Autumn

18 Oct

No, we haven’t been so busy these past couple months that I have barely blogged. It’s not that, for sure. It’s just…life. Pregnancy. Family. Babies. Friends. I don’t do very well when I’m pregnant. I don’t like it and it sure doesn’t like me. Unfortunately that means other things get put on a back burner and almost forgotten about. My precious blog is one of those things.

But now, it’s my favorite time of year. My favorite month of the year. Soon to be my favorite day of the year. Not to mention this baby boy is due in 3 weeks. Here’s a peek inside our lives the last few months up until just two days ago.

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She looks like a little wood nymph.

Solace and Belle’s baptism

16 Sep

Welcome my husband, Nick! I asked him to guest post on my blog because he’s good with words and I love him :)

On September 2—two week ago and on my birthday—our friend, Eddie Koh, baptized Solace and Belle during our weekly missional community gathering. Some of our closest friends were present for this special occasion. We live in close community with these friends and they have committed to help us raise our children to follow and know Jesus. It was such a God-glorifying and Spirit-filled time for my family.

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I know some of you are thinking that I’ve lost it. “Wait, weren’t you raised in a baptist home?” Yes, I was. And I’m incredibly grateful for my upbringing. So, why did we baptize our girls? Well, I could bore you with a 5000 word essay on why we now believe paedobaptism (infant baptism) to be historical, biblical, and good. I did, in fact, begin writing out all that took place in this transition and erased it because I knew it was going to be too long and Becky asked me to keep it short. Besides, the resources I will share with you state their case way better than I can at this point (just being honest).

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We do not believe that Solace and Belle’s baptism was salvific. We do believe, however, that Solace and Belle—since the moment they were born—have the same covenant status that Becky and I have. The same covenant that was given to Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6; 17:1-8) that applies to all of God’s people (Jews and Gentiles) past, present, and future. Our kiddos are part of the New Covenant, by God’s grace! Such good news. In 1 Corinthians 7:1, the Apostle Paul states that the children of believing parents are holy. We truly believe this. We won’t raise our children as pagans until they put their faith in Jesus. We will raise them as Christian children fully trusting Jesus that he will draw them to himself at an appointed time. Our God is their God. Our faith is their faith. Our Church family is their Church family. Again, such good news!

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If you’re interested, here are some resources that we found helpful on our journey toward becoming paedobaptists:

BOOK: To a Thousand Generations: Infant Baptism — Covenant Mercy to the Children of God by Doug Wilson
ARTICLE: Rethinking Baptism by Michael Horton
BOOKLET: Why Do We Baptize Infants? by Bryan Chapell
SERMON AUDIO: Infant Baptism by R.C. Sproul
ARTICLE: Why I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism by Liam Goligher

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Rejoice with us! May Jesus bless and protect our little ones. They are his. And we are grateful that he has entrusted them to us in this life. 

My first book club meeting!

5 Sep

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You guys, I helped start a book club! For real! I have always, always wanted to be in one. Last night was our first meeting. As with most things, for me, it was a little awkward at first since I didn’t know everyone really well (the three of us that started it all invited 1 or 2 of our own friends so we would have more diversity and meet new people) and I had no idea what to do at a book club. However, after diving into homemade brownies, cheese and crackers, and breaking open the wine, everything started flowing much easier.

After everyone revealed what they love the most about reading, we all discussed our #1 book choice that we wanted to read this year. There are 10 of us in the group so we each got to pick one book automatically and then we drew 2 random ones for the last picks. Here’s what we came up with! They all ended up being fiction but they are still so different!

September: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
October: Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
December: The Giver by Lois Lowry
January: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
February: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
March: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
April: Merlin Trilogy (just the first book) by Mary Stewart
May: The Selection Series: The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass
June: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
July: Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
August: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

I’m so excited! Read along with us if you’d like! I’ll try to update about each book as we read.

Pictures :: 2014 vacation with the fam!

19 Aug

It has been a long summer. Long and hot. I’m ready for fall!! Anyway, we visited our families for almost 3 weeks and I have so many pictures from those days that it would blow up Instagram to post them all. So, hello my little blog. I have missed you.

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Annnnddddd…that’s a wrap!

A Father’s Day prayer

15 Jun

I think it’s only fitting that I break this blog silence (brought on by ridiculous morning sickness which I shall address at a later time) to talk about my husband, Nick.

