One of my mother’s many creative outlets is painting. When I was a little girl she painted me a watercolor with Proverbs 3:5-6 on it and hung it above my dresser in my room. It read, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” I remember reading this painting on my wall over and over and it soon became ingrained in my mind. It became my life verse. I wish I would’ve kept the painting – I don’t know what happened to it.
Now that I have my own children I want to “give” them a verse. A life verse, like the one my mom painted for me. God’s word is eternal. I want my children to have His truth imprinted on their hearts and have it be a prayer over their lives. After Liam was born my older sister gave us a set of Veggie Tales books, and the verse at the end of every book was the first part of Psalm 139:14. The NIV (New International Version) translation of this verse says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” But the version on the Veggie Tales books says, “How you made me is amazing and wonderful.” At the time we read these books to Liam over and over (and still do). That verse really touched me because of the unexpected surprise of Liam’s Down syndrome. It fit him quite well and so I made that his life verse using the version from the Veggie Tales books. I also wanted to find a way to display it in his room so you will see what I did below. This picture was taken just about a year ago.
I am currently in search of Karis’ life verse. Her name is the Greek word for ‘grace’. The word ‘charis’ is used over 170 times in the New Testament – needless to say there are plenty of verses to choose from! We want to get her dedicated at our church in March at which point we will share her life verse, so I have some time to keep praying about it. I’ll keep you posted as to what we decide.
I don’t know if my mom expected me to memorize that particular passage or even make it my life verse when she hung that painting in my room. But she gave me a gift of truth that I will never forget and I want to pass that on to my children.
This was my Mother’s Day gift from Jeremy! I got to attend a painting class put on by a lady named April James… go to www.apriljamesart.com to learn more! She provides the materials and teaches us how to paint one of her paintings. It was lots of fun!
Liam had his first experience with solid foods and did really well! I was so proud of him. I am needing to give him an ounce of prune juice every day to help try and keep him a regular guy;). So I mixed the rice cereal with the prune juice and he seemed to like it. This bib is great too!!
Liam had been smiling a lot more this month! It’s been a lot of fun! After he was done eating he flashed a big smile, so I think he liked it… either that or he was happy to be done;)!
A friend of mine is lending me her exersaucer and Liam seems to like it. Right now he is more focused on the toys in front of him than he is bouncing and using his legs, so I don’t leave him in it for long periods of time just yet. The reason being, I’m not so sure that it would be beneficial with his low muscle tone and the growth and strength of his hips until he is a little bit stronger.
In this picture with Jeremy is the coach of the Nashville Predators, Barry Trotz. Our church had a Family Fun Night with the Predators and Barry was there playing street hockey with some of the kids. He has a little 8 year old boy who has Down syndrome so we really wanted to connect with him, especially since he is a fellow Canuck! Barry grabbed Liam right away and gave him lots of love! It was past his bedtime so his fuse was short for unfamiliar faces;).
Liam and Daddy!
I finally got Liam some sunglasses, so now he can go outside without looking down all the time because of the sun. And he LOVES books… I think he could just sit there forever and look at the pictures and listen to the words. So as you can imagine, I’m having fun reading to him!
Wendy and I finished another 5K, and beat our last time by 9 mins! This run was for the TN Baptist Children’s Home. Wendy’s daughter Lauren is holding the sign in the picture! She was part of our cheerleading team along with Jeremy and Liam.
Here is my favorite moment of the month! We had Liam dedicated at our church on the last Sunday of May. A dedication is a commitment, or covenant, we as parents make before God and our church to raise our little boy in a godly home. The church also responds and commits to help us along the way. Pastor Jeff officiated our wedding and led the dedication ceremony… such a neat moment as we make another covenant now as parents! And Liam even gave Jeff a big smile right when he told Liam that we would teach him about the Lord… great timing;)! We have chosen a life verse for Liam and were able to share it during the ceremony. It’s Psalm 139:14 – “How you made me is amazing and wonderful!”
This is Liam’s first time at the pool! We took it slow by sitting by the pool and splashing water on him then eventually ended up putting him in his floaty. He did really well! It was a warm day so we only kept him in the water for about 20 mins. When we got back home that day he slept for 3 hours! Guess we need to go to the pool more often!