great plus attitude equals gratitude (or something cheesy like that)

Story at almost three weeks in a headband I made for her (#don'tworrybabygirlmommyknewyouwouldbebaldsoshemadeyoulotsofheadbands)

Joel, "The Stache", and his two sisters Beth and Sarah

tl:  my dearest Astair  tr: only half of the thirty something family that were there  
bl:  a few of the cousins  br:  pumpkin centerpiece I just had to photograph

And now we are seven.

I'm overwhelmed with thankfulness.

And God is reminding me that this is what grace-filled living is:  to be thankful at all times.

I remember it like it was yesterday, rocking two infant twins, one tucked in each arm nursing.

I wondered then how I would make it through the long nights and demanding days ahead.  

I remember the weight of their warm bodies filling my arms and flooding my heart, doubly blessed. 

My mind had been wrestling with worry and exhaustion, but at that moment, gratitude won.

And gratitude is the orchard where the fruits of the Spirit are grown.  

"Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are all cultivated in the thankful soul,"  I felt that soul deep God voice whisper, "And this is how you will make it through-- by giving thanks continually."

My heart has been reminded and I will continually count my blessings...

1.  The smell of newborn skin
2.  A little girl asleep on her daddy's chest
3.  Giggles from a two year old and his sweet hugs
4.  Gifts and meals from wonderful friends
5.  Grace unending 
6.  Being loved by a good man
7.  My boys  (all of them)
8.  Sweet sister love from the best big sister ever
9.  Almond M&M's  
10.  Christmas lights

and tomorrow holds even more...


lauren said...

absolutely. and tomorrow holds even more.. i love that. :)

Sarah said...

Wow Story is a really REALLY cute baby. Your whole family looks so lovely and you are looking amazing after only 3 weeks! Glad to hear you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family =)

BARBIE said...

Story is beautiful. You are beautiful! Looks like a perfect Thanksgiving!

Southern Gal said...

Beautiful family of seven. Gorgeous baby girl. And your husband is bringing Jim Croce to mind with that stache!

Anonymous said...

How amazing!!!!
Love your joyful family!

Farmgirl Paints said...

so happy for you and your FULL nest. GOD is good!

Lauren said...

such a beautiful post. yes. you are blessed, friend. <3

Sarah Ann said...

And now we are seven
...why does that make me tear up?
I have a friend who just had her fifth, and she talked about lying in the hospital bed, watching her first blessing (her man) and her sixth blessing (her new baby) ... and then I was a blubbering mess.
You are very blessed, friend. And you have a beautiful family!

Rachel~Wildflower Photography Studio and a little bit vintage said...

so sweet friend! :) story is perfect in every way...and you look amazing! :)

Kelly said...

JOYE. I thought my husbands "stash" was good. But your husbands wins hands down. I Love It!!!

That cheesy quote is a good one.

Story is just precious.

Mary said...

a beautiful family of seven!
blessings abound!
we have so much to be thankful for.

Kate Ferguson said...

Just lovely!!

vintage grey said...

Such a beautiful and precious family! Story looks so sweet in her headband! Wishing you a blessed weekend! xo Heather


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