Learning to Sit Up

Abigail, Family Updates

Our little Abigail is growing up quickly, or at least that’s what it seems like as we watch all the changes taking place week by week. :-) A few days ago we set up her highchair at the kitchen table, and this has quickly become a favorite spot for her during mealtimes. In the video below you can see her learning to hold her spoon as she tries out her highchair for the very first time.

 

Israel Pictures

Family Updates

Ruins at Bet She'anWe have enjoyed an incredible trip to Israel! Many, many special memories to take home, along with a better understanding of the land and culture in this special nation. Last night my Dad asked what my favorite part was. I told him that I felt like the whole trip was like a mosaic, where every part made up the picture as a whole.

I have compiled an album (shared on Google+) of some of the photos that I have taken during our trip. Many of the pictures include captions to explain a little more of what you are seeing. You can also check out David and Priscilla’s blog for more pictures and videos taken during our trip.

 

The Trip of a Lifetime!

Family Updates

Waller Family in IsraelWith the next generation of the Waller family growing quickly, we realized that there was perhaps a narrowing window of practical opportunity for us to travel together as an extended family. This fall we finalized plans for a three-and-a-half week trip to Israel, the land of the Bible. Our group of 14 represented three generations of  the Waller family, and included all but one of my siblings. (Rachelle and her family would have loved to join us, but had to decline due to the timing of the trip.)

Walking on the Wall of JerusalemFor us, this was not a spiritual pilgrimage, but rather an opportunity to see with our own eyes the land we read about in the pages of the Bible. It is one thing to read about the Sea of Galilee, but another to actually drive through the city of Tiberias, and eat a picnic lunch on the shore, and gaze up into the hill country where Jesus fed the five thousand.

I love the verses we find at the end of Psalm 48. Picture a father walking around the city of Jerusalem, pointing out to his children the landmarks and memorials that remind us of the great things that God has done through the ages.

“Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” –Psalm 48:12-14

Abigail at MegiddoAs a new father, I find this passage of particular significance as I ponder my responsibility to teach my children to know the God of the Bible.

In this picture, Abigail is sitting in a feeding trough at Megiddo, found in the ruins of Solomon’s palace in this city.

Someday when Abigail is older, I look forward to going over these pictures with her and describing the significance of the places we carried her through at just three months old.

 

Chapel Lesson – Are you qualified?

Teaching

On December 5th I had the opportunity to share a chapel lesson for the elementary students at our church’s Christian school. With the help of Heidi and Zach, (two of Valerie’s siblings) I shared a story that I hoped would help the students understand why Jesus Christ was the only one that could suffer and die a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind.

 

Growing Happily!

Abigail, Family Updates

Abigail at Two MonthsWe just returned from Abigail’s two-month checkup appointment, and she is doing wonderfully! A happy, healthy baby, our little daughter brings great joy to our home.

Abigail’s favorite place to play is on a blanket near the patio window where she gets lots of warm sunshine in the morning. She is learning how to use her hands and enjoys batting at little toys hanging from a mobile.

Another favorite spot is on the floor in Daddy’s office. You can watch Abigail enjoying her playtime in the video below. She loves her “wiggle time” and making little cooing noises.

Many friends have told us to treasure these moments because she will grow up before we know it.  :-)  In just a couple short months it is amazing to see how much she has grown! Even in the last week or so she is starting to lose that “newborn cry” and sound more like a growing little girl! My IT consulting work allows me to work from home several days a week, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to enjoy these special moments as a family.

 

 

 
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