Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
We believe that God became man and came to earth as a baby. We believe that He lived a perfect, sinless life. We believe that He died on a cross. We believe He rose again 3 days later. We believe He is seated in heaven. We believe all of these things were done because of God's love for us. It isn't merely that He did those things, but that they were done to save us from an eternity seperated from Him in hell.
We spend time reflecting on that daily. We read His Word in the Bible daily. We pray and meditate and seek His will for our lives daily. These are not things that we only do one day a year. We do set aside Christmas to really focus on the fact that God loves us so much that He came, lived, died, and rose again.
If we leave you with one thing on this day, our prayer is that you will come to know Christ personally. If you have questions or would like to know more, please contact us. We would love to talk to you more about this.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It means so much more between Spence and I now. We are more in love today than when we were silly 15 & 16 year olds. We are more in love than the day I became Mrs. Shelton. We are more in love even than the day we became parents. Saying these words means so much more now than it used to. Behind it isn't just a romantic love, but an admiration and respect for one another. He and I have a shared affection for one another in the midst of our life, as crazy as it is at times. We are able to point one another towards Christ with our love for Him and each other. We choose daily to love Christ, each other and our children. And yes, it is a choice.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Spence and I have been trying to make the big Santa decision. Are we going to "do" Santa or not? Is it a lie to tell our children Santa brings toys? Are we squashing their imagination by not? To help us solve the dilemma, we conducted a test...
This Santa was a gift from some friends a few years ago. Zeke was seriously afraid of this guy. He wouldn't go on that side of our dining room while we had him out. We have now put Santa back in his box and stowed him in the garage.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
*loves to smile with his eyes closed
*eats amazing some days, and not so well on others
*still loves Ben and likes to point to his nose
*is working on moving to a quiet crib time and 1 nap instead of 2 naps... (not sure how I feel about this one)
*continues to LOVE airplanes and balls
*likes to drive trucks and cars and make a vroom sound
*looks for dogs everywhere
*reads books all the time
*signs help when he needs it but also when he just doesn't want to do something for himself (like when a ball is sitting a little ways away from him but he doesn't want to get up and get it...)
*points to pictures and names people in them
*gives kisses and hugs
*loves to be outside and runs to the door
*greets Spence after work by sitting in his chair by the window and watching him come home
*leans in to bump heads for "noggin"
*walked into his class at church on Saturday with no prompting or tears :-)
*could care less about watching tv (I love this about him!!)
*loves visiting daddy's office- especially when the cornhole is set up
*repeats words after us
*knows where his eyes, nose, belly, belly button, hair, head, fingers, and toes are
*definitely showing signs of being a strong willed child
*will give "knuckles"- fist pound
*throws everything out of his crib after he wakes up in the morning or from his nap, and then begins to cry because he wants it all back
*goes to the pantry when he is hungry
*tries to pull the juice out of the fridge- he seriously only gets a splash of juice from me, someone else must be sneaking him more or something because he is seriously addicted!
*says: mama, dada, Ben, Ze (Zeke), yaya, nana, bampa (grandpa), pawpaw, bubba, belle, Maaa (Matt), Towey (Tori), fan, light, IA (Isaac), tree, Jesus (and tries to sing Jesus Loves Me at bedtime with us), baby, ball, airplane, apple, boon (balloon), shoes, knee, nose, sahh (sock), bath, basketball, down, boo, all done, UhBer (Amber), sophie, car, truck, berry, chicken, frenfry (french fry), tantoo (thank you), ketup (ketchup), jui (juice), wawa (water), go, mil (milk), moo, quack, baa, meow, no, yeah, roar (anytime he sees a lion), bir (bird), boom, cacker (cracker), cookie, blo (block), tick (stick), cheese, nack (snack), pees (please), mo (more), yuv you (I love you), ho ho ho, mey chismas (Merry Christmas), hot, pho (phone), gobagobagoba (gobble, gobble, gobble,) bee (blanket), buh (book), beh (for anything he doesn't know)- and I am sure more, but I can't think of anymore right now...
Here are some fun pictures
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I mean I know Portrait Innovations are the same pictures each time and I know that there isn't a lot of moments caught like when you do photos like we did with LifeSong. But I like going because the pictures are cute, but also I love this chick! She is so cute and does such a great job with Zeke and now Ben. So, here are my favorites.