Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
There are few things in life right now that thrill me more than playing with Noah and making him smile. Knowing that you are the cause of your baby's smile; that they recognize and respond to you and it's not just gas anymore (at least I hope) is a special cause of joy that may just be indescribable for one who is not a parent. THIS is why (for those who may not have children) parents will go to such crazy extremes to entertain their children. For me personally, this has meant the creation and implementation of numerous silly voices, faces and phrases to accomplish such an end. Certain phrases imparticular seem to delight him, particularly when said certain ways. ALRIGHT, enough preface. Here's the situation: From the day he was born, Noah has always been a gassy baby (I think he gets it from his mother, but she has other ideas...). This is why we put him on formula so early; it seems to make it easier for him to burp and digest. However, burping isn't the only means he's found to alleviate excessive build up, if you know what I mean. This has led to the ascribing of a nickname that is both apt and one that he seems to get a kick out of, namely: Fartmonster. I've often tickled his belly, greeted him in his crib after a nap, or patted his back after a feeding, all the while calling him my little fartmonster. It ussually elicits a grin, especially if said the right way. So what's the problem you ask? Hamrless banter between parent and child right?
The other day, we were trying to see if Noah recognized his name. We repeatedly called, "Noah" standing just a few feet away. No response. After a minute or two, just for the heck of it, I called out: "Hey fartmonster." You guessed it. His head snapped around and he grinned as he made eye contact. Coincidence? Maybe. But Dawn's since tried it a time or two as have I only to find the same result :-) We've recently begun the long process to remedy the problem, with several proposed solutions. I suggested to Dawn that we could look into changing his middle name; she wasn't too keen on the idea. Instead, I've begun calling him "Noah, the fartmonster" or just "monster" occaisionally, in an effort to wean him off of his previous moniker via word association. Who ever thought parenting could be so tricky? I know, It's just begun!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Noah now also arches his back when we put him in his car seat; so though he does not get as upset riding in the car he gets upset when we buckle him in his seat. The last new thing is that he has started eating the baby rice; he had no problems understanding what to do with this new food. He is growing too fast for both of his parents!!
Jess and James
Julie and Rob
Me and Nate (as you can see I still have all my hair on my hair on head and Nate has added some to his ) :-)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Here's your chance to weigh in on the matter. I want as many people as read this blog (even those of you who lurk in the shadows and neglect to post comments normally) to sound off in the comment section. NOW...let me clarify the issue: I am not asking whether or not she should have the right to cut it or whatever you think would make her happy. I want you to honestly post YOUR OWN opinion of what you think of her hair. Yes, this is an incredibly shallow post, probably my worst ever, but I will not be dissuaded. Ok...Dawn said I'm desperate. But please, none of the "Oh she should do whatever makes her happy" stuff. I need you to grow a pair (metaphorically speaking of course) and post YOUR OPINION. Girls AND GUYS -- young and old, regular commenters and shadow lurkers....come one and all and help me out! If you don't know what she looks like, refer to the last two posts for the latest pics.
**Postscript** Let me be clear: ultimately your opinion doesn't matter, particularly if you disagree with me. So what have you got to lose? :-)
Friday, November 24, 2006
After getting back home I snapped this picture of him and his Mom; I think my favorite so far!
Monday, November 20, 2006
I am still in the beginning stages of studying, but Bridges has reminded me of the "key" to being humble.
"Humility in every area of life, in every relationship with other people, begins with a right concept of God as the One who is infinite and eternal in His majesty and holiness. We are to humble ourselves under God's mighty hand, approaching every relationship and every circumstance in reference to Him." p74
"This humility before God is basic to all our relationships in life. We cannot begin to experience humility in any other relationship until we experience a deep and profound humility in our attitude toward God. When we are conscious of our (sinful) creature relationship to an infinitely majestic and holy God, we will not wish to selfishly compare ourselves with others. And to the extent that our awareness of our lowly place before God is an abiding one, we will avoid the temptations of pride and competition."p75
Before I started reading Bridges' book I had the mindset that I must be humble because it is commanded in scripture (which is true). What I was reminded of is that humility will be an outcome of a right view of God; it is not just a command that I need to obey out of sheer will power. When I am consumed with the awesomeness of who God is it is not difficult for me to by humble due to my sinful state. But, when I become consumed with the things and people of this world I tend to start comparing myself and become prideful in my heart. My problem is that I am not always consumed with the awesomeness of God; everything in my life must be about God! When God has my full adoration the things that I might have become proud about are no longer a temptation, because I have a different perspective. So though the topic of my lesson will be on humility, the emphasis will be about having a consuming passion for know Christ and God.