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They Bless My Heart

Around age 24, I thought I had chosen my path in life.

I intended to be single. I was already a professional, and I was in graduate school, pursuing a master's degree. I knew I'd continue on to earn a Ph.D., and I was already taking steps to make that happen.

I was the proud owner of 4 cats, and I treated them like babies. I doted on them, and I liked being a slightly strange cat lady.

I wasn't totally opposed to the idea of marriage, but I made it clear to any man I dated that cohabitation was not among my plans for the future. He needed to have his own space, I reasoned, and I needed to have mine.

God probably had a hearty chuckle at my expense, and he sent Joe to knock my plans upside down.

His plans were different.

You probably already know that story.

By our third date, I knew that Joe and I would get married, and I knew that we'd have some babies.

We got engaged on the one-year anniversary of our first date, and we were married on the two-year anniversary of our first date. About eight weeks after our wedding, we learned that I was pregnant.

He blessed me in ways that I could not imagine. Every day, I marvel at the wonderful gifts He continues to provide.

Every. Single. Day.

Last week, I read a post on Pensieve about the things that bless Robin's heart, and my own silly heart flooded with things that cause it to smile. Here are a few of them:

  • Grace has started saying My love you, too. to me and to Joe. Sometimes, it's spontaneous. bless my heart
    My love you, too, Mommy.
    “Oh, Grace, I love you, too!”
    My love you, too, Mommy.
    Those exchanges really make me laugh, but they warm my heart in a way that nothing else in the world can.
  • Except maybe a smooch. She puckers for smooches. She really, really puckers and makes a huge kissy face, and she makes my lips wet when she touches me.
  • Holding Gracie while she sleeps. It can be a real pain to hold her every time she naps, but I would be lying if I said I didn't savor those moments.
  • A purring cat
  • My parents and sister came over this afternoon to test out a new apple crisp recipe. They spent time playing with Gracie on her own turf. I love seeing them play with her, and she loves spending time with them.
  • Grace and I played on the floor most of the day yesterday. She showed me her babies. She fed them, she left them at “school” and told them that she'd be back later. She kissed and hugged them. She sang and rocked them. She read them stories. Of course, all of the action ceases as soon as I turn on my video camera, but my heart won't forget.
  • Sometimes, without being told to do so, Joe gets down on the floor and plays with Grace. They play with her People. They read books. They play ball. She feeds him and serves him tea. Watching them share a special time – without my help – blesses my heart.
    a good dad

That's probably enough for now, Dear Reader.

What blesses your heart?

Happily submitted to 12 Days of Libbie, Sunday Favorites, Makes My Monday, Your Life, Your Blog, Miracle Monday, Weekly Inspiration,  Macro Monday, What I Learned This Week, Gratituesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped , and Saturday Show Off

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35 thoughts on “They Bless My Heart

  1. Hi, ran across your blog after searching for “tutorial on tutus”.
    You’ve got some great entries—-thoughtful and sweet.
    May God continue to bless you and your family.

  2. Hi, ran across your blog after searching for “tutorial on tutus”.
    You’ve got some great entries—-thoughtful and sweet.
    May God continue to bless you and your family.

  3. How much does it bless me that my little post inspired you to share THIS one? Such sweet blessings, indeed! My favorite line of your post was “my heart won’t forget”.

    Amen, sistah…a!men!

    xo

    🙂
    .-= Robin ~ PENSIEVE´s last blog ..Dead faith? =-.

  4. I really loved this post.

    My friend and I were talking about this very thing last night. It’s so funny to me that our plans are seldom anywhere near God’s…
    .-= misty´s last blog ..{Three…} =-.

  5. How much does it bless me that my little post inspired you to share THIS one? Such sweet blessings, indeed! My favorite line of your post was “my heart won’t forget”.

    Amen, sistah…a!men!

    xo

    🙂
    .-= Robin ~ PENSIEVE´s last blog ..Dead faith? =-.

  6. Hello Tara…

    Ohhh…what a sweet and endearing post, my friend…I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Your little one is simply precious and after reading your post, I’d say that she is as equally blessed to have such a great mommy and daddy!!! Love the photo of your husband Joe on the floor playing with his little girl! That just blesses my heart too!

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us for Sunday Favorites…it was such a blessing! I’m so glad that you decided to join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week! I do apologize at being so late to get by but I had a really crazy, busy weekend and I’m just now getting to the computer. I do hope that you’ll join in with Sunday Favorites again, my friend!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design
    .-= Chari´s last blog .. =-.

  7. Hello Tara…

    Ohhh…what a sweet and endearing post, my friend…I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Your little one is simply precious and after reading your post, I’d say that she is as equally blessed to have such a great mommy and daddy!!! Love the photo of your husband Joe on the floor playing with his little girl! That just blesses my heart too!

