"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

- Hebrews 4:12
Deacon: 12 Month Update



Weight:
20 lbs 15 oz (66th percentile)

Height:
30.25" (63rd percentile)

Clothing Size:
Just now starting to move into 18 month clothes!

Nicknames:
Bubba & Buster

Sleep:
He started sleeping all the way through the night right around his first birthday! Still getting 11-12 hours, just without the middle of the night dream feed (praise the Lord!) He's still taking 2 solid naps a day, around 1.5-2 hours each.

Diet:
We officially made the transition to whole milk this month! He wasn't fully weaned until 13 months, but the process was surprisingly easy (even if it was a little bittersweet). In terms of regular food, he's still a pretty good eater overall. Favorites include graham crackers, yogurt, blueberries and bread.

Loves:
Walking!! He started taking steps shortly after his birthday.

Dislikes:
Having to stay still.

Milestones:
The most noteworthy is definitely walking! He also cut two more teeth and has started to really understand more commands and respond accordingly (ex. "Can you bring me the car? Do you want milk?")

Best Moment:
His first Christmas, first birthday and first steps were all the same month! It'd be impossible to pick just one, so I'll just call it a three way tie :-)

Worst Moment:
Lots of bittersweet moments this month as he hits milestones and starts the toddler transition. It's hard on the parts of me that want him to stay little forever!

Other Tidbits:
- He is constantly on the move! Any time someone is around him for a decent amount of time they remark on how "busy" he is. Haha
- We officially have more toys than we have space (after Christmas and his birthday), and he is loving it. Favorites right now include his batmobile, instruments and any ball he can get his hands on.




The Day The Music Died: 02.03.59



Small Talk(ing)


If you’re a fan of comedy you might enjoy watching comedians talk about the craft of comedy. I always find it interesting (and entertaining) to hear the thought processes that go into writing a joke or bit or even a set of jokes. In Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as the title implies, Seinfeld picks up a fellow comedian in some unique car and they simply go out for coffee. It’s usually entertaining because comedians are typically funny and it’s often fascinating because you get a behind-the-curtain look at how comedians think.

In a recent episode Jerry’s guest was comedian/actor, Kevin Hart. During their discussion something stood out to me that I think has striking implications outside of comedy. Seinfeld began professing his disdain for the use of pyrotechnics, flash, lasers, stunts, etc. before a stand-up comedy routine. He mentioned it might work for some people (like guest Kevin Hart) but he preferred a much more yeoman-like approach, similar to Mike Tyson’s approach to a boxing match. Tyson went against the grain of the flashy, bombastic performances that many prize fighters were known to embrace by coming out in a simple terry cloth “poncho” instead of a silky long, embellished robe. As Seinfeld remembered, “He would cut a hole in the hotel towel… no socks… so stool… he came ready to fight… It’s a reduced essence.”

Seinfeld’s reasoning? Too much lead up to the actual stand-up routine “makes the talking seem small.” I couldn't help but to transfer this assessment to modern church culture. A lot of churches with vast resources create fantastic events which help to raise attendance and interest. The danger, though, is what Seinfeld fears about his shows: that the talking (sermon) might be made to seem small. The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark. There is an adage in ministry that says “what you win them with is what you when them to.” The idea here is that if people are “hooked” by hype then that is what they will desire and will often find themselves dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

A similar scenario unfolds in the Mark 8. After we read about Jesus miraculously feeding a multitude, some Pharisees demand a sign from Him as a test. But Jesus questions their desires, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
NOTE: I am not saying Jesus’ miracle is empty hype. I am simply pointing out that people are often attracted to the fantastic and then err by letting it distract them from a richer truth.

If we are truly longing to know and follow Christ we will, like Paul, keep the Gospel as our top priority (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This was Jesus emphasis, too, when asked for a sign in Matthew 12. He replies, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Knowing that the people were testing Jesus out of curiosity as a test and wanting to simply see something amazing, Jesus responded with a prophecy about His resurrection from the dead!

Stay alert, folks! Let’s not be considered an evil generation that only longs for a fantastic event and dismisses the message of God’s truth as it gets overshadowed. God talks to us through His Word. He talks to us through the Spirit. He talks to us through faithful preaching.

Let’s avoid anything that makes “the talking seem small.”

