An avite-tation!

For the past week or so Isaac has asked me for “Jesus stories” at bedtime every night. For three nights now he’s wanted to hear the story of Jesus dying on the cross and living again. 
(Where that came from I’ll never know but be still a Momma’s heart all the same!)

Tonight he asked me a bunch of questions about Jesus and His life and basically wanted to make sure He was a real person. We talked about it for a while and then this,

“Momma, I’m ready to avite (how he says invite which is adorable) Jesus to live in my chest and be my best friend.”

Holding back the tears was difficult as we said a prayer asking Jesus into his little heart.

When we finished he hugged my neck and told me thank you for helping and then he said,

“Momma, that makes me so happy and sunshine inside and now Jesus is my warrior too!”

It’s moments like these…

 

Please be the Gilbert to my Anne, the Wesley to my Buttercup?

I’ve been watching Anne of Green Gables for three days and I started reading the books again as well.  As with random things in life, it got to me. BIG TIME.
I started thinking about the girl I was when Ryan and I married… I compared her to who I have become and I am not satisfied.  I think the moment that Isaac was born I lost myself… not only did I have a baby, I spent almost 2 of the next 3 years alone, and, with the birth of my son, I got sick… and I kicked into survival mode… I feel as if I have never left.  

In the middle of the night I messaged Ryan.  I was in shock when I woke this morning and read it.  I decided to share it because it has so much truth in it… and I feel like maybe some of these truths don’t just apply to us.
“It’s after midnight and I can’t sleep.
I have been lonelier for you these past three days than any other day you’ve been gone since Isaac was born. I’ve been in survival mode for far too long and I’m scared to death it will simply become our norm.  
I want to love you passionately. I want to know every single day that my life is not, and can not be, mundane simply because you are in it. I don’t want to forget why we are together or sweep our love for each other under the rug because it’s safe and we have bigger things to worry about, only to find it gone when we go looking. 
I want to miss you every day not just because my work without you is more but because I’m missing a part of me that went with you. 
I want to be barely able to keep my hands off of you when we’re together and feel as if you feel the same. 
I want our extraordinary love story to stay strange and real and NOT NORMAL. 
I don’t want a rut, I want “As you wish” 
I don’t want a white picket fence, I want “Swords drawn against the world” 
I want to be Anne and Gilbert through all the long years.
Most importantly, I want Isaac to know he was the product of THAT love not the dampener of it… or worse, for him to never know we felt that way once.
I love you with all of my heart and I want to learn to live that again.”
Truth… every word.  
Time to get to work… 
Courtney

September

I can’t believe September is upon us!  Time is a funny thing… it feels as if Ryan left only a month ago and yet it is hard to remember anymore what life is like with him in it…  It’s been almost 4 months since we moved to AZ… Just about halfway there!

Oh and September is spider season up here in the pines… these suckers are giant!  This one is about the size of the pad of your thumb PLUS the legs!  She is not the biggest I’ve seen here either!!!