October 21, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY TWENTY ONE

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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Hello there, Sabbath Rest!



We are so ready for you!
"...we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing."  Ephesians 2:10 The Message


"For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago."  Ephesians 2:10 The Voice



Can you even? Gah! We love her so much!

Why is it when we look at newborns and babes, we can see so clearly that we are His masterpieces... each one, individually created with such love and beauty --and yet when we look in the mirror or around us at -uh, 'taller' peers, it's harder to see and remember?

Father G (Gregory Boyle) recently gave a talk in our City and he said this:
"You are exactly what God had in mind when God made you!" 
Man... what would happen if we would simply believe this?

We'll be back tomorrow with A Song and A Prayer!
Until then, let's remember to:




Today is Day Twenty One of 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi! If you click over to the official 'Home page' for this series HERE, you can catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!

October 20, 2017

DISCOVER - A Five Minute Friday post... 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY TWENTY

This is Day Twenty of the #Write31Days series, but we are playing along with the #fmfparty community! Here we go: This is a Five Minute Friday post, which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one word prompt of: DISCOVER

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I had an Only... so we never really dealt with sibling rivalry or the discovery for our precious Little that she was no longer the center of the Universe... sure - those lessons came later because this is real life, right? --And we all learn that lesson or need that reminder from time to time!

So when our Girlie revealed that they were expecting, the thought that came to us soon after the joy was the concern for how their Dog Baby would discover this news and how he would adjust!



























Mr. Bentley is adorable and super sweet and a typical excitable Corgi... he is always smiling and wanting to play... He is, after all, still a bit of a Baby himself.

He loved on that Baby Belly and he was always sniffing and familiarizing himself with all the new toys and blankets and tiny little socks stored up for the arrival of Lil' Miss! 


Curious but careful...

October 19, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY NINETEEN

This is Day Nineteen in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi - Stories of Hope, Joy, & Transition...

Open Arms & a Closed Mouth...

This one is hard... and much like being a Sounding Board and Safe Place that we talked about earlier this month! If you missed that post, you can read it HERE.

As parents, we can get so used to giving
our ideas and our opinions to our kids. 

When they are Little,
that is needed and oh so helpful. 
However when they grow into adulthood,
even though we think or see that
it is still needed and oh so helpful 
--they may not see it that way.

So often Adulting IS Hard...
and what they need more than our Words of Wisdom
is our Open Arms and a Closed Mouth!


At least in the moment!

October 18, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY EIGHTEEN

This is Day Eighteen in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi - Stories of Hope, Joy, & Transition...

A Godly Inheritance...


Yesterday we talked about becoming grandparents and all the excitement surrounding our Not-So-Littles' precious Little Ones' arrival... (and picking a name by which we will answer to!)

They give us joy and love and all kinds of goodness... 
but today, I want to talk about what WE give to them!

Or rather... what we can give them, if we are intentional!

"...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  Joshua 24:15b

What we have to offer them is not just our own inheritance... Whatever financial blessing we are able to store away for them as they grow older. 

No, it's a Godly inheritance... 
    --one that we too were grafted into!

What we've been given
    we freely give away, right?

October 17, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY SEVENTEEN

This is Day Seventeen in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi - Stories of Hope, Joy, & Transition...

Becoming Papa & Mimi...



Maybe it was not even a conversation or a thought... 

Maybe you simply went by what your kids called your own parents... 

Or maybe you picked out a name but it came out differently --but oh so perfectly, spilling from your own grand babies lips once they could talk.

Maybe you didn't like "Grandpa" or "Grandma" because --gah! We're just not that old... (yet!) 

October 16, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY SIXTEEN

This is Day Sixteen in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi - Stories of Hope, Joy, & Transition...


Growing a Baby AND a Mom!

How many of you remember that nine months can seem to take FOREVER? (Especially that last month or two, right?)

It takes a long time to grow a baby... 
    and just as long to grow a Mama, too!

