Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 19, 2008 ~ capture a day

December 19, 2008

I was thrilled to actually have a wonderful photographer capture Austin on his actual first birthday. A gal from church (Ashley Schrage) met us at UNI to spend a little time with us as we grabbed some of Austin's daily moments. I love these pictures and will always have them to remember just how beautiful my baby boy was during this time of his life. Having children has been the biggest gift life could hand me. Each of my children represent something to me from different times in my life. They each have taught me different things along the way and I know as we grow old together that they will continue to teach me, shape me, and mold me into who God wants me to be.
A day hardly goes by when I don't look down at Austin and remember the life lesson his life has taught me. What seems like so long ago now, yet really wasn't that far away, was a time in my life when I yearned for another baby. While I prayed and hoped for a child, God used my heart to teach me a lot about the meaning of life. I wanted life... a human form of life, to enter my womb and come into this world for me. God wanted me to see life as a way of loving people. BEING a life giver. Waiting for Austin showed me that I could give life to those around me and that God intended that for me, for all of us really. "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit- you choose." Proverbs 18:21 Instead of begging for life, I started to practice giving life myself. Austin is a gift from the Lord and what waiting for him has taught me is something I will carry with me forever. It is so great to look at Austin at 1 year old and see how much he's grown, changed, and stepped into who he is going to be... and it is also great to look back at where I have been and how I've grown, changed, and become more of who God wants me to be along the way too. Thank you Austin for being our little boy and for all you've shown us!

***Thank you Ashley for capturing such beautiful pictures of my little boys!!!***


LindaAlex said...

Jess, Your boys are gorgeous. You were expecting Jaxon when I knew you through work. How cool that my "baby girl" was able to connect with you to photograph the birthday boy. I also understand that "blink of an eye." Motherhood suits you very well!

Mom said...

These pictures are great! What a great keepsake of his 1st birthday!! I can't believe it has already been a year since all of these babies were born!! Where does the time go?


Becky Bartlett said...

What a precious little boy Austin is!! Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

Kris Hoskinson said...

what a great post jess! you were a life giver to the hoskinsons during your time of waiting for austin (and still are!). we'll never forget that timing of living with you and then finding out we're preggo, and then you guys were preggo......craziness.