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Finish This #13

It’s Week 13 of Finish This! If you’re new here, welcome. This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I.  If you’ve joined us before, thanks for returning and be sure you add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are at the bottom of this post.

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1. I don’t get enough
water, but I’m working hard, every single day, to remedy this. As a breastfeeding/pumping mama, my milk supply depends on my water intake. I keep a 20-oz water bottle with me at all times and refill it throughout the day. When I drink adequate amounts of water, my supply is great. However, when I don’t, my supply drops significantly. Last Saturday, when we went to Husband’s parent’s house for the day, I got distracted by the hustle-and-bustle of a long road trip and visiting with family that I didn’t drink enough water or pump as I normally do either. As a result, my supply plummeted. I was 12 ounces below normal for the day. Fortunately, I’ve built up quite the ‘stash’ in the freezer. A typical day yields 48 ounces, enough to fill six 6oz bottles and two 6oz bags to put in the freezer.

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2. My favorite indulgence
is eating at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. The manager and chef always – ALWAYS – take great care in preparing my meal with great attention to my milk allergy. It’s also a treat to eat here when my mom and aunts are in town. In fact, when they were visiting last month, we ate at Pappadeaux’s FIVE times in two weeks. Does that classify as an addiction?!

3. I made a major change in my life when
I was pregnant. If you’ve been around these blog parts for a while, you’ve read my pregnancy posts about how we found out I was pregnant, how we announced to our families we were expecting, and Kamden’s birth story. It’s been quite the year, to say the least! Yesterday, April 1, I renewed my gym membership and began the #1800minutechallange, committing to 30 minutes of exercise every day for 60 days (during the months of April and May).

4. You should read
Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s the kind of book that you can’t put down but it stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I don’t want to give anything away, because it’s truly a book every person should read. To five-year-old Jack, Room is his entire world. In light of recent news stories, Room takes on the realities of the unseen lives some people lead and proves, once again, that you cannot judge a book by its cover! Go, right now, and READ THIS BOOK.

5. ____ is my secret ingredient in

Hellman’s mayonnaise is my secret ingredient in cornbread. I think my cornbread is the best. It’s a tiny bit sweet, a tiny bit spicy, crispy on the edges, and soft and chewy on the inside. It will melt in your mouth.

To make the best cornbread, an iron skillet is a must. If you don’t have an iron skillet, get one. I have my great-grandmother’s iron skillet and several from Le Creuset. If you need an iron skillet, go to Le Creuset and tell them I sent you. Thanks to Husband’s generosity, I’m a VIP customer.

He doesn’t want to hear this, but Le Creuset just came out with a new ‘matte’ collection and I’m in love. Don’t you think I need some new cookware?!

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The answer is yes. Now, back to the cornbread recipe …

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place your iron skillet inside while you prepare the batter. I start with a boxed mix (Jif) and add one egg, about a 1/4 cup of milk, two ‘heaping’ tablespoons of Hellman’s mayonnaise, a tablespoon (or two) of my parent’s homemade corn relish and pepper relish, a teaspoon of freshly chopped jalapeno, and a pinch of salt. Stir until just combined then LET IT REST. Don’t touch it, don’t stir it, just leave it alone! Preheat the oven at least 30 minutes to allow the iron skillet to get SCREAMING HOT. Carefully remove skillet and add a teaspoon of vegetable or canola oil to the bottom, then slowly pour the batter into skillet. It makes the most amazing sizzle sound!

**REDUCE OVEN TEMP TO 350**

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let it rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!

Prompts for WEEK #14 (April 9) are:
On Saturday morning, I usually
I feel beautiful when
I wake up every morning
A happy home
When I have down time, I


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Resolution Update // March 2014

This month has lasted, it seems, forever but it’s provided plenty of time to mark off several items from the list below. A few highlights: Mom visited from Kentucky; I had surgery; Kamden is three months; my laptop bit the dust; I discovered PicMonkey; Husband and I celebrated an anniversary;  and I’m participating in a Bible reading challenge during Lent. The reading challenge continues into April, which is good because I’m several days behind schedule, and I’ve also registered for the #1800MinuteChallenge with these girls. Basically, I’m committing to 30 minutes of physical activity every day for 60 days, April 1 thru May 30. It’s a good thing I renewed my gym membership today too. Kamden and I got a head start to our workout regimen yesterday by taking a stroll around the city park a few times. Some motivator he was as it was lights out before the end of lap one!

