Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saved.

On Monday, May 18, 2009, my son Brayden was saved. I've been a praying mom. And yesterday my prayer was answered. Wednesday, July 27th, 2011, my daughter Brooke was saved. I forgot to take a picture of her afterwards, but before the clock struck midnight,this mama remembered and I snuck into her bedroom and grabbed a snapshot.
Fitting.
the Peace that surpasses all understanding...
those who are in Christ are blessed to receive in abundance
(even in slumber).

Sweet, sweet, heavenly dreams child.
Daughter of the Most High King.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grace, Salvation, and Heaven "with a roller coaster"

tonight the Angels sing and this mommy's heart dances.
all because of a 6 year old little girl.
an open heart. a sincere prayer.
and Love so amazing.

after many Seeds planted,
all it took was one simple Confession.
one simple Declaration.
and one simple Request.

but what was gained was
Gift extraordinaire.
beyond comprehension.
Grace amazing.

Salvation.
Life Eternal.
And Heaven (according to Brooke,"with a roller coaster.")

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Brooke Ryan Schrieber
Age 6
has accepted the gift of salvation and has asked
Jesus to come into her heart.
This day forever will be marked on mine.
My daughter, now my sister,
just made
the. Best. Decision. Of. Her. Life.

(if you haven't yet made this decision for yourself, you must. God is pursuing you. Waiting for you. Longing for you to give your heart to Him. To live for Him. To follow Him.
Invite Him in; I beg of you. It'll be a life-giving decision and your absolute greatest joy.)

John 3:16

Lord, grow in Brooke a heart that yearns and seeks to know You, to love You, to serve You, to please You, and to follow You with all that she is, for all the days of her life. And Lord, equip me, as her mother, to spur her on...to be an example...and to lead her to walk in your ways.

Can I get an AMEN?!
HALLELUJAH!
What a SAVIOR!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A window of loveliness...


My desire to decorate, create, and transform is

at an


all-time volcanic high.



I have ideas up the wazoo for bedrooms, kitchens,


kids rooms, wall decor, fleamarket


finds,


antiques, trash to treasure projects, and labors of


love.


We looked at a couple of homes


this


weekend. I think the fact that we may soon have

our


own space, a canvas for me to


explore


and create, is the catalyst to this bubbling


obsession.


Earlier this summer I picked an


old

farmhouse windowframe for $3.00 at an estate


sale.




I've had several ideas floating


around


regarding what to do with the frame,


but I must say I find this one below quite


charming.


Brookie does not have a headboard on her


little twin bed.


I think the ol' windowframe


will appreciate being looked through


once again


with such fullness and fondness...


to be the center of sight and view,


a frame for beauty,


(a job she's most accustomed to),


no longer discarded or forgotten,


but purposed again


to bring beauty and life into a room.


Is this not the most darling


whimsical sweet treat you've seen in a while?


Truly, a window of pure loveliness.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Weeded wonderment, of finest bloom...

On the way home from tennis practice this morning, Brooke and I had no choice but to pull our car over to pick some wild beauty for ourselves. It was as if the flowers themselves were crying out in heated anguish, begging for an invitation
under the umbrella-ed shade of our humble home...
where petal finds rest and stem finds refreshing drink.
It also gave me a chance to use my charming mason jar pitcher
(ten cent estate sale find)
(and the new green toothpick holder Brayden chose for me at an antique mall last weekend...handpicked via "eenie-meenie-miny-mo")
Queen Anne's Lace kindles memories of long walks
down dusty country roads,
where gravel and potholes find comfort and home being wrapped and outlined beside your kind.
Today we find childhood and delight in a glass jar.
A piece of heart's home.
They say one person's trash is another's treasure.
While considered a noxious weed in some parts of the country,
I beg to define your weeded wonderment, dear Queen Anne's Lace,
as nothing less than the finest bloom.
Thank you for sharing your simple beauty with us today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer's fate...

Summer is BuSy! Equally high-paced and easy-going. I love the season. The warmth. The bloom. The fullness. The fancy free mood that permeates each day. The ripened ability and choice to go or stay, to run or sit, to observe or partake. The lack of schedule and routine is freeing. But, with it, the late nights fashion late mornings and long days on end spent with three of my favorite little people means I have less time for myself, for quiet, for devotion, and my soul thirsts to abide. Is it possible for one to thirst one way while being refreshed another? I mustn't complain. I'm finding contentment in this season knowing the search for His peace and presence must be sought with more creativity and persistence than before.

And in the midst of that yearning, I'm grabbing hold of those moments of calm, in between the busy spontaneity of summer freedom and delightful disarray to pause and take notice of the life around me and the minute, yet magnified graces I too often hurry past...

Where giggles billow.


And freckles dance.


Where up close and personal,
without shame,

and begging to be recognized,

blessings are bared.

Summer's fate has unfolded.
Breathe it in.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July weekend ~2011

We had a fun-filled 4th of July weekend. This vimeo captures the first half of it! We spent time out in Saline at my mom's house swimming and playing...and then we drove out to Tecumseh for a campout at my sister's in-loves house and returned back to my mom's the following day for another quick swim before returning back home (with sister and family in tow) for a church picnic and another day of celebration. We ended our weekend on this side of town with a day on the boat, soaking in the sun and waves on the lakefront with my favorites. Extended fun with extended family = extended joy. Happy 4th of July to you and yours!