December 18, 2012

A Timeline

November 6 - Levi's birthday
November 7 - Lindon's birthday
November 9 - Close on our new house
November 9-17 - Prepare new house for move in
November 17 - Move in day
November 22 - Thanksgiving
December 6 - Shields' birthday
December 8 - Car Accident*
December 16 - Megan's birthday
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas
December 31 - New Years' Eve/ Our Wedding Anniversary
January 1 - New Years' Day

*Yes, Levi and I were in a car accident about 10 days ago (not my fault!!). We were not seriously hurt, but it was a very scary accident, especially for Levi. And the accident totaled Lindon's car, so now we must look for another vehicle. But even though that adds something else to our to-do lists, we are just so thankful to be safe. And we are so thankful for that guardrail that kept us out of the creek. And for my long legs that kept me far away from the steering wheel and its airbag. And for Levi's awesome car seat. And that Nash the Wonderdog did not die when he hit the windshield. We are so, so thankful.

Shields Lee: A Year In Review

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December 6, 2012

To Shields Lee, on his First Birthday

Dear Shields Lee,
Oh baby, have we ever had a crazy year together. From moving when you were six weeks old to spending 10 months living with family to your never, ever sleeping in a proper bed, it has been a rollicking first year for you and for us.

But along the way we have learned so much. In a household like ours where there is so much talking, your squeaks, squeals, shouts, and head bobbles say volumes. Without uttering a word, you have already indicated that you intend to take the world by storm, and it's my job to make sure you don't get too ahead of yourself and fall off the bed (again). Whereas Levi likes to talk about things first and then do them later, you want to act now.

You are one opinionated boy, wild-eyed, daring, and ready to keep apace with your older brother as your amazing hair blows in the wind. And as you keep us all spellbound, I see that one of the joys of parenting is not just watching you grow and change, but seeing how you cause your siblings to grow and change. It is fun to watch your antics, and it's fun to watch Levi respond to your antics, too. You affect all of us, and we love it. You have taught me a deeper meaning of family. The more members we add, the more we strengthen and change each other, and it's a beautiful thing.

So happy birthday, little lamb. May you know the Lord to be a shield around you, your glory and the lifter of your head. May your fearlessness lead you to do great things for the God who knows your name and made your eyes. I have great hopes for you, dear one, because of Christ.

All my love,

PS - I will do your "Year in Pictures" in another post!