Last week, I wrote about my boy Judah taking his first steps. For the rest of the week he would take one or two steps unaided, but then have to grab something or sit down. Last night when I arrived home from the Rec Center, my wife called me to come into my daughter’s bedroom. Their both my kids and my wife and been playing after getting the kids out of their “tubby time”. The thing that I noticed right away was there in the middle of the floor wearing nothing but a diaper and smile was my big baby boy Judah. Judah was standing up and began shuffling over to me with out the aid of anything to support himself and made it to me with that big grin on his face. Erin told me he had decided yesterday afternoon to start taking off and had been crossing rooms all by himself. He crossed the room so many times that by the time we put him in bed last night he was totally worn out and crashed right away in his crib. It’s so exciting seeing my little guy on the move!!!
Yesterday afternoon, there was much rejoicing in the Owens family house. For the most part the day had been a pretty low key day with Erin keeping up with the kids while I was once again home sick with this crud that I can’t seem to shake. Erin was starting to wear thin from the stress of potty training Maeven and keeping Judah away while Maeven was on the throne. To be honest I think she was about to give up. Then it happened! My wife Erin didn’t know whether to cry tears of joy or squeal with delight. Maeven danced around clapping and Judah smiled and laughed, not knowing what was happening to his family. After several days and many loads of laundry our baby girl Maeven finally decided to go pee pee on the the potty!
As we are getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow morning, I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. More than anything I am thankful for my family both immediate and extended. I have been blessed by God with a beautiful wife who truly loves the Lord and loves sharing Christ with others. She is a wonderful mother and the time and love she gives to our children amazes me. I only hope that I am half the father that she is a mother! She is truly an amazing woman.
I am also blessed and thankful for my children. Not many people know this but we lost babies both before Maeven was born and also in between Maeven and Judah. Knowing this and that God blessed us with these two very sweet children often overwhelms me. While my kids aren’t perfect, I couldn’t imagine any children ever being better. Hearing “Daadeee” and “DahDah” are by far the sweetest words I ever here.
I am also blessed with Godly parents who not only verbally shared Christ with me, but have had an amazing testimony of faithfulness to Christ. When I look at the lives of classmates whose parents didn’t have expectations and boundaries for them, I see even more where God was protecting me through my parents. At the time it may have felt like they were cramping my style, but God was still in control and today I am thankful for that.
I’m also thankful for my sister, Amanda. She has a great heart for the kids in our area and gives so much of herself to serve them. Whether that be through teaching, volunteering at camp and the Rec Center, or wherever. It’s so awesome to see the way God has used her to impact lives.
I am also thankful for all in in-laws both mother and father and sister and brother in-laws. I have heard horror stories from friends who just have really bad relationships with crazy in-laws. God has blessed me with a second family that truly loves Him and serves Him. And most importantly they raised a Godly daughter whom I love with all my heart!
I have so many extended family members that I wouldn’t even know where to begin with my thankfulness for them. But, I will say I am so thankful for the loving extended family God gave me and their love and kindness to always take in “extra” family members as well.
My God is great and good and I can’t begin to thank Him for all the ways He has blessed. While my salvation will always be what I am most thankful for, tonight I just want to let my family and everyone else know how grateful I am for them!
My daughter is an absolute sweet heart, but unless she is sick or just tired she hasn’t ever truly been a cuddler. She likes to sit near Erin and I but very seldom likes to be held. However this week she has gotten into giving kisses. A few weeks back whenever Erin would give the kids a kiss she would had a “muah” sound. So this week Maeven has taken to leaning in and giving Erin and I big kisses followed by a loud “MAAAHH!” This morning when I was getting ready for work she ran into me with her arms being held up for me to pick her up. I picked her up and I got several “MAAAHH” kisses. I gotta say, I have a sweetie pie for a daughter!
One of the running jokes in my house is how Maeven has become our little clepto. Whenever she stays at grammies we end up with something of grammies in our diaper bag that we discover when we get home. Usually Grammie finds something of ours that Maeven slips into her house.
Last night as I was sitting on the couch Maeven comes up to me extends her arms and smiles as if to say, “I just want to be with you Daddy.” Shortly after I picked her cute little self up, I realized she just wanted to steal my iPhone to play games and to steal my water bottle because it’s more fun then her own!
This morning Maeven came running into my bedroom and jumped onto the bed with me. Rather than just wanting to talk or lay on Mommy’s side of the bed where all of mommy’s blankest and pillows are, she of course began trying to steal the pillows right out from under my head.
Even though my sweet little girl is sweet little thief, as long as she stays this cute she is going to get away with a lot!!!