Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Garrett - 10 Months

Weighing in at 23 lbs, Garrett is still my little chunky monkey. He started sitting up at 9 months and is getting much better at it now. He has recently started lunging and diving at things. Besides that, he doesn't seem too interested in becoming mobile. He has recently started to get really mad if he is playing with something and I (or brother/sister) take it away. He started actively playing peek-a-boo by pulling the blanket over his head. Then, we say where's Garrett? He puts the blanket down and laughs. He learned how to clap his hands and loves doing that. I tried to get him to feed himself little bits of banana the other day but he just smashed them in his hand. I feel a couple of teeth but they haven't actually made their appearance yet. We had parent commissioning at church Sunday (on his 10 month birthday...how neat!)

Also, daddy made up something funny I want to share...
One of the shows the kids watch on PBS is Dinosaur Train. Daddy changed the words to one of the songs for each of the kids. It is pretty cute.
Garrett, he's a Chunkasaurus. He's the chunkiest baby in the Savasuk forest.
Braedon, he's a Sillysaurus. He's the silliest baby in the Savasuk forest.
Kaley, she's a Cutiesauraus. She's the cutest baby in the Savasuk forest.
I actually don't even know how the real song goes we just sing our renditions.

For comparison:
9 months
8 months
7 months
6 months
5 months
4 months
3 months
2 months
1 month

Monday, June 6, 2011

Multitudes on Mondays (301-325)

301. Parent commissioning at our church that just happened to fall on Garrett's 10 month birthday
302. This family
303. Every moment of life
304. Wonderful friends to photograph special occasions
305. Very productive meetings with my Playcation team, so thankful for each of them
306. Bubble wands
307. Garrett playing peak-a-boo
308. Watching my baby sleep in my friend Amanda's arms (he barely does that with me)
309. "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" Psalms 91:1
310. The blessing of a long standing membership in the same Sunday school class with wonderful teaching but will be changing soon :-(
311. The blessing of a strong bible teaching church to attend
312. Freedom to worship the Lord, Jesus Christ
313. God's love and relationship with me parallels my love and relationship with my kids
314. The opportunity to guest post on INFO for Families blog
315. Watching the kids laugh and chase bubbles
316. Spinbrushes (why weren't we using them before)
317. That my kids constantly want to brush their teeth now (b/c of #316)
318. People willing to share advice openly
319. Heaven
320. Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other...
321. The ministry of NILMDTS, which my friends Ken & Jamie volunteer for. I can't imagine the God-given strength it has to take to not break down emotionally while doing this service!
322. The blow up baby pool we have even though my two bigger kids are much too big for it but boy do the three of them find so much joy splashing around in it
323. Tomato plants
324. Watching Braedon's coloring and writing skills improve as he literally blows through the Kumon workbooks I got for him.
325. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:7

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Heroes

We met them approximately five years ago and have hung out with them a couple of times. Our paths cross quite frequently at church and we stop to chat in the halls. They are the kind of people who are so inviting and so welcoming that they make you feel like your best friend even if you hardly ever hang out outside of church. They were one of the first true Christian couples we had contact with shortly after giving our lives to Christ. They hold a special place in my heart even though we probably wouldn't be considered "close" friends. Now, they hold an even more special place. They are true heroes for a multitude of reasons and we are blessed and honored to call them friends.

They have experienced what is quite possibly the worst heartache that a couple can experience...the loss of their first baby a couple of short hours after birth. I have been grieving with them from afar and praying like crazy for them to be covered with the peace that only God can provide. I also have been challenged greatly in my own life to really cherish every single moment.

I am in awe of the work God is doing through the lives of this family. By His grace, they are able to focus on the gifts they received and be truly grateful in the midst of such great heartache. My friend, Jamie has already written a great article about it. I invite you to read it if you haven't already.

Today, I want to thank God for this family. I thank God for the peace that I know He has already provided to this family and the ongoing comfort that only He can provide. I thank God for the gift of knowing this family and calling them brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank God for the life of their sweet baby boy. And, I thank God that through His son, Jesus, is the promise of heaven where there will be no more tears and no more pain.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Posted on INFO for Families (yesterday)

If you have never read Info for Families blog please go and look around. Barrett has some extremely helpful and relevant information on there. I had the opportunity to guest post with an article called Parenting with Grace. Barrett has been the young marrieds minister at our church for the past five years. It has been such a blessing getting to know Barrett and his amazing family. They have such a heart for Jesus and to spread the love of Jesus to everyone. I am honored to take part in a guest post on his blog. I hope you enjoy it!