Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!


"Every good thing and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." James 1:17
Merry Christmas!- Love, Matt, Meg, and Harrison

Friday, December 19, 2008

Our Little Fighter

The past seven days have been full of tears, questions, hopes, and prayers. I started contracting last Thursday night and was in the doctor's office and hospital all last Friday. We were sent home on strict bed rest and medication to stop the contractions. After no real change over the weekend we were back at the birthing center early Wednesday morning and found ourselves being admitted to labor and delivery for preterm labor. I was contracting every 4 minutes but no cervical changes! That gave us an early start to fight this head on. I was placed on strong meds, IV's, antibiotics, and given a steroid to help mature Harrison's lungs in case he was delivered. While there we felt so many prayers and we felt held in the arms of God. Overall we had such a calm and the staff was incredible. What made it all though was our little man's fighting spirit! We heard several times from the nurses and doctors that Harrison is very strong and stubborn! We started noticing his strong nature while being admitted and hooked up to the fetal monitors. He gave more than two nurses a run for their money as he kicked and rolled into the monitors on my tummy protesting their tightness around his home. He kept messing up the readings! Then he would not stay still for the dopplar and lead the nurses on a wild goose chase as he made my tummy roll with his flips and kicks! After every contraction he would kick about as hard as I ever felt him. The doctor said they liked this little guy because most baby's get very stressed and overwhelmed during labor and their heart rates decrease with the work of contractions. But not our little guy! His heart rate increased as he made it very evident on the monitors and his very strong kicks that he did not like the contractions at all and was fighting to stay inside his little home for now. We definitely have fallen more in love with Harrison as we have gained hope from his little fighting spirit and grown more amazed at God's creation of life! This is not what we would have planned, but we feel blessed to have had this time to bond, pray over, and love our son more than we thought we could already.

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

Dreams and Baby Clothes

So I was told dreams become more vivid during pregnancy and everyone was right! I've had the weirdest dreams! I had one where I went to sleep and woke up to a toddler! I had slept through Harrison's first two years of life and missed everything! Then I had one last night where we were at the hospital and I kept hearing all the nurses talking about a baby with a huge head and finally figured they were talking about my baby and I got really upset! Then there is Matt's dreams. I didn't know that daddy could have such funny dreams too! He keeps dreaming about simple things like playing with Harrison or teaching him football, but two nights ago he said he dreamt he went to see Harrison in the newborn nursery and walked over to his crib. Then his little infant sat up, smiled, said "Hi Dad," got down and started running around the nursery. All the nurses were telling Matt that he had been doing that since he got in the nursery and that we had a very advanced baby! I was laughing so hard I was crying as Matt was telling me!

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

How to “Win Favor and a Good Name in the Sight of GOD and Man”

In my last two posts, here and here, I discussed the importance of Harrison’s name. Now I want to give Harrison a little advice about developing that good name. This is what I would like to call the Biblical version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and it comes from Proverbs 3.
  1. "My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,

  2. "for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you prosperity.

  3. "Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.

  4. "Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

  5. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;

  6. "in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

  7. "Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the LORD and shun evil.

  8. "This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

  9. "Honor the LORD with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;

  10. "then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.

  11. "My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
    and do not resent his rebuke,

  12. "because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

  13. "Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
    the man who gains understanding,

  14. "for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.

  15. "She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.

  16. "Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.

  17. "Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.

  18. "She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
    those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

  19. "By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,
    by understanding he set the heavens in place;

  20. "by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
    and the clouds let drop the dew.

  21. "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
    do not let them out of your sight;

  22. "they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.

  23. "Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble;

  24. "when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

  25. "Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

  26. "for the LORD will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

  27. "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
    when it is in your power to act.

  28. "Do not say to your neighbor,
    'Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow'
    when you now have it with you.

  29. "Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
    who lives trustfully near you.

  30. "Do not accuse a man for no reason
    when he has done you no harm.

  31. "Do not envy a violent man
    or choose any of his ways,

  32. "for the LORD detests a perverse man
    but takes the upright into his confidence.

  33. "The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the home of the righteous.

  34. "He mocks proud mockers
    but gives grace to the humble.

  35. "The wise inherit honor,
    but fools he holds up to shame."
Proverbs 3:1-35 (NIV)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

www.HarrisonRClark.com

Well as you know by now our son‑on‑the‑way has a name, but if you know me, one of the first things I did after we settled on the name was buy Harrison a website.

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)
“A good [name] is better than a fat bank account.” Ecclesiastes 7:1a (The Message)
That being said, Harrison Clark has his first websites: www.HarrisonRClark.com and www.HarrisonClark.net.

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

And His Name Shall Be . . .

Naming a child is one of the most humbling of responsibilities. Knowing that they name you give this new life will stick with him for all his years on earth makes it a bit daunting.

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