Deacon: 11 Month Update



Weight:
Around 20 lbs

Height:
Around 29 in

Clothing Size:
He's still in 12 month clothes for the most part. There are a couple of 9 month items I'm still squeezing him into as well, but those days are coming to an end!

Nicknames:
Bubba and buster seem to be the two he gets the most often.

Sleep:
Right now he's sleeping 11-12 hours a night and getting two 2ish hour naps a day. He's still waking up for at least one feeding at night though, so I plan to do some kind of sleep training this month to get him sleeping all the way through before his first birthday... say a prayer for us!

Diet:
He's still a pretty good eater! He really likes his veggies and his snacks (Plum Organic Teething Crackers are a gift from the Lord!) He's not a fan of bananas or any berry. So unfortunate! I keep trying to sneak him blueberries or strawberries and he keeps spitting them right back out! Ha. He loves feeding himself too, so any small item that he can pick up is usually an easy sell.

Loves:
Crawling, standing, eating, being tickled, playing with Dada, "catching and throwing" a ball and playing with his socks/shoes.

Dislikes:
Having his face wiped. If it were up to him he'd be crusty all day, everyday!

Milestones:
He's currently cutting his two front teeth, bringing the grand total to 5! He's also starting to imitate us, play more independently and he tries to catch and throw the ball (usually).

Best Moment:
This month has been full of sweet, everyday moments. I don't know if I'd be able to pick just one, but I'm savoring all of the big smiles, belly laughs and mama-cuddles. He is quite possibly one of the happiest, most fun babies in existence.

Worst Moment:
We've still had a couple of hard nights since he's teething, but overall it hasn't been too bad.

Other Tidbits:
- I know this probably won't last forever, but I really love grocery shopping with Deacon. He generally just sits there and talks to me, tries to "get" me and smiles at the other people we pass. I usually have at least one person stop me and tell me how sweet/cute/good he is when we're out and about :-)
- He has started to show a little more of his mischievous side this month. It's funny for now, but it's a reminder that the days of discipline aren't far away either!
- He is ticklish EVERYWHERE. Some favorites are his ribs, collarbones, belly, thighs and feet.
- Right now he thinks I am HILARIOUS. Like, all I have to do is look at him and say "BOO!" and he starts cracking up. And if I decide to pop out from behind a doorway or the couch, forgettaboutit. Dada gets plenty of laughs too, but at the moment Mama seems to be the funniest/silliest one in this house :wink:

Cough Drop Christianity

I was recently under the weather (like many others) and in frequent use of cough drops. I noticed the particular brand that I was using offered "a pep talk in every drop." The cough drop wrappers have inspirational phrases printed on them to, I guess, lift your spirits.
Phrases actually found on these wrappers include (but are not limited to): "Keep your chin up," "Conquer today," "Elicit a few 'wows,' and "Don't give up on yourself."

I've always struggled with the idea of pep talks that aren't grounded in any sort of truth. Blame it on the cynic in me or my lack of emotion, but if there's no reasoning behind "keep your chin up," I have a really hard time being convinced to keep my chin up.


I've heard motivational speakers tell crowds of high school students that the only thing keeping them from having a great day is the decision to just "be awesome." That's such a cotton candy approach. It might get you out the door, but sooner or later reality of a broken, fallen world will set in. A pep talk might lift your spirits when you realize someone at the last donut. But if your mind is overcome by the real tragedies and disasters that affect this world, let alone the discouragement we can muster in our own minds, positive thinking won't cut it.

Sadly, most people outside of Christianity never hear about victory that is grounded in the eternal hope of Christ. It's also important to recognize that many Christians don't either. A lot of Christians are settling for motivational speaking rather than the transforming truth of God's word. It's concerning that some sermon points could double as cough drop wrapper pep talks. The ideas that "all that you need is found in yourself" or that fulfillment is found in "eliciting wows" are contrary to the gospel message of Jesus.

We can't handle everything that comes our way on our own. We don't have everything we need within ourselves to conquer the world or even the day. These deficiencies and weaknesses highlight our need for a Savior. We may want to believe that we can do anything if we just believe in ourselves, but we are saved by faith in Christ, not faith in ourselves.

Self-sufficiency is a really dangerous mindset to adopt. Self-sufficient people don't know their need for a savior, so they won't surrender to a savior. They also won't point others to the Savior. That's the ugly flipside of "cough drop Christianity."

