Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ry's 1yr Pics (plus a wonderful weekend at the beach!)

We had an amazing weekend at the beach, as a family and with some dear friends of ours. We went to Hilton Head and rented a condo on the beach (well, just a few steps away :-). It was so much fun! Ryan and Erin have a precious little boy, Truitt, who is 7 months old. We are both walking through very similar places in life and their friendship is such a wonderful gift to Matthew and I. We played on the beach, shared stories, ate wonderful food and just relaxed....HEAVEN :-)

Unfortunately, I do not have pics from our trip (we forgot our camera, true Mattew and Bethany fashion). But,I do have pictures of the most adorable 13month old in the world! These are Ry's 1yr pictures, done by Susan Brewer. We came home to package on the door with the pics inside. I was so excited!!! They are precious! As you can seen, Ry is doing her "touchdown" pose in many of the pics, haha. Thought it was appropriate for this time of the year. She is growing so fast and even though parenting is becoming more challenging, she brightens our world even more!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend too!

All is Grace,


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Forever Ingrained

Ingrained: firmly fixed, deeply rooted

That is how many of us remember September 11, 2001. I have never written about that day, what I was doing, how I felt, etc. You see, I'm one of those girls who likes to move on. I like to feel, be changed or influenced, and then move on - sometimes forgetting the lesson. These are usually the lessons that are hard, painful, etc. What can I say? I'm weak like that.

Ten years later, I feel like it is time. There have been so many TV programs on recounting the events making that day come flooding back. You turn on the radio and someone is talking about it. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with remembering but like I said, I like to move on :-). I feel so selfish but please realize my reason for feeling that way is simply because of the pain and horror I remember about that day, and I wasn't anywhere near New York or DC. I didn't know anyone in the Twin Towers or the Pentagon. But I am American and those people were God's children, all of them.

In case an of you didn't know, I was somewhat of a dork in college. Not the kind that dresses with their pants pulled up high and being too short with thick glasses, but the kind that studied....a lot! I was a girl with a goal and that goal required me to spend countless hours in the library. At the time, I was attending a small liberal arts college in SW Virginia.

My morning, Sept 11, 2001.

6am - up, quick run

645 - quick shower, dressed

730am - arrived in the library for about 90mins of hardcore studying before my first class (dork, I know, I warned you)

Somewhere between 845-855am - told by a friend a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I though, what? That's crazy. Stupidly, I also thought "How does someone miss the Twin Towers?". 

Roughly 855-9am - I walked rather quickly back to my dorm room. For whatever reason, I had a sinking feeling.

Apprx 905am (VERY small school) - Open the door to my dorm room, see my roommate standing in front our tiny TV. I look up just as the 2nd plane crashes into the South Tower. We both gasped. My roommate, whom I love, said some choice words and I simply drop my bags and stare. I couldn't believe what I had just seen! I remember looking at her and saying, "What the heck is going on?"
I distinctly remember hearing girls in our dorm crying, screaming and carrying on. Our door was still open. I hadn't even thought about closing it. 

The times get a little fussy from here on out but I specifically remember looking at our clock at 910am and all I could think about was my family.

Roughly 915am - My phone rings and my dad is on the other line asking if I'm ok. Hearing his voice, I start crying. While on the phone, President Bush comes on the TV and everything goes silent. That's when we heard words that would change our lives and our country forever....Terrorist Attack. That's when the crying, screams and gasps occurred again.

Classes were canceled for the day but I distinctly remember going to the science building, searing for anything to distract my mind. But everyone was huddled in their room, traveling home to their loved ones (assuming they were close enough to drive).

The rest of the day the TV was on everywhere you went. Scenes from Ground Zero were haunting, once the ash and haze settled. The pictures of the fireman and service workers inspiring.

So, even though I am a girl who likes to "move on", that day has forever been ingrained in my mind and heart. I couldn't be happier that is the case. I am proud to live in this country with people who ultimately, I believe, want good for others. We showed that as Americans on 9.11 and the days that followed. I hope, as a nation, we are forever inspired and hold that day close enough that it betters us but doesn't make us bitter.  I pray for continued peace for all those who lost loved ones that day. I can't imagine how this weekend must feel for you.

Forever Ingrained. That's the best way I can sum up my thoughts about tomorrow.

All is Grace,

Monday, September 5, 2011

The BEST Best Friend

"I  AM YOUR BEST FRIEND, as well as your King. Walk hand in hand with Me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments. Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean Joy our of sorrow, Peace out of adversity. Only a Friend who is also the King of kings could accomplish this. There is no other like Me!"
~ Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

This was the begining of my bible study this morning. WHOA!!! I had to stop after that one short paragraph and take all of it in. Do you ever think about your relationship with God this way? I sure as heck don't. But how unbelievably awesome!?!?!?  I mean really, the Lord of all, Alpha and Omega, King of kings wants to be/is/relishes in being my best friend? Seriosuly!? I am so unworthy of that kind of love. How sweet to think of this reality when we are walking through dark days or even more, joys. God lives in the world through His creation, Spirit and His children - you and me. My friends, is this sinking in to your mind and heart? Oh, I hope so!!! It will cause you to almost burst with joy :-).

For this sweet face I pray HE always remains my best friend. I pray I pave the way for Him to be hers as well.

All is Grace,