Spiders and glitter

Two of my most unfavorite, loathed things.

But these little feetsies belong to one of my favorites!


Five whole months

I still can’t get over the fact that James has been with us five months. It seems like he has always been part of our family.

Precious little man.
Seriously! Who can resist those dimples?
It has been one of the best things of my life to be his momma.
At five months, James is off the charts on height (28.25″) and nearly off the charts on weight (18.8 lbs – I weighed him 3 times to be sure). One of my prayers for him has been that God would use him in big ways, that he would be a man among men and that he would bring Light to the dark. I didn’t expect that he would be a giant among men. Ha ha – see what I did there? No? Ok. Maybe it was just funny in my head.

Relevant lyrics.

Heard this song this morning while I was getting ready and I thought it was applicable.

Carryin’ a millstone malaise
It’s been pulling down your gaze
You pound the pavement
It don’t give or care
This weight ain’t yours to bear

Why you holdin’ grudges in old jars?
Why you wanna show off all your scars?
What’s it gonna take to lay a few burdens down?
It’s a beautiful sound

When they all fall
Like a million raindrops
Falling from a blue sky
Kissing your cares goodbye
They all fall
Like a million pieces
A ticker tape parade high
And now you’re free to fly

When that muffled sigh
Says you’re barely getting by
Cut your burdens loose and just simplify

This is not your floor
You’re going higher than before
Drop the weight now
Wait for the lookout guide
Look outside

As they all fall
Like a million raindrops
Falling from a blue sky
Kissing your cares goodbye
They all fall
Like a million pieces
A ticker tape parade high
Now you’re free to fly

You’ve gotta lay that burden down
You’re gonna lay that burden down
It’s time to leave your burdens in a pyre
Set a bonfire

‘Cause when you lay your burdens down
When you lay your burdens down
When you drop them burdens
What a free-fall
What a thrill
Bury them all
In a landfill

“Million Pieces” by the Newsboys.
(Side note: I saw them in concert when I was in junior high [I think] in Austin, perhaps. It’s a fuzzy memory, but it was on the greatest retreat trip ever. It was styled after MTV’s Road Rules. The church I went with rented three or four 15-passenger vans and we did a four or five day trip of several cities in Texas. We got a clue at the beginning of each day to figure out where we were going. I think we traveled from Houston to San Antonio [picture scavenger hunt across the city with funky things to do/find (ex: human pyramid/handstands in front of Alamo)], then to Austin [each van was given a bag full of costumes and told to dress as funky as possible, then we pulled up in front of this massive church for the Newsboys concert where everyone looked normal except for us], then we went to Dallas [spent the day at Six Flags], and then back to Houston. SO. MUCH. FUN. We stayed at a church facility in each city. One of them had a skate rental so we all got skates and spent the night circling around the basketball gym. Good memory… long sidenote.)