Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Important Day

Last weekend was a big time for our family, especially Walt. The weekend began with him getting to spend a couple of hours with his Loli, his first babysitter! He stayed with her while Noah and I went to our Sunday School Christmas party. Just look at his face! You can tell that he was having a good time!

The next morning Noah and I picked up a friend of mine from college, Kim, and her husband, Ryan, from the airport. They flew in to see Walt be baptized in the church. It was definitely an amazing day to celebrate Walt being in the covenant family. While we have friends and family of other persuasions, we wanted to very briefly explain in part why we believe in baptizing infants. We do not believe that baptism saves anybody by itself, but we are saved only by a continual faith (trust) in Christ alone, which is a gift of God. We believe that baptism is a “sign of the covenant” which is part of the New Covenant established in Christ in a similar way that circumcision functioned under the Old Covenant. It is a setting apart of the child to God and a commitment of the family and body of Christ to commit to raising the child in Christ.

I was baptized as an adult along with the rest of my family, and Magdalena wore a white dress so small that it was made only for her to wear, so I didn't have a Baptism gown. The week before Walt was due I found this sweet gown that I hope to use with the rest of my children. I like the idea that the sales clerk gave me to sew the initials and date of the person who wore it in the inside of the gown. I love keepsakes that can be passed down from one generation to the next, and I hope that this can be one of them.
I didn't realize this before I had children, but my family likes to have individual shots with the most important person of the day. Maybe you realized this before me?

Gigi and Walt

Kim, me, Aimee (my freshman year roommate), and her daughter, Arin
I love being able to share these special times with old friends, and it meant so much that they drove in to celebrate with us!

Kiki (Kim) and her husband Ryan posing with Walt

Mimi, Papa, and Walt

Uncle Stephen, Loli, and Walt

And of course, our family doesn't like to celebrate without one of Loli's cakes!

Previously, I wrote that Walt had his hand prints put on an ornament, so I wanted to share those. I think that the picture does not really show how cute it is, but you can get the general idea.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Santa Time

Psalms 30:11-12
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

We saw Santa today, and Walt was such a sweet little boy. I wanted to share his pictures with you. Also, I realized that I never shared last year's picture when Magdalena went to see Santa. I wish the place where we took this picture had remained in business because we had such a great experience there, but I am thankful that we did have the opportunity to meet them, even if it was only for that one day.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Playing Catch Up

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Even with all of the blessings I am surrounded with, I shouldn't have to be reminded that God continually gives us much more than we deserve. But I do have to be reminded. God gave us his son so that we may be eternally with him. Shouldn't I be willing to give him my children? I am going to have to daily, no, hourly, give Walt to him. Worry that I will lose him too can sometimes be crippling.

One evening when trying to put Magdalena in her boppy swing to go to bed for the night, we laid her on our bed while we got all of her equipment settled. It was at that moment we realized that she liked lying in our bed. In fact, she had this look on her face like she was not planning to move! While trying to get ready one Sunday morning we put Walt on the bed too, and he enjoyed it just as much as Magdalena did. Look at this face!

