Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite sweet spots on the wee one for the grandma who will be joining us next week (you know who you are)…
Those dimpled knees!
The cutest booties!! (Thanks for passing them on, Valerie!)
The wisps of goldie-red hair.
That double chin.
Sleepy drunk eyes.
Now that Jack’s had a few days to dry out, we can see more what he looks like & all. He’s a cutie, but then again, we’re a little biased. So far, he’s got blondish-reddish hair & dark blue eyes, both of which will no doubt change before his first birthday. He’s very laid back like his Daddy, but with all the eager arms to hold him, what does he possibly have to fuss about? The kids are so much help with holding him & loving on him any time I need to do something else. It’s a whole other world having older kids & a baby than when everyone’s a preschooler! Heaven!!
We’re all getting along well. He was the easiest delivery – just when I thought Anders’ couldn’t be any easier. God is so good! John Mark’s working on switching his nights & days to the rest of the world’s schedule & coming right along there even. Anyway, there are some new pix for anyone interested over on the left in Flickr. Click on any photo to enlarge. If you want it bigger yet, click the “all sizes” button atop the picture. I’ll be putting more on over the next few days – I need one with Nate & Jack & one with all the kids together, etc. Stay tuned for those & much more.
Introducing: John Mark (a.k.a. Jack)
July 19th, 2008, 1:31 pm, 8 lbs, 3 oz., 20 inches
A few belated birthday pix of Nate’s bash…
We got out the Huge Cube to test their archery skills.
Legolas wanna be’s.
Is that Merry in a tree?
My little Pippin.
We got tons of trading cards for cheap at tolkeintown.com & let the boys spend some time trading. This was perhaps the most popular activity, much to my surprise – eleven year old boys! Anyway, I got a kick out of the fact that after the flurry of trading, one lone card lay forlorn & unwanted. No one would claim this “kissing card” – EWWWW!!!!
Water balloon battle at Helms Deep.
Truly, the Lord of the rings!
Frodo & Samwise?
My Sweet Anders.
One year ago today you decided to give your great big heart to Jesus. What an exciting thing! I remember working on my hair in the bathroom & you came waltzing in to keep me company that morning. Sitting on the little stool, you started the conversation with how you loved the story of Jesus dying on the cross. I asked you if you knew why He died & you replied knowingly, “to take away my sin”. I asked you if you knew what sin was & if Jesus had ever sinned, etc. You knew all about it, talked about how you have sinned but don’t want to & you started expressing a desire to get rid of it. I asked if you knew what to do to get rid of sin & you knew right off, “Ask Jesus to take them away & come into my heart”. I told you that you could do that whenever you wanted to. You gave a quick reply that you wanted to NOW. Keith was in the next room reading, so I told you that whenever you really felt you wanted to do that, you could talk with Daddy about it & pray with him, thinking maybe you’d wait. But you ran right out to talk to Daddy. You & Daddy talked for another 20 minutes about Jesus & what He’s done for us on the cross. Then the three of us bowed together as you prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior. At first, you asked if Daddy could pray for you, but when we said only you could do it, you prayed without hesitation. Since then, you ALWAYS volunteer to pray at mealtime. You sure love to pray & we love to hear you talk to your Forever Friend, Jesus.
I am so thankful I could be the one to talk with you & see the look of sadness on your face over your sin, hear the reverence in your voice when you prayed to ask Jesus to be your Savior, the love & faith in your sweet brown eyes. It was a precious moment I will never forget. I’m thankful, too, that Daddy was there & we could share in that once-in-a-lifetime moment together with you.
You are one special boy, Andrew William. God has great plans for your life & I am so grateful to get to have a front row seat watching it unfold. There are some big changes ahead of you in the upcoming months with you being a school boy now & a new big brother to boot! This next year with you promises to be the most fun one yet. I love you more than you’ll ever know & pray God’s richest blessings on you as your legs grow longer & your spiritual roots grow deeper this year.
Just a few links to articles I’ve read in the last 24 hours & had to share…
Alex & Brett Harris on Doing the Hard Things/The Rebelution. I always love these guys’ blog! It gives me such a hope for America’s future. Today’s post is a good one.
Read today’s post on Randy Alcorn blog on the new earth & our future hope. He puts it so well!
And lastly, if you don’t read Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” every day, you should. Yesterday’s reading was yet another stellar entry. I find myself saying, “Preach it, Brother! That’s so true! Good stuff!” on a daily basis. He had amazing insight & said it so concisely. Plus I think he looks a lot like my Keith, as does Bill Nye the Science Guy. Keith’s the much better looking one of course, but that’s another post all together.
2nds Champ Team 2008!
The boys at Wild Week
More Wild Week
Blowing Bubbles at Wild Week
Looking at snakes in the Nature Center
Out west last summer
More of the west trip
Still more of the west trip
At Wall Drug out west
Callie’s first haircut at a salon