Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ever. so. grateful.

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom 
which springs from the soul."  
~Henry Ward Beecher

At last!
A chance to reflect aloud 
on this past week's festivities,
and all of the things that continue
to pluck my heartstrings...
I am ever. so. grateful.
for family, and friends, and health;
for the tremendous outpouring of love 
that has come our way this past month.
Thankful for a weekend of rest,
and for all of the daily provisions 
that we can so easily take for granted.
Thankful that I've been graced with 
four whole weeks of kissing teeny tiny toes 
and chubby yummy knees 
and itty bitty ears 
and plumpy lil cheeks ~ 
for those who may have missed the news:

Luke Xavier Carrillo 
was born on 11-1-11 
at 11:21 am 
weighing 7 lb 10 oz 
and he is simply 
e. d. i. b. l. e.

When I look back at the years gone by,
I still marvel.
All of the mistakes...
And yet God was willing
to take my brokenness
and make me whole.
He was willing to pick me up 
out of the muck and myre, 
and make me...sparkle.
so humbled.
ever. so. grateful.

My contribution to the Thanksgiving table
were these delicious pumpkin cupcakes.
I came across the recipe on Pinterest, 
and couldn't believe how easyyyyy it was.
(Click HERE for the recipe)
I added my own touch but throwing some chocolate chips into the batter,
and prettied them up with a homemade cinnamon and brown sugar whipped topping,
drizzling with caramel, and topped with a single candied walnut.
life is good.


  1. Life is good and I'm so grateful for you. Your words always lift me up, I can read the joy in them. Sounds like you are soaking up every minute of Luke. Congrats again. I have a give-away going on, come on over and enter, you don't have to take the quiz if you don't have time, it's just for fun. Hugs.

  2. Yes, life IS good! You gave me goosebumps as I read about God picking you up, making you whole and making you sparkle! Not only do you sparkle, Bella, you shine like a beacon!

    Luke is adorable, cuddly and do doubt irresistable and maybe even more scrumptious that those pretty cupcakes! ;) xoxo

  3. How wonderful to have so many things to be thankful for. We have such a loving God to bless us far beyond what we deserve!

  4. I love that you found a recipe from Pinterest! :D

  5. those look amazing!

  6. I have waited patiently for you to announce your newest joyful addition to your family! Congratulations, dear! Babies are such little miracles, yes?

    Your cupcakes look just wonderful ... sweet little endings to nice meal or a yummy midnight snack with a glass of milk...

  7. I adore Pinterest and I am inspired by it all the time. Your Thanksgiving contribution is priceless, as are your words. I got chills when I read about the birth of your son. Congratulations, beautiful Jaime.

  8. What a wonderful Thanksgiving expansion of your beautiful family. Thank you for making me smile (and my stomach growl!) I hope you had a blessed Sunday and I wish you a warm and peaceful week.

  9. I love the name :) Congratulations!

  10. Hi sweet bella! Love the yummy and delicious cupcakes! So glad you announced the arrival of your precious baby Luke!
    I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, of your special Joy, but it wasn't up to me to do the special glad you finally let the world know of your special beautiful little bundle, of "joy!"
    Hope all is well with you...sending you lots of love, hugs, and kisses!

  11. Your cupcakes are just beautiful and I know they were delicious! Congratulations to you and your family on the arrival of your precious son! Welcome baby Luke! I love his name. Merry Christmas to you and I wish you a very blessed 2012! *hugs*

  12. Oh, I love your description of your sweet new babe! And, yes,! And you are blessed :) Thanks for your sweet words! xo

    PS...those are my kind of muffins....mmmmmm.

  13. I'm sorry, I should have just entered you. Next time for sure. Been so crazy here too.
    Sending hugs and kisses to you and the little ones.



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