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us for Sunday Favorites…it was such a blessing! I’m so glad that you decided to join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week! I do apologize at being so late to get by but I had a really crazy, busy weekend and I’m just now getting to the computer. I do hope that you’ll join in with Sunday Favorites again, my friend!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design
    .-= Chari´s last blog .. =-.

  8. Ooops…it’s just lil’ ol’ me again! I wanted to let you know that when I followed your link over from my Sunday Favorites Mr.Linky…that your post came up as “not found”. If you get a moment, I would love to have you repost the link over at my place so that others can view this wonderful post! Not sure why it didn’t link correctly…one never knows when it comes to Blogger!

    Thank you,
    Chari

  9. Ooops…it’s just lil’ ol’ me again! I wanted to let you know that when I followed your link over from my Sunday Favorites Mr.Linky…that your post came up as “not found”. If you get a moment, I would love to have you repost the link over at my place so that others can view this wonderful post! Not sure why it didn’t link correctly…one never knows when it comes to Blogger!

    Thank you,
    Chari

  10. Like you, my life seemed to be on a different path. I’d buried a fiance and decided I’d be okay by myself and went forward living my life. Viola, Superman appeared and we were married less than a year later. Since we’ve been married 20 years this year, I must say he and our children have been the best blessings I could have received…and all after I’d finally accepted that something else must have been in the works for me.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Food for Thought =-.

  11. Like you, my life seemed to be on a different path. I’d buried a fiance and decided I’d be okay by myself and went forward living my life. Viola, Superman appeared and we were married less than a year later. Since we’ve been married 20 years this year, I must say he and our children have been the best blessings I could have received…and all after I’d finally accepted that something else must have been in the works for me.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Food for Thought =-.

  12. LOVE this post!
    What blesses my heart-
    -hearing hubby and Grace in her room, via the baby monitor. He is rocking her and they are talking.
    -watching Grace run into her daddy’s arms after he has been gone all week.
    -Grace wanting to do something all by herself. She says, “I do all by all myself”. She says this phrase all the time! So cute!
    -a call from my sister.
    -time at Bible Study with neat Godly women.
    -knowing that God is in control and won’t ever leave me.

    Thanks Tara!
    .-= Lisa@blessedwithgrace´s last blog ..Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Cupcake Heaven =-.

  13. LOVE this post!
    What blesses my heart-
    -hearing hubby and Grace in her room, via the baby monitor. He is rocking her and they are talking.
    -watching Grace run into her daddy’s arms after he has been gone all week.
    -Grace wanting to do something all by herself. She says, “I do all by all myself”. She says this phrase all the time! So cute!
    -a call from my sister.
    -time at Bible Study with neat Godly women.
    -knowing that God is in control and won’t ever leave me.

    Thanks Tara!
    .-= Lisa@blessedwithgrace´s last blog ..Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Cupcake Heaven =-.

  14. Such a cute list! I found your link on Heavenly Homemakers for Gratituesday! Isn’t it amazing how God can completely change the plans we had, but he really does know what he is doing!

  15. How sweet! They are at such a fun age aren’t they? One moment they are frustrating you to the point *major stress* and in an instant that stress melts as they say “love you mommy!” Fantastic post and thanks for sharing it as your weekly inspiration!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Weekly Inspiration – Oct 19th =-.

  16. Such a cute list! I found your link on Heavenly Homemakers for Gratituesday! Isn’t it amazing how God can completely change the plans we had, but he really does know what he is doing!

  17. How sweet! They are at such a fun age aren’t they? One moment they are frustrating you to the point *major stress* and in an instant that stress melts as they say “love you mommy!” Fantastic post and thanks for sharing it as your weekly inspiration!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Weekly Inspiration – Oct 19th =-.

  18. Mine will be 24 in January but when you talked about holding yours while she napped…. took me right back and I could smell his sweet head and felt that rocking chair as if it were today. You couldn’t have said it better than “my heart won’t forget” – so wonderfully, beautifully true. Wonderful list!!! Thank you for allowing us to peek inside your heart. Blessings!
    .-= Bonnie´s last blog ..In the Blink of an Eye =-.

  19. Mine will be 24 in January but when you talked about holding yours while she napped…. took me right back and I could smell his sweet head and felt that rocking chair as if it were today. You couldn’t have said it better than “my heart won’t forget” – so wonderfully, beautifully true. Wonderful list!!! Thank you for allowing us to peek inside your heart. Blessings!
    .-= Bonnie´s last blog ..In the Blink of an Eye =-.

  20. After wondering how one “feels” at home, especially in somebody else's house, I googled blogs and what feels like home and was led straight to your blog. I love it. Feels like I've found a new friend. I blogged about you and added your link so others could find you as well. I loved this story because I can RELATE! I had my plans too, but God is funny that way.

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