Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eden's Baby Dedication

After Josiah's birthday party on Saturday, everyone stayed in town for Eden's baby dedication on Sunday. It was such a wonderful ceremony. First, Jack's mom made a beautiful gown for Eden to wear. It was gorgeous and so incredibly special. And then she took a handkerchief that belonged to my great aunt, Toss, one of Eden's namesakes, and made it into a bonnet. Her name was Florence Frances and Eden's middle name is Frances. There are several women who bear the name Frances that Eden is named after (me, Toss, my grandmother and Jack's grandmother), and Toss is a very special one to me. She was so important to me and having Eden wearing something that belonged to Toss was very special as well. I am so thankful that Nana was able to make the dress and the bonnet.

It was also very special because of our church. Jack and I feel so blessed to be a part of Remedy Church. We absolutely love our church. And we feel so grateful to have our friend, Phud, be our pastor. We love the Chambers and we are so thankful to be here with them. Having Phud be the pastor to dedicate Eden made it special. But our church made it special in another way. The boys were also all dedicated in church, but it was done much like it is done in most churches. We stood up front with many other parents and many other babies being dedicated. And while that was still a special day, at Remedy babies are dedicated one at a time. So yesterday, the baby dedication was all about Eden and our family. We were able to give Phud verses that we have chosen specifically for Eden and for our children. That made the service so very special and Jack and I really appreciated it. The verse we chose for Eden is the verse containing her name-

For the LORD comforts Zion...
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
   her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
   thanksgiving and the voice of song.
Isaiah 51:3
And the verse that Jack and I pray for all of our children and want to be true of their lives is Ephesians 1:16-18
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints

It was an incredible day. I was very emotional as Phud read these verses about our daughter. I prayed then, as I do without ceasing, that she would know the hope that He has called her to and that the eyes of her heart will be opened up to the truth of salvation. I pray that our sweet Eden will know the deep meaning of her name, of the promise of salvation in Christ made in the Garden and the promise of God to one day restore us to Eden. I pray that joy and gladness will be found in our Eden as she grows into a woman after God's heart.

My heart is full even now as I remember yesterday. Having our family there with us, Eden dressed in such splendor and the beautiful ceremony as we promised to raise her for the glory of God. 

Showing her off to everyone

  I love the way Jack is looking at her here

Birthday Party

Saturday we had Josiah's 2nd Birthday party. It was a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful and the breezes from Hurricane Irene helped keep the mosquitoes away! Our families were able to come to town for the event. My parents and my sister and her three boys came as well as Jack's parents (we missed Uncle Andrew, though!). And we invited the Chambers (our friends who are like family) and our dear friend Megan, who Josiah adores. The kids enjoyed playing in the backyard for most of the party. We enjoyed a spread of burgers, hotdogs, homemade macaroni and cheese, fruit, grilled corn on the cob and of course, birthday cake!

Speaking of birthday cake... I baked the cake on Friday- two layers and they cooled on the counter while I paid bills. As I went into the kitchen to ice them, to my shock and horror a huge chunk had been removed from one of the layers!

Caleb confessed that he did it. After I calmed down (and in the spirit of full disclosure, I did lose it for a few minutes), I learned that he first tried just a small crumb and in his words "But it was so good I just couldn't help myself! I had to have more!" He lost his TV privileges for a few days and hopefully learned an important lesson about resisting temptation. And I set to baking another cake! But all worked out in the end and I think Josiah's Lightning McQueen cake turned out great. 

The party was wonderful... my favorite part came as Josiah was opening presents. When he opened his first gift, he wanted to play immediately and got upset when I took it away so he could open more. It didn't take him long to realize that he had a whole pile of presents to open. About halfway through the opening of gifts he threw his hands up in the air and exclaimed with much joy, "BIRTHDAY!" As if to say, "Oh my gosh birthdays are so awesome!!" It was such a moment of pure joy and innocence. I love how he was able to express so clearly how happy his was, even with a limited 2 year old vocabulary! Even now it makes me smile. Of course, we did not get it on video, so I pray it is forever seared into my memory. What a sweet wonderful day it was!

Caleb and Hayden

Baseball in the backyard

The final cake

We got him this bike for his birthday.

Owen and Josiah

The spread

The kids

 The precious birthday boy!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Josiah!

Happy Birthday sweet Josiah!! We cannot believe you are already two years old. You are such a joy. Daddy and I love to hear you talking up a storm lately. We love when you say "Aw man!" and when you run after your brothers saying, "Hey guys!" You smile all the time and are such a happy boy. We hope you always have such a joy for life. You make this family more fun and we are grateful everyday that God blessed us with you. You love to kiss Eden and she is a blessed girl to have you for a big brother. Caleb was so proud to be your brother today- he wanted to wear a shirt with balls on it because you like balls so much. And Noah loves to play with you and share a room with you. Today at your party you were simply adorable. You loved opening presents and about halfway through you threw up your hands and yelled, "Birthday!!" It was so precious. I wish we had it on video. Daddy and I pray for you all the time. We pray that God would draw you to himself and that you would be a man after His own heart. We pray your joy and zest for life would be a tool in God's hand for His glory. We love you so much, Siah. What an incredible two years it has been!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

First Smiles

Last week at 5 weeks old, Eden started smiling. It is awesome! But the best part of all... she already knows how to melt her daddy's heart. When she smiles at his voice, he's pretty much worthless. :) Love it! She is a beautiful girl already and we couldn't be more in love- all 5 of us. Her brothers are still enamored with her and are trying their hardest to earn her smiles too. Here are some pictures I took last week and some I took today. Don't you love it?

And here is a picture of all four first smiles! Love this even more!