Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day


Can you believe it has been 3 years and a couple of months ago since the day I told you? Sitting on our couch in Wake Forest, I watched you behind tear filled eyes as you opened a gift that I knew was going to change your life (our lives) forever. I still laugh when I think back to it. You thought I had gotten you an iPod. Your face was priceless as you read a white and pink bib that said, "I love Daddy." It's a memory that will always be dear to me.

I never doubted that you would be a great father. But the grace God has lavished on you to lead and love your family well has surpassed all I could have ever thought or asked from Him. When I think about you as my husband and you as the father to our girls, I can't help but to think of God and his sweet mercy and grace to me. You are a great gift to us.

I could not imagine anyone else I would want to be alongside of in this journey of parenthood than with you. Thanks for loving the Gospel in such a way that you turn us to Jesus and shows us the greatness and life-giving joy of being in Jesus.

You are a father for our joy and God's glory. We love you!

Your girls.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why Elizabeth loves this guy....

None of her other toys has a mouth that she can open and close as well as his. This makes "feeding lunch" more believable to her...

Sorry for whatever reason I couldn't get the sound to work.

Elmo can also stand on his two feet. This means Elmo can hold her hand and walk. It is hilarious watching her drag poor Elmo by the arm.

She calls Elmo Buddy. I think I call almost all little boys that. Around the :39 you can hear her call him Buddy.

My favorite part? She has lots of 'babies' she cares for. Minnie, Mickey, Elmo, Bear, etc. And if she isn't 'mothering' the whole bunch, she at least has 2.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What bed time looks like for kings, sheep, and camel

we show no partiality at bed time...

WWHD? (and some simple math)

In the beginning these two look like...

this little girl.

Then somewhere along the way Elizabeth started looking like...

this little guy...

with occasionally looking...

like this little girl...

Now WWHD (what will Hannah do?!)

Though that is up in the air, I think it's safe to say...

+ =

some serious cuteness!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

thinking about God's glory in the small things.

I love the simplicity of Elizabeth's thinking. It is refreshing. Her vision of the world is limited to the few concepts she has access to as a two-year old. She doesn't get what a stop sign is, but she knows its an octagon. Green lights are just green circles. Speed limit signs are only rectangles. At first it was hard for me to spot the things she was pointing out from the car window. Now I love her sweet reminders of the simple stuff. Mainly shapes, colors, and letters.

I never thought these small things would bring me such joy, but when you hear your overly-excited and observant toddler gush out, "Mommy, rectangle!" you can't help but to be thankful for the object that brought her that moment of joy. And you can't help but to be thankful for a God who created a world full of shapes, colors, and letters, and a beautiful toddler for us to enjoy.

I never thought that worship would happen on a ride to Target with a 2 year old and 7 month old in tow. I'm thankful for my girls who point me to a greater joy in knowing Jesus. By recognizing that "from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen."

Being a mother--for my joy and for His glory.