Sunday, November 24, 2013


This post is one year in the making. Some have taken to posting what they're thankful for everyday on Facebook and it's fun to read what everyone is thankful for but I have to be honest, I'm not very good at getting online every day or putting up a status update every day or even every week so when I contemplate what I'm thankful for I know exactly what it is.

I start with The Lord Jesus who washed me clean when I was 16 years old and has since been in the process of sanctifying me as I grow in Him. I am not a perfect person but I am His and in Him I am redeemed; without that none of what follows matters because He is the one who makes all that follows beautiful.

This year I am thankful for so many friends and family who held Jared and I in your thoughts and prayers over the course of 4 years of infertility. When we were broken and feeling isolated in our 'struggle' you held us up and encouraged us and gave us hope that no matter how it happened our dream to be parents would someday be a reality. Thank you.

Then when we finally found out that we would be parents you were there to scream and cheer for us, showering us with beautiful gifts and blessings beyond what we deserve. In addition, you cooked, cleaned, and again prayed us through 13 weeks of bed rest and in and out of hospital stays as we brought our little gifts home. Thank you.

I am thankful for the birth of my beautiful babies. Joline Alyse, you are spunky and smart and so full of life and I am so grateful for the energy that you bring to life.

Anders James, you are sweet and heartfelt and all boy with a curious spirit; I love watching you discover things.

I am thankful for my husband, who is always there, strong and steady and always willing to listen when I fall apart, which sometimes this past year was a lot! :) Oh how I am thankful for him! He is such a great dad and loves those kiddos with everything he's got and it is such a joy to watch him with them!

After we brought our little blessings home the help of friends and family didn't stop there you have continued to love, cook, pray, and support us as we fight through my battle with Epilepsy. Some of you have driven us many miles here and there and some have been listening ears when we needed to 'vent', some have watched babies while I had to have special tests done, some have even come over in the middle of the night to sit with the babies because I needed medical attention and not a word was said about it ever being a burden. Thank you doesn't seem adequate here. Jared and I have no words to say how much love we feel from all of you who have supported us through this past year.

 Today I can say that I am thankful for the struggles and the joys, the sleepless nights, the ups and downs of this past year. I am thankful because without it all I wouldn't be growing as a wife, mother, daughter & friend. I am a slow learner so thank you for your patience with me! ;) God gives us what we need every day to make every day count and some days I do well to make the most of that and honestly, other days I struggle to stay thankful but I am reminded all the time of the song "Lord I Need You" and the words...'I need you, every hour I need you, my one defense, my righteousness oh God how I need you.'

So I may stumble through this life and have ups and downs in this journey of thankfulness but I have so much to be thankful for and that is undeniable. Just this morning at church I was reminded of the verse in Hebrews 12:28 "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." 
I do believe that God allows our lives to be 'shaken' here to remind us of the fact that this is not the kingdom we long for and we are not to get too comfortable here. We are to cling, by the strength He gives us, to the unshakeable in the midst of being shaken here; we will receive that unshakeable kingdom with Him in glory. I am so thankful for that. 

Tomorrow we celebrate the babies 1st birthday and what a beautiful day we had yesterday with friends and family. Here's a sneak peak:

SO as you celebrate thankfulness with your family this week and enjoy yummy food remember to be thankful for the trials that make us strong in addition to the victories that make us shout for joy! 


*Thank you to all of our talented friends behind the camera lens who have helped us capture this past year so that we will always remember these days no matter how crazy fuzzy the memories are in our brains! ;) Vision of Beauty, Stacie B. Photography & Kety Studios 


  1. love this! can't believe a year has gone by- you are an amazing momma + we loved celebrating the babies and you + jared yesterday! xo

  2. Such love emanating through this heartfelt entry. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. :) I feel so uplifted by witnessing your faith in Him. You are an amazing Momma! Happy Birthday Joline & Anders!!

  3. Perfectly said! Happy 1 year to two of the cutest babies I know. Now we are going to have to find something else to call them since they are not so much "babies" anymore!! lol!