Tuesday, September 13, 2016

When We Pray Documentary

In 2015 I took part in a year long journey to document how my life, and the lives of three others, were changed through the power of prayer. It captured my experiences from pregnancy (I began filming two days before Jensen was born), post partum depression, motherhood, marriage, and life as a believer in Jesus Christ. There were moments where it felt hard or awkward to film, but I am so thankful that I said yes to this project because I believe God is going to use these stories to change hearts for His glory. Whether you believe in God or prayer or not, I urge you to watch this incredible film and listen to the stories from each of the participants.

I believe that God uses prayer to accomplish huge, amazing things. Please watch this film and join us in praying for that the message behind it can reach so many and change hearts.

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I would love to hear thoughts or feedback from your perspective after watching. Feel free to comment below or email me

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

5 years old

Dear Eva Kate,
Tomorrow you will turn FIVE years old! I keep thinking that I should feel that the time has gone by so quickly, but from my perspective it actually hasn't. In the most wonderful way, I can look back and think about your first five years and see how each year you have been growing up and turning into the kid you are now. It is the most unique experience to be a mom who gets to see all the seasons of her child's life in one continual glimpse. In my heart you are still that little toddler, yet you are also this five year old ready to become your own person. Eva, you are passionate. Some days you give me gray hairs and drive me to chocolate. Daddy says it's because you and I are so alike. I am, however, so extremely grateful that I have gotten to be at home with you every day for the past five years. I've gotten to live through the hard and see the ways God is shaping you. 
You are kind. Your heart has so much compassion towards any one who is hurt or sick or sad. A few weeks ago you made a bag to give to someone in need, full of snacks and toiletries, and Daddy and I gave it to a man we past by, even though you weren't in the car with us. We called you right away and you were so genuinely happy to have made a bag that somebody needed, and so interested to hear about the man you helped.

You are a friend. I love your great big social heart. You love your preschool friends, your church friends, anybody random we meet anywhere. And then there is your best friend...Jensen. Oh goodness do you love him. Of course you have normal kid moments, but your love and concern for his safety and happiness shines through. 
You are smart. You are learning to read and about all sorts of cool math and science things. You are also an expert negotiator. You are perseptive about people and situations, always listening and chiming in from the back seat.

You are funny. Sister, you are your Daddy's girl. You know how to make us laugh. 
You have big feelings. Sometimes this makes life with you more challenging, but I never want you to change the way you feel things. Maybe just your reactions :) But truly Eva, your feelings are a blessing, because they make you sensitive to the world around you. Your feelings are part of what makes you such a good friend. I believe God has some sort of wonderful plan for you where he can use the big aspects of your personality to help others. I can't wait to see what that is!
You are a little diva. For your birthday Daddy and I are surprising you with a ballet and tap class. I know that you will love it. You love to sing and dance to Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Ashley Gatta Albums, and even Rent (yes, we are those parents that let our child sing along to Rent). You are so dramatic and expressive. I guess that comes from me, but I promise that I never led you to be this way, you figured it out all on your own! The other day you asked me when you would be old enough to be in a play...so maybe there is a bright stage in your future.

Eva, there is so much more I could write. I think I'll end with my greatest prayer for you. Love the Lord with all your heart. If one day you are looking back at all my letters to you, know that I love Jesus and I want you to love Jesus too. We never want you to be perfect, just to know that you are perfectly loved. You put the crazy fun in our lives. Daddy and I love you so much and are so proud of you.

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, Eva Kate!!!!!

love, Mama