Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of year thanks

We have intentionally slowed down so over the last few weeks, and I have eliminated a lot of "media" time, that I haven't kept up very well with posting. I started my weekly list of thanks post a couple of weeks ago and then didn't take the time to finish it. Probably was interrupted to play Legos, American Girls dolls, puzzles or Wii games:)
Many of our evenings have been spent as a family in front of the fire reading stories, listening to music, doing puzzles and playing. And they have ended like this....


On Daddy's lap sound asleep. What sweet, sweet memories we have been blessed with.

Quiet evenings at home
Candlelit service with my precious family
Anastacia's first communion and her understanding of it
Shared communion with my family
Our church family
Watching my two nephews love on each other
Sweet cousin love
Reading nightly of the coming of Jesus
Time in front of the fire with Amos
His overwhelming love, grace, and mercy with me
Eyes lit up on Christmas morning
Sharing the reading of your blessings in our son's name
Our church family
Our silly, sweet dog


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Slowing...

Now, this moment, today, this week we are making every effort to slow time. To make, capture and cherish these memories. I just want to etch them on my heart. Amos and I promised to pull back, stay home more, do family and friends more, quite simply simplify. And I think it is working. Our focus is gradually sharpening in on His love, grace, and perfect gift....

He has come! For you, for me, for us!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...." John 3:16

~Smell of a new book
~Grace, because goodness knows I need it
~Gift of watching others share love
~Time slowing for our family
~Catching up with girlfriends
~God opening doors
~Watching Anastacia experience her first ballet with Nana
~That precious, precious smile and laugh
~A Daddy who loves making memories with her as much as I do
~The gift of His love coming down



Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Marriage Story...

As I continue to count the blessings, even the seemingly microscopic (thank you Ann Voskamp for that lesson), I have a sweet memory I want to preserve. One of my favorite times of the day is laying in bed with Anastacia at night. Although I don't do it every evening, it has become such a precious time as life seems to slow, and lessons are taught and learned.

A- "Momma when will you be Nana?"
M-"When you become a Mommy someday."
A-"When will that be?"
M-"When you are 30 (strategic thinking on my part right?:)"
A-"That is really old. I have to get married first, right?"
M-"Yes."
A-"But that means I have to find a boy."
M-"You have a long time for that sweetie."
A-"I guess it will be okay if he is like Daddy, will he be like my Daddy? (enter her voice rising in concern) I don't want to marry someone unless he is like my Daddy." (my tears, priceless moment)
M-"That is what we pray for, that God will send the perfect boy, and we can pray he will be like your Daddy."
A- "I guess ___ (the son of close family friends)will do, he is a boy." Had to end the moment with some humor, how I love that precious little girl.

Continuing to give thanks....

~Bedtime talks and memories
~Hot cocoa and Christmas light drives
~Jammie days
~Great friends who take care of my husband when he gets hurt
~Ditto to doctors
~Quiet evenings by the fire
~Breakfast with a dear friend who encourages my walk
~Outpouring of love from family and friends
~ Re-purposing old to new
~Warm home on rainy winter days



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our Christmas Card & Isaac's Stocking

Friends & Loved Ones~

Charis ~ Eucharisto ~ Chara

(Grace ~ Thanksgiving ~ Joy)

Words cannot express how thankful we are to have each and every one of you walk beside us through the last year. The beauty, grace and unconditional love you have poured into our family is priceless. Your prayers have truly meant the world to us. From the beginning you shared in the excitement of our pregnancy and then felt our grief and sorrow. We know that you shared our pain in our loss of Isaac. We celebrate his life, and continue to see God work His goodness through the donations made in his name to the Rejoice Foundation. Because of so many of you we have been able to support and shine His love on families who are walking a similar path as ours. God has taught us so much this year, trusting Him in all things and giving thanks for each and every moment.

This year watching the excitement in Anastacia’s eyes over celebrating Christmas truly overwhelms our hearts sometimes. The simple joy and delight she finds in life takes our breath away. We also have found ourselves with a need to remember our son this Christmas. Four stockings are hanging this year on our mantel, including one for Isaac. We would like to enlist all of you in helping us fill his. All we ask is that sometime between now and Christmas, do something nice for someone, no matter how large or small. It doesn’t have to involve money-just commit a random act of kindness. When you do it think of Isaac and dedicate that act to him. You can even leave a note saying “This random act of kindness was done in memory of Isaac Lee”, but you don’t have to. Please write down your act of kindness and send it to me through email (at staciasara@gmail.com) and put “Isaac’s Stocking” in the subject line or slip a note in your Christmas card to us. We will wait to read them and fill Isaac’s stocking with your notes. On Christmas morning, we will open his stocking and read your notes for the first time as a family together. Please feel free to share this request with your other friends and family. Even if only a few are able do this, we will have a truly beautiful memory to share as a family on Christmas morning remembering our sweet son. And someone else (the recipient of your kindness) will benefit from a true example of the spirit of Christmas. We pray that God will inspire all of us, that something will come to each one of us, an act of kindness that we can share of ourselves in Isaac’s memory while touching someone else’s life.

With His love~ Amos, Jennette & Anastacia

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

For inspiration and ideas for random acts of kindness visit:

http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/12/25-days-of-random-acts-of-kindness.html

http://tsjphotography.com/blog/random-acts-of-christmas-kindness-summary/

http://ticklestogiggles.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-birthday-was-awesome.html



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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Greatest Gift...

As we prepare our hearts this year, I find myself asking these questions...

Is how we are celebrating, how He celebrated?

How am I sharing His love, the greatest gift ever given?

Am I giving more of Him this Christmas?

Am I reflecting Him to those who need Him most?

Are we giving differently, our time... our money... ourselves?

Are we putting relationships first?

We talked tonight about only "getting" one gift, and "giving" the rest away. She turned to me and said "you know mom, it is better to give than receive." Go figure, takes her heart to work on mine...






~nightly advent reading
~searching for christmas lights as we come home
~singing christmas carols with daddy
~intentional slowing down
~her response with big eyes "it is about Jesus was born"
~amazing teachers
~new girlfriends and time with old
~gift of a day with nothing but family time
~our family lined up to watch her sing
~a warm coat
~snuggling down deep
~finally "the" tooth falling out
~doors opening to touch others




Sunday, December 4, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wonder

Watching her awestruck wonderment over this season, brings so much joy. She senses wonder with her eyes wide open taking in all of His creation. Continuing to count the even the tinist of blessings wakes me up to the all the gifts of love I have received. The wonder of His love created all of this.


"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 1 John 4: 9-12




~Time with family
~No plans for the day (how rarely this happens)
~Unexpected warm days
~Her wonderment over Christmas
~Celebration of birth
~Reassurance
~Sound of her words without the front teeth:)
~Cooking with family
~Kneading, rising, and baking bread with Anastacia
~Our nightly routine of reading stories, watching her memorize the words