{4Js} J4 on the Floor

Full of spunk and super sweet, J4 is fast crawling and soon will be walking. Somehow I found myself with just J4 for a few hours and we had fun playing before a second, unplanned nap.selah_candace_rose_joey_1Peek-a-boo! selah_candace_rose_joey_2Happy 1st birthday, little J!! You are loved. selah_candace_rose_joey_3And happy Thanksgiving, everyone else! I pray you have a blessed time with friends and family.

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{J4} Majestic, Glorious Splendor

I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness.
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
I will proclaim your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
they will sing with joy about your righteousness.
Psalms 145:1-7

selah_candace_rose_J4_1Joseph.
God will increase.
Robert.
Bright flame.

We are told to tell of the mighty works of God.
You are one of those works, Joey.

You are a miracle, you know that?
Never forget.
selah_candace_rose_J4_2 God has already worked in and through your life with might and for His glory.
Circumstances may have looked grim.
They still do sometimes.
Life may have looked scary.
It still does.
But there is a spark of hope still burning, flickering.
Alive.
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You will learn soon enough that life is hard and you don’t always get what you want – or even sometimes all you need – but you will also learn that God is sovereign and has plan for you and even in the muck of life, He has a purpose for you and a plan for good for you.

But remember.
You are a miracle.
God sees you, He loves you.
He. Created. You.

Where there could have been devastation and death there is instead life and hope and provision and love.
Your life is a monument of the hidden, sacred miracles of God moving in our lives.

selah_candace_rose_J4_4 So many people have prayed for you, your parents, and your brothers. We have prayed in anguish over masses and things lost. We have prayed in joy for your birth (in Minnesota no less!). We have prayed blessings and protection and God’s will over you.

When I pray for you, I hear echoes of these verses from Isaiah 61.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.

selah_candace_rose_J4_5We marvel at all the little details God has worked out to bring you to life.
You are part of His Majestic, glorious splendor.

So. Welcome to the outside, Joey. Enjoy life. Get used to snow. Choose joy over sadness. Walk with Christ ever closely.
I love you.

{3Js} Soon Another

The J’s Three will be joined by a new bundle of fun. A party was thrown to find out if the baby would be a boy-J or a girl-J. There were great blue and pink decorations and mustaches or lips to show if we were voting boy or girl!selah_candace_rose_GENDER_predictions selah_candace_rose_GENDER_decorations There was also hair paint and glow sticks in pink or blue for the kids!selah_candace_rose_GENDER_people And the reveal was given by M&Ms from the dispenser Marcus used o propose to Katie. Baby 4 will be a …selah_candace_rose_GENDER_resultsBOY!!!!

Playing with Oliver

I was excited to spend a day with Oliver a little while back while Danica had a long day of shoots. We played trains inside for a little while then went outside with Onyx.oliver_trains_planes_and_onyx Oliver loves planes and birds flying around. We threw sticks for Onyx to chase, spun the big flower in the garden, and played peek a boo with the shed door. I absolutely *love* Oliver’s surprised face! He is so full of life and joy!oliver_hide-n-seek_shed door_surpriseWhile Oliver took his nap, I spent some time with Danica’s succulents. Danica has the greatest planters full of the nicest, little succulents so vibrant and colorful!oliver_garden_plants_purple_succulents

{Innsbruck} #ToriTravels

My friend Lesa has a beautiful baby girl, Tori. Tori was recently diagnosed with Krabbe. Follow Tori’s story on facebook.

Recently a challenge was posted on Lesa’s blog to bring Tori …EVERYWHERE with the hashtag #ToriTravels! That day I printed a picture and took Tori with me to Innsbruck and sat a while by the pond and found flowers for mother’s day.innsbruck tori travels

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

innsbruck trees budding andflowers growing

2014 Year in Photos, Part Two

In the second quarter of 2014, many chapters closed to welcome the start of new ones.


In April, I met Tyler Jay for the first time. And we got (tons of) snow. And I took part in a 100 Happy Days challenge (you can see those photos here, if you wish). In addition to meeting Tyler, the highlight of April was getting together with some girl friends for a girl’s movie night. Movies were never watched, but good food was eaten and darts were shot.

apr girls movie night


One week in May we had snow. Two weeks later the tree in our new back yard had blossomed! My youngest cousin Ryan graduated from high school. A road trip to Michigan to see my best friend Lydia and her kids over Mother’s Day weekend rounded out May with so much happy!

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Oliver was dedicated in June and I spent a lot of time at Springbrook. I got a new hair cut just in time to start working at the Operation Christmas Child Regional Office again! Woot for the UMW!

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