[ new life ]

i love new life. maybe because it’s so obvious that it is of God.
so intricate, so miraculous, so beautiful.
a little while ago, i was able to visit some friends, and got to see lots of little new lives — lambs!

we arrived just minutes after this little one was born….
he was still gettin’ all cleaned up :)



i guess little lambs mean a lot to me, because that’s what the name Rachel actually means! “little lamb”
i’ve always imagined myself being God’s little lamb…because so often i find myself helplessly relying on his strength, depending on his guidance and protection, and yes, i feel like he’s had to break my little leg several times in life to teach me to stay right by his side.
what a neat day i had with these ladies.
and how thankful i am for new life!

[ three ladies, one chauffeur ]

three ladies, one chauffeur.
in other words, my mom and sister came to visit!!
and my sweet husband drove us around.
can i just say that these 2 are my most precious friends. so many years of joy, laughter, tears, learning, adventures, trials, and, just plain ol’ life with them.
they have such a special place in my heart.
we took a quick peek at D.C. after we picked them up from the airport. and i made us get out and take a picture with the FROZEN potomac river!
oooo, it was SO good to see them again.
i am a slightly accident prone baker, but these 2 won’t ever let me give up. ;)
and for that, my husband is grateful, haha.
my sweet pastor’s wife took us up to her parent’s farm one day…
ahhh. that’s all i can say.
if i were a writer, i’d try to describe the crisp fresh air, the rich blue skies, the pristine freshly fallen snow covering the mountains…
but i’m not, so i take cellphone pictures and attempt to capture a bit of God’s magnificent creation.

one afternoon we visited a manor near downtown Fredericksburg, called Chatham. it was used in the civil war and was frequented by famous people, including presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.
the first borns. always minding the rules…
the second and third borns… :)

a cold but beautiful day for a view over my new hometown.

introducing my girls to noodles & company, loft browsing, and the classy serving of pudding for girl’s (yay “north & south”) movie night.

oh, and hanging out with this kid. she’s the perfect hostess.
come back soon, my girls!