Wednesday, July 30, 2008


We just returned from a family vacation with my dad and step-mom.  We went to Gatlinburg, TN were we enjoyed 3 days at Dollywood/Splash Mountain, walked downtown, partook of delicious eating, and took a spontaneous white water rafting excursion on the trip back.  These past 5 days have been really eventful.  Dad and Dee enjoyed the cabin and watched Elizabeth so that Jon and I could enjoy some time doing things that would be more difficult to do with babies (although we don't mind the difficulty! :-)  We are very grateful for them for taking us and spoiling us as always.  We did get to take Elizabeth to Dollywood, where she enjoyed her first train ride.  Here are a few pictures from the trip.  

On the way to the train, we ran into a "bear"

and Elizabeth wasn't too impressed..

She is very excited about riding the train!

Here it is!

All aboard!

Just relaxing

okay, a little too relaxed. :-)

Sweet snuggle time

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

And he's off...

Jonathan left yesterday to go Minneapolis. His flight left at 6am, which meant he had to be at the airport by at least 5am which meant he needed to leave the house a little before 4am. He also wanted to get our car fixed before we take off to Minneapolis, so he just decided to drop his car off in Raleigh to get it fixed. In short he was up at 2:40am. Unfortunately, when he went outside to crank the car, it wouldn't crank. Thankfully though, after one last try it started up. And I'm even more thankful that my father-in-law (aka Poppy) was willing to meet Jonathan and take him to the airport so I wouldn't have to get up that early!

The trip so far has gone very well. Jon sent me pictures of the cities and some apartments he saw. The people he has meet have been very friendly and helpful. Maybe I can get him to post some of his own personal thoughts on here so you can get more of a firsthand experience. Thank you all for your prayers for us during this season!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Such a big girl...

I thought I'd give an (picture) update on the newest (cutest) things Elizabeth is doing.

She prefers her 2 middle fingers over her pacy now.

This was her first time in a bonnet. She really enjoys hats of any kind.

She loves baseballs. She is her father's child.

Her first sleep-over (and it was with a boy!)

"Really mom, it's entirely too late for me to take cute pictures of my new hairdo"

"Okay, just one."

She looks so big!

And lastly...the newest update...

She is crawling!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

God has graciously given us means through a dear friend's gift to be able to make a trip to Minneapolis. Jonathan is headed to the Twin Cities on Tuesday and is returning on Thursday. He has made several appointments to see some apartments and fellow TBI-er has offered to show him around the city and a place to stay. This is such an exciting (and helpful!) step for us, and I can't wait to see what will come of the trip.

I am getting a little more excited. I have had a flood of emotions about the move. Firstly, I have never been to Minneapolis and we currently don't really know anyone there. However, I am excited about being in a new city and meeting new people. This has been the first big step for us since we have been married, and I count it a joy to be able to do this with such a wonderful husband and delightful baby.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Marveling at His power, longing for His kingdom

Our pastor, Andy Davis, is going through Isaiah on Sunday mornings. This past Sunday was particularly interesting, as he preached from Isaiah 11:1-12. As we were reading the passage, I began to raise my eyebrow about midway through. "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fatten calf together; and a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6). A child leading a wolf, leopard, or lion was not nearly as startling as the following verse. "The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den" (Isaiah 11:8). I nearly gasped at the mere thought of this!

And although, I cannot fully comprehend what the New Kingdom will be like, I know for sure that His resting place will indeed be glorious. All of creation will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord...and there, my heart will not skip a beat when I think about an infant playing near the hole of a cobra. I am thankful for the shoot that came from the stump of Jesse, the promised Messiah--Jesus Christ. The one who will bring perfect peace during His reign and is powerful enough to make all things new. I feel really foolish when I sometimes try to find a lasting city here, instead of seeking the better one that is to come.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A sweet time of trusting

It may just be me, but when things start to become difficult, my first thought is, "maybe this isn't God's will."  A dear friend reminded me this week that sometimes God's will is difficult.  Although it seems pretty elementary, it was much needed.  

We are currently looking housing and Jonathan a job.  Neither of the two (which are very essential to our move) have fallen into place yet, and we are hoping to move in less than a month.  This whole moving process has been very sanctifying for Jonathan and I.  I find myself constantly saying, "God I trust you, but really, you can let me in on the plan at any time now."  My heart resonates with that father in Mark who's son had a spirit that made him mute. (Mark 9:14-29)  Jesus said to him, "'If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.' [and] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, I believe; help my unbelief!"  (Mark 9:23-24)

I've been convicted in many ways about my subtle unbelief about the Gospel.  It is sobering to think that every "no" or shut door we have had has filtered through the hands of a sovereign God. 

During this time where everything seems uncertain, please pray for us.  Pray that God would, indeed, help our unbelief and that we would wholly trust that God is sovereign--even over our disappointments.  We know (and have seen glimpses) of how God is using this for our good and His glory.  And we know we can hope in the certainty of His promises and ultimately in the Promised One.  

Friday, July 4, 2008

Elizabeth's first Pro baseball game:)

We are on vacation this week, visiting my grandparents in Greenville, SC. It has been wonderfully refreshing as we have spent most of our days by the pool. Tonight we went to a baseball game. I know most of you can only imagine the excitement of my husband, the avid baseball lover:) But I thought I'd share some pictures of how Elizabeth liked her first pro baseball game...




Likes the ball uncle Dave got her.

Semi-mad at the ball Uncle Dave got her.


Content with daddy.

Watching the ball going...going...


Even though we saw many of her personalities, we had a great time!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Blogging is not Facebook...or is it?

The other day I had a comment and was going to comment back on their blog, when Jonathan said, "Melissa, this isn't Facebook. You just answer their question with a comment on your blog." Since I'm obviously very new to the blogosphere, what is the proper etiquette when someone comments and you need to answer back? Do you answer them with a comment on your blog? Or do you answer them back on their blog?

6 months old and driving:)

We went for Elizabeth's 6 month check up yesterday. She weighed 15 lbs 11oz which put her in the 50th percentile. Her little head was 42.5 cm placing her in the 50th percentile. And for her height? She was 26 3/4 inches placing her in the 90th percentile! This is probably the reason why some of her onesies are big around her stomach and arms but difficult to snap. She is growing so fast. Before I know it, she will be driving:)