I'm not condoning self-loathing, either. Please don't get me wrong. I believe we should all walk in confidence, freedom and victory. And I believe we all have worth. I just believe that confidence, freedom, victory, and worth are all found in Christ.

I often find that the music of modern hymn writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty really ministers to me. Their song, "My Worth Is Not In What I Own" really reiterates the truer, better pep talk that comes in claiming and celebrating the gospel of Christ and the worth that we find in Him alone. May it minister to you, as well, and serve as a reminder of the antidote to Cough Drop Christianity that we have in the gospel of Christ!

Deacon: 10 Month Update



Weight:
20 lbs (50th percentile)

Height:
29 in (50th percentile)

Clothing Size:
He's filling out his 12 month clothes more and more these days! I am LOVING getting to dress him more like a little toddler/man and less like a little baby...

Nicknames:
Bubba, Buster and Stinker.

Sleep:
Oy vey. I miss sleep. He's in the process of cutting a tooth right now and he just got over a cold, so sleep has been very hit or miss the last two weeks. He's still getting 11-12 hours at night, but it's usually broken up into 3-4 hour segments. Naps have been hit or miss as well, but he gets at least one solid 2-3 hour nap a day and one shorter nap.

Diet:
Anything in site. Last night he tried pancakes, which he seemed to really like. I'm also noticing he has a bit of a sweet tooth (surprise, surprise :wink:)

Loves:
Being on the move. If he could stand/crawl/climb all day without napping I think he would. He is also obsessed with pulling on Junebug's ears and talking to anyone who will listen (like his mama)!

Dislikes:
Having his face wiped. I feel like he is perpetually crusty these days! Every time I try to wipe his face or his nose he melts down. He feels the same way about having his fingernail/toenails trimmed, but thankfully I don't have to do that as often!

Milestones:
Walking with assistance, signing "more" occasionally, saying Mama and Dada in context and cutting a second tooth!

Best Moment:
One night while he was sick he screamed during bedtime until I came in and cuddled and rocked him. I seriously cannot remember the last time he let me do that (while he was awake) and I loved every second of it!

Worst Moment:
Sunday night he woke up at 12, 2 and 4... after which I stayed awake because of a 6 AM practice. Then he skipped his morning nap. It. Was. Rough.

Other Tidbits:
- He really loves Junebug! He has started playing and interacting with her more and chasing her around the living room. It's super cute!
- He seems to be pretty close to walking on his own. We are going to be in serious trouble when he figures that out :wink:
- I keep getting comments from people (including his MDO teachers) about how chatty he is. He is definitely always talking about something!

The Better Way

Our church has been reading through "Make Mature Multiply: Becoming Fully-Formed Disciples of Jesus," edited by Brandon Smith. In chapter 6 Logan Gentry notes that Jesus' evangelism strategy was to point people to "the better story."

Gentry points out Christ's "you have heard it said, but I say" statements as a means to contrast the world's perspective with the better way of the gospel.

This resonated with me and something I've been working through when it comes to parenting. I've been wanting to develop a way to shepherd our son's heart and not just his behavior. I definitely want a well-behaved kid, mind you, but I also don't want moralism to be an obstacle or distraction to his realizing a need for the gospel.

We have one son, now, and he's only 10 months old, so we still have a LITTLE time to work on this. Recently though, I was challenging myself to point him to a better way rather than just a "because I said so" approach. I want my son to know that I have his best interest in mind when I correct him. I want him to recognize that his heart is not whole apart from Jesus.

So I've tried recently, instead of just saying "no" or "stop" to adding "you don't need that" or "that will hurt you" as a further explanation of why I'm disciplining him. It's a small step in a huge journey, but I can only hope that I can point him to the better way found only in the gospel of Christ.

Deacon: 9 Month Update



Weight:
20-21 lbs

Length:
About 30 inches

Clothing Size:
We're starting the transition into 12 month clothes. He's still in 9 month pants for the most part, but with his cloth diapers the 12 month stuff fits pretty well :wink:

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba, Booger and Crankster (a new addition during vacation).

Sleep:
We're currently trying to get back on track after our vacation last week. He's doing pretty well, especially where naps are concerned! At night he's typically sleeping from 8:30 PM to 7:00 or 8:00 AM with two feedings over the course of the night. Sometime during the next month I'm going to try to drop ALL nighttime feedings... wish me luck!