I am trying to improve my auntie skills. It has been easy for me to be consumed with all that I was dealing with I forgot to be involved with my nieces, who act as sisters to my children. They are too young to understand, so it would hard to apologize to them, but I can be there more. And so far they have opened their arms up to me and made my heart swell because they were excited to see me at their special events. Children are very forgiving and don't always need a reason. Here is Laura (furthest to the right) as she performs in her Thanksgiving skit.
This was my first time to meet Kim, who does a lot to be sure my sweet Laura is cared for at her little school. She came over to meet Walt because she met both him and Magdalena through the blog and have loved them both. I always enjoy meeting these special people who love my children.
My little indian stopped to take a picture with her Boo! She looks and acts just like her mommy.
Here is a proud Mimi taking a picture with Walt and Laura. She is really the ultimate Mimi, and it is definitely her calling in life. You will see her driving around in her van with sometimes all of the grandkids! She loves every minute of it.
Laura and Landon came to see Boo and Walt. Laura loves Walt, but Landon isn't so sure, yet. He is wondering when Walt will be able to play some football with him.
Gigi is trimming Walt's fingernails for the first time. This has been Gigi's special time with both Magdalena and Walt. She is a great aunt!
Noah, Walt, and I had a big day the Monday before Thanksgiving. We set off early that morning for our family day of fun. First, we spent the morning at Grandmom's house (Walt's great-grandmother) where we had coffee and visited. Then, we ate lunch at a sandwich shop, and afterwards we strolled around the little shopping center. This picture is what Walt did the entire time! He took our outing to mean a good time for a nap!
The next day Walt had his check-up visit at the doctor's office where he weighed in at 11 pounds 8 ounces for his two month visit! Here he is naked except for a diaper waiting on the doctor to come in the room. He is just so happy to be there!
Taking his medicine like a champ and still smiling! I think he is getting used to the camera.
After the doctor's visit we met Mimi and Papa to go see Walt's first movie, The Blind Side. Great movie! You can tell Walt enjoyed it through the back of his eyelids.
Walt was dressed up for Christmas on Thanksgiving day. I was hoping to get a good family picture for our Christmas card. He is ready to go and eat some turkey! We went to Mimi and Papa's house with the entire family for a little while, but we didn't stay through lunch. It was a really emotional day, and I just needed it to be the three of us. Noah and I came back to the house and played a game of scrabble. It helped me to not have to fully acknowledge that it was a holiday.
We did return later to the Thanksgiving festivities. I was glad to have had the time to cry and get it out of my system so that I could fully enjoy being with my family and Walt on his first Thanksgiving. Here is Emma feeding Walt his turkey and dressing.
Caroline and Emma enjoyed this special time with Walt while Caroline read a book out loud.

Papa and Walt after a long Thanksgiving day. Walt likes his turkey pjs.
A few days after Thanksgiving Uncle Adam and Aunt Melissa came to visit, and Walt definitely gave them a lot of sweet faces, but what else could he give?

We take a picture like this to show Walt's growth, and here are two of his two month shots. He weighs 11 pounds 8 ounces. He is smiling at his daddy because they were sticking their tongues out at each other!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Preparing for Christmas

There is no blessed way of living, than the life of faith upon a covenant-keeping God - to know that we have no care, for he cares for us; that we need have no fear, except to fear him; that we need have no troubles, because we have cast our burdens upon the Lord, and are conscious that he will sustain us.
Spurgeon, C. H.

This quote meant so much to me when I read it the other day. Although I really only write about the burden of losing a child, there are so many more that we all face. Every day if we would take the time to pray unceasingly we would enter into this world with no fear knowing that when Christ carried the cross he also carried the burdens we are dealing with. I say that this load is heavy, but God wants to take it from me if I will relinquish control over it, which leads me to realize how much I think that I want to be in control of my life. Power. I really don't want that kind of power though, even when the world makes me think that I do. Someone wrote to me yesterday sharing their life, and instantly I began to try to think of ways that I could help them. That didn't take long because I knew that their pain was so great that only God could ease it. I hate it that I instantly thought that there was anything good for me to do when really the first thing I should have done was pray.

There are many things to catch up on from the Thanksgiving holidays, but for now I just couldn't wait to share my Christmas stockings. Although unsaid, Noah and I knew that the holidays were going to be tough this year, and for this reason we entered into it full speed so that Walt could have a good first Christmas. The week of Thanksgiving Noah, Walt, and I did some fun family activities such as going to the movies, shopping, playing Scrabble, and putting up our Christmas decorations. I found a small tree at Target, which I am sure is supposed to be used on the outside of a house, but I thought it was perfect for us. Also, there I found these stocking hangers. One of them was an angel, which I knew would be perfect for Magdalena's stocking, and after looking around EVERYWHERE I found a stocking for Walt. Noah and I were forced to discuss getting Magdalena one that matched Walt's stocking. We were ok with hers being different, but when I saw this one it just fit her so well. I immediately began the think of how she is dancing right now not in hopes of being a Disney princess, but because she is a princess, daughter of God our King. And just look at that pink! For those reasons, we got her one too, but because it is hard to let go, I know that the one I found last year will always be close by in case I change my mind.