The first is My Charming Kids.
This is the site I have had in my sidebar as a prayer request. God is doing miraculous things in this unborn baby's life and it's faith-challenging to watch. I love this blog because I am reminded to pray and that God responds to our prayers, and because the photos are so beautiful.
The second is Bring the Rain.
I read this one last night with tears falling like rain. God answered this family's prayers in a different way, and somehow the beauty of life and family is no more apparent than in this story. The pictures and words are beyond moving, and the Sovereignty of God shines through each detail. Here's an excerpt that I love:
(A 5 year old makes a picture for her newborn sister who has recently died)
"I want to give it to her, mommy. I want to put it in her basket."
They call her "casket" a "basket," and we don't correct them, because frankly, I like the idea of a basket better anyway.
"OK." Now what do I say? How am I going to explain this to a 5 year old?
She looked at me, waiting.
"So..should we put it in the mailbox, mommy? Will the man come and get it?"
She wanted to understand the details of our new situation, and the truth at that moment was that I did too.
"Well, Abby, the great thing about heaven is that Audrey can see all of the things that we are doing down here. AND, she can see what you made for her! She can just look right into our house and see it." I waited to see how this felt to her.
Without a word, she spoke life back into my tired bones.
She took the edges of the drawing delicately and lifted it high above her head, closer to her baby sister. She had her head tipped back, looking upward, and after a few seconds, she closed her eyes and a smile made it's way across her face.
"She liked it, didn't she?" I asked her quietly.
She nodded, still glowing, and ran off to play.
I don't know where you are tonight, or what hurts you are holding up to God, but I will promise you this. If you can just trust Him enough to bring it to Him, He will rejoice in your masterpiece. And if you need to scream a little, know that you have a God who can take that too, as long as your face is tilted (even slightly) toward Him."
You need to go read some more of this blog, but make sure you have tissues handy.