Diet:
At this point he's tried pretty much everything that I can think of (that he's allowed to eat). He really prefers to feed himself these days, so I'm having to get creative on finger foods that are nutritious and yummy. Cherrios are a current favorite, as well as vanilla yogurt whenever I sneak him a bite.

Loves:
Torturing Junebug, pulling up on EVERYTHING, being held by Mama, being tickled by Dada, chewing on straws, riding in his stroller and crawling on his hands and knees (no more army crawling)!

Dislikes:
Missing naps, not being able to feed himself, having his face wiped and having his snot sucked. Coincidentally, these are all things I also hate :wink:

Milestones:
Crawling on his hands and knees, pulling up on EVERYTHING, finally cutting his first tooth and clapping (it's SUPER CUTE, y'all)! It's been a big month developmentally!

Best Moment:
This month has been full of great moments, but finally seeing that first tooth make it's grand debut was definitely one we've been anticipating a long time! It was also pretty precious to see him playing with Macy and Grace for the first time :-)

Worst Moment:
Traveling with Deacon this last vacation was pretty tough. For some reason he decided he HATED car rides, so we spent a lot of time shhh-ing him and singing songs to calm him down. It will definitely be a little while before Deacon gets to go on anymore vacations...

Other Tidbits:
- Overall he is still such a JOYFUL baby! Vacationing was hard on him, but ever since we got back he has been all smiles, giggles and baby talk. He is such a joy to parent.
- We're starting to get a better sense of his personality these days. Besides being easy going and joyful, he is also mischievous and a little too smart for his own good!
- He has started to say "Mama" and "Dada" pretty regularly, but not usually in the right context. We figured out that "dadadadada" is the noise he makes when he's in a good mood and is feeling talkative and "mamamamama" is the noise he makes when he's tired and/or whiny. I'm trying my best to switch those two so I can get some of those joyful jabbers :-)
- These last few weeks have turned him into a bit of a Mama's boy. While I know this is only a season, I am definitely embracing all the cuddles, sloppy kisses and gummy smiles I can get!

Deacon: 8 Month Update



Weight:
Roughly 20 lbs

Length:
About 30 inches

Clothing Size:
He's still in 9 month clothes right now, though I've started trying to stock up on 12 month stuff since he seems to be pretty snug in most things these days. I'm pretty sure by Fall he will officially be in 12 month clothes.

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba, Booger and Stinker. Now that he's getting more and more active I find myself using Booger and Stinker more often :wink:

Sleep:
We're finally back to a normal sleep schedule (praise the Lamb!). Recently I've been putting him down between 8:00 - 8:45 and he's been sleeping until 6:30-ish with one dream feed around 10:30 or 11:00. I know I need to drop the dream feed soon, but it's usually the only time I can steal some cuddles, so for now it stays!

Diet:
All of the same foods as last month with the addition of spinach, broccoli, oatmeal, pumpkin and sweet potato puffs (similar to cheerios, but they dissolve and are much messier). Watching him eat broccoli was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. He looked so betrayed and confused every time I tried to feed him another bite!

Loves:
Army crawling, climbing over things, sweet potato puffs, licking/biting Junebug and getting tickled by Mom or Dad :-)

Dislikes:
Broccoli.

Milestones:
We are getting more belly-laughs and he seems to be paying more attention when we are talking to him. I don't think he understands what we're saying yet, but he is definitely keying into the fact that we're talking to him! He's still army crawling EVERYWHERE and has recently started climbing over some of the barricades I've set up. Time for baby gates!

Best Moment:
This may make me a terrible Mom, but this broccoli video takes the cake...


Worst Moment:
We had a couple of really cranky days last week that were rough on everybody (especially Mama and Junebug :wink:). Thankfully it passed quickly and Deacon is back to his happy-go-lucky self!

Other Tidbits:
- When Deacon gets in a really good mood pretty much anything can make him laugh. We had a blast the other day in Walmart when he decided that saying "hi!" over and over again was the funniest thing I'd ever done!
- Last Sunday Deacon moved up a room in the church nursery. He is now officially a Platypus and this Mama can't handle it! I just kept getting flashes of him going to kindergarten and then college. *sniff* It's all happening so quickly!!

Deacon: 7 Month Update



Weight:
I would guess around 18.5 - 19 lbs. He definitely hit a growth spurt this last month, but he still isn't as chunky as I would prefer/he could be.

Length:
Around 28-29 inches.

