Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Aidan!!

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There he is--my baby boy--just turned four. {Yes--Aidan and Mia's birthdays are only 2 days apart. In fact, they shared the same due date, but Aidan came late and Mia came early!} Isn't my Aidan handsome with that one trouble-marker's dimple! When I was pregnant, Robert and I had the hardest time coming up with a name for him. I knew the name Aidan was becoming popular, and for that reason I was hesitant. One day I found an old Rich Mullins CD, and one of the songs was dedicated to his son, Aidan:
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Aidan, you're young, but, Aidan, you're growing fast
and me and your mom give all of the love we have
but you'll need something more to guide your heart
as you grow into a man
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let mercy lead
let love be the strength in your legs
and in every footstep that you leave
there'll be a drop of grace-
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In college Robert and I saw a lot of well-intentioned Christians minister to people with such a heavy hand. It's our hope for our children that they can reach out to people in mercy and grace. After hearing those words, I was sold. AIDAN it would be.
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Here he is telling me: "Four Mommy, Fooouuuuurrrr!"
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Oh, I forgot to mention, I made the shirt... of course. You can order a tie embellishment on a onesie to match a pair of boy boots or shoes.
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There he is, a blur. The only way I was able to get the pictures above was through good old-fashioned bribery. I'm amazed no gummy worms are dangling out of his mouth. Aidan also means "fiery," OH MY GOODNESS, how aprospo!
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Lovely fall colors
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This is one of my all time favorites. This is what I want for my children--to find fun and solace in a small patch of nature.
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