Saturday, May 30, 2009
Matt and Tori, we are so excited about how God has brought you together. We can't wait to be a part of seeing what He does through you next. I know that whatever you do, you will seek Him, and it will be all to His glory! We love you and can't wait for you to get home so we can hang out!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This day was extra special for us because I did not just plan this one, but Spencer and I participated as parents for the first time. It was so awesome for Spencer and I to be prayed over as parents of Zeke. It was also incredibly scary to think about as members and staff members of our church to think about all the individual families in the room with us (there were 18 other children and their families). It is quite daunting to think about each child and how we can be there for their parents. We families standing in that room together made commitments not just to our children, but to each others. My prayer is for these children to grow up together and spur one another one. To sharpen one another with God's Word and not tear each other down. To encourage and challenge each other into a personal relationship with Christ. My prayer is for these parents to not take the easy road of parenting, but to biblically discipline their children. To not privatize their rearing, but to ask for prayers and help from their church family. My prayer is for our church to love these families and join with them in raising their children in a gospel centered context. Having taken part in this from the parents' side has definitely changed my view of Parent Commissioning, and I think it has for the better. I look forward to partnering with the families in our church not only as they raise their children, but as Spence and I raise ours.
Here are some fun pictures from our day.
Here a close up (too bad it looks like I was hanging the duck)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Zeke has recently begun making a new sound. He started it while eating solids one day and I got worried until he smiled. Now he does it everytime he eats. He also loves it when we make the sound back at him. In the video, he has hiccups on top of making the sound. Zeke gets the hiccups all the time, as in at least once a day most days.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Zeke has changed a ton in the last month! I think he is losing that baby look and looking like such a big boy. He has become much more inquisitive recently. He looks at any sound that he hears. He responds when we talk to him with all kinds of fun sounds. He now has five teeth- three on the top and two on the bottom. He is not crawling, but that doesn't stop him from getting anything he wants. He rolls, sometimes in a continuously line and at other times he kind of wiggles back and forth to get to exactly what he wants. He is not pulling up on stuff, but will pull to standing while holding our hands. He says mama and I am pretty sure he knows that is who I am. (he actually said it last week while looking at the door I had just walked out) He says dada, very infrequently- we all know this means he loves me more :-) He has now been totally on formula for a week. He can hold his bottle on his own. Since transitioning over to bottles, he has gotten much more interested in his daddy. When he sees Spence, he lights up. He has even started fussing when Spence leaves a room. He is eating more and more finger foods. He really enjoys holding a banana and biting it. His favorite foods are still avocado, sweet potatoes, and yogurt. And sleeping issues have pretty much been worked out. He sometimes sleeps through the night (it has now happened a total of 5 times in the past three months- 3 in a row when he turned 6 months, and two nights in a row this past weekend). He goes down for 2 or 3 naps each day with little to no crying.
We love him so much and still can't believe how blessed we have already been in the past 9 months. We praise God that we have such a happy, healthy baby!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Also, I can't believe it, but I have already been feeling the little one move! It started Monday evening, and I didn't think it was for real. But every evening when I have settled down and I am just sitting, it is just moving around like it is saying "hey, I am here" So cool!