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10 Weeks Later…

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Today the little one is 10 weeks old! Zach is now 12lbs 10oz and 24.5″ long (90th percentile for height!). It’s so fun to watch him grow and develop- he’s been smiling for a month now, and boy, can he ham it up! My heart just melts. A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of dedicating him at church. Our church follows the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Along with some other families, we pledged to raise our child in a way that honors God. Standing at the front of the church, I was just so filled with gratitude, knowing that God has entrusted us with this treasure we have long prayed for. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28 This last Sunday we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a bittersweet day as it would have been Adam’s 2nd birthday. I’m not sure that having Zachary made the day any easier than last year. If anything, having Zach now makes me realize just how much we missed out with Adam.  It does however make me treasure our time with Zach even more. It is truly an honor to be a parent and I hope Zach will always know just how…

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An Example of Love

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Brandon, my mom and I are in Seattle, WA, for the weekend for a wedding. One of my cousins closest in age to me, Patrick, is getting married today and much of my family is in town for the occasion. My father was the oldest of five and most of his siblings and their families live in different states. Before my dad and my grandparents passed, we used to have big family reunions and this wedding weekend is reminiscent of that family time. An unexpected treat has been getting to talk with my Uncle Alan, the second oldest, about his time as a missionary. He and my saint of an aunt packed up their kids, 3, 4 and 6, to move to Thailand in the 70’s for over 7 years total. It’s been so amazing to hear about how missionary work was especially challenging then- no English, no internet or cell phones, no Google. Last night he shared his personal view of the gospel with Brandon and I (love God, love your neighbor!). Uncle Alan’s humble reminder of the ultimate simplicity of the gospel -LOVE- was so refreshing and so timely. In two days, we fly to Swaziland to see what being missionaries would be like. Brandon and I have been to the country with our church through Children’s Hopechest. The Swazi people and CHC’s vision to help their country have resonated with our hearts and we are looking forward to how we can help long-term on the ground. Uncle…

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On Heaven

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Last week, I received my first ever spinal adjustment. I had no idea my body could crack and pop in so many ways that didn’t result in bodily harm. My chiropractor also showed me all my lovely issues via X-ray. He warned how my body would become harder to fix as time goes on if I did nothing now. I replied jokingly, “We’ll, it’s just my body.” The doc laughed and gave a skeptical look at the crazy person in front of him (as I guess most doctors would). I clarified that my body would only be needed for 80 years or so, referring to heaven (he knows I work for a church). He asked if I thought I would have a physical body in heaven. Great question! I have no idea. I told him as much and added that if we did end up having physical bodies, I think God would be so kind as to heal me. We returned to medical matters, but I have been thinking about his question ever since. I realized while I look forward to heaven, I don’t care about the details much. I know we have a loving God and I’m so excited to be that much closer to him. to see Him in all his glory. To rejoice in his presence.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will…

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