Enjoying Life… just a day at a time

Today our second son, born on July 6, is 10 days old. We are at home and we are all healthy. I am SO grateful!

I have been reminded again that God directs and gives blessing one day, one step at a time. He knew, that for me, reaching day 10 at home is met with lots of thanksgiving! But also met with the reminders that God brings good out of the difficulties of life.

When, our now two year old, was only 10 days old, we found ourselves awakening in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. We could not hold our son and could only go near him with rubber gloves and a sterile hospital gown. All we knew was that he had a form of meningitis and we were awaiting more conclusive test results. That morning the Daily Bread devotional (http://odb.org/?tz=-06) was on heaven. My husband looked at me and asked if I could handle hearing the devotional. We were reminded that God gives each of us only one day at a time and this short, temporary life is just that… temporary. Heaven is home. To this day, those few moments of that June 10th morning, vividly remind me of how fragile and precious life is. It is a gift given one day at a time.

Within hours of that same morning, we had test results showing that despite the high fever our first born had no sign of seizures, the meningitis was late-onset Group B (so it was not a viral meningitis) – we could hold our son again, and the outlook for recovery greatly improved. We had one of the shortest stays in the PICU ever seen in similar cases – we left after just four days. The remaining days in the Pediatric ward were generally boring. (In a hospital, boring is good!) A couple fever spikes and extra fluid around the brain and spinal cord extended our stay, but God had given life and time together that would not have been quite the same if He had not allowed illness. Although we would never wish for it, that three weeks together was a blessing that would have been missed if not for the struggle.

So, in this day over two years later I look at my little second son and praise God that I am at home… swamped with work because I planned for him to come next week! (Silly mom, I know better than to think I can plan a baby’s arrival!) But thankful anew for just this day. I cannot control tomorrow for it is not a guarantee – it is a gift. But how precious is today.

I’m thankful, my husband is home loving on his boys, supporting me in the work to be finished, my parents are here and loving on grandkids and helping with the endless list of house chores. I’m thankful again that the only day that I have to handle is today. God has tomorrow and the steps to take between. God holds the journey and the map. I just get to rest and trust one step at a time.

I am thankful for today.

Matthew 6: 25-34 (NIV)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Letting things go.

We are officially listing the house with a Realtor today. The sign will be in the yard in just a little bit. We chose a listing price $3,000 under the appraised value and are asking God to bring a fast top dollar offer quickly.

We really do like our Realtor and she does a great job at being realistic and then offering advice, but as she left Tim looked at me and just said that made me sad. I agree. Although, God began the process of letting go of our house a long time ago, it is still sad.

It is an inanimate object. A thing. The only good a house can have is if it is used for the glory of God, and that is and was our dream for any place that God has and will allow us to live in. But it will not change the fact that this house will hold a special, sentimental place in our heart. If we ever have straight up cash to pay for housing, we would build the same house all over again (OK we would change a couple minor things – like what doors we use, but pretty much we’d do it all over again).

The process of designing the floor plan, building a house, making house decisions is a process that we were told over and over takes a toll on a relationship and always goes over budget. What we learned in the process of designing and building this house is that we were able to keep our budget, we work well together, and we like what we can design together. We would have lived here till we died if God did not allow life to be altered.

But today we are reminded that relationships and loving each other is far more important than our location, our house, or the things that surround us. We are learning that we are not and do not need to be in control – that is God’s job alone.

We do not know where we are going, where the next job will be, where we are going to be living next, but we do know without a shadow of doubt that God is in control and He knows the answer to every question we hold. We are given today to walk, to trust, to grow and to let go of everything that hinders us.

God is Powerful. God is Good.

“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress and You will hear and deliver us.” 2 Chronicles 20:6, 9

Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And He will make straight your path. Proverbs 3:3, 5-6 (paraphrase)

 

Stories with Pictures

Children’s stories and pictures books are fun for everyone. I love sitting and reading Curious George and Dr. Seuss with my son. There is something relaxing about a simple story and fun colorful pictures. Small adventures can be analyzed and lessons can be taught, or, in the case of Dr. Seuss’s ABC, one can simply enjoy the creativity and listen to the sounds and order of the alphabet. Either way it is fun to see my son’s delight and watch him laugh at different parts or characters of the same books over and over! 

What do children’s stories have to do with LeA’Tev? Well this week I am focusing on children’s design. From custom children’s illustrated books to V.I.P. photo books of family and friends. Design and illustration can play a big role in teaching children and connecting them with family and friends that live far away. It is also a fun way to keep memories long after they have grown and changed. We all know that the moment of childhood is a fleeting second and then we grow up!

In case your interested in expanding your children’s collection of stories the following are some of my top favorites: LeATev on Pinterest

Graphic Design Process

What is it like to work with LeA’Tev? Personal, fun and finished with a design that reflects you well.

Now, specifically what is it like to complete a graphic design project – a wedding stationery suite, a custom invitation, personalized photo book, etc.

Step 1: An initial meeting! Whether by phone, chat, email, or face-to-face the goal of the initial consultation is…

  • To establish your goals, objectives, and wants.
  • To learn your style and what it is that you desire.
  • To set the budget so that every design and suggestion stays within allotment.
  • To set the schedule, so we each know where to start when.

This step often assigns homework to each of us! If there are key pieces for your event that need to be sent to us for ideas, matching, or use in final designs – this information is requested at Step 1. In turn, we will send any additional information that you may need – paper samples, etc. In every process, except letterpress, colors can be matched to your exact liking.

Step 2: Initial proofs for the project are sent! This is generally one of the most exciting steps. Options will be sent to you for initial review. The options incorporate the desires that were initially expressed and act as a springboard to narrow and begin the final designs. Below are two sets of initial wedding stationery proofs for two different brides.

JasonEsther Ideas

Mason-Bolte Drafts

Step 3: This step can be quick or take several communications back and forth, but the end result is the same – the design is tweaked, set, and detailed to reflect you!

Haldik3 Bolte_MasonShelton

Step 4: Every necessary detail is added and reviewed. Maps are drawn, directions are added, special instructions, or any other detail or information is added and reviewed. In other words, we all get very detailed and when you have signed off for the final time….

Details

Step 5: We go to print! In general, two weeks are allotted for printing, but dependent on paper stock and printer availability, orders can be ready to ship in as little as 1 business day. In setting the schedule upfront, sufficient time is set aside to insure printing and delivery on time.

Would you like to learn more? See what others have thought of working with LeA’Tev.

Call or email – I would love to talk with you!

Heather Haxton

(515) 447-5974, heather@leatev.com

www.LeATev.com