Posts Tagged ‘Naomi’

Yes… my kids.  Plural.  You’ll see…

Over the last week, I have started a new adventure – it’s call New Thru 30.  I randomly found it on a website and the idea is to read through the New Testament in 30 days.   Giving me much encouragement, 29 other people also signed up to read through the New Testament in 30 days.  God knew what he was doing when he put this team together – 30 people, 30 days, 30 lives forever changed became our motto once we realized there were 30 of us.  30/30 club!

So lately, I’ve been spending more time reading and emailing my fellow readers rather than updating the blog.

But good news for you today!  I have 2 brand new videos of me hanging out with my kids.  Yes – I do consider my dog Max one of my kids.  I hope you enjoy them both.

Oh… and I’ll pick the following winners for this weekend: Steelers, Packers, Bears, Patriots

Have a great weekend!

In Matthew 10:39, Jesus says “Whoever finds his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”.

Francis Chan said this at Catalyst 2010…

“If you try to keep your children ‘safe’ or ‘happy’, there’s a good chance you will lose them.  But when you let go, and start pursuing the things God has called you to – it’s like God says ‘I’ll take care of them.'”

By definition, the word dedicate means:

…to set apart and consecrate to a deity or to a sacred purpose

…to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose

…to set aside for or assign to a specific function, task, or purpose

This past Sunday, my wife and I had the amazing privilege to dedicate our precious 4 month old Naomi to God.

By dedicating her to God does not mean we will stop taking care of her, stop loving her, or stop providing for her… it simply means that as parents we will step out of the way.  We don’t consider ourselves radical, insane, or crazy.  We are Christ followers and love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and we desire the same for her.  We will pray for her and with her each day as she grows older and encourage her to do what on the outside seems impossible, and live a life of meaning and purpose.

  • If it’s God’s will is that she is a housewife, we accept.
  • If it’s God’s will that she is a teacher, we accept.
  • If it’s God’s will that she is a “Rachel Scott“, we accept.
  • If it’s God’s will that she is single her entire life, we accept.
  • If it’s God’s will that she is a “world changer” and moves to Asia, we accept.

Whatever God would want with her…  we hand her over.  As her parents, we commit her to be used by God and for God.

I was honored to sing the song “Lead Me”, written by the band Sanctus Real.  The song is perfect for dads and husbands.  It challenges us as men to be a man by asking God for help.  We cannot do it on our own.

If you have never heard this song… check out this video:

God gave me the strength to get through the song.  Numerous times I felt myself losing it, and I basically had to take my mind off the meaning of the song, and just sing it.  Truth is that I really have no idea what I’m doing, but I keep trusting God to LEAD ME, and I know that He will.

The fact that many of our closest friends and family were there to celebrate this awesome day with us was very humbling for us.  We are so blessed.

To end on a funny note…  as Pastor Sam was performing the dedication and speaking about Naomi, she let out one of her BIIIG yawns… as if to say “ok mister, let’s get the show on the road… I’ve got a world to change!!“.

That’s my girl!

Creating Good Memories

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Our lives are filled with memories.  From the time we can begin remembering things, memories are being created.  The problem with memories, is that some are bad and cause grief and regret.  Unfortunately, it’s the bad memories that seem to be easily remembered.  I believe this is common for many people including myself.  Many times Satan will remind me of bad memories and try to get my mind to go back the places filled with guilt and shame, when in reality, there are so many good memories that I could be focusing on instead.  It’s one of the toughest thing to do, but we should continually be practicing at remembering the good things in life and handing the bad things over to God and allowing Him to “Forgive and Forget”.

One way to practice erasing bad memories from our minds is to work extremely hard at creating NEW good memories in our lives.  This past weekend we had the opportunity to do multiple things with our daughter Naomi that I truly hope to remember for a long time.

We spent Saturday evening at the Dillsburg Farmers Fair Parade.  This was Naomi’s first fair experience and she seemed to enjoy herself very much.  The best part about the evening was that we were able to tag along with our good friends the Stough’s and their son Owen.  Owen is just starting to get to the age where he knows what is going on so to watch him pointing at different things as they went by us was very special to watch.  As the cars, tractors, and horses passed by – Owen watched, pointed, smiled, and said what he always says “what’s that?”  Daddy Chris held him the entire time and we laughed, joked around and had a great time together… creating good memories.

