Monday, February 25, 2013

Oh Honey Bear

Let's say you spend a shocking amount of money on a special straw cup that is supposed to help your child develop straw sucking abilities that are supposed to help him succeed in many other areas of life even though the cup is basically a recycled honey container with a straw stuck in it.

And every time you try to use it your child does this:

And you can't push it because you don't want it to become this horrible experience that will forever make straws an evil monster that makes your child scream for Jesus to come whenever he sees one.  So, you do what parents always do to get their kids to do stuff they don't want to do, make a game.

I'll let you know if he ever actually sips out of the straw, in fact I will have a party and you all will be invited.  But until then, I count it as a very wonderful success that he put the straw in his mouth.  Did you see that?  Straw in mouth? No tears? THAT is a great success.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Asher's Baby Dedication

Last week we celebrated Asher's first birthday and Grandma visiting by having a special service to bless Asher and dedicate ourselves to depending on God to give us the wisdom and love and grace we need to raise Asher in the best way possible.  

We chose a special Bible verse, Genesis 12:2- I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.  We chose a special song, Committed singing Unstoppable (listen here  

Our friend, Jeff, gave a little talk about Asher, Down syndrome, love, grace, and blessing.  Grandma gave the children's story, all about how we are God's jewels, and said a special prayer of blessing over Asher.  I sang a song that was really meaningful to me in this journey thus far.  Damek read the scripture.  And Adam preached that God loves us so much He sings over us,

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17

Afterwards, we had lunch with friends and family who were able to make it.  It was such a special day!  

As people were leaving, and hugging, and offering encouragement, it was amazing to me how many people told me that they pray for us everyday.  Our little family.  That is a very humbling thing to learn.  And praise God, we need the prayers so much!

Listening to Grandma tell the children's story.

My mom will not love this picture but I had to get one of her telling the story. Hee hee!

Damek wanted to do the scripture reading.  First time up front by himself and he rocked it!

Grandma giving a special prayer of blessing over Asher and the family.

Jeff giving a special prayer for the family.

Me, trying not to choke up singing a song for Asher.