Tuesday, April 20, 2010

new beginnings

today i'm taking some time to revel in the beauty of new beginnings...spring is always a good time for that.  new beginning #1...jilly...


it's true...baby jill has been consuming most of my thoughts lately...i promise to include some other things in today's post, but first...an update on our little miracle...


here is a picture that i took yesterday in the nicu (sorry...i only had my phone so it's not very high quality)
last week megan was able to hold jill all wrapped up in her blankie...this time she got to snuggle that sweet thing down her shirt (aka - kangaroo hold).  ahhh...pure joy (for all three of us).  jilly was as animated as i've seen her.  when we talked to her she opened up her eyes and looked for our faces.  and i  know y'all will tell me it's not possible but that child smiled at me at least 4 or 5 times when i was telling her how precious and loved she is...i think she knew it was her aunt lizzy doting on her (that's what i'm believing anyway : )  as you can see from the pic she is not only off the ventilator but also off the oxygen mask continuing to get stronger and stronger...praise God...


new beginning #2...springtime (yippee!!) and all the new growth (in creation and in my heart) that comes along with that...


ok - my husband would be the first to tell you that my own family has been somewhat neglected over the past week (but for good reason).  joey has given sacrificially of himself during this time by working overtime as 'daddy' so that i would be freed up to help megan and the rest of the gang as needed.  we were able to squeeze in some much needed family time over the weekend.  as lucy and i planted sunflowers... 
 
...and went over to check out the summer garden that uncle robert has begun planting...my heart was full of the fresh new joy that this season brings.  i have often joked that i have seasonal affective disorder (translation - getting depressed when the weather is dark and dreary and cold).  i have never been officially diagnosed but i can tell you with certainty that my mood lifts and my step regains it's spring with the sun starts shining with more regularity.  this aversion to gloominess is why i chose arizona state over university of minnesota for grad school...no brainer, right?



so i'm a happy girl as i watch new life unfold all around me...
 
(this is the phlox i planted last year that never had a single bloom and shriveled up and died...i noticed last week that it has been brought back to life and i have a feeling it will produce beautiful blossoms this year...not unlike our own lives...)

...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
~2 Cor 5:17