June 16, 2013

Waves Like Poems


Thought I'd share a few photos from out little beach trip last week. BEST vacation to date, you guys. Nothin' fancy, but we had the best time. Have any of you been to Ocean Shores, WA? Most people I talk to think that the Washington coast isn't the greatest. And to that I say: "DUDE! What??"
But I'm easily impressed. ;o)
My husband, who really is an awesome Daddy, took Paige to the hotel pool about 90 times which gave me time to walk along the beach alone. (And when I say "alone" I mean me, God and Coldplay. An awesome threesome, if I do say so myself.) I think I really needed that. And it was cold, so I got to do sweaters-on-the-beach which I love because it makes me feel like I'm in England.

Oh, p.s. I didn't use my DSLR at all on my trip! (Whaaaat!) So these were all taken with the iphone. Edited in Afterlight. FYI.  :O)


Switching gears:

Today was day 6 with our new foster-little. Hmm. I feel like I have to figure my heart out before I can really write about it. Of course I can't share a lot of details anyway. It's been going wonderfully so far. And by wonderfully, I don't mean smoothly or easily. :o) But then wonderful things usually aren't smooth or easy, are they?
One thing's for sure: I love this child. She may not be here forever, maybe not even long, but she has my heart. And if she leaves and a different child comes, it will have my heart as well. And so will the next. And the next. And I'm not afraid of that, like I used to be. I guess because as I give this love away, God replaces it with even more. I don't really understand that, but it's just magically there and it works.
Ya know, like the internet. ;o)

Have a good night, you! I think you're perfect.
Love,
Disney



49 comments:

  1. Beautiful pix, beautiful family!
    I was so encouraged by your last paragraph and the fact that you and your husband are foster parents now! I believe God is using you to be such a blessing to this child...and any others that come along! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! I sure hope we can live up to the task. :o)

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  2. Those pictures are gorgeous. We live on a tropical island a mere 15 degrees north of the equator. Next month we will move to Washington state - what a surprise the beaches will be for my children.

    It is so wonderful how you are blessing this child, and the other children to come. You are in my prayers.

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    1. Oh, I hope you have a great move! It sure will be a change, but I adore Washington state. Nowhere else compares for me. :O)

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  3. Lovely photos. I love EVERYTHING about western Washington. The (sometimes stark) beaches with piles of driftwood and rocky shores are beautiful. You did an exceptional job catching some of that with the camera on your iPhone. Best wishes to you and your family as you continue your journey fostering children.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing. The photos are beautiful. It looks so peaceful even if somewhat cold and windy.

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  5. Those are such fun photos! You and your husband have such big hearts to bring foster children into your home. I just admire people who open their hearts, sometimes for just a short time, to children that really need some love. I hope that things really do start to go smoothly for you. :)

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  6. Your last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. You have such a loving, giving spirit and are a blessing to these children. Wow. Inspiring...and I needed that today. Thanks. Oh, and the beach pics are fabulous. Your trip sounds like it was very relaxing and peaceful.

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  7. Beautiful. I love how you put "God replaces it [love] with even more." I think I needed to hear that, too. Love you & your family!
    Blessings,
    -Bess-

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  8. ...I am not sure if God and Coldplay are the perfection of praise and worship...

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    1. oh come on.....
      insert eye roll

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    2. I had to laugh at astr!d because, really, Disney didn't say anything about worship or praise. lol. I think she meant, good music, and good time for reflection. Not Sunday service song schedule.

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    3. The second anonymous is not the first one. ;)

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    4. thanks anonymous#2. anyone who reads this blog knows better, right?!?!!?

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    5. Oh, haha, no, it wasn't a praise song of course, although it did bring about thoughts of praise. It's called "Fix You" and it's a beautiful song. Have a listen!

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  9. im so excited you guys have your first foster!!! everyone says the first one makes an impact on your heart and will be the one you never forget and never want to let go! but what an amazing void and need you are filling. and that is what is important and what we are called to do. its not easy!!!

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  10. God has blessed you in so many ways and continues to every day. You and your husband are amazing individuals, and even though I don't personally know you, I know that whatever little one he places with you will be well taken care of, loved and most of all, will be in a God loving family. Something not every little one has. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your family and love of God with all of us. You inspire me every day.

