Wednesday, March 24, 2010

4 years old!

A blog to Ansley:

I can hardly believe you are four now!  I just stare at you sometimes and I am amazed at how incredible you are.  Beautiful, smart, and so loving -- You must get that from your father. ;)  I just wanted to be sentimental sense we only have a few more months of being the Reed family of three.

Your first birthday will never be forgotten because the night before there was a tornado in Clovis.  We were having your party at the youth building and hoping it would still be standing so that we could celebrate your first year of life.  Sometime soon after your first birthday we were inside while your dad was mowing.  He had found a tiny little turtle and brought it in for you to see and placed it in a box.  I don't remember if I knew this information before I walked in a saw you with a turtle in your mouth but none the less I let out a shrill that had your father thinking you were dying or something.  Praise the Lord it was just the turtle but I was extremely freaked out that you had put it in your mouth.

Your second year (07) was so fun because you were learning to communicate back to us.  You also learned to sing songs which is still one of my favorite things to hear from you.  We moved that year and you were such a flexible, happy girl no matter what we were doing.  On the road for hours, making lots of short overnight visits, living with friends for a while, and finally settling into a new home.  I praise God for how well you handled all that transition because kids love routine, but what a blessing you were to your stressed out mom who didn't handle all the change near as well as you did.

Year three (08) was extremely funny and extremely challenging.  You were such a good talker and would say the greatest things that always made us smile.  You were also potty trained during the third year which made this time of my life a huge "chance for growth" and "character development".  I am looking forward to having you around to help me with this task for the next baby girl!  :)

Finally, this past year (09) has been so great because I feel like you will begin to remember things we've done now for the rest of your life.  Because you've grown up and matured we get to do lots of fun things with you.  You also play pretend a lot now, which is such a sweet thing to see your creative mind at work.  You have become very efficient at doing things for yourself.  I'm just so proud that you can dress and undress yourself shoes and all, brush your teeth all by yourself, and you've even started learning to read.

You are such a blessing and I thank God for you everyday.  I love you Ansley Grace! (born March 24, 2006)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Come praise the Lord with me!

The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective. James 5:16b
I know I've heard the verse a million times, but God is just showing me the truth of it over and over recently.  Not only am I seeing this personally in my life, but also in the lives of others as men and women join together, sometimes from all over the globe, and pray.  Should I be surprised?  Our God is a good God and He loves the prayers of His children.  I guess, I just feel so blessed to witness his mighty power so much.  There was a time, probably about 6 months ago, when I was talking to God and I just said, I know you are God and if you want to be silent then I am going to keep trusting you, but I feel like I've prayed and seen nothing.  If you see fit, please make me aware of when you answer my prayers.  I tell you what, I never expected that He would answer that prayer so obviously.  I just wanted to publicly give Him thanks for blessing me with answered prayers, and give Him praise for being such an awesome God.  That verse in James would still be as true as ever had God decided not to respond the way He did in my life, but I am so grateful for the glimpse of His glory!  I've got to go get my child from MDO, but to give you a short list of answered prayers...
- The Godwin family and Isaac waking up from a 2 week + coma 
- Providing financially for our family and the fact that we are expecting a new baby in July and were able to get pregnant
- Easing my worry over the babies development and the physical pain I've been struggling with this pregnancy
- Restoring a marriage of people we love that was very near ending
- The spreading of God's glory and fame through the situation Matt Chandler's walking through
Obviously I could keep on listing, but you get the idea.  "The Lord has done great things for us.  And we are filled with joy!"