Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sixteen Minutes

Every once in a while you stumble onto something that reverberates deep inside and leaves a lasting impression.

This video is that.

Thank you, Tracy, for sharing.




And in this second part lies a high call for you, man or woman.



Amen.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Webster’s Words: Dedication

ded·i·ca·tion

noun \ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən\

1: an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use  2: a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose

 

One week ago tonight, in front of friends and family, we dedicated our baby to God’s kingdom work and made a covenant to do our very best to raise him in the full knowledge of God’s great love and sacrifice for him.

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It was unconventional:  a local retreat center,  a Tuesday night, a cook out.  But it was incredibly meaningful.  And as the generations of Christ followers prayed over this little life, we were grateful for our heritage and so thankful to be entrusted with this boy.

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And while talking about being thankful,

 

we are so thankful our little boy

 

{drum roll}

 

slept through the night last night!!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday's Simple Things

I've been wanting to reflect on simple things that bring joy, and Saturday
seems like a perfect time to start the weekly reflection.

This picture brings lots of smiles to the Tegen family. Since Grandma Tegen couldn't make it to Yosemite, Travis Tegen brought Yosemite to her. I laugh out loud every time I see it.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Land of a Thousand Sleepless Sons


First off, kudos to those moms who keep blog posts coming, a spotless house and still manage to look polished. I am not that woman lest you find yourself here under false pretense. Yet somehow I feel drawn to those women thinking their superpowers will trickle through the pixels. There are moments I think it's working. Then I look at my kitchen sink. :)


Little five-month-old Levi is thriving. And Jason and I aren't doing so bad ourselves. Except at night. After getting up about ten times Tuesday night, Levi began sleep training. That means we let him fuss for a while to learn to fall asleep without constant coddling. That also means I creep into his room and watch inconspicuously while he cries a few minutes and looks toward the door. At five months he already knows how to manipulate. And he's so cute it's worked until our desperation overcame his pitiful bottom lip. We're giving it a week then we'll report back.


Until then and some other updates we'll be sharing later, enjoy with me this great picture and video. Have we mentioned we love adoption?!



Lightning Ahlers - My Adoption Story from The Ahlers Family on Vimeo.