"I smell ice cream."

- Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen
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.



Like Sands Through The Hourglass...

I have the honor of teaching part of our church membership class and, during yesterday's, something occurred to me. I usually begin my section by introducing myself and telling the class that I joined the church back in 1991 when my family moved to Houston and that it's been really cool to see all the highs and lows and God's constant sustenance and provision here.

As I was "reviewing" that spiel in my head before taking the stage, our pastor was asking some of our LONG term (and one founding) members of our church how long they had been here. (Our church was planted in 1973.) It struck me in light of those 30+ year members, that some of the people in yesterday's class were JUST beginning their potential 20, 30, 40 years of membership!

It was such a cool moment to think that, in 1991, I was a knuckleheaded 7th grader running around with hardly any clues about anything and NO clue that 20 years later I'd be on staff, married and starting a family here. I wasn't thinking that, in my 30s, I'd be worshiping alongside other second and third generation members of our church that were knuckleheads like me in the 90s.

I encouraged yesterday's class that they might be sitting across the table or across the room from lifelong friends that they haven't even met yet but that God was leading to join our church just like them.

It's so cool to think about! God has given us a spiritual family in the Church! Becoming a church member, then, means SO much more than just agreeing with a statement of faith. Praying that our church continues to be a healthy expression of the body of Christ!

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Last weekend Jer and I were able to go see the Gettys in concert (I highly recommend them if you're not familiar with them), and it was so much fun to get away together and worship with other believers. The Gettys are modern hymn writers, and their lyrics are so rich and full of Truth. One of their songs has really stuck with me since then, so I thought I'd share :-)



I'm praying these lyrics over this season of my life:
"Turn my striving into works of grace. Breath of God, show Christ in all I do."