Monday, March 26, 2012

Bits of Splendor Monday

we've lived in this house since asher was just about 16 months old.
i have a picture of him standing on our front door step. i remember taking it because i wanted to remember how little he was when we first moved in. i took the picture with a throw away kodak camera. i was 3 months pregnant with Grace.

5 years later this house now holds so many memories. 
so many.
and i love that.

we will out grow it one day.
the next stage of our lives will happen and we will move forward.

but for now it's ours and i think it always will be in a way.

you know those houses you remember growing up in.
you drive past them years later and they still feel like yours.
new people, new look, new grass, new flowers. but the memories of living there are still so clear and that house is still yours. at least in your memories.
i think this house will be that house for our kids.

times in my life, ive wished for more. ive hoped for different.
ive rushed to the next.
but right where we are. right now. this is a good place.

it's not perfect.
one day we'll need a bigger house.
i can't figure out the right lay out for my living room because it's such an open space.
the master bedroom is smaller than mia's.
there are way too many cabinets in the kitchen then i know what to do with...
i could go on, but they don't really matter.

it's ours.
memories have been made here.
special ones.
some that are a little painful to remember
many that are beautiful to remember
all that we will hold forever and ever.

Mia is now the age Asher was when we first moved in. 16 months old.
we've been thinking and talking about when we'd like to have our 4th baby. It's sort of strange for me to not be pregnant again, and yet really really peaceful too.
as much as i can't wait to hold a new little baby in my arms. as much as im aching to feel that little life kicking inside of much as all that,
im just as content. right where we are.
there's a stillness in my spirit that knows it's just not time.
i like that stillness. 
that peace.

i was a few steps behind brandon and the kids tonight as we walked to our park.
the sun was low and so beautiful. and in that moment, i just knew complete contentment...

...confidence that even if it's for just a bit longer,
right where we are is a really good place.

and thats a really good feeling.

bits of splendor monday

How did you find a little bit of splendor in your week? I hope you'll link it up and share it with us.  Don't forget to grab a button so others can join us too!

It truly is the little, distinct things that make life big. The important thing is taking the time to see them and I believe it can be in anything. A project, a recipe, a special moment or milestone, maybe just a word or picture you found encouraging. 

"You will miss what matters most in life if you are only ever looking for the spectacular"  


  1. Love your beautiful family photos and this post. Homes do hold so many memories. I kept thinking of the Miranda Lambert song "the house that built me" while reading this. It gets me every time I hear it. :)

  2. I love this post and look forward to a time we own a house and can make it our own. great pictures.

  3. Home is such a great place... you remember the walls, and doors but you remember the moments in those walls a lot more. Love these photos.

  4. contentment is the best gift! I have always been the type of person to spend my time waiting and preparing for the next phase in my life. God has taught to be present and enjoy now. I'm so thankful for that. We've been in our house since before our kids wee born. It's too small, and not ENOUGH kitchen cabinets. But it's ours, we love it and the kids will always remember it. Amen

  5. laura this post is so sweet. makes me think of our past home. so much love in each.
    have a wonderful week.

  6. girl, love your sweet words in this post....i actually jst drive by an old "home" this morning since I am back in Texas right now. it does provoke all kinds of warm feelings!! :) but also knowing, like you said, that we are where we are supposed to be right now...THAT is a really warm feeling. :) love you girl.

  7. I like your anecdote.reminds me of all those feelings and memories growing up in the old house my parents owned many, many moons ago that probably no longer stands :( but the photos are so precious. In my mind, it still stands and it will always be that house I grew up in and had fun in.

  8. Hi, I'm linking for the first time. I have an On Your Heart Tuesday blog hop and would love to have you link a post as well.,

  9. What a sweet post about your house! We are between houses right now and I've had to challenge myself to make "home" where we are now and not focus so much on where we'll be next. Being content where you are right now is such a freeing feeling!

  10. Isn't it funny that contentment can be so foreign to us until we just stop and look at the blessings that the Lord has unloaded on us? It is a sweet, sweet place to be in.


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