Sunday, February 28, 2010


Being pregnant definitely makes me want to see old baby pictures of me and Thomas so I can imagine what our little boy is going to look like. It also makes me think a lot more about mothers...particularly my own. It's hard to believe that all of us were grown in our mothers' tummies. When you look around on the street at all the people. Their mom's were once like I am.

Judah is moving so much now. What a special thing to feel him move inside me and watch my stomach rippling around with life. I put my hand there and wonder if he's comfortable flipping all around. I can't wait for the moment he's born and I can finally hold him in my arms and look into those precious eyes. Stare at those tiny hands and cute little toes. Nuzzle up in that cute little neck with the softest skin. I'm only a few weeks away from the third trimester and the time has seemed to creep and fly by at the same time. June can't come soon enough!

Everyone says it's such a strange feeling to love someone so much that you've never even met. I finally know the feeling. Thanks to all the mothers out there who've endured the worst from us. Especially my own. I love you mama.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


I have already mentioned that one of the first books I bought, after learning of my impending fatherhood, was The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This poem is on the first page of the book. I love it and thought I would share it.

"Tis not that I did choose Thee,
For Lord, that could not be;
This heart would still refuse Thee,
Hadst Thou not choosen me...

My heart owns none before Thee,
For Thy rich grace I thirst;
This knowing, if I love Thee,
Thou must have loved me first."

Josiah Conder, 1836

Monday, February 22, 2010

Psalms 139

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dream Nursery

This is kind of what I have in my head. Bright lime green, blue and orange. Very modern and fun!

Image found here

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In My Place

Here are the lyrics to a theologically rich new song by Michael Bleecker and Matt Boswell. I love the verses (2 Cor 5:17-21 & Ro 5:8-9) that the song is based on. If you are interested in reading a short (but deep) book on the topic I would recommend In My Place Condemned He Stood, Mark Dever & J. I. Packer eds. I read it this past Summer and was very blessed. You can see a video of Michael Bleecker singing the song by going here.

In My Place
In my place, He stood condemned
He Who knew no sin became sin for us
That we might become, His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame He conquered the grave
That we might become, the heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

Nail pierced hands, Bleeding side, His body bruised, My God crucified
A crown of thorns, Dying cries, His flesh was torn, My God crucified x2

Hallelujah, What a Savior! x4

2 Corinthians 5:17-21: The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 5:8-9: …but God shows his love for us in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Do the songs sung in your church ring with good solid biblical theology?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Crafty 2

I've really been obsessed with organizing my Google Reader and keeping up with quite a few, very fun craft blogs. One thing that I keep reading is people talking about doing Photoshop tutorials on TTV photos (through the viewfinder). That technique is where you shoot a photograph through the viewfinder of another camera to take on it's grungy effect. Well you can achieve the same look using different textures and the help of Photoshop. Here's one I did just for fun. It's a yummy yet mildly disgusting looking cheeseburger from the great Gaston County staple of RO's barbeque. Yummy. :) The textures are located for free on flickr here and the tutorial on how to do fake it is here. Now I'm really wanting a cheeseburger.

I've gotten a lot more done on the blanket also! Here's sort of how it will be laid out. I still have about 50 more medium and tiny squares to do along with 4 really big squares. It's going to end up being big enough to cover the top of a double size bed. Big! Needless to say, I doubt baby Crane's going to be carrying it around the house as his own. I've added some new colors since the first post, a dark blue, bright red and charcoal gray. It's going to take a while to stitch all the pieces together when I finally get done with all the squares, but it'll be worth it!

People have asked about the nursery and what we're doing with it. I guess I'm kind of using this blanket as an inspiration for my color palette. I'm not a big fan of pastels so I really didn't want to go that route. I'd like to keep it sort of modern and fresh and not do the whole juvenile theme thing either. Although I really do like safari animals like elephants, monkeys, giraffes, etc. since Thomas grew up in Kenya. It's lots of fun looking at Ohdeedoh by Apartment Therapy to get ideas on how to do some creative things yourself.

These are just a few of the images from Ohdeedoh that I really like as inspiration. I'm excited about putting it all together eventually.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Snow Day!

Here's a picture of our snow covered house. Thomas and I have enjoyed some extra time at home together but I think we're both starting to get a little stir crazy. No school or work today, but back on schedule tomorrow. This weekend we're attending Southeastern's 20/20 Conference: City Within A City, Church, Culture and Counterculture with speakers including Matt Chandler (via video), David Platt, J.D. Greear (our pastor), and Danny Akin. We went last year and it was really good.