...and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. ~ Isaiah 61:3
We can spend much of our life creating our own plans and dreams and goals and many, many times, the Father simply has another way. He has a better way.
It doesn't always turn out like we thought or hoped or asked or prayed.
Sometimes there are years of pain and suffering and sorrow involved.
But He is purposeful. Intentional. Careful with His people and in the end He is faithful to display His love and splendor in the most beautiful ways.
One of the areas that I struggled with for many years was trying to grow my family.
We have three babies in heaven.
There was a season that I thought- it would never happen.
My dream of a house full of baby boys and girls.
I wanted to wake up every day with a bed full of scrumptious babies and step on hot wheel cars and barbie shoes on my way to get my morning coffee.
I longed for tea parties and dance parties and bed time stories and flash light tag and apple bobbing and too many pictures to even mention.
I dreamed about finding R2D2 in my coffee cup and scooting dinosaurs and naked barbies out of the way in the shower.
I couldn't wait to carry and labor and deliver and nurse a precious life.
I wasn't sure what He would give us or how He would bless us or even if He would, I just knew that we wanted more children and a big family and our pastor prayed for that very thing during our wedding ceremony.
Motherhood had stolen my heart and captivated me at the tender age of 18 years old.
It was my calling.
Certainly not perfection.
Certainly not without falling short and plenty of mistakes and some really hard days.
And definitely not without clinging to Him on a daily basis for wisdom and guidance.
With all of its love and splendor is what makes me weak in the knees and keeps me close to Him.
Our dream has never been to have a big and fancy life.
We dream in children and family and lots of tiny feet running through the house and sleepless nights.
By His grace, I am overjoyed and humbled and honored to share our news.
We have been sweetly blessed again....
Our children are just a tiny bit excited.....
A blue million pictures and gender reveal coming soon!
All photography by my dear friend Meredith Teasley of Teasley Photography.