Smiling’s my favorite!  (Sorry it’s so blurry)

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Little B had a  BIG weekend: his first time with a “babysitter” (my best friend Catherine) for about 1.5 hours and his first dinner party!  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but clearly, he was the life of the party!!

At 4.5 weeks, Little B is eating, growing, and developing like a champ.  He’s at the stage where he’s starting to smile socially and let me tell you, when he does, you would have thought he hung the moon.  B and I get so excited and repeatedly praise and encourage him for this difficult feat.  Smiling is hard work, you know!

A smile from Little B means the world to us–it shows us that he sees us, he likes us, and he’s going to respond to us with a little smile.

People do crazy things when it comes to babies and as you can imagine, when we manage to get our hands on a coveted smile, we go crazy.  We cheer and praise him like there’s no tomorrow, because we want him to know how much we appreciate it AND we want to encourage him to do it again.

On a different level, as we go about our days, I think we’re each capable of receiving “smiles” from God.  Winks and nods that assure us that He sees us, He’s with us, He loves us, and He’s able to respond to us in big and mighty ways.

When we encounter these “smiles,” we need to be sure we show our gratitude and appreciation.  The God of the Universe is taking the time to be with us; that is something we should never take lightly.

Make an effort to thank and praise Him for being so near and for being a God who is alive and active on a daily basis.

We are so blessed to have a God that we can encounter and experience each day and we need to be sure that we remember to thank and praise Him for His continual presence.

For the Lord your God is living among you.

    He is a mighty savior.

He will take delight in you with gladness.

    With his love, he will calm all your fears.

    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

Praise be to the Lord,M)’> and my shield;    my heart trustsO)’>
    and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:6-7