Hope for Tomorrow, Grace for Today...what it means...

For in this HOPE we are saved. But HOPE that is seen is no HOPE at all. Who HOPES for what he already has?

~Romans 8:24

And if by GRACE, then it is no longer by works; if it were, GRACE would no longer be GRACE.

~Romans 11:6

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

First Entry!

I am sitting at my computer (obviously) with my delightful cup of coffee. Curious George is on in the other room for my 3 1/2 year old and 18 month old boys who are quietly enjoying their morning ritual. For this very first entry of my very first blog, I want to share a little and ask a couple of questions. I am hoping that there is at least one person out there who reads this and comments!

For a bit of entertainment this fine April morning (at least in the PNW), I would like to share a story from this morning involving me, my big boy (Gavin) and his "baby" named "Sweetie" who is really one of those bunny heads with a small blankie attached. (You know what I mean, right??)

So...Sweetie and her Dadda (Okay...this calls for a little background information already! My Gavin has this habit of becoming a character and maintaining that character for months on end. He was SuperWhy (or Whyatt) for a couple of months aorund Halloween (you can guess the costume Mommy made!) and we were each another character. We couldn't use our real names or he would correct us with our SuperWhy character name. I was Princess Presto. So Gavin has a new thing now. He is the proud Dadda to Sweetie and a tiny Koala bear he name "Micah" (his little brother). I can't call him Gavin, but I also can't call him Dadda because he is not my Dadda. He told me I can call him "Steve" (my husband's name), but he is not the same "Steve." Do you follow? It gets more complicated. Anyways, the real Steve (my husband and their father) is "Dr. Wilson" (who happens to be their pediatrician), Micah (our 18 month old) is "Steve's" Dadda and his name is "Grant" (but he is not the same Grant that is Gavin's friend Amber's dad--this Grant also happens to be husband to one of my dearest friends who is joining me in this blog effort and my walking buddy of 5 1/2 years). Are you with me? Oh...are you wondering who I am in this little charade? I am the MAILMAN! Yes! The mailman! I feel special.)

Okay...So back to this morning...Sweetie and her Dadda (I call him Steve) get into bed with me and Gavin starts to read to me from Sweetie's "book" (a Taste of Home magazine order card that I am assuming is the scrapbook her Dadda has made her).

He reads: "Sweetie went to spend the night at Sasha and Rawlly's house (my parents' house...these are their dogs) because her Dadda is going somewhere. Her Dadda takes all of his friends in his pick-up to the 'hoptipal' to have their babies. Sweetie is already born. And after they have their babies, I will pick them up in my pick-up and take them home." I think too many babies are being born amongst our group of friends! It seems like every week there I was saying...hey! let's go see the new baby that was born! I love that he doesn't care yet that he is a boy and having a baby. At least he is the Dadda not the Momma!

Okay...down to business! If you haven't read the caption under the title, the two verses listed or my profile information on the side of the page, please read these things now. This saves me from writing all of it down in my first entry, and it gives you a chance to see a bit of who I am and a bit of the direction in which this blog will be headed.

I would like to offer up a prayer now for you and for this blog and my contributors (Sarah, Lisa and anyone else whose expertise I may utilize...don't worry, I won't take credit for your genius!!)

Heavenly Father, I ask that Your hand would be over the words written hear and the hearts of all who read this. I ask that You would provide wisdom to know what to say, what not to say and what things really would be better with a picture! I thank You for being a provider of hope and the giver of grace. Give us each the grace we need to handle today's surprises and normalcies and allow us to be gracious with one another, and give us hope that tomorrow You will be there to help us do it all over again! In Jesus' Name, Amen


  1. Hi Kristen,

    Thanks for letting me know about your blog! I look forward to seeing what all you have to write about. It should be a fun adventure! :-)

    ~Emily S.

  2. Woohoo!!!! Love it! I'm so excited to read more!

  3. This is awesome! You are so brave for trying something new amidst all the other things you are accomplishing these next few weeks. I admire you and can't wait to read more!!