"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, February 5, 2009


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Even with a band-aid covering her boo-boo and chocolate all over her mouth, I think she is so beautiful!

I was going to give an Anna Grace update this morning, since I know there are quite a few of my dear prayer warrior buddies praying for her, but instead I want to journal a quick story of what happened last night.

For the past week at bedtime, Scott and I have been allowing the kids to take turns each night and tell us "a story". It's a way of getting them to express themselves, develop their language skills while at the same time allowing them to stretch their imaginations.

There's been a lot of copying of stories so we try to guide them a bit. The big story climax for the past couple of days has always been "a monster in the window". Usually said monster is fought off by the brave boys, etc. and a quick "The End!" follows.

Last night was Anna Grace's story night. It was different. This is how it went.

SCOTT: "Ok, Anna Grace. Your turn for a story tonight."

ANNA GRACE: (beaming while clearing throat in preparation) "Once upon a time, there was a biiiiiggg" (arms outstretched) "monsta." (then quiet.)

ME: "What did the monster do?"

ANNA GRACE: "He came into my bedroom and jumped on my bed." (more silence.)
ME: "Ooooh, how scary. What did you do?"

ANNA GRACE: "I ran to Mama's room and get you." (Again the same pause)

ME: "Oh my! Was I scared? What did I do?" (expecting to be the one to fight off the monster)

ANNA GRACE: "No, Mama! You not scared." (we continued to wait for more...but silence ensued).

ME: "So? What did I do?"

ANNA GRACE: "You pwayed for me!"

ME: (Looking at her through blurry, tear-filled eyes) "And did that take the monster away?"

ANNA GRACE: (indignantly) "Yes, Mama! Whenever you pway for me everything is all betta. Oh! The monsta tond into a rainbow. The End!"

Definitely a sign that all those prayers are working! Thank you!


Amy said...

Oh Ohilda, what a beautiful story to start the day with! God is SO GOOD! I am so happy for you and SO HAPPY for your precious baby girl!

Much Love,

day by day said...

How sweet is that, my friend?!

AG has the most beautiful little face!!!

Sherri said...

That is the sweetest thing ever. Tuck that away in your heart and remember it the next time you wonder if God is hearing your prayers......


Tammy said...

How sweet! Even your little angel knows the power of prayer, and yes, she is sooo beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow Ohilda that was an AWESOME story!!! You brought tears to my eyes, GOD is awesome! She is trully beautiful by the way.


sara said...

that was awesome!!! I love it!

One of the things we did with our kids was "the story stick". We had a stick (dowel rod) and we would sit down before bed. the person holding the story stick would start the story. At some point they would pass the stick to the next person who had to pick up the story and continue it on. My kids LOVED the story stick!!

PS: could you do something about that weather you are having?!!!! You've got 2 days! ha!

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

such a sweet story, put a smile on my face, Darling

geminirn said...

OH OHILDA, THAT WAS SOOOOOO CUTE,a precious story by a precious little girl...she is just beautiful!

Jill said...

That precious child is such a GIFT to you...and YOU are such a precious gift to her!!!
Isn't God cool????

Wish I could hear her say Monsta!!!!!

Kimber said...

That is the sweetest story.

Patricia/NYC said...

Love it!! Soooo sweet!! And yes, she sure is one beautiful little girl, boo-boo, chocolate & all! :)

This reminds me of the other night when I was putting Kiara to bed, she leaned over, gave me a big hug & said, "Thank you Jesus for my very special momma"...it took all my strength to choke back the tears!!

The Ferrill's said...

Priceless! Praise the Lord! And that email you received that you posted below...wow wow wow...I've got chills! Go God!!!!!!!!!!
Love you!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Ohilda....they ARE working...they ARE working! Big Hugs!!!

Holly said...

Isn't it awesome when we get little glimpses of the seeds we have planted and watered...that they are sprouting and taking root?

Doug and Terrye said...

Oh my! I just sent you an email asking you to pray with me about something...then I came and read this post!!! God is so good, and in His providence He lead me to you :)

Terrye in FL

Keisha said...

Precious! Do you know what this says to me? This says that Momma & Daddy is doing an AWESOME job teaching and raising their children right!! For her to recognize that GOD takes those monsters down..& that she takes her fears to HIM...~sigh~
Great Job yall!
Thanks for the sweet story AnnaGrace!

waiting4Isabella said...

Oh wow isin't it amazing how GOD uses these lil ones to minister to our own hearts, reminding us to "keep it (life) simple". God has such a mysterious way of doing things with such depth but at the same time, keeping it simple.

Oh how I love that man. Thank You JEsus!!!

E said...

Incredible- God is so amazing! He is obviously making a huge impression on her heart! What a sweetie pie!
In Him,

Michelle said...

I have tears in my eyes right now. God is so good. What an answered "pwayer".

And yes, she is one beautiful girl, that is for sure!!

Ruth said...

Absolutely awesome!!!

Aus said...

Now - step back into the 'way back machine' for a minute - say two years or so ago - remember where you guys were and what was going on in your life....need we any more proof that God provides? And in more ways than one - He provided for us through you too if you'll recall!

Love you guys and hug that little doll for us!

aus and co.

Carmen said...

She is one beautiful angel and so full of love

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