Thursday, May 9, 2013


Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.  

Our little family is growing and in this season of our lives
we are dreaming big! we are dreaming about the beautiful
days ahead getting to know each other, to marvel once more 
at how a new baby is gifted to us to love, of sweet summer days
exploring with not just one but two little ones!

So much change for this big brother! 
He is so excited about baby and talks to her all the time! 
He is the only one picking names, we are still trying to make a list! 
He is also growing up too fast! He is potty trained and in a big boy bed! 
Time really escapes through our fingers like water. 
My prayer for him is: 
"May Sami love the Lord his God, with all his heart, 
with all his soul, and strength." Deut 6:5

This pregnancy has been bathed with love from the very beginning!
Thank God for my wonderful husband who tenderly loves, blesses, 
holds, and cares for us. 

As a woman I have discovered so much while being pregnant.
At times when I want to be negative about the way I look or feel 
friends are so amazing at reminding me how beautiful I am. 
This still feels a little weird for me to type but they are simply
looking at me through eyes of love. The same eyes the Lord 
sees us all through. Love. His love for us let's him look at the beauty
he has placed within us. 

We are excited to bring you home little one! The Lord is good  to us
and so he gives us you. I pray that as you develop and grow you become 
stronger, that you can sense how much we love you, that you can hear
our voices sweetly loving you and longing for your arrival! 
We are preparing our hearts and our home for you! We love you and cherish you so...
Gracefully Daisy

all pictures were taken by the beautifully talented Catherine Marrs

Friday, May 3, 2013

Vizcaya: An Enchanting Afternoon With My Love

How do I love thee? 
Let me count the ways.
 I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach,
 when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace.
 I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need,
 by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
 I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
 I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
 I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints.
 I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; 
and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. 

What a sweet enchanting afternoon we spent together last year on our 
romantic get away to Florida. This was last October and oh my times flies! 
I can't believe I am just now posting this! it has been in drafts for over 6 months! Better late than never!

Gracefully Daisy


"Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something heavenly"
 - Sanctus Real 

Picture taken by Rosalyn 

Over the last year the Lord has truly been doing something inside of me that
at times has been hard to understand. Like so many of us the thoughts in my
head swirl, spin, pound and crash. 

It's amazing though that life doesn't stop because we feel inadequate, unwilling, 
unchanging, and simply lost. But even more amazing what doesn't end thankfully are his mercies-they are new every morning. Lamentations 3: 22-24

 How much change can one go through without breaking?
How many seasons of life can happen all at once?
How do you know that you are truly you in the midst of all this change? 
How can you function when you are tired, worn out, and frustrated?
So many questions yet the sun sets and rises and you do too. 

Can you survive, teach, model, and learn all at once? You must because there are 
two sweet, big brown eyes who are watching and absorbing your life. 
Thankfully the one who created your inner most being is also with you
modeling true love.

And then when you feel like Spring will never come, spring comes forcefully
and beautifully opening into hope. Just when you feel like you are at
a breaking point-if one more thing happens, spills, drops, or is expected of you...
then he tenderly reminds you to surrender. 

Sweet surrender envelopes and lifts you are no longer living by your strength 
but lifted into his strength which is bigger than life. 
The molding waves continue to crash but the fog lifts and your identity established is:

You know peace because after surrender comes peace
you can stand the next thing because you are now 
standing on higher ground.

Relationships are sweet and you do everything with purpose and hope. Life still
sends hurts, your heart longs, missess and sheds tears. Yet with nightfall comes 
peace and restoration. Tomorrow will come again and when you find yourself 
trying to reclaim those burdens- you surrender; because after surrender comes peace.
This draws you into something heavenly...

Gracefully Daisy