Friday, December 30, 2011

Merry Christmas!

A little late, but here is our family Christmas picture! Plus some more pictures taken by our good friend with a sweet camera and photography skills, Erin.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tyler Jude @ one month!

Sorry for the absence from the blog, as you can imagine taking care of a newborn is a tough job! We promise the birth story is coming soon. For now here are his one month pictures! 
Tyler Jude @ one month with his cool chalk board his mommy made for him.
Tyler Jude with his sweet football from Tyler Kelly.
Tyler Jude with his first bear from Bama.
This isn't at one month, but it's really cute!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tyler Jude is here!

Tyler Jude was born November 2, 2011 at 5:21 am. He is 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. We love him and he is beautiful and healthy! The story and more pictures coming soon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

34 Week Pregnancy Update & Apartment Pictures!

A video update from Jenna on how the pregnancy is going:

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34 weeks pregnant!

We are so excited for Tyler Jude! We know he will be a blessing to us and others. We also want to say congratulations to Sean's sister Michelle and brother-in-law Micah on their new born baby boy, Peyton Justice Webb!

It's about time to share some photos from our apartment:















Tyler Jude's nursery is still being set up. We hope to have pictures up soon!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lots of babies!

We are very blessed and excited to have two married couple friends who are going through the same joy of having babies! Lawson and Caroline (pictured below) welcomed Brooks Elliot Flowers into the world in June. We have really enjoyed holding Brooks and we have learned much about taking care of babies from their experience.

Our wonderful friends Jay and Erin recently had their baby girl, Iris! She is a beautiful and healthy baby. We are so excited for them.
We got to hospital in time to see her first bath! Friends (left to right): Lanny, David, Lawson (holding Brooks), Caroline, Baby Iris (behind the window), Katie, and of course us! Jenna is holding her belly, showing you how big she is.
It is a blessing to have friends to go through this special time with. We are learning a whole new part of life, parenting, together.
We promise more pregnancy pictures will be coming soon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

27 week pregnancy update: His name will be...

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To play video click the image and tap the space bar.
In this video:
  • Story of finding out our baby's gender
  • The name of our baby boy
Picture of when we heard the news that it is a boy!
27 week picture:
A few pictures from our new apartment:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

We want to say thank you to and honor some special dads today!

Jenna honors her Dad, Marty, her Grandad, and her husband Sean (Dad-to-be)! Sean honors his Dad, Kim, and his brother-in-law, Micah. Together we honor God who is our ultimate, all providing, all loving Father.

Dad, you have always been there for me and our whole family. Your steadfastness will be an amazing inspiration to our parenting. I love you! Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day Grandad! You mean so much to me and I love you!
Dad, God truly has distributed much of his grace in my life through you. This picture makes me smile so much. I treasure moments like these and I can't wait to have moments like this with my son. Thank you for showing me Jesus with your words & life.
Micah, your belief that God has richly and generously loved you is evident in who you are as a father. It has been a blessing to see how the love of God motivates and perfects you as Dad. Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day Daddy! - Jenna & Baby Boy (from the belly)


Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
(Matthew 7:9-11 ESV)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
(Romans 8:14-17 ESV)

 Ultimately, the greatest honor of Father's Day goes to God, the Father of Fathers. He created the role in life we call "father" or "dad" after himself eternally being a Father to the Son who is Jesus. And although we are immensely blessed by our earthly fathers, how much more have we been blessed by a Father with pure, holy, and truly loving motivation. He is the ultimate Father, His family, the church, is the ultimate family. Although we have sinned against him in innumerable ways, he gave his son in the place of us. His son Jesus absorbed the penalty for our wickedness so that our Father could love us while remaining fully just and holy. Now, because of Jesus, the Father has adopted those who He has called to put their trust in Jesus. We are adopted, restored to our Father and restored to our fellow siblings, the church. 

And our hope for you is to run to your true Father, God, because of Jesus accomplishments not your own. Find comfort and approval in your adoption into God's family.

We are adopted by God the Father because of Jesus, there is no greater news!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's a ....

It's a Boy! 
We are so very very excited! We have a funny story about how we found out the gender that we will share soon in a video blog. We're even close to having a name for our baby boy!

-Sean and Jenna

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breaking News!!!

Last night (June 8) I felt baby moving for the first time! We had seen baby move on our first ultrasound and heard him/her move while listening to the heartbeat at our last doctor's appointment, but that's it. Sean and I were in bed going to sleep and I thought that maybe I had felt a little something, so I decided to lay very still on my back and see if it would happen again, and a couple minutes later it did! Before last night, I was never sure if the "fluttering" I've been waiting for had actually been the baby, or just digestion, but last night it was definitely baby! I told Sean I was pretty sure I felt the baby move, so for awhile we laid in bed quietly waiting to see if Sean would get to feel it, but unfortunately it didn't happen.

