My favorite part of today was this morning snuggling with Julie. She had just finished her bottle and was staring up at me with a big smile on her face, making cute cooing noises. I started giving her Eskimo kisses on the nose, which made her burst into gales of laughter. I couldn’t have asked for a more precious moment this morning. I just ADORE my little girl!
Julie Mae loves to laugh. Here’s a video her Daddy playing a joke on her. She loves it! Of course, she sees the camera, so the laughter is not as big as usual.
On Mother’s Day we dedicated Julie to the Lord at Mars Hill Church. It was a wonderful time to celebrate our precious gift that God has given us in her. Our commitment is to teach Julie about God, to pray for her throughout her life, and to encourage her towards one day making a decision to give her life to Jesus Christ. It was a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day for me, meditating on the responsibility that Brandon and I have been given to disciple our daughter in the faith.
Psalm 78:4 says “We will not hide from their children, but tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”
Our verse that we chose for Julie was Jeremiah 29:11-13.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
The Gift of a Child
God has blessed the union
Of a husband and a wife
With a beautiful little baby
Bringing joy into their lives.
For children are blessings
Sent from God above
A precious gift heaven sent
An expression of God’s love.
On the foundation of this love,
May this child truly grow
Discovering the truths of God
And one day come to know
That Jesus Christ is Lord of all
And He has an awesome plan,
A destiny only they can fulfill
As they take Him by the hand.
And walk with Him every day
With God’s vision for their lives
And godly passion to fulfill
The commission of Jesus Christ.
By M.S. Lowndes
I set Julie down for a minute to check on dinner yesterday, and I come back and she’s doing this. Looks like I’d better make sure I’ve got this place baby-proofed.
Julie is constantly amazing me by how she grows and changes every day. She is such a sweet, happy baby, and I’m so blessed to be her mama. She is amazing at sleeping through the night. She really surprised us at how quickly she started sleeping through the night consistently. She has been thoroughly spoiling her parents with a full night sleep for a while now. And, as if that weren’t enough, when she wakes up she has a giant grin on her face, and is sometimes giggling first thing in the morning. I have a pretty fantastic start to my days!
She can roll from her tummy onto her back, and now can roll from her back onto either side. Now when we lay her down she’ll swing her legs around and lift them up, until she works her way around to having her head where her feet were. She babbles a lot, and make all sorts of noises. She’s ticklish on her underarms and the bottoms of her feet, and sometimes when she laughs really hard she’ll snort. Julie thinks her daddy is the funniest person on the planet! On nice days I’ll take Julie for long walks in the stroller, for which she stays awake the entire time. She and I have explored our neighborhood and discovered a couple nearby parks. She’s at such a fun age, starting to really like to play with toys and interact with me more than ever before. She loves when I read or sing to her, and she’ll kick and wiggle and talk because she gets so excited. She has such a sweet personality, and I can’t wait to see her continue to develop and become her own person. There have been many hard days as a new mama, but I feel like we’re in a wonderful season right now, getting to enjoy our happy, beautiful little girl. Julie is such a blessing and a joy, and I’m so grateful that she came into our life.