Wet Cheeks!

What are your deepest desires for your kids? Your list is probably long like mine but lately what’s continually on my heart and in my prayers is that they have a personal and deep relationship with Christ. It’s not something we can force on them, they were given free will just like us. As my children turn into teenagers and young adults it seems like my time to have an influence on them is slipping out of my hands. The older they get, the more they want to learn from the outside world and not their parents. It’s the natural order of things as they want to become their own person. I pray daily that our tragedy we went through brings them closer to Christ and not the opposite. I know it’s normal to push away from Him at certain times in our lives and they need to find their own path… their own faith… their own life (sniff, sniff).

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So I pray, I pray like crazy that they will lean on him daily. So when the going gets tough they automatically go to him. Let it be the first thing they think to do, reach out to our Heavenly Father. Because of my own personal walk with Christ and knowing that the only way I got through the hard times were because I leaned on him. He was my strength when I had none.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not grow weary they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

So when Beau and Levi followed in Wyatt’s footsteps and made their own decision to be baptized I was overjoyed!!! Wyatt was baptized a few years ago when he was 10.  I got him a Bible with his name engraved on it at the time and wrote on it the date of his baptism.  Thankfully I did because none of us could remember how old he was.  I wanted to find a picture of him being baptized so I started going back through all my picture from 2011.  No such luck; I couldn’t find it.  I settled for a picture of him at that age.

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Wyatt 2011 wow has he changed!

I mentioned to the boys that they will have the opportunity to say something right before they are baptized if they want to.  Both of them told me “No thanks”, they didn’t want to talk in front of all those people.  Much to my surprise, they both took the microphone and had something to say.  They both thanked the congregation for being there for them, supporting them, and praying for them when we were going through such a hard time.  Levi went on to say how much his Young Life leaders and Malibu last year helped him.

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Needless to say, I had wet cheeks!

I hear God saying PRAY, PRAY for your kids daily.  You never know what life is going to throw at them. It’s the best way to equip them to deal with life.  We all stumble and fall but it’s never to late to start praying.

Also, take comfort in the fact that other people in your children’s lives with different strengths are teaching your children too. There is more than just us shaping our children (thank you Jesus). God uses other people in our lives to help in the areas we are weaker in. I pray God will raise up Godly people around my children because when they turn into teenagers they have heard it all from us before and need a different voice to listen to. I feel like I’ve come up short as a parent in so many different ways, but I know they are in God’s hands and I take comfort from that.  

The time put in, in prayer for our children doesn’t go unnoticed by our savior. The impact prayer has on our children is unmeasurable and isn’t slipping out of God’s hands.

The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life long.

~ Dewight L Moody

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Disneyland Here we Come!

The count down has begun and we couldn’t be more excited!  Our church family came to us early on during our hospital stay and asked us what they could do for Beau to give him something to look forward to when he gets better. They asked what is something Beau would love that would encourage him? Ryan and I had no idea, so when were explaining it to Beau, we had all kinds of idea lined up to suggest.  But, before we were even done asking him what he wanted to do, he interrupted us and said I already know what I want.

“I want to go to Disneyland.”

(At this point just hearing him whisper the words, were a joy to our ears.  After being on the venerator for so many days, he hadn’t gotten his voice back yet and he spoke very rarley.)

You can’t even imagine how quickly this gift became so important to us.  While laying in the hospital room, needing a distraction because an upcoming procedure was on our mind, we would talk about Disneyland.  When needing the encouragement to stand up and try walking, we talked about Disneyland. When we were bored out of our minds, we would daydream about what treats we would eat and what would be our first ride to go on.

The amount of love and support we have felt through our community and church family have meant more to us than words can ever express.  Now our dreams are so close to coming true we can barely contain our excitement.

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Photo courtesy of Heidi from the last time they went.

“All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

I’m personally excited about all the fun pictures I’m going to take.  I love this one so much, I just might have to recreate it ;).

Unfortunately as I type, Beau-man is home from school with an upset stomach.  Please pray he gets over it quickly and it doesn’t spread to the rest of the family.

God Bless,

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P.S. oh…oh… I almost forgot to tell you… 10 members of my extended family have made their own travel plans to meet up with us!!! Isn’t that so exciting!!!