Clothing Size:
Homeboy is filling out his 9 month clothes! There are a couple of 6 month things I can still squeeze him into, but it is becoming increasingly difficult...

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba, Booger and occasionally Wittle Baby Deacon. I'm trying to call him by his actual name more often so he doesn't end up telling his kindergarten teacher his name is Booger :wink:

Sleep:
We've been dealing with a little bit of sleep regression these past few weeks since we got back from vacay. Being in a new place with no real schedule really threw him off, so we're having to work on sleeping through the night again. He's still sleeping 11 hours (or more!) throughout the course of the night, but he has started waking up anywhere between 4 and 6 AM wanting to eat again... We're almost back to normal though. I see the light at the end of the sleepless tunnel!

Diet:
As of right now we've done sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, yellow squash, butternut squash, green beans, pears, peaches, bananas, mangoes and apples. In the next month I'm hoping to start introducing finger foods (exciting stuff, people!).

Loves:
Army crawling EVERYWHERE, getting tickled, playing with Junebug, hanging out outside, jumping in his jumperoo, being in water, "talking" and sitting up like a big boy :-)

Dislikes:
Being put down for a nap when he's not done playing and (most recently) the church nursery.

Milestones:
Shortly after he hit the 6 month marker he started sitting up by himself and army crawling! He is basically impossible to contain these days and he is loving his new-found independence. He is still jabbering a ton, and we are anxiously awaiting that first tooth...

Best Moment:
Taking Deacon to Wimberley for the first time will definitely be a sweet memory for us. He got to float the river in his little boat and take in all the Wimberley sights/restaurants/experiences that we know and love. I really hope we're able to keep going back in future years so that he's able to have fond memories of our favorite little central Texas town :-)

Worst Moment:
Sleep regression courtesy of our Wimberley vacation. While he seemed to really enjoy most of the activities, our little trip wore this bubba out!

Other Tidbits:
- I've started to incorporate some sign language into our feeding times. So far he just stares at me like I'm a lunatic, but I'm hoping he starts to catch on soon.
- This last week Deacon has started to cuddle a little! It has definitely been filling my Mama love-tank to get some of those sweet snuggles, even if they're short-lived.
- We think he may be allergic to bananas! It's truly tragic. The last two times I've fed him bananas he has ended up projectile vomiting (like, a LOT of projectile vomit) shortly after. I'm hoping this is something he grows out of since bananas have historically been the one fruit Jeremy and I always have on hand! Ha.
- His favorite toy is a spare remote that my Poppy gave him on the 4th of July. It's the one thing that he always seems to play with/chew on when we hand it to him.

Deacon: 6 Month Update



Weight:
17 lbs, 11 oz (apparently I overestimated last month... but he definitely FEELS like he's more than 17 lbs!)

Length:
27 in.

Clothing Size:
Officially in 6-9 month clothes.

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba, Stinker, Wittle Baby Deacon and most recently I've been calling him Booger. Sometimes it just fits :wink:

Sleep:
Right now we're pretty set at 2-3 two hour naps a day and around 11 hours each night. #blessed

Diet:
As of right now he has tried sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and bananas. Carrots have been his favorite so far, but he still has a ton of things left to try!

Loves:
Getting tickled, tugging on Junebug, trying to grab/eat our cell phones and chewing on people's fingers.

Dislikes:
Not being able to get to whatever he's fixated on. He is so close to crawling, but right now he is still just scooting an inch or so at a time... except in his crib, where he can propel himself to the other side while flipping over in record time.

Milestones:
Sitting up with assistance, scooting around and jabbering a TON. Nothing too official recently, but he is definitely on his way to teething/sitting up by himself/crawling!

Best Moment:
Having him take a real interest in Junebug has been so fun and cute! She is so gentle with him and he is FASCINATED by her. He even opens his mouth for kisses (gross, but still cute)! See exhibit A:


Worst Moment:
Six month shots. That red-faced-I'm-hurt cry gets me every. single. time.

Other Tidbits:
- I cannot believe my baby boy is already six months old! I thought time flew when I got married, but being a mommy has made everything go so much faster! Ugh. I can't handle how fast he's growing up, but thankfully each stage has been more fun than the last!

What Does It Mean (To You)?

