to add some beauty to life, I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more, though I know that IS the noblest ambition, but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me, to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.” I too would love to add beauty to this space, but more than that I want it to be a kind of beauty that encourages and points others to the Hope I have in Christ.
And that's all I have to say about that for now 😉 Also, here is a picture of one of the dearest boys I know 😍 #mylittlebandofboys
We said goodbye to G today after 5 weeks with him and he was reunited with his siblings which is a really happy thing. We've been hoping for this to happen ever since his first sibling visit a few weeks ago, which was totally heartbreaking. He has an 8 year old sister and 3 year old brother who were really having a hard time being separated and clung to each other for a lot of the visit. (Understandably so, I can't begin to think what it would be like for Judah and Elijah to be split up in the midst of other really confusing and stressful circumstances.) The goal of foster care is always reunification whenever possible and in the best interest of the child, and we are glad for this half-way step towards that today. His parents are still out of the picture, for multiple reasons, but we are continuing to pray for healing and restoration for all of those family relationships. #thesherrillsfoster