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Melanie Martin Blackmon  Mama to many • Marking the milestones of His mercies through the mundane, the miracles, and the messes • Making much of His most merciful name 😇

I probably should have added to that last post that Lettie’s daddy has already nicknamed his littlest girl, Lettie-Bird, and she’s already being affectionately called Birdie. Of course, being the great golfer that he is, he would be quick to tell you that a birdie {which is one-under-par for all you non-golfers} is a highly-prized and special thing. 😉⛳️

It’s also perfectly fitting that the Lord has used little birds in a cool way to speak to our family over the years. If you’ve followed our family’s blog, FaithsFeat, then you already know how all of Lettie’s big brothers and sisters love watching birds and finding nests in our yard. The symbolism they’ve shown us and the lessons we’ve all learned have reminded us over and over again of the Lord’s gracious and merciful care and concern for even the tiniest ones!🐦😇

Lettie, Lettie Elisabeth, Lettie-Bird, Birdie: the Lord has His strong and faithful hands on your life, and we can’t wait to see all the good and glorious things He has in store for you! You are a gift, and we are so thankful you are finally here and part of the Blackmon Bunch!

{More about the meaning behind Elisabeth soon...}

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #BabyMercies #LittleLettie

All of our babies have family names and/or names with special meaning and significance. So, I thought I would share a little about our newest little Lettie...❤️

Lettie, which means joyful one, was named after L.B. Cowman (Lettie Burd Cowman) who penned two of my most favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert and Springs in the Valley. Both of these books have been such a tremendous source of encouragement to me over the years, and their tattered pages are bookmarked and highlighted many times over.

I’ll never forget the first time I read a copy of Streams. It was when I spent 2 weeks in Bulgaria, by myself, to bring our little girl, Faith Ana, home. During those 14 days, I fell in love with this devotional and read it {multiple times}, cover to cover.

So much insight, wisdom, and sweet encouragement in her words, the Lord has most assuredly used Lettie Cowman in my life in many powerful and profound ways to help me through some dark days and difficult seasons {including my pregnancy with this precious girl of mine}. I love that my daughter shares a name with this remarkable woman.

It’s also special {and makes me stand in awe even more so of the Lord’s most perfect timing} that the day our Lettie was born and just beginning her journey in this world is the anniversary of the day her namesake, Lettie Cowman, completed the work she was called to do and went Home to be with Jesus. So, April 17th is a most special Lettie finishing, one Lettie beginning, both used {and will be used} mightily for Kingdom Purposes and for the glory of His name! I know God has much in store for our little Lettie Elisabeth, and I can’t wait to see how His plans unfold for her life.

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #BabyMercies #LittleLettie

Lettie Elisabeth Blackmon

6 pounds, 5 ounces • 19 inches

April 17, 2018 • 12:39 pm

We are soaking up every single ounce of the miracle and mercy of this precious, beautiful gift! How grateful we are to our good and faithful Father for pouring out His grace on our family and blessing us with another sweet little girl. We are also so thankful for all of your prayers and encouragement throughout this special day!

“Lord, you delivered me safely from my mother’s womb. You are the one who cared for me ever since I was a baby. Since the day I was born, I’ve been placed in your care. You’ve cradled me throughout my days. I’ve trusted in you and you’ve always been my God...You’re the reason for my praise; it comes from you and goes to you...” (Psalm 22)

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #BabyMercies #BigMercies

“When the time was right, I answered you. On the day you were delivered, I was your help.” (Isaiah 49:8)

So, here we are on this Tuesday morning, bright and early, with the sun streaming in through the hospital window, excited to meet this newest Blackmon baby.

And you know the little nursery rhyme? It’s ringing in my ears, and it’s making me smile right now because it could not be more fitting for this story that is unfolding. “Tuesday’s child is full of grace...” I’m counting the minutes in between contractions, and I’m also #CountingMercies , resting, trusting, #WaitingInExpectation , confident that this day, this baby, this momma is covered in His grace and sweet mercy, and carried in His strong, faithful arms. {You can check out my Facebook post for a few more thoughts about this special day.👶🏼}

I am most grateful for prayers today for a smooth induction and can’t wait to share a picture of this baby in my arms. Lord-willing, it won’t be long!

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #TuesdaysChildIsFullOfGrace

“One generation after another will celebrate Your great works; they will pass on the story of Your powerful acts to their children...

We confess - there is nothing greater than You, God, nothing mightier than Your awesome works. I will tell of Your greatness as long as I have breath...

The Eternal is gracious. He shows MERCY. For Him anger does not come easily, but faithful love does - and it is RICH and ABUNDANT...

