"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trusting Him

The fam was solemn today. We had to take Gigi to the airport and we were so sad to say good-bye. We've had so much fun. More than what we did this week, it was the meaningful time we all spent together. It was so good for my heart just having her here.

Little things said that I overheard like Owen telling her, "my mom is mean." And her saying sweetly, "Well, do you think I am mean?" He said, "No" in a gasp like it was an absurd question. She then informed him that when his daddy was 5 he thought she was a mean mommy.

She is beyond clever and I just wish I could soak up her gobs of wisdom. She has loads of patience. I felt like all week I had a sidekick to help with those moments when kids think their parents are awful...she just takes the sting away. She has a way of keeping kids in line where no one thinks they are being disciplined or kept in line. It's amazing. I just wish I could keep her in my pocket for those moments when I need a creative consequence or a surge of patience.
Painting with our bell pepper "stamp". So much fun...then the kids tasted the other half of the pepper. Not sure I got anyone hooked, but was proud of them for tasting it. We got to go to McDonalds for lunch after playing at the park! So fun!Cooper wanted his own pic with Emery. More fun at the park. This day we were there with all the nannies. It was a hoot.I love how he was closing his eyes. Owen now only has one pair of jeans left without holes in the knee. It's a classy look among the Aspen folk. Ha! I've tried to use patches and he only picks them off. Look close, she has a HUGE smile!
Gigi took the kids to the bakery at the citymarket and let them "build a cupcake"! It was so much fun!

Whoops! Did you see that coming? I love this pic of Cooper below.

As we were driving to the airport, Gigi and I were talking about how God prepares our hearts and always has great purpose and plans. Then I came home and read this from Proverbs 31 ministries:

What has God given you that you need to take hold of—even if it doesn't look
like it from where you're standing? A job in an unstable market? A dream
He's whispered to your heart? Can you move forward in worship and trust,
counting on the fact that it has been given to you already? Focusing on what
lies ahead and not what's happening now? It's already happened. Are you living
like it has?

I am realizing how little I have been trusting in God with my life. I've questioned why our house hasn't sold instead of realizing the HUGE blessing that it hasn't: I get to go HOME in 23 sleepies. Sleep in my own bed. My kids routines will return to normal. Owen can go back to school with his friends. Endless blessings, and I was sitting in a puddle of "poor me", I have to prepare my house for showings again blah blah blah. I've questioned why we were stuffed in this teensy apartment instead of living like God planned this: I am so ready to be home and show my house!!!

Blake has a stable job, and one for next year and we are working on one for after fellowship and beyond. How could I not be rejoicing in this blessing!?!? Seriously.

Thank you Gigi for giving us such a wonderful gift of quality time. Thank you for all that you teach all 6 of us and for the deep and intentional ways you love on us. Thank you for reminding me of God's purpose in every aspect of our life, even the uncomfortable ones.


Melodie said...

sounds like gigi is a pretty special lady that your family is blessed to have! it's nice when the hard times because a time of growth with God . . .

Kristy said...

Thank you for this post, seriously I so needed it tonight! Need to rejoice in what I have.

Lori Wohl said...

Thank you for this important reminder! Molly- you are a blessing to so many people. Thanks for sharing your heart.

Lesley said...

I can't believe Owen told his GiGi that his mom is mean! HAHA!! when i read the line that Owen will get to go back to school with his friends I burst into tears!! I can't imagine what Cailey will do when i tell her that! I can't wait to see you all!
I always remind myself that God wouldn't put us somewhere we aren't supposed to be. So when i start to question decisions we have made and start having the "poor me" feeling, i just remember that God has led us to where we are right now and will continue to lead us where we need to be! Your doin good Molly! love you!

Anthony & Sharon said...

Wow! It's been a few months since I checked your blog and tonight I needed this!
We are considering adopting from Ethiopia but because of recent developments all of my human wisdom has told me it probably isn't the right time. Your little word of encouragement is showing me to pray in a different direction! We are also back overseas and I just had a Muslim friend tell me she had a dream about Jesus on the cross... this week has been crazy full of discouragement and encouragement wrapped and baked together... yet that little word you quoted just breathed a little more life in me and tipped the scales toward "encouraged." So thank you!

Your family is beautiful! We are expecting #3 in October this year... eventually we'll get to 4 hopefully!!!
Blessings! Sharon

ps- Also, you forgot to list "I live in Aspen-stinkin'-Colorado!!" Even if its only temporary in a tiny apartment... I'd be thankful just for the free views of the Rockies!!! :)