Friday, March 07, 2014

Friday {Noticing Our Gifts}

We woke up to an unexpected blessing today ....

When we went to bed last night, we knew we would be on a 2-hour delay.  Then, just before the girls woke this morning, school was cancelled.

We love snow days but would be lying if we said we weren't ready for Spring ... doing all we can to bring it indoors :)

We've had a slower week this week.

Because of weather, Bible Study was cancelled, as well as golf practices and tournaments.

When we have unexpected time together, it seems like a gift.

Speaking of gifts .... these girls.

Possibly the greatest gift I've been given, along with Eric, of course ... and my salvation, but let's not get all technical.

{We've been having a lot of 'tea time' together, thanks to a gift from Eric.
He calls it a belated Christmas gift :) }

I've spent a lot of time this week pondering what a gift they are ... what would make me a better mother and wife {more on that later ... maybe ;) } and noticing the little things that make them unique.

My Olivia has the sweetest heart.  She erases all of my chalkboards around the house and writes her own notes.  She also turns down our bed every night and leaves me sweet notes {and treats!}.

My Emma has so much compassion.

She got in the car yesterday and started sobbing.  It took me a few minutes to figure out what was wrong.  She was crying over something that happened at school ... not to her, but to her friend. She is sincerely shocked when someone wrongs another.  I love her heart.

My family will always be the biggest reminder of God's Grace extended to me.

Someone asked me this week if my girls ever do wrong or argue.  Boy, do they ever, but this space ... this blog ... has never been {nor will it ever be} the place to air that.  We leave those things for the safety and privacy of our home.

But, one thing is for certain ... in the midst of the hard and sometimes not-so-pretty attitudes, we still recognize the gift we have in each other.


Brenda said...

I been waiting on you all week. I look at your blog everyday. I love it. You are Blessed with your girls. They are so precious . YES, I am also soooo ready for spring. Hopefully this is the last of winter. Love ya.

Anonymous said...

Love my Em and my Livie.

Rebecca Jo said...

What? They argue? They're not perfect!?!?!?! (I say with sarcasm) :)

I would have tote after tote of having to save all those sweet notes.

petrii said...

I as well, do not air those things either. Yep they are best left in the comfort and safety of home. Yep sometimes they happen, but God extends such grace. We just love each other through it. He has taught me SO much through my boys, all 5 of them (my Mr. Winslow included). =)

That is why it was so hard for me to write the post on my precious prodigal the other day. But God was so very persistent. I needed to be honest about that struggle. I'm still not sure why, but I've had a peace over it. Sometimes doing the hard things in obedience, brings a great peace.

Olivia reading Chronicles of Narnia makes me so happy. And now I want to read them again. All of them!!! One of my very favorite series of books.

And speaking of books, I have written one in this comment =)

Have a Beautiful weekend friend ~~ dawn

Piper said...

Sweet sweet girls!!

Stephanie said...

It's so nice to see a child wanting to read, my middle sister, there's three of us, i turn 26 next mth, she's 19 and youngest is six yes big age gap. Anyways getting Maggie to read something takes an act of congress. It's so nice to see your daughter enjoys to read. Also the dolls are very cute as well.

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