Tuesday, June 30, 2015


When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown nor a cross
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we'll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
~JH Sammis

This. In my mind, ringing from my heart, marking and measuring my steps as I have walked these past days, weeks, and months. This is the answer to the questions of the day. This is the irrefutable truth. Not what someone else is or must be... who He is and what I am to see and be.

This is where I begin writing for these days. Pray with me? ♥

Friday, June 26, 2015

so, so long

My eldest sweetling, Meredith, is a horse girl. She has been since the fall of her sixth year, and by the summer of her seventh, she was learning to ride English. So, so many years now... A large part of her heart dwells over the paths and little hills in the pastures and barns at Mrs Jatha's.

We learned during her lesson today that "Victoria," one of her first horses, will be put down in the next couple of weeks. Arthritis, age, and a few other things are becoming painful. Please pray with me for my sweet girl's heart. I am hoping she will guest write here in these next days sometime to share. It is going to be bones-deep tough. Thanks so much for praying with us ♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

she's seven

How did it happen, sweet girl? One day Daddy and I had a surprise to share with our family and friends, and the next day you are seven years old. Sitting here typing a note to you while you are running in and out of the room playing makes me laugh! And it would make you laugh, too, if you knew what I was up to. You'd grin and put your hand to your face and whisper, "Mom! That just might be embarrassing!" And then you would laugh a big belly laugh and run off to further adventures.

There are so many things I could say... but these are foremost in my thoughts just now. I love that God chose you for us. Daddy and I needed you; Meredith and Samuel needed you. You have brought fearless fun and joie de vivre to our little family. No one lives as out loud and vitally as you do. You love with everything that you have, and sweet girl, not everyone does that. It is a gift to you and a blessing to others --and you carry it marvelously well.

You have brought music unlike any other music to our musical family ^_^ Yes, that is a silly sentence, but it is oh! so true. Your glass shattering high notes and your top-of-my-lungs impromptu performances have blasted us right into such fun so often. And the gentle, earnest ways you sing your heart to us when you think we aren't listening have touched my own heart beyond all telling.

These days some of your favorite things are cats (always!), playing with Samuel, sister time with Meredith, playing with Abbie, gymnastics, reading, playing in the pool, baby dolls and your Am Girl dolls, crafts, and celebrating. In school this year you loved reading, working with words with me, and math. Your favorite colors have changed several times this year - right now they are blue & purple. You love to decorate and do art and projects, and you are having so much fun riding bikes.

It has been a joy to grow with you these past seven years, and I am so excited for the next seven and the next and the seven after that... and on and on right through forever. I am so proud of you, Ila. It is a privilege to be your Mommy. You make the air sparkle and shimmer, so very beautiful you are.

Happy, Happy Birthday to you ♥