David Crowder's latest album Neon Steeple just released but the single "I Am" has been out for a while now. Here are the lyrics to the chorus without any capitalization or punctuation:

i am holding on to you
i am holding on to you
in the middle of the storm
i am holding on
i am


How would YOU interpret that? When I first heard this song, I wondered, "Does he mean that he is holding on to God or does he mean that I Am is holding on to 'you' so be encouraged? (Or is he being creative and meaning both or switching back and forth?)"

It's a great song. You can hear it here: http://youtu.be/mw4ES27w3oU

Music is really powerful. It moves people in ways that nothing else can. That's why I think it's really important to clear up any vagueness that can occur with worship songs. If you're singing to and/or about God, you're presenting some kind of doctrine, whether you know it or not.

With Crowder's song, neither version I offered presents a false doctrine. But I think the stronger image and message is that I Am is holding on to me in the storms. This interpretation puts the focus on God, rather than my efforts or desperation.

That's why I was thankful that Crowder provided this:



If you didn't watch it, he explains how amazingly reassuring it is that I Am, Creator God is holding on to us. Unfortunately, not all artists provide explanations for their songs. And even if they did, how many people would find those explanations rather than just assigning whatever meaning they want to the work?

Not too long ago John Mark McMillan released "Future/Past." Here's the chorus:

and you,
you are my first
you are my last
you are my future and my past


I know I'm guilty of over-thinking things but when I hear that chorus, I think, "What does that mean?" It sounds great and the video is nothing short of epic, but is it ok to apply any meaning that doesn't contradict scripture? Or, worse yet, any meaning that is relative to the hearer? Or should it be more specific, especially since it's a worship song? I looked, not very hard admittedly, but could not find McMillan's explanation of the song.

And I'm not intending to attack McMillan. He just has a song that fits the bill here. I have been blessed by his music and we sing it in our College and Young Singles ministry often. But when "Future/Past" came out, a handful of leaders from our church, including some worship pastors, offered different meanings to the lyrics. (All of them were doctrinally sound!) This was a fun and interesting poll but also concerning. If leaders in the church are not exactly sure what the song means, how do we expect those new or unfamiliar to the faith to interpret it?

I understand that scripture can be (and is) misinterpreted often, too, but if we can take measures to clear up confusion, shouldn't we? Or should we leave room for "what ifs" for the sake of art?

I remember a friend years ago taking issue with people singing, "Who may ascend TO the hill of the Lord?"

"Anyone can ascend TO the hill of the Lord," he argued. "The question is who may actually ascend the hill!" The memory makes me chuckle. He was definitely more ardent, but I share his conviction for truth!

People connect with music very deeply. We sing and are moved but are often moved by the artistry and emotion of the song rather than the truth of the lyrics. So, I personally believe it's important to guard doctrine when "teaching" through song, and I'm thankful for the worship leaders in my life who value this principle, as well.

May we strive to worship in spirit AND truth!

Deacon: 5 Month Update



Weight:
Roughly 18 lbs.

Length:
27 in.

Clothing Size:
Still in his 6 month clothes for the most part. Unless he hits a major growth spurt, we should still be in those for another month or so!

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba, Stinker and Wittle Baby Deacon (this one is primarily used when we're trying to convince him to snuggle).

Sleep:
He has been doing so much better at sleeping through the night! I'm hoping the past two weeks are a sign that we've turned a corner here, because he has been sleeping like a champ pretty much every night.

Diet:
We have officially started solids! Right now homeboy is eating sweet potatoes and peas, in addition to his regular breastmilk.

Loves:
Being tossed up in the air, tummy time, getting tickled/smooch-attacked and being outside.

Dislikes:
Missing naps.

Milestones:
Starting solids was a big one for us this past month! Other than that he is working on sitting up on his own and he is starting to scoot and move around a lot more!

Best Moment:
On Mother's Day we had a Parent/Child Commitment at our church, which was pretty special. I'm so thankful for our church family and the way they support and encourage parents to raise their children in Truth and Love. That will definitely be a moment I treasure in the years to come!

Worst Moment:
Even though Deacon has been doing better at nights, he still had a rough night the other night where he woke up every 2.5-3 hours. I was EXHAUSTED by the end of it. But I'm hoping that just means he's growing again!