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BLOG RELATED
co-host a weekly link-up called “Finish This” This link-up began Jan 8 and is thriving. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, just answer the prompts in a comment!
attend the Texas Women Bloggers’ fashion show and silent auction
write a guest post for someone
write a monthly update for Kamden

January
February
March

be featured on The Wise Baby
develop relations with more bloggers Thanks to Twitter, I’m surviving pump sessions in the wee hours of the night alongside other new mamas. There are four mama-bloggers in particular (Samantha, Catalyn, Cait, and Carly) who’ve become my middle-of-the-night support system for all things sleep schedules, diaper changes and mom survival sense … in 140 characters or less. I don’t know what I’d do without these girls in the middle of the night. We laugh, we cry, we pout, and when we think we can’t go another second without sleep, our babes have a holy moment of silence.
reach 500 followers on Twitter

PHOTOGRAPHY RELATED
have professional newborn photos taken of Kamden photos taken Dec 30, 2013 by Jennifer Wynne Photography
learn Lightroom
acquire this lens
take lessons with a professional
have professional family portraits taken for our 2014 Christmas card

FOOD & DRINK
bake homemade bread in my Le Creuset loaf pan I baked Honey Butter Beer Bread and gave it to the Zachry family since I’m refraining from all alcohol while lactating. They approved of my creation. 
eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant
prepare Kamden’s baby food
create a monthly meal plan
host a dinner party
prepare a dish with curry
eat Neopolitan pizza at Cavalli Pizzeria in Irving
try a new food
JANUARY: I’ve spent more than $100 on specialty lactation products said to increase breast milk supply. I have organic rolled oats and flax seeds, fenugreek supplements, loose tea, essential oils, and granola mixes. If milk isn’t squirting out of my nipples every time I sneeze, I’ll be disappointed.
FEBRUARY:
I found the perfect recipe for LACTATION COOKIES.

PEOPLE & PLACES TO VISIT
Thompson family reunion in Louisville, KY
Perot Science Museum in Dallas, TX

THINGS TO DO
meet with a lawyer and create our wills
open a savings account for Kamden
have my gallbladder removed and tubes tied I had surgery March 4 and the pain was worse than childbirth, especially in my shoulder from the CO2 gas used to “expand” my abdomen during the procedure. Four weeks post-op, my shoulder is tender but doctors assure me the discomfort will subside. I’m so thankful my mom was here with Husband to take care of Kamden while I recovered. I had to “pump and dump” for 24 hours but, thanks to the milk stash in the freezer, Kamden had plenty to eat.
have my DSLR professionally cleaned
renew my gym membership DONE! Renewed my gym membership on March 31, just in time to begin the #1800MinuteChallenge with Erin (@LivingInYellow) in April and May.
hire a personal trainer
wear a size 12
get fitted for a bra
plan a weekend getaway with Husband
plan an overnight girls trip
go hog hunting
compete in a shooting tournament
compete in a golf tournament
go to the eye doctor
see a dermatologist
watch Jerusalem, the IMAX film
sell my car
buy a used SUV
attend a bridal shower
attend a wedding
attend a baby shower
attend a non-Christian religious event or ceremony
go to a concert
go to a musical or play
go to a college sporting event
go to a professional sporting event
take pictures for someone
donate to a worthy cause I donated my wedding dress to the NICU Helping Hands Foundation for the Angel Gowns project. It was an amazing experience and an honor to be a part of this wonderful cause. If you have a wedding gown, bridesmaid dress, or any light-colored formal gown you’d like to donate, visit their webpage for details. It is a national program, NICU departments across the U.S. accept handmade gowns for babies who do not make it to their earthly homes.
clean out my closet
write a letter

