The Macs

Monday, February 27, 2012

need a ride?

Sometimes on Mondays I feel like I just need someone to give me a ride until I can find the energy and brain power to get my gears going. Do you know the feeling? If Levi could just plop his mama in that wagon of his and pull me for a little bit I think it would help. He needs to burn some energy anyway...or maybe just pass some of that two year old energy on to me.

 This weekend I snuck outside to take some pictures of Levi pulling his wagon. He was totally in his own world...pulling and pushing away. He loves being outside. Last year he couldn't even budge the wagon on his own and this year he is pulling it all over the yard.

 And then he spotted me and started heading over in my direction.

 He pushed and pushed until he got as close to the camera as possible.

 He checked out some of his pictures and then got bored and was off again. 

Sometimes he pulls his wagon and sometimes he pushes it. Sometimes his wagon is empty, sometimes he collects rocks and sticks, and I would bet that he occasionally even gives Bobby and Ishama a ride. Or maybe they give him a ride. Who knows. :)

And sometimes he just needs to catch his breath and have a snack. It is tough being a two year old!

I am thankful that as followers of Jesus, we do have someone to pull us along. And He doesn't just drag us along, He gives us the strength we need for today and hope for the future. We don't have to face even one day alone. After losing Cora, I clung to these verses:

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28

And even today there are many days that I open my tired eyes in the morning so thankful that I don't have to face the challenges of the day on my own. Knowing His mercies are new every morning and that He will give me just what I need for whatever that day and week holds...even on a Monday morning...that's what keeps me going.

I pray that on this Monday morning you are finding rest in our Savior. If you are weary and burdened, or just tired from getting up with your sweet baby in the middle of the night, don't let the day go by without stopping and seeking Him. We need His strength for today and everyday. Don't pull that wagon of yours on your own...let Him lead the way. I promise it will be even better than hitching a ride with Levi in his wagon! :)


Anonymous Amber said...

I am not sure how I found your blog but I have been following for a while now without commenting...sorry!

I just had to say I needed this post. I have a 4 month old who won't sleep more than 2-3 hours at night and I am EXHAUSTED (I also have an almost 3 year old!) I love your blog because I can relate but even more because I always feel uplifted after I visit. Thanks for sharing the scriptures that help you when you are feeling weary (and plain tired!) And, if you ever figure out how to make Griffin sleep, please share that, too!


February 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Charissa said...

His little hat is absolutely adorable!

February 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Very well written. Thank you for the Monday inspiration. Our God is Good!!

February 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Keith and Margaret said...

He is so cute. One wonders what goes through their minds as they do all this work. It is amazing to see a work ethic start so young.

February 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Soooo Cute :) I've followed your blog since before you became pregnant with Levi and I happened to be on Bratt Decor's facebook page and they have your picture up on their page. I don't know if you saw that but I thought it was pretty cool.

February 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger ji said...


February 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I have followed your blog since Cora got sick. I must say that yours and Joel's never ending faith is a true inspiration. I have two small children and I can certainly remember all of the long nights. You are not walking alone because not only is He right beside you, but so are all of us that follow your blog. You truly inspire me.

February 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Martini said...

Love this post!

February 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Auntie EM said...

Yes, I agree the comments already left. Your story is inspiring - you did not want to have to live your lives without your daughter but you have shown me how someone can move forward in life with grace, faith, trust, and love as you and your husband raise your two adorable sons. Thank you for sharing your love story and for being a strong woman who continues to trust in the Lord in spite of your loss and challenges. Keep smiling!!

February 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Selena said...

Oh, how I love your sweet heart. :) God is so pleased with your heart as you seek Him, share Him, and serve Him.

May he bless you and baby Griffin with some rest, soon.

Thank you for sharing your life, and for sharing our God. He is infinitely faithful, and loves us all so much.


February 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Denise Klop said...

This is sweet and much needed encouragement on this Monday. Thank you!

February 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Mommy2Sophia said...

Reading this post totally made this pin pop into my head:

Hope it makes you chuckle too. It is just sooooo true! Best of luck mama, I do not miss being in that "baby never sleeps" stage and feeling like the zombie version of myself trying to take care of a toddler and a baby. Praying it will get better sooner rather than later! :) Lisa

February 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Darlene R. said...

Thank you for your post today. I always enjoy reading your blog. You are such an encouragement. :)

Do you ever wonder what little ones are thinking when they are off playing on their own like Levi was in these pictures? I find myself wondering what is going on inside those precious little minds. :)

Praying you have a wonderful day.

February 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger nichole said...

How I needed this today! Thank you for your encouragement and for the scriptures:)You are so awesome!!

February 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Oh Cora!!

I so needed this message today. I'm weary.

Thank God for Jesus!! Praying for you too.

And by the way, you son could not be any cuter. Love these shots♥

February 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Where did you get the wagon? We have one with the plastic tires that doesn't work well on our country roads!

February 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous LauraD said...

Thank you for another wonderful post. Just on Sunday in church, we sang Great Is Thy Faithfulness, one of my favorite hymns. And then yesterday morning, my devotion was about how God's love and faithfulness are "baked fresh every morning" just like fresh bread...our daily bread. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder that God's love and faithfulness are always there.

February 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Monday's are wearisome. Praying for you especially this coming Monday as you remember your dear Cora.

February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger The Mershawn's said...

That kid is adorable & looks like he's always a step ahead;). I know another certain 2 year old around my house who's an awful lot like that. So cute & so fun.
Thanks for the encouraging words. I think we always need a little encouragement, no matter where we are. It's always good. And you're always so good to give it! Thank you.

February 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Happiness Is... said...

I love this. So perfect and true. And your pics are gorgeous.

February 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

Jess. Did you warn the Grain People that their website would experience a sudden rush of visitors, including folk from far flung countries in the other hemisphere, once they put up the photo of Joel and Levi??? :)

I LOVED your post about how you and Joel met. As always, beautifully written.

I feel Blessed to be able to be inspired and taught by you.

February 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

Those pictures are wonderful!

March 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Rob and Andrea said...

Hey Jess,
I just love reading about your two sweet boys! I've noticed that you have mentioned how Levi loves to tote his snack cup everywhere he goes! My daughter is 16 months and does the same thing! What kind of snacks do you offer to him? I try to keep my daughter's snacks as healthy as possible {since she seems to like to snack ALL day long} but find that we often stick to the same kinds of things: Annie's Organic cheddar bunnies, oyster crackers, Crispix cereal, craisins, cubed cheese, nilla wafers.... any other suggestions?

March 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM  

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