Friday, July 29, 2011

Beat Of His Own

Our little man is becoming more of his own every day. It's been overwhelming, enlightening, and albeit comical to see his personality emerge. I say emerge, but it's more like explode! This guy is all over the place when it comes to antics and cleverly timed responses. He knows no stranger, not afraid to speak his mind, and has a mind like a steel trap. He is not afraid to walk around in boots and non-matching outfits, he loves wearing his baseball cap backwards, and prefers to eat mac and cheese with his fingers. I've found him chugging coffee creamer, spraying our neighbors over their fence with our garden hose, and skyping on his Daddy's laptop...which is off limits.
He sings loud and long to any music he hears or makes up his own songs. He likes to walk the long way around our complex so he can balance on the curb, he has no problem asking whatever question comes to mind especially in public, and has determined that fruit snacks are his main choice for sustenance.
He says things like, "Mom, I just can't stop. When I see a button, I have to push it!" ... "I like this refrigerator with lots of food in it!"...and "What happened? It's just an accident," whenever he makes a mess. But my favorite thing about this budding boy is that I get to be his mom and watch him grow into his own.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dark Thirty

The middle of the night feedings used to be daunting. When Harrison was an infant I can remember sitting in the pitch black feeling very alone while the rest of the world slept peacefully. I heard every noise in the house, the creaks and groans. I felt my very heavy eyelids and wished I could close them. Then God taught me a new perspective. This wonderful alone time with my son was a unique prayer time with my Heavenly Father. Now the dark early morning hours aren't nearly as daunting. I spend the time praying over my two boys, praying they grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and men. Praying for their salvation, that they become men after God's own heart, praying for their future wives, and for God to guide and protect them.
It's in these dark thirty hours I have the sweetest fellowship with God as He lays on my heart other family members and friends. I am now thankful for the opportunity to be awake and in prayer, thankful for these not-so-alone feeding times, and very thankful for my boys God has blessed me with.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harder Than It Looks

Jefferson is 3 weeks old and has gained almost 2lbs, is sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night, "coos" and "ahhs" at us, and is rolling over from tummy to back. He seems to be trying to keep up with his big brother already. The only thing he can't quite get is his thumb. He is trying hard and will sometimes make contact, but for the most part his little mouth lands on his arm. Harrison took until about 4 months to find his thumb consistently. Jefferson has the same determination as Harrison so we will see. In the meantime, I can't wait to see what other tricks Jefferson learns.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fastest Guns In The West

Thanks to the influence of Sheriff Woody, one of Harrison's new intrigues is all things cowboy. He walks around in boots almost everyday regardless of the 100 degree temperatures and despite the fact they don't match his cargo shorts and t-shirt. He is quite the little wrangler suited up in his duds. Now thanks to his grandpa he can also strap on his holster and gun too!
He thinks he is something as heads out to shoot and lasso. I happen to think he is the handsomest little cowboy sheriff ever.
He is quite the lawman and I feel very taken care of when Sheriff Harrison is around.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boots

I love everything about summer. The sun, the heat, the refreshing spray of the water hose. Everything about the season is just perfect. So where my son got his love of all things winter I am not sure. He is aching for snow, cold, and cuddling under blankets. He insists on wearing snow boots, being covered under his favorite blanket at night, and asking when he can wear his hoodies. So while my son lives in denial of that most awesome season of the year, I will continue to enjoy every hot day and drop of sunshine I can. All too soon I know the blustery winds will come and Harrison will be happy in his boots and blankets.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

To Have And To Hold

Harrison was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks. It would be great to have Jefferson do the same or better yet, sleep through the night even earlier. In order to accomplish this we already have Jefferson on a schedule and attempt to get him to sleep in his own bed by himself for all of his naps. To say that Jefferson is not a fan of falling asleep by himself is an understatement. For the majority of his few weeks of life he has had many willing arms to rock him to sleep. Why would any smart baby willingly drift off to sleep alone in a darkened room when they could be cuddled up. As much as I want to adhere to our goal of teaching Jefferson good sleep habits, I also don't want to miss out on these fleeting days. Hearing his ear piercing cry from his crib is enough to tug this momma's heartstrings and I will admit to caving and and rushing in to scoop up my whimpering little man. We recently became aware of a family whose 7 month old died from an inoperable brain tumor. My heart is broken for his mommy and daddy. It's when you realize the fragility of life that you hold those you love closer, because time is fleeting, because only God holds tomorrow and the number of our days. So I can say without guilt that I will enjoy cuddling my baby boy and scooping Harrison into my arms as often as possible, because today is a gift and I have been blessed with my two boys to have and to hold.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Unlimited

Thanks to technology my two-year-old will never know dial-up internet, a corded phone, camera's with film, or probably need to own a set of encyclopedias. He knows how to google, facebook, work a digital camera, and program a coffee pot. Sometimes I wonder what we miss in life since it comes to us so easily. Everything is available almost instantly at our fingertips because of technology.
But it's because of this technology my two-year-old also knows how to e-mail, text, and skype. It's because of these things that home doesn't seem so far away.
It's technology that makes family so much closer when we can't be physically. It brings them into our living room, into our arms, and dissolves these many miles. For all that technology has taken away, I am so much more grateful for all that is has provided.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Legal

There are a lot of changes to being in this new state, but one of my boy's favorite changes is that all things explosive are legal...well just about all things. The streets were lined with brightly colored carnival tents tantalizing pyromaniacs for weeks before our country's birthday. Matt was a victim of the advertising and came home laden with bags full of things to be lit and exploded.
Harrison of course was right in on the action and soon became a huge fan of the various loud, bright, and screaming sticks and bombs his Daddy would set off into the sky.
We were one of about five families on our street alone all celebrating with bombs bursting in air. The men were all happy running between their arsenal stockpiles and their launch sites, while the women all silently prayed nothing other then the fireworks got blown up. I know two of my guys sure did have a great time setting things off in smoke and fire and watching them explode. Now to convince them it's really only acceptable to light those things off on occasional holidays. :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Instrumental

I know about the five different love languages, but if there is such thing as a sixth love language I would say it's music and that Harrison has it. Nothing moves this kid like music, particularly praise music. It is the sweetest thing to watch him dance, sing, and lift his arms in praise as he is "singin' to Jesus!" as he says. Recently his Mimi and Papa brought him a guitar which has never left a three foot radius of him since he received it. Harrison strums along to his favorite Lincoln Brewster songs almost all day long. I don't know how God will use his love for music, but I am enjoying watching this passion unfold as Harrison grows up.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Math Problem

Before Jefferson arrived I wondered how my love for Harrison could be divided between the two.I had nothing to worry about. The moment I held him close I was in love in a new way with this new little person.

I quickly realized that love isn't divided among your children.

My love has multiplied many times over and I'm cherishing every moment.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Praise

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the Earth. Out of the mouth of babies and nursing infants, You have ordained praise.

Psalm 8:1-2

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Snakes & Snails v. Sugar & Spice

I know the old rhyme about little boys being made of snakes and snails and puppy dog tails. I have to say that can sum up boys pretty good. For the most part.
My little man is quite content with a pile of dirt, sticks to fight with, dirty shorts, and bare feet.
He is just now getting into "scaring" girls with fake snakes and lizards.
So while he may not be made of sugar and spice...
He sure does like to cover himself in it!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Brothers

As one of five girls I am very aware of the bond sisters share. We are built-in best friends who share secrets, steal borrow clothes, dream big plans, and love unconditionally. I haven't been around many sets of brothers. I can only assume there is a bond that exists there too. I am pretty certain that just like my parents did for us girls, this bond must be encouraged and nurtured by mom and dad. Part of it comes naturally, but part of it needs to be trained since there are personality differences, diverse interests, and needs. Harrison was a little unsure of his baby brother at their first meeting. His blue eyes taking in everything. He had no desire to get close to Jefferson. Many friends and family gave us the idea to have a gift at the hospital for Jefferson to give to Harrison.
This special brother gift was cherished immediately and really hasn't left Harrison's side since he opened it.
Over the past few days Harrison is getting a little more comfortable with Jefferson's presence in our family.
Cautious glances have turned to observing in awe, timid finger brushes are now kisses on nose and cheeks. Lack of words are now boisterous, "Play with this car Jeff Baby!"
At the moment I can only imagine these two little men growing into big men, but I pray as God directs their steps, their friendship, admiration, and respect for each other grows too. I pray these two brothers become so much more as they find in each other best friends.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Four on the Fourth

The Fourth of July has long been one of our favorite holidays. Matt and I have always had the best memories celebrating our nation's birthday together. We've seen fireworks over baseball diamonds, open fields, and water. We've celebrated with cookouts, ice cream, watermelon, and snow cones. We've been decked out in red, white, and blue, and hives...long story..ask Matt about it sometime :)
Two July's ago we had our 3 month old Harrison with us as we watched the rocket's red glare and gave him his first licks of watermelon. A year later he was up dancing to the band before the fireworks went off and absolutely loved the booming explosions. This year we celebrated in a tad different way. For this Fourth we became a family of four and we celebrated with a new overwhelming feeling of blessed. As Matt shot off fireworks outside (it's legal here and that made my pyromaniac men happy), we soaked up the celebration of living in this amazing country, enjoying the privileges that come with that, and giving thanks to God for His choosing to bless us with four on the Fourth.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Jefferson!

We are so excited and proud to introduce our second little man to you!Born July 2 at 1:13am, our new little guy weighed 7lb, 2oz and was 19" long! We are all having such a great time getting to know Jefferson. Harrison is a wonderful big brother and we couldn't feel more blessed! Thank you all for your prayers and praise God for Jefferson's wonderful birthday!