Halee wrote this last week as a part of not letting the Dad’s feel left out of Mother’s day since they aren’t going to be in school during Father’s Day. I thought it was really awesome, and she knows her daddy!!! Not going to lie got me a little choked up!! I am so blessed with 2 wonderful kids who I love and cherish!
Both Halee and Gavin have really been interested in what it means to be a Christian lately. With as much as we talk about Jesus and God around our house it is no doubt why. With Easter finishing last weekend, we had a couple of baptisms on Easter Sunday, which brought up even more questions.
We have been talking off and on with them for the past few weeks, and both kids responded with I’m already a Christian because I believe in Jesus. One thing that has always been important to me for the kids is that they make the decision on their own and without us persuading them. I wanted to make sure that they understood what it meant to accept Christ as their savior and to fully understand (what they can at their age) about sin.
Sunday night both kids asked when they could get baptized. I sat with them individually and talked about it and asked them if they wanted to pray to accept Jesus into their life. They both wanted to and I felt like they both have an understanding of what it all means. I am so excited about them making this decision in their life and realizing the importance of it. They were both excited and the next morning Halee yelled down to Nana, “I’m a Christian!!”
My biggest prayer for them has always been that they will grow up making God the center of their life. I also pray that Kristee and I will be parents that always point them to God in everything that they do. I pray the they grow up to not only be Christian but leaders for Christ in this lost world.
Halee’s 7th Birthday Party
Halee and her friends got to go to a salon for a birthday make over party. It looks like they all had a really good time.
Halee got $20 for her birthday and was speechless. The funny thing is that after she got it, she went to tell Gavin about it and he said, “So, do I care?” Didn’t get that part on video.
Halee is 49.5″ tall and weighs 50 lbs.
Gavin is 44″ tall and weighs 42 lbs.
Here are some photos that we took over Christmas and at some of the kid’s christmas parties at school.
We got to go celebrate Thanksgiving with Halee & Gavin’s classes yesterday.
Gavin and Halee’s children choir from church sang a couple of weeks ago.
Halee got some sort of a peanut butter cookie thing at school and brought some home to share but more importantly to her she wanted to show momma. She was hoping that Kristee would be able to tell what it was so that they could make some. We weren’t in the door but for about 2 minutes and Halee gave me a small bite to eat and then ate the rest of it herself. A couple more minutes passed and she looked at me and said, “Ahhh, I ate it all!!” I said what forgetting about the cookie and she said, “The cookie I was going to show momma!” Wow kids crack me up with what they come up with.
I got to talking with both kids this morning on the way to school about what it meant to accept Jesus into your life. We were listening to Way (local christian station) and a song talked about the Holy Spirit and Gavin asked what was the Holy Spirit. I shared with him that we accept Jesus as our Savior and the Holy Spirit lives within us. (That led to all kinds of questions) The conversation eventually got to being baptized and Gavin kept saying bathtized, which in all honesty makes sense. He cracks me up with what he comes up with.
It’s Friday, and we dropped the kids off for their last day of school this week. It has been a really good week, we really only had one thing happen with Halee that worried us a little bit due to the way last year ended. Yesterday, as we were driving to school everything was going very well, but as soon as I parked the car tears started coming down Halee’s face. I got her out of the car and she was clinging to my hand and kind of hiding behind me, probably embarrassed by her tears. She did that all the way into school, but stood in the hallway by herself while I got Gavin to his room. I took her to her room and she was still hanging on tight, but she did go put her moose binder up as I was leaving.
After picking them up everything went extremely well, they both had awesome days. They were both excited about what they were doing at school. Halee hasn’t had any homework yet, and I really think that she is excited and can’t wait to have her first homework assignment. (I just wonder how long that will last.) Gavin on his first day told me that he almost got a yellow card (warning I guess), but he assured me that he got a blue card for the day. He told me it was because he touch another boy with his hands that had germs, since he hadn’t washed his hands yet. Later he told me that they were learning about germs on the first day.
I am extremely glad that they both have had a good time at school and have really enjoyed getting back into going to school. They have both really adapted to the going to bed early and getting up early. They both get to see each other at school a decent amount throughout the day which is a big plus for the both of them. Kristee and I are both excited to see what the year is going to hold for the kids and look forward to seeing all that they will learn.
I can’t believe that the summer is on the last day for our kids. It has gone by so fast. Fortunately they are getting excited to go to school, at the beginning of summer they would ask how long they had before they had to go back to school, they wanted to make sure that it was a long time.
It has been a really fun summer for all of us. We got to go to Disney World, they got to go with me on our mission trip and spend the week with Gramps and Grammy, went to the zoo a couple of times and swam a lot!! I am going to miss them as they go off to school for the day, but the good thing is that I will start working at the church.
I was extremely thankful for the way that the interim youth pastor position worked out for me this summer. I was able to do the work as the youth pastor at home and spend more time with them this summer, which was awesome!! I felt like I was able to keep a solid balance of spending time with them and preparing stuff for the youth.
As the kids get ready to start their new school year it is crazy to think that Gavin and Halee will be in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They are both officially in school, where as Gavin was in more of a day care situation. I pray that this year they will both have an awesome year and learn a lot. I pray that they both apply themselves and work hard at their school work. I pray that Kristee and I both can be extremely supportive in their school work and as I go back to work we can manage our time and devote time to our family. Looking forward to what God has in store for us this school year.