Family Adventures

Which Thomas Child Are You?

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. You can click this link to find out which Thomas Child you most resemble.

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Abigail is 4 Months Old!

               I can’t believe it’s already been 4 months since Abigail was born. David and I have enjoyed watching her grow and seeing how much more interactive she has become with every new day. At her 4 month check up she weighed 12 lbs 12 oz. and was 23 inches tall. She almost doubled her birth weight.

I can’t believe she has gone from this:

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To this:

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Here are some things Abigail has been up to recently:

She likes spending time with her daddy. Dave is really good at calming Abigail down and putting her to sleep when she is fussy. She loves it when he sings to her, especially when he makes up silly songs!

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The pictures are the right are actually not on the same day; Dave just REALLY likes that shirt!

Recently Abigail has been trying to sit up a lot. We prop her up on her hands and she can sit by herself for about a minute. She also enjoys occasionally sitting on our heads.

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She is experimenting with new sounds. One that she is fond of is screaching/screaming whether in excitement or anger (sometimes we don’t know which it is 😉 ). We take her on walks at least 5 times a week. She really enjoys being outside and looking up at the trees from her stroller. Another thing that calms her is taking a bath. She likes to hear the sound of running water.

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She loves being showered with kisses and being cuddled. She likes belly time and is starting to “scoot” forward on her belly! She brings everything she can to her mouth. She’s getting good at grabbing and reaching for things. Recently she has been reaching up and just touching David’s face with her hand. It’s very endearing.

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She isn’t the greatest napper but she does like to sleep (especially when being held).

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I can’t wait to experience more of life with Abigail as she grows! I’m trying to keep friends and family updated on Abigail and our life, but I’m not very good at it. Hopefully I can update y’all more within in the next 4 months 😉

 

 

Here’s a little lagniappe:

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Celebrating Aunt Sissy’s GOLDEN Birthday!

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Cousins!

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For talk like a pirate day Abigail, Aunt Sissy, and I dressed up like pirates to each get a free dozen of Krispy Kreme!

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My Reasons:

Wherein I use historical information and exegesis  to justify my decision to begin listening to Christmas music in September.


Preamble: 
The subject of when to listen to Christmas music is hotly debated, especially among my extended family. There are some who think Black Friday is the earliest that one should deck the halls, and they are often offended when they walk into department stores who have skipped over Turkey Day for the red and green (read money) season. Others refuse to echo those glorious strains until December–that is when Jesus was born, right? However, I’d like to offer up a third way, a better way, if I do say so myself. And that way is to begin listening to Christmas music in September. The following argument will be taken loosely from Luke chapter 1.

First: you must work with the assumption that Jesus was not actually born on December 25th but that Christians usurped that date in order to kick out some pagan practices (ironic eh).

Second: You must understand that the number of our calendar months do not correspond to those referenced in the Bible (see this link for reference).

  • With those two things in mind, Luke 1:26-45 gives a clear picture that Mary conceived Jesus sometime around September. Gabriel came to her in the sixth month (Elul-our August/September). Now some of you might be tempted to say, “Why don’t we start listening to Christmas music in August?” But that opposition is answered in the text also. In verse 34 Gabriel tells Mary that “The Holy Spirit will come upon you(ἐπελεύσεται-future tense).”
  • Sometime between that and verse 39 when Mary journeys to see Elizabeth (a journey that would likely take a pregnant woman–even in haste–at least a couple weeks) Jesus has already entered her womb, as we see that John kicks for joy when Mary arrives. That gives us plenty of buffer to say that it was most likely September and not August, when Mary conceived Jesus via the Holy Spirit.
  • So, if you’ve been looking for a reason to listen to Christmas music earlier in the year, you’re welcome. If you’re a person who has a set date for when you begin listening, I’d love to hear your reasoning in the comments.

**Disclaimer: In matters of theology I would never twist Scripture for my own, so I do not recommend (in fact I discourage) doing this in your regular Bible study. However, until I’m shown otherwise, I think the timing of Christmas music (and I use that phrase loosely) is not a hill upon which one should choose to die–in other words feel free to disagree**

 

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Corley-Wan-Kenobi

Little Corley Breland came over to our house to play today. Who knew that she would leave a Jedi Knight?!

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Welcome to Our Adventure!

Once upon a time there was a family who were called the Thomases. This family loved God with all their heart, mind and strength. Their love for God led them on an abundance of adventures. After the adventure was over, however, they would rush home to tell their tale. This way their family, friends and maybe even some strangers could hear the tales and be inspired to love God more deeply. Some of the adventures would be life-changing and some frivolous, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them all.

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