I am having so much fun growing into a big girl! I love to laugh - loudly! I am ALL over the place and mommy hardly has time to stop chasing me. I'll be walking soon if I can figure out how to let go!! I had my first hair cut this month and did great except when that lady tried to put a bow in my hair. I celebrated Halloween with daddy and mommy and lots of our friends at Holston Creek Baptist as well as at Boo in the Zoo and with our life group friends. Mommy kept dressing me in that silly calf costume.... I don't know why! I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving next month. Maybe, just maybe mommy and daddy will give me some yummy turkey and dressing!!
I'm 7 months old and time is flying by! I'm crawling all over the place and there is NO stopping me now! I love just being happy and I laugh alot, like the good belly laugh kinda laugh! I do have lots to laugh at - my silly daddy and funny mommy and our crazy dog Nola! I've got 8 teeth now with 6 of them coming in all at one time. I don't do anything "normal" or by the book! I'm loving all the yummy food that mommy has been making me including my peaches from PopPop and avocados. I had a yucky cold this month but I bounced back quick and got lots of loving from everyone. I also got to meet my cousin Pierce and he's pretty fun! I can't wait until he's big enough to play with me!! I also had fun on our road trip to KY and loved seeing everyone and going swimming and to the farm in Indiana. Before you know it, I'm going to be walking and running around this place! Look out!!
I'm a whole half a year! I am quite a silly little gal, or so my mommy and daddy says. I'm learning lots of new things. I'm up on all fours and rocking back and forth but I can't seem to go forward... UGH! I'll be doing it soon and you better watch out Nola! Speaking of Nola, I'm sitting all by myself until she comes and barrels me over. She and I are becoming BFF's! She even lets me pull her whiskers and ears... for now, anyway! Mommy and daddy are trying to teach me to say her name first but we shall see?!? I'm eating lots of new stuff - carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce. I love it all too, except Rice Cereal! YUCK!! Hopefully I won't be eating that yucky stuff much longer!! My favorite toys are anything I can put in my mouth and chew on. Mommy and daddy think I'm super great and I kinda agree... hehe
I have grown lots this month! I have two new teeth and I put just about everything in my mouth, even that silly chalkboard they make me take a picture with every month! I giggle lots and love it when daddy and mommy tickle my belly or make funny sounds. I've been busy this month going to preschool and hanging out with my friends. I love to help mommy water the garden each evening. I also love to sing! I'm starting to sit up on my own and before long I'll be crawling all over the place. I don't like it when mommy and daddy won't hold me and I usually let them know right quick that I'm not happy - but for some odd reason, they don't usually listen to me... oh well... until next month!
We had a sweet time of dedicating Ivey to the Lord Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends and family members. As we prayed over her and read scripture together, I was once again reminded that Ivey is not ours... She was given to us for a time to train and teach and love and so much more, but she really belongs to The Lord. He created her. He knows her. He has her days numbered from beginning to end. He knows every hair on her head, and she has lots of that!
This day was about promising to teach her about Jesus and committing our lives to the best of our ability to parent her in a way that brings God the most glory. It was also about committing with our friends and family together to support her, love her, and share Jesus with her in all things.
I wish that I could see what Ivey's life will be like in 10 or 20 years from now. I wish I knew whether or not she would choose to follow Jesus, but I don't. All we can do as her parents is to train her in the way she should go... The rest is totally up to the saving grace and redemption of Jesus. But we commit to do our part to share Jesus in all things, to teach her about His grace and mercy and forgiveness, to tell her of her deep need for a Savior and how apart from Christ she has no good thing to offer, and to model love and grace for all. And we are so very thankful for those who will be standing alongside of us and helping us in this blessing.
Oh Father, would you draw her heart to your heart? Would you give her a desire to know you and make you known among the nations? She is yours Lord. Thank you for entrusting her to us. May we bring you glory as we parent her to know you! May her roots be deep in you Lord and may her life be centered in you. May you give her a heart of joy and thankfulness in all things.