The weather was beautiful yesterday... so we took advantage and spent sometime outdoors. We had soccer practice, blew bubbles, picked flowers, played basketball, ate Popsicles... all the wonderful things we weren't able to do over the winter. It made me so excited for summer!!!
Ever since I was introduced to the teachings of Christine Caine and The A21 Campaign, I have been totally distraught over the devastation of human trafficking.
Did you know that human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today,
generating approximately 31.6 billion USD each year? And that specifically,
trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 27.8 billion USD per year?
That's why I was so excited to attend a purse party tonight, hosted by our church's women's ministry, that supported Sak Saum "a ministry that offers rescue, rehabilitation and restoration to
vulnerable and exploited women who have experienced firsthand the
devastation of trafficking.". The particular purses and accessories we bought tonight were made by women in Cambodia. It was so much fun... and for such a great cause!
I got a purse for me and a coin purse for Zoey (I couldn't get a picture of it because she is sleeping with it). I think I secretly like her purse even more than mine!
We were on our way to another thing and I asked Chris if he could stop so I could get a coffee. As I walked to the truck on my way out, I saw Chris in the car smiling obnoxiously at me.
Me:What's going on? Chris:You need to smile!
I realized that I had a scowl on my face the entire time I was getting my coffee. Why? Because I was completely stressed out about 101 things. To be honest, I didn't know if I smiled at all that day. I met Chris for lunch today and we talked about the incident. You see, I don't mean to look upset, in fact, most of the time I'm not, it's just that smiling isn't my natural response to my day. In realizing that my life is going to this crazy for awhile, I need to figure out a way to enjoy the ride... even if our life is going 100mph!
So here's to smiling and enjoying life... even when you have to tell yourself to.
I thought time moved fast with my other kids... with the 4th you can barely keep up!
I can't believe Jake is already rolling over, reaching and grabbing things, and putting his binky in his mouth (usually upside down... that's how he rolls). I wish I could say that I am taking in every moment, but the truth is sometimes I don't even know he has hit another milestone until one of the kids starting yelling and cheering about it. For the most part I don't mind the chaos, I just wish somedays I could freeze time to just hold each kid and kiss their cheek endlessly. It seems like yesterday I was cheering as Isaac started to crawl and now he is asking to call his friends from school on my cellphone. I am definitely excited about the phases to come... I just wish I could bottle this one up and open it up anytime I want.