Many Sparrows

God has me thinking about sparrows lately.  In the uncertainty of life-in the fears, in the depressions, in the struggles to merely force a tired body across the finish line of another day-He is there.  His eyes are upon us.  He is deeply concerned.  If He looks upon the sparrow, how much more does His tender affection extend to us, created in His likeness! 

After hanging some bird plates from Pier 1, I immediately felt I had to use the them as an inspiration for reflections much deeper than simply pretty plates.  Birds became more than just simply a symbol of a popular image.  Now I am constantly reminded God is always watching over us…the affairs of our lives are never unknown to Him.

Inspired by the windows in a coffee shop we frequented while in Washington, D.C. (see below), I did this to our window we have hung in our kitchen…

“His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me…”

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? – Mathew 25 and 26

Washington, D.C.

Rick had a conference in Washington D.C. last week so we made a 2 1/2 day getaway out of it!  Thanks to our friends Ben and Franci, who took Micah and Ellie for us, it was just Rick, Amelia and I and God knew we needed this treat!

The view from our hotel room…

Abraham Lincoln…one of my heros.  Even in marble, kindness and integrity are evident in his face!

Cruising Pier 1 for the first time in years…

Little buttercup…so adorable and full of joy no matter what!  We see progress.  This morning she lifted herself off the ground from her stomach for the first time and while the speech/feeding therapist was here, she said “Ellie”!  So exciting!

Reading their beautiful new book with daddy upon our return…


“There is nothing little to a father in the thing that troubles his little child; and your great God, having once condescended to observe and care for you, numbering the very hairs of your head, and not suffering a sparrow to fall to the ground without his purpose and decree, will not think that you intrude upon him if you bring your daily troubles to him.” 

-Charles Spurgeon

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8 Responses to Many Sparrows

  1. Grace says:

    So glad you are posting again. Beautiful pictures. So glad you three had a little get away…love what you’ve done in the kitchen. Great idea. Love you all!

  2. Oh, I love you guys. And so glad for your friends, who enabled this get-away. Wish I was there to help out in any way…

    I love the sparrow imagery. What a great reminder to surround yourself with. Love you. Pray for your patience, perseverance always.

  3. Kate says:

    What’s the name of the DC coffee shop? We live nearby… Glad you had a great getaway!

  4. bchallies says:

    Beautiful plates! Good shopping! And thanks, as always, for the photos of the children..Mom

  5. Susanna says:


    Thanks for asking…I actually can’t remember the name of the cafe but it was an Italian name…like that is much help to you!;)lol Sorry I can’t give you much more information than that! If I can find it online, I’ll let you know!:)

  6. Franci Hoyt says:

    Love the plates! (and all the goodies you gave us, by the way!) What great imagery to keep reminding yourself that He cares for you!

  7. J challies says:

    Lovely thoughts susanna. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Washington. look forward to seeing little buttercup in may – and the rest of you as well, of course.


  8. I love those plates Susanna!! I’m also glad that you had such a great trip :)

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