Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hands Full

Words fall far too short and seem much too inadequate to describe how thankful we are for this precious little girl, her four big brothers, and her newest sister halfway around the world. We've spent the past month (has it already been almost a month since she was born???) loving on Evie Sarris and transitioning from a family of 6 to a family of 7 and preparing soon to be a family of 8! 

The boys LOVED meeting their little sister! It was such a special time, one that I will always treasure! They couldn't believe that God had sent us a little girl - one with a head full of dark hair!

This is one of my favorite pictures, and every time I see it I am overwhelmed with God's mercy. Even though you can't see her, Evie is right in the middle of all of those little hands! I know this is what my lap was made for!

Grace upon grace...
When I look back on where Will and I have been and all that we have been through, I think about this verse.

For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
John 1:16

It is all His grace!

There are no words to express how grateful I am for what God has done in our lives and the ways He has blessed us with these children! He is so very, very good!

I wish I had kept count of all the times people have told me that I sure do have my hands full. Yes, these little people are a handful (especially these wild and crazy boys of mine).Yes, our house is full. We have kids stacked up in bunk beds and tucked away in closets! Yes, our van is full. It's pretty crazy to look in my mirror and see every single seat occupied with a car seat or booster seat! Yes, I have the largest jogging stroller around town, and it's quite the workout to push it! 

So, yes, our hands are full! The days (and nights) are so very full that sitting down at the computer feels like a luxury! Somebody always needs something. A diaper always needs changing. Someone is always thirsty. Someone else is always hungry. The washer and dryer are constantly running. It doesn't matter how much milk I buy, I always need more from the store. I almost always have at least one baby in my arms, and much of the time, I'm toting around two of them!

But to that comment, I respond the same way every single time - "Yes, we have our hands full... FULL OF GOOD THINGS - VERY, VERY GOOD THINGS!" Thank You, Father, for full hands and handfuls of good gifts!

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord;
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them...
Psalm 127:3-5

Coming soon... news about S, more pics of our sweet Evie, and pics of what the boys have been up to this summer! We've been busy! I can't believe it's already July! Happy Independence Day!


1 comment:

  1. Love this post and the pictures! Yes, full hands are good. The love, the noise, the learning opportunities, the constant activity and mess, the overdose of pure cuteness. It's all good. God uses it all to make us into the people He wants us to be.

    Glad all is well with your new baby. Can't wait to hear the news about Sophi!