Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunshine and Seaweed

Despite the threats of rain (and oil), Sandestin has been a beautiful spot this week. It's been sunny every day so far and the water refreshing...albeit a bit laden with seaweed. Jude is enjoying it more than the picture suggests:)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Florida, Here We Come!

Long before the oil spill, David's parents reserved a house in Destin and invited the entire family down for a week at the beach. David's aunt and uncle rented the house next door for their family.

Thus, for the next week, we'll be at the beach (or at the pool near the beach:) hanging out with a multitude of cousins and more cousins.

We gave Jude a trial run at the pool with Rob and Bethany last week. (Ok. I'm a little hyper...55 baby sunblock and an umbrella...for the 10 minutes he was in full sun:) To David's utter delight, he enjoyed the water...after the initial "what on earth are you doing to me" shock.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

1 Timothy 3

On our last Sunday at Immanuel, David was ordained as a minister of the gospel. It was a particularly sweet way for us to be sent out from the church at which we have learned so much through our 2.5 years in Louisville. Along with a few others who were being ordained, he took the following vows:

I reaffirm my faith in Jesus Christ as my own personal Lord and Savior.

I believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, totally trustworthy, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, the supreme, final, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

I sincerely believe the Statement of Faith and Covenant of this church contain the truth taught in the Holy Scripture.

I promise to remain faithful to these truths.

I have been induced, as far as I know in my own heart, to be set apart for gospel ministry from love of God and sincere desire to promote His glory in the Gospel of His Son.

I promise to be zealous and faithful in promoting the truths of the Gospel and the purity and peace of the Church, whatever persecution or opposition may arise to me on that account.

I will be faithful and diligent in the exercise of all my duties as a minister of the gospel, whether personal or relative, private or public, and will endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in my manner of life, and to walk with exemplary piety before the people and the congregation I will serve.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tummy Time

In the midst of all the changes in the Dawkins household, Jude is "growing like a weed." David, ever eager to do some man-activity with Jude, gives him "tummy time" every night. It's like baby aerobics for his neck and stomach.

Here's the progression...

See Dad, I'm working hard. Look good?

How long were you expecting me to do this?

Uh, I just hit a wall. I think it's time to stop.

Seriously guys, put the camera down.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Back Tracking

Since I spent last week rushing around saying goodbyes, I didn't blog about a few big events here on the blog...which has become something of a family journal for us. This week, I'll catch up on a few of the high points.

Before we hit the road, we got together with a few friends for Wiffle Ball and Watermelon. It was hard to say goodbye. Somehow, the final gathering being centered around wiffle ball made it seem a little less painful...and that was the hope:) Last week, even though it's our hometown, Memphis felt like the vast unknown. What would we do without the yellow kitchen, weekly dinner with the Boevings, David's theological consultations with Michael, the open doors of our church, Beth's couponing help, etc, etc, etc?

I kept reminding myself of those first few months I spent in Louisville. Just about every day for the first 2 months, I came home from work in tears and explained to David that I didn't have any friends. (Except Bonnie, who came down to my office the first day of work to say hello...and whom I've seen just about every week day since then.:) This was, of course, an exaggeration on my part. But nonetheless, it was a tough beginning.

We prayed for friends...for a community. God answered. And so the pain that we felt in leaving Louisville was actually just a reminder of His faithfulness to answer our prayer.

With that thought continually running through my head, how could I dwell on the sadness of goodbye? Gratitude must dominate where faithfulness has been so thorough. And so we left with happy hearts...thankful for the faces of the friends we hope to see often as the years pass.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Back to the Blog

I feel so far behind on the blog. In one short week we said our goodbyes to Louisville, David took ordination vows, we packed up a moving truck, took Jude on his first 6 hour car ride, moved into a new apartment in Memphis, painted the old dining room table red, David interviewed for a job and is now a working man again,we took big steps toward our post-Memphis move overseas, Jude met his uncles and a few cousins,discovered Jude likes the swimming pool, and settled in within 10 minutes of our parents, my beloved sister, dear Brek and friend since jr high, Amanda...only to name a few...not to mention an Aldi. Whew.

And now?

The dishes are unpacked and I don't have to search through boxes to find my shoes. It's good to be home.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Packing isn't at the top of my list when it comes to ways to spend my time. But there are some perks...like finding the mate to that long lost sock, purging the cabinets of the long overdue canned goods, and, best of all, finding sweet love notes from my husband that I've stashed here and there.

While cleaning out our closet, I found the notebook I organized a few years ago of all of our correspondence for the 2 years leading up to our marriage. Letters exchanged from Mississippi to Peru and Peru to Africa and a few places in between...

Packing up odds and ends has been a reminder to me of a lot of the moments I've forgotten....and the sweetness of this life I've been given.

Monday, July 12, 2010

We Love Jane

Saturday I took a little time away from filling boxes and feeding Jude. Leslie, Erin and I headed to the 3rd annual Jane Austen Festival which was held here in Louisville. We weren't quite sure what to expect when we arrived the parking attendant asked if we'd made a reservation. We quickly learned that while we had happened upon the festival, a large mass of others had been planning and preparing for the weekend all year.