Then on Sunday afternoon, we were privileged to go with my brother and sister-n-law to go do something I’ve never done before: pick apples and pumpkins.  We visited Paulu’s Orchard – again in Dillsburg.  I have to admit, what I thought was going to be semi-boring, ended up being a really good time.  There was plenty to do for all ages.  This would be a great place to take your kids if they are at a  young age.  There was a playground that included pedal carts on a mini race track,  a corn maze, wagon rides around the orchards, rows and rows of various apple trees, enough pumpkins to make Charlie Brown jealous, this place had it all.  There was even a cool little country store to buy snacks, gifts or apple cider.  The best part about the experience though was getting Naomi her first ever pumpkin.  We searched and searched until her Uncle Jason found her one that fits her perfectly.  She may never remember this pumpkin, but her mommy and daddy will… creating good memories.

Last night, as the two of us were sitting on our porch, I was holding Naomi in my arms.  She was silently staring out into the yard and looking towards the sky.  I searched my mind for good memories from my childhood and began telling her stories, just so she could hear my voice.  It was a joy to share that moment with her.  My desire is to keep creating good memories so I can continue telling her stories and one day as a grandpa tell her kids stories.

It is now 6:50 am and as I was just wrapping this post up, I heard her began to wake up.  I ran upstairs to find her squirming in her crib.  I comforted her, picked her up and held her tight.  She needed her diaper changed so I quickly took care of that.  She is now sitting right beside me literally watching me type.  She has no idea what I’m typing or what is going on through my mind but as her little blue eyes watch these words mysteriously appear on the screen, I hope she will one day understand how memorable this is for her daddy.

Thank you Naomi for creating these good memories.

Oh… and Naomi… One more thing.  Whatever that was, that noise you just made?  Let’s work on saving those memories for when daddy is already at work. 🙂

Last week Naomi experienced her first airplane ride and let me tell you… she was great! Ironically, for the old guy behind us on the way down, he didn’t feel quite the same. She discovered her voice the day before we left, which is exactly what you like to have happen the day before traveling on an airplane.  This meant she would now have the desire to sing, cheer and entertain everyone within 5 rows of us. It wasn’t too bad though and she actually had some people talking to her, smiling at her and making conversations with us about her.  Eventually she settled down, watched a little Dora and even fell asleep.  The flight was only an hour and a half, so she didn’t have to suffer too long on the plane.  Thank you so much to Bill and Ashley Oyster for letting us borrow the DVD player.

After we arrived in Atlanta, Naomi was introduced to her great Aunt and Uncle, and also a few of her second cousins.  She was also introduced to her great grandma for the first time.  They all loved her so much.  My grandma hasn’t been doing too well lately, so this was really good to be able to get them together.  Naomi is my grandma’s one and only great grandchild (for now) so it was a joy to see the two of them interact for at least an hour on Tuesday night.  There were plenty of tears in the room.

She also had lots of fun with her great Uncle Eben…

Then just when we thought the week couldn’t get any better, we found out that we were able to go the Ga Tech football game on Saturday.  This would be Naomi’s first college football game.  Since her first wedding was Mike Cox of the Kansas City Chiefs, we thought it would only be fair if her first college game would be Mike’s younger brother Lucas at Ga Tech.  The Cox family was very gracious for taking us to the game and for buying Naomi the cutest little Ga Tech dress.  Naomi enjoyed the game, and was very proud of Lucas for his 37 yards rushing, but as you can see… sitting in the sun did wear her out eventually.  We kept her in the shade though for most of the game.

So after a very long week, we made our way home on Saturday night.  Naomi was exhausted after the long flight.  On Sunday afternoon, her mom and I made some final touches on her room and for the first time in her young little life she slept in her own bed.  I think the long week helped her fall asleep and so far the first two nights have been great.  It was a little tough at first getting used to the fact that she wouldn’t be in her pack-n-play at the end of our bed, but so far so good.  She slept from 10 o’clock last night until about 7:30 this morning.  Here she is on her first night in her new bed…

Atlanta Bound

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
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We are currently on our way to Atlanta, well Baltimore. Larry Swick picked us up at my parents house at 930 and after we got Naomi’s car seat buckled in, we pulled out of the driveway around 945.

I will be updating the blog periodically throughout the day with pics and updates of Naomi’s first day of air travel. For now, here’s what she’s doing.

We are on the plane. After eating some quiznos in the airport we have boarded our flight. Naomi is doing awesome so far.

