Agape Love

In I Corinthians 13 we find a beautiful passage about love.  We can so easily listen to it at a superficial level at ceremonial readings, such as at weddings.  However, in memorizing it and meditating on it, there raises the inevitable consideration of the depth of sacrifice required to truly live in this way. The ancient Greeks used four words to describe love.  One is a family love, one is a friendship love, another is romantic, and the fourth is agape love.  Biblical agape love is not an emotion.  I have heard agape love described as “a commitment of the will to cherish and uphold another person”.* Senator Rick Santorum and his wife Karen wrote Bella’s Gift, which is a …

Melody’s Political Debut

When Melody was first born it was a very difficult time for us, as we were given no hope.  The prognosis was grim, to put it mildly.  At that time, Melody’s daddy found a video by former Senator Rick Santorum, and we watched it as a family. Senator Santorum has a little girl, Bella, who has full Trisomy 18.  The video was very encouraging and offered us our first glimmer of hope. Since then we have read and watched anything we can find pertaining to Bella.  We love the Santorums’ perspective on Bella’s life.  I have thought how wonderful it would be for our family to meet them some day. Rick and his wife Karen recently wrote a book about …

Summer Update 2015

The Scriptures talk about the blessing of meditating on God’s Word.  In Psalm 1 we are exhorted to delight in God’s word and meditate on it day and night.  Our family has found the best way to be consistent with mediating on God’s word is to memorize one verse a week and meditate on it by saying it multiple times a day, thinking about it, praying through it, reading commentary on it, etc.  Currently I am meditating on Psalm 16, one verse at at time.  Since God’s word is so rich it is easy to spend a week meditating upon one verse.  I recently memorized verse 7 of Psalm 16, “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel.”  …

Two Melodies: The Story Behind the Name

It is official: Little Miss Melody is two years old and counting!  As we reflect back on Melody’s life, we can see that there are many providential aspects to her story. One of which is her name.  As soon as we found out our little one in the womb was a girl we named her Melody.  We named her after our family friend Melody H., who was at that time our babysitter and our girls’ violin teacher. Shortly after we named our baby we had an incident that confirmed that “Melody” was indeed quite fitting.  Melody was surprisingly active in the womb.  Yet, as it usually goes, as soon as one of the children tried to feel her move she …

Melody is 16 Months Old and Counting!

Melody is 16 months old and marching right along!  She is a happy little girl and has become quite engaging and immensely charming. She loves to be with us and is more social than we would have expected.  In fact she is so used to having us around that she falls asleep for her nap more readily on her mat in the family room where her siblings are than she does in her bed by herself.  Her siblings can be talking, laughing, playing piano, etc., and she just falls right to sleep.  I think she figures, “Why on earth should I ever have to be alone when there are so many people around here that just love to be with …

Melody’s First Birthday!!!

Melody entered the world with much fanfare, and she was not about the let her first birthday pass incognito. The expectation of Melody making it to one year was low, but by God’s mercy here she is.  The expectation that people should show up for her birthday party also seemed like it should be low, given that it was Super Bowl Sunday, there was snow on the ground, and it was sick season.  But somehow the girl managed to celebrate her big first birthday with about 300 of her closest friends! We are so thankful for all the wonderful people who contributed to making Melody’s birthday exceedingly special!  We are particularly thankful for our friend Jamie who is an exceptional organizer and helped …

Melody is 9 Months Old!

Little Melody is nine months old and counting! Our little girl is gaining strength. We were spending about 9-10 hours a day feeding her.  She just made a nice advancement in that arena and has become more efficient.  It still takes a bit of time to feed her, but we are thankful for this turn of events! Melody’s lack of neck strength has been one of her more pronounced weaknesses.  She is making extensive progress in this area.  She likes her exercise ball and is happy to lift her little head when she is on there. Melody’s newly acquired neck strength has been a conduit for some exceptional progress in other areas.  In the past Melody rolled over but her …

Melody Celebration

Our friend Joan organized an event to celebrate Melody’s sweet little life.  The remarkable Bold Reflections group sang for this event.  We were immensely blessed by these talented young men as well as the other accomplished musicians and singers!  Thank you to all those who who joined us for this evening of celebrating Melody’s life!  

Melody is 4 Months Old!

Little Miss Melody is 4 months old! She has on baby doll sunglasses in this picture.  I am pleased to say that she is growing out of them, as she has been growing rapidly lately.  Not only is she growing out of baby doll sunglasses, she is growing out of doll clothes, premie clothes, and even some of her newborn clothes.  Believe it or not, “Big M”, as her daddy calls her, weighed in at 8 lbs, 12 oz. this morning!  Our friends are letting us use their baby scale for Melody so we can keep track of her weight.  Just for a little perspective on Melody’s size, when she first came home from the hospital her daddy weighed her in …