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Monday, January 9, 2012

Baby Dedication, Christmas, and Hello 2012!

Abel and Belle were dedicated to the Lord on November 27th. My mother-in-law has some pictures on her camera, so I was waiting for those from her before I updated the blog. However, she has had some computer trouble, so who knows when I will get the pictures. More important, though, is the fact that we are aware of what a great responsibility God has given us in shepherding these little children to know Him. We pray that He would convict their hearts of sin and save them at an early age and that they might live for His glory early in life... and be spared the heartache that living in rebellion against God can bring. Please join us in praying that they would be saved as soon as God wills.

We flew to Memphis, TN for Christmas with the babies. They did great and had lots of love and attention from our extended family. They also got lots of toys - Yeah! :) Aaron and I long decided we didn't want to teach any of our future children about Santa Claus being a reality. They will still get gifts from us (though we didn't this year, because they are so young and got plenty from family), but will know that they are from daddy and mommy. They will still take pictures with Santa in the mall and watch the Christmas classics on t.v. We plan to teach them about Santa as a fun, fictional character (such as Mickey Mouse). Our heart in this isn't to be legalistic, but we want Jesus and His incarnation to be their focus and not fantasy.

Lastly, as a New Year's resolution, I have started Weight Watchers and exercising. My goal is to be back to my pre-pregnancy size and weight by the summer. Pray for grace.

As I reflect on this new year, I'm amazed and grateful for God's grace in 2011. 2011 will forever be a special year because it was the year that Abel and Belle were born. But, I'm excited to welcome 2012.

And for fun, I put them in their highchairs for the first time this morning!


Krisa said...

My goodness, they are beautiful babies! They don't seem too sure about the high chair though! Happy New Year!

kdactyl said...

First off....prayers for your babies following their dedication to the Lord. With you as parents guiding them, I'm sure their future is secure. Secondly....yay for weigh.t wat.chers! I am a huge fan and am loving the new program...started in Sept and am down 11 lbs already. (and that includes a little back slidning over the holidays..tee hee).
I commend you for putting Jesus first over Santa. I struggled with that soooo hard over this past season and we did our best to give Jesus' birthday as much enthusiasm as Santa. My husband really wanted the fantasy for the we are doing Santa...but trying to keep it to a minimum (and he only really brings one gift...the rest are from mommy and daddy)...
And last but not least...OH MY Goodness...your babies are sooooo cute!!!!

Britney said...

November 27! my birthday! great day to be dedicated! ; ) Sienna's dedication is this Sunday. And you flew back to Memphis? So close to where your babies were waiting for you just last year! And LOVE that curly-q. Brae has one that each time we get his hair cut, the stylist says, "Yup, that is NOT going away."

Lisa said...

They are so adorable and getting so big!

Ashley said...

They look so big in their high chairs! Glad ya'll had a fun Christmas. Praying with you that our babies have a passion for the Lord early on!

Angela said...

They are so adorable, Jen! What a year 2011 was! God is so good! Hugs to you and have an amazing New Year!