It’s been a strange, good week.

My sister and I were talking, and we both felt the same thing.

It’s like God sprinkled some happy fairy dust all over homes and spread cheer for all to enjoy.

Not that we haven’t had moments. Oh, we have DEFINITELY had moments.

But those moments didn’t send me spiraling like they usually do. Which is a total God thing, because lately little things have the ability to throw me into a very dark place that I do not like. Call it depression or post stress or whatever, but it is no fun not to be able to handle simple normal “life” stuff well.

That, however, is another post.

Today is about how this week has NOT been like that for the first time in a very long time.

Things like Annabelle sleeping in till 7 one morning… then accidently getting my kids up 30 minutes late for school but MIRACULOUSLY they didn’t freak out and were still ready 10 minutes early. (this is very very rare in my house… the not freak out part!)

Or Scott not working and suggestion that I take the time to go work on my writing while he watched Annabelle…

Or talking to DHS about Annabelle’s health insurance and being told that they’d terminated it so she currently doesn’t have any (while that is obviously BAD.. I had this strange peace about it the whole time.)

Or the next day when I talked to someone different who told me the other lady hadn’t explained correctly, that benefits were active through 1/2/13 to give time to get the error fixed. (YEAH GOD!!)

Or on Wednesday when our MIRACLE happened….

My sweet, sweet Annabelle who says Momma only but even then not when she is taking to me…. I was putting her coat on to leave for therapy and said, “Annabelle, let’s put your COAT on” and what did my baby girl say? “Co, co” Now, she loves the k sound recently, so I dismissed it as a fluke.

Then going out to the van, I said, “Annabelle, lets get in the CAR.” and what did that little girl say? “Ca, Ca” Again, the K sounds so while I was a little excited, figured I was thinking too much of it.

BUT… when I was buckling her, I waved my hand and said, “Annabelle, are we going BYE-BYE?”

And what did that cute little miracle do?

Held up her fist in a cute little rare wave and said, “Bu, Bu”


Yup, My daughter said a real word. Referring to something real. She COMMUNICATED.

I cried right out there in the driveway. Annabelle I’m sure thought I was nutso.

She hasn’t repeated the cool words yet. But she’s been MUCH more vocal as she does thing, babbling nonsensically while she does things, and I think even tries to sing sometimes!

And while I don’t like to go into a lot of detail about my “issues” with older kids… because I feel they need their privacy in their struggles, we had a minor breakthrough with one of them who has been having some pretty major behavior issues. I know a lot of this stems from the aftermath of a year without Momma and a year of living in fear that their baby sister would die. It’s a hard thing for any child to go through, and this particular child has been dealing with issues related. But we’ve had a SUPER good week and Mommy is celebrating a step in the right direction!

Lots of other “good” things I could detail, or even “not-so-good” things that have just been pesky pebbles instead of giant boulders, but I’ll just leave it at this:

God rocks big-time:-)

Oh, and ANOTHER fun. We’re finally putting up our Christmas stuff tonight!!! We’re all VERY VERY ready to get our “Christmas” on in the house! Pictures to come next week!

Discussion: Have you decked the halls yet? What is your FAVORITE decoration in your house?



  1. Oh, I forgot to note… one of the "pebbles" is that a cranky Annabelle decided that 4:30 was a fabulous time to wake up this morning.

    On the BRIGHT side though, hubby got up early to win Free bigmacs for a year at Mcdonald's so was actually AWAKE at 4:30 and got her up for me.

    Yup, so 52 big macs and mommma sleeping in… gotta love it!

  2. HAHA that is so funny! did he win the Big macs? I am glad that you a good week. yay for Annabelle communicating!!!! YAY!!!!!!! I hope you have a great weekend and have a fun time decorating. we have decorated already and I love putting up our tree with all of the ornaments 🙂 I could have gotten up with Annabelle this morning considering that i was up at 5:30 am 🙁 Happy weekend!! <3

    1. LOL, he did. What is even funnier… they didn't open until 5, and when they opened and handed them out, they still had like 20 left over, so he wouldn't have even had to go an hour early and wait! (they were giving out to first 100 customers as part of a grand reopening)

  3. Yay for Annabelle!!! Libby still speaks in her own language, ha! I think my mantle decked out is my favorite decorations….I also like my nutcrackers. They are so stately! Love ya!

  4. Oh, this is so sweet! I can only imagine how happy you must be with her new words!…and the Big Macs is a bonus lunch provision right??

  5. BTW, your attitude makes me happy Krista. It is inspiring in the midst of all this.

  6. Just wanted to give you all a big squishy-hug!!

  7. My heart and face are smiling so big for you right now.

    Pure joy….praise be to God! 🙂

  8. Krista,
    I can only imagine how you felt with Annabelle startng to try to talk.I cried when I read it . You are truely blessed.

    Congrats on being this weeks author at very cool.

  9. I'm typing this with very watery eyes. I love the attitude of your whole post but of course the tears came when I read about Annabelle communicating with you. The tears continued when I also read about the break through you had with one of your daughters. I remember having the same issue with our oldest son and I was only gone a couple of months. (I can only imagine how hard it must be to have been separated longer.) I read this excerpt this morning from "Come Before Winter", (p. 238) by Chuck Swindoll, it sort of fits with your post. "Thoughts form the hermostat which regulates what we accomplish in life. If I adjust my thermostat forward – to thoughts filled with vision, hope and victory – I can count on that kind of day. It was followed by Psalm 57:10 "For Thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and Thy truth unto the clouds."

    Yay! Praise the Lord!

  10. Yay Annabelle! Glad to hear you are having some Great moments!

  11. Oh Krista. I love you. Thank you for the wonderful reminder that God rocks. My family has had a tough few weeks. My nephew stopped breathing on Halloween. And has been fighting for his life since. We are probably going to lose him in the next few days. But even in the midst of it all, God is in control. I needed this reminder. Thank you. So glad to hear things are well for you. You needed this Im sure. God bless. Tracy

    1. tracy! Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry you're having to go through this! Such heartbreak. am keeping your nephew in my prayers as well as your whole family!

      God IS in control, in the midst of it all. We walk by faith, not by sight.

      Love to you, and much prayers!

  12. Thank you all for your kind words! Last week was a banner week for us in many, many ways. God is good… when things are good and when they are not-so-swell.

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