1. sagey baby.
she is officially half a year old. it was all a blur. i have a feeling that five years from now i'll look back on these beginning years of babies and wonder what happened. that's what a blogs for, though! in honor of her sixth month birthday, she can be summed up in six words: cutest thing ever and high maintenance. but oh do we love her! with great sorrow, comes great joy... she smiles bigger than ever but also cries louder than ever. the more she can look around and see her brother, the happier she is. oh, and she pretty much prefers to be held by ONLY her parents. and she would prefer to be on my hip every waking second of the day. i can't say that i mind; she is so precious to me. and our trend of big babies continues... she's in the 90th percentile. mommy is getting buff.
2. please pray.a dear part of our church family is having an unexpectedly tough christmas season (which reminds me of this post written by my dear friend, rachel, whose husband battled cancer five years ago). imagine one day everything being seemingly fine, and then finding out that your 4 yr old has cancer and needs immediate surgery and chemo? few of us could even begin to imagine what it would be like to traverse such deep waters. my dad died of cancer, but it's way different when it's your child. your baby. the one that you spend your days protecting and nurturing. visit their family blog and pray for precious ansley. she is the cutest four year old i've ever laid eyes on. pray that the peace of God would dwell richly in their hearts and lives in the midst of extreme hardship.
3. reflecting.and now i'm reminded that life can change in an instant. what was once priority becomes null and void. no matter what, God is faithful and is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is God over all. He is the same God after a cancer diagnosis that He was before. and i'm also reminded to hug my kids as much as possible, spend more time with them, worry less about the laundry and more about showing my children Christ. and as our family is in town for the next few weeks for Christmas, i'm going to enjoy being with them more than ever and cherish every single moment.