There is so much going on in the process and passing of nine months... so many changes and shifts and adjustments made --both physically, and emotionally!

No matter how the nine months began --a long awaited for announcement or a surprised shock of new news... no matter how ready or not ready we may think we are-- it takes every moment of growing Baby in the womb, to begin to grow Mama in the wonder.



Whether you are Type A and have color-coded plans, or you are more of a laid back, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type... the time it takes for God to form and fashion this new baby is also used to form and fashion the new Mama you are growing into!


October 15, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY FIFTEEN

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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A Song & A Prayer:

"Open up, let the light in..."



Just hit play and turn it up... 
let it play in the background, 
and pray with me, sweet readers!




Father God, we come before you, the Giver of Life and Love. You are the Father of Lights, and we look at our babies (and their babies) and it is impossible not to remember that every good and perfect gift comes from You!
We pray Love and Light into them, over them, and through them. We ask for blessing and rest... for wisdom beyond their years, and for a connection to heaven that never fades or breaks away.
Lord, let them hear and know Your Voice from a young age and let their spirits remain open to the Truth of who You are... and of who You made them to be!
Speak Life into the identity you formed into them while you knitted them together in the womb... We ask that the love and grace and joy and peace of God would shine through them. 
We pray that they would see and know the beauty of the Lord and that they would be Hunters of Grace and Releasers of Glory!
In Jesus' Name, Amen!



I hope you will come back tomorrow and join in on the conversation on what it takes to grow a baby and a Mama!


Today is Day Fifteen of 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi! If you click over to the official 'Home page' for this series HERE, you can catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!

October 14, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY FOURTEEN

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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Happy Saturday, Sweet Readers!

Let's keep it short and sweet
(and oh so precious!)




Can you even???!  She is so precious!

We'll be back tomorrow with a Song and a Prayer!  Until then, enjoy some Sabbath Rest, my friends!




Today is Day Fourteen of 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi! If you missed the kick-off and official 'Home page' for this series, you can go HERE and catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!

October 13, 2017

INVITE - A Five Minute Friday post... 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY THIRTEEN

This is Day Thirteen of the #Write31Days series, but we are playing along with the #fmfparty community! Here we go: This is a Five Minute Friday post, which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one word prompt of: INVITE

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In all your making room and preparing a place for Baby... 

In all your welcoming friends and family to come closer...
to lean in... to celebrate this new life with you...



Don't forget, Lil Mama (and Daddy, too!) 
to come closer, to lean in, 
and Invite God to draw near
and celebrate, too!

October 12, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY TWELVE

This is Day Twelve in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi - Stories of Hope, Joy, & Transition...

Be a Safe Place.
    Be a Sounding Board.
        (aka: Do. Not. Panic.)



So listen... sometimes we just want to shield and protect our kids from hurt and danger and any kind of Hard, right?

We know we can't.  At least not all the time, from all of it. 

But oh how we would love to rush in and fix it and be forever hands on... and yet, we've already talked about the importance of letting go and seeing our nearly grown up kids as just that: Grown ups.

I know.  It's hard.

Especially when their face still looks like their three year old self when they are saying stuff.

However, when they come to you -whether face to face or via text or your normal mode of communication: Stand strong... Pray Always... Give Help and Hints --only when asked for! (Read: HARD, I know!)

But always: Offer Love!

Always, be a safe place.

Being pregnant is hard and holy work --the growing of a tiny human inside your 'house' and heart.  It's tough on the mama and it's tough on the soon to be daddy, too!

October 11, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY ELEVEN

This is Day Eleven in our 31 Days series: Going from Mama to Mimi.

Pray! Pray! Pray!

You know what they say about Praying Grandma's, right?

As an intercessor who loves to pray, I have always felt (read:known) that our prayers are powerful and that heaven moves when we enter in to a conversation with Him. 



But somehow, holding this little angel, I feel the intensity of being able to pray for her and all that concerns her both up close and personal, and yet not quite so intertwined.

