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This is not some kind of riddle. It is just a thought that has been on my mind for the past couple of weeks. The thought began when our oldest son, Drew, came to his mother and I and said that he was ready to become a follower of Jesus.

This moment is one that my bride and I have been anxiously awaiting for some time now. We began praying soon after each one of our sons was born that they would become genuine followers of Jesus. A couple of weeks back, our oldest son crossed that threshold.

Yesterday, I had the wonderful privilege of baptizing our oldest son. Each baptism I am a part of is special, but this one definitely placed at the top of the list. I promised myself that I would not cry, but the moment was just too much. As my son looked up at me and answered affirmatively that he has chosen to follow Jesus, I couldn’t hold it in.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, “a time to weep and a time to laugh.”

Yesterday was a day that I will hold as one of the greatest days in this parent’s life. It was a day where my son was recognized as my brother in Christ!

20140118-091515.jpgHard to believe that ten years ago yesterday, Naomi and I exchanged wedding vows. I didn’t get to post anything on here yesterday, so I thought that I’d share some things that we’re going through my head about this great moment.

  • It was an overcast Saturday. Not the weather that I would have chosen for the occasion, but we would have to go with it. Crazy how that lesson would come in handy over the past ten years. Things don’t always go the way you would like. You sometimes have to roll with the punches.
  • Children are truly a blessing. God has given us the opportunity to experience five children over the past ten years. There has been “Peanut”, Drew, Sam, Cole, and our Compassion child – George. Each of these children has helped us learn the important task of working together.
  • I would not exchange the past ten years for anything in the world. Has everything been just like I wanted? Of course not! But the journey had been one of the things that has made the past ten years so interesting.
  • To my bride, I say “thank you for the past ten plus years! Can’t wait to see what the next ten have in store.”

    And now it is time to wrap this thing up and get ready to go out and finally celebrate this occasion (thanks Nana & Pawpaw for watching the little ones).

    There are a few times in a person’s life when their world gets rocked. It can be in a good way or a bad way. When these moments happen, nothing is ever the same.

    Six years ago today was one of those moments for me. I found myself there in a hospital room at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama. I realized that life would never be the same again. I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do. It was all real now… I was a daddy.

    Today is our oldest son, Drew’s 6th birthday. I can remember many things about that day (except for a blurry period of about 30 mins around the time of his birth). I remember the feeling that here was a blessing that God had entrusted to me to love, teach, guide, and care for. Little did I know how much that little one would teach me.

    Happy birthday, Little Bear!

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    20130604-080100.jpgIt was three years ago today that we found ourselves in the hospital. While that might be an alarming statement at first, this was not a bad thing. It was three years ago today that The Lord decided that it was time for our son, Sam, to make his entrance into the light of day. Though that day came four weeks earlier than we expected, it was a welcomed day.

    I really do not think that we had any idea as to what would be in store for us through this bundle of joy. It has certainly been a journey, and he has definitely made it interesting. He has taken us down the road of finding how long (or short) our fuse can be. It was through two ear tubes surgeries and the removal of adenoids that I learned the reality that he will not always be around.

    As we celebrate our Sam’s third today, I am reminded of one key lesson that was taught to me through him:

    No matter how stubborn they may be, no matter how much they may work your nerves, children are a blessing from God and are to be cherished.

    Here’s to you, Sam. Happy 3rd birthday!

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    It was somewhat rainy day nine years ago in north Alabama. The weather was the kind that would make you just want to stay inside. But there was nothing that would keep me from getting out of the house that day and taking care of business.

    This day nine years ago was a special day. It was a day that I will always remember. It was the day that I married the love of my life, Naomi.

    The past nine years have been an amazing and never-dull journey. I am very thankful for the bride that God has given to me to share the journey with. As the Bible says, “A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22 HCSB)

    Here’s to you, “Good Thang!” May God bless us with many more years together on this journey.