// Hannah turned seven months (WHAT?!) last week. It has been a busy/crazy/fun month with our little girl! And if you can’t tell from the pictures above, Hannah is definitely getting some payback for Micah’s playful, yet aggressive behavior with her early on (get him, girl! haha). Here are the highlights…
The bathroom scale at home says she hasn’t gained much this month as far as weight goes – still a little over 16lbs. I know she has at least gotten longer, because she has grown out of some outfits. But I think I remember that weight gain slows down around now once they start becoming more active (which she DEFINITELY has been!)
Sleep is going great! Still taking two naps a day (unless we’re out and about and then she may skip her morning nap) and sleeping a straight twelve hours at night.
Size 3 diapers and 9 month clothing!
Nursing about 4-5 times per day, eating two “meals” (puréed baby food) during lunch and dinner and snacking (puffs, Cheerios) in-between. She has also learned to feed herself this month with her fingers, so that is another blessing! A busy mama of two definitely appreciates the little milestones like hand-eye coordination! ;)
This month Hannah learned to crawl (army-style), feed herself puffs and Cheerios, and mimic sounds and actions (I raise my hands in the air and she attempts it too!) She’s close to learning to wave too – she holds out her hand, now we just have to get the fingers moving! :) She now has four teeth – two bottom and two top. She is a very efficient xylophone player (or banger) and let’s just say, her lungs have developed. There is no quiet at our house when the kids are awake.
Screaming (for joy, frustration, fear, hunger, pretty much everything), crawling, food (especially the kind she can feed herself), music, being held and talked to all the day long.
Being tickled! She cries instead of laughing! Poor thing. And currently, Micah is going through a phase where he loves tickling her. Oops.
Things I Don’t Want to Forget
We took Hannah to Disney for the first time this month and she absolutely loved it! She did so well! I am so proud of how easygoing and flexible she is. She had a great time and enjoyed all the characters and the rides that we went on as family. I wasn’t expecting it to be as easy as it was – but we had no meltdowns or anything. So that is definitely something I want to remember! :)
Have you ever felt the need to be quiet? To not say anything, even when what you are watching/seeing/hearing is wrong, for fear of the backlash, the label, the stigma that you are “one of those” Christians who is all about judgment and little grace?
This seems to be where I am finding myself these days. And it has caused me to retreat from blogging or sharing my heart on anything, besides what I know to be politically correct and accepted by all. Which is basically nothing. Because we debate everything under the sun these days, even down to what type of diapers we put on our babies’ butts.
And so silence seems like the best position to take in the name of love and peace and, you know, actually having friends.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that silence is less about loving people and more about them loving you.
We don’t want to offend. So we tread lightly. We don’t want to call out any particular sin in someone’s life. Because, I mean, who are we to judge? We speak in generalizations and never really say anything.
And we feel validation in the fact that people like us. People find us approachable. People can be themselves around us – eat, drink and be merry!
And without even realizing it, we’ve made it all about… us.
I know some have come in the name of “Christianity,” with their boycotts and picketing, and made the rest of us feel like we need to spend our lives making up for our tainted reputations. But we don’t. Not really. That’s just a lie that we’ve believed. Our reputations are always faltering and changing anyway, Christian or not. If there’s anything we can be certain of as followers of Christ, it’s that the world will hate us.
“And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” – John 17:14
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.” – John 15:18-19
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
But, people loved Jesus. I hear you. That’s always been my defense too. But did people really love Jesus? All the time? Like remember that time when he was preaching that he was the bread of life and that no one could come to the Father unless the Father gives them to him? (See John 6) It said many people turned away and deserted him after that. Because it was offensive.
Listen, I’m not saying we need to join the protests or fill our churches with sermons of condemnation. But I believe there is a third option. Speaking the truth, in love. With gentleness. Proclaiming to a lost world that Jesus is the way! That sin is sin. And that repentance is necessary.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. – Ephesians 4:15
I know just writing this out and reading over the Scriptures listed above has helped bring about a revival in my spirit. To quit seeking the approval of man. Forget silence. Forget political correctness… I’m mad at Hillsong! There I said it.
And not just them, but the whole movement that teaches you can’t be straightforward about sin AND still be loving. I am a messed up sinner myself, and there are times my husband has been straight forward with me about areas in my life that need repentance. You know the one thing that never crossed my mind? He doesn’t love me! If anything, I felt loved enough that he would point it out. And also, I felt loads of remorse and disgust for what I had done.
That’s true repentance.
We’re becoming a generation of “Thumpers.” And not the “Bible-thumpers” that everyone loves to hate. The one from Bambi that coined the phrase, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” (Some of you just learned that wasn’t in the Bible) It’s time to quit hiding behind the veil of wanting to show love to people and admit it, we just really want people to love us.
Update: Brian Houston, pastor of Hillsong Church, has issued a statement which clarifies the context regarding his first statement. While this issue was not the sole reason for writing this post, I do feel like it needed to be clarified that I am in no way discrediting Hillsong Church or their ministry. I believe they are doing great things for the Kingdom of God! Praying that the gospel continues to be preached!