You are faithful to Your promises, and Your acts are marked with GRACE. For those who are broken down, God is near. He raises them up in HOPE.

All eyes have turned to you, waiting in EXPECTATION...” (Psalm 145)

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #CacheLakeFarm #BlackmonBunch #WaitingInExpectation

“Here is a part in the program of God’s dealings, a secret chamber of isolation in prayer and faith which every soul must enter that is very fruitful.

There are times and places where God will form a mysterious wall around us, and cut away all props, and all the ordinary ways of doing things, and shut us up to something Divine, new and unexpected, something that old circumstances do not fit into, where we do not know what will happen, where God is cutting the cloth of our lives on a new pattern, where He makes us look to Himself.

Most religious people live in a sort of treadmill life, where they can calculate almost everything that will happen, but the souls that God leads out into the immediate and special dealings, He shuts in where all they know is that God has hold of them, and is dealing with them, and their expectation is from Him alone...”

I’ve been reading and re-reading these words all week from one of my favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert. It’s been such a good reminder for me to count the mercies even during the waiting seasons. It’s so easy during these stretching times to let impatience, fear, and anxiety keep us from experiencing the miracles and mercies found in all the little moments. But, let me tell you friends. There are many! SO.MANY.MERCIES!

The biggest for me right now? In all the hard, in all the wrestling, in all the waiting...He’s making me look to Himself! And this is just exactly where this waiting, expectant momma’s heart and eyes need to be looking.💚 #CountingMercies #GrowingFaith #WaitingForBaby #Prayer

You know it’s been a good day when it included dirt-covered hands and chocolate-covered faces!

“The Eternal will stand close with blessing and mercy at hand...” (Psalm 24:5)

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #WhileIWaitForBaby #IPlantFlowers #IBakeChocolate #MyHappyPlaces

Fanny up, head down...this littlest one is definitely going to fit in just perfectly with this bunch of monkeys!🐒🐒🐒🐒

And that look of joy and enormous grin on Haddon’s face? Yep...that smile pretty much sums up how I felt when my ultrasound this morning showed that this baby had already flipped all by itself before my scheduled ECV procedure had even started!

So, we are all #CountingMercies in a big way today, and praising God for the mighty ways that He so very faithfully answers our prayers! Now, just to pray {and trust} that I will go into labor SOON before this monkey flips again! Keep the prayers coming, friends! I am so grateful for y’all and for all the words of encouragement and prayers offered up on behalf of this little one!👶🏼

“My God is one step ahead of me with His mercy...” (Psalm 59:10)

#CountingMercies #CountingJoys #Prayer #WaitingForBaby

So, friends, a little heads up...{no pun intended}...I have a head-up baby that needs to be head-down. 🙈 My last ultrasound showed that this little monkey has gotten into the footling breech position, which was not what this momma expected or wanted to hear. Tomorrow morning my doctor is going to try to turn this baby around the right way, and I would be so grateful for your prayers!

Loving these beautiful words from Psalm 139 and reminding myself tonight that this baby has a Faithful Father who is holding him or her in the palm of His strong and steady hands! What a comfort to know that every.single.detail of this little one’s life has already been perfectly and sovereignly ordained and that nothing takes our good and merciful God by surprise!

For You shaped me, inside and out.
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath. I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. You see all things; nothing about me was hidden from You. As I took shape in secret,
carefully crafted in the heart of the earth before I was born from its womb. You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb. Every detail of my life was already written in Your book. You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.

#CountingMercies #AprilMercies #BabyMercies #Prayer

“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, all the generous bounties of God, His great goodness... Compassion lavished,
Love extravagant... So He became their Savior. In all their troubles, He was troubled, too. He didn’t send someone else to help them. He did it Himself, in person.
Out of His own love and pity, He redeemed them. He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time.” (Isaiah 63:7-9)

This day, this most joyful and mercy-filled day, it’s the reason why I count and why I won’t stop. Mercies abound, and these eight smiling faces are high up on my list! But the grandest and most glorious Mercy of them all, it’s this day, friends! Happy, Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen!💗 {Also sending much love across the ocean to my family in Greece! I pray today that you will each know the hope of our Risen Savior!} #CountingMercies #EasterMercies #AprilMercies

So, yeah, maybe we wasted a little water this afternoon💦💦💦... #WorthIt #AllTheGiggles #CreativePlay #CountingMercies #MarchMercies

...and it was a good Good Friday night!🐟 #FishingWithBigBrothers #FullMoon #CacheLakeFarm

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