BUT... this morning while we were sitting side by side on the couch eating homemade waffles I felt baby move again! So I put my hands on my stomach and sure enough I could feel the baby give a big 
'ol movement inside and from the outside! So Sean sat with his hand on my stomach and within 20 seconds baby gave another huge kick and Sean was able to feel it!

Here is an updated bump pic from this week (18 weeks):
I've officially outgrown my work pants and have had to buy some more. I've also outgrown all my cotton shorts that don't have elastic in the waist haha! And I've finally started to gain weight, which is a great thing! At my last appointment (at 16 weeks) I had gained 2 pounds total, but I know I've gained a couple more since then.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Video Blogging & Baby's Gender

Be on the lookout for more video blogging coming soon! 

The date we find out the gender of the baby is June 16th!

Check back to find out the exciting news!

Friends!

Recently, some good friends, Tyler and Lyndsay, came to visit us.  For those of you who don't know Tyler was my (Sean) best man in my wedding. He is the brother I always wanted.  We met at the beginning of our freshman year while we were both going to Blinn Junior College in Bryan, Texas. Tyler is going into his senior year at Texas A&M, he is a manager at a Mug Walls Java Bar, he serves at-risk youth (great video about the ministry HERE), and most of all is deeply in love with Jesus.
Tyler and his girlfriend Lyndsay spent some great quality time with us in Austin. We ate good food, spent time at the pool, helped friends move, and he even mowed my parent's yard. We are always so blessed by the time we get to spend with this couple.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Torchy's Tacos

A Williams family favorite when it comes to local Austin food is Torchy's Tacos. Our favorite location is in a food trailer park on South Lamar. Torchy's has some of the best breakfast tacos in town and great tacos for lunch and dinner. When we eat at Torchy's it's also an opportunity for us to use our "Go local" card which gives us 10% off our total purchase. Sean orders the "Dirty Sanchez" which is scrambled egg and guacamole. Jenna orders the "Fajita Chicken."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Video Blog #1: Apartment, Work, & School

So we're trying out "video blogging." This way instead of reading what we have to say you can watch and listen. We figure it will be much more engaging. We will try to keep the videos short and to the point!
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 If the video above doesn't seem to be working, click on the video picture and click the space bar!

Week 15 "bump" picture:
For comparison here was week 13.5:

Monday, May 9, 2011

First "Bump" Picture!

Here's my pre-bump picture at 4 weeks pregnant:



Here is my tiny beginning of a bump at 13.5 weeks:


I'm so excited to be a mom to this little one! At 13 weeks, our baby is about the size of a peach (2.9 inches) and only weighs about .81 ounces. He or she is getting closer to normal proportions, with his or her head only being 1/3 the size of his or her body. He or she is developing teeth and vocal chords right now. I haven't gained any weight yet, which is amazing considering my belly is starting to poke out. We have our next doctor's appointment on the 25th, but before then I'll update again about how I've been feeling so far and how our first doctor's appointment went!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A very special Mother's Day announcement!

Family and friends,
 We have some exciting and amazing news to share with y'all! We are very pleased to announce to you that.... we are pregnant! 

There is a little Williams' baby on the way.  We consider this baby to be a wonderful gift from our God. The psalmist declares:

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
        the fruit of the womb a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
        are the children of one's youth.
    Blessed is the man
        who fills his quiver with them!
    He shall not be put to shame
        when he speaks with his enemies in the gate
."
(Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)

We are currently 13 weeks pregnant. We have seen the doctor once and we will find out if the baby is a boy or girl in June. Our due date is November 9th.

We appreciate the great friendship, love, wisdom, and grace that all of you have gifted us with over the many years. There are two great ways in which all of you can be of help to us. First of all we ask for your prayers and support in these things:

  • Pray with us and ask God for a healthy baby (Psalm 107:19-21)
  • Pray for us that we may able to believe God when he says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness." For assuredly there will be moments of weakness, disappointment, complications, and all kinds of hardships. Pray for us to be reminded God is sufficient for our needs (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
  • Pray for our parenting. We have much to learn and are in need of much wisdom for how to love and teach our child in the way of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6).
  • Finally, please pray for our child's soul and eternity that he or she would love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Ask God that He would shine in their heart to "give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" as he has in ours (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Second of all, you can support us by sharing in the joy and excitement that we feel because of God's gift. Celebrating through joyful conversation, with us and others, what God has done and is doing will be a great blessing from y'all that we know we can count on.

