Wednesday, February 25, 2009

God is so Amazing!!!






I found this blog today, and I truly feel like I was supposed to find it, called Bring the Rain, http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com/. Her name is Angie Smith and I could not quit reading her story. Her words, attitude, and relationship with God in the midst of a terrible loss made me realize that my relationship with Him is nowhere near where it should be. I desperately want that kind of a relationship with Him. Hayley and I just finished reading a book about relationships with God called "The Shack," and I highly recommend it. In the book they have such a close relationship with God that they call Him Papa. If you want to know more about the book, the website is http://www.theshackbook.com/.

Angie has 3 little girls and came up with these 7 prayers to pray over our babies throughout the day. That is what the 7x7 means: 7 prayers a day, 7 days a week. That is actually one of her little girls in the picture. I loved the prayers and want to do them for my babies, Hayden and Harper. I copied them from her website so you can do them to! Angie Smith gets all the credit.

1. When they wake up: "Let the morning bring (child's name) word of your unfailing love, for she has put her trust in You. Show (her/him) the way (she/he) should go, for to you (he/she) lifts up her soul." (Adapted from Psalm 143:8)

2. When they are getting dressed: "Therefore, as God's chosen child, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Lord, help (him/her) bear with others and forgive whatever grievances (he/she) has against others. Help (him/her) forgive as the Lord forgave (him/her). And over all these virtues, help (him/her) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Adapted from Colossians 3:12-14)

3. While they are eating: "Teach (child's name) the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Teach (him/her) that (he/she) can do everything through him who gives (him/her) strength." (Adapted from Philippians 4:12-13)

4. When they go out of the house: "(Name of child), do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will." (Adapted from Romans 12:2)

5. While they are taking a bath: Lord, give (name of child) clean hands and a pure heart, and let (him/her) not lift (his/her) soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Let (him/her) receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God (his/her) Savior. Let (him/her) be part of the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. (Adapted from Psalm 24:4-6)

6. When they are going to bed: "The Lord Your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, be will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

7. While they are sleeping: "I pray that (name of child) will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that he/she may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which he/she shines like a star in the universe as he/she holds out the word of life-in order that he/she may boast on the day of Christ that he/she did not run or labor for nothing." (Adapted from Philippians 2:14-16)


On another note, I was staring at Hayden as he slept in my arms the other day. I just kept thinking how beautiful and perfect he is. It is unimaginable how much his daddy and I love him. It is unending how much his daddy and I love him. Nothing that he can ever do will change how much we love him. And then it hit me, this is exactly how God feels about us! That kind of love is hard to grasp, until you have a baby. I believe that our babies, our angels, are given to us to help us understand just how much God loves us. Unconditional love. Hayden is not old enough to mess up yet, but when he does, we will still love him. We will be sad, but David and I will still love him just as much as we do today, if not more. We mess up, but thankfully God still loves us! Amazing! God is so Amazing!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A day in the life...


My baby has an enormous, brilliant brain. With an enormous, brilliant brain comes a slightly bigger head that I love more than anything in this world. I have had a hard time finding hats to fit him and was ecstatic to finally find a really cute, larger hat. I took him on a walk tonight and it was cold outside, so I thought, "Yay! I can put his cute hat on him!"



Always crawling towards the camera.




I love his profile.

Hayden giving Daphne a rubdown.




Harpey dramatically crawling towards Hayden. And yes, Hayden is in Halloween jammies. After their bath (pictures below) he had to borrow some of Harper's jammies, and the Halloween jammies were the only non-pink ones.



Ok, let me explain. This is Hayley and Blair being typical Hayley and Blair.
They were talking to eachother, it was the cutest thing.



I put Hayden in his crib the other night after I bathed him. He started playing, but never took off his shark towel! So ofcourse I had to take some pictures.



Does anyone else think he looks exactly like a certain someone in this picture??? I'll give you a hint...his name starts with a D, and ends with an avid.


Makenna Jr.

Playin doctor before Grandaddy's surgery. Remember that enormous, brilliant brain I told you about??? He's gonna be a Neurosurgeon!! And a baseball player. And he's gonna love his mother.

Busy babies. They love the dishwasher.


Eatin breakfast in their new twin highchairs at GiGi and Papa's!


I love it when he sits like this.


video

Hayden loves to play in the backyard with the puppies. I usually remember to pick up the water bowl, but he beat me to it today!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pictures!

I finally figured out how to get my pictures from the camera to the computer. I wanted to catch you up on what the Smiths have been up to, so there are pictures going all the way back to Halloween. I promise to keep you updated from now on!




David took Hayden and the doggies walking last Saturday while mommy slept after working Friday night.



Hayden playin in the bathtub. He LOVES bathtime.



This is what happens when you leave him alone for 2 seconds. Those are straws all over the floor. He would throw them up in the air and then crawl really fast through them, it was so funny! So I gave up trying to pick them up and just let him play.





My girl!


Eatin at the Purple Cow after church with GiGi and Papa!


This is how Hayden sits in his highchair and I love it!



The Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida! David, Jason, and I got to go and it was so much fun!


Hayden eating (a.k.a. loving) his cousin-sister.


Hayley and I got the babies matching onesies that said "My First Christmas" and attempted to take pictures of them sitting in front of the Christmas tree. Imagine the chaos of trying to get two 7 month old babies to sit still, at the same time. It was pretty funny!



My little elf in his Christmas jammies from GiGi! His bottom says "Ho Ho Ho!"


Unwrapping daddy's Christmas present. Not on Christmas.


Playing with his new toy from his Great-grandparents! It is 2 dogs sitting on a pillow and they sing and dance to "I got you babe," by Sunny and Cher! He loves it!


GiGi and Hayden outside in December. It was freezing!


My baby.

Hayden LOVES to pull hair!


Playin at our house after their Baptism.


During the Baptism, Dr. Bruster took both babies to show the congregation. Hayden looked up at the ceiling and just kept going! He leaned all the way back until he was upside down and stayed that way! Everyone was laughing and Dr. Bruster forgot what he was saying! It was so funny!


Look at those dark brown eyes.

GiGi bought the babies Exersaucers for early Christmas presents. This was Hayden's first time in it and he was so excited!


My husband, K-Fed, on Halloween.


Our baby dinosaur at his first Halloween party!


I love his fat little baby feet!


Hayley and I took the babies to Boo at the Zoo. We realized after we had walked 18 miles that we should have brought our strollers! It was fun though, mainly for Hayley and I. The babies really didn't care! Harper was a Butterfly!




Hayley and Harpey Bug.


videoThis is a video of Hayden flirting with a woman at the Purple Cow. Yes, a woman, not a baby, a grown Woman! It was so funny!