Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well, we were discharged yesterday on strict bed rest and I still feel this little guy protesting contractions and giving his reassuring rolls and tumbles! Yesterday was our four year wedding anniversary! So we were very thankful that because of all this Harrison gave us a night away, granted in a hospital room, and breakfast and bed served on a hospital tray cart by a nice lady in scrubs and a hair net! We will have such fun stories to tell about how Harrison helped celebrate our anniversary. Matt kept telling Harrison we promised to make his birthday special when it was the right time, but that he was not allowed to have his birthday on our anniversary!
I included the picture made lovingly by Harrison's Aunt Anne-Holly. She is so gifted and her talents brought tears to our eyes when we read the words and verse. Thank you Aunt Anne-Holly!
Thank you God for holding Harrison before we can, and thank you for your blessings, your love, answered prayers, and thank you for our little fighter.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Other than dreams at night, it seems night is Harrison's play time! Starting after ten every evening he punches and kicks so hard you can see it through our comforter! Matt has a blast playing and talking with him. Then when I try to lay on my side, Harrison begins to kick at the bed through my belly. The spot in which he is kicking becomes very ticklish right there on my side for some reason and I laugh so hard! We are having so much fun the bigger our son grows and the more we can interact with him! He loves church still! Every Sunday he just goes nuts the entire time! From the singing to the preaching he just kicks away; it's really cute.
This past weekend I was able to go shopping with my mom and sisters! We found so many good deals. God has definitely been providing for this little one in so many ways. It has been neat to see His provisions in even the small yet fun things. We were able to find the football rug for Harrison's room on sale! As soon as we have his room more together I will post a picture.
It is hard to believe that in 16 short weeks we will be holding Harrison in our arms! We are so excited and counting down the days! Thank you God for your blessings!
Friday, December 5, 2008
- "My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
- "for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
- "Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
- "Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
- "Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
- "in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
- "Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
- "This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
- "Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
- "then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
- "My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
- "because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
- "Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
- "for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
- "She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
- "Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
- "Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
- "She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
- "By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
- "by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
- "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight;
- "they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
- "Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble;
- "when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
- "Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
- "for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
- "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.
- "Do not say to your neighbor,
'Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow'
when you now have it with you.
- "Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
- "Do not accuse a man for no reason
when he has done you no harm.
- "Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,
- "for the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
- "The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
- "He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.
- "The wise inherit honor,
but fools he holds up to shame."
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Some may find this a little sentimental or over‑the‑top, but in today’s world of Google and Wikipedia one can tell a lot about a person from a search engine. Owning your name as a web address can go a long way to protect your reputation.
As parent’s we have a great responsibility, naming our son was a big step, but in the scheme of things a very small step . . . .
The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of a good name:
“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1 (NASB)That being said, Harrison Clark has his first websites: www.HarrisonRClark.com and www.HarrisonClark.net.
“A good [name] is better than a fat bank account.” Ecclesiastes 7:1a (The Message)
Now owning a web address may protect a good name, but it will not GAIN a good name. That will take some effort on our part and especially on Harrison’s part. In my next post, I will share a few things that I want Harrison to understand so that, as Proverbs 3:4 says, he “will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (NIV)
Monday, December 1, 2008
I can only imagine what must be going through the mind of parents who named their sons “Adolph” in the 1930s or Katrina just a few years ago. Then, of course, there are those who can’t figure out what to name their children and end up coming up with something like “Abcde” (pronounced ab‑sid‑ee). One could end up on the other side picking an obscure name, only to find out that millions of other parents pick the same name for their son or daughter (I think there may be a few baby Baracks in the next few years).
So there are a lot external circumstances that can seemingly disrupt the most careful of namers. There is, however, one thing that I believe won’t change – a names meaning.
After much thought and prayer, we came up with a name, but before we announce it, let me tell you what it means.
Our son’s first name means: “strong and manly”; “courageous one”
A Bible verse associated with this name is Proverbs 24:5- “A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.” (NASB)
Our son’s middle name means: “Bright in counsel”; “excellent worth”
A Bible verse associated with this name is 1 John 4:13- “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (NASB)
Without further ado, Our Little Clark’s name is . . .
Harrison Robert Clark
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
God's design is being made perfect in me
Formed in secret, molded to His ways
My life shouts forth my Maker's praise
One part my Mommy, one part my Dad
I equal the shared love they have
I'm growing, kicking, I hear your voice
Just wait, one day I'll add to the noise!
I can't wait for my birthday when we get to meet
Count the fingers on my hands and the toes on my feet
I know you're all wondering, "think pink?" or "think blue?"
Now I'm ready to tell that special secret to you
I decided to cooperate to announce to the world . . .
Congratulations!!! GO BLUE!
We're having a BOY!!!!!!
I'm 13 ounces and 11 inches long! I'm already a big boy!
Message from Matt and Meg-
We love you all and thank you for sharing in our joy and prayers for our SON!!! We are ecstatic! We have had a rush of emotions this afternoon and between laughter and tears of joy we are letting it sink in that he have a handsome little man on the way! We love you all and can't wait to hear your reactions!
Love Matt, Meg, and baby BOY Clark!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
After talking for awhile the midwife said, "Ok, let's listen to your baby!" Before I knew it I was up on the table as she put a doppler on my tummy. It wasn't 2 seconds before we heard an echo, then loud rhythmic whooshing beats! It was the most incredible sound we've ever heard! Matt came over to get a closer look and we both had huge smiles plastered across our faces. As we were listening to the perfect beating we heard these loud pops every few seconds. The midwife explained those noises were the baby kicking! The baby kicked at least six time in the next 20 seconds! Matt said, "We already have a hyperactive child!" The midwife smiled and agreed our baby was very active and very healthy! Those first sounds of our growing baby brought tears to our eyes and it had to be the most wonderful sound we've ever heard!
