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Another pic of us girls in our matching Buffalo plaid headbands at DisneyWorld because, well, how can I not?? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You wanna know something nutty?! Emmy Rose just turned ten months old this month & I’m already starting to miss the baby phase!! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The other night I was putting Em to bed & got to thinking on how fast they grow up. When a thought struck me... not for the first time this month. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When my eldest daughter, Austyn, was her age, her daddy had already passed away. I was widowed. She was fatherless. My best friend was, what felt like quite suddenly, gone. My milk supply shut off immediately because of trauma. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I never got to see my other baby with a daddy at this age... I never got to experience his help in late night feedings or his kind words after toddler-tantrum-filled nights. We didn’t get to share in the moments of first words or first shaky steps or first time meeting Minnie. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ While it would be so easy to grieve for what I lost in that life... I’m so crazy aware that it’s a choice. That I can choose, instead, to see the flip-side.

I can choose GRATITUDE, JOY, & THANKFULNESS. I can choose to live in the present moment & love in TRUTH.

Sure, I might have missed out on a heckuva lot the first time around, but this time... you better believe I’m not letting grief or sadness get the better of me. Instead, I choose to REJOICE. I count it ALL blessings. & I am soaking it ALL UP!! Can’t wipe this smile off of my face.

All because I’m saved by GRACE. 💕🙏🏼✨ ⁣ ⁣ Nehemiah 8:10⁣ ⁣ #MadeforBrave #MadeforBraveBook