Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I had not planned on what to say when I looked into the face of our child for the first time. I had thought about it, of course, over the course of the 9ish months that I was carrying him but had not really come up with anything profound. We didn't know if it was a boy or girl so imagining the face, and the love I felt when I held him for the first time was a little foreign.
When I looked into his sweet little face for the first time, with tears brimming in my eyes, Sean by my side, the first - and only - words that came to mind were, "Cooper you are fearfully and wonderfully made." I said those words from the very pit of my soul in a half sob, half whisper into the face that I had memorized in an instant. I had not planned those words but those are the words that we have repeated countless times in the months since. Those words have become his verse. Those words were given to me by God to be spoken over him, to affirm him, and to show him that he is loved and adored not only by his parents but by his heavenly father as well.
I was reading my bible today and again read over that verse - Psalm 139:14. The rest of the verse states, "Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Cooper was made in God's image, pieced together the way that God wanted. God's works ARE wonderful. Not just sometimes, for some people. Your works are wonderful. Period. Whether we understand them or not.
Cooper, please remember that You ARE fearfully and wonderfully made and that God's works in you ARE wonderful - all the time - I know THAT full well.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The Great-Grandchildren. This was the best picture that we got.
Front: Nanny, Cooper, Addison
Back: Allie, Lydia, Mahlah, Hannah, Emma with Lane, Sherah
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
No matter how you slice it though, going down to one income this year has made us tighten our budget even more. Other than our tithe and missionaries that we support, we have very little left in the "giving" section. I couldn't resist an extra "holiday gifting" for our local food pantry and found an easy way to do this without straining the budget. I thought I would share so that you might be encouraged about your own giving.
A few months ago when our local food pantry had only peanut butter and green beans on their shelves, I heard on the news of this way to help. They suggested picking up only one extra item each time you make a trip to the grocery store and begin your own collection box at home. When it is full, you take it to your local crisis control, food pantry, or Christian ministry.
I thought that was a GREAT idea, compeltely do-able, and an easy way to give to others without breaking the bank. So....over the last few months, I have picked up an extra item at the grocery store each time I went. I tried to make the item $1 or less. So I would grab a box of spaghetti, a can of soup, a box of jello... It was almost fun searching for just the right item to include in our box, imagining the family that would use it.
And yesterday, Cooper and I went to our local grocery store and placed our box in the bigger box that they have set out for the Holidays (I wish I had a picture but didn't think about sharing this on the blog until later). Our plan was to actually take it to the food pantry but the food collected from the grocery store goes to the same place and was a more convenient drop off location. See how easy that was!?
I would love to hear from you about other ways that you and your family have "given on a budget." Merry Christmas!
Deut. 15:7-8 "If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Picking up Auntie from the airport and dinner at Olive Garden rounded out the day.
Then Aaron (Sean's brother) graduated from PA school on Saturday. Cooper and I stayed here to let him rest from the long day on Friday while the rest of the family went down to Fayetteville to celebrate with Aaron (and Rachel who also graduated with her Master's in Education but did not attend her ceremony to go to Aaron's). Cooper and I did meet the rest of the family for a Japanese dinner though when they got back to Winston-Salem for the night.
Since all the family was already in town, we decided a while back that this weekend would be the perfect weekend for Cooper to be baptized. He was a star and looked adorable in his tie, if I do say so myself. He totally wowed the crowd at church and "awwww" was said collectively a number of times. He's such a charmer (must have gotten that from his daddy, wink, wink)!
L to R: Papaw Johnny, Nana Kathy, Addison, Sean, Cooper, Christal, Aunt Keisha, Uncle Spunky
L to R: Grandma Lillian, Uncle Aaron, Aunt Rachel, Sean, Cooper, Christal, GrandPat, Auntie E
What a blessed weekend we've had!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
L to R: My sister(Keisha), Cooper, my mom, and Addison having a little fun at Nana and Papaw's house!
Two bottom teeth are now absolutely visable, although not so much in this picture. Maybe if you look really closely....
Hanging out in Cooper's Crib (he, he) with Grandma (AKA: Sean's mom)
Warm and cozy after bath time...
Dad and Cooper always have special time playing during bath time
Posing with Papaw.... see what I mean about the eyes...
Cooper's great-grandmother, Nanny Ruby. He is the ninth great-grandchild that she has.
Gettin' some Nana lovin'
Gotta love playin' at Nana's
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Since Sean is working today and tomorrow and Cooper and I are heading home for Thanksgiving festivities, we had our own little feast on Tuesday night. He will join us tomorrow evening for our third (counting this one) Thanksgiving meal with his family.
First Turkey Hand Print - 7 mos. You should have seen me trying to trace Cooper's hand while he was trying to grab the paper with the same hand. This was hanging on the door when Sean came home from work - the dinner was a surprise to him.
I think the thing that we are most thankful for this season is health. As Cooper and Sean have been in the hospital for various reasons in the past two months and currently Cooper is battling an ear infection, I am grateful for the Great Physician and the healing that he provides. Knowing that he's got it all - in the good times and the bad - is such a comfort.
May God Bless You on this Thanksgiving Day and don't forget to remember Whom we owe our Thanks!
Monday, November 24, 2008
1. In high school I actually went to National Competition for Future Homemakers of America - twice! This was a really cool club in my high school, I promise! I competed in the division of creating an educational program for children. This makes sense if you see my sewing skills (or lack thereof)!
2. My feet don't tan. I don't have to use sunscreen or anything on them and can have them in the sun all day without any effects - trust me, I've tried. I have a permanent sock line in the summer time.
3. One of my all time favorite things is thunderstorms. LOVE them...thankfully, Cooper and Parker don't seem to be scared of them either.
4. My pinkies are crooked. With my palms facing me, I can place my hands side by side and the tops of my pinkies don't touch. They've never been broken - I was just made like that!
5. I really love tomatoes. Not the yellow ones, only the red.
6. I collect angels. Sean gets me one each Christmas and has since our first Christmas together when we had been dating for only a few weeks and he didn't even know that I collected them.
7. I have a thing for tacky Christmas Lights. Not on our house, but on everyone else's. We spend lots of time driving around in pursuit of these during the Christmas season.
People that I tag:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
He now has his first tooth confirmed by mom, dad, and grandma. We can all feel the little sharp edge poking through on the front bottom right. We actually found it on Monday and it was a sweet little reminder that he is still our very healthy baby boy.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The surgery itself went well - as planned. The outcome was not as good as we had hoped but God is in Control, God loves us, and Cooper is fearfully and wonderfully made.
I know this is really vague but just keep us in your prayers as we are dealing with some raw emotions right now. Thanks for all of the prayers and support that has gotten us to this point. We appreciate it more than you know.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I will update the blog as frequently as I can tomorrow. It helps to calm and organize my own thoughts when I can see them here in black and white. Honestly, I know in my head and heart that "God's got this" but my inner sinful self is still anxious.
1. Complete healing for Cooper
2. Uncomplicated surgery/anesthesia
3. Speedy recovery process/pain management
4. Ease of nerves for Sean and I
5. Rest for all tonight - including Cooper who can't eat after 2:00 am
Thanks so much for partnering with us in this walk.