We are beyond blessed to have Gabriella as our daughter! The longer she is home with us the more apparent it is that God created this little girl for our family! Her laughter and giggles fill our home with joy. The way she likes her sweet tea and southern style strawberry pie is just precious! Watching her interact, love on and yes sometimes even fight with her brothers makes her the most perfect little sister. Lately when she wakes up before us she will come and kiss us on the cheek to wake us up, this is from a little girl who spent her first two months with us wiping our kisses off that we would give to her. Though she is still quite the independent little girl, the independence of wanting to feed, bathe and dress herself on a regular basis has softened as she has allowed us to become part of her life. I have the privilege of giving her a bath, dressing her and on occasion, even though she is preparing to turn three, she will open her mouth like a baby bird and allow us to feed her. She is everything we ever prayed for and so much more. She is our daughter who God solely created for our family and we are eternally thankful:)
Gabriella's expression of "bursting with excitement" is exactly how we feel right now as God has opened a door that we have been in prayer about for a very long time!!! We can't share any details at this point, however we have such an incredible peace, paired with excitement at the plan that He is allowing to unfold!!! It is true that God knows and gives us the desires of our heart:)
the football went into the pond and they felt the need to rescue it...
though there are many signs posted around our pond they didn't seem to recall seeing them. Needless to say we had a L-O-N-G discussion with the boys in regard to their "adventure" and it is clear that any future adventures will take place on dry land.
I have concluded that the accumulation of wealth, even if I could achieve it, is an insufficient reason for living. When I reach the end of my days, a moment or two from now, I must look backward on something more meaningful than the pursuit of houses, land, stocks and bonds ~ nor is fame of any lasting benefit. I will consider my earthly existence to have been wasted unless I can recall a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people, and an earnest attempt to serve the God who made me. Nothing else makes much sense.