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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This last weekend was everything, pretty much just everything.

I had weddings both Friday and Saturday, both were gorgeous and had beautiful outdoor ceremonies.
Beautiful day for a wedding! Also pretty amazing when the couples ceremony brings me to tears. #HiswaysarenotourwaysThis is a Minneapolis backyard reception. #pinchme
[Friday's ceremony and Saturday's backyard reception]

Friday's ceremony was a very Christ centered service. It both challenged and encouraged me immensely. We're going through a lot of stuff here friends, a lot. In addition to being the absolute most busiest busy season I've ever been through, the family duties are very heavy right now. Tony and I are seeking counsel and most importantly spending time in prayer and talking to each other.

For one of the first times in our marriage, I told Tony specifically that I'm looking to him to lead us. The Bible calls wives to submit to their husband's, but I would be the first to admit that this is not a trait that I am very skilled at. If anything, I think I pridefully consider that my strength is more of an asset to Tony than submission would ever be. We are certainly partners, he and I, but God has called him to be the leader of our house. And I am giving him that position.

My Power of a Praying Wife desktop devotional has been stuck on June 5th, well, since June 5th. It reads:
We have to remember that all men think that they are doing the right thing. "Every way is right in his own eyes" (Proverbs 21:2). But God is the only one who can give true discernment. He can give us wisdom when we ask for it. Wisdom brings success (Ecc 10:10), and it enables us to learn from experience (Proverbs 15:31). Pray for your husband to be a wise man.

So, that's kind of where we're at right now. Praying for discernment, wisdom and that if it's God's will that we see a definite change in Isaac's behavior. We basically have Plan A, B, C, D, E and they're are so many variables to consider, but the first step is to give preschool 3 weeks, at a minimum. Talk of baby #3 has been tabled until we better assess the situation.

To say that I'm emotional would be an extreme understatement. Surprisingly, I subjected myself to more emotional scarring and put on a swimsuit, but it was well, well, worth it. Isaac was so excited that we all got in the pool.
Isaac was ecstatic that I got my suit on for backyard water fun today!You're welcome for the blur and his gorgeous smile, although Tony helped with the smile.What a riot. This kid "relaxing."❤

Isaac really had a great day, so as promised, we head on out to Dairy Queen, even with the storms coming in, because when you make a promise to a 3 year old, you've got to make good!
Because when you make a promise to a 3 year old,  you make good, even if there's a storm coming.

To be rewarded for making good on my promise, Isaac was the sweetest Sunday night and even was sharing his ice cream with Ezra when mine ran out [ie I ate mine all gone].
The ice cream I was sharing with Ezra ran out, soooo Isaac filled in. Love his sweet heart. #bestbigbrother

So really, this past three day weekend for me was completely all over the place. There were highs and lows, work time and family time and a lot of prayer time.

Tony and I are open to doing what is best for our family and considering all options.
A God-given vision will always be fulfilled.

At the end of the day, these two are what are most important.


Kelly Bartlett said...

Such a lovely family. ;-)

Jill said...

Stinks that your conversation about #3 was tabled, but I'm sure it will be back on the schedule, soon.

I also love that you got in the pool with your kids! That looks dreamy... especially if you were having weather like we were having! OMG it was a hot one!

Bethany said...

"When in God's waiting room..." love this reminder. We have been praying for your family at bedtime because we are finding ourselves in the same 'hard headed toddler' boat as you and Tony.

Jen said...

I hope Issac's first day of preschool goes well. As a parent of a very strong willed almost four year old, I think I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I pray for patience every daily.

Unknown said...

I'm confident all the pieces will fall where they should! As always, thinking and praying for your family, Leah.

Julia Goolia said...

you are so busy, it makes me stressed for you! those boys are too much, btw:)

Adrienne said...

Girl, you look fan-freaking-tastic in your bathing suit! You are beautiful!

Praying for your family! I LOVE Power of a Praying Wife. My attitude for the whole day changes immensely when I spend just a few minutes in the morning praying for my husband. God is good.

Mo said...

"If anything, I think I pridefully consider that my strength is more of an asset to Tony than submission would ever be." -- I love this statement. I feel the same way... you are not alone sister! I appreciate your candid humility with the world. Your writings are such a blessing.

Lee said...

Thank you so much for posting that text image about being in God's waiting room. Thank you. I'm going to write that down and tape it up on my bedroom mirror so I will remember to keep a long-term focus. Thank you.

Sarah Louise said...

Praying for you guys! I really hope preschool provides your mom with some relief and maybe some more answers for you and your family in regards to Isaac's might be good to get the opinion of someone that isn't family and interacts with him on a daily basis.

I can't imagine what you guys are going through and how difficult it must be to see the plans for your future might be/are changing...but God's plan is always BEST! Even when surrendering is hard. You're doing GREAT! Your heart is so open to what is best for your family, and you need to know that God will honor that when the time is EXACTLY RIGHT.

Jenna said...

Your boys are gorgeous. Your photos are amazing. I'm not sure the level or type of behavior that Issac is displaying, but I'm praying that preschool will be helpful! I just went through a very tough decision and evaluation with my own son and can send you the blog link of my experience if you'd like.

Megan said...

Ah, those cute cute CUTE boys!

I am so confident the Lord already has this ALL worked out. Praying for you to find sweet peace today.


Meredith said...

I feel ya Leah. I've asked Justin to step up and be the spiritual leader of our household a number of times...helping up pray together, do devotionals, etc. It hasn't happened yet, honestly. Still hoping it does, someday.

I'm sorry the behavioral stuff has continued with Isaac. I'm hoping and praying that preschool will be a big help!

W said...

It's really good that you're having such honest conversations with your husband. So many marriages today lack that. I'm sure Tony appreciates you so much, as do your kids. The pool pics were fun.

Julie S. said...

My mom and I have had the spiritual leader conversation more times than I could count. It's sometimes a battle because Brandon sees me as the homemaker and "leader" per say of the house, and it is frustrating to get him to see that role for him.

Your heart is in the right place, friend. :) God will lead you through this season!


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