Friday, February 29, 2008

SON shine

Where do I start? I am overwhelmed and speechless (which some may find shocking!) over the generous love and friendship shown to Bryan and I. How I wish I was very eloquent in speech so I could communicate my deepest feelings over the wonderful words, gifts, hugs, and scripture that have been shared with us. We knew we had great friends and a wonderful family but we are still in awe over the events of the past week. How I wish I could speak directly into the eyes of everyone who has touched us this week. One blog will not be able to contain all I wish to communicate.
I knew my blog family was wonderful, but man oh man! Are you not the most wonderful thing since Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream from Braums!!!!!!! My heart raced, my eyes burned as I read your sweet compassionate words you have typed to me. I have received wonderful encouraging emails from you to. I knew how great you are but even my husband is seeing it. He checks my blog and called me today and said you have some wonderful postings. I have met new wonderful ladies through this experience and I plan to respond and visit your blog as well. I am just in awe at the closeness I feel to each of you even though there are several miles between us. I appreciate the compassion you have given to me. How I wish I could hug each of you! Thank you thank you thank you for praying for us. I can truly say I have felt your prayers both physically and emotionally over this week. Bryan and I have such a wonderful peace over the events. When you step back, realize God is sovereign and you are not in control, it brings a calming and "a peace that passes all understanding." I want to also thank you for the verses you have shared. I know I may face still some hard times emotionally but you and God's word have provided me resources I can look back on to carry us through.

Do you know how wonderful you are? Each of you are a beautiful creation of God!!

You will be happy to know I am showered with clean hair and my legs have been shaved!!! Ha Ha!! However it was no easy task! Here is the equipment I had to use........


I re-washed the knife before we made a salad that night!! Just kidding! My legs were not that bad. Plus I wouldn't have used this knife. It is my expensive Pampered Chef knife! Also, I have moved out of lounge pants and pajamas to some jean capris today! Yea!!

Here have been some of my comfort foods. My cousin and her daughter brought me some ice cream and my good friend Carla Young brought us some beautiful flowers and one of my favorite candies.....





Bryan and I have also received beautiful fresh flowers. I do not have a favorite flower. I love a beautiful colorful mix of flowers and WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED! There are 6 different arrangements. I was going to post individual pictures but we have received so much over the past few days that it would have taken up to much space. Didn't God do good when He created flowers!!




I want to try to preserve them as long as I possibly can. I'm wondering if these would dry pretty and retain their colors. I may get a decorative clear container to put them all in so I can remember the generosity and beauty of this time in our lives. I dried some roses Bryan got me for our 10 year anniversary and they did okay. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Look closely at the Willow Tree figurine. This came from my dear dear friend Kristine Young. It is titled "Sisters by Heart...Celebrating a treasured friendship of sharing and understanding". Kristine is not just my sister in Christ. She is my Sister By Heart. The description of the figurine describes our relationship perfectly. How blessed I am that she has remained my friend.

My cousin, James, has come up to visit me from Lewisville, Texas. He has been my chaffeur. He drove us to have lunch with Bryan and then we drove around Norman. We never left the car, just drove around and talked. God created a beautiful day with perfect temperatures and bright sunshine. We drove with the sun roof back and the windows down. It was refreshing to get out. Thank you Father for the beautiful day you created and the feel of warm sunshine touching our backs.

Please know there is much much more I want to share. But I do not want to bore you. I do plan to come back and share some of the scriptures that were given to me and what they mean to me now. I also have to post about my Feminar trip to Dallas. I'm still a little scattered but I promise I will get it done.

You are so special to me. Thank you again for being a part of my life.


p.s. Bryan and I will be doing a lot of adoption research over the next few weeks. If you have any information or opinion please do not hesitate to share. I'm hoping I do not get overwhelmed trying to understand the process and legalities.

10 comments:

Angela said...

Julie, I'm so happy to read what you are writing and know you are in better spirits. YOU are the blessing to me! I'm glad we have become friends through our blogs.

Your flowers are most beautiful and ice cream...how perfect! Thanks for sharing with us. Can't wait to hear about Feminar.

Melissa said...

Don't you just love Braum's??? It's my favorite!! Good luck on the adoption stuff, I'll be praying for you. And of course, right after the wedding reception I will tell Bobby I have to post a picture or two :) He'll understand

Candy said...

Julie,
You are such a great person! I love your positive and loving attitude after all you have been through. You are really an inspiration and blessing to me. I will be praying for you and your hubby as you start researching adoption. I know I have seen lots of adoption blogs out there, but don't know of any certain ones to point you to. I'm sure others do though. Have a good weekend! :)

Elizabeth Smith said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, Julie! Yes, please feel free to add me as a blogger friend. May I also add you on my page? I will continue to pray for you. I'm so glad that you were encouraged by your friend and family. God is taking care of you!

Jared said...

I love the flowers.... They are so cheery...which one is the one I am gonna recreate?

Judy Pevehouse said...

Julie, I'm so glad to hear that your doctor deals with adoptions. Let me know when you get back from your doctor's appointment.

Love you!

Caroline said...

Oh Julie, I am so glad that you have been showered with blessings! I agree with you on your comment to me about old hymns and a sing along!!!! that is what we need to have with our blogging girls! I am praying already for that precious baby he has chosen just for the 2 of you...the one that is waiting to be picked up by you!!!!! Have a great week!

Caroline said...

Hey julie,

What week and day in stepping up did you really like again? I am on week 4 and I thought of you!

Lena Warnock said...

Thanks for leaving a comment a while back - I am so sorry for everything that you have been going through, but what a blessing to have so many people thinking of you during this trying time! I'll be praying for you! I can't wait to keep up with your blog more :)

Dee Light said...

You will be such a blessing in a little ones life!