So April 1st began with a plane ride to New Smyrna beach Florida with one of my favorite group of ladies to hang out with--Mama, sister LA, sister Em, Aunt Debbie, cousin April, and cousin Amy. This is an every-other-year tradition in our family, and I think it's a good one. The last trip we took was an adventure to New York, and I was 5 months pregnant with Weston, running around the Big Apple in pink heels and no top. (Now, you want to click the link and read more don't you? =)
This year, I got to sit back and smile and grin and think skinny happy thoughts as my family all shared their pregnancy highs and lows because if you can't tell by this picture we had every trimester represented at the beach this year=) LaurieAnn is due October 8th, Amy August 20th, and Emily will welcome baby girl Hartley somewhere around May 26th.
This trip was a boy's nightmare because we literally sat around and did nothing. We laid in the sun and did nothing on the beach for hours all day. We took turns making meals, only eating out once as a group. We took long, slow strolls up and down the beach, then ate or laid around some more. Really, it was three full days of doing nothing, and I wish I could do some more=)
Of course it was all speckled with easy, fun, and some serious conversation. Everyone is at such a different point in life. We all have such different paths to follow and lives to lead. Our children will all be raised differently, and yet I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God's blessings on our family will continue into this next generation. If we all continue to follow Him first, His Word promises us as much.
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the LORD. Isaiah 59:21 (NIV)
He is the only One True Covenant Maker and Covenant Keeper, and on that I rely daily not only for my own future, but more importantly for the future of my children.
Thank you Lord,
#116 for four generations (that I know of) of family who have sought You
#117 that each person in my family continues to seek You and live a life that wants to glorify You
#118 for a heritage that's priceless,
#119 and a standard of life here on earth that my children will do well to emulate and improve upon
#120 that ultimately is all about You. Less of me (us), more of You, Lord.
#121 for Girl's weekends
#122 new babies, new lives, new parents, new beginnings
#123 summer sun with spring winds blowing across Your beautiful beaches
#124 laughter, smiles, giggles, and hugs
#125 staying up until 3 in the morning because the fellowship doesn't get much better
#126 sleeping late because you stayed up until 3am
#127 a husband who keeps the kids so I can get a break--God bless him.
#128 that You keep Your promises, Oh Lord