One great way you can share in the excitement is by regularly visiting this blog! Here we will share frequent photos and updates on the pregnancy, baby, future life-decisions, and many other stories. To keep up with the blog, make the link a "favorite" on your web browser or you can even submit your e-mail on the blog website to receive via email each new "post" we produce.  Of course you can always e-mail, call, or have a meal with us to share in our excitement together!

We are very much looking forward to someday introducing each of you in person to Baby Williams.  He or she will be a joyful addition to our family and a joy to all at future family holiday gatherings, get-togethers, and beyond. We feel blessed beyond what words can express to be having this baby. God, our Father, is so faithful and good! We invite all of you to sing praises to our God with us because of how great he is and what he has done.

With joy,
Sean, Jenna, & Baby Williams

    Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
        sing the glory of his name;
        give to him glorious praise!
    Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
        So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
    All the earth worships you
        and sings praises to you;
        they sing praises to your name.” Selah
    Come and see what God has done:
        he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
(Psalm 66:1-5 ESV)

Mother's Day Pictures! & Re-living the Wedding day!

Happy Mother's Day to Sean's mom Julie and Jenna's mom Kim! Also, happy Mother's Day to Sean's  grandmothers Mimi and Bama! And also, happy Mother's Day to Sean's sister Michelle! We love all of you so much and we are grateful for your lives. You are each an amazing gift of grace to us, each of your children, and the world.

Also, here are some photos of our wedding!

Happy Mother's Day, Mama! Thanks for being a great mom to not only amanda, marissa, and me, but to hundreds of students you've been a mother-figure to over the years! P.S. thanks for the red hair!
Bama, me, and Mom. Happy Mother's Day Bama, I sure do love you! I am so thankful for your wonderful life.
Happy Mother's Day Michelle! You are a great mom to those great boys.
Happy Mother's Day Mimi! You are a joy to have as a grandmother!
Mom, I am so grateful for you! God has given the world and especially me an amazing blessing in you. Our dance at my wedding meant so much to me. It was my pleasure to dance with you in front of everyone to show just how special you are to me. Thank you for your enduring patience with me as a young kid and even now. You enduring love has made a very big impression on my life! Most of all, thank you for sharing your love for Jesus with me. The greatest gift a mother could give, is your devotion to sharing with me how great our Savior is! I love you!
Across the top: Hayden Schiller (groomsmen), Ryan Poehl (Minister), Libby Mahoney (Maid of Honor), Marissa Erhart (bridesmaid), Amanda Erhart (bridesmaid), and Tyler Kelly (Best Man), not pictured: Kim Williams (groomsmen), Micah Webb (Honorary groomsmen), and Michelle Webb (Honorary bridesmaid)

Finally married!
Video: Finally, if you have not seen or heard "our story" of how we met each other, how we met God, how we got engaged, and where we are going click here to watch the great video our friend Nathan Willis filmed for us.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hike and Bike Trail

One of our favorite things to do is go to the Hike and Bike trail around Town Lake. Any one looking for something fun to do outside in Austin should check it out!
For a Map click HERE

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Blog organization updates!

A few updates on what's up with our blog

Follow by e-mail - You can now subscribe to our blog through your e-mail address!  This way you won't even have to check back on the blog for updates, instead they will show up in your mail box.
To the right underneath the "About me" section called follow by email. By submitting your e-mail you can receive our blog posts by e-mail. Simply type in your e-mail and click submit. To prevent spam you will be asked to type the word you see presented. An e-mail will be sent to your e-mail in which you will click a link to begin your subscription to our blog!


Read More - finish the blog post!
In order to conserve space, our blog posts will usually have an introduction then have a link titled "read more." To finish reading the post, click the "read more" link! Let's practice, to continue reading this post click the read more link below:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What have we been doing? Studying!

Why haven't we been blogging? It's primarily because of we've been studying so much!  We thought we should share with y'all this semester's course load. Click the read more link below to read about our school semesters...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hanging out with friends! & Sause Soup recipe

Periodically we hope to post pictures from our hangouts with friends to help put faces with names for family who haven't met all our friends.  Unfortunately we are just getting used to remembering to take pictures.  However we did remember to take pictures with friends a few times this winter break!  We are making a strong effort to be more conscious of taking pictures when hanging out with friends and we will introduce them on our blog as we get those pictures!

Click the read more link below to continue reading!