Sunday, January 3, 2010

Life is what happens when you are making plans


I'd love to make an entire post of all the things I hope to accomplish and/or change in this new year, but I think I can sum it all up in one: This year, I refuse to keep waiting on all the things I wish to happen while my life passes me by. If I continue down this path of "wishing for more or better things", I will miss out on lots of this...
And lots of gorgeous little smiles and waves....


And walks through the neighborhood and park in Ella's favorite new toy (a red Radio Flyer Wagon). Before I know it, my little lady will grow into a woman and I don't want to spend her precious life focusing on what I don't have. Because really, if you looked at the picture below, wouldn't you think God has given me every woman's dream?
That's because He has. He has given me ABUNDANTLY more than I deserve...more than I ever dreamed. And although my heart will continue to yearn for more children, I STILL have one more child than a lot of women have. Many woman are still praying and yearning for a picture like that one above. They are waiting to play in the leaves in the freezing cold with a beautiful child in their winter coat, to see a child that looks like them smile, and to take a Christmas photo. They are still waiting to pull their child in a wagon and sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" to them.
No, I will not miss out on this life God has given me while I wait on those other things I still desire. I will not be complacent, but I WILL be content!

A few posts ago, I talked about how one of my dreams came true when I finally got to take Ella to ride the Pink Pig at Macy's (an Atlanta Christmas tradition). This year, Andrew and I are making a list of all the dreams we had for our family in the past. We are making a list of all those places we said we would take our children to, when and if God ever gave us a child. Each month, we are going to do something on that list with Ella. This year, we are going to make memories with her. This year, we are going to LIVE.

And we will thank our Lord every time we get to make a precious memory with the beautiful child He has already given us.



5 comments:

Mommy Belle said...

Beautifully written (again)! Your posts always make me think and reevaluate how I'm living my life. Thank you for living a life of a true example...showing that Christ truly is the center of your life!

paula said...

you said it all perfectly. Such the mind set I started with last year, but failed. This once again is my goal.

love the idea of getting rid of 5 things a day.

J said...

I am so glad you left me a comment and I can't wait to read more of your blog! Your daughter is beautiful and I admire you for setting out so purposefully to LIVE. Can I just say "ditto" on that?!

Blessings to you and happy new year! Here's to LIVING in 2010! :)

J said...

Sarah, I just read back several posts and learned of your miscarriage. I cried as I read your November 18th post. My heart aches for you. I have tasted the flavor of that pain. May God hold you tenderly and near to His heart. I pray that His presence will wash over you as a healing balm and that He will gently whisper His deep, deep love for you. May He bind your wounds and comfort you as you mourn for your precious baby. I will be praying for you.

Southern Gal said...

Amen. You have a beautiful family. I know where you're coming from. When I began to pray for all those women who had no children, the Lord blessed me with the first. We now have three and a grandbaby on the way!