WISH TO HAVE
MacBook Pro
Lightroom
square-toe cowboy boots
Warby Parker glasses

BOOKS I WANT TO READ
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child This was an impulse purchase at 3:00am when I was trying to soothe a fussy newborn who would NOT go to sleep. I’ve made several purchases like this recently. There are books full of fix-it solutions for absolutely everything, especially eating and sleeping issues related to babies. I see both sides to every argument and I’m convinced there’s no perfect answer. But that didn’t stop me from writing this post seeking the advice and personal experience from parents about sleep training their own children.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Inferno
All Is Grace Rev. L suggested this right before she left for another trip to Jerusalem, which I’m pea green with envy about since she’ll be floating in the Dead Sea and eating shawarma without me. It’s a book I would have never found on my own but one I enjoyed. The author, Brennan Manning, a recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, shares tales of his spiritual journey and how he has experienced God’s grace in a variety of ways in the strangest of places. ‘Tis a good read.
The Signature of All Things
Happier At Home

MONTHLY GOALS
January:
mail Kamden’s birth announcements FAIL but let me explain: we received Kamden’s birth day photos and I ordered the announcement cards last week. Hopefully, they ship soon so I can address envelopes and mail them before Valentine’s Day. Which brings me to next month’s goals……

February: Create a photo project for Valentine’s Day and send to the grandparents. DONE. Photo albums were mailed to the grandparents and two great-grandmothers on February 13. Address and mail Kamden’s birth announcements. DONE. Birth announcements were mailed to 65 friends and family on February 13. Schedule surgery to remove gallbladder and dismantle baby-making machinery. DONE. Surgery is scheduled March 4. Have 100 ounces of breast milk in the freezer by the end of the month. DONE. There are 52 bags, each containing six ounces, and, if my math is correct, that’s 312 ounces of breast milk collected in just ONE month –  I’m a machine!

March: Visit Lara in Salado. SUCCESS — Mom, Kamden, and I visited Salado United Methodist Church on March 9. Lara even used Kamden as an impromptu sermon illustration about letting go of control and having child-like faith. Her husband, Travis, prepared a delicious lunch for all of us and we spent most of the afternoon in their home visiting and talking and laughing and having a wonderful time. I miss my Rev. L, so any time I can get with her is a blessing. Send more photos of Kamden to the grandparents and great-grandmothers. DONE! Write more blog posts. Along with Kamden’s monthly updates and the weekly #FinishThis link up I co-host, I posted an anniversary tribute to Husband, a list of motherhood essentials for the first three months with baby, and some random thoughts from my Lenten journey. Instead of giving something up for 40 days, I decided to take something on and read the New Testament with #MargaretFeinberg. Celebrate our seventh anniversary with dinner and a movie. PARTIALLY SUCCESSFUL! We treated ourselves to a barbeque dinner Sunday night, the day before our anniversary, but there was no movie involved. There are movies coming out soon that I want to see though, I’ll ask Husband for a rain check!

April: Read a book to Kamden every day. Purchase myself an outfit for Easter. Visit a dermatologist for the rash (eczema?) on my left wrist. Visit an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, every day (#1800MinuteChallenge).


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My Main Squeeze

There’s this guy I know, he’s pretty cool.

He wears his boots on the outside, and I like it.

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He’s the beat of my heart.

The love of my life.

And my baby’s daddy.

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He’s my main squeeze.

And seven years ago today, we said ‘I do.’

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I love you, Husband.

Happy Anniversary!

 


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ANGEL GOWNS // gifts for grieving parents

Yesterday, I had the most amazing experience: I donated my wedding dress to the NICU Helping Hands Foundation at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. Here I am pictured with Natalie, the project coordinator and mother to twins born premature.

