Six Reasons to have Joy.

The quiet hum of the whirling fan creates a blanket noise this early June evening …  the stars are twinkling outside in the dark country sky, little baby Lavender is snuggled up beside her daddy and me and all her sisters are tucked into their beds for the evening, exhausted after an evening of discipleship at our church …

After going through some photos recently taken, I found this one …
and it literally brought tears to my husband’s eyes as we looked across at the sweet, amazing blessings the Lord has so greatly bestowed … how can it be that we, frail, fault-ridden parents, are entrusted with six, amazing souls? We are just silly humans, but immensely grateful for God’s abundant grace in our lives. These little children given to us to raise up, train and protect … we don’t take this job lightly. God is so good and we are thankful. We feel we are blessed with these six daughter and are grasping the weight of our responsibility in raising up maidens for the Lord.
Late nights with fevers, long, exhausting pregnancies, road trips with a million potty breaks, large family dinners where kitchen floors never stay clean, relentless loads of laundry, pre-planning every outing to ensure we arrive on time, finding too-many matching shoes and leggings for church, reading endless amounts of books together, baking cookies, potty training, cleaning up spills and remembering to be patient … it’s all worth it.
Worldly pleasure and earthly gain is all lost over time.
The world’s shallow sparkle quickly dims in comparison to the eternal calling of being a parent …
these moments and the lifetime, the day ins and outs of building memories and shaping lives with these girls is worth far more than we can fathom.

“The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.”
Psalm 126:3



June 18, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Whitney One word…. Beautiful

June 11, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Katrina Gillian! I adore this photo!! And I was thinking what Alma Mater posted, about Leia and Lovelyn looking so much alike. All of your girls are so beautiful.

June 11, 2014 - 6:57 am

charlotte I love all of your picture but this one is a jewel.

you are one lucky very lucky mom

June 10, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Megan Newbury Miss you guys…think of you often and keep checking the blog to see how you are doing! Such a precious family 🙂 Wish you were closer and we would come and get some of those eggs!

June 5, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Erin Lynn Oh my goodness!!! This is absolutely beautiful!!! Love that you have so many beautiful and sweet girls. I know everyone seems to want some of each gender, but I think there is something extra special about all girls or all boys:-) Erin Lynn

June 5, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Annie oh Gillian. How precious a photograph. blessed beyond measure. I love coming to your space and seeing snipets of your life. It usually makes me want to come over for tea 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) OK, I need this on a CANVAS!! Right now!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

June 5, 2014 - 11:44 am

Alma Mater What a lovely family. I can’t believe how much Leia looks like Lovelyn!