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babies caught on camera

December 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Don’t worry, we haven’t been neglecting our little family’s camera time since the arrival of baby Liam … we’ve just been neglecting your blog access to those images/videos.

In fact, if you join Twitter (come on … everybody’s doing it) you can follow Beth, Lee, and even Abbey!  Through Twitter, your internet access to our family will multiply exponentially.

If Twitter intimidates you, there are a good number of videos of Abbey and Liam that have been uploaded to YouTube, and they are all available for you to watch on our YouTube Channel.

We have no plans to pull the plug on the blog – we just don’t anticipate having the time in our crazy lives to make promises of weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly posts.  That said, we’ll try to post with enough frequency to have a post pop up in your RSS Reader every now and again.

Until next time, here are some favorite videos from the last several weeks:

This first video is one of the happiest moments in our life as parents and we are hoping there is more to it that just toddler silly-fun-times:

Here’s Liam being Liam, doing baby things & making baby faces:

We have tried to have some special Bible reading, song singing, and prayer praying family time during Advent (the season leading up to Christmas celebrated for centuries by believers in Jesus) and Abbey likes to bring all her things along for the ride:

See you next time!

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Liam is here! (more pics in the AM)

October 14, 2010 1 comment

William David Wilson, who we’ll all call Liam, was born at 11:25 pm on October 13.

He is 7lbs, 9oz, and 20.5 inches long.

You can find a couple photos of him on Lee’s Twitter page (@leewilson) but you can also look forward to us posting a handful of photos on the blog in the morning (hopefully before 9:30 am).

Beth is doing great. She was really tough and, amazingly, took only 15 minutes and 6 pushes to get Liam out of her belly and into our arms. She’s an incredible woman.

Thank you for all your prayer, encouragement, and support. We feel very loved by you all.

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trip to texas

August 10, 2010 2 comments

We were able to make a trip down to Texas this past weekend to enjoy some time with family before the start of a crazy new semester. It was a handful of days with numerous highlights, but I am going to let images do the talking and words remain few.

Here you go:

happy __ birthday Nana!

We love you!

Categories: Family

city fellowship church: a ‘family of families’

June 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Picture 7This post has been a long time coming.

I love the church called City Fellowship Baptist Church that meets at 455 East Main Street in Jackson, Tennessee.

And I don’t say all that to make a plug – I am making a point.

I am thankful to be a part of a local church that realizes that churches are not buildings, they are families of families.

City Fellowship is a family of men, women, and children of every color, culture, and income who hold in common a shared place in the household of God – having been adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

I am thankful for the way that the family of our church has cared and loved on us in the midst of Abbey’s birth and thyroid problems, Beth’s father’s heart attack, and Lee’s rollover in the Jeep.

I am thankful that the love that we have received in abundance is the same love we have seen extended to the homeless, jobless, and hungry of Jackson.

I am thankful that there is no difference – be it in quality, urgency, or persistence – between the love that the church family has shown to my family and the love that the church family has shown a man like Robert – a man who walked off the street an into the middle of our Bible study, abandoned by his family, scared of the dark, and incapable of coherent sustained conversation (probably due to mental illness).

It is by the grace of God that we have been a part of a people like City Fellowship Church, a people in whom God is shaping into a family of families, a people who eagerly embrace the command of God to “show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” (James 2:1).

May City Fellowship Church always be a place that testifies to the gospel by loving all peoples without partiality, until Christ returns or takes us home.

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What do you love about your church?

How does your church testify to the gospel in the way you function as a family of families?

In the way the church loves the surrounding community?

In the way they love the nations?

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Note:

I am aware that ‘Family of families’ is a term that has been popularized by Voddie Baucham.

In using this phrase, I am not attempting to piggy back off of anything that he has said . . . in fact, I have no idea what he has said about the term because I have not read his book.

If you are inclined to import his meaning into what I have said above, it will not translate.  Simply take the words at their most common meaning and proceed accordingly.

Thanks to those who encouraged me to clarify my use of ‘family of families’.

dad’s eyeball plus needle . . . times four

eyeballI considered including a real picture of a real eyeball with a real needle inserted through the membrane – but I decided against it.

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About a year ago Lee’s dad woke up one morning with his vision slightly blurred in one eye.

He thought it would go away.

It did not.

So he went to the eye doctor, who informed him that he had a detached retina and he would have to undergo surgery.

He did.

The surgery involved the use of a needle to remove the juice (that’s a medical term) out of his eyeball, allowing the doctor to use a laser to reattach the retina, and then replacing the juice with some kind of gas.

The recovery involved my dad spending 5 days laying, sitting, and (only very rarely) standing with his face looking at the ground.

The surgery was bad, but he said the recovery was worse.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again because scar tissue formed.

So he had surgery again, this time having his eyeball filled with silicon.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again.

So he had surgery again.

And he walked around for 5 months with a silicon jelly filled eyeball, playing golf, driving to work. meeting his granddaughter, being a great husband and father.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again.

So he is having surgery again . . . today.

He may be done with the surgery as I write this, I don’t know for sure.

What I did know is that my dad said it was likely he would never see out of his left eye again . . . that his doctor seemed to indicate that they had to get the retina re-attached so that he could keep the eye.

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Needless to say, this has been hard on my dad (and my mom), and we would all appreciate your prayers that the surgery would go well and the retina would remain attached.

Pray that he would retain vision in his eye, perhaps even be able to see with normal clarity.

Crazier things have happened.  God has done crazier things – after all, didn’t Jesus rub spitty mud in a man’s eye and turn blindness into sight?

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Have you ever been plagued by an ailment that wouldn’t go away, only to eventually learn that God was using it to teach you a lesson?

If so, what did you learn and how does that lesson affect your life?

pawpaw update

My grandfather’s surgery went well this past Sunday morning.

pawpaw, nana, & abbey smile for the camera

They ended up doing a laproscopic appendectomy in which they punched three small holes in his abdomen, inserted a camera and the necessary surgical tools, and removed the appendix . . . all within 45 minutes.

He is recovering well, though there were some unexpected complications that are best left undisclosed.

The good news is that the surgery went well and Pawpaw was discharged from the hospital this morning.

The bad news is that he is about 5 hours from home and will have to ride in a car for 5 hours, only a couple days after pretty serious surgery.

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Please pray for the car ride and for the complications hinted at above to go away.

Thanks friends.

You can be expecting photo and video of our trip to Kingwood in the days to come . . . of special interest is Beth’s reaction to a massive Texas cockroach – caught on tape.