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Natalie has personal experience in this NICU unit. Four years ago, she delivered micro-preemie twins, a boy and a girl. Her babies were born at 24 weeks and weighed just one pound each. Now, they are healthy and driving their older sister bonkers! Unfortunately, though, not every baby leaves the hospital and lives in their earthly home. To support grieving families after the death of an infant, NICU Helping Hands provides, without cost or obligation, Angel Gowns made from donated wedding dresses. One wedding dress can provide as many as 40 infant gowns, depending on the amount of fabric available. Each gown is handcrafted and sewn by a volunteer seamstress and detailing is as unique as the precious child wearing it. No two gowns are exactly alike and there are outfits for boys and girls.

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Next week, on March 31, Husband and I will celebrate our seventh anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our marriage and abundant blessings than to donate to this worthy cause. The donation process was incredibly simple. Even though my dress was professionally cleaned and stored in a protective box seven years ago, this is not a requirement. My dress – a plain, white, strapless, A-line from David’s Bridal with a mini-jacket and modest neckline – has gone from a boxed memento to a sacred gift for grieving parents.

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As the parent of a happy, healthy, and hefty three-month-old son, I cannot fathom the grief experienced by parents who have lost their child. When I heard of the Angel Gowns project, my heart-strings were tugged and I knew I had to participate. Since becoming pregnant last spring and Kamden’s birth in December, I’ve had to cancel a third trip to Haiti and a few local mission trips, but donating my wedding dress was super simple and something I could accomplish on a random Thursday. I even ate lunch with Husband and Kamden before making the donation. What’s better than that?

If you are interested in donating your wedding dress (or any light-colored formal gown, including bridesmaid dresses) to the Angel Gowns project, visit the NICU Helping Hands website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. This is NOT limited to the Dallas and Fort Worth area; Angel Gowns are distributed nationwide. Donations are welcome at anytime and seamstresses are always needed. NICU Helping Hands will provide any hospital with Angel Gowns. As a bonus, folks who donate a dress and wish to keep a portion of it will receive a keepsake sash upon request.


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Finish This #12

It’s Week 12 of Finish This! If you’re new here, welcome. This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I.  If you’ve joined us before, thanks for returning and be sure you add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post.

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1. I know it’s a little weird but
I eat the four corners of sliced (square) bread first then, moving counter-clockwise, take small, evenly-sized bites. The counter-clockwise rule also applies to circular buns. In regards to the kind of bread at Subway or Which Wich. where the sandwich is cut in half, I start at the cut edge and move right to left. Could eating a darn sandwich be any more complicated?!

2. When stopped at a stoplight, I
hope to be in the front so I can look side to side at my competition and beat them off the line. I would make one helluva drag car racer. Except there are red light runners something fierce in this area and even though I’m usually quick to accelerate, I always – ALWAYS – look at cross traffic and make sure everyone is stopped. That’s some scary stuff. For the record, I’m not a speedster, I drive a four-cylinder, rice burning Toyota Camry after all, but I definitely drive at or slightly above the speed limit. I have a rap sheet (and video evidence) in Union City, Tennessee though.

3. My guilty pleasure is
chocolate icing. Just give me a spoon and leave the premises. Unfortunately, what you eat in private you wear in public. Yeah, that sucks.

4. My favorite way to unwind
is our nightly routine with Kamden, involving a bath, body massage, and feeding. When he’s in the tub, kicking and splashing water everywhere, he gives me one of his signature crooked smiles and his eyes are bright and my heart instantly melts. As quickly as he’s energized in the tub, he gets real still signaling he’s ready to get out. After drying him off, I massage his entire body with lotion, dress him, then feed him before putting him down for the night.

Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!

