Thank You

I'm not sure that I can adequately express how thankful I am for all of you!  The many emails, phone calls, comments, text messages, and facebook messages that have poured in since I posted Saturday has been such a blessing.  I know I haven't responded to all of them yet, but please know that I will and that I don't take your kindness for granted!

Perfect strangers have been so caring and it has done my heart a load of good.  Remember that giveaway from Katygirl Designs that I posted about winning?  The prints came on Monday, but when I opened it, not only were there just those prints, but some extras and a very sweet handwritten note. 

Yeah, that definitely brought on some tears.  Especially this seasons print.  It was SO perfect.  

And seriously, if ya'll are wanting some beautiful word art for your home, go order from this girl.  Tell her I sent you.  People with hearts this big deserve the business!!

So....how am I doing?  


And I can say that in all honesty.

I've definitely had some "moments" when fear creeps in and there I am crying all over again.  Usually it's during the simple times like changing Lucy's diaper, reading to the kids, or even washing my hair.  

I'll find myself going down the road of "what if's" and I know it's not right.  This news has threatened to shake me to the core, but I know I have to keep trusting!  His will and His way are always best.  Oh for grace to trust Him more!

Also, things like this tend to wake you up even more to the importance of enjoying every moment with your family.  Life is fragile and I know that.  You would think that we've been through too much to forget that.  But I do and I end up taking the little moments for granted. {again.}

Distraction seems a constant battle right now...it was especially bad last week!  Thursday and Friday I kind of felt like I was in a fog and unable to focus on anything.  But life and responsibilities can jerk you out of that really quick and I'm feeling more "normal."  Whatever that means.  ;)  

I found this book at the thrift store about two weeks ago. Not sure why anyone would give this, of all books, to the thrift store, but I'm happy they did!  I've begun to re-read One Thousand Gifts and it couldn't have come at a better time.  It's so easy to miss the little gifts around us when we're focused on a problem, you know?  Time to whip out the pen and paper and start writing down the every day "thankfuls" again!

My littles are going to be up in a few minutes and I need to run. Despite the fact that I fed them what seems like 25 times yesterday, they will want a repeat today.  =D

 Again, thank you for your love, support and prayers during this time.  You guys are the best!


  1. What and great book and find for u!! Continuing to pray for you as u wait.

    1. Thanks Susanna! Have you read this book? It's so good. =)

  2. What and great book and find for u!! Continuing to pray for you as u wait.

  3. Laine, you have been on my heart and mind constantly since your post last Saturday. I love you, girlie! I am so thankful that you have been willing to share your journey with us! By doing that it allows the Lord to shine even more thru you!! During an extremely trying and difficult time in my life, the Lord gave me this verse..I know that it will bless you, too! Continuing to pray for you and your family!

    Psalms 16:11, Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

    1. Amanda, thank you for the sweet encouragement and for sharing that verse. It's always been one of my favorites. Thank you for praying. Love you too!

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Love this. And thanks for the update on how you're doing. I'm continuing to pray for you & the appointment next week. LOVE that season print too. What a great and TRUE message!!!

    1. Yes, it is a great print! I love it so much. I really, really needed that reminder! Thank you for praying, friend.

  6. Words are difficult at times like this. What exactly do you say? Sometimes too much! We have such a big God. He is enough! I love the words to this song, and would love to hear Pastor Peterson sing it right now.

    Bow the Knee

    There are moments on our journey following the Lord
    Where God illumines ev’ry step we take.
    There are times when circumstances make perfect sense to us,
    As we try to understand each move He makes.
    When the path grows dim and our questions have no answers, turn to Him.

    Bow the knee;
    Trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
    Bow the knee;
    Lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One who holds eternity.
    And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
    In the presence of the King, bow the knee.

    There are days when clouds surround us, and the rain begins to fall,
    The cold and lonely winds won’t cease to blow.
    And there seems to be no reason for the suffering we feel;
    We are tempted to believe God does not know.
    When the storms arise, don’t forget we live by faith and not by sight.

    1. Sometimes I say the wrong thing or I say too much. I am learning that I can say more through a hug than I could ever say through words. Laine, we love you and are sending you many, many hugs today.

    2. That is one of my favorite songs! Thank you for sharing this and for the hugs. I love you so much, thanks for being such a sweet mother-in-law! =)

  7. Thanks for the update, my friend. You have been in my thoughts and prayers every. single. day. And in the wee hours of the morning....preggo bladders. =)

  8. what a fun blog post to read! thank you for sharing. you have been on my mind. :)

  9. You have been in my thoughts and prayers! It is funny how we are total strangers, but I feel like I know you through your blog. You are my sister in Christ and I will continue to pray for you and offer sacrifices for you during this difficult time. Thank you for all the times you have brightened my day through your blog by sharing your life and your beautiful family! Hang in there....our Lord is carrying you.

  10. It's been over a month since I dove into the pages of Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are"... But, the writing, the truth and the beauty that I found in this book have lingered on, and I can't seem to shake it.To say this book is exquisite is an understatement. It is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word, and I am better for reading its pages. Thanks to best buy discount coupons for amazing book in cheap price.


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