I know the season that I grew the most in friendship and intimacy with God was when I became a new Mama! 

Oh how I needed Him... and oh how He showed me what REAL Love is... what sacrificial love is... what unconditional love is.

And then they grow and grow and learn to walk and they test boundaries and behave poorly in front of others and even though we don't want it, it can feel like suddenly there are conditions. 

I mean, not really --but you get what I'm saying, right? 

You LOVE them no matter what... but you are so intertwined with them as a new parent (and not so new parent, too!) that sometimes in praying for them, you are really praying for you. (#Notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat!)


October 10, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY TEN

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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The Gifts of Support & Encouragement

So yesterday we talked about the fun gifts, wrapped in ribbons and bows! 

Baby Showers are the best, right? So full of cute tiny outfits and so much sweetness (and don't forget the headbands, y'all!)

Everyone loves giving the gifts of Onesies and teeny little sweaters and hats and such.

Two of the BEST gifts you can offer a new Mama-to-be as her own Mama are Support and Encouragement.



Because entering this new season of Life is so full of shifting and changing... so full of the unknown and the unforeseen... so full of stretching and searching...

In the midst of a lot of mystery and mess... (Hello, Hormones! #amiright?) a little bit of support and encouragement goes a LONG way!

October 9, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY NINE

Pace Yourself 
    (with the purchases!)

Oh I know... I know how stinkin' adorable all those little tiny outfits are... and I know how fun it is to plan and decorate a Nursery (or two... because Mimi needs one, too. It's fine.)

And oh so often the soon-to-be parents don't necessarily have a little nest egg put away for this season of their lives yet.



While we want to help... while we WILL help... let's remember to pace ourselves a bit.

After all we are in this for the long haul, right?  We have 18+ years to sow into this little life and to love on him or her in many ways --and only one of them involves ribbons and bows!


October 8, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY EIGHT

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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"Call My Name... 
and I will answer.
All you need
is here inside My arms.
Just Breathe, 
and you'll be
Safe and Sound
with Me."
                                                       ~Cecie's Lullaby, Steffany Gretzinger



I fell in love with this CD from Steffany Gretzinger years ago when it first came out... but oh how this is a great Nursery CD to have playing softly in the background! This whole CD is prayers and truth and lullabies!

Our Lil' Miss responds to worship music already and after her very first fussy night, my Girlie made a playlist of worship music to play in the nursery because music is powerful!

Listen to this song and let it become your prayer... for your Grands, your Littles or Not So Littles, and for yourself!





Today is Day Eight of 31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi! If you click over to the official 'Home page' for this series HERE, you can catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!

October 7, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY SEVEN

Stories of Hope, Joy and Transition!

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Oh Saturday! 
  How we love you!

So on Saturdays this month, I will share a simple Scripture and an adorable display of Preciousness... 

On Sundays, we will have a song and a prayer!

Hello, Sabbath Rest! 
(#amiright?)






Come ON!? 
Gah! I love her so much!



Again, all of our weekend posts this month will be shorter... because whether you are a Mimi or not, we all have lives, right? (#yourewelcome!)


Today is Day Seven of  31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi! If you click over to the official 'Home page' for this series HERE, you can catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!




October 6, 2017

31 Days of Going From Mama to Mimi - DAY SIX - STORY... a Five Minute Friday post.


This is Day Six of the #Write31Days series, but we are playing along with the #fmfparty community! Here we go: This is a Five Minute Friday post, which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one word prompt of: STORY

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Because... PERFECT, right? I mean... come on!

Because you can't really talk about Family and not talk about Story.  

All the while, when we think we are writing our Story... adding in characters and creating scenes to be remembered long after the last page is read, the reality is that
God is the Author of our Story!


He is the One writing it down, and we remember this oh so clearly when we find ourselves rolling with the twists and turns that we would have never penciled in ourselves.

But God...

    (I mean, right?)

I mean --some of the hardest and most unexpected plot twists of my life have led me down the BEST story lines!

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