Thursday, July 30, 2009

Got It!

Since the day he was born our little guy has tried his little heart out to get his thumb. He has a will that won't quit!Day Two of life- he just couldn't quite get it...
Week one, with a little help...
8 weeks- still trying...
10 weeks- getting closer...
3 months- you know what they say...
4 months! Where there's a will, there's a way!
(Excuse the messy face; he finally achieved this accomplishment at dinnertime!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Four Months Harrison!

Today is the four month mark of your big arrival! I can hardly believe what a little man you already becoming! You are growing fast, strong, and healthy. Your Daddy and I are very blessed! We love so much Harrison! May you continue to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and men! Four months old today!
Does that mean I finally get a cake?
No cake, but I did get a new food- what is that mom? It looks very interesting!
I'm not sure about's orange...are you supposed to eat things this color?
I guess so! It's good stuff! Sweet potatoes! Yum!!! I love this orange stuff!
I am all boy! I can't get enough of this food!
I like sitting in my chair too! I feel so grown up!
Oh yeah, making messes are a blast! I think this may be the start to a beautiful relationship- me and messes!!!
I have to clean up my mess? Are you sure about that! I just worked so hard making it!
The cleaning up part is not as fun as making them part!
On my four month birthday I also am getting really good at sitting up and playing! I love this new point of view and independence!
I think I like getting bigger and growing up!
That's my happy boy! I love you Harrison! Happy four months! You are my gift!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Faith as Big as A Poppy Seed

It was a year ago today my stomach held butterflies as I sat in my car in a CVS parking lot contemplating wether I should really go buy the test. (Was it wishful thinking?) It was a year ago today my heart pounded as the longest three minutes of my life went by waiting for the test results. (Am I ready for whatever the result is?) It was a year ago today that my hands were shaking so bad I could barley see that bright blue cross screaming my baby's existence. (Can you really describe the emotions?) It was a year ago today tears streamed down my face as I sat against my bathroom wall and prayed my first prayer for my baby. (I Praised God for His creation of this new life!) It was a year ago today our little Clark first let us know he was ours, it was a year ago today we knew life was about to change for the better, it was a year ago today our faith grew in new ways, it was year ago today Harrison was the size of a poppy seed... "For thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious are Thy thoughts to me O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee.
Psalm 139:13-18

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Old man and the Feet

Wal-mart is nowhere people usually desire to be; not a first choice of ways to spend a sunny summer day especially. It is not clean, quick, or convenient. It is not fun with a baby. I can always count on running late, Wal-mart running out of something I need, or someone running their cart into mine. It is full of people; many different kinds of people. And I am sad to say, for the most part I ignore most of these people I pass, as you do pass hundreds in a single Wal-mart trip. They are nameless faces I squeeze around trying to get the objects I need as quickly as possible. Harrison is the only person I concentrate on as I make the Wal-mart experience as painless as possible for us both.
That all changed at this Wal-mart trip...

One man changed that- Richard.

He had no intent to let me hurry for he was in no hurry. In fact, Richard was in a wheelchair. Richard had to be in his 80's. His voice was soft, his hands were worn, and he was being ignored by a hundred people pushing past him. I decided to slow down to let him pass at one of those intersections in Wal-mart that could rival Times Square. He smiled his thanks and said, "No, babies have the right-of-way." I smiled back and began to move forward as Richard spoke again, "My payment for kindness is that I get to see that baby." I had to smile at that! Of course who wouldn't want to see Harrison! I began to babble on about my baby and this and that, but Richard had no intent for small talk with me, he wanted to converse with Harrison.

"Hello, young man, my name is Richard-that's what I prefer though most people call me Dick.
So your name is Harrison? You are one strong boy! You will be a man one day, with a name like Harrison you will be a strong man!"

"You look so happy, stay that way..."

"You look so healthy, stay that mom sure does love you to keep you looking so happy and healthy, always recognize the things she does for you."

"Can I see your feet Harrison?"
His worn and wrinkled finger stroked along Harrison soft little toes and perfect unblistered soles.
"These feet are miracles Harrison, they are the tiniest miracles."

Richard starts to get teary.

"I had two boys Harrison- their feet were this small, they grew into men and those feet took them all over the world. You get to decided where your feet take you. Make those decisions for the better Harrison. Be wise."

"Love your mama Harrison and be blessed."

He didn't say another word as he rolled away. He didn't make idle chatter; he didn't hardly talk to me. In the middle of a chaotic superstore two men had held a conversation...

One at the end of his life, the other at the very beginning.
A baton was passed from the wise to the learning. These two men, so different-

one wrinkled, one smooth-

one worn, one new-

one hunched, one growing-

one crippled, one stretching young legs-

one experienced, one learning...

Harrison had sat mesmerized by Richard. Their eyes locked on each others for that time. Harrison had been given a charge, a challenge. His feet are to take him places, and the wisdom of Richard's age knew the directions they could go are vast.

Harrison, I don't want you to forget Richard or his challenge. May you walk in the Lord's footsteps.
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

Monday, July 20, 2009

Date With My Men

We took full advantage of our first weekend home in a long time! My men took me out on a few dates! We had a blast! I was completely spoiled and loved on! We spent some time walking around historic parks, shopping, and a fun out door cafe lunch. Then Sunday, Harrison and I took Daddy to his favorite burger place in all the world- Red Robin. It was Harrison's first time there, and I am a horrible mom in the nutrition category, but, well, I'll let you have a look at the pictures... Chilling in my stroller at the cafe. Am I handsome or what?
Dad telling me about the trucks going by. I like looking at cars and trucks now!
The Men
Can you tell what is all over my face? Mom gave me french fries!!! Well, actually the inside of one, but who cares... It was amazing!
I could not get enough! So, so good!
And everyone knows after a few french fries you have to wash it down with some ice not coke, bummer- mom didn't let me have that! It was ice water.
We finished out a fun day with dad teaching me golf, well at least golf on the xbox.
Nice Eagle Dad!
If I could just get the hang of my arms I could get all those cool buttons! I bet Dad is going to think it is so cute when I can actually grab it and chew on those buttons! Hehe.
Yeah, it was a great weekend. I had a lot of firsts, I feel very loved, and I know I am as cute as ever!

Friday, July 17, 2009

The shirt says it all...

It is so true...
Their personalities, their sense of humor...
How observant they are, and how handsome they are...
How they both melt my heart and I am smitten with these men...
Yep, I'm my Daddy's son!
Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for my shirt! I think I am pretty big stuff in a big boy t-shirt!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Florida Memories

Palm trees have to be the coolest trees ever!
View from our hotel- notice the presence of the coolest trees ever!
He was so good! He sat just like this in his carseat for 11 hours on the way there and another 11 on the way back; he deserves an award!
Taking a nap at our friend's house in Florida; new places and new people wore him out!
Talking with Uncle Matt who would not share his birthday cake with Harrison. He would watch Matt eat it and open is mouth for some- it was really cute!
The whole gang!
Napping with Aunt Lina
Trying some lemon! He was so fussy at the restaurant and we tried everything to make him happy. Someone suggested a lick of lemon to distract him for a few moments...
It worked! But he was not sure he liked it!
Getting sunscreen on to go into the pool!
Florida is the life!