Friday, December 15, 2006

Family Photography

Ian's uncle Nathan was in town over the Thanksgiving holiday and was able to get some new pictures. We are blessed to have Nathan to take these pictures. You'll see why if you click here.


As I sit here and type this, I know that I am undeserving of all that I have been blessed with. I have a wife that I know loves me and I know also that she is the best mother I could ever want for Ian. Not that I'm down on myself, I just realize that things such as these are given by the grace of God. It is only by these gifts of grace that we can experience any joy in life. These undeserved gifts are a glimpse into what is to come if we live our lives for the purpose of being in His presence forever.

As a stay at home dad, when I sit and try to take it all in, I can't. This let's me know that God is right in front of me. We are called to be like children, accepting that we have no control over where we are placed, or what toys we are allowed to have or play with. As I watch Ian play with the simple toys (my most recent Sports Illustrated) and ignore the ones that I want to play with myself, I see his joy in the simple things. I see God dwell in him as Ian unknowingly allows God to use him. Ian is a happy child, content with where he is placed, where we go, and what activities we engage in with him. He knows he is taken care of completely, he is satisfied completely (well, as close to completely as a human being can get).

God dwells in children. They let him. This would explain why the image of Jesus smiling might most often be seen in the midst of children. This is just one of the many lessons I am being taught everyday with my son, and I hope that as Ian grows, I never lose sight of what God will forever be teaching me through him. And may I learn to be like a child, so that God will dwell in me in such a way that allows my family to have Him near, when they need to hear Him speak.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

We're Back

I was able to switch to a new platform today. I have not tried to post a picture yet, but am hoping it will work. I could not get any pictures on here for some reason. I think I messed up something trying to get a slideshow that I made onto the blog. Anyway, I will post some pics tommorrow and see if it works. If not I will create a new blog and start again. We have many pictures and stories to go along. Sorry for the delay. I hope that Rachel and I were generous with the e-mails we have been able to send to share pictures. I apologize also, if someone wanted any pictures and did not recieve the e-mails.