A few highlights for us were the fashion show, the duel, a commonstocks story telling, and of course..."The Shops of Merryton."

Most intriguing to me were the masses of ladies (and a few men)who attended the festival dressed as if they were characters from an Austen novel!

I've been trying to convince David that he would look very attractive in period clothing. Apparently there is a Grand Ball in the evening. Next year, I may have to return to Louisville as a registered participant! I admit that the entire festival far exceeded my expectations. It had the feel of a historic society more than a festival...and as I do indeed love Jane Austen...I was delighted by the insights.

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
Jane Austen

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cow Appreciation Day

....the things we'll do for a free meal.

We love Chick-fil-a.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Monkey Business

Last week, Jude took his first trip to the zoo with those little Boeving sweeties. For the most part, his reaction was…

At least we got a few cute pictures though, and it was a delight for me to see those sea lions…whether Jude cared or not!
The Boeving girls had a little more stamina and toward the end, I decided to go ahead and walk to the car with Jude who was getting a bit restless. For the ½ mile loop out of the zoo, Jude screamed at the top of his lungs as I frantically pushed his stroller through the staring crowds. By the time we made it home, he was in a rage and I felt like a terrible mother for dragging my 5 week old to the zoo in 90 degree heat. He seems to have recovered though….and I am grateful that infants don’t have long term memories.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Meeting Pop-Pop

My dad has repeatedly asked my siblings and I to plan major life events around his farming schedule, but it never seems to work out. David and I married in October – right in the middle of the harvest. Jude made his arrival in May – just in time for planting season. Thus, my dad was plowing fields and repairing tractors while my mom and sister made their way to Louisville for Jude’s arrival. After a few attempts, he was finally able to get away for a few days to come meet Jude. My mom, though ever busy with the museum, took it as an excuse to make another trek up too…Jude was delighted…and got quite a bit of attention!

As if in thanks for his efforts, Jude favored my dad with the most smiles we’ve seen yet on his little face. He is just beginning to smile in response to people and it certainly hasn’t lost its charm on us yet!

My mom, a hotwire and priceline guru, arranged for them to stay at the famous Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. David and I were curious…so we invaded their room for a peek!

It won’t be long now ‘til Jude is basking in affection with all 4 grandparents around the corner.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celebrating Independence Day

Primarily through my ventures to other parts of the world and the greater understanding that age brings to the sacrifices our forefathers made to found this nation, the Fourth of July has become one of my favorite holidays in recent years. For those of you who grew up at Bellevue with the Celebrate America presentation each summer, you may find it entertaining to know that David and I were shouting… “All in the Army give a hand” and singing Fifty Nifty to Jude as we drove downtown for the fireworks this weekend. Jim Whitmire left his heritage in us.

Despite David’s crazy work schedule over the weekend, we managed to take in two fireworks shows.

On Saturday night we headed downtown to the waterfront with my parents who were in town for the weekend. (more on their visit tomorrow!)

Jude slept through the entire display and was completely unmoved by the excitement all around him.

On Sunday night, we went to the Old Fashioned 4th of July in our neighborhood. It was a much more relaxed crowd than the downtown crew. Jude was wide awake for the show and after a bit of tears over the first booms, he sat in my lap gazing in wonder at the sky!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Amy's Etsy

There’s been another influx of packages this week to our happy little mailbox! I loVe handmade gifts! This package made its way up from Florida from Amy.

When I first arrived in Lesotho to work at Beautiful Gate Care Center for Abandoned and HIV Babies, Amy was working as our nurse. She’s from the South. I’m from the South…and in Africa that’s quite a find! We were instant friends. Much of my baby knowledge actually comes from working alongside her.

Another thing we had in common was a love of “projects.” I vaguely remember painting the metal cabinets in her house in Africa. She was always coming up with something new to create or reinvent. Now the mother of two, she’s still at it and has a “shop” on Etsy. She was kind enough to send Jude a bundle of gifts!

This car seat cover is by far my favorite, simply because I hadn’t seen one before and find it so incredibly handy! Quite often, as we walk outside I find myself shifting that sunshade a bjillion times to keep Jude out of the sun. Inevitably, if I cover his toes, a patch of his head is exposed or vice versa. No more…

In honor of Africa…she also made me an adorable baby sling! Ok. I'm still learning how to use this one!

And a very cute terry cloth bib.

Here’s my official plug for her Etsy site! Check it out: http://gabrielsgoodtidings.etsy.com

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The World Cup

Over the past year, I’ve begun to watch a bit of football primarily for my husband’s sake. After a few games, I found I actually liked watching football…but mainly for the social aspect.

If there’s one game that will tempt me to sit down whether anyone else is watching or not though…it’s soccer. After a battle with our television to pick up ABC (in spite of this “new and improved” digital television)…

We are loving the World Cup around our house these days.