Thursday, March 29, 2007

cool baby!!

Little Karina is ready for the sunshine. I just found these glasses the other day and thought I would try to get a picture. I was surprised to find that she actually thought it was fun to have them on. I guess she will be a beach baby after all. Hehee.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Anniversary to us!!

A picture from our honeymoon in North Carolina

Wow has it really been two years? Can it be that God has blessed me with that much time already with this man that I love so dearly? Well the calender says it has been that long even though it has felt like no time at all looking back. Sure there are moments when I felt like we were going slow motion. Like the time when I was pregnant and wondering when is this baby going to get here. ;) But even those times I wouldn't trade for anything, for it is in those times that the Lord whispers in my ear be still my child and wait on me. And so I have tried to do just that and when I do I am blessed with the most amazing peace that there is that only He can give and that many times passes all our understanding. When I look back at these last two years I am flooded with blessing after blessing. A big one was right before we got married and God provided the job that Jeff now has. Not only is it a job and a very good one, but it is also the perfect one for my husband I believe. And not only is it the perfect job, but in my humble opinion a job with the perfect boss. I couldn't have asked the Lord for a better one for he is the very sweetest, generous, and wonderful Christian man. Praise God!!

Then not too long after we were married I became pregnant with our first child. I will never forget the time I had with that baby though many would say it was too short. I can still remember the fluttering feeling of this little person moving inside of me. Yes, the Lord had other plans for this sweet babe that I would not have the experience of watching it grow up and hearing it's sweet laugh or seeing it's lovely smile, but I can say that in the loss of that precious little one my faith grew for I again became a child in desperate need of comfort in my heavenly Father's arms. Oh that I would always be that broken and know my needs are only satisfied in Him. Not only did it teach me this but also that my husband was so very tender hearted and had such a love for that unseen little one. In this I saw his fathers heart for the very first time.

So you can only imagine that when we found that we were pregnant for the second time how joyful we were and how much we trusted God to bring this baby into the world if it be His will and anyone that knows us knows that Karina Marie came happily and healthfully 7 months ago. We have enjoyed every moment of her life and have been so blessed that she is such a happy little girl and so full of life and personality. What a miracle she is to us to love and care for every day.

Much more has happened since then and it all has only strenthened my faith and love for the Lord, but also done the same with my heart for my husband and so I say this prayer:

Thank you dear Lord for this man that you have given to me. This man that you have made to be one with me, my head, my friend, my protector, my provider that has done such an amazing job with you working in and through him. I can't imagine loving someone more deeply. I give you all the praise and glory for all you have made him to be and thank you for entrusting that to me as his wife. May I be pleasing to you as we live this life as husband and wife and may we trust you in the years ahead however many you may give us knowing that you are in control of everything and that we are your bride longing to be at your side in glory. Amen.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Scenic Seaside

I thought I'd get on here and post some of my scenic pics of Seaside. I love walking through the shops and just snapping pictures of the things I see. I also like to make cards with these kinds of pictures. Jeff kept wondering why I was stopping so much and realized I was taking pictures of everything. When he asked me why I replied by telling him it was better then going in all the stores and asking him to buy me a bunch of things. I think he preferred the picture taking. :) Anyway, hope everyone that reads this takes the time in there day to take a mental picture of the lovely things in life. God has blessed us with this day so let us enjoy it and praise him for the little things.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Beach baby!

Karina and Mr. Fish check each other out at Bass Pro Shops.

Karina and the spooky dolphin.
Daddy and me picture.

Mommy and me picture.

Jeff playin' it cool.

"What is this white stuff mom?"

Just another day in Paradise.

" This really is the life mom" says Karina.

No she has never seen Titanic. :)

She is ready to dive right in!

Karina had such a blast at Seaside today. It was her first time there and she was so much fun. The waves, there weren't many, fascinated her and the sand did too. We left home around noon and she played the whole way in the car. I was very grateful for this because I wasn't sure how she would do, but with a full tummy and having had a good nap she was ready for fun. So we headed out. When we got there we had a yummy picnic lunch and enjoyed the beach. Then we went walking through the shops. When we could tell our little lady was ready for a nap we hopped in the car and headed to Destin for a little more leasure time and dinner. She did wonderfully and really enjoyed all the people and places. She slept all the way home and we couldn't have had a better day. Hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed our day.

Admiring God's creation!!

The first two pictures are of flowers I bought in the store recently. The rest are of plants outside our house. I was just wandering around with the camera the other day taking in all the beauty and trying to figure out my plan for landscaping in the yard. I realized we already have quite a few plants I can use that just need to be relocated. I found about five azaleas in one big bunch and that thrilled me. I also discovered a few little palm plants as well. So I am very excited about getting outside and making things look nice. Here is a shot of our big blond tree out front. I love the way it looks right now with all it's buds and new leaves coming in. I even enjoyed raking although it did take me 6 hours to get up all the leaves this tree dropped over the fall and winter months. It was quite a job, but I will do it for this view here every year.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Too much fun!

Here we are just having a great time playing the other day. Little did I know a years ago that I would be filling my days with making silly faces, funny noises and down right goofy little dances all to entertain the best tiny audience in the world. Of course those who know me well know that the bug eyes that Karina and I can both do so well has always been a talent of mine if I can even call it that. It is not the most attractive thing but it sure gets a giggle out of my little girl and for that I am grateful. The face she is making in the top picture is more like one of her daddy's looks. So what a mixture of us both she is. How incredible is it that God can take two people and make another that has a resemblance to both parents. Oh how fearfully and wonderfully made we all are!!! As I watch Karina's little teeth coming through I am once again reminded of how amazing the Lord has made our bodies and how fascinating it is that each part of us has such a perfect and exact purpose. Oh that I would remember that when I am striving to please Him and realize that I am a part of His body as we seek to glorify Him in this life he has blessed us with.

Today we had a great day. It was actually a great week. We were able to spend time with our loved ones and also get a lot done. I can hardly believe it is March already. This month will mark the second year that I have been married to the most amazing man I know. He is so much more then I deserve and a whole lot more then I could've ever hoped for. I thank God every day for allowing me to be his wife, to care for him and his home, to have his child and serve him the best that I can.

Well that's all for now. Hope you all had a great week and that you can end it counting all your blessings!!