But, before that, we prepped for the Moran Christmas!
Emma in this mask cracks me up
This is how we Target, during Christmas break, with all 3 girlies and needing to pick up a few items that take up a lot of cart space, so I let Sally help and push a cart too. Needed to keep it fair and let LJ push. Emma was loving it! We also picked up our first pack of newborn...let's be serious, a small pack of newborn diapers and a larger pack of size 1 diapers. 10 lb babies is how we roll ;)
The Dads and Bigs went to see Moana.
The rest of the weekend was taking down the Christmas decorations, organizing, cleaning and organizing. We're in Baby Prep mode now!
Libby's sweet ornament she made us
LJ coming back to us! Enjoying some time to do her Aqua Beads
"My heart is heavy tonight, gripped with the pains of this past year for friends, for acquaintances, for neighbors, for family members. My heart is heavy with my own personal pain.
I'm mesmerized at the thought that next year all that has happened this past year, all of the feelings should somehow dissipate. Tomorrow, for some reason, the pain should no longer be there, because we will have begun anew.
But that is not reality. We do not start over tomorrow because the calendar turns over a new year. We do not get a clean slate just because it is January 1st. We still have the same feelings, the same aches, the same pains, the same memories, the same mess.
I think of those lyrics, So this is the new year. And I don't feel any different.
Nothing will be different, it will have been as before.
Except for one thought that I cannot release --
We get a clean slate, a do-over, a peaceful heart, a restful spirit, an antidote to the long loneliness... a King who reaches out His hand and says, "I'm here."
We get that every single day, every single moment, every single breath --- we get that now.
He pulls us in, inch by inch, and we are held, safe, secure, peaceful.
And then I hear Him say, There is more to come.
We were not promised easy roads and smooth plains. We were promised suffering just as our King suffered, we were promised joy just as our God's joy, we were promised love just as He loves.
There is more to come.
I rest in His deep embrace, and I breathe Him in, and I say Give us courage, give us strength, give us peace, give us joy.
And we are held by a God who never promised easy. Instead He promised to be present, to be constant, to be steadfast.
And in the heavy darkness of space, of fear, of anxiousness, He brings us the light of the stars.
He says, There is more to come.
More love, more wounds, more scars, more tears, more laughter, more joy, more peace, more experiences, more relationships, more prayer, more smiles, more saints, more light.
There is more to come.
And He is here"