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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Treston is here...





Here he is.

He's so perfect.

I have some really great ones of him smiling that I haven't downloaded yet. You have to see him smiling. He lights up the room! And he smiles all the time.

He's an amazing baby. We had a wonderful first night. He's fitting right in with this crazy family. I am bracing myself for my first real day with four kids (FOUR KIDS! When did we become such a gi-normous family!!! Who hung up these thousands of stockings on our fireplace??? This is crazy!), but the house is quiet right now (it's early in the morning), and I am feeling euphoric. I could not be more grateful that God chose us to bring this baby into our family right now. What a blessing he is already! What a miracle! Part of the miracle was that my husband said yes! I want to testify to a few things with that...

A. College girls, do not marry a man who will not lead your family by listening to God's Voice in your lives. If he is not seeking the Lord all the time, but instead seeks his own desires, I can't imagine the uncertainty a wife would feel! I don't believe you could experience the fullness of ministry and life that God calls us to. It's so good, and I"m so proud of Rusty. He was adament we didn't need any more kids in this house. He made a point to tell me, usually at the most chaotic point of the day, that we were done. We were maxed out. This was it. But I could rest easy, because I knew that when it came down to it, he would make that decision based on the Lord's leading, and not on his own feelings. The last two weeks his feelings have changed 100%! He is so excited about this baby, and from Day 1 has taken care of every tiny detail QUICKLY to get this baby here ASAP. What an amazing man I married!

B. When we talk in our Countdown class about God being the Planner of our families, this is what we're talking about. This is a risky situation. Our hearts are on the line. Our kids' hearts are on the line. People keep calling us brave, and I don't know if that's a euphemism for stupid, or if they really mean brave. But this I know...true ministry will break your heart sometimes. We know this firsthand already! It's not safe! But, and my kids need to know this too, it's not about us. We cannot be self-preservasionists and real Christians at the same time. (You may all need to remind me of these words in the future. I would appreciate that.) If we are going to be a family that lives out Phil. 2 everyday, God's going to teach us more sacrifice than is comfortable, and I'm glad.

I can't wait for all of you to meet him. He's a super good baby! He's SUPER BABY! And I don't think we're making this up...he's darn cute. Seriously.

We appreciate your prayers and love!

jenn

8 comments:

D. Bacak fam said...

We are so excited and cannot wait to meet Treston next week! On behalf of the entire Bacak Bloggin' Now community, we demand more pics!! He's definitely a cutie.

Uncle D and Aunt Shelby

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!! How amazing that your family gets to reap the blessings of obedience. He is so precious!!!

Karen said...

Oh he looks like he is going to be so much fun! What a cutie! Im praying for this little guy and your amazing family! Cant wait to meet him!

Arlene said...

jenn & rusty, treston is just beautiful! justus sure does seem to be fond of him too. your family is such an example to me, and if marriage & family are in the Lord's plan for me one day - I want nothing less than a family that walks humbly in the light & the calling of our Savior DAILY the way yours does. (ps i need a private jet that can fly me down to CS pronto!!) and hey - jenn, you can't just say College Girls in