A week from tomorrow is Murphy's 3rd birthday-SIGH. I know I go on and on about them growing up so quickly but seriously did I not just get over the fact that he was turning 2?!?! We have been through a lot this year, starting school, tonsils, walking, more hospital...I could go on and on. We have also learned to "count it all joy." What a perfect way to think of Murphy-aka "heaven joy", or more recently "joy buckets". Through everything we do with him, we learn something or are reminded of the blessings in our life. A flash of his smile takes away just about any troubles, and to hear his giggles seriously makes me melt. To see my little fellow toddling towards me grinning ear to ear, makes me want to be a better person, a better mother, and gives me the strength to do things I never thought possible.
After our guy spent a week in the hospital, he stayed home for a week with me. So that was 2 solid weeks together. When I took him back to school the following week it was almost as hard as the first time I ever took him. I realized that Murphy does nothing but ADD to your day. He is laid back when I am stressed, he smiles when I am worried, he laughs at something when I am racing around trying to get things done...and then he makes you stop.
You just stop for a second and soak in his smile or give him pounds or hold him and when you do stop for a minute and think of everything God has provided and the son that he gave us... we are thankful...because for the past (almost) three years when I look back even at the difficult times-
we can do nothing but count it ALL JOY.
|Yep still taking them...|
|This boy knows how to take a vacation...|
|its so funny to watch the babies pull up their vehicle of choice to watch tv-its like a drive in around here|
|One day before school-its a wonder I dropped him off after that smile|
|living it up on vacation again|
|Joy buckets at the hospital being sweet joy buckets|
|getting ready to do some hammering at the lumber yard-the boy loves some tools|
|First trip to the dentist|