Friday, March 30, 2007

Childlike Faith

"Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matt. 19:14

This is Kathleen from my 2nd grade two years ago. She always had this same smile on her face. People often say we should have faith like a child, pure, innocent and joyful. I'm not sure if Kathleen in her 7 year adventure of life knew of Jesus, but she sure had a childlike faith. Today I want to breathe in Christ's love, like a child, without boundaries or conditions...will you join me?

P.S. (an update on my morning) Ollie had a real bath and did not scream, I deferred my National Board paper for a year, and I have on normal jeans, PRAISE THE LORD!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It's good to be Golden!

Today is my golden birthday, I'm 28 on the 28th of March, sounds old! I would like to, in no particular order, list 28 things I am thankful for today.

  1. Jesus
  2. Matthew Oliver Hannam
  3. Oliver Clayton Hannam
  4. my parents
  5. loving's good to be a Hannam
  6. my bro, Wesley Clayton
  7. our house
  8. food to eat
  9. my job, shout out to 2nd grade
  10. my friends
  11. our church
  12. a car that works
  13. our health, all 3 of us (Ollie weighs 10lbs,
  14. my student teacher, Ashley, who is doing a fine job subbing for me
  15. birthdays
  16. the love that Matt and I share
  17. salvation
  18. the Water Weasel
  19. that Matt loves his job
  20. Marzipan???
  21. LaBamba, :)
  22. Saturdays
  23. hot baths
  24. joy (I'm still dancing!)
  25. 5 hour sleepy Ollie stretches
  26. Matt's creativity and passion for life
  27. forgiveness and grace
  28. Love

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Day 23

Whew! Everyone kept telling me that it was only going to get easier, being a mom and all. Guess what "they" were right! It's so hard to believe that 3 and 1/2 weeks ago my stomach was about to bust (see the picture to the right.) So much has happened since that Saturday when we got induced. We've (the Hannam family trio) have had good days and bad, I am thankful that the past few days have been on the good side. Matt and I are beginning to feel normal again, well, the new normal. I'd like to finish my post with some hi-lites of the past 3 weeks:
  • I've heard from Jesus in new ways.
  • I've learned to love Matt in a way of could have never fathomed...he is a great dad!
  • Breastfeeding really isn't that hard...shout out to Kelly H.
  • We've realized sleep is optional.
  • We've felt loved and supported by our friends so much, it is good to be loved (sorry if you've called and I haven't called you back.)
  • Your body does go back to its original size post-prego ( well close.)
  • I've learned so much about babies.
  • Ollie is the cutest baby in whole world and he as of today officially weighs 9lbs and 3oz, woo hoo!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Full extent of love...

My morning...
6:30 Ollie woke up to be changed and fed
7:30 put Ollie in his crib so that I could pump some, 15 minutes later Ollie started spitting up in the crib, I picked him up and the little sweetness through up all over himself and me, yay!
8:00 Changed Ollie, put him in the swing so I could take a shower, do some chores, etc, oh yeah and eat a little breakfast
9:00 Ollie is screaming, he has peed through his diaper and outfit #2, so this brings us to outfit #3, his 2nd breakfast has come and gone and now we are "chilling" on the bed, hopefully down for a nap.

While I was eating some Golden Grahams I did have a few minutes to open up the word. I decided I wanted to see a portrait of Christ this morning. I read John 13 where Jesus washes his disciples feet and verse 2 really stuck out to me, "Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love." I was struck once again about just how dirty and grimy their feet probably were and what an incredible act of love this was. I guess I am asking myself this morning, am I showing the people around me the full extent of Christ's love both the little people and the big people? I hope so.

p.s. most people say Ollie looks like me, but I think he looks just like his daddy in this picture

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Happy 2 week birthday Ollie!

Here is my sweet little honey bunches of oats!!! My heart is so full of love at this moment in my life, so I decided to start an online journal of sorts.
I've been reading through a prayer book when I have time and I have been reminded that that our relationship with Christ is often like a dance. I LOVE to dance so I really jive with this analogy, thankfully I don't have a huge belly anymore and dancing is an option.
Two Saturday's ago Matt and I went into the hospital to start a long process of labor and that morning I read this quote, " May I dance this day with joy and passion, knowing that there may never be another one just like it." I know there will never be another one just like that one. Oliver Clayton has brought so much joy and ironically peace to our home. He has just molded right into our lifestyles, it is all part of the dance. Later on this week I read on and this quote stuck out to me, "Once your heart has heard the music, it is happy only when it is dancing." This is so true once you've experienced the love of Christ, you know that only true joy can come from Him. Today I am thankful for the joy the Lord has given to me, Selah!

P.S. (can you do that on a blog??) I need to give a shout out to all of our family, friends, neighbors and pets (ha) who have added to the joy these past two weeks, Matt and I would not have survived this time without your support, meals, money, advice and of course your love. We are so blessed!