Wednesday, January 18, 2006

January 18th - I went to the doctor today for my weekly checkup and discovered that I have gained 45 pounds! WOW! Little Drew had a very strong heartbeat and is progressing well. I was hoping to be taken off my trebutaline pump today, but when the doctor checked my cervix she found out I was already almost 4 cm dilated! So, I will be on the pump for one more week. This will ensure that the baby stays cooking in my tummy for 36 full weeks.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

January 14, 2006
Drew had his eye teeth come in today. Poor boy, he has been crying all day long. The right one has just cut through, and the left one is still in the process. I hope they come in by tonight, it will be a long night. Also, Drew has had a terrible diaper rash for weeks - it seems. I finally bought the Dr. Smiths diaper rash ointment because it is suppose to be the best. When I checked on Drew this afternoon the only red left were tiny dots - which means he has a bacterial infection. I guess we will be going to the doctor again on Monday.
January 13, 2006
Garage Play is now one of Drew's favorite pastimes! When he is cranky I now ask myself... has Drew played in the garage today? I know it seems crazy, but he LOVES the garage. He plays with brooms and wood and boxes and toddles all around. He is in heaven, especially when daddy is in the garage watching him. He won't complain when I am the one watching, but he prefers daddy. When John goes into the garage to get something, Drew is immediately in tow. He gets so upset if John goes into the garage and then comes right back in. Drew is no longer my little boy. He walks around the house getting into everything never stopping to catch his breath. I can't believe how life has changed in less than a year.
Well, John and I just celebrated our 3 rd wedding anniversary on the 11 th of January. We were going to go out for dinner, but I hurt my back and was stuck on the couch for most the evening. So, we went out the next night. We ate at the Olive Garden and then visited Lowe's for John's portion of the date. We had a lot of fun! I was a little disappointed that none of the Spring flowers were out yet, but that might because it is still winter. You wouldn?t know it though - yesterday it was 80 degrees! My plants are quite confused and are already starting to come into bloom. I am so excited to start planting. I just found a new climbing yellow rose bush that I am going to plant this weekend.
Well, in perfect Williams fashion, a new year brings new changes for our family. John will start a new job next week. Can you guess where? Yes, it is for Home Depot. He is quite excited about the change. John also started a new quarter in school. He has been swamped with homework. John is still scheduled to graduate on my birthday - October 21 st. We are so excited about these new changes and look forward to how God is going to use them..
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in another month!
Love,
Melissa & John & Baby Drew

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

January 4, 2006
This week Drew had his first haircut, he looks like a big boy now! He was so good for the barber; he played with some toys and sat in this cute little plane while he had his haircut. What a star!
Drew has been walking and running all over the house. He has discovered that if he moves his legs faster he can move quicker. He takes a lot of tumbles in a day, but loves the freedom walking provides. We have recently started placing the vacuum at the bottom of the stairs so Drew won't climb up them. He is still petrified of the vacuum.
John just finished up my flower beds. They look so professional! He finished up the lighting today - the whole project looks beautiful. I can't believe that the project is complete! Many of our neighbors have stopped by and admired John's hard work .They all thought he was a professional mason! I will post some pictures this week so you can see what I am writing about. Drew has been playing a lot outside with John. Drew loves to play and will cry if daddy goes into the garage without him. Drew still loves his drill and hammer. Today Drew played in the garage while John worked on the lighting. Drew was walking all over the garage like he owned the place. My sister Julie thought it was quite cute!
This week we spent a few days with some good friends over the first! Our friends Melody, Jeff, and Payton Stringer are moving to Seattle Washington. We helped them load up and clean out their apartment too. We are so sad to see them go. I will especially miss Melody, she is such a sweet and godly friend. Please pray for them as they relocate and try and find jobs in Seattle. Drew will really miss Payton. She is only about a month older than Drew and they love to play together. The good news is that we will all see each other next month when our family visit's Portland ! The Stringers will be driving down from Seattle so we can show them all over Portland. John is able to come back to Oregon this trip! He hasn't been to Oregon in almost a year. It will be great for him to visit with family and friends.
Oh, and I must confess. My mother has me hooked on shopping at the Goodwill! I hadn't ever thought of looking for baby cloths there. I have gone in twice in the past month and found the best deals on Baby Gap, Gymboree, and Children's World clothing! They all look brand new and cost a fraction of the price. I had been shopping at resale shops for Drew's clothes, but they are still 6-7 dollars an item. I have found the cutest outfits at the Goodwill for under 2 dollars. I am so excited!
Well I better say goodnight! I hope you enjoy all the pictures of Drew's First Haircut!

