Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Sunday, May 21, 2006


I have a grumbling heart. Lets just get it out there. I was just complaining to James how I miss all the activities we used to do with our friends and how I feel "out of it". I keep wishing for my "normal" life. So I get back home from church (which we now leave at break because she can't go into class because of germs and she is to noisy to be in the message....) and I sit at my computer and glance at one of the quote I have hanging up...it fits this moment perfectly.

"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasent things as interruptions of one's "own" or "real" life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life- the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls ones "real life" is a phantom of ones own imagination. This is what I see at moements of insight but it's hard to remember it all the time." (C.S. Lewis)

So I am sorry for my grumbling and complaining. I am seeking contentment in this time. Easy to say....not so easy to have.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite profound my dear. I need to have that posted in my house to read on a regular basis. Thanks for being so encouraging during your own personal difficulties. You know, I have learned that we learn from, connect with people when they talk about their weaknesses, not promote their "perfections". So, thanks.
Have a good Sunday.

Love, Les

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there,
I just got a moment to read your blog. Haven't been on much lately, but my girls (especially Moriah) keep me posted. I see you are dealing with a "grumbling heart". It is so good to see you have some good quotes around your home directing your thoughts back to Christ. What would this time be like without a Savior? Praise Him in these moments! Which, I have seen and heard you doing. Continue to keep up the great work of being mommy, wife, friend, daughter, and most importantly, a witness for Christ! There is no hope without Him! My love and prayers go out to you, James, and Livi,
Lori Freeman

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Dorah said...

You may have already thought of this (and ruled it out), but what about bringing a blanket and few toys from home or even an exersaucer and setting yourselves up in the nursing moms or crying childrens room? Don't know if that would alleviate enough of the germs, but at least you would be able to glean some of the message through the speakers. Just a thought...feel free to laugh at the idea if it's silly :)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

'Tis good for me to read this myself today.
I think I'm having a bit of a meltdown emotionally today. I just commented to lawrence that I feel so out of wack, not having anything to draw upon in order to know how to respond to our circumstances. I swing from keeping everything as "normal" as possible to over-compensating all the stress in our lives through indulging the flesh by buying special toys for the boys, buying special treats for me, eating whatever I want (which hasn't really happened this go around given we've all had the stomach bug).

I think I need two things right now: to once again immerse myself in God's truth (I must have already forgotten) and to sleep.

Praying for you.
Let us know when you think you'll be heading down our way...praying that it's soon, but assured that it will be in God's perfect timing.

Love you much.

2:43 PM  
Blogger All the Millens said...

"Beloved, we are God's children now and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2

Be comforted, Emily, in knowing that there wll be a day when our hearts will not grumble. Our hearts will be quiet and content and stay that way!

"If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Hope you all sleep well tonight and give Livi a hug from us, Katherine

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great quote. Thanks for being so real and pointing us all to Christ again and again. Love, Gina Plain

10:29 PM  
Anonymous mrs.c said...

dear emily,

thanks for sharing your heart today.
change, desires and our normal - how do we measure all of this - how did we ever get a normal measure anyway.

i give thanks that God's word is always our measuring tool - hold fast to his promises and you will never be disappointed.

love you - mrs. c

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read in "Beside Still Waters" this am: "Our afflictions are the highway that leads us closer to God. Our troubles are a fiery chariot to bring us to God. Our afflictions, wave up wave, will drive our souls nearer heaven." Would that Alivia did not have this affliction with all my heart, yet my heart has been bound closer to my Lord with it...a mystery of God surely. He is GOOD! Love, Mom
P.S. God knows your heart...he can change it...and he will.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Maryann Plesnicher said...

Patsy Clairmont says that ""normal" is just a setting on your dryer." Ok, so that won't win me any spiritual points but it is rather true. I understand where your heart is. It's been a very long road..trust that God is paving the way. Hang on and Keep gazing...Maryann P.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily,
What a great quote from C.S. Lewis! Thank you for sharing it and for your being humble and transparent. It just shows all of us how much we need a Savior! Sometimes, when we think we are doing "OK" or "pretty good", then the Holy Spirit nudges us and points us to our need for Jesus. Obviously, you are in tune to His moving in your heart.
So glad to read up on the doctors' report how some things are being ruled out. Praise God!!!
And on the lighter side, I had a thought about Alivia as a teen or pre-teen. Can you imagine when she reads about her 2 lb. poop?:
"Oh, MOM! You had to write about THAT?!?!"
God bless your day!

Mary Ann K.

9:18 AM  
Blogger beth said...

em, i remember seeing that quote and being really encouraged/challenged by it... it's amazing the different ways God grabs our attention at the exact right moment. i'm praying for you.

love you,

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will pray for your "grumbling heart". remember that the Lord will help you get through it if you call out to him. i am praying for you guys! i pray that miracle comes soon!

lots of love,

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that even if you have not been hearing much from me, I am still praying for you. I am thankful that the news from the doctors is hopeful - it is a blessing to know that some of the scariest possibilities have been ruled out. I can only imagine how wearying this is for you, so I pray for your continued strength and for you to find comfort and peace in the love surrounding you. It sounds as if you are in touch with a super medical community. I feel sure that God will lead the doctors to provide the best possible care for Alivia.... I ran into your dad tonight, Emily, and he is so much looking forward to seeing you all again soon. God bless all of you.
Cathy S.

10:05 PM  

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