Tuesday, May 29, 2012

God is watching over us!

Hi there! Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend! We enjoyed being with family. Always a blessing! I learned once again that traveling throws off a baby's schedule quite a lot... Brayden didn't really get a good nap in on Saturday or Sunday. Finally by Monday he either gave in to the fact we weren't at home or was that exhausted and slept a good chunk of the day!

Erik and I were extra grateful last night to make it home safely because we drove by a very bad accident that Erik guessed had happened just a few minutes before we passed. That means if I hadn't forgotten what kind of sunflower seeds Erik wanted at the gas station and had to go back and check with him before we decided to go through the drive thru for food or if we hadn't gotten stuck behind a super slow driver, we might have been in it ourselves! Not to mention two other instances of crazy things happening on the road where it could have an accident if Someone up above wasn't watching over us! Thank you, Lord!

In other news, can you do me a favor? I entered a cute photo of Brayden in a photo contest just for kicks. Could you vote for him? You just have to click on the link, vote, and type in numbers to show you aren't a computer. You can do it every day between now and June 3. here is the link... 

http://photos.parents.com/category/vote/photo/1322737 

Thank you! Have a great week!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

a lesson learned from Hollywood, Avengers style

So I have to admit it. I'm a fan of superhero movies. In fact, I've been waiting for a few years for May 2012, when the Avengers was released.

I have to follow those statements by saying, no, I'm not a movie buff. In fact, I shy away from a lot of movies because of content I don't care to watch. But I am a creative person who loves a good story. (That's why I get super excited about movies I actually want to see!)

I also love watching Hollywood take biblical truths about how to live life and turn it into a movie plot. That's exactly what I saw in the Avengers. I could rave on and on about all the truths I saw tucked away in the movie, but I won't bore you with the complete ramblings of my brain. Just some of them.

After pondering my excited thoughts about the movie (and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it), I came to a few conclusions. (Okay, I was drawing conclusions all the way through the movie, to be honest!)

1. The other worldly creatures Hollywood portrays in movie have one thing in common: they don't have individuality. 99.9% of the time, alien invasions are done by creatures who obey orders. That's pretty much all. Some aliens have personalities (Transformers for example), but when the power source to the alien world is shut down, the aliens shut down too.

2. Humans have a common strength which double as their common weakness: their individuality.

The Avengers portrays this perfectly. If you haven't seen it, I don't think I'll be spoiling anything by saying that the Avengers don't work together so well in the beginning. In fact, they fight against each other... which I was thoroughly annoyed by as a casual viewer. I kept thinking, "Don't you know you're fighting for the same cause? You each have strengths, and if you just put them together...."

I couldn't help but think of the body of Christ right then. The body of Christ has moments of brilliance where we work together in amazing ways. We complement each other and portray Jesus as He truly is. Then we also have moments of stupidity where we fight against ourselves. We compare ourselves against each other (yep, the Bible talks about that) and mistakenly view each other as the enemy.

Now here's the cool thing. When good ultimately battles evil in movies (think: climax), the darkness has a solid attack plan that can only be thwarted when all the good side (humans, in this case) use their individual strengths in a united stand against the evil. That's when the dark is pushed back and ultimately conquered.

Our weapon of individuality truly is our greatest weakness and strength. It makes us prideful. It keeps us humble. It makes us opinionated. It gives us diversity. It divides. It pulls together. It causes a web of wonders that can truly be used in our favor if we choose.

I'm guilty of being on both sides of this equation so I'm glad this movie reminded me to pull together, not apart, in our walks of life on earth. When we embrace other people's differences, it actually helps us. It allows their uniqueness to complement our own individuality and ultimately strengthen the body of Christ.

Neat, huh? :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

no longer newborn!

So Brayden is no longer just a newborn baby "doll" I can play with and dress up and put to sleep! :-) He's starting to develop personality. Of late, here's what he's learned.

1. He's learned how to protest. Apparently he's not a super huge fan of being carted around in his car seat all day... which leads to not being a fan of his car seat in general. He sticks his bottom up in the air and arches his back like, "No, Mommy, I don't want to be in here!" That doesn't stop me from putting him in the car seat, but it definitely makes me aware that he has definite likes and dislikes and I have to get used to considering those when I go about my day! :-)

2. He's learned to roll over. Yep. Mobility has begun... and we can tell Brayden seems to wish he was a whole lot more mobile than his body will allow him to be! We help him stand up on his toes (love how that looks when he's all wobbly) and he just leans forward like, "This is how I walk, right?" It's pretty cute. Same thing when he's on the ground sitting. He folds himself in half because he seems to know that's the direction of "motion."

So life continues to get interesting with him. Right when I think I have it down, something changes. His smile and hugs and squeezability is amazing!

Bray turns four months on Friday... but I have a ton of wonderful pictures I have from his three-month photo session that I haven't posted yet. I'll probably keep sharing them over the next few months, even though he's changing all the time! Thanks to my family at Beyond Photography for their great photos! Here are just a few!

Halfway through the photo shoot... he wasn't too sure about all this!
Our favorite picture of him!

me and my boys. Love.