Five Minute FridayBeautiful


How can I not think of my three children when I hear this word?


The courage of Ana living in a foreign country.  She is such a good big sister.  She is so kind to our Peruvian family, but her courage shines through when she cries for her grandparents and cousins back home.  She knows sacrifice is involved in living our lives here, and she is at an age where she really gets it.


The sweetness and tininess of Maggie Kate when she comes and asks to sit in my lap.  I really think that the “middle child syndrome” is seen as reality in her life.  She is strongly independent and desires to make her own way.  I think that is beautiful.  She wants out of the shadow of her sister and wants to make her own sombra.

Mags b:w

Cohen is my little “principe,” as the Peruvians say.  And he is.  He is a momma’s boy through and through.  But I already see so much of his daddy in him, and that makes me so full of joy.  He is sweet natured but all-boy at the same time.



Maggie likes to touch my belly that is stretched out from having three children.  I tell her, “This is my beautiful belly.  You know why it is beautiful?  Because three beautiful children began their lives in this belly.”


Five Minute FridayBeautiful

Five Minute FridayRhythm

For some reason, I think that I will find a rhythm to this life.  But I have come to learn accept, that I just might be in a season of multiple rhythms.  I really enjoy songs that start off slow and then speed up and then slow down again.  I have always thought songs like that are a reflection of how life can be.  And maybe a better word for that is tempo…  but I feel that I have rhythm, and it sometimes has to slow down or speed up depending on the song that life is playing in a particular season.

Three little kids, my husband, visitors in and out of my home, summer interns, relationships here in Peru, relationships back home, living as church, the library program, trying to exercise, finding time to be still and know.  I try to keep up.  I try to “find my rhythm” in this crazy season.  I love comparing life to a song.  “The rhythm is gonna get you” is very appropriate at times, but I am thankful that God is my melody… “but be filled with the Spirit as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Five Minute FridayRhythm