Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Half-Birthday Baby Boy

Wow! Where has time gone? Today is Collin’s “half-birthday” – he is now 6 months old. In the past 6 months he has changed dramatically & so has our life. We have gone from a couple to a family, we now have baby paraphernalia in practically every square inch of our home, we now make our plans around Collin’s schedule/needs instead of our own, and we are loving every minute of it!

Truly sometimes I just almost tear up thinking about how blessed we are. But the most unbelievable thing is that we are so blessed without deserving any of it, not one single ounce of what we have! If we were to get what we deserve – I don’t even want to think about that. But we serve a God who is merciful and gracious, who not only withholds what we deserve, but gives us things that we don’t deserve…God it so good!

True, life isn’t always perfect, but that isn’t what I am talking about. I’m not talking about a cookie cutter, sugar coated life where nothing ever goes wrong. Let’s face the truth here - we live in a fallen world, bad things happen to good people, but our amazing God uses those things and events to His ultimate glory. Even though satan has some control over the world I know that God has already overcome this world & that in the end He is creating a new world where there is no more pain, no more sin, no more suffering! And we get to live in that world for eternity!

This is totally off the original intent of this posting – to wish Collin a happy half-birthday – but I think that if I could only give him one gift that it would be this: to know that your mom & dad love you unconditionally, but that there is someone who loves you even more than us – and that is God. He loves Collin so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for the sins that Collin hasn’t even committed yet, and that more than anything in the world I wish for Collin a personal relationship with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!

I heard Dr. James Dobson on the radio the other night share something that he used to say to his kids that was just so powerful to me – similar to the way that my parents always made me feel & definitely the way that I want to make Collin feel. He said to them something like this: “I love you unconditionally – that means that I will love you no matter what you do. There is nothing that you can ever do to make me love you less, and there is also noting that you can ever do to make me love you more than I already do.”

Collin, I know that you are not old enough to read this & it will probably be long gone into cyberspace somewhere by the time you are old enough to read our blog, but I hope that even without words I can express to you every day how very blessed I am to be your mommy, how much I pray for you to come to know Christ at an early age, and how my love for you is eternal & unconditional.

Love always,