Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Sometimes when the forecast calls for snow, nothing happens. And then other times you get six inches of snow. We got six inches. :) My parents were driving into town this weekend to visit, and when they got ten miles away from our house they were turned around because the road was closed. After having to push the car to get it going again and then sliding all over the road, they made it back to the nearest town and found a hotel. We're thankful they made it there safely! The Lord was taking care of them. Here are some pictures of our little snow princess...





Friday, January 22, 2010

Supergirl


So, Claire has her fussy times. It's true. And when she is fussy, there are about three tried-and-true methods that can calm her down. 1. Vaccuum the floor. 2. Turn on any Jimmy Needham song on Itunes and dance with her. 3. Fly her around like supergirl. The third one is hilarious because Claire holds herself as straight as a plank when you lift her above your head. Example:



Here are a few more pictures to bring a smile to your face...


Claire is really into chewing on her hands now...




Claire has rolled over from tummy to back twice this week! Here she is doing some tummy time...


Getting ready to go for a run in the jogging stroller...

Getting some daddy love...


Monday, January 18, 2010

A Little of This and a Little of That


Claire is a morning person, and I am so glad. She has been sleeping for probably an average of 7 hours for a couple of weeks now, and she usually sleeps for a couple more hours after her morning feeding. When she gets up for the day, she is the smily-est little girl I have ever seen. I just sit and stare at her and say the most ridiculous things in the most ridiculous high-pitched voice just to get a smile out of my little girl. It's amazing.

Here is Claire in the sweet little outfit that her Uncle Bo and Aunt Bonnie gave her...


Over the past few days I have been playing with/editing some of my favorite photographs that I've taken. Here are just a few of the results...












We have posted some of our music online at www.myspace.com/spencerandjana These are songs that we have written. We have also been able to lead worship at our church recently and look forward to continuing to help in that ministry area. What a humbling experience to be a part of the worship of the most high God!! We sang yesterday at church about how great He is, and about how He has provided a "great High Priest...who ever lives and pleads for me" What a wonderful God we have! The last song we sang is called "Before the Throne of God Above" and here is my favorite verse of that song...

When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there who made an end to all my sin! Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free, for God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me!

That's the gospel! God is just and cannot look upon sin - therefore He cannot look upon us because we are sinful. The only thing that can satisfy God's perfection is a sinless Savior - Jesus Christ. Now when we hide ourselves in Christ - when we stop trusting in our own efforts and instead surrender to Him and cling to Him as our only righteousness - then His righteousness becomes our only plea and we find true freedom and intimacy with the Lord Almighty. What a great God we serve!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Silly Girl

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Here is a video of Claire fussing herself to sleep :) She does this every naptime until she suddenly just conks out.

Christmastime is here...and gone!


Wow, this holiday season really seems like a blur. It came fast and went faster! We had a great time in Georgia and really loved sharing the joy of our new little girl with all of our family. These are just a few pictures of our trip...


We started our trip by meeting Uncle Bo and Aunt Bonnie in Atlanta. This was their first time meeting Claire, and it was great to spend time with them. We are so excited about their little one that they are expecting in the late summer! It will be so much fun for Claire to have a little cousin so close to her own age!


Here is Uncle Bo right after he started holding Claire...and she let a big one rip! You better get used those dirty diapers Uncle Bo! You'll be changing them more than you can imagine next year!!!


After spending some time with my brother and sister-in-law, we headed to Perry. Claire loved spending the week at Grankay and Grandpa Gary's house! She especially loved the Christmas tree in Grankay's living room...


Grandpa Gary knew just what to do to calm Claire down if she was fussy...

Nanny Faye and Papa came over to have a special Christmas Eve breakfast and spend some time with Claire...


Christmas morning! Claire was so excited (well, at least her mom and dad were) that she got her very first piano!




After spending Christmas morning and afternoon in Perry, we headed to Milledgeville where Papa, Nan, and Aunt Jeni were anxiously waiting to see Claire. Papa and Aunt Jeni didn't waste any time getting on the floor to play with Claire! And even though Nan mysteriously avoided being in pictures (surprise surprise :), she and Claire bonded immediately. Claire loved watching Sesame Street in Nan's arms!!!



We had a great time in GA over the break. It was so nice to see family, and what a relief for Spencer to be out of school for a while! I am feeling so much better now. After the doctor finally discovered the mistake that had been made during surgery and corrected it, I began to feel a little better every day. A couple of days after Christmas I tried jogging again for the first time. I made it almost 2 miles, but I think I might have overdone it a little. I have a hard time stopping if I feel good, but I need to consider how I might feel the next day! This may be a lofty goal, but I would really like to be able to jog 8 miles by the end of February. It's kind of a mental thing...I ran 8 miles last February just before I found out I was pregnant, and I'd really like to make it back to that point physically if I can. But even if I can't, I'm still so thankful that I'm feeling more like my old self again.
Here are a couple more pictures of Claire to close out this entry. We received a video camera for Christmas, so I'll be posting some videos soon!