Sources: Penny’s dress is Peek Kids (similar), Modern Piggy bow, lace up ballet flats / Lucy’s dress is Little Cottonwood, Modern Piggy bow, Salt Water sandals / My hat (similar), ruffle sweater, jeans, shoes, sunglasses
It has been a fairly mild winter here in Colorado (halleluja!), but the cold days still hit hard, and the landscape outside is… dead. We needed some COLOR and warmth and a breath of fresh air, so the other day we took a trip to our local garden center. Being in the greenhouse and feeling the humidity was HEAVEN. My girls enjoyed it just as much as I did. They explored and twirled and marched around, admiring the plants and flowers. It was a great outing close to home and I felt inspired to get my garden ready for spring. We love Nick’s Garden Center. And goodness, I love my girls.
A day or two after our trip to the garden center, Lucy came down with the worst cold. She stayed home from school for two days, which I did not mind, since I welcome the chance to slow down and take care of my babies. Of course, then Penny got it, and it is breaking my heart – she has it bad! She stayed home from church yesterday, but Casey and I had to tag-team since he had to speak in the first hour, and I had to teach in the third hour. When I got home, I held Penny on the sofa and we all watched Trolls together (cutest movie!!) and I felt so grateful for this family of mine.
Another highlight of the week: church on Sunday. I admit it – I like church! Even when it’s hard, and we get there late, and I’m chasing toddlers in the halls, feeling exhausted and hungry, down or discouraged, I still leave feeling grateful that I went. Even if I only hear parts of the talks or lessons, I leave with a resolve to do better and be a better mom, friend, and disciple of Christ. Today was no exception. My husband gave a great talk on service, and I got to teach a lesson on grace. I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach the young women ages 16-18 and I LOVE it. I love them! We have the best conversation throughout our lesson and they teach me more than I teach them. Today we talked about our belief that by His grace – and through the atonement of Christ – we are not only saved from sin and death, but we are also blessed with an enabling power that can strengthen us in our trials and our daily lives. Grace not only unlocks the gate of heaven, but it also opens the windows of heaven. In other words, He has made it possible for us to return to Him, and to receive help from Him. He suffered for every person who will ever live, and because of that, if we turn to Him and ask for His help, He will help us carry our burdens and help our weaknesses become strong. I have felt this strength throughout my life. I felt it as a high school student, and every day after facing the Columbine tragedy. I felt it during college exams, and as I waited for Casey to return from his mission. I felt it when my daughter was in the NICU for seven weeks. I felt it when I miscarried a few months ago. And I feel it every single day as I raise these three kids with my husband. It is hard work, and I simply cannot do it without Christ. No matter how hard I try, if I try to do it alone, I will fall short. The best part about it, is that not only will He help me bear it with ease, but also with joy. And that is Grace. It is strength beyond our own, and it is accessible to anyone who seeks it. 🙂