Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Green Pastures

I had no idea my husband reads my blog so faithfully. I'm glad he does, because at around 9:45 this morning I got a message from him on facebook ordering me to leave the house as soon as he got home from work. Green pastures, baby, green pastures. I spent the last hour or so sitting on a park bench watching the lake water rapidly melt. It was exhilarating! Can you believe it's almost 70 degrees today? Just a few days ago, we were bundled to the hilt.

I'm not sure if it's because I was able to express how I was feeling last night or because of all your kind words, but today was amazing. It's not as though the kids were doing anything differently, but my heart is changed. I feel so convicted to take time to look for the green pastures that are all around me. Take a look at my two little green pastures from this morning...





Isn't it just like to Lord to show a person beauty and wonder through the very things/little people that make life crazy?! Were you able to find green pastures today? If so, I'd love to hear about them, whether big or small.

All of this thinking about green pastures gave me a new idea for my blog. Did any of you notice the change of my web address? I've been wanting to change the name ever since Ives was born, but nothing has inspired me. Well, I'm officially inspired. KS from Dallas is right (check out the comments from the last post). I've been through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and I'm now in green pastures and beside still waters. The Lord is beautifully restoring my soul and I'm in awe.

So, don't be alarmed as you start to see layout changes in the next few days. It's still me!

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By the way, Happy St. Paddy's Day!


12 comments:

  1. Brianna:
    I'm sorry you are struggling but are happy to hear that you are finding peace as you look upon the things that God created. I am just a few days from celebrating baby # 5's 5th birthday & I find myself wondering, "when did he get so big and where has the time gone?" With some married, and the others teens, I yearn for the day when they were all nestled in their beds after many hours of mud pies and baths. May God bless you as you raise your little family. I pray you experience all the joys of having a busy hectic home. with love Mom

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  2. My four year old little boy has autism. A couple years ago we would never have imagined him to be able to play outside without us having to worry about him running off somewhere.

    Well this afternoon my 6 year old girl and my 4 year old son, were riding their bikes on a sidewalk path that runs along the back of our house. It's hard to describe, but it was a beautiful moment. He was just being so "typical", no behaviors, no running away, just a lovable 4 year old enjoying his bike. I'm telling you 2 years ago we would have never thought would happen. It was great to watch!!!

    That is my "Green Pasture" moment for today!!!

    www.asthestueweworldturns.blogspot.com

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  3. Love this post! So glad you had some time to yourself to refresh and renew! So very important and I know so many of the feelings in your words myself!!!

    Can't wait to see the new changes to the blog!!!

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  4. Thanks for the kind words. I am so glad to hear you are finding your inspiration. I love the new web address!

    KS

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  5. Brianna-
    I love this post today...again! I am so happy you were able to enjoy a little quite time to yourself. Hopefully you feel more refreshed. I love the new blog name as well, that is so cute!

    Enjoy this spring weather. My 'Green Pasture' moment for today is the girls go to daycare every Wednesday morning for about 2.5 hours...I get my alone time, which is wonderful. I feel so blessed that I have that time to myself to do whatever I want, it is great! And it is 50 in MN today...we will get outside for the 3rd day in a row.

    Blessings!
    Melissa

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  6. hi brianna, it's rachel clancy's sister, jessica. i've recently begun following your blog and enjoy seeing/hearing how you all are (hi to ryan as well!) i've got my own sweet little darling that makes life crazy at times and i love how you described the whole thing of green pastures; i was just thinking tonight about the little things i can be thankful for... like kisses from my little one! so cute and so funny all at once.

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  7. Hello from Texas: It's nice to be able to find a quiet place and green pasture and reflect on all the good things in our lives. For me, my green pastures are my kids. I love this picture of Ivy looking at Sylas. I wonder what goes through her mind. I see the love in their little faces and I can see from your posts how much love there is flowing in your family. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to all who follow your blog.

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  8. Hi sweet Brianna, Ryan, Sylas and beautiful Ivy...WE MISS YOU!!! Life at Bethany is incredible but it was so strange to look around and not see you. I love, love, love being able to read about your daily lives on here, so thank you for posting...my heart was flowing with joy when I read your latest entry - 'green pastures' is perfect for you, absolutely perfect for what you and your family have experienced in the Lord.

    I am excited to hear about this journey and the glory HE will receive in it. I'm so happy to hear about your life there - we will see you soon, we hope!

    Jacquelyn, Brian & Logan :)

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  9. Brianna,
    I have been following your blog since I learned about the sextuplets. Your children are beautiful! I have 2 children at home. Madeline is 7 and Cameron is 18 months old. He was premature. I know what you mean about finding green pastures... Last month I miscarried our third baby when I was 11 1/2 weeks pregnant. I was going to name the baby Lucia, after your inspiration. What got me through that heartache was looking at my 2 beautiful, healthy babies and thinking about how blessed and lucky I am. Thanks for letting us share in yor miracles!
    Melanie from Wisconsin

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  10. My own green pastures moment came recently when I was bone tired. Tired from working two jobs, and working 56-60 hours per week.

    Then, my paychecks--the first since my RN raise and my first with a full check from the second job hit the bank, and I realized that I WAS going to be able to make ends meet.

    I realized that my two worst problems right now are 1. I have too much to eat (need to lose weight) and 2. I have too much work.

    I light of the current economy, and that so many of my RN classmates can't find jobs, I realized what an amazing blessing it is to be so tired.

    Hmmm...I miss the lake, such a fun place when I was a kid. So many wonderful memories.

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  11. Hi Brianna,

    I am an old friend of your sister Courtney's and have been following your blog since your precious sextuplets. You really are an insperation. I have two children a two year old little boy and a baby girl who was born 2 days after yours. She was just like Ivy and born at 35 weeks. Unfortunately her lungs were not very strong and had some complications and was in the NICU for a week. She is doing wonderful now and is completely healthy. I know exactly how you are feeling right now and have been feeling the same way. Your post has really inspired me and has helped me to stop and look at all the many blessings that I have. Thank you. I really enjoy reading up on your family and hope you all the best.

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  12. Cute post,. my son wore the exact same shirt as Sylas today!

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