Other Tidbits:
- Those pesky teeth have still not made their debut even though Deacon has been gnawing everything to death for over a month now!
- Deacon has started sleeping with his tushy in the air pretty consistently and it is majorly cute.
- Even though he made a face the first time he tried peas, he still hasn't refused any of the foods we've given him! I'm hoping this means he'll take after me and love ALL food, but it's a little early yet :wink:

Setting Things Straight

So, the fellas over at Outside the Box Score have an 80s Movie Tournament Bracket going. Naturally, they messed up several of the seedings. This caused me great anguish in picking certain movies over others. They also snubbed Raising Arizona completely. So, myopia strikes again.

I'm trying to darndest to make sure The Goonies keeps winning. That's right, I'm voting as many times as I can. Which is possible if you clear your cache, so the poll doesn't remember you. Goonies never say die.

I liked their tournament idea, but decided I'd just declare some of my favorite movies because that's the kind of narcissistic exercise that blogs accommodate so well!

I consider myself a movie guy. "Movie buff" seems too intense and lofty for my level of fandom. But, because I'm a movie guy, I can't just answer what my favorite movie is without some explanation. And I certainly cannot list my top five or ten favorites in order. SO, I usually resort to this:

Favorite War Movie: Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Favorite Action Movie: Die Hard (1988)

Favorite Adventure Movie (Yes, it's different than action.): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Favorite Christmas Movie: Home Alone (1990)*
*Technically, Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie but I figured I shouldn't duplicate any entries.

Favorite Monster Movie: The Monster Squad (1987)

Favorite Silent Movie: The General (1926)*
*This is actually the only silent movie I've ever seen.

Favorite Comedy Movies: Raising Arizona (1987) and Bottle Rocket (1996)

Favorite Mob Movies: The Untouchables (1987), The Godfather (1972), and The Departed (2006)

Favorite Sports Movies: Hoosiers (1986) and A League of Their Own (1992)

Favorite Sci-Fi Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Back to the Future (1985)

Favorite Fantasy Movies: The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and Willow (1988)

That's all the categories that came to mind off the top of my head. When it comes to movies, "favorite" and "best" are two different things, I believe. A movie can be a favorite because of nostalgia, impact, resonance, etc. without being good. Conversely, a movie can be really well made but not interesting or enjoyable to me (see The Aviator (2004)). So that brings me to my favorite movie of all time.

All-Time Favorite Movie: The Goonies (1985)


Mother's Day

135.

As of today, I have been a Mama for exactly one hundred and thirty five days. It's hard to believe it's been that long, and at the same time, it's hard to believe it's gone so quick! These past few months have been the fastest and slowest, the most challenging and the most rewarding, the most fun and the most intimidating. I had no idea just how much I wanted to be a Mama until I became one. Sure I always hoped and planned to have kids (lots of them, in fact), but I didn't understand just how wonderful it would be to hold that sweet baby and know that the Lord had made me to be his Mama. I pray that I would lead him well, that I would be quick to show grace and remind him of Jesus' love. That I would prayerfully disciple and discipline him, and that I would teach him what it means to love well. It truly is a privilege and a joy to be a Mama.

So today, in honor of my first official Mother's Day, I will be snuggling my sweet boy a little extra and soaking up every second of getting to be his one and only Mama... baby spit-up, dirty diapers and all.

And because you know we Wilsons have a Getty's song for every holiday... (FULL DISCLOSURE: this song makes me tear up EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.)

Being a Mama

In honor of my first Mother's Day, I thought I'd write out a list of what being a Mama really means during this season of my life. I'm constantly learning (i.e. failing), but thankfully Deacon has been a pretty gracious teacher and Jeremy has been a great support system!

10. Being a Mama means taking at least 20 pictures throughout the course of the day... most of which aren't particularly interesting or special, but all of which are EXTREMELY PRECIOUS (to me).

9. Being a Mama means shaping my entire day around the schedule and needs of a 4 month old.

8. Being a Mama means I constantly smell like spit-up, breastmilk or poop. On extra special days I smell like all three :wink:

7. Being a Mama means looking like a complete idiot for as long as it takes to get a smile.

6. Being a Mama means showers are few and far between.

5. Being a Mama means even when I get time for myself, I miss my little guy.

4. Being a Mama means saying "our baby is SO CUTE" to Jeremy at least twice a day.

3. Being a Mama means worrying about things like poop, stuffy noses and which adorable outfit he's going to wear.

2. Being a Mama means experiencing new levels of faith and new meaning in prayer.

1. Being a Mama means tearing up every time I start to think about how much I love my boy and how thankful I am that I get to parent him with my best friend.

