My prayer


The past two weeks I have been experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Through my joys, fears, worry, excitement, and anxiety You have been there. I have been praying, but not really listening. Because if I was truly listening I would know that,

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.

Through these past few weeks, I have laughed and cried. These past few years I have let my circumstances stunt me and eat away my contentment. Thankfully I serve a forgiving and gracious God. He offers me acceptance way beyond the state of my four walls. And He promised to abide with and in me. If I can only take my eye off myself for a moment to catch a glimpse of the glorious invitation to make my home in Him. Everything begins and ends in His hands. His good hands that can be trusted to hold me as I mourn as well as when I rejoice.

Lord, please keep working on me. I know I am a work in progress, but thankfully through these growing pains. I am growing.

Amen.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2015/05/how-the-size-of-your-house-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-size-of-your-life-a-post-especially-for-those-tired-of-being-renters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thegypsymama+%28thegypsymama%29#sthash.qZKjkbHZ.dpuf
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2015/05/how-the-size-of-your-house-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-size-of-your-life-a-post-especially-for-those-tired-of-being-renters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thegypsymama+%28thegypsymama%29#sthash.qZKjkbHZ.dpuf

Cousin Time

Grace and David Michael were able to enjoy some cousin time. Grace absolutely adores her cousin Luke! Grace had been talking about Luke's birthday all week. She could not wait to give him his present, a fishing pole. Grace has really enjoyed going fishing with her daddy and wanted Luke to be able to enjoy the same fun with his daddy. 


David Michael was able to hang out with his cousin Aveley, which is a few months older than him, but about the same size. (McKenzie boys have never been small)


There is nothing like family! Love that we will be welcoming another crazy cousin to the bunch on Friday!

Grace's Second Camping Trip

Michael took Grace up to the Brevard area for another attempt at camping. Over a year ago, we attempted to take Grace camping (you can read about it here ) and it did not go so well. Michael has been chomping at the bit to take her again and he finally got his chance!

The trip was filled with Grace's new favorite hobby, fishing. 


They also hiked, ran, ate WAY too much ice cream and made memories she will remember for a lifetime!



Easter 2015 Photo Shoot

As I think back to last Easter we had just found out that our family was growing. Now this Easter, we have our little David Michael here and part of our family! This Easter was especially special for that reason! 

My sister Rebekah came and we had a little Easter photo shoot!
 






















Love these kids so much! So grateful for them everyday!

Easter Sunday 2015

Sunday morning Grace woke up to see what was in her Easter basket!


Along with homemade bunny rabbit pancakes!
We got all dressed for church and took a few pictures.




We had an awesome lunch filled with ham, green beans, broccoli & cheese casserole, rolls, twice baked potatoes and fruit dessert! 

I love my little family and the day we had together reflecting on our Savior! 
"He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teacher of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again." Mark 8:31

Our Weekend

This weekend we had a lot of fun having family time. It has been a while since it was just the four of us. Saturday morning David Michael and I slept in until almost 9am!! Definitely a record, but seriously I could have slept till the next morning. Of course is it technically sleeping in when we were up at 1am, 3am, and 5am??

We decided to get ready and take Grace to a church down the road for an Easter egg hunt. She did collect some eggs, but there was a playground and she really just wanted to play! After we came home she realized there was candy inside the eggs, and I wonder if she might have changed her mind and collected more eggs if she had known that before hand :)




After eating hotdogs and candy it was nap time because we had something special planning for the afternoon!

BOWLING! Grace went on her first bowling excursion. She absolutely LOVED it! She did not want to leave. She was actually a lot better than we thought she would be too.



The day turned out to be a great family fun filled day!