Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Bumbo Seat

I have recently discovered my fun Bumbo seat and today my mom went a little crazy with her camera....

At first I didn't know what to make of this thing....

but then I got the hang of it!

Some times my head gets kind of heavy....

Hey, this thing is actually kind of comfy!

Later in the day, my mom put this hat on me...

I love my bumbo seat!


Monday, June 27, 2011

The Gift of Morning

The sunlight rising across my back yard and across my porch have been unexpected gifts for me this summer.  Not being a morning person, never before in my life have I been happily awake for so many early pre-dawn hours where I have gotten to watch the quiet darkness of night fade into the soft light of morning.  I'm grateful for my little gal, that she has awakened me not only to spend time with her in these wee hours, but in doing so has also opened my eyes to the beauty that has been lurking all around me unnoticed and unappreciated over countless years of mornings.  During these soft quiet hours of the day, Lily has helped me to appreciate and see the morning's gifts that God has been faithfully giving every day of my entire life...only I've been sleeping and rushing my way through them for years...missing everything.

I have missed sunbeams spreading across the sky, low rumbles of thunder, the fresh, coolness of day, gentle breezes, dew drops on grass, neighborhood quietness, fresh coffee in my hand while rocking on the porch, quiet times with God, inspiration, raindrops, bright colors of flowers awakening for the day, a quiet house, sweet sounds of a sleeping baby, time to myself, books to enjoy, oatmeal with fresh berries, time to read emails from friends, endless photographic opportunities, time to ponder my thoughts and organize our day, the peacefulness of being still before God and setting my eyes on Him...letting Him re-focus my thoughts and re-order my days...time with Him.

Mornings are where God renews his mercies and longs to whisper deep into our hearts.  I'm learning to not only receive but to appreciate this incredible gift he waits every morning to bestow upon me.  All this time, I have only needed to rise and receive it.  Thank you, God for your faithfulness in your offering, your patience in waiting for me to notice, your grace in forgiving my absence in all of these years of mornings, for your tenderness in opening my eyes, for my beautiful daughter who helped me to see and for your beauty in the details of the moments found only in these wee hours. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Dad!

Dear Dad,
  Thanks for being the best father a little gal could ask for.  I love spending time with you and am so glad you are my daddy.  Thanks for always singing to me when I get upset, for changing my diaper in the middle of the night, for complimenting my progress on holding my head up and building strong muscles.  Thank you for playing with me and for taking me for walks.  I love when you do tummy time with me! Thank you especially for holding my hand, talking to me and telling me about my world.  I'm glad you don't mind when I drool on you.  You always make me smile.  I also want to thank you for carrying me around in my carrier so we can go places together.  Thank you as well for telling me about my big brother and for loving my mom the way that you do.  I'm so happy to be here and a part of the family.  I can't wait for all of our adventures ahead.  I love you and love being your daughter.  I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day.