Today is Fathers Day. And let me tell you, our children have the greatest father. I pray that if the girls (and our unborn baby) take after any parent, it be Nick. The amount of character qualities they can learn from him is astounding. I myself am always learning things from him.

*He’s the hardest worker I know. I pray they learn to work hard.
*He’s the biggest dreamer. I pray they learn how to have dreams about the future. Many of them!
*He’s the most personable. I pray they learn how to interact positively with people around them.
*He’s thoughtful. I pray they learn how to be caring and thoughtful of others.
*He’s the most hospitable. I pray they learn to love hosting in our home and making people feel loved and wanted.
*He’s quick to apologize. I pray they learn how to be humble and ask forgiveness.
*He’s loving toward me; his wife and their mother. I pray they learn how to care for and love me and the same toward their future spouse.
*He’s the biggest servant. I pray they learn how to serve and give of themselves to others.
*He’s in love with Jesus. I pray they will desire Jesus’s love and give it in return.
*He’s attentive to detail. I pray they learn to see the small things.
*He’s clean and orderly. I pray they learn to take care of themselves and their belongings well.
*He’s creative. I pray they learn to have big, creative imaginations.
*He loves to read and learn by reading. I pray they will see how important reading is and enjoy it to its full extent.
*He’s self-sacrificing. I pray they learn to put others first.
*He’s resourceful. I pray they learn how to manage money and their time.
*He’s so passionate. I pray they learn to have a zest for life and opinions about things that truly matter to them.

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Solace and Belle, you have a servant as a Papa. Everything he does is for your good. He loves you fiercely, protectively, and tenderly. You’re his favorite. Someday you’ll understand all he does for you and why.

We are so thankful for you, Nick. Thank you for being such a great Papa to our girls. And for teaching me how to be a better parent and person. We love you. Happy Father’s Day.

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What better Father’s Day gift could we give Nick then entering him into a contest to win a trip to Ireland! Vote for him to win here

Belle’s birthday celebrations

5 Mar

It was a gorgeous day on Belle’s birthday! Seriously. Gorgeous. She had her 1 year checkup with Dr. Juj. We went for a walk to Bluebeard coffee which is right down the road. I got a latte and then the girls split a vegan and gluten free donut. We just hung out together the rest of the day and prepared for her party that night.

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Belle got a special package in the mail from her Nana, Grandpa and some aunts and uncles!

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We had friends over for a taco dinner and cupcakes for dessert for Belle’s birthday party. It was so much fun! Belle loves being with people so she really enjoyed being the center of attention.

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photo by Chelsey Hawes Photography

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This girl loved her cupcake! Oh my goodness. She screamed bloody murder when it was gone and she wanted more!

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A letter to you on your first birthday

28 Feb

Oh Belle,

We couldn’t have known before you born just how life-giving you would be to us. How could we ever live without you now? When you were born on February 28, it became one of the most important dates we would ever know. When I saw you for the first time, my entire world was turned upside down.  I felt such a strong punch in my gut of love. I still cry tears of joy when I think of that day. You are one of the greatest blessings and gifts in my life.

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You are such a sweetheart. You love people unconditionally. I know we always say it, but you truly make people feel good about themselves; as if they are the best ever with babies and children. Thank you for doing that.

Thank you for your darling smile and silly giggle. Thank you for being a snuggly baby. Thank you for being so loving. Watching your personality develop has been so fun. How could we ever have guessed, one year ago, who you would be today? It’s been such a great journey.

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Belle, you are so loved. All of your family (blood related or not) is obsessed with you. I can’t even put into words how much I love you. And yet, there is one who loves you beyond all that and I can’t even fathom it. Your heavenly Father loves you and desires you. He created you and wants you to be his daughter for eternity. Your Papa and I pray this for you. We want you to know that your worth and love is found truly and ONLY in Him. Our love is but a mere glimpse of his.

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Your big sister needed you. I can’t imagine how her life would be without you. You’ve caused her to be more loving, sensitive, caring, and sweet. She loves you, anyone can tell. You two are going to be best friends. I love, now, how close in age you are. You will always remember being with your sister and having her by your side. What a gift.

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I’m so thankful for your life;  for this year we have had to meet you, help you grow, love you, and care for you. We are blessed by you, our little whirlwind. I love you so much, Belle Scarlett Amor. Happy birthday.

Love,

Papa and Mama

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photos by Chelsey Hawes Photography

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