Oh, two other things I found out at the appointment. First the bad news, my midwife says I need to eat less cereal. She says the more you break down a food from its original form and reform it from a powder into a new shape like a flake or puff, it loses huge nutritional value. This was hard news because raisin bran cereal has been my staple for weeks now! She explained I was feeding the baby food high on the glycemic index and need to focus on food with high protein content and complex carbs. So, I have to back off the cereal. As for the good news! She said since I am now healthy into my second trimester it is perfectly fine to have a frappuccinno! This was such good news since I have not one since May! I can't wait to have a few sips of my favorite treat every now and then! She explained that minimal caffeine really is ok. I have to laugh at myself for being so excited about going to Starbucks!
I can't believe we are already at the second trimester mark! This week we get to go visit family and I am very excited about that! We have not seen our families in six weeks now, so it is much needed! We feel so blessed that our baby will have the most amazing grandparents, aunts, and uncle in the world. We can't wait to introduce our baby to everyone for the first time- only 27 more weeks!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Happy Grandparent's Day!
We just wanted to celebrate your official first Grandparent's Day by telling you how blessed we feel that our children get to call you grandparents. It is through your love, guidance, discipline, wisdom, and joy that we grew into who we are and now become parents ourselves. We are very excited to now see you as grandparents and feel such joy anticipating the memories our children will make with each of you! We love you so much!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Well, my incredibly excited husband and proud Daddy to be is eager to chronicle all the "firsts" for our baby. We went walking by the ocean the night we had our ultra sound done, so Matt said that was our baby's first trip to the beach! Last night was the first Redskins game of the season, so football fan Dad declared it baby's first football game! While I am completely entertained by my wonderful husband and his milestones for our baby, mine are a little more simple. I would like to have "the first meal that I don't feel sick after," or "the first time I can do simple household chores without taking a nap"! But you know, I wouldn't trade any of it for the world! I'm so excited God chose us to be the parents of this life and we are in love with this baby! So for now we will be enamored parents and enjoy each and every "first"!
As a side note, egg omelets, toast, raisin bran cereal, lemonade, and jello rock! New foods to cross off the eating list are peanut butter, Mexican, Chinese, and french fries! Ewww! Ok, enough talking about that! :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
So more points to my incredible husband! He has gone out two late nights in a row to satisfy my craving for Wendy's Frosty! It's about the only thing my stomach calls friend right now, and just perfect. Matt makes no complaint as he drives across town to fetch my craving. He has even done the grocery shopping, made his own meals, bought me breakfast in bed (when I can tolerate it:)), washed the dishes, and taken out trash! He worked non-stop this weekend with no complaints and I could not feel more blessed to have such an amazing husband. I can't wait until our baby gets to know its incredible Dad!
Monday, August 18, 2008
With all of the wonder and joy of being pregnant come some not-so-pleasant experiences. In the legal world, the term “fruit of the poisonous tree” means that evidence improperly obtained by the police cannot be used in court. In our world, the “fruit of the poisonous tree” means that Megan is feeling tired and sick as a dog. Why you may ask?
Yes, thanks to the first woman (no I’m not woman bashing) my wife has to suffer though sleep deprivation, fatigue, and nausea – and this is just the beginning.
Genesis 3:16 says, “To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’” (NASB) (Note: I tend to like John’s 3:16 better).
Thanks Eve – we really appreciate that one!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Also, major points to my incredible husband! Last weekend he drove 45 min. to get me these Chinese rice crackers, now I can't even stand the sight of the bag of the crackers! Even typing about it is turning my stomach, so I will have to stop. My husband hid them somewhere so I won't see them anymore all the while laughing at my very short lived craving. Last night he drove out the store to buy me baked beans because that was the only thing that sounded remotely tolerable! Then he sat back wordless as I ate a bowl of mustard and dill relish; he must think I have lost it! But he is amazing! I can't wait to tell this little one all the great things his Daddy did to help and all the crazy food habits that came with this pregnancy so far!
We love you little baby and look forward to each new day and development!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
We keep talking about how sometimes it doesn't feel real, but then there is no masking the symptoms or those incredible positive lines on the tests (yes, I took more than one :)). But all the achiness, feeling tired, and the wide range of other symptoms is so worth it! Maybe a bit premature, but I totally had to walk through the baby section at the store, you know, just to look! We were talking about when it would really sink in and I think it is a gradual thing as you just grow in love with your child.
We have not told anyone our blessing yet, we wanted to get through Matt's BAR. But now we are planning on telling the grandparents and sisters and brother-in laws to be this next weekend. We cannot wait, but we want to do this in person! I'm so excited to have the family's support and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!
We love you baby, and look forward to watching you grow!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We'll have to go back a few weeks. Matt's been studying for the BAR and I've been working this summer to support us, but all I could think about was a baby. I realized I was letting that become a distraction and a source of discontentment. Just 2 weeks before that amazing positive I gave my desire over to God with a heart focused on His will. I was content to be His child even if we never had one of our own. And even though Matt was very preoccupied with legal study, his mind and heart were focused on growing our family too. God's way is perfect!
Little baby, we love you already! We pray you grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. We give you to the One who gave us you and we cannot wait to meet you.