On another note, I did something today that I really enjoyed. While Evelyn was napping this afternoon, Josiah and I sat on the couch and talked. Though he is only 2 and still has limited language, I still think we did a good job communicating. We talked about the construction workers who were digging a hole near our building, how they wore yellow vests, how the sky was blue, how there was a squirrel in the tree and how that squirrel likes to eat nuts just like Josiah does. It is amazing the conversation you can have with a 2 year old! I am looking forward to more!
Evelyn is extremely close to crawling. Any day now I expect her to bolt across the room. She is such an adorable, beautiful little girl. However, I would appreciate anyone's prayers though who reads this blog. She is just extremely slow in gaining weight. She had some blood work done this past week to check for allergies/digestive issues that might be contributing to this. As her mom, and her main food source, it has just been a *huge* burden on my shoulders. It is hard to express in words the emotions I feel-- you just feel like a big failure to your child. I have cried rivers of tears since her birth (over the many issues surrounding nursing)-- just ask Jason. Poor fellow has seen and heard it all. So, long story short, we would appreciate your prayers. (Part of me feels silly asking this-- especially when I see so many people around me struggling with what can be considered far worse problems. But, she is my daughter, I love her, and I am asking for prayer even in a "small" matter.)
And in closing, I have read and heard some edifying words during this stressful time as a mom. I thought I would include them, too. Unfortunately, I do not have the source of these quotes-- I have just been writing them down here and there as I have heard them:
"Don't try to crawl out of your problems and hard times. Are you looking to God because you want a quick fix out of your troubles? Stay in them-- God is wanting to *change you* in these difficult times. He will move you out of them when it is time."
"I will never be enough-- because only my God is enough."
"My focus needs to be on Jesus-- He will keep me at peace and still through the ups and downs of life. If you keep your eyes on the situation or on people, you will ride the waves up and down. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and He will keep you steady."
and finally, a Scripture: Isaiah 61:3
"To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."