Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pumpkin Patch

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We had a fun trip with our M.O.M.S. group this week.  We all went to Yahoo Pumpkin Farm.  We love these friends, and enjoyed looking around and taking cute pictures. Logan and his buddy Quinn had a great time.

I love that they look like they’re deep in conversation. Such cute buddies!  Logan is just two weeks older than Quinn. Fun friends!

We had a picnic lunch when we were finished looking around at all the varieties of pumpkins.  My favorite was the Cinderella pumpkin.

Fast asleep at the end of a fun morning.  It’s exhausting being this cute.

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Family Visit

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We had a great weekend visit with Mimi and Uncle B!  They came for a quick visit before Bryan has to leave for Memphis, for his next “gig” for a few months.

Little man had to get all dressed up when Mimi’s here!

We spent the afternoon at our favorite park by the lake.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, and so much fun, even though you can’t tell from Logan’s face here.

We took a picnic lunch and I tried out a few Pinterest recipes: pumpkin dip and Chess bars.  Delish!

Uncle B and Logan are great buddies!  I have a feeling he will teach Logan way too may things I will not approve of in the years to come.

We tried to have a family picture, since it’s rare that the three of us are all in the photo together. And this is what you get. Wind blowing and us looking a little weird.  We’ll try again sometime.

When Mimi comes to town, she always brings a bag of treats!  This time she brought Logan’s first pumpkin. He loved it!  She also brought some bibs she made – cute little veggies, since he is eating veggies now.

 

 

 

There’s just so much playing to do . . .

And then, finally, we crash from all that playing.

 

We had such a great visit with Mimi and Uncle B. And we look forward to seeing so much more family in a couple of weeks when they come for his baby dedication.

Peas and weddings and sunshine

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Logan loves reading with his Daddy, no matter what the book is.

We began to try “real” foods. At his last appointment, the doctor felt like it would be the right time to start him on solid foods. We’ve tried rice cereal, green beans, some chicken and peas!   Peas are our favorite.

I’ve tried my hand at making baby food veggies, and found it’s pretty easy.  Just using the hand blender and popping the veggies into ice cube trays.  It works really well.

We also took a fun trip to Dothan, Alabama for our nephew’s wedding.  Logan is a pro at weddings, having been to 3 weddings in four months now.

It was a good trip to see family we don’t often get to see.

Our busy boy loves to roll both ways, and moves around the room by rolling.

We had some good family time when Jake took a vacation week.  People kept asking where we were going on vacation . . . hilarious.  It’s a vacation for us to be at home, to have some Sabbath time, to not pack up a baby or have a schedule of things to go and see.  Who wants to go on a cruise when you can hang out with this little cutie?

And, we went to get apples in Ellijay. Note I did not say “pick” apples.  I’m sure that will be fun when he’s older, but for now we definitely just went, picked up a bag and ate a fried apple pie.  Pretty good fall day.

 

Props to Auntie Ash for keeping her little “Moosh Face” for a few days while I was in class.

Back to School

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So, we have begun a new adventure as a family . . .

I began a Doctorate of Ministry in Education (DEdMin.)  Yes, we are a little crazy.

The program began this past week.  I began this program at Columbia Theological Seminary, here in Atlanta.  There are lots of good things about this program, and I am starting to get a little excited about my project possibilities and just getting back into the groove of study.  Now, we realize (as several folks have stated) that we may be a little nuts to start this with a small baby in our home, but doing crazy things has never stopped us before.

I’ve been in the first seminar this week and have loved my professors and cohort. Such a great group of ministers.  Really wonderful people who inspire me as a minister.  And, I must say, this week has definitely been a team effort with The World’s Best Husband, Jake,  my fabulous sister Ashley and some friends and church members who have shared in keeping Logan.  Ashley has given up her day off to keep little man for these two weeks I am in class.  And Jake – he’s just the best, in every way.

As I’m beginning, I’ve been lost in thoughts about the Church and making disciples and all of those things.  (There’s plenty of time for thought on the long commute) This quote we read from Brueggeman has me thinkin’ . . .

“Every community that wants to last beyond a single generation must concern itself with education. Education has to do with the maintenance of a community through the generations. This maintenance must assure enough continuity of vision, value, and perception so that the community sustains its self-identity.  At the same time, maintenance must assure enough freedom and novelty so that the community can survive in and be pertinent to new circumstances, Thus, education must attend both to processes of continuity and discontinuity in order to avoid fossilizing into irrelevance on the one hand, and relativizing into disappearance on the other hand.”

So true. I’m very interested in what creativity and community can mean for the youth and younger folks  that I see.  I’m very interested in what it can mean for the Church.  I’ll admit I get frustrated sometimes with the ways I see needs for Christian faith formation that means something and I get frustrated with how we are losing some of our youth and our younger generations.  And then there’s this.

“There are no guarantees that your children will follow Christ even if you have a vibrant, purposeful relationship with Him. But, on the other hand, if we, as parents do not do all we can to help our children develop meaningful relationships in Jesus, we miss a major opportunity to lead them and show them the path worth walking.”  ~ Scott Linscott

Yep, the Mom factor is a big one for me right now.  We’re looking ahead to Logan’s baby dedication at the end of the month. Big promises and responsibility. What will it mean for Logan to become a Christ follower?

As much as Mr. Linscott and I might have different takes on some things about Christianity, he makes some good points here.  He calls out the ways we give permission for anything to be more important that helping our children grow as disciples.  I have to say, he’s right.

All that to say, I am starting a new journey with this degree that has me thinking through some of these faith formation things.  So, you’ve been warned.

Truly, though, I am overwhelmed and excited at the same time.  I guess that’s a good way to start a new adventure.

Growing and Learning

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Our four month old boy is just a roly poly wonderful guy!  He rolls front to back and back to front now – and this is his favorite activity. And talking up a storm.  He goes to sleep talking and wakes up babbling – I feel like he says, “As I was saying . . .”

We’ve had a busy month of family visits, weddings and fun.  Brenda came to visit for a weekend – so fun! She spoiled Logan and he just laughed and laughed.  Then, Aunt Jean, Teresa, Austin and Erin came for a weekend.  The three of them went to the Auburn game in Atlanta (We had to break the news to Auntie Ashley that Logan is the owner of an Auburn bottle.  She said her mission would now be to make his first words be “Roll Tide!”) While they went to ATL, Aunt Jean stayed with us to love on Logan.  We had a great time.

Mom and Bryan came to visit for a few days. Bryan got to meet Logan for the first time. It was great!

 

Our boy is loves to laugh and tries to sit up – still working on that one.  At our four month appointment, we were told to go ahead and add some solids to his diet.  Rice cereal and some veggies. That has been hilarious!  Pictures to come.  He has done great with the cereal and even likes green beans.  Such a cutie! We have fun with him every day learning new tricks.