Misty Garrison » Gathered Fragments

According to our culture & government she should have never been born, but thanks to the brave and selfless sacrifice of her birth mother she is here with us. Blessing our hearts with her life.

On this dark day in our nation’s history as we ponder all the precious lives lost, I can’t help but think that we might have missed it.

As the Church and Bride of Christ who lobbies against abortion…

…how many women in crisis have we given refuge to as she walks the painful journey of placing her child for adoption?

…how many children have we allowed into our homes & our families?

…how many hands have we held and tears have we wiped as women mourn and recover from their regretful choice?

…have we fought as vehemently for the lives and welfare of the already born as we do for the unborn?

…have we risked our own well being in order to rescue the perishing? Birth mothers, unwanted, neglected children, and those who have chosen not to be mothers at all.

Because really, how can we claim to be anti-abortion unless we are at the same time pro-adoption? Pro-foster care? Pro-orphan care? Pro-laying down our lives for others? If we are unwilling to be a part of the solution to their problem, how can we expect women to make the choice we desire? If we are content to allow their children to grow up in over-crowded shelters because we refuse to open our homes and our hearts, what choice do we really give them?

And while I understand that not all of us are called to adoption or foster care, we have all been given the task to care for widows and orphans in distress. We must find our part in God’s rescue mission of his most treasured ones.

This life. This gift. This choice.

“We lament the death of each child lost to abortion. We pray for each parent who has chosen to terminate a pregnancy. And we commit to become a people who welcome life in a culture of death.”

~ Common Prayer, January 22nd.

May it be so…

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I blinked. And this happened. Happy Birthday, Lou Lou!

Had me an interview with the little lady on the way to her 5 year old check up:

1. What makes you happy? hugging Eliza

2. What is your favorite animal? an elephant (because it could hold me)

3. What is your favorite thing to eat? hot cheese sandwich

4. What is your favorite restaurant? McDonald’s (its all about “toggler” toy, as she calls it)

5. What is your favorite thing to do? play My Little Pony

6. What are you really good at? tracing & coloring

7. What is your favorite TV show? My Little Pony

8. What is your favorite movie? Jack Frost (and by that I think she means one of the Santa Claus movies with Jack Frost in it ~ she has seen it once, I think)

9. What is your favorite color? pink and purple (please help me, I tried to avoid this and it happened anyway ; )

10. Who is your best friend? Ella

11. What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? go treasure hunting (that’s my girl)

12. What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? play Little Big Planet & Super Mario

13. What is your favorite thing to do with Eliza? dance party ; )

14. What is your favorite sport? pirates (looks like we have some work to do)

15. What is your favorite outfit? owl shirt, striped leggings, pink skirt, and two different crazy socks with tennis shoes

16. Where is your favorite place to go? birdie’s house

17. What is your favorite book? Seek & Find My Little Pony

18. What is your favorite song? Party in the USA (only because it bugs Mark & Mitch so much)

19. Where do you want to go on vacation? on an airplane to see Charlie Brown (the real one, that is) & visit Mickey Mouse’s house

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? bigger (always the comedian)

I sure do love this girl ~ her wit, her obsessive tendencies & her capacity to love deeply. She teaches me so much about God’s grace & seeking forgiveness. She makes me better. Please, oh please, let me do the same for her.

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Little late again getting these posted. Really thought once Lou went back to school, that I would get back into a groove quicker. But then I decided to take an online photography class taught by one of my favorite photogs Kristin Rogers (if you are on instagram, you must start following her ~ her images will sooth your soul & inspire you to beauty). The class is called The Inspired Home, and is offered through The Define School. I am hoping to get my creative juices flowing for the new year ~ both in my photography & my writing. That being said, I spent much of last week in awe of my talented teacher and fellow students while trying to learn a few new skills. The class continues, but I hope to get a better handle on my “free” time.

Without further ado. Last Thursday, the 10th, at our place ; ).

As usual, we ended our day with a visit from the “big” boys in our cul-de-sac. God bless them for navigating the tumultuous waters that is friendship with a 4, almost 5, year old girl.

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Abundance is…

…a well-used set of watercolors.

…turning the page to endless possibilities.

…the invitation to paint the world around us.

May we choose to load our brushes with love & kindness and light & truth.

“If through a man’s life there is a little more love and kindness, a little more light and truth in the world, then he will not have lived in vain.”

~ Jesuit Alfred Delp

May it be so. In abundance…

Never in vain.

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Linking up with Rebecca’s Simple things Sunday photo party over at Simple As That. Click on the link below to view more beauty in the simple things.

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Also joining Stefanie at Ni Hao Y’all for her Sunday Snapshot.

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