Thursday, April 28, 2011

{pretty, happy, funny, real}


~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
All of my pretty pictures have been flowers. That's because they are the only bright spot in my yard right now. I have to look past the weeds to see the blossoms. There's a bigger lesson there, I just know it.

I can only grow decent fingernails when I'm pregnant. I'm not sure if it's the hormones or the vitamins or just God's way of helping a woman feel prettier during what can feel like a very unpretty 9 months. I usually don't paint my nails and I haven't had a manicure since my wedding day because its pointless most of the time. But for the 9 months during pregnancy that they actually look nice, it makes me very happy to decorate them a bit. It makes me think of the little one inside me growing tiny things like her first fingernails and toenails too.

BigBoy said that his Easter Lamb looked like a poodle this year. Yeah. Not quite sure what I was thinking when I drew this.

On Good Friday, we were blessed to be able to finally set this marker in place. The reality of it is starting to sink in. Just thinking of how many years the desire to find this resting place stirred in my heart moves me to tears. Perhaps it's the sentimentality of pregnancy. But it's no longer a desire, it's real. Again, I want to thank all of you who prayed with me that we would find her, especially those who set their family saints to the task of assisting me.


  1. Love this post! The marker for Vivian is so awesome to see after following your other posts regarding finding her burial place. It's like closure and yet it opens up another dimension for your family to be connected. Love it! Your nails are gorgeous by the way...pretty nails always happened for me during pregnancy, too.;) It feels odd that I'm commenting while in the same state as you.:)

  2. Your story about the grave is very touching. I have very thin hair and nails except when I am pregnant. Yours look nice! Indeed it is a sweet thought to ponder the nails of your little one.

  3. beautiful grave- I know that sounds weird, but you know what I mean

    Christ is risen!

  4. Oh trust me, I understand! I feel weird saying that I enjoyed this whole process. Most people picking out grave markers are overwhelmed by grief. This situation was certainly an unusual one.

  5. I loved seeing all these pictures!

    What a special day to be able to place the grave marker. It is such a beautiful and touching story, thank you for sharing it with all of us!

    Oh, and your nails look great! I have the hardest time growing decent fingernails, even when I am pregnant!


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