I have been meaning to give an update but I don't know exactly what to update. I am terrible at this, especially when it's been so long. I also fail at remembering to take pictures - even when I remember to bring the camera!
Kadence Ella is about 2 weeks away from her 8 month birthday. Unbelievable!
Overall, she is a happy and content girl. She smiles and laughs quite a bit. She loves to eat - especially apples, butternut squash, sweet potato and peas. She is at the point to where she will probably be mobile (crawling) pretty soon and as excited as I am about that, I am also a bit nervous. I love being a mom. It is a hard job and quite tiring at times but I love it nonetheless.
Did I mention she is also the cutest baby in the whole wide world?
Changing the subject some . . . Recently, I was talking to a sweet lady that I have a Bible Study with about how she is a visual learner. She was talking about how Galatians 5:25, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit," came more to life for her when she understood what it meant to "keep in step" with the Spirit. When soldiers are marching, they are to break cadence at a bridge, otherwise "keeping in step" could cause the bridge to collapse. That breathed a whole new meaning into my daughter's name for me.
Kadence is rhythm, while Ella is light. Initially, it was a simple prayer that her walk in life would be with the Lord. 1 John 1:5 leads me to 'light', "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." But I had not considered at all Galatians 5:25 for 'rhythm'. So, this conversation just deepened the meaning of my daughter's name for me and the prayer I have for her.
May her cadence with the Lord be strong.
And moving onto another concern . . . Biblical parenting. I am so unprepared and inept to be a parent, let alone one who is to share their life living out the Gospel. I know that I fall and fail miserably at this daily - moment to moment even. As much as I love Kadence, I don't love her like the Lord loves her. I'd like to think that I do but I don't. Which is amazing to think about how loved I am - we all are. really.
Biblical parenting = overwhelming task
I know that I am not alone in this. I know I have a Helper. I know that He will provide - and has provided - Godly people and mentors to help guide me (us) through parenthood. But I am still nervous.
So, on we go into the adventure called parenting . . .
As far as the birth parents go, we haven't had much contact with them since Kadence was 3 months old, when we met with them at Justin and Anne's house for a few hours. Daniel has spoken with B-daddy here and there. B-daddy is out of town a lot for work, which leaves B-mommy to fend for herself, which she is good at but I don't think she prefers - especially now. I can't imagine that this has been easy for them, so I will ask for your continued prayer support for them. And if you have any ideas on how we can love on them, please feel free to share. They mean so much to us and we consider them family.