Family Jewels


For those of you that haven’t heard, Skip and I are going to be grandparents again! Our son, Nate, and daughter-in-law, Janae, are expecting their second baby in late May. I am thrilled with anticipation. Watching sweet Seth grow in the past two years has been such a treasured time for us. Seeing him learn to walk and learn about the world around him has been fun and challenging. But this second baby holds even more anticipation for us because it’s a girl!

Kaydence Joy will be the first Heitzig girl born in over 100 years. We are up to our necks in tutu’s, lace, ruffles and bows. It’s been very different from when Seth arrived with jeans, Vans, and baseball caps.

Recently, some dear friends gathered with us to celebrate the arrival of Kaydence. These ladies didn’t waste the opportunity to find every cute outfit between here and California. Each outfit was as girly as they come. The parade of styles and colors from soft pinks to neon floral patterns, headbands, and shoes evoked ooh’s and aah’s from all of us. Some had delicate lace or lovely flowers that just left us breathless. Little girls are so much fun!

As I saw each outfit, I was giddy with delight at their beauty, and I remembered “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isa. 61:10).

With a background in fashion merchandising, I love clothes. I like everything from fashion forward looks to classic vintage. I love to find the perfect outfit for the perfect occasion and over the years there have been many outfits I have loved. But the outfit I always love the most is the clothing of Jesus as He covers my sins. He takes me to Him as His bride and adorns me with many jewels of His kingdom. I am decked out like royalty under His care. But this adornment isn’t outward, it’s inward.

1 Peter 3:3-4 is the familiar verse that tells us, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Jesus decorates my spirit, my heart, and my soul.

So while I am excited at the prospect of passing on my fashion ideas and tips to Kaydence as she grows more than that I hope to pass on the “family jewels” of faith: the gentle and quiet spirit which is precious to the Lord.


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