Wednesday, March 20, 2013

And In This Corner

Bad grandmother...bad, bad Nana.

Bella turned four last Tuesday and I didn't do her birthday post...Deb says with her head hanging down in shame.

In my defense, there's been a lot happening here at the Casita de Trash, beginning with getting things ready to take to Warrenton and ending with Cat Daddy's unfortunate incarceration in the hospital. 

Before you ask, yes he's doing great, but I'm not gonna gross you out with the details.  He had a small surgery and because he's diabetic, required a four day hospital stay.

Needless to say, the last could have been a game changer, BUT God already had put our plan in place.

He had whispered to me not to carve anything into stone and by listening to Him, we avoided a heap of worry and the loss of an even heaper amount of do-re-mi.  I can't begin to express the feeling that sweeps over me when I am allowed to witness His hand in even the smallest of details in my life....which brings me back to Bella.
Tiny?  Yes, but a giant detail in our lives.

This beautiful, mere mite of a girl never ceases to amaze me.  Sometimes I find myself just sitting, staring and smiling at the wonder of her.

Nana:  Bella, how old are you?

Bella:  Less than 5 but more than 3.

Not to say she's a precious baby all the time.  Au contrary mes amies.  She can be quite the tiny terror at times and totally knows her own mind.  I like what Jenn says about Bella's...ahem...little outbursts of independence:

~In creating her, God made her a fighter.  He knew she'd have to strong willed.  That's one of the reasons she survived and flourished.~

Kinda hard to argue with that reasoning.

( when did my daughter get so wise?  Oh yeah...when she was on her knees all those months Bella was in her glass castle at the hospital!  And for the record, Jenn is branching out into photography.  She captured Bella's essence in all these photos.  If you're in the DFW area, give her a shout on her Give Me Props page for a photography session.  Hey y'all knew I was gonna throw a commercial in here somewhere...right?)

Our little prize-fighter is a true champion bantam-weight.  Whether playing ribbid frog on the stepping stones or asking for more mac n'cheese, pound for pound, she is perfection in a tutu.  She's smart, funny, stubborn and snea---ky.

Most importantly though...she's a happy, rambunctious, little four year old just like every other four year old.

~I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.~ Psalms 139:14


So when I find her playing in my makeup, mascara all over the bathtub...and her, (did I mention she's quick?) it's hard to get upset with her.  I think back four years and fall heart first into those dimples.

Dimples deep enough to hold all the tears, prayers and love given by y'all to Bella the Blog Baby.

Happy birthday Bella McBean.  You're my lucky FOUR leaf clover.


Dewena Callis said...

What a joy is has been to read your post this morning and think about what you've written of God bringing your family through frightening times but Him being there all the time and helping you to experience the joy of being able to celebrate Bella's birthday with your husband. And knowing that you treasure them both all the more.

Bella is a beautiful child and should always wear a green tutu. Unless it is a pink one.

Cheryl said...

Oh, Deb, Bella is absolutely beautiful.
You are truly blessed!
Have fun,

Sue said...

Little Bella is a beauty! I can't believe the big "4" has reached her! My Morgan will be four in June. I always believe in the toughest of times, all it takes is a little smile from one of my grandbabies!

Take care my friend,

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Fabulous photos of your darling Bella! Get well soon Cat Daddy! Happy first day of spring!

Beth Leintz said...

That smile, those eyes- and a green skirt to boot- she's a doll. Happy birthday to Bella, and give Cat Daddy a scratch from me and tell him to get well soon.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Well, happy birthday pretty Bella! You are a CUTIE!!!!

So glad to hear Cat Daddy is okay, Deb.

Richard and I are trying to get our strenght back after getting hit with that very nasty FLU and I am catching up . . . or trying to with the outside world.



Bliss said...

She's a beauty, absolutely no doubt about that, or that her gramma loves her.


holli said...

Bella-She's an angel and a blessing for sure!
This is such a beautiful post and I enjoyed reading every word of it!
GOD is so good and HE does have such a magnificent plan for us.
Give Cat Daddy hug for me.

red.neck chic said...

I just love all of you.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

She truly is a miracle of God and well so is CD! So glad God hasn't given up or ran out of giving out Miracles. Isn't he good...all the time! (God not CD, well maybe)!

sissie said...

She is so beautiful and precious and I know she has stolen your heart.


maryboys said...

hi, deb:) it's so refreshing to come over and catch up on a whole lot of posts! your blog never fails to bring a smile to my face and i thank you for that. i just LOVE to see these photos of a thriving bella - wonderful, wonderful...and what a dolly! thanks for brightening up your corner of this big old world:)


Prior said...

I just loved this post...Happy bday, Bella! Deb don't ever give up writing, I loved how you described her dimples being big enough to hold all those tears...and yes, I just was commenting on our premie baby, that God had given him special things for his journey. His is a sense of humour and contentment...

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Birthday the the beautiful Bella!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Beautiful post, beautiful girl, beautiful family...

Bohemian said...

Heartfelt Post for your Precious One... Happy Birthday to her. We too have a fiesty resilient one that has had a tough fight since birth. I'm so glad Cat Daddy is also doing well. Your Humor even in the face of adversity is Inspiring and brings a Smile to the faces of all who read your Posts.

Happy Easter from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Debra Oliver said...

oh my gosh, I just saw this post, how adorable are these pics? what a cutie patootie. Also just read about Danny's surgery. I'm sorry I'm so late getting with the program. Hope RT went well and that you guys are good! love ya, xoxo

Kathy said...

Such a sweet tribute to your little ray of sunshine!! God bless you all!

and...hugs from Ohio, Kathy

Kathy said...

P.S. And, what beautiful photos too! She looks angelic! :)

Vintage Home said...

So thankful that your sweet hubs is ok!
And Bella ...ahhhh, what a delightful little girl.
God blesses us in so many ways! She truly is a sweet dear girl!
And an adorable photographers model!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos - Bella is darling!! I hope that both you and CD are feeling better my friend!

Theresa said...

OH my gosh, she is so sweet! 4 year olds are supposed to be faster than their Nana! That way she can experiment with all of your make-up before you realize that your bathroom got a lil makeover too! Happy belated Birthday to Bella!
I'm glad that Cat Daddy is doing better, and your testament is a good one for me to remember.
Jenn's photos are fabulous, I hope those who live close take note of your commercial.
I hope Warrenton was a huge success for you!
love, t.xoxoox