“The finest men in all the world are not to be found in the warm, genial climates, where the earth has only to be tickled with a hoe, and it laughs with plenty; but the strongest and the most enterprising spirits have been found at the back of the north wind, where there are frosts and ice, and long, dreary winters, and men have a hard struggle for a livelihood. They become really men under that stern training. Now, if there were no thorns and thistles, no struggles and no trials, should we have any brave Christians? Should we have any great and noble souls at all? When did the Church yield her best men for her Lord’s service? It was in the persecuting times, when they had to swim through seas of blood to hold fast the truth of Christ. These are silken days, and we have wretched specimens of Christians everywhere; but if the times of persecution were to come once more, with the rough winds blowing, and the whole sea of the world tossed in tempest, we should then find brave sailors who would put the ship’s head to the wind, and ride safely over the stormy billows in the name of the Eternal God.” Spurgeon, C. H.

From the Thorns and Thistles Sermon, Vol 39.

Family,

Matthew Dedication

We dressed Matthew for the first time in a cute jean overall outfit that was given to us by our dear friends Alejandra and Raul. This was a special day for us. We stood before our church, Jenn and I along with other families. We were on stage with the lights on us. It was definitely a new feeling to be on the stage. It’s like walking off the couch and into the television set. I know it’s just our stage at our home Church. But somehow it felt like I was on television with all those lights and camera on us. The stage has monitors that you can look down onto and see yourself. I looked up at the large projection screens at one point to see myself looking up at the screens! The pastor speaks into a wireless microphone, his voice is filling the entire room. Jenn and I stood their to confirm our dedication to raising Matthew to be a man of God. We vowed to do our best to teach him about the God of the Bible and guide him in the wise ways of God. Church on the Hill also vowed to help out; teaching and guiding Matthew to know and love God. Thank you God, and all the faithfull believers at Church on the Hill

Family,

Pee and Poop outside the diaper

I picked Matthew up to discover that he had pee’d enough to wet the diaper and make his blanket and bassinet a little wet. So I brought him over to the bed to change his diaper. Everything was going fine until I noticed a new look on Matthew’s face. As I look at him, he looks back at me, but I notice a stream of pee flying past his head and completely onto the other side of the bed! I called for Jenn to come and check out the long distance wet spot he made. She came with a towel to wipe it up and as she was wiping it up, he began to pee on her arm. Jenn screamed as her arm was being washed with Matthew’s pee. Simultaneously, he started pooping all over the changing pad. I thought it would be wise to block the stream of pee with the old diaper, but this just made a puddle of poop and pee underneath Matthew! He didn’t seem to be bothered by any of this. And most of the time this was happening, Jenn and I were laughing histerically. I wish I had a picture to show you, but I don’t. Our hands were full. So here’s a photo of Matthew and I.

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