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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow 'Tude

Obviously, Levi & I have differing opinions about the white stuff...



Shall we call this the first eye roll?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Validation

I just cried for the first time out of empathy when reading a Bible story.

I'm doing the Bible in 90 day challenge, and while I'm at least a day behind at this point, I am thoroughly enjoying this fast paced study.  I have such a better understanding of how it all got started, who's related to whom, and why certain things are such a big deal.

Want to guess which story made me cry?  Anyone?

Hannah.

I started 1 Samuel, and quickly remembered that the verse on Levi's bedroom wall is from that book.  As I read on to read about Hannah's barren womb, I began to weep with her.  When the Lord heard her cry he gave her a son, Samuel.  When she took him to the temple to be dedicated she said,

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."

In the next chapter, she rejoiced and spoke of God's sovereignty.

"...but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children..."


I feel like on my own journey to parenthood, all the sadness and weeping I did seems so much more validated! There have been plenty of other barren women in the story thus far... Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel... I'm not sure why I connected with Hannah so much - but I'm glad I did.  Thanks, God!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Fifth is Five

Herbert the fifth, more commonly known as Levi around these parts, is celebrating is five month birthday today!!

Lots and lots of changes and exciting milestones this month:


- Smiles aplenty
- Rolling (back to belly and belly to back)
- Eating rice cereal and peas


- A strict 3 hour schedule (Eat, play sleep, repeat). And he's still sleeping 12 hours through the night.
- Grabbing and playing with baby toys 


- Trying really hard to sit up when he's laying down (looks like he's doing crunches, with abs to prove it)
- Chewing on our fingers, his own thumb, pacifiers to soothe those gums
- Started taking a pacifier at bed time
- Babbling and singing more than he used to


Also, Levi has become quite a thrill seeker.  He loves getting tossed around, tickled, and startled.  Those are the ways we can get him to laugh these days.


Today, on my list of things to do, is to officially pack away most of the 6 month clothing, and pull out all the new 9 month old stuff!  I'm sad to see these outfits go, but our little boy is growing like a weed!  Not sure how many pounds he is now, but he's about 1 inch shy of being longer than his 27 inch changing pad.


Speaking of growing, we're putting away the beloved Bumbo chair.  It lasted us only a short time, but unfortunately it cuts off circulation to his feet now when he sits in it.  I think it's time to put that high chair together!  Herb claims Levi hates the bumbo anyway.

One of my favorite things is that when Levi meets or sees a new person, as soon as they give him their attention and talk, he smiles back.  He does this every morning when we get him out of his crib, too!

Because there were so many firsts this month, I created a video of them, but I'll warn you, it's pushing ten minutes long.  So don't start watching it unless you're really interested!!  And yes, I meant for the movie to be called "Click Here To Change Title." Not.  Also, I'm not sure why it's so grainy.  I guess I need a little more practice with converting stuff from our Flip video camera to the web.


Happy birthday, little buddy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

He Never Let Go

This morning in church we sang the one of my favorite tunes, "You Never Let Go." More than once, this song has made me quite weepy. 

First for my dear friend Jess, who has used this song as her anthem on more than one occasion.  It transported me back to a time a year ago when we were sadly preparing ourselves to say goodbye to Isaac.  It reminded me of his funeral, where we sang that song in worship, despite heartache. 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back, I know you are near

After Isaac died, I started to cling to that song in my own despair of waiting for a baby.  I sang these lines with faith, but a distant and real fear that there might not be a light at the end of the trouble.  In those times, He truly didn't let go of me, even when I couldn't always hold on to faith on my own.

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

And this morning, there I stood, reminiscing about all of God's faithfulness in the last year, and suddenly I heard a baby crying.  A tired baby that was being held by his grandma, but wanted his mom.

It occurred to me, as I was singing that very song, how full circle things have come.  I've stood in that very row of pews and sang that very song with tears in my eyes over a baby, and now I stand in the same place as the one who is comforting the tears.  I'm his mom.  He wants me.  I took the tearful baby in my arms, held him tightly, and as he quited, I sang all the more louder.

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me


I'm so glad I held on.  I'm so glad God held on to me when I was a mess.  It was so hard to praise him in the highs and lows, and I can't say I was always the most positive about it all, but I held on for dear life, that's for sure.  And he held on to me.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thirty Reasons Why Today is Special

I woke up this morning next to a man in his thirties.  THIRTIES!


Yep, that's right, my prince charming is now officially a king.  Thirty years old and a papa.  I'd say he's beyond his prince prime, wouldn't you?

It's a special day to honor an amazing man's birthday, not to mention it's the 29th celebration of Herb living a year longer than the doctors expected him to at birth.  And furthermore, thanks to the wonderful world of adoption,  today is NOT needle-to-the-nut-sack day, as we had previously planned. 

Yes, I just wrote "nut sack" on my blog.  Ew.

When Herb and I first began trying to start a family, we decided that if we didn't get pregnant on our own by now, after his 30th birthday Herb would get the testicular biopsy required as the next step in seeking out our own fertility.  Now you understand why Herb pushed for adoption, huh? And I'm SO glad he did!!


I am so thankful that we didn't go down the road of testing, and instead hopped aboard the adoption train.  Not only was it less physically painful for both of us, but we became parents far sooner than we would have if we had pursued fertility treatments {successful or not}.  And I truly believe Levi was meant to be our son, and if we had waited until now to try to become parents, we would have missed out on that opportunity.

So happy birthday to the love of my life.  I am so thankful for every year we have spent together, and every year God has blessed you with.  I am proud of your accomplishments, your careers, and your caring and protective attitude toward fatherhood. 

The other day Herb said, "You know, we pretty much got everything we could have ever wanted, didn't we?" 

I pray that you get all the desires of your heart in the next 30 years, too.  I love you!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our Life In Ornaments

I should have done this a few weeks ago... better late than never.

I give you the Suereth Christmas Edition of Wordless Wednesday {in chronological order}.

{Do captions count as words?}

Baby's First Christmas 1981: Herb


My favorite childhood ornament from my mom
We met through music {this counts, right?}

Congratulations On Your Engagement: 2005


Just Married: 2006





Our First Anniversary: 2007

The Year Even the Tree Went Aqua {like the rest of the house}: 2008

The Year of the Feather {thanks Jess}: 2009

Baby's First Christmas!!: 2010


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!