Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Family Picture Day

Yesterday our sweet friend Amber took some family pictures. She is such a talented photographer, and we are so thankful she was able to take time for us. She is leaving soon to be a missionary in Milan, Italy. Please be praying for her as she is preparing to go and for her time there. We look forward to telling Elizabeth about our missionary heroes like her.

You can see our pictures here on her website.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Remembering the grace on that night...

Six years ago today was a bittersweet time for Jonathan and I.  Only four short days after our dating bliss had begun, we were involved in a serious car accident--one that forever changed our lives.  


On December 18, 2002, Jonathan had just picked me up at my house after his hitting practice.  After bringing me roses we embarked on our journey to pick up his brother and to attend a Sunday School Christmas party.  Jonathan entered into the curve and lost control of his 2000 Trooper.  We flipped four times head-over-end and the car landed on my side (the passenger side).  I remained conscious and the only pain I can remember was my hip.  Jonathan was unconscious.  His head was resting on my shoulder and blood was coming from his nose.  We were rushed to the WakeMed in Raleigh, to discover that Jonathan had two small tears on his brain.  He went to ICU and I went to an ER room where I received 7 staples in my head.  Things with Jonathan were touch and go for a while.  The doctors were not sure what they needed to do, but emergency brain surgery was looking like the only option.  When they reassessed Jonathan, his tears had repaired themselves and the bleeding had stopped.  Only 4 days later he came home with no serious side affects sustaining from such a head injury.  

The providence of the Lord is profound.  (and even that sounds like such an understatement).  I marvel at the grace and mercy that God poured out in our lives both physically and spiritually during this season of our lives.  I had witnessed God's healing power first hand, and saw his transforming power to speak light into our dark hearts.  We will forever be grateful for such a wreck which the Lord purposed for our good and His glory.

Here we are six years later--holding our delightful baby girl and loving marriage.   

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What shall we do with her?

...Our little bundle of joy is a huge mess.  The other day I walked into her room while she was napping--this is what I saw:

It is her newest sleeping position.  Since these pictures have been taken, I have found her like this a few times. 

FYI-as seen, no sleeping babies were awaken while taking these pictures.  Sometimes I think elephants could march right through her room and she wouldn't even budge. 

Sunday, December 14, 2008

a walk down memory lane

Six years ago today, Jonathan asked me to be his girlfriend. We were both in Myrtle Beach on December 14, 2002. I was on an annual family trip, and Jon was at a baseball showcase. We were completely smitten prior to the trip, which made me even more excited to know that my crush would be in the same "romantic" town as me. He came by and picked me up at my hotel, and we went walking on the beach. On that brisk December night, he sweetly wrote, "Will you be my girlfriend?" in the sand. Who could resist such a guy? Of course, I said yes, and we kissed under that bright, full moon. Even then, barely a junior in high school, I knew I could spend the rest of my life with him. (okay, or maybe i was just being a typical teenage girl!)

It is crazy to think we go back even further than that day (my freshman year). And even more crazy to think I married that charming boy 5 years later. December is special to me because this was the time my husband asked me to be his girlfriend. What happened four days later, makes it even more remarkable...but I'll save that for another post. :) In the meantime, here are some oldie-goldie pictures of us at prom..

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

another music nostalgia (christmas style)

I'm not a big fan of Christmas music. Don't get me wrong, I love hearing them in worship, but by the time Christmas rolls around, I have heard every song at least 50 million times. Well, at least since it started consuming the radio days after Halloween. I have to admit, though, there is one song that I love to hear. When it plays on our itunes, there is rarely a time that I don't have a sudden urge to start belting out the lyrics. Six years ago, I deemed the song as Jonathan and my "Christmas love song" (don't you just love how you had songs for different seasons of your dating life).

And I hate to admit that its theology is very awful. I know that I don't technically need my husband, but I am so thankful I am graced to spend my Christmases with him. I am also very thankful that I am no longer enslaved to the idolatry of Jonathan like I once was when I deemed this song as ours. I now can't help but to sing it and see the evidence of God's grace in my life...and of course, swoon Jonathan with my, oh, so beautiful singing. (yeah, right!)

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

So what's your favorite Christmas song?

Monday, December 8, 2008

"Christ was born a martyr"

As a family, we are reading through Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, edited by Nancy Guthrie.

I particularly enjoyed this John Donne quote from The Book of Uncommon Prayers, which was included in Skip Ryan's sermon. I thought I would share.

The whole of Christ's life was a continual passion; others die martyrs, but Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha, where he was crucified, even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last. His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday are but the evening and the morning of one and the same day. From the creche to the cross is an inseparable line. Christmas only points forward to Good Friday and Easter. It can have no meaning apart from that, where the Son of God displayed his glory by his death.

My favorite month

When I breath the cool, crisp air of December, my heart flutters with amazement at the grace of God, and Galatians 4:3-5 floods my mind,
In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (ESV)
December is my favorite month. Not only because it is advent season, but because December entails some of my favorable memories:

  • Jonathan and I becoming "official" in high school.
  • A life-changing wreck.
  • Our first baby is born.
In post to come, I want to share my December memories with you as I reflect on God's grace in our lives.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

"Can I come too, daddy?"

The other week Jonathan was leaving to go out of town.  In the midst of trying to help him pack, I noticed that Elizabeth had gotten quiet.  These days her being quiet means she is up to something.  When I went to go check on her I found her in Jon's suitcase playing with his shoes.  She looked so sweet.  Here are a few pictures:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

our first MN well check-up

I went ahead and scheduled Elizabeth a 12 month appointment since we would be out of town on her birthday and because we missed her 9 month check-up. We went today and meet her doctor that she will be seeing regularly--I absolutely love her doctor. I mean, not that the one in Wake Forest was bad, but our new doctor is just exceptional! She was so encouraging to me as a mom and very interactive with Elizabeth. She didn't act like she was too busy for us and answered all my questions very thoroughly. She took her time and I didn't feel like we were another check off of her to-do-list. (you know how it is, the doctors rush in and want to rush back out).

So here is Elizabeth's stats:

She weighed 20.05 lbs (29th percentile) and was 29.9 ins (65th percentile) long. She is long and lean and super healthy. She has two top teeth trying to make their way in, and she got the flu shot today and blood drawn (which was awful for me! She, on the other hand, was not one bit bothered by the prick of the needle, just annoyed I was holding her down).

We praise the Lord for a great check-up and for finding such a great doctor.

Her stats have changed. Not because she has grown more, but because I looked at the growth chart wrong. I found a calculator that would do all the work for me here if anyone is interested.

a walking, talking kind of girl

This past weekend Jonathan's parents and brother came up for a visit.  We enjoyed showing off all of Elizabeth's new tricks.  Elizabeth even took her showing-off a step further.  She impressed them with this:  


It didn't surprise me.  She has looked like she wanted to take off running for a while.  Not to mention she took a step at our neighbors house the other week.  Now that I know she is capable of walking, would it make me a bad mom if I pushed her down every time she took a step?!  Babies don't walk--big girls do.  I don't know how much of this growing up I can handle!