giving thanks: a surprise

Surprising Daddy on his birthday...
When I think of the word "surprise", I think about my Parker - that sweet little face you see on the right.  Of course, what you don't see is that right after I snapped this perfect little photo, that little face dissolved into tears, dropped the bag, let the balloon drift off into the sky and proceeded to pitch a fit.... all before we ever rang the doorbell to surprise Daddy.  Chloe proceeded to sing and Parker proceeded to cry...  Surprise. 
Yea, life's like that.  
We had just celebrated Chloe's first birthday when I unexpectedly discovered I was expecting... again.  I'd always wanted at least two children, I'd just never planned to have them within two years...
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.
Before you were born I set you apart..."
Jeremiah 1:5 
Today, I am so thankful for the "surprise" of a little boy. 
I am so thankful that in times when our lives are not going according to our own plans, we can trust that they are going according to God's plan.  He is sovereign, "working all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). 
God's timing is always perfect.  His ways are always good and His "surprises" are often our greatest blessings.      


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