affirmation and a necklace

First off, thank you to all the sweet women who commented on my last post. I debated about whether this was the right place to ‘journal’ and I think after reading your comments, it was.  After I pressed ‘publish’ I said a prayer that somehow my total honesty would make some sort of impact on someone and that ultimately God would be glorified.  I hope that both have occurred.

Sometimes I just need to write out my thoughts and process through things so that I can get past it, so thank you for being my listening audience. It seems like this idea of unrealistic expectations is something that I am not the only one struggling with which, believe me, feels good.

I was doing my bible study last night {yes, night, not morning like I thought I should do} and it put into words just what I needed to hear. Paul writes:

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

That is good, yes?


On a completely different note, I am not really a jewelry girl. I generally wear my wedding ring {my great-grandmother’s and I love it} some fake diamond studs, a watch and this:


About two years ago, I searched and searched for tiny charms that I could have my boys’ initials engraved on.  It was hard to find such little ones, but etsy came through for me.


When I got the package in the mail I cried. They were perfect. One little charm for each of my darlings.

Once we named Audrey, I placed my order {kathrynriechert.com} and was delighted once again when I received the tiny package.


So now my necklace is complete.


My FOUR darlings.

I sort of wish it spelled out something cooler than ebma, but we weren’t really thinking about my necklace when naming our first three {it was, ridiculous as it sounds, a consideration when naming baby no. 4 – that’s just kind of how I am}.


It is petite and makes me happy.

4 Responses to affirmation and a necklace

  1. Kelly September 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and can’t stop reading it!! Wonderful.
    I too immediately thought of “beam”, but see that I was not nearly the first to think of it:o)

  2. Jen August 27, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    I had the exact same thought as Cailan with rearranging the letters to spell “beam.” Funny she was concerned about leaving a comment on a very old post and here my comment is even later than hers!

    I think it goes to show you that people are just now finding your blog and loving it so much that they are digging around in your archives.

  3. Amy August 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Well. . .I purchased 3 charms from Kathryn’s shop! I LOVE them! Just arrived in the mail today! They came packed in a beautiful little box with a fancy little ribbon! I am please beyond words! Thank you for recommending her shop. . .it was just what I was searching for!

  4. cailan July 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now and enjoy it so much. I don’t know if it’s possible you’d see this comment on this old post, but I feel compelled to suggest that your children’s initials do spell “beam”, perhaps as in your children make you beam – smile, shine. Very sweet necklace, by-the-way.