Wednesday, May 18, 2011

glass jars and a bump

So here is what I've been up to lately... (other than tons of school work and studying which is no fun to talk about) For mother's day I decided to attempt painting jars with chalkboard paint- having now tried this I plan next time to A) not use a bristled brush and B) do a design instead of just a square.

In addition to this crafting venture I had my first ever maternity session with a remarkable friend who is one of the most beautiful people I know! It was such a fun day too- aside from the bugs I kept finding on me haha So here is just one shot and maybe I'll put up a could more later...

Friday, May 6, 2011

my mom

So I was surprised this week with an unexpected visit from my mom and dad! I was telling someone this at my internship and they asked if this was a good was the BEST thing!
I have never ever been someone who is homesick. My mom used to get so upset when I would go to teen camp because I would completely forget to call! Even in college I missed my mom, but it wasn't ever a huge deal.
Well suddenly in this season of my life it is now a huge deal that she isn't close by! The hardest thing is that there are days I want to just call her up and meet for coffee, share with her my concerns and hear her advice. A phone call doesn't replace a hug, or smelling her perfume.

In light of all this, Mother's Day for the past few years has really sucked. I am almost sure that Kevin and I are the only people in our church that cannot in any way celebrate this day since both our moms live over 10 hours away and I am personally not a mom. So this day really bites the big one. I'm sure there are many people out there who totally understand this, most certainly on an even deeper level than I do.

Anyway- the wonderful news is that while my mom won't be around on Sunday, I did get to get coffee with her this week :o)

If you do not know my mom, I can tell you that she is funny and creative, quirky and smart, resilient and beautiful. She knows everything about me and just what I need. My mom is a strong woman with the ability to make everything she touches beautiful. She has shaped me into who I am today, and when I realize how much I am like her I thank God for it. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ish and isha

Then the man said, "This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one shall be called Woman (isha) for from man (ish) she was taken". Genesis 2:23

How beautiful is that?? Of course my favorite part is when Adam says "AT LAST"! I began to understand this verse better after Kevin and I got married. Ephesians 5:31 says “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” It is as if God separated the woman from the man, literally taking her from his flesh, then gives her the decision to join back with the man to become one again! How beautiful is that?

I love to think of relationships as a dance- the man leads the woman who must choose to follow. There is so much care and respect in dancing- so much gentleness and oneness.
Its even further amazing that in scripture there is an analogy of the church as the bride of Christ- and in the same way we see Jesus Christ desiring to lead us, but never forcing. When we look at the relationship between Christ and the church in the same way as a man and woman, Ephesians 5:24 is read less defensively: "Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."  

I am so thankful for my husband, and am loving this dance :o)