Christmas Peace

I'm usually not big on quotes, but I found one that I like. This quote comes from the end of Jimmy Carter's Nobel Lecture when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.

This Christmas season, I'm praying for peace. There is precedence. In World War I, on Christmas Day, British and German forces on the front lines near Ypres, Belgium, declared an informal cease-fire. How wonderful that the Christmas spirit could bring foes to lay down their arms.


A few of my Favorite Things…

Hi folks, Carter here. Daddy says I'm a pretty smart kid to be typing on my six-week birthday (I can't believe I've been alive that long). Daddy loves technology, I guess some of that is rubbing off on me.

I thought, for my six-week birthday, I'd tell you about some of my favorite things.

  1. This is my favorite picture. I like it because it has a lot of contrast. I'll stare at anything with contrast. I like looking at the top of the wall in the kitchen where the blue walls meet the white ceiling. I like the black surround-sound speakers in the den. Mommy catches me looking at the slats in my crib. I also like Mommy's dark eye-glasses and her dark hair against her skin. As far as this picture goes, Daddy was going to make a mobile for my crib, but he and Mommy decided that the crib is for sleeping. So they taped this picture to the wall next to my chaning table. I become transfixed by the shapes.
  2. I love my bouncy chair. I spend hours a day in this chair.
  3. I like this blanket (the one under me). Mom and Dad call it "Big Stripe".
  4. I also like this blanket. Mom and Dad call it "Big Blue". It has a big Winnie the Pooh on the back. Here, Aunt Betsy has me wrapped up in Big Blue.
  5. I really like my Moses Basket. Daddy says to thank Aunt Katy, Grammy, and Janet Leslie for giving me something I really enjoy. Mommy and Daddy have even started letting me nap on my stomach, under supervision, of course. I'm very comfortable napping on my stomach and can't wait until I can sleep on my stomach at night.
  6. I really love my Mommy. She is my ultimate comfort. Daddy says I'm "growing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." Mommy's care and love are what bring me life and happiness.


p.s. Dad put a lot of pictures of me online. So far, in six weeks he and Mom and taken 408 pictures of me. At this rate, by my eightteenth birthday they'll have taken 63,822 pictures of me. Wow, at six weeks I can type and do math 🙂

Carter smiles

My heart melted today when Carter smiled at mommy for the first time. I have been waiting for this sweet moment since he was born. We had just finished eating and his little tummy was full and feeling good. He was staring at my face and/or glasses as he often does while his food is settling. I looked down and smiled and said, "I love you, Carter!" with a bright face and he returned the same bright and happy face with a precious newborn smile.

I love every moment of being at home with my son. Even the tough times when he's not being so sweet and won't fall asleep like he's supposed to. I wouldn't trade any second of my day and I thank my wonderful husband daily for allowing me to experience this wonderful pleasure of motherhood.

Tummy troubles

Well, just as I have expected all along, Carter has GER (gastric esophageal reflux).  His doc is calling it esophagitis.  So, this on top of the gas in his tummy has been making our sweet boy not sleeping well at night.   His doc put him on Zantac elixir twice a day, which Carter does not like at all!  I did notice last night after the first dose, he slept much better without all of the grunting and moaning.  As some would say,  he slept more "like a baby". 

He is such a sweet, content little guy.  I cannot believe how much he changes everyday!  He certainly is a lot more chunky than he was a month ago.  Grow Carter grow! 

Happy 1 month birthday, Carter

Dear Carter,

Mommy and daddy love you very much.  We want for you to know and feel this every moment of your life.  We have longed and prayed for you for a very long time.  God placed you in our lives to complete us as a family.  You were hand-picked for us to love and we want you to know how special you are to us.  

On your birthday one month ago,  mommy and daddy were not quite expecting you to come yet.  But, that did not contain the excitement and joy we felt as you entered this world at 7:16 AM.  Everyday since, we have fallen more and more in love with you. 

You are our "sweet boy" and mommy prays for you everyday for God to "bless your brain so that you are smart like daddy, bless your little hands and feet so that you are productive someday, and to bless your heart so that everyone who knows Carter, knows Jesus".  

With love,

Mommy and Daddy   

One Month


One month ago today I was running back and forth between the nursery at Hendrick and Cilla's room in Labor and Delivery recovery. I still remember most of that morning, which is surprising since I was so tired. I remember being so happy when Carter was born. He was big, pink, and healthy. I remember being so worried for Cilla as she was finishing all the extra work that happens after the birth (I knew what was going to happen, but was surprised by the intensity of it). The epidural had worn off and she was hurting.

I remember how well Julie and all the rest of the staff in the nursery took care of me. I felt special and I felt they were taking extra special care of my boy.

Carter is still healthy. He's even grunting a little less. We're blessed.

Gary, Tracy and Lorna came to visit last week when Gary was in Texas. Good for Carter to meet his Uncle Gary.

Our friend from ACU, Angela, came to visit us with her beautiful daughter Audrey. We appreciate the visit, advice, and baby book.

The first set of pictures for December are posted.