Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Neil Fisher Kee

Sunday we had the opportunity to meet our 4 day old nephew, Neil Fisher Kee. He was born Wednesday, May 16th at 3:04pm: 7lbs 9oz and 20 inches long.

Unfortunately Mr. McGoo and I could not get away from Memphis until late Saturday night due to school and work, so we greeted the Kee household a little after 8am with breakfast in hand for the new mommy and daddy and grandparents (my rents). After completing my eats and baby Fisher enjoying some of his own with his momma, we were introduced to our nephew for the first time.

He's perfect.

We had a great time spending all day with Fisher and the family Saturday - 8something until 10pm. I held him every chance I got and was mesmerized by God's creation... every wrinkle and joint within his hands, every eyelash, every movement. A miracle indeed.

Mom and Dad Kee are doing awesome. Perfect teamwork is fully underway and they are smitten! I loved being able to see them work together and spend time with them throughout the day as I held the little man. We're looking forward to our next adventure to visit. In the meantime, we're waiting on the next photo sent our way because no doubt this boy will be growing fast!

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Okay

The first week of May was the beginning of a new school trimester and the most recent full emotional breakdown by Mrs. McGoo. The first Thursday and Friday of the month were some hard days. Feeling inadequate, incapable, unable, tired, worn out, dragged, beaten, and OVER this journey called full time work and nursing school... I was broken in a way that I haven't been in awhile.

Sure I have random, but regular crying moments here and there when I'm worn out and emotional, but this "full emotional breakdown" almost left me in a stand still. I prayed and prayed for peace and comfort through the verses I so regularly turn to - Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 6:25-34.

But thankfully I have an amazing husband that can read those emotions from me and not run out of the room, but instead pray with me, encourage me, and call on women in my life to support me when I'm down. Right when I absolutely needed it, I was flooded with texts and emails that reminded me of God's truths and His ability to strengthen me. Reminders that I didn't have to do it on my own and wasn't really called to do it that way either.

Mom and Dad even surprised me with flowers at work Friday afternoon, which overwhelmed me with emotion and sweet reminders of their unconditional love for crazy me.

So by Saturday morning... the load was lighter and the sun was brighter. He provided as usual! He even provided through others.

This sweet email spoke straight to the heart of the matter I needed to hear that day. I love that! I have a feeling I'll be reading through this more than once over the next 15months.
Thinking of you and praying for you today. 

You are a super woman! But you know that you don't always have to be strong and hold everything together. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed and emotional. It doesn't mean you're weak or unable. It's just a reminder that God wants us to rely on Him. 

Praying that you will cast everything on Him today knowing that He loves & cares for you.

We love and care for you too! Praying you through this semester and season of life!

So for those that need to hear it today... it's okay!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Compassions Never Fail

A dear friend is praying over me with this verse this week. So thankful and such a beautiful reminder I need daily, hourly, all the time! The Lord is MY portion... He IS ENOUGH! Even when it is hard. Even when it feels overwhelming. He gives me all I need, I just gotta tap into Him!

Lamentations 3:21-26 (NIV)

21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;

26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.