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Kalyn Cherry Waller, Waller Family

Losing a baby surely is one of the more difficult experiences of life. As my daughter Kalyn and her husband Adam recently suffered the loss of their preborn baby Kate, our family entered into a journey thru grief (What Esther Kate Taught Her Grammy) that is continuing to draw our hearts closer to the one who is holding our little baby Kate now.

We have been blessed to hear from so many of you as you have prayed and supported us through this season. Today, I am pleased to announce that the Lord is already beginning to use this experience for His own glory. Recently Kalyn began sharing her story, her thoughts and her new experiences with her Heavenly Father on a new blog called Mommy's Heavenly Dream.

Last Friday's post was so helpful for everyone's spiritual walk, I had to share it with you. Wow, our God can take every tragic experience in life and work it together for good!

Perhaps you know someone who is/has suffered a pregnancy loss or is walking through some other sea of grief. This blog could be a real treasure for them. As a mom supporting a grieving family, I am learning so much.

Thanks Kalyn for allowing us to take a peak inside your heart ....... We see the power of Jesus and are so blessed!

The Hands Sustaining Me - The following is an excerpt from my spiritual journal…

March 29, 2013

Waking from a nap with a start, I am disoriented once again, and shaking physically.  I thought from being cold, but probably from the disturbing dreams again. My body feels like lead as I get up and go to pick up Kyla from her crib in the other room.  As I go to feed her lunch my thoughts are interrupted by a word.

Sustain.

It comes to me as my soul feels like it is giving way and my mind is exhausted.

I felt impressed to do a Bible study on the word.  I wanted to find a verse to meditate on where God is described as the sustainer. This is the first one that jumped out: (read the rest HERE)

You can read more about Esther's story

Esther's Story Part One - November 24, 2012 was one of the best days of my life. It was the day we found out we were expecting our second child. Ironically, it was November 24, 2010 we had discovered we were expecting our first daughter, Kyla! We knew this wasn’t coincidence. God was bringing this second child into our family at just the right time and we felt so very blessed. (continue reading. . .)

Kalyn Cherry Waller

Kalyn has not turned Hindu....she was simply a mama desperate for some sticker entertainment in flight  with a 20 month old! Ahhhhhhhh.....traveling as Grammy has neat perks. I am assuming someone else calculated the snacks, the diaper and the toy count.  I just get to take pictures and watch her discover the airplane lights.Kalyn Cherry Waller

This week I have been particularly alerted to the wonder of the seasons of life. As surely as spring beings its annual transformations without my assistance, the seasons of my family's life  keep rolling along whether I want them to or not.  As a younger mom, I would often look ahead wanting to rush myself forward to the next plateau or development. Now, I want to slow everyone down! But in reality, I don't have the luxury of either option. For God, himself, is the orchestrator of seasons.

So my next best option? Enjoy.....I mean really enjoy....the season we are in. Take time to laugh at their silly Kyla Wallerjokes and remember the corny movie line with them. That is my family fun advice for this week. Simple. And yet profound.

Oh, I know we are all busy keeping our lives running and achieving and earning. But the best are the moments when you catch a glimpse afresh at why you are running, achieving, and earning anyway.

P.S. .....We made it a whole week with keeping our house in greater order! I think we are on to something this time! Read about our Messy House Weirdness HERE.

By Tara Cherry

Sing it with me now:

The wise man built his house upon the rock.
The wise man built his house upon the rock.
The wise man built his house upon the rock.
And the house on the rock stood firm.

Foundation. Such a strong word. It is what our house is built upon, both in the natural and in the spiritual.

Think about your natural house, the one you live in. What happens if there is no foundation? It cannot stand. That is why we go to great lengths to make sure we have one! What happens if the foundation isn’t strong? We have problems that we go to great lengths to fix.

What about your spiritual house? Do you have a strong foundation? What about your children?

Continue reading “They Understand More Than You Think” »

My name is Tara and I'm a Frontline Mom.

These two beautiful children are my very own. Lilibeth will be two in March and Ryan is seven months old. They are so much fun, and really, I can hardly imagine life without them.

You may find yourself asking, "How can you be a Frontline Mom when your children are so young?" That's an easy one.

Because I choose to be!

But how can we moms of babies and tots ensure that our kids make it in today's culture?

My suggestion for you today is, find godly mentors!

Continue reading “Mentors: Help for Moms of Babies and Tots” »

It was a fiasco. I had a 6-month-old, a 21-month-old, a 3-year-old, and a 4½-year-old who all needed baths before bedtime. Every night. Doug was usually working late hours. My three older children were tired of little kid land, and I had to face bath time all alone.

I dreaded it. It seemed like no matter how much patience I would muster, I would end up in a “Just get in your beds, NOW,” sort of yell before the last light was off. There went my composure, spiraling down the drain with the bath water.

Failure. Bad Mom. Those accusing words sounded in my heart as I stepped down the hallway toward my room. Continue reading “Consider Making a Change: Tip of the Week #15” »