Monday, October 20, 2008

Cambell's Dedication

Sunday was a big day for our little Cook family. Cambell was dedicated at our church during a very meaningful service surrounded by our extended family. Any reminder of our role as parents to point Cambell to our Savior is beautiful. We are stewards of this precious life and yearn to raise our daughter in a way that leads her to an understanding of God and His deep love and purpose for her. We went on the stage as a family during the service and Cambell turned on the charm. She looked out at everyone as if she is used to standing in front of large crowds and gave a little speech. While our pastor, James, prayed for us, Cambell gave a little "Hallelujah" (at least that is how we are choosing to view it). She was precious and everyone enjoyed a good laugh. 

After the service, our extended family celebrated with lunch at our house. It was wonderful to be together as family and celebrate Cambell. We shared a lot of laughs and loved on our sweet baby. Below is Graham's side of the family, followed by my side of the family. 
We are so proud to be Cambell's parents and are grateful for the reminder of the wonderful responsibility we have been given as stewards of this little life.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Surely We Can Change Something...

To say that we are David Crowder fans is a complete understatement. We love his ministry and his music. His lyrics are very meaningful and often make us emotional. Our favorite song as of late is "Surely We Can Change" off the Remedy album. 

And the problem is this
We were bought with a kiss
But the cheek still turned
Even when it wasn't hit

And I don't know
What to do with a love like that
And I don't know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose 
What our hands will do

Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change 
Surely we can change something

And the problem it seems
Is with you and me
Not the Love who came
To repair everything

And I don't know
What to do with a love like that
And I don't know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose what our hands will do

Where there is pain
Let us bring grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Let us be brave
Where there is misery
Let us bring them relief
And surely we can change
Surely we can change Something

Oh, the world's about to change
The whole world's about to change

In his book Mere Christianity,  C.S. Lewis makes the point that sometimes words lose their meaning--such as with the word "gentleman" which once was a honorable description and is now carelessly applied to almost any male.  One of the reasons that we appreciate David Crowder is that is able to express theological truth in poetic fashion--without the tired cliches.  Psalm 96 says "Sing to the LORD a new song"--encouraging Israel to find new ways to honor God and to spread the goodness of his message to all people groups.  

We find in Crowder's lyrics this "new song."  Even in the title of his album--Remedy--challenges us by scrambling our vocabulary and forcing us to think of Jesus with different connotations.  Our generation faces unique challenges in that we are surrounded by people who think they have already heard what we have to say about Jesus--and say "is that all you have?"  We think there is more and are struggling to embrace the radical and life-altering way of being a disciple of Jesus.

Of course we wouldn't leave you without pictures of our girl...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cinco meses de Cambell

Today Cambell turned 5 months old (side note--Saturday Graham turned 341 months old-but nobody cares about that).  We celebrated with sweet potatoes.  Cambell did not like them.  Our little baby has almost daily developments that we notice and celebrate.  Lately she's been trying to eat her toes.  She also babbles and squeals--all happy noises.  Fortunately she still stays on her blanket when we put her there.  This means we still have a little while longer to baby proof the house.  


Here is Cambell wearing her new aggie outfit.  Her support did not help the aggies and she had a massive blowout.  Now we will have to bleach the aggie baby outfit.  The socks, however, did not get any poop on them.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Year Ago Today...

Today is the anniversary of our knowledge of Cambell's existence. I had been battling nausea and extreme fatigue for a few days prior to this surreal day, but never even considered pregnancy as the culprit. But, when something regular did not show up on time, I decided to take a pregnancy test to put my mind at ease that I was not pregnant as always (I take pregnancy tests often... my hubby makes fun of me).  I didn't even wait to take the test until Graham got home (this shows you how often and predictable these tests usually are). All of a sudden, there were two lines on the stick... this had never happened before. With my hand shaking and heart racing, I raided my trusty stash of pregnancy tests (I told you, I'm nuts), and got out a different brand to try. This test confirmed our wonderful surprise. I was completely shocked, and my first reaction was a huge smile that I could not wipe off of my face. I am so happy that my initial response to this unexpected pregnancy was sheer joy. I called Graham and said, "You know how I was late?" He did not respond because I am often late and thought I could be referring to a number of things. I then said, "I took two pregnancy tests and they were positive... Can you come home?" Being the wonderful husband that he is and the convenient time of day being close to his lunch hour he came home to his pregnant wife. While he was on his way home, the emotion of it all began to set in. I could not get a hold of my mom, and when I started to call my dad the tears came pouring down. Unintelligible blubber is all I could muster, leaving my dad very concerned and confused. 

Blubbering Mess: I took two pregnancy tests and they were positive.
Dad: You failed a test? Oh, It couldn't have been that bad, honey.
Blubbering Mess: No, pregnancy test.
Dad: Storey, it's OK. I'm sure you did better than you think. 
Me (a little more intelligible): POSITIVE PREGNANCY TESTS
Dad: Oooooh. Well that is wonderful. I've never been a Grandfather before. 

After my dad and husband were able to calm me down, I called my friend/gynecologist. I went in to her office, got some blood taken, and was confirmed that the tests were in fact accurate. The doctor's office gave me a diaper bag of formula and information, as well as a due date for the baby, June 7 (we didn't quite make it to that date). Our life changed that day in a way  I could never have predicted. Seven months and 21 weeks later, little Cambell is our favorite blessing. It is so wonderful to hold her and tangibly understand that she is who we were so excited about a year ago today. Her existence seemed so surreal while she was in my tummy. It didn't really start to sink in that a baby was really going to come until I found out I was having a little girl and we could call her by name. It became clearer still when I could feel her kick and move all around. She was very active in the womb. I daydreamed about what our baby would look like and be like my whole pregnancy. I never anticipated that she would be this precious and that I could be capable of loving something so much. She constantly amazes me and I feel so blessed that I get to be her mommy. I'm not biased, though :)