Love,
Melissa

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Week 2: Seeing God With Clarity

Drew, 22 months old, a ball of energy and curiosity was rummaging through the bathroom drawer a scanning the contents for new and hidden treasures. First he pulled out a bottle of hand lotion, then a bottle of hair gel, next contact solution and lastly my hair dryer. I was running around upstairs putting clothes away when I noticed that I was late; I quickly called Drew' s name requesting his presence, and waited ... At 22 months Drew has finally learned the "come when called game" so my request shouldn't have been too difficult for him? I heard him rustling in the bathroom, but began to get irritated that he wasn't obeying. I walked into the bathroom to find him still playing in the drawer, or so it appeared. I quickly disciplined him and then went back to the stairs to once again call him over. I called him again and waited... My mommy vision was finally starting to work and I knew something more must be going on, so I calmly walked into the bathroom; I found my sweet boy with the biggest alligator tears of frustration ready to fall from his eyes. He was trying desperately to get the hair dryer back into the drawer, only he was rushing so quickly that his attempts were making little progress. My approach quickly turned to sorrow, I had disciplined my son wrongly because, through my skewed vision, he hadn't been listening to my voice, only to discover that he was doing exactly what I had taught him - he was putting his mess away. I felt horrible and quickly put Drew in my lap, gave him a big kiss & hug and told him how proud I was of him for cleaning up his mess. I then asked him to forgive me for discipline him when he didn't deserve it. He gave me a big hug, and a proud smile, so excited that Mommy understood!
I was reflecting on this situation today wondering how often God weeps tears of disappointment over me because I choose not to seek out an accurate picture of God. I wonder how often he looks at the world and all of it's accusations and cries tears of sadness because we just don't understand who He really is? God's word is here for my (our) knowledge and yet I often choose to look at my life and God with less than 20/20 vision.
A.W. Tozer wrote in Knowledge Of The Holy "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man's spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." Nothing else will have as much impact on your relationship with God, people, self, decisions, purpose, and eternity, than your perception of who God is. Everything in your life will eventually come back to the same question, "Who do you visualize God is in your heart"? Do you know that the way you act everyday is a picture to the world on what your view of God is? For example, if, you lend a hand to the poor and orphaned, then you show the world that God cares for the orphaned and widowed. If you assist the single mother across the street, then you are showing the world that God loves her and cares about her specific needs. When I was in my late teens I spent a lot of time working at my education and a career, I internally believed the lie that if I made enough money and was a "successful" person then God would love me more.
So, what are you actions showing the world about God?
Briefly I would like to describe three common errors, according to Tozer & Chip Ingram, Christian's and much of the non-believing world make about God. I would like to challenge you to read the assumptions and see if you believe any of these - I know I struggle with these lies all the time. There are some verses next to the statements that reveal the truth about God.
Ø We tend to assume that God is just like us, but the truth is God is not like us - His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts.
Isaiah 40:25-28, 2 Sam 7:22 , Psalms 46:10, Rom 11:33 -36
Ø We tend to reduce him to measurable and controllable terms "our self-help genie," or "salad bar god" - but the truth is that God is not like us, he is all knowing, all powerful, and was the only one who could save the world from their sins.
Romans 1:21-23, Job 38-41, Exodus 32:1-6
Ø We tend to overlook the obvious and significant ways that God has revealed himself to us.
God reveals Himself through nature (Roman's 1:20 )
God reveals Himself through his Word (John 1:1-4)
God reveals Himself through his Son (John 1:14 -18)
If you are in passionate pursuit of God, two common questions will come up, (1) Is it really possible to see God as He really is? And (2) What must I do to see God as He really is? I just want to encourage you ladies to seek passionately after the Lord; His word reveals all about who He really is. Proverbs 2:1-5 reveals that it is not impossible to know God, all we must do is search for Him. .
1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
I have spent the past 4 years seeking out the true nature of God, it is a process worthy of your time and energy. Once I determined in my heart to make seeking after God a priority; one of active pursuit, one of humility, one of submission, the Lord was there patiently waiting just as he promised. I would just like to challenge you to seek after God, it is the most important relationship you will ever pursue, and it reaps the most significant and eternal rewards. One picture I often think about is my arrival into heaven, I ask myself it I am willing and eager to spend the rest of eternity in the presence of Jesus, don't I want to passionately know this God before I get there?