Monday, 22 April 2013

Word for April: Gratitude

Gratitude:

noun:

~ The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness


I am grateful that my precious little bundle, Ruby Hope Rose, came into the world safely and without complication.
I am grateful for birthing pools, syringes of honey and understanding midwives who didn't send me home when they probably should have done.
I am grateful that I've managed to keep Ruby alive for a whole three weeks without problem - when in truth I've never even kept a plant alive that long!
I am grateful that I'm coping.
I am grateful for our parents who have been an amazing support, staying up with me, and taking care of both of us when I can't take care of her myself.
I am grateful for my husband.
I am grateful that he got a job that he actually wanted.
I am grateful that even though he isn't entitled to paternity leave, and that he had to go away on three day's training when Ruby was just a week old, I'm grateful that he is still committed to providing for his family, respecting his employer, and valuing the opportunities that God has given him.
I am grateful for modern technology that allows me to share my joy with all my friends that live far away. It makes them feel so much closer than they are.
I am grateful that Ruby has been born into a loving, secure, extended family.
I am grateful for all the lovely gifts and vouchers Ruby has received.
I am grateful for my speedy recovery time, my 'athletic pulse' (according to the midwife) and the fact that I am back in my size 8 jeans.
I am grateful for dairy free chocolate that actually tastes like chocolate.
I am grateful for silence.
I am grateful for tears.
I am grateful for cuddles.

I am grateful that it was all worth it.


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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Welcome to the World, Ruby


Welcome to the world, Ruby Hope Rose.
Born 01/04/13.
I pray I can be everything you need me to be.
Know that you are precious, loved and valued. Know that you're a daughter of the King, a Princess in His Kingdom. 
Shoot for the moon! You might just reach the stars.
Never give up.
Never lose Hope.
Always see the glass as half full.
Live a life full of Grace and Dignity. Do not be afraid. Be Strong, Courageous.
Don't listen to what man has to say about you, but listen to what God has to say about you. He is infinitely wiser and knows you inside out!
Stand up for everything that is Good and Just.
Live a Wild existence, regretting nothing and trusting God for everything. He will never leave you.

And finally, I pray this for your life:

"OUR PRAYER IS THAT THE DAUGHTERS OF PLANET EARTH WOULD KNOW HOW VALUED AND IMPORTANT THEY ARE; THAT THE POTENTIAL WITHIN EACH WOMAN WOULD EMERGE AND TOUCH THE WORLD AS INTENDED, AND THAT WE WILL BE AMONGST THOSE WHO CARRY THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST TO OTHERS.

OUR PRAYER IS THAT MERCY, GRACE AND GOODNESS WILL FOLLOW US ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES AND THAT OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES WILL KNOW THE SAVING GRACE AND FREEDOM THAT ONLY HEAVEN OFFERS.

MAY WE ALL COME TO KNOW THE ONE WHO WATCHES OVER US AND IN TURN, WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER. OUR PRAYER IS THAT WE WILL ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE HIS PLANTING AND THAT TOGETHER, WE WILL STAND ONE DAY AS BEAUTIFUL, MATURE, RISEN SISTERHOOD OF DAUGHTERS WHO UNDERSTOOD THE DAYS WE WERE ENTRUSTED WITH."

~ BOBBIE HOUSTON, HILLSONG SISTERHOOD
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Monday, 1 April 2013

Things That Make My Heart Sing


Finally having a warm spring day, hanging out the washing and then smelling it all fresh and crisp when I bring it in.


Having a few quiet moments to sit down and make progress on baby's knitted bolero. Nearly there....


Receiving unexpected parcels in the post, filled with birthday gifts just for me from friends far away. Then enjoying a favourite hot drink, whilst curled up in bed, knitting.

Savouring these magic moments whilst I can.





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