Sunday, August 29, 2010

Back to reality


My maternity leave is officially over. No more lazy mornings sleeping in with Judah. No more afternoon feedings, burps, naps, diaper changes, coos, smiles, drool to wipe off of his chin, kisses, hugs....sigh. It was so much fun while it lasted. Life with a newborn has been easier than I expected. The first few weeks were surely tough, waking up to feed him every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and trying to get him to reverse his backward sleep schedule. We had lots of help so that made life a LOT easier – thanks to my mom and Renee. He's been held by more people than most babies are in their entire first year of life and we've traveled around the state and to the beach, twice. Then we hit 8 weeks and life got a whole lot easier. He started sleeping through the night wahooooo! Life is good. After having a baby everyone says that you can never imagine loving someone so much and that you can't imagine life without them. It's true. So tomorrow I return to work. Back to reality.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A little piece of Africa

When David and Renee came home for Judah's birth in June they brought with them a few unique gifts for Judah. The first was a Moses basket. It was hand made from banana leaves grown on the banks of the Nile River in Uganda. Moses baskets are pretty popular right now but I'm sure no one else has one quite like this!

Moses Basket
Moses Basket

The next item was a carved block of wood that had Judah's name on each side, each in a different language. In addition to English we chose Hebrew and Greek because they're Biblical languages and Swahili because that's the traditional language spoken in Kenya where Thomas grew up.

Judah Block

Next was a carved wooden plaque with the Lion of Judah from the flag of Ethiopia along with the reference Revelation 5:5 which talks about the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" referring to Christ.


Since we have an African theme going on throughout our house and in the nursery we decided that safari animals would be fitting for Judah's room. We'd asked for some carved animals and they brought us several very nice ebony ones.

Painted Elephant
Giraffe and Elephant


The cool blue painted elephant above was a present from Zeb's friend Maria in Kenya. Below was a gift from Zeb, a gourd rattle also from Kenya.

Kenyan rattle

It means a lot to me for the decor in my house to reflect things I really like and enjoy. We've made a point of having things that have more of a meaning and they're mostly from our travels. We have lots of African masks, carved wooden candle holders, Maasai weapons and necklaces, Indian saris, Korean paper, a painting from Thailand... I'm glad we were able to do the same in Judah's room! Many thanks to David and Renee for getting it all back to the States for us. I know they're things that Judah will really treasure when he gets older.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tummy Time

What is the Bible Basically About?

I love this video. When I began reading my Bible this way (about 5 years ago) it totally transformed my understanding of and appreciation for the Scriptures.

Friday, August 20, 2010

5 years of bliss

Exchanging our vows

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago today Thomas and I were married on the hottest day of the year (literally) at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. All of our closest friends and family were in attendance. The setting was gorgeous, the food was great and our ceremony was so special. We've been through a lot since 2005, lived in Charlotte for a year, left our jobs and family and moved to South Korea to teach English to little kids, came back and started Seminary at Southeastern, got new jobs, bought a house and now had a baby! Life changes so quickly. I look forward to the next 5, 10, 15 years....excited to see where God takes us. I love you Thomas, thanks for being an amazing husband.

Fanning Leslie
Hottest day of the year!

First Anniversary
First Anniversary

Us in a cool doorway

Family Visit

Our New House!!
Our First House

Thomas at Southeastern
Thomas at Southeastern

38 weeks
38 Weeks

Judah's Here!

Us with Judah
Family Picture

Judah, 11 weeks

Monday, August 16, 2010

Quote of the Week

Leslie and I went to Myrtle Beach for a few days this past week. It was our last chance to get away and have a little fun before school starts back for me and Leslie goes back to work. While there I went to a "church" service. I was disappointed by the preacher. He seemed to have forgotten his Bible and the message was obviously void of the gospel. It bothers me when preachers assume the gospel. Even though I am a believer, I need to hear the gospel at church on Sunday and I need to feed myself with the gospel on a daily basis. Here is a quote from one of my favorite preachers, Tullian Tchividjian, taken from his book, Surprised by Grace:

I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after they believe it, they advance to deeper theological waters. Jonah helped me realize that the gospel isn’t the first step in a stairway of truths but more like the hub in a wheel of truth. As Tim Keller explains it, the gospel isn’t simply the ABCs of Christianity, but the A-through-Z. The gospel doesn’t just ignite the Christian life; it’s the fuel that keeps Christians going every day. Once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the gospel but to move them more deeply into it.

I love that quote. It uses the word "gospel" a lot. But I don't want to make the mistake of assuming we know what that word means. So, here is a good little video which explains the gospel quite well.

What is the Gospel? from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dear Baby Blog


I really enjoy reading this blog. Melissa is a girl about my age that's from NC and recently moved back after living in San Francisco. She has a little girl about 6 months old and often puts into words things that I'm thinking but am not clever enough to write. Here's an example:

If I can give you one piece of advice, parents to be - take as many videos and photos as you can. Even when you are doing nothing more than staring at one another in the light of the late afternoon. Even when you’re baby is just sleeping. Even when you are tired or feel like it’s the 40th consecutive day of round the clock bottle feeding and diaper changing.

You will look back at those videos and realize that they are the contents of your heart’s treasure chest. The overflowing gold of your being.

You will find yourself laying in bed at 11:30pm on a Tuesday night watching with tears falling down your cheeks, remembering.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Sermon Jam with Chandler

From time to time I like posting videos like this (they are called "sermon jams" don't ask me why, I didn't come up with it). When done right, media like this can be a powerful tool. I think this one is pretty good. This is the gospel:

Just in case you are curious about who the speaker is or would like to listen to more of him, his name is Matt Chandler and he is the pastor at The Village Church in Texas.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

For Eleyse

Go Duke!

Look how fun it is to be a Duke fan!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Judah videos

Cooing, hiccuping and smiling

Tummy time