Wednesday, October 31, 2012

choosing joy...

In the midst of baby brain, changing 10 nappies a day (or more!), juggling FIVE people's schedules (the smallest family member being the most adamant!), dealing with sleep deprivation, thrush, extra yucky viruses and stress...

Can I find joy?

The answer is YES, but it's a choice.  One I haven't been making very well lately... but this post from Sally Clarkson at I Take Joy has encouraged me!  I hope regardless of where you are today, it encourages you too.

Remember - joy is a CHOICE!  (because all the riches in the heavenly places already belong to us, and Christ in us is the hope of GLORY!  what's not to be happy about?)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome, Ruby Grace!

We are so pleased and proud to welcome into our family

Ruby Grace Broughton

born 9 October 2012 at 8:15pm

Christchurch, New Zealand

8lbs 15oz (4.05kg)

22in (56cm) long

She is named after Carolyn's grandmother Ruby

and James' grandmother Gace who served in China,

two women known for their deep love for Jesus

and their lifelong passionate interest in people.

For Ruby, a poem my Dad used to sing to us growing up:

William Cushing, 1856

Little children, little children,

Who love their Redeemer,

Are the jewels, precious jewels,

His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,

His bright crown adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,

Bright gems for His crown.

For Ruby, a song from her Aunt Kathryn:

Cloud Cult

You were born into a strange world.
Like a candle, you were meant to share the fire.
I don't know where we come from, and I don't know where we go.
But my arms were made to hold you, so I will never let you go.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born...

Love your mother, yeah she's a good one.
She'll build you armor; keep you warm as a hen.
The stars may fall and the rains may pour,
But I will love you evermore.
You were born to make this right.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born...

Oh my precious, oh my love, when they come to take me,
I will hold you from above.
I don't know why we're here, and I don't know how,
But I'm here with you now, I am here with you now.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
Cuz you were born to make this right.
Cuz you were born to chase the light.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sitting here,

(second day past my due date),

listening to the rough draft cuts

of these songs that grew out of my heart...

at peace.