Deacon: 4 Month Update



Weight:
15 lbs. 10 oz. (50th percentile)

Length:
26 in (85th percentile)

Clothing Size:
6 month clothes fit the best these days, but there are still a few exceptions to the rule.

Nicknames:
Buster, Bubba and Buddy.

Sleep:
We are starting to put him down around 9 or 10 and he is sleeping until 8 AM (usually waking up for one feeding somewhere in there). All in all I can't complain! I'm finally starting to feel like a normal human instead of a (albeit happy) zombie mom!

Diet:
So far he is still exclusively breastfed, but today we got the green light from the doctor to start introducing solids! On one hand I'm excited that he's growing and hitting these milestones, but on the other I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how much he is growing. Pretty soon I'll be sending him off to school, and then before I know it he'll be a smelly teenager. WAAAHHHHH!!

Loves:
His Mama :-), his Daddy, making funny faces, chewing on fingers, "talking", tummy time and bright lights (i.e. the TV, cell phones, etc. Yeah, we're basically the parents of the year).

Dislikes:
Missing naps, rolling over on his tummy while he's sleeping and having his fingernails clipped.

Milestones:
This past month has been a big one developmentally. He started by rolling from his belly to his back and then this past week he started rolling from his back to his belly! He's still gumming everything to death, so I think we should see a tooth or two pop out in the next month or so...

Best Moment:
Deacon decided to perform his first official trick (rolling belly to back) on my birthday! He's pretty thoughtful :-)

Worst Moment:
All in all this month has been pretty good. We've had a couple of meltdowns when Deacon hasn't gotten his regular naps, but other than that he's been a happy, healthy boy!

Other Tidbits:
- Now that he is rolling, Deacon has been waking up more frequently at night after getting "stuck" on his belly. Poor little guy just can't figure out how to roll back onto his back!
- Deacon is finally starting to really play with toys! I mean, he's not naming farm animals or anything, but he has started to pick things up and look at them, shake them, etc.
- I think we've finally seen the last of the cradle cap (and all the mamas said amen)!

Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

Hallelujah, the tomb is empty! I hope that if you're reading this, you're able to celebrate your risen Savior today. If you cannot, I pray you would turn to Him in faith.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”


Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”





"The power that raised Him from the grave now works in us to powerfully save! He frees our hearts to live His grace; Go tell of His goodness!"

Happy Resurrection Day!

Forever-minded

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17 ESV)


Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7 ESV)


The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)


“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)


49 years ago today the Astrodome opened as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" hosting an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. Today it is a mostly empty shell, hosting only fading memories. It's dwarfed by the newer, bigger, better and shinier Reliant Stadium. Oh, how the mighty has fallen.

I might not have taken much notice of today's Astrodome anniversary if I hadn't already listened to the Johnny Cash interview I posted earlier. In that interview Cash is asked if he sees himself as an icon, the "John Wayne of rock and roll." Cash thinks the question is ridiculous. He says when he looks in the mirror he sees pimples on his nose, a swollen and hurting jaw, and thinning hair.

As much as the interviewer wants Johnny to revel in the glory days of his youth, Cash keeps responding with humility and self-deprecation. I think Cash understood that new things get old, strong things grow weak, and shiny things dim as time passes on. He used to be one of the biggest and brightest stars, but it was all temporary.

Fleeting, just like the novel Astrodome of the 60s (Indoor baseball?! No way!). Temporary things have a way of disappointing over time because they, by definition, don't last. But that's what we always get caught up in, because this world is temporary.

"For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18b ESV)

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17 ESV)


We are a culture consumed with the temporary. We don't consider eternity, let alone 40 years from now. But what might change if we did? Less spontaneous tattoos, probably, heh. But hopefully and way more importantly, people living now for a kingdom and a King that will stand forever. May we be a people who boast only in the cross of Christ!

The Man in Black Denies Being 'The Man'

Here's an excerpt from an interview with the late Johnny Cash. It's not excitingly revelatory, really, but it's refreshing to hear how down to earth Cash is. He denies being a hero or icon, denies being brave, and just plain keeps it real. I may be giving him too much credit, but I feel like his humble answers are heavily influenced by his faith and the rough times he endured (many as consequences of his own choices).

WARNING: Cash does drop an "S bomb." So be careful little ears what you hear.



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