Archive | March, 2011

Two

24 Mar

Your eyes saw my unformed body. 
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
 before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:16

 

 Life took an unexpected twist and turn two years ago and blessed us with the premature birth of our first grandchild, Cole Michael.  A severe case of pre-eclampsia dictated his six-week early arrival.  An emergency c-section delivery followed by 20 days in the NICU was the dramatic start to his little life. 

Cole Michael ... 2 hours old

The miracle of life itself  … the way that God creates little people to grow, develop, and to become bigger little people is an amazing reality.  Just two hours old, Cole’s tiny but deliberate and strong hand clutched the tubes and wires that literally were keeping him alive.  Now at two years old, he reaches out and grasps at life with purpose and enthusiasm, excited to be healthy, happy, and loved.

Gender traits early on revealed this little boy’s favorite toys and obsessions, like tractors, cars, trucks, trains, and balls.  Genetics has already determined Cole’s dark hair and his preference in using his left hand.  Environmental influences have molded a tender and loving heart, a fondness toward puppies, an enjoyment of watching ‘ball’ or ‘cars’ on TV, and an appreciation of discovery and learning new things. 

Just the other day, Cole began to tug at the hem of his momma’s capri pants, thinking they must be hiked up and he needed to pull them down to the proper length.  Later the same day, he was caught taking the honey bear out of the pantry and giving it kisses … believing it was Winnie the Pooh.  Every day is filled with stories of funny little antics that bring joy and laughter to our hearts. 

We will spend today and throughout the coming weekend to celebrate this precious little boy and the miracle of life God has given to us.  Won’t you join me in thanking God, the Great Creator, for His design, His plan, and His purpose  …

Until next time,
Debbie  …  Mimi

PS … to read the full account of Cole’s birthday, read my blog dated March 24, 2010 … called Anticipation.

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Happy Birthday Ryan!

18 Mar

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4

 

Back in the day, it was not in the usual routine of anticipated visits to find out if the baby growing inside was a girl or a boy.  Observations of how high or how low, round belly or round body, fast or slow heart beat … all were used as a means of forming opinions.  But the only one true test was that of birth.   Having only been in labor for 2 ½ hours, I rejoiced with my husband at 1:02 am on March 18, 1986 to find out that we were the parents of a baby boy!  With a little girl already wrapped around our hearts, adding Ryan to our family was a joy beyond words!  Blonde hair, blue eyes, and 2 dimples in his chubby cheeks, he was undeniably a Van Hook.

Growing up with a sister who was quite vocal, Ryan really had no need for many words.  Kim understood the language of little people and did a wonderful job of interpreting his gestures and mutterings.  But it’s safe to say, now at the brand new age of 25, he is well versed in his vocabulary and does well in communication.  Ryan is an assistant store manager for Verizon Wireless in Seattle … looking forward to managing his own store in the near future.  Easter Seals speech therapy to Android and iPhone sales!

Super Mario, baseball and Chuck, Caravans, soccer, basketball, cousins, Work and Witness teams, green chilis, Sandia youth group, Mario and Conrad, Gonzaga,  …

The memories are endless and the future is before him!   

Uncle RyRy and Cole

Now that a new generation has graced our family with the life of Kim and Troy’s own son, Cole, I continue to be in awe of God’s Signature upon my life.  Being a Mimi is incredibly special … a special all of its own!!  So many other grandparents have commented that if they had known having grandchildren was so much fun, they would have had them first.  I do not agree.  Although being a parent has been hard work, frustrating and heartbreaking at times, there is no greater joy to my heart than my own two children.  I love them so!!

I live this day, Ryan, in celebration of you and in honor of God who blessed my life with yours!  I thank Him every day for your life, asking Him to surround you with His protection, His love, His grace, and His mercy.  Morsels of Mercy!!!  Happy Birthday, my precious son!

Until next time,
Debbie

Divine Appointments

3 Mar

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
   all the days of my life…
Psalm 23:6

Happy Anniversary to Morsels of Mercy!!  It’s so hard to believe that it’s already been an entire year since I posted my first entry.  As you can see, I’m throwing a festive celebration by changing the theme of my blog to something bright and vivacious, updating family photos and periodically switching items around.  The new look will add some pizzazz and excitement as I continue to share more of the precious mercies of God.

Since I’m on the subject of mercy, I want to throw out a couple morsels for you to chew on…

While living in Albuquerque a few years back, I used to travel often to attend conferences, meetings, and to visit family.  With every flight I took, I settled into my seat with anticipation of the Divine Appointments that God had on my schedule for that day.  Conversations would take place, names would be exchanged, and nearly without exception, another request would be added to my prayer list.  Even though the travel isn’t as far, nor the destinations as exotic, God is still sending Divine Appointments my way. 

I have had the privilege of meeting Lavonna, whose father was recently diagnosed with cancer.  I do not consider it a coincidence that I rode her morning commute to downtown York for two weeks while on my first temp assignment.  Divine Appointment.   Surgeries  …  Bill, Bruce, Michelle ~ all people associated with the County office where I was working.    All Divine Appointments.   Another co-worker who is a concerned mom with a son deployed in the Navy… Divine Appointment.    As I have left one job and am starting another temporary position, I will continue to pray for those whose paths I have crossed, and anticipate the new journey that God has in store for me around the corner. 

Prayer requests are made each time I get on the phone with my dear friends in Cincinnati  ~ more Divine Appointments.  Having our precious grandson in our home from time to time for overnight visits is a most blessed Divine Appointment.  This little guy, who is nearly 2 years old now, needs to know that his Mimi fervently prays for him and for his family.  Another vital Divine Appointment is time spent on my knees daily for our own son and his sweet girlfriend.  Some appointments are kept faithfully everyday while others are unexpected and given prompt attention.

As said so perfectly in Streams of the Desert  ~  March 2 …

“Meet Him alone.  Meet Him regularly.  Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and the irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act.”

 It is a privilege to open God’s appointment book each day … to thumb through the scheduled times along with the unexpected moments  ~  all that lead to Divine Appointments … and Divine Appointments lead to more morsels to share with you.  Thank you for your continued interest and support while we celebrate a new year of Morsels of Mercy together!

Until next time,
Debbie