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!


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.