The Strategic Homemaker

learning to follow the Father, care for the clan, and redeem the resources

My Favorite Family Picture


Ever since my most recent miscarriage, I wanted a family picture that represented our whole family, both here and with Jesus. I had tried to get it before Christmas, but TSH got swamped with deadlines, and after Christmas it got really cold. Right before we left Blacksburg, however, my friend Leah did a photoshoot for us.

IMG_9966-84 IMG_9959-81 IMG_9928-77 IMG_9922-76 IMG_9854-68 IMG_9835-60 IMG_9802-52 IMG_9767-40 IMG_9648-14First, these make me think that Leah is an awesome photographer, and I’m really thankful to her for 1) being an amazing person and friend the past five years, and 2) for taking these when she knew she would not get even close to fairly compensated for her work because we were broke.

And secondly, they make me think that I have the best-looking husband and cutest daughter ever.

But this post is not about those pictures. It is about this picture:


This one is special because everyone in our family is represented: my necklace (from my sis-in-law) represents baby #1, PG is baby #2, the teddy bear (from another sis-in-law) represents baby #3.

It’s getting printed as soon as we move into a house.

And there’s actually another person represented in the pictures. Baby #4 is 14.5 weeks today, and had a nice fast heartbeat yesterday! We’re hoping for a snuggly little Christmas present this December 🙂 .

I have been at peace. Not because I’m confident the baby will be fine. I’m not. I don’t have any promises of that, and in fact, in John 16:33, Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

but I’m confident in what Matthew 7:9-11 says:

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

And Romans 8:28:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Sometimes “good things” doesn’t mean happy things. Maybe more than we want to admit, it means really, really hard things in the present, but if you are a child of God, you can trust Him that his plan is good and cast your cares on Him.

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7

The family picture above reminds me of this. This life is not the end of the story, but the end of the story is coming, and it will be good. When I look at the picture above, I look forward to the end of the story, and if you trust Christ as your righteousness, you can too.

What keeps you reminded of the end of the story?


12 thoughts on “My Favorite Family Picture

  1. Congratulations!!!! Supernatural peace and Baby #4 are both wonderful gifts from God.
    Thanks for posting!

  2. Yay, so happy for you guys! Our baby #5 is just 11 weeks now, so thanks for your post. The timing was perfect. Congrats!

    • I had thought of you this past semester, Greta, because I remembered your Bunco announcement, and then didn’t hear anything more. I sort of doubted you wanted anyone asking about it though. Congratulations on #5! and glad the post encouraged you!

  3. Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful family you all are and I am excited for you all! Praying for God’s daily peace and comfort and joy.

  4. What a beautiful picture of your family! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  5. YAY! YAY! YAY! I love this post! and tell PG to stop growing!

  6. Wonderful news! Lifting you up. May God give you peace that transcends all understanding.

  7. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!!!!!! Will be praying for you! BTW, I LOVE all these pictures!

  8. Congrats friend! Beautiful family but even more beautiful is seeing what the Lord has brought your though and taught you through it. Yes indeed, the end of the story will be good! …and I can’t wait to meet the next baby!

  9. Your perspective is full of Grace and Hope. May God Bless you and your family.
    – From Oregon – Mike

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