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  11. Ocean Shores IS beautiful. We had several trips there while Tacoma residents. And Kalaloch, farther north, is breathtaking. And now being back in the Midwest, I pine for the beaches, the mountains and the trees. MI beaches are our substitute, but not so green, nor so close.

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  12. For sure--wonderful doesn't always mean easy. God bless you and the sweet children in your care.

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  13. Oh Disney I can´t wait for more about the little angel :)
    You are hero !

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  14. Love it Disney. Such a great attitude. The kids that will be brought to you NEED that heart SO much. I am thankful for your willingness to give it to them! AND PS, WA coast is AMAZING. We go to Long Beach with our friends - LOVE it.

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  15. I love Ocean Shores. Every time we go, we stop and get the clam chowder bread bowls from The Sand Castle. We haven't gone yet this year but its on our summer bucket list!
    ~Kelsy

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  16. The Washington coast is most definitely one of the best places on Earth--it can feel so lonesomely magical.

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    1. That's a great way to put it! That lonesome feeling can be so neat sometimes.

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  17. Aww you are so awesome. Much love, and happy to hear about you and God and your family and your new family. It's encouraging! Thank you for posting. :-)

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  18. Bless you, Disney. You have your heart in the right place.

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  19. This post made me cry (in a good way). Best wishes to you and your sweet family. I love being inspired by your blog!

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  20. Oh Disney, you have such a good heart. And I really want to meet up sometime when we're in Shelton and you're in Ocean Shores!!

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    1. ME TOO!!! I wish the world was just a bit smaller sometimes!

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  21. Oh goodness! You are so dear! You were made for this.

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  22. Hi Disney,
    I live in England and follow your blog. We were at the beach this weekend and we definitely needed sweaters!
    Thank you for this post about your new foster child - praying for you from across the pond, that this little girl would know that the love you have for her is real because you have first known the love of Christ. May she see the love of God on display in your home - when things are going well and when things are difficult, and may God grant you much wisdom and grace to love this little girl well.

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  23. Disney - I happened upon AltBlog and found your blog. I thank God for that! Your insight, creativity and heart moves me. Thank you for sharing with the blogosphere... God has truely given you a heart for sharing with honesty and love.

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    1. Jenny, you are such an encouragement! I'm so happy you're here! :o) Alt rocks.

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  24. I was just talking to my best friend about the need for Christian families in foster care. She's in the process of adopting two girls - maybe, we hope, if they get through some complications - from foster care right now. NOT EASY, but so important!

    Praying for you, and the littles (both of them!). - Gretchen

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    1. Yes, not easy at all. But that's parenting in general, righ?! Thank you so much for the prayers!

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  25. foster-little! I love that term! :)

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  26. I love that you can share just a bit about your foster-little. Glad to hear things are going well. :)

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  27. these photos are gorgeous! love them, no slr? wow! talent there!! thanks for sharing

    angela --

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  28. I have such a tender place in my heart for loving foster parents. What a God-send wonderful foster parents can be. Love that little one...love her so much.
    liZ

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  29. My parents just started fostering too! They've had a little once since February. Last week we took him on our family vacation to the beach and had a divine appointment with a hippy guy in a coffee shop. He grew up in the foster care system and told us part of his story. My dad asked him what his advice to foster parents would be. He said, "Tell your kiddo you love them and you're proud of them. I had over 50 parental figures and I never got that." Praying God gives your family soft hearts and wise minds. :)

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    1. Wow, that poor man! I will definitely remember to do that. I think as adults sometimes we unintentionally take for granted little words like that.

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  30. I love your thoughts. I love your blog. You are the best.

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  31. What a beautiful post! My husband and I were discussing foster children and homes yesterday, and I'm certain that this little one has been blessed to enter your loving home. My prayers and best wishes to you and your family!

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  32. This entire post just made my heart glad ... Thank you(:

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  33. Beautiful pictures and a BEAUTIFUL post. Thank You

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  34. What photo editing program do you use on your iphone? Great pictures, and I've loved your site for years! I used to work with Child Protective Services for several years, and I'm so glad to hear there are more foster homes that are filled with love for children in their time of need! We need more homes like yours!- Sara

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    1. Thanks, Sara! These were all edited in Afterlight, my fave editing app for a while now. It's pretty all-inclusive!

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