Prompts for WEEK #13 (April 2) are:
I don’t get enough
My favorite indulgence
I made a major change in my life when
You should read
____ is my secret ingredient in


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Motherhood Essentials (0-3 months)

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I love lists and product recommendations, especially when it comes to items for babies and new moms. As a first time mom, I think I’m a pretty good judge of usefulness and whether or not I really need a product. You can look all over the interwebs and folks will tell you buy a hundred different products for a tiny human, but I’m here to tell you that not everything you read is true or necessary. Husband and I have survived, and Kamden is thriving, without bottle and wipe warmers or a sound machine, though I did consider getting one because I thought it was “too quiet” in his room. As long as our son is sleeping 10-12 hours a night, I’m leaving well enough alone! These days, our only issue is having clothes that fit our chunky little man! The other day, after another shopping trip for clothes in a larger size, Husband suggested we dress Kamden in pillowcases. Cut a couple holes out for his arms, tie a piece of string around his waist, and he’s ready for a toga party! At three months, he’s wearing 12-18 month size clothes. With the exception of his ever-evolving wardrobe, Kamden’s array of baby gear and supplies is pretty minimalistic. We’ve tried to keep our purchases at bay because, honestly, who wants their home to look like the inside of Babies R’Us?! However, there are some items that I consider to be must-haves, especially during the first three months. I shared this list of items we used during the first month and now I have more I think are essential. Parents, what products did you use often?

Motherhood Essentials (0-3 months)

Target’s breast milk storage bags
Not only are these bags cheaper than name brands, they’re also thicker and more durable. I’ve heard horror stories from moms having bags of breast milk break or leak, but I have had no issues with these. Since I began pumping exclusively and building a surplus of milk, I have 70 bags, each filled with six ounces of breast milk, in the freezer. On a (humorous) side note, I recently used the Southern staple below to store milk while some bottles were in the dishwasher. Does this make me redneck, crazy, or just plain resourceful! I have to admit, it’s quite convenient and takes us much less space in the fridge!

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Bravado nursing bras
If you’re a breastfeeding/nursing/pumping mama, you’ve got to have excellent bras.  Yes, you need more than one. I have three: one to wear, one to wash, and one for back-up. All of my nursing bras are by Bravado. They’re incredibly soft and fit wonderfully. I’ve been wearing a Bravado nursing bra (not the same one, mind you) since I was six months pregnant, even while sleeping.

This probably goes without saying, but if you are pregnant or recently had a baby, your boobs will probably leak and you will need these pads. Again, I had to start wearing pads in my bra when I was six months pregnant and haven’t been without them since. Along with the nursing bras, I have no less than five pairs of pads. They’re all washable and 100-percent cotton. The Medela brand is my favorite because the pads are thicker and the cotton is softer — two very important traits!

Wubbanub pacifier
I’m the first to admit that I was hesitant to introduce Kamden to a pacifier, especially since I nursed him in the beginning, but we have not had any issues. We received this Wubbanub from a friend, who’s also a NICU nurse, and she explained how newborns have a natural instinct to suck but they’re not necessarily hungry, so a pacifier is completely normal and useful. We also use these pacifiers but the Wubbanub is convenient when Kamden’s in his car seat. There’s nothing worse than trying to find a lost pacifier under a car seat or the bottom of the diaper bag!

Baby bath tub
Kamden LOVES bath time. He gets one every night, before his last bottle of the day and bedtime. When he was younger, and much smaller, we’d lay him in the hammock/sling that came with the tub and he’d lay there while we gently poured lukewarm water over his body. Now, the kid is gearing up for the Summer Olympics! He kicks, squirms, and splashes water all over the place, smiling and cooing all the while.

There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly bathed baby, and Kamden is no exception. His daddy, however, loathes perfume-y soaps and lotions, so we use California Baby extra sensitive bath products. The shampoo and body wash work great, and even create lots of sudsy bubbles for Kamden to splash, and the lotion keeps his skin soft without feeling greasy.

Activity mat
Kamden’s not a huge fan of tummy time, but we still use this activity mat. He prefers to be on his back so he can see people’s faces and tries to grab the toys above his head. We attached this rattle ball and Kamden really likes to grab it with his fingers and toes.

