Just for a little.
I want to just sit here and breathe in all the moments that God has orchestrated for His glory.
Today I will marvel at the beauty and the mess, the first steps and the closed chapters, the tears and the joys – each one strung together by His mighty hand.
For I know it won’t be long before I look back on these new, different, magical days in wonder of all He has done.
“School” Pictures 2016-2017
(Elliana, Annabella, Alyssa, Ariya, Kayla, Isaiah)
Alyssa is 11 (for a few more days) and in Sixth Grade. She has such a beautiful, loving heart. She’s a leader, a hard worker, and an incredible friend. And she has a heartfelt way of etching words out on paper. I am in awe of the ways this first-born of mine loves God. Our days are so much sweeter with her in them.
Elliana is 11 and in Sixth Grade. Oh, how I love this girl. There’s such beauty in the ways she loves on others and cares for little ones. She is bright and kind, and she humbles me with her dedication and love of Bible reading. I will forever be grateful for the captivating ways her life surprises and brings joy to mine.
Kayla is 10 and in Fifth Grade. She is breathtaking. Her blue eyes glisten as her smile and compassion light up the room. She has a big heart – for animals, for people, for drawing and creating and cartwheeling and having fun. But it’s her sweet love for Jesus that is most dazzling. Oh, how I love this girl that keeps bringing joy to my days.
Isaiah is 8 and in Third Grade. He continues to be my handsome hero that loves all things boyish, yet always has time to stop and give his mom a hug. Such passion and life and energy are brought to my days through this boy. I don’t know what I’d do without him, but I’m so thankful for the mighty work God has done in both our hearts through him.
Annabella is 7 and in First Grade. She’s such a precious girl that melts my heart every time with her big beautiful eyes and her gentle strength. She captures the beauty around her and is always ready for some fun – especially if it involves gymnastics or horses. And her sweet voice singing to Jesus? It’s the most precious sound I hear everyday.
Ariya is 5 and in Kindergarten. She loves to be a part of the action. Just thinking about this precious girl makes me smile. There is so much life and joy wrapped up in this little one. I find myself stopping more often to treasure these days of five-year-old-ness and to stand in awe at how God made this kindergartener of mine so spunky and beautiful, bright, brave, and kind.
I am so blessed by these precious children that God has placed in our family. None of us are perfect. We have days that are tiring and long and hard – days where I feel like giving up as a Mommy and teacher to these wandering hearts. No, we’re not perfect. We’re truly a handful of sinners, striving to live and love and learn together for the glory of God. But, I will hold onto each and every one of these moments, before they too – are gone.
Just for fun… :)
Oh, my heart – I love these kids!