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Naomi was a champ on the flight. Other than a few extremely cute (totally biased daddy) high pitched screams, she was great. We hooked up the DVD player and entertained her with a little Dora to keep her occupied. She even slept for about 20 minutes. Overall the flight wasn’t bad at all and compared to some of the horror stories I’ve heard I think she did quite well.

When we got off the plane we trekked through the airport, took a shuttle to baggage claim, took a train to the rental car desk and was all set to go when my dad realized he was rejected to rent a car because his drivers license was expired. After Vicki and I checked our bank account, we realized we would be ok to cover the cost and through my card down. The rental car is now mine for the week, hehehe… I may have to take a road trip tomorrow. Varsity… Here I come! 🙂

After leaving the airport, we drove about 20 minutes south of Atlanta to visit a church that recently built a million dollar gym. We took many pictures and asked plenty of questions that we can use to help us as we plan to build a gym at our church as well. Very excited for the future at New Life!

We arrived at my Aunt and Uncles house around 7 pm and for the first time Naomi met her great grandma. My grandma’s health is not very good and this is her one and only great grandchild, so it was a special moment. This picture is one of my new favorites.

Our day of traveling to Atlanta started this morning at 830 when we left our house, it’s now 11:00 pm. Tomorrow will be a relaxing day spending time with family, then on Thursday and Friday my dad and I will be attending the Catalyst conference. I am beyond pumped for this conference. This amazing leadership conference will encourage us and stretch us to be more than we ever imagined we could be. The theme of the conference this year is “The Tension is Good”. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@mattriggins80) for live updates throughout the conference.

What a long, busy, but overwhelmingly great day. Time for bed. Good nite all!

We are the Champions!

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ve paid my dues, time after time
I’ve done my sentence, but committed no crime
And bad mistakes, I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions – of the world

Unless you live in Cleveland, you’ve probably sung that song at least once in your life.  Perhaps it was after a youth league championship or maybe when your favorite team won a championship, that song by Queen is the perfect celebration song.  Well last night, Vicki and I felt like champions!

Naomi has officially entered her 3rd month of life.  She is over 13 weeks old, and as many of you have probably experienced with your children – you know how tough it can be when they start teething.  Lately, and understandingly, she has been very cranky and upset most of the day.  After spending a week at the Outer Banks, Naomi was not happy to leave.  The 7 hour drive home took closer to 9 hours.  On Sunday evening, we went to some friends house to hang out and watch football and she didn’t really want any of that either.  We spent most of the night trying to rock her in different positions.  She’d fall asleep for about 10 minutes and then wake back up again.  Yesterday was much of the same.  While I was back at work trying to get caught up, my wife was home with Naomi again dealing with our hurting little angel.  I know my wife has had a rough day when as soon as I walk in, with a grin on her face, she asks me to take “your daughter”.

I’ve been home with Naomi enough to know that it’s a full-time responsibility to take care of her on days like yesterday.  So I felt compassion and sympathy towards my wife and knew she deserved some peace and quiet.  I volunteered to basically do whatever with her and told Vicki to go upstairs and relax for a little.  She took her Bible and a few other books and went upstairs.  For about the next hour I watched her.  And after that, between my wife and I we tried our best to keep her happy and content.  Even when she gets tired, she fights it.  It seems like she hates to sleep.  We tried putting her down a couple of times and each time she kicks her legs out and begins screaming.  She loves to stand up.  She can’t stand on her own, but if she is crying and we hold her up – she loves it.  I had an idea…

For about 15-20 minutes she kicked herself up and down in this little thing.  But it still didn’t solve the problem.  As you can see where her mouth is, she could easily grab and bite the swing.  She did that almost the whole time.  We felt bad for her, but tried to entertain her as much as we could.  Finally she had enough of that and wanted out.  I took her out and went to the rocking chair.  By this time it was about 9:30 at night.  For the next 25 minutes I rocked her and as she went in and out I even sang to her, whistled to her, and finally just listened to her breath.  It was a sweet daddy moment with my daughter.  It wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, and although it took lots of work it was worth it.

I slowly stopped rocking the chair to see how she would respond.  She was still.  At peace.  I walked into our room and gently laid her into her pack-n-play and while she squirmed a little, her tiredness overtook her and she quickly fell back asleep.  My wife was staring at us.  Waiting for the cry to come out of the crib.  It never came.  After about 10 seconds I threw my arms into the air as if to declare VICTORY!  We had done it!

We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions – of the world