Sunday, June 1, 2014

Follow Me

When I was a little girl, I never dreamed that I'd be a mom of four girls myself.  Life at most times is crazy and sometimes chaotic.  I lose it more often than I'd like even though I'm extremely happy and thankful for my husband and our children.

I kind of have this warped perception of time in that it moves in supersonic speed.  For example, even though it is only June 1st - I feel like summer is already over.  What a weirdo.  This also works in reverse.  Our oldest daughter is ten years old, and I sincerely feel like it was just last week that I was pregnant with her.  It certainly feels like she was born just the other day.  What in the world?

Because of this strange thing I've got going on, I try to live in the moment - not in the moment of the crazy sense of time that exists only in my head.

Our greatest hope for our girls is that they love Jesus and love others.  Over the past two weeks - Bill, Espy, and I have been talking about what it means to be baptized & what an awesome, amazing, important, life-changing, heart-giving decision it is.  After lots of talks and prayers -
Bill baptized Espy this morning.
It was beautiful.

We know that following Him won't make our girls the norm, but it will make them powerful.
We know that loving Him doesn't make life easier, but it will make their lives fuller.
We know that living for Him won't make sin unavoidable,
but it will help them experience relentless Love & Grace -
that they can in turn extend to others.

I'm so excited to walk along this journey with our Esperanza Charisse -
the highs, the lows, and all the in-betweens.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
{Galatians 2:20}

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
{John 10:10}
Espy's Baptism // 06.01.14