We hurts with those who are hurting

So all this week we have been trying to get our oldest daughter, AG, to feel better.  She has the flu, unfortunately.  No, it isn’t H1N1 or anything, but it is the flu none the less.  I absolutely hate seeing her in pain and not feeling well.  This has been going on since Friday evening.  As I sit and watch her either sleep peacefully or watch TV while she is awake, I cannot help but think of the way that God the Father watches us.  I know that it may seem like a stretch to some people, but my relationship with AG is a reflection of God the Father’s relationship to me.  I know that the Bible says that God hurts with us in our suffering.  I hurt with AG as she has been going through the flu.  I wonder how incredibly more upset God is as he sees us suffering in the world be it through our own miscues or be it because of something else in this sinful world.  I just know that, as a father, I simply cannot stand it to see my little girl hurting, and I also know that my love and concern for AG is dwarfed by the love that God the Father has for me.  Therefore, I know that God is concerned with the suffering that we experience while here on earth.

However, I also know that God’s grace is made new every morning.  We can rest assured in the fact that God is still in control, and He is still on His throne.  Just as our spiritual strength is renewed every morning by God’s grace, I pray that the morning will bring renewed strength and wellness for little AG.

Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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So I will dance with Cinderella while she is here in my arms…

I am writing today to simply say that I cannot believe that it has been two years.  This Saturday we are having AG’s second birthday party, and it truly does seem like yesterday that she was just born.  It is weird.  I mean it seems like just a minute ago that I met her for the first time, but then again it seems like she has always been here.  She is such a amazing little girl.  I love to watch her as she tries to figure things out and as she plays with her toys.  She is so incredibly smart.  She is always doing things or saying things that amaze Kim and me.  We are constantly saying, “What 2 year old knows that or what it means?”  It is crazy how smart she is.  She is also such a great big sister.  She loves Sophie so much, and she wants to help as much as she can.  Kim and I let her do as much as she is able to.  She is constantly wanting to give Sophie kisses and hugs.  In fact, sometimes we have to tell her to chill for a little bit to give Sophie a break.  However, it is just crazy to me that she is already two years old.  The time has flown by.  I love her more than words could ever express, and she makes me smile in so many ways.  There are times when I want to pinch her little head off, but they are always tempered by times of great fun and laughing.  I love my daughter, and I cannot wait to see her grow more and more.

Published in: on June 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Son of God shaper of the stars, You alone the dweller of my heart…

It has been a while since I blogged, but it is not like I haven’t been busy the past two weeks.  Sophie is now two weeks old, and she is doing great.  Anna Grace has really taken to her, and I think that she loves her new little sister.  AG is really protective of her.  It is sweet.  Kim is doing great as well.  She looks fabulous, and is starting to get into the groove of taking care of two little girls now.  I help as much as I can.  There is no way that this could be done without a team effort.  I cannot stand to hear about the stories of fathers simply shucking the task of helping raise little kids.  I want to be as much a part of their lives as I possibly can be.  I have fallen head over heals in love with these two little girls in my house, and I love getting to see them grow and develop.

I am also really happy with the way that the summer has begun for the youth group here at Westside.  Things seem to be going really well.  We have so much stuff planned to do this summer, and I really think that camp is going to be an awesome time for everyone that is going.  I am looking forward to it with great expectations for what God is going to do.

Well that is pretty much all for today.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful day, and I promise that it will not be nearly as long until I blog again.

Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Right now, this is a moment made for worshiping…

So little did I know when I wrote my blog yesterday that I would be meeting my new daughter today.  Sophie was born this morning at 10:21 AM.  She weighed 8lbs. 9oz., and was 20 in. long.  She has a head full of jet black hair.  It has been a whirlwind of a day though.  We arrived at the hospital last early this morning around 1:30AM.  We walked around the halls from 2:15 until 3:15, and then we were admitted into the hospital around 4:00AM.  They broke Kim’s water at 5:30, and Kim started pushing about 9:50.  Sophie was here a mere 30 minutes later.

It is truly a moment made for worshiping when a new life comes into the world.  It is simply amazing that God orchestrates this entire miracle that takes place in a woman’s body.  I was singing that song by Steven Curtis Chapman as Sophie was delivered.  It is such an emotional experience as well.  It is, all at once, frightening, awe-inspiring, amazing, exciting, and life changing.  I truly cannot even explain the great honor I feel in knowing that God would trust me to be the father of two stunningly beautiful little girls.  I know that there are going to be times that are tough, but it is going to be an amazing journey along the way.  I will check in soon, but in the meantime here are a couple of pictures.

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Baby love, my baby love….

The only thing I have to say today is that I am so ready for S to be born.  I am tired of waiting.  I want to meet her, hold her, love on her, and see her.  We have come to the point where she could come at any given moment.  It is stressful to me that we have to be in limbo at all times.  I am just really ready for her to be here.  I cannot wait for her and AG to meet each other.  I think that AG is going to be a great big sister.  Pray hard that God will make it so that S will be born soon.

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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