Jaime and I got to participate in the very first Baby Blessing event as part of our Everyday Faith program at church this morning. Some of the information we already knew, but it was good to hear it again. Some of it was new for us.
By far, the hardest part was trying to come up with a blessing to use for Addison. It was suggested that you may be able to build it around the meaning of your baby’s name. Doesn’t work so well for us, since Addison means “Son of Adam”. So we decided to use some of the story behind her middle-namesake: Naomi.
We have a draft—which I won’t share quite yet—but we wanted to include this section of Naomi’s story, spoken by Ruth to Naomi in Ruth 1:16:
For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
It’s hard to write a blessing for our dear little Addison, but we’re praying it will be one that is meaningful to her throughout her whole life.
Jaime pointed out in the comments on my 500th post (which I posted about an hour ago) that today is also our anniversary. One of the reasons for biting the bullet on the 500th post is to get an anniversary post up. 🙂
So today marks nine years of married life together for us. It’s been a wonderful ride for us so far and we look forward to many more in the future. I’ve now spent 28% of my life married to Jaime and another 11% dating. That’s almost 40% of our life together. It’s amazing to think about.
There are so many things I’m thankful for about Jaime that they are too numerous to go into here. Just a small sampling of those include:
She understands me (and still likes me!).
She moved to Texas with me when it meant seeing our family only a couple times a year at best.
She laughs and jokes with me.
She makes me a better person.
She encourages me.
She sacrifices for me.
She gave up her teaching career to follow me to Buffalo, where we weren’t able to find a teaching position.
She gives her all to being a great Mom to Addison.
She walks with me in ministry.
She helps me keep my priorities straight.
I could keep going on, but I won’t. It’s enough to say that I’m so thankful to God for giving me Jaime. What a wonderful blessing she has been to me and so many others over her lifetime. Addison and I are better for having Jaime as Mom and Wife.
I’m about to head to bed and wrap up my actual birthday, though we will actually be celebrating a few days late because of the Sawmill Creek retreat I was on. Here are a few highlights of the day:
Darcy and the youth got me Lost and Found’s Speedwood Hymns CD. It’s old favorites with the Lost and Found flavor added in.
Mom and Jaime had a birthday party for me with the youth at my mom’s house, where we stopped for dinner on the way home from Sawmill.
Instead of candles on a cake, I got to blow out a single candle in a Chipotle Burrito. Man those burritos are yummy! 🙂
Addison gave me her first card.
Jaime is taking me shopping to get an iPhone accessory, which continues my tradition of owning an accessory before the actual piece of equipment. The last one was a Wii Backpack that Jaime got me for Christmas, approximately 6 weeks before I got a Wii.
Jaime and I are headed to Outback for my birthday dinner.
I look back at the last year and realize a lot has changed since I wrote about turning 31. Most notable, Addison entered our life and changed our world forever. She was alive for my last birthday, we just didn’t know it. It was actually on March 17 that we found out about Addison. Jaime told me about it at Applebee’s. Fun memory.
Lots of other things changed I’m sure, but none so amazing as Addison. It was fun to have her with us for this birthday, her first family birthday party. I’m looking forward to many more with her.
It feels like we’re finally starting to get the parenting thing down. That could just coincide with Addison starting to get more sleep these days. In the past 3 days, she’s slept for 8, 8 and 6.5 hours at night. It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up and realize she hasn’t been up for so long. She’s been a little more difficult in the evening leading up to the long sleep, but that’s a small price to pay for so much uninterrupted sleep.
Jaime changes most of Addison’s diapers, just by virtue of the fact that she’s home with her more often than I am. So when I’m home, I like to help out with the diapers. I can’t imagine anyone saying it’s fun to change the diaper, but the time with her on the changing table can be fun as she smiles and kicks through the process.
Last night, as we got home from the Superbowl party we were at, it smelled like something was burning in the car. Rather than just assume we had to take it to the shop to check it out, I thought I’d pop the hood and look around. I’m not super handy with fixing cars, so I’m not sure what I expected to find that I could fix, but it’s the manly thing to do so I did it.
What I found got me off the diaper hook. It seems that it was not a belt going bad or the oil being too low. Nope. Instead, it was a medium-sized furry creature with a longish tail. I’m thinking it crawled up in there after Jaime parked the car because it was warm, then fell asleep. Only to be baked next time we took the car out. Nice.
About 20 minutes later, I had gotten it out and into the trash without getting any on me. Go me!
Special moment yesterday at church. The birth of Addison Naomi was one of the best days of our lives. The Spiritual Rebirth of Addison in Baptism is up there also. In case you missed it, here’s the Baptism:
It was extra special for us because Pastor Chuck and Sue are such good friends, so for them to do what they always do with Baptisms, but doing it to our Addison was just different. Hearing Pastor tell her that she has been marked for all time and eternity as God’s own and Sue giving her the charge to let her light shine before men, that they might see that same Father is almost overwhelming. A wonderful day!
My mom found an old blanket in the attic just before we came home for Christmas this year. It’s the blue one that Addison is wrapped in in the above picture. It was the blanket that my dad was wrapped in when he was a baby, and the one I was wrapped in when I was a baby. At Christmas, we got the three generations together for a fun picture.