The Storybook Bible
I honestly believe children are never too young for books and Bible stories. Jen introduced me to this children’s Bible and I think it’s perfect. Instead of verses, it’s written in narrative with the most amazing illustrations. This is definitely a book Kamden will enjoy reading and looking at for years to come. Lately, on warm sunny days, we have had story time on the front porch. Our porch is perfect for rocking and sitting a spell so I’m hoping for a mild spring and summer so we can make this a daily ritual.

Graco DuetSoothe swing and rocker
Until two weeks ago, when Kamden had another growth spurt, we used this swinger/rocker every day since bringing him home from the hospital. Now, unfortunately, he’s too long for the seat and his feet hang over the edge. But it’s still a really great product for babies when they’re little. It has a variable speed control for swinging and the seat can be removed and has a vibrating option. It was very convenient to put Kamden in the seat and move around the house, either in the kitchen or bedroom when I put laundry away.

Samsung video monitor with night vision
If there’s one thing I wish we had done sooner, it would be set up this video monitor in Kamden’s room. We kept his Pack N Play in our bedroom until he was a month old, but we could have moved him to his room earlier with this monitor. When I began pumping exclusively and we knew how much Kamden took by bottle at each feeding, he slept through the night. I’ve learned to ignore the variety of noises he makes in his sleep – he sounds like a 90 year old man grunting and farting — but it’s wonderful to be able to watch him on the monitor instead of going into his room.

For breastfeeding purposes, calories in these lactation cookies don’t count, right?! If you like chocolate chips cookies (who doesn’t?!), you’ll love these cookies! They bake perfectly every time and taste amazing. For lactation purposes, I add whole oats and flax seeds.

What would you add to this list of essential items?


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LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME — #LentChallenge // 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge // New Testament {Reflections from Week 3}

During this Season of Lent, I am clearing out the cobwebs, ignoring the distractions, and preparing my heart for Easter Sunday by diving into God’s Word. I have accepted the #LentChallenge of reading the New Testament in 40 days. You can accept the challenge and use this easy-to-follow READING GUIDE too.

* Let The Children Come to Me *
Three of the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — mention Jesus praying for and blessing young children. In the Gospel of Luke, children are identified as infants. To reiterate their importance not only in society but for God’s kingdom, Jesus used children as sermon/parable illustrations when teaching the people, including his disciples.

  • Matthew 19:13-14 The little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them: but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
  • Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not stop them; for it is such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
  • Luke 18:15-17 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belong. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

Jesus, in simplistic terms, was not bothered or annoyed by young children, as is often the case, even in modern times. Rather, he welcomed them. He invited them to his side. He encouraged them to be active participants in worship and fellowship. Jesus brings attention to the children because they have an important lesson to teach adults. Children, especially babies, are completely dependent on their parents or caregivers. Their complete trust of a parent to feed, clothe, and nurture mirrors the total dependence all of us, no matter our age, should have for our Heavenly Father. Followers of Christ should be like an innocent child: rely on faith instead of impressive knowledge, accomplishments, social status, or worldly possessions. If we accept Christ and follow Him with reckless abandon like the little children, we become humble servants, followers, and believers of The One who says the first will be last and the last will be first.

Lord of Heaven and Earth, make me an instrument of your grace, a beacon of light for your truth, and place in me the trust of babes. When I try to complicate life, give me childlike faith to trust you, your words, your deeds, and your perfect promise. May I be reminded every day of your faithfulness through the eyes of my own child, who depends on me to provide his physical and emotional needs. May I also recognize my role in his spiritual formation and the responsibility I have as his parent to lead by example and wholly trust you. Amen.

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It is my heart’s desire to raise Kamden in the church, amongst a community of believers who love God and submit themselves to His will. I believe in God and His mighty works to bring all children to himself. As such, I want to be part of the solution — not a hinderance — to raising up a new generation of disciples who put their faith in the Lord.

An excellent article on the importance of children in church and the church’s responsibility to make them feel welcome.

Come along this Lenten journey and dive into the New Testament for 40 days. The reading guide is graciously provided by Margaret Feinberg.

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