Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Naming the baby





We finally have a name.  A name that we both love. With a meaning that we hope will be a good heritage to him.  We take the task of naming pretty seriously around here, knowing that the biblical pattern is that names are of great significance.  There are passages in the Old Testament where names seem to define a life.  It would be our prayer that these names would define this little man.  



Asher Elijah Dawkins
Asher - happy, blessed 
Elijah - My God is YAHWEH


When we saw the Lyons this weekend, we checked in with Michael about the origin of Asher.  He is a true Hebrew scholar and this is what he wrote later regarding the name: 
The term is used predominately in the Psalms--and this is no accident, as Psalm 1:1 sets off all of the psalms, really showing the life of one who is "blessed" who walks according to God's law. Thus a better translation is really "happy, content, satisfied," or something similar for those who find their refuge in God alone.
Our prayer for this little one than that he would be a man whose God is the Most High, who is happy in Him, planted firmly like a tree with roots deep by the water. 

We can hardly wait to meet you, Asher Elijah! 

Blessed is the man 
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, 
nor stands in the way of sinners, 
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, 
and on his law he meditates day and night. 

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, 
and its leaf does not wither. 
In all that he does, he prospers. 

Psalm 1:1-3

Monday, January 26, 2015

Louisville

This weekend we hit Louisville and it was full of friends, fun and snow.  Our primary purpose was to spend some time at the church we attended during our 3 years in the city.  It was refreshing and helpful to meet with the pastors.  The worship together in a place that really shaped a lot of our life in Christ and His church while we were studying there was sweet.  If you are ever in want of some really great teaching, link up to Pastor Ryan Fullerton at Immanuel.  

Of course, we did see a few old friends while we were there too and have some serious snow fun!  



Introducing the boys to the wonder of Cracker Barrel en route to KY! 



Snow ball fight with our good friends from South Asia.
 It's only ok to ask to bring your entire family into the
2 bedroom apartment of people you meet overseas:)  
 



The boys putting on a "concert" for Tim & Whitney!



Our fantastic Seminary friends, The Lyons.
We've all grown a lot since those Louisville days!  



Sweet Chelsea, now a married momma, who was my college student "mentee." 



I don't mean to brag, but these guys were the absolute best little travelers!  

And now, we are back in Memphis.  We had a few more out of town things scheduled, but I admit that after that long drive and the travel flurry of 4 days away, I'm finally giving into reality.  David will make the rest of our trips solo.  The boys and I are going to be Memphis bound.  Weakness acknowledged.  This pregnant lady just can't take any more.  So glad we went.  And SO glad to be home! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snow

We hit Louisville just in time! The boys have never seen snow and they are in love! 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

eighty-four


My grandmother turned eighty-four on Monday.  When we realized there was going to be a little family dinner in celebration, we rescheduled our plans, loaded the boys into the car and headed toward her farm.


The boys were more than ready for some cow gazing and tractor time.


Do you know one of the reasons why I love being out in the country?

Besides the sheer beauty, it's the quiet, unhindered simplicity that strikes me.

Life feels smaller there. In a very good way. There are old farmhouses where crops of babies were raised, trees were climbed, land was plowed.  It slows me down.

The celebration of her with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren among the simplicity of that land reminded me that small lives can have massive ripples.  I love that she hardly seemed to notice that the celebration was about her…she was just glad we all came.




Her quiet life in those hills is one for which I will be forever grateful.

Happy 8-4, Mamaw!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Man's Weekend

I admit that I spent the weekend shopping, sleeping and chatting it up in the Ozarks with 2 of my best girlfriends.  We had a great time!







Here's a little peek at what hubs was doing with the boys during their Man's Weekend at home:

video

Evidence that David's sense of humor includes encouraging young children to stumble about after making them dizzy.

I love my boys! So glad to be back together again. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The call of the taco truck....


Seriously, the best Mexican! The preggo sisters could not resist. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Miscellany





We are back from Virginia.  I'm not gonna lie.  This pregnant girl is tired. I feel like I need attitude therapy.  (That's another way of saying I really need some time thinking about the gospel:) In the next 3.5 weeks, we will spend an average of 30 hours in our car.  All the things at the end of those car rides are immensely good.  But I cannot pretend I am particularly looking forward to the actual miles.  After these journeys, I am planning to stay inside my house until I go into labor:)

Here's a little miscellany for you this morning:

1. This post by Sally Clarkson on the impact of a gospel home blessed me so much.  It was a great perspective shaper and really helped me in this season of traveling chaos! I have rarely been more grateful for a place to 'land.' I read that little article this morning as my boys played with their train set and enjoyed a schedule-less morning even amid piles of laundry and untouched Christmas decor.  Take a few minutes to read.


2. Have I mentioned to you that we are really lovin' the American food? We are.  Yesterday we ate at Corky's and friends, this bears repeating: they have the BEST potato salad in the world.  Not to mention some pretty fine BBQ. I do also need to get a Newk's salad…and soon.



3. We are adjusting culturally for the most part. We still have quite a few moments when we look up and think…"Woah. That's really American." Our boys are missing the routine of school but have done remarkably well with all the travel and adjustment.

We are experiencing a bit of confusion over American appliances though.  They have never seen a dishwasher or clothes dryer. These are fascinating machines to them and the questions are abundant.

Their favorite though is the vacuum.  Somehow, they associate it with a lawnmower (which they had also never seen) and repeatedly ask if they can help lawn mow the carpet.  David, being the kinder parent, tries to help them overcome this misunderstanding.  I admit I find it hysterical and at the very least do not correct their understanding. (Ok, so I might be a bit guilty of perpetuating it:) We can hardly get the carpet clean amid all the excitement.  Who knew they were missing so much in the land of mops and brooms?

Happy Monday!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Hardest Peace

A friend brought me The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts over New Year's. I have been holding back tears in airports and on meeting room couches all week in the midst of her story. The story of a young mother battling cancer, it is a book about grace, abundant and rich, in the midst of suffering. 



If you read just one book this year, consider this one. Truth shapes the story and even amid the suffering, it is full of beauty. 

"Before cancer, I waited on the big moments of life while trying to faithfully live through the small. That living feels foreign to me now. I now live in the large, open grace of the small moments and humbly expect the big moments to come. I may be in them, I may not.... The small moments have become enormous." - K. T.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

9

We are in Virginia this week. Tonight the temperature is supposed to drop to 9. And the skies are as clear as they could be. All this cold, and no snow to show for it!?