Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Gabe is so incredible fun these days! He laughs and smiles and talks all the time. He loves to be tickled and for you to breath in his ear. He just giggles and giggles! He also loves watching his brother play, eating, and sleeping. When he is ready to go to sleep, he pops in his thumb, looks at you, and gives a little whine! So cute. Gabe is now rolling all over and has started to grab things intentionally on the first try. He also started lifting his hands when he wants you to pick him up.
Drew is back to his normal sweet self... finally! He had a few weeks of adjusting once mommy returned home from Oregon. Drew and I spent yesterday gardening and planting.... we both ended up with nice sunburns... oops! Drew's speech is developing nicely and the evaluation showed he wasn't in need to therapy. We've been working on various words and sounds at home which is also helping.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Our little man is 5 months old, covered in cute, chubby fat rolls! He just hit 16 pounds and rolled over from his back to tummy today. He is also cutting his first tooth, his front bottom right - it's poking through at I type! How did he grow to be so big? It must happen while we sleep! He loves to sleep - still 18 hours a day. He goes to bed around 7:30 and wakes around 8:00 am. Overall he is a very laid back, easy little guy who loves his sleep! He also loves to eat! He is still only on breast milk and the occasional formula bottle when I am running low and don't want to thaw anything. I'm hoping to wait on introducing solids until he is 7 months old, he doesn't need the calories! I will say breastfeeding was really easy when you only had one kid, it has been a struggle breastfeeding Gabe. I am always running around and can't find time to sit and relax. Gabe is getting ready to sit up, he loves to play in his exersaucer and johnny jump up. Too fun!
Drew is loving his brother and anxious for him to play. We have been struggling with Drew's heart attitude this week. I pray that we are nearing the end of his defiant streek? God has been so good to provide me with tons of wisdom as I frustratingly watch my son poop his pants right in front of me - Drew didn't like being washed off with cold water! The past day and a half have been much better.His little attitude, normally so sweet and gentle, has been wild and hot tempered. I have a guess he is angry that mommy left him home for a week with Daddy and took baby Gabe with her. I'm not sure, but that's my guess. His Uncle Scotty is here too, so he has had tons of fun playing the tough big brother and showing off in unusual ways. Please pray tomorrow goes better. We have really buckled down on the discipline, I think he has had more spankings in the past week that the whole year prior? He has also been spending lots of reflection time in his bed. I saw a genuine heart change this evening so I hope it is still there in the morning! He is normally so sweet and concerned for others, this new attitude is terrible. I've noticed that I let him get away with small things so cracking down on those has helped. We are also starting to give him chores each day so he feels "part" of the family. We will see! Please pray for us!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Deuteronomy 5, Psalms 95
Since we have already studied the giving of the Ten Commandments, I wanted to focus today on the 2nd commandment, verse 7, which states, “You shall have no other gods before me.” This commandment addresses the jealousy of God, spoken of in Deut 4:24 “For the Lord Your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” I would say that this commandment is the hardest for me to follow. Daily I find my loyalty to God being challenged by the idols of self, consumerism, and instant gratification. What comes to your mind when you read that our Lord is jealous, or a consuming fire? Recently I watched a video clip where Oprah discussed why she created her own persona of god. In her mid-twenties, while attending her Baptist Church, Oprah heard preached, that God was love and merciful and jealous. She didn’t understand how our God could be jealous, so she went on a quest to “open her mind … to that what we call god.” You can watch that video here if you would like.
So, what does the jealousy of God really mean? According to Webster’s Dictionary, the two definitions that best fit God are, “(1) Solicitous (considerate) to defend the honor of; concerned for the character of, (4) intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness.” When I try and comprehend God’s jealousy, I’m reminded of my marriage commitment. My husband would rightly be jealous if he saw my loyalty drifting to another man and his emotions would arise out of protection for me. Similarly, God can be righteously jealous when we give our reverence and worship to other false gods. That false god impedes our closeness and intimacy with Him. God alone created us; He has every right to be jealous for our worship. Are there any idols in your life taking the place God rightfully deserves? How will you cast down that idol worship today?
If Oprah were to ask you what the jealousy of God means, what would you say?
What is important about the Ten Commandments?
Which of the Ten Commandments is the hardest for you to obey?
What is the consequence for following other gods? (6:14-15)
Are you struggling with understanding an attribute or characteristic of God? If so, commit to studying the scriptures this week and share what you’ve discovered.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Drew (3 Yrs) 29 LBS (25%) 35 3/4 inches (10%)
Gabe is all messed up! He is short with a big head, it makes for a cute baby! We took a ton of pictures in the Blue Bonnets yesterday. Take a look at the picture page, there are some funny pictures!
Drew at 4.5 Months (13 Pounds) Just moving to 3-6 month clothes
Gabe at 4.5 Months (15 Pounds) Beginning to wear some 6-9 months clothes
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
(Fun times with Uncle!)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
D: "Mommy, no, you doing wrong, hold down your penis."
M: "Drew, mommy doesn't have a penis, she is a girl."
D: With a questioning look "why not, your doing it wrong."
M: "Mommy wasn't made like you, God made me to be a girl, so I don't have a penis."
D: Still not getting it "Mommy, we go to doctor and he make it all better, you get fixed?"
M: "Sorry, this how God made me, your made different you look like Daddy."
D: Exasperated that I don't appear to understand, he shifts his focus to washing his hands"
My smart 3 year old boy is really challenging my on the spot thinking ability. Daddy does so much better with these discussions! On a praise note, Drew has stayed dry for 3 days!