Archive for August, 2009

29
Aug
09

Yes, that’s the book for me!

Asher melts my heart every time we sing this to him!


“Bible” is now one of his favorite words!

25
Aug
09

Full Circle

I know there will be many ‘full circles’ in my life, and today is definitely one of them.

I left my Kindergarten teaching position in Fort Bend ISD after 2 years to have my first baby and stay at home with her.

Today, my first baby entered Kindergarten.

It was a joyful morning for both of us!  No tears.  Really, I’m just so excited for her because I know how she thrives in classroom settings and how much she will love kindergarten!  (I mean I love kindergarten that’s why I taught it!)

Here are the classic first day of school pics:

so giddy about school
7 a.m. bright and early!
Rilyn and Ms. Kerley, her teacher.
22
Aug
09

dating my daughter

What a fun and meaningful night I had on a date with my oldest daughter Rilyn.  I say meaningful because it was a moment of grace where my heavenly Father gave me a chance to cherish my role as a father and realize what I can offer and what only He can offer.

Gotta have the silly pic!

We did have a blast tonight…I took Rilyn out on a date to ‘Austin Park & Pizza’.  We started out on the bumper boats, played some video games, ate some pizza, drank some root beer, played some miniature golf, and topped it off with Rilyn driving on her own in her first Go Kart race.

Proud moment for daddy:  Rilyn leading!

But amidst the chaos of buffet pizza, black lights, and the blurry Japanese anime projecting in the background, we sat there in our little purple booth…just the two of us, my little girl, my little baby, my first baby…Rilyn.  She heads to kindergarten in four days, man how time flies. It feels like yesterday that I was trying so hard to get her to crawl to me, now all I hear is, ‘I can do it by myself’.  So I feel like this is a major jump for Rilyn into the waters of this world and I wanted to convey to her how much I love her and how I will always be there for her, whenever she needs me.

Golf lesson

Two things hit me in that moment. First, no matter what I said, I felt as if there were no words I could convey powerful enough for her to know how much I love her and how much I want to be there for her whenever she needs me.  The emotion behind that was enough to start the swelling in my eyes. Then it really hit me, as much as I love her and yearn to be there for Rilyn, ultimately I can’t.  It is humanly impossible to be there for her every second of everyday…and eventually I won’t be around.

look alikes

Yet, with tears in my eyes, I looked at Rilyn and said, “Rilyn, look at me, look in my eyes.  I love you so much, and no matter what I will be there for you.  You can come to me for help whenever you need it.”  She looked in my eyes and said, “But how can you be at my school when you have to be at work?”  Wow, she is right….as much as I want to be there for her, there is a limit.  And at first I ached inside, but then grace came and my Heavenly Father reminded me of two awesome truths….

First, He loves Rilyn, (and you and me), more than words can convey…His love is infinite and powerfully revealed through the sending of His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die so that Rilyn, (and you and me), would be able to have abundant life, if we would only trust our life to Him:

John 15:13Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

John 3:16-18″For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Second, what I can’t offer, my heavenly Father can give…He is not limited by time or space and will be there for Rilyn, (and you and me), always and forever:

Hebrews 13:5-6…He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU….THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

So it’s more than pizza, more than go karts, even more than quality time…I can offer her Him….that turns my tears of angst into tears of joy and peace.

From august 2009
21
Aug
09

cousin lovin’

My brother’s son, Caden, is too cute for words! We love him so much!

Ella and Caden
18
Aug
09

the weekend

Our family had a busy weekend!  On Friday, the kids and I headed to the neighborhood pool for 3 hours (mom record for me!)  At the splash pad, Rilyn shot Ella in the head.  Nice aim.

Where was James this weekend?  Oh he was golfing, playing paintball, and going to the movies with the guys for our friend, Carson’s, wedding!  Tough life always going to bachelor parties!   The kids and I headed to Temple to stay with my parents and we went to a local musical, Beauty and the Beast, which was excellent. Rilyn must of picked up Ella’s bad habits of posing and so poor Belle got a little more than a picture.

The next day, Sunday, Asher, (in my care), took a tumble (rather a twirl) into my parents banister spindles that have corner edges around the bottom. You can guess where he landed.

Fifteen minutes later, I was off to the wedding! (My dad is a doctor so I knew he was in good hands in case the goose egg became more…)
Carson’s wedding brought many dear Aggie friends together again. Fun times had by all!

me, Casey, Jen, and Kim
17
Aug
09

Dwight would be proud

Watch out Dwight Schrute, there’s a new bobble head in town!

James was in our good friend, Carson Higg’s, wedding yesterday and for groomsmen gifts he gave them each their own bobble heads!

Check out Noel, James, and Halim at the rehearsal dinner.

Noel, James, and Halim

And now their bobbleheads

We aren’t really sure why Halim’s bobble head is so short!?!
14
Aug
09

happy birthday james

Never mind that his birthday isn’t until October.
Or that he bought the ticket himself and declared, “It’s for my birthday, so you don’t need to get me anything.”
Or that he purchased these online with his friends when they were supposed to be sharing prayer requests during a Bible study.  (The girls and I were 10 feet away in another room having intimate spiritual discussion.)
Oh well. You can’t tame a Dallas Cowboys fan like this one, (especially when they have a new stadium!)




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