Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Letter on Your First Birthday

My Precious Son,

A year ago today you changed the lives of your dad and me so much more than we could have imagined. You came into the world with a strong yell as if to say hello and then you rested on me with a calmness to match your greeting. Within the first few minutes you lifted your head off my chest and looked up. This was your new world and you had to see it. And you haven't stopped looking since that moment.

Your sense of wonder and adventure are beautiful. I've enjoyed seeing you learn, explore and negotiate this place. Right now some of your favorite things are animals, waving at people (you wave at everyone you see), crawling after cats and balls, opening and closing doors (this one seems to never get old), growling like a bear and making "cheesy smiles" by crinkling up your nose when you grin.

At night, when it's the two of us, I am reminded more each day of what a gift you are. As you lie in my arms and nurse, I often wonder at the nature of God and find myself thanking Him over and over for you. For in you, I've glimpsed another side of heaven. The selfless side, the side that sees the bigger picture, the side that sent His own sweet son into a world of chaos and beauty. And when I see that side, as you lie snuggled into me and stroke your hair as I touch your cheek, I can't help but feel an overwhelming awe. What a beautiful plan God has! I know this because you are the most unimaginable person I've ever met. And yet, here you are and you are entrusted to me. I am so lucky to be your mama!

I've poured prayers over you even before you were born. And when you came those prayers only hastened and deepened. I pray for your future: that you will discover the Christ that I know whose love, hope and forgiveness is deeper than any crevice on this earth and wider than the distance between east and west; that you will grow to be a strong man whose heart is tender and leadership is strong; that you will fight for the oppressed and never turn a blind eye to those in need; that you will find a woman to marry who lives and loves God like you do; that you will keep your sense of wonder and awe as you explore and travel; that your humor will continue through dark times of your life and your smile will touch the lives of those around you.

And I pray for the now because that's what we have in this moment. I pray thoughts of thankfulness and joy. You are such a blessing and my heart can hardly contain itself when I think of you. This job of being your mom is tough. I never thought I could function on some of these hours you make us keep and some of those diapers you create are new world wonders. But I wouldn't trade it.

Thanks for being you. Happy first birthday, sweet boy. You keep doing your thing. Grow strong, be brave, love with all your being. I'll keep watching, guiding and growing right along beside you. Most rides aren't worth doing alone and I'm honored to be in your sidecar.

Love,
Mom




























Friday, July 18, 2014

Time Traveling!

I can hardly believe it's been since late May since I last posted. Since then, we've been on several trips, Isaac has learned to wave and clap, and I am short four (wisdom) teeth.

In early June, we took the LONGEST (it felt so long!) road-trip to date with Isaac when we traveled to Orlando to visit our family down there. We spent a week and enjoyed catching up with everyone. We even had extended family in from Texas that we hadn't seen in years (or even met!). So, it was fun to have a mini reunion of sorts.

Pit stop for BBQ at Sonny's in GA!
The first morning of vacation in FL
We celebrated some birthdays while we were in Florida: Gary's, Barbara's and Grandma's. The celebration was a seafood feast with lobster, crab, several different dips and shrimp! It was delicious and ended with light, fluffy cake. Mmm!

Grandma and Barbara
Diane and Bill
Isaac and Mallory
The birthday kids: Gary, Barbara and Gma
Dad and Isaac
Celebrating baby
Dad and Isaac

Isaac went on his first visit to Disney World's Magic Kingdom. We ladies (and Isaac) first enjoyed a lunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe. After lunch, Becky, aunt Di, Isaac and I made our way to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail.

Lunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe

The only guy allowed to come to the ladies' luncheon
At first, Isaac wasn't too thrilled to be waiting in line to go into Disney, but as soon as he entered the gates, he was magically happy! Becky and I took him to meet Mickey Mouse and then snapped a few pictures of the three of us in front of the Disney Castle before Isaac was done playing. Thankfully, aunt Di was kind enough to take him home while Becky and I stayed and played in the Kingdom.

"I'm tired of waiting in line to go into Disney!"
"This makes the wait more tolerable."
"Whoa! Does anyone else see this giant mouse besides me?"

Room to grow!
"I am over this."
"We're still here?"


"Mommm!!! I'm tired and ready to go!"
Disney World is exhausting.
There was also pool fun!!
Mike and Isaac
Snoozing on mommy
In addition to our Florida vacation, Isaac and I have gone on a couple road trips with his Grandma! We took two separate day trips: one to Cary, NC, to visit his great-great aunt Bunny who will be 95 next month and the second to Johnson City, TN, to see his great-aunt Kathy and great-uncle Dave.
Isaac and aunt Bunny
Aunt Bunny and Lois

Happy boy!
He really liked the teddy bear she gave him!
Lois and Isaac in TN
Aunt Kathy, uncle Dave, ? , Lois and Isaac

Grandma and Isaac bliss.