Sunday, August 31, 2008

There's BEDHEAD and then there's.....

Brooke in the morning! Wow, she woke up yesterday and I just had to grab my camera because I hadn't seen anything like this before. It was as if something came in her room at night and created a forest on the back of her head.

In my family, we laugh because we say that all of us "Carter girls" wake up in the morning looking r-o-u-g-h! Well, true to form, our daughter has joined the ranks...Brooke you are a genuine Carter girl!

Darcy and I laugh because when Brayden sleeps, he looks so angelic. We tuck him into his covers and kiss his cheek and he lays asleep in peace. Then...we enter Brooke's room and she is always sprawled out all over her bed (often on her back with both arms above her head-like her mommy sleeps) and never with any covers...the moment we cover her up, she kicks them back off. We kiss her gently and she will abruptly toss and turn and act as if we are interrupting and annoying her to no end.

And in the morning, Brayden wakes up and is my little cuddlebug. He nestles into me and wants to snuggle. I love these moments with him. And when Brooke wakes up, she storms right past me and wants nothing to do with me. No hugs, no good morning kisses...Oh, I get them from her, but I always have to ask. She is more interested in selecting a princess dress, crown or pair of high heels to put's often the very first thing she does in the morning.

Brayden and Brooke are so different. I love how God created each one of them so uniquely. Between the two of them, I feel like I've been given the best of both worlds. I've been given much.

Friday, August 29, 2008

It's All in the Name

Well, I wasn't sure what to name this blog. I had many ideas floating around my head, but something kept pulling me back to "clay." I love the Jeremy camp song "I am Nothing" and my favorite lyrics in the song are:

Then I realize I’m still clay

And this piece that’s being shaped,

Will be a beauty you create

And, I am just an ordinary person, who makes mistakes daily, I stumble and fall and I get back up, I face struggles, temptations and disappointments like anyone else, but I find complete joy, peace and assurance in the fact that the Lord is working on me. I am His continuous project. He is the potter, and I am the clay. I can't imagine I'll ever get to a place of contentment...I still hunger for Him and pray daily that this hunger will never cease (FYI another favorite song, to be played at my funeral "Give Me Jesus") I can get so caught up in worldliness, I want to always crave Jesus.

So, back to the "clay." I am reminded daily that I am still clay. And I hold onto the truth that He promises in one of my favorite life verses:

Philippians 1:6

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

I am in His hands, being shaped and molded...that's a good place to be.

Holy Cow...I finally did it!!!

Oh yes...I have finally created my own BLOG! So many have inspired me...Becky Jo, Charity, Kelly, Kelli, Denise, Jess, Aron/Erica and Cat/Matt. Thank you! I so enjoy reading yours (which I have been doing more regularly) and have realized that I can manage blogging, email and facebook without letting dirty laundry pile up to my elbows.

That's why I love love love FALL. Fall brings balance back into my life (let's not forget to mention that I love fall clothes and accessories...jeans, scarves, hats, vests). Fall brings structure, routine and order. I am so blessed to have Darcy home for the summer, but I must confess that my routine is interrupted. See, my house is my workplace. While he is working, I have a schedule I follow...when he is home, there is no schedule. For other stay-at-home moms, you know what I mean...when your husband is home on the weekend, not much gets done around the house because you are spending family time together. That's how my entire summer is! I think I only dusted twice!!! But, of course I wouldn't trade the quality time and the memories for anything. It was a wonderful summer and so worth the extra dust. And now, structure is slowly falling back into place and it feels good. And with this structure, I am finding it easier to multi-task...hence, the new BLOG.