Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beniah the Brave













Beniah James Griffin entered our lives on May 25th 2015 at 11am. I had been contracting irregularly the day before (Sunday) at Chapel while my husband was giving an illustration of Beniah in the Bible who was a lean, mean, fighting machine. :) He killed a lion...in a pit...in the snow. What?! That's gladiator stuff right there. Lol He was also a loyal warrior who feared God and served His anointed kings. Beniah (pronounced Ben-ī -ah) means: built by God. It also ends in an "ah" sound like our other two children. ;) It still is insane to think God formed three gorgeous souls in my womb to give as gifts to Stephen and I. We have three other little lambs that are already in Heaven dancing and singing with many other cousins and children. I can't wait to see them all! Stephen and I were so in love with Little B the moment we saw him. We were told by one Doc that he would be 6lbs because I was measuring small. But Beniah-the-Brave came 6 days early at a whopping 8.5lbs! We had a great experience at the Naval Hospital and I don't know if I was just starving but the hospital food was even good! Lol Did anyone else who has multiple children feel like it was a mini vacation getting to stay over night at the hospital? Lay in this bed all day? ...no problem! ;) Thank you Mom and Kayla for watching our older kiddos!! It's was so reassuring knowing they were in good hands. A huge thank you to all the friends who brought us meals and made our lives easier! Praise God for no complications and good health all around...I do not take that for granted. Thank you for the many prayers for us (please don't stop!)

We are asked a lot how we are adjusting and I feel like God is giving us grace as we humble ourselves and submit to His promptings by: choosing to praise Him for the tiny people who think 4:30am is the new awake time, being gracious in our words when we are both beyond tired after long days (and nights...and weeks!), asking for forgiveness when I don't have self control and get angry at my 2yr old, praying and asking for God's strength, energy, love, and wisdom throughout the day, and choosing to see the bigger picture of our limited time with these amazing children when all I really want to do some moments is escape in one way or another. I'm praying for God to help me give grace to myself as I constantly screw up and grace to others as they are just human as well. I desire to be a light to the world around me of the Good News...starting with my kids. I know that is not done just by knowing all the right verses but by living out those truths in my everyday life. "The world will know you are my disciples by your love for one another." Love is: "patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)" That does not describe me :) but it is the goal!

Ok, one true story before I quit. All three kids decided that they were going to wake up just after 5:00am and boycott naptime, so by 3:30pm all three children were crying out of exhaustion. I thought I was going to loose my mind. I may or may not have started crying as well. Lol ;) Out of desperation, I loaded the kids in the car and just decided to drive around until it was time to cook dinner. I was driving for maybe 5 mins when all three weans were sound asleep! So what did I do? I took a lesson out of my older sisters books and went to get an iced coffee! I sat in my blessed air conditioned car, sipped my caffeine, and listened to the silence. :) The result? A recharged mama and rested babies.

























































Beniah is now six weeks old! He just got to spend a week with Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Karl, and Aunt Dee! Thank you for coming to visit us!

*photo credit goes to Linda and artwork is by Tierzah ❤️

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