Tuesday, November 29, 2011

15 Months and Breath-Holding :-)

Well, we finally had an eventful well child check folks. That's right, Ry was a little stinker :-) Yesterday we went for Ryan's 15mos well child visit. She weighs 22lbs and is 31inches tall (both around the 60%). Everything checked out great, which is awesome! Then, shot time.

She needed 3 immunizations. Normally, she cries and then gets over it pretty quickly. Not this time. She cried and then decided not breathing was a good idea. DEFINITELY, not a good idea :-) She breath-held for so long she transiently altered oxygen delivery to her brain and it kinda looked like she had a seizure. Yep, freaky.

Now, I've heard of this and seen some breath holding spells that are pretty impressive but it is a completely different thing when it is Ryan. And, I had never seen one that resembled seizure activity. Haha! Thankfully the nurse and everyone were very calm, Ryan calmed down and was promptly back to her bubbly self :-)

Pretty sure mom only wants that to be a one time occurance. I thought Matthew was going to pass out, haha! Overall, it was a great visit. I am so thankful for a beautiful and healthy baby girl! (wow, she really isnt a baby any more)

Love to all!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

'Tis the Season

'Tis the season for all of the below wonderful things :-)
Yes, we actually put up our tree last week, BEFORE Thanksgiving.GASP!!!!

Usually that never happens in our house. For one, I never plan ahead (shocking, I know). Second, I am always running around like a crazy person this time of year and remember about the second week of December that we need to put up the tree. However, like always, my work schedule dictated otherwise and it was either put it up last week or the week before Christmas. I opted for the former so we could enjoy for longer than 1 week :-) The picture quality isn't great but we had so much fun.

 And Ry just thinks the tree is too cool! We are teaching her not to touch (ha ha, not going well for us :-) but otherwise she hasn't bothered any other decorations. Here she is posing with her "horsey", as she calls it. Is that how you spell it?? I have no idea but you get the idea.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is truly in the Christmas Spirit!

Love to all!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some kind of Love

 At worship this morning, we finished a long series regarding 1 Kings. 1 Kings is a book about the consequences of sin (stretching over years and years), the judgement of God, and true worship and redemption. Friends, God is who He says He is and God will do what He says He can do. This morning, after wrapping up the book, we concluded with a passage from Ephesians 2. This passage describes how salvation and true freedom are a gift from God, not something we could ever earn, achieve for, or be good enough to obtain on our own. This is what makes Christianity different from all other belief systems. Our hope rests solely in the unending and merciful love of a God who simply wants us, regardless of our faults, our short comings or our failures. I know, Wow!

Then, I come home and open my daily devotional to read the following. It was just too good to try to summarize in my own words so I copied it word for word :-) Maybe God is trying to teach me something. You think?

" I AM PLEASED WITH YOU, MY CHILD. Allow yourself to become fully aware of My pleasure shinning upon you. You don't have to perform well in order to receive My Love. In fact, a performance focus will pull away from Me, toward some sort of Pharisaism. This can be a subtle form of idolatry: worshiping your own good works. It can also be a source of deep discouragement when your works don't measure up to your expectations. Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant Presence. The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of your feelings or behavior. Your responsibility is to be receptive to this unconditional Love. Thankfulness and trust are your primary receptors. Thank Me for everything; thrust in Me at all times. These simple disciplines will keep you open to My Loving Presence."

Jesus Calling
by Sarah Young

How long will it take me to truly get that? To truly understand the depths of this Love that saved my soul for all eternity?? Idon't know friends. But I am so thankful it is Truth and that He continually reminds me :-) For more about the above passage, try Ephesians 2: 8-9; 3: 16-19; and Psalm 62:8.

All is Grace,


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lead me....

It's the one place I can be me. The place that accepts me for who I am. The place I can turn to any time or anywhere, regardless of the baggage I will bring with me. It's the one place I can go and ALWAYS leave changed for the better. May I strive to live all my days leading me here. Heck, I'd prefer to just stay.

All is Grace (Because of Christ alone)