1.8-2.8.17

-Started rolling to his side
-Rolling belly to back occasionally
-Rolled back to belly 1.20.17
-Eating 3oz per bottle when at daycare
-Size 2 diapers
-Size 6mo clothes

Darren continues to be easy going and happy.

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Hi Charles,

I can’t remember having a one-on-one conversation with you prior to January 26, 2016 and I am sorry we didn’t get that opportunity. I have seen you and been around you in Young Adult Ministry, watching you play in the praise band, and in choir, but I guess we just never needed to talk to each other. I am sorry for that, but want to talk to you now. Keep reading

Dear Tyler,

We love you so much and are thankful God chose us to be your parents. We believe God has placed you in our lives to give us a glimpse of what His love is truly like. By being your parents, we now have a greater understanding and appreciation of God’s unconditional, faithful love toward His own children. We love you and want what is best for you, in your adorable, cuddly moments, but also when your curiosity leads to mischief. We see how our love for you leads us to guide and discipline you with grace. As we reflect on our own lives, we are more aware of the ways God is continually pursuing us and desiring to be in relationship with us, even when we disobey. How great is His love for us!

Because of God’s promise of salvation and grace, we bring you to be baptized today. We acknowledge that you are a gift to us, that God knit you together in His own image, and He has incredible plans for you. We also acknowledge that God has chosen us to be your parents, to raise you up to serve and love the Lord and those around you. We desire our marriage to be an example of love, respect, sacrifice, and service as this is the main relationship you will witness. Lastly, we recognize our need for the church to come along side us and support us in teaching, encouraging, and loving you on your journey of faith.

Tyler, we already see some innate characteristics God has designed in you. You are strong and determined, easy-going and even-tempered, approachable and relational. Our prayer is that God would use you to impact His kingdom and continue to guide and transform you according to His will.

Love,

Mama and Dada

[Baptized November 29, 2015]

Dear Darren,

We are so happy and thankful to have you in our lives! Yet, when we first found out we were pregnant with you, we were struck with hesitant joy. Just 24 hours prior to the news that you would be joining our family, we had lost a friend in a car accident. This made it difficult for us to celebrate your new life while still grieving for our friend. The raw reality of death was staring us in the face and we were reminded that our time, and your time, is not guaranteed here on earth. In the following weeks and months, God urged us to seek joy and hope despite the darkness we experienced.

Darren, your name is a testimony to what God has been teaching us. “Darren” means “a gift from God.” Your Chinese middle name, “DeHuan,” means “joy.” You are God’s gift of joy to us. God has already used your life to prompt us to seek and reach out to God. May God draw you near to Him and continue to use you as a gift to bring God’s joy to others.

Even though you are only seven weeks old, we have noticed how vocal you are. Even the nurse at the hospital called you a “talker.” We pray that as you grow, you will use your voice to speak of the joy and hope God gives you. Death and darkness surround this broken world, but we trust that God will protect you and give you courage to bring life and light to those around you.

God’s promise of salvation and grace is the reason we bring you to be baptized today. We know God has knit you in the womb, knowing each hair on your head and each day you have here on earth. We acknowledge that life is a gift and ask God to help us raise you to develop deep and meaningful relationships with Himself, your family, and the community around you. We are in awe of the promise of eternal life and pray you will personally encounter God’s saving love for you.

Love,

Mama and Dada

[Baptized November 27, 2016]

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Month 3: Keep reading

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Month 2:
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People have been asking me, “How is it with two kids now?”

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While in the hospital, Darren had to be observed for Strep B and jaundice. Keep reading

 

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I had been about 3cm dilated the last two week of my pregnancy. Keep reading

On May 16th, Will and I went to Atlantic Sea Grill in Acton, MA and opened the envelope that contained the news that our baby was a boy. Keep reading