Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Places She'll Go

With no end in sight, this girl has places to go, people to meet, and a world to take on.  It seemed like just yesterday I was watching her lie on her tummy thinking "oh the day she'll crawl", and today all I see is her backside and she's constantly running away from me.

This girl has her sights set on what is ahead, but every so often I'll see her look back to make sure we're right there behind her.  

I'd like to think that we're an adventurous family.  I really would.  But every time I get in the car, scenarios run through my head and I begin to worry about what would happen to Josselyn if she was the only survivor.  Real scenarios some families have faced.  And I find myself mentally wanting to scoop her up and retreat to our cozy corner in our home.  It always sounds splendid at the time, but that just isn't who we are.  That isn't who she is.

She's a risk taker.  A boo boo maker.  And sometimes, a little cry faker.  But she's one heck of a bundle that I can't get enough of.  


So in those seconds, I question our safety, her future and my Trust in Christ, I'm reminded that even if it does happen, there is something so good to come of her life, whether I'm in it or not.  Her future is so intricately ready to be played out in such a way that I can't even dream of.  So as she rides ahead I embrace supporting her, encouraging her, and coaching her on even if that means that sometimes, I'll be watching from behind.  

22 comments:

  1. Adorable! :) She looks just like you!

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  2. I can't even imagine the emotions of fear that could take over when I become a mother. So thankful we have Christ to lay our burdens down to, right?! Whenever I'm overwhelmed with anxiety from the world, I hum the children's song "He's got the whole world, in his hands..." It's silly, but it's so true. And could these picture be any cooler?! I'm obsessed. They should be framed! You're so talented!

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  3. oh my goodness! she's so cute! those pig tails are great! such a lucky woman to be a mommy to that little girl :)

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  4. Oh my gosh, your words really spoke to me. A recent {like since I had my first 6 1/2 yrs ago} fear of mine is what if I'm not around for them. You are right, the Lord has bigger and better plans than we know.

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  5. Love these words because they resonate so strongly in me.

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  6. She is beautiful and this post was beautiful. I think of those things all the time and it really does scare me sometimes. :(

    Oh Jazmyn

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  7. Oh could she get an more beautiful? Wow I love this post and love the new header!

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  8. I love that lonely road. What a great idea for pictures. She's such a little cutie.

    By what I hear, you're not alone in your fears. Its good to have a plan but just not dwell on the what ifs, since like you said, gotta trust in Christ. He's taking care of it all. :)

    Emily w/Amazing Grapes

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  9. She's so sweet. I love this post -- what beautiful words!

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  10. amazing ... and i LOVE her pigtails!

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  11. sweet post and even sweeter pictures... you have got to frame those pictures of her out on the road on her trike... love them.

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  12. Enjoy every moment, they sure do grow up too fast. I have felt that way too ... maybe even more now that my girl is sixteen. Where do the years go? Kiss her often, hug her daily and affirm her always. Tell her every day how beautiful she is, not just because of how cute or pretty she is but because her heart is beautiful, her smile shines and because the core of who she is .... is pure delight. :)

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  13. ohhh, she's starting to look like a little girl! i just love this post. you write so eloquently about your daughter, family, and identity!

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  14. She is just way too adorable!

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  15. she looks gorgeous. :) you're so blessed. x

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  16. Oh my that first photo just put a HUGE smile on my face. And her pig tails with bangs, so stinkin' cute.

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  17. She is absolutely adorable! I Get the same way with my little girl, wanting just too stay home and protect her, its hard sometimes to trust when we can't imagine anything bad ever happening to them. Found your blog via she breathes deeply. Following you on blog lovin ;)

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  18. She is THE cutest thing! I can't wait to have a baby!

    I love your blog; i know I must have said that already, but I do. :)
    Maybe you could come visit me sometime too


    http://mustbeliberating.blogspot.com/

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  19. I love your blog and all the things you stand for. I don't know if i've ever gotten to tell you that and if i have, I'm telling you again. :)They are cries of my heart as well. Looking forward to seeing where God leads your family.

    love,
    Breanne

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  20. Great post, Jhen! Really loved it.

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  21. I read alot of blogs but out of ALL of them I LOVE looking at pics of your lil girl cuz she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Sometimes I can't even believe how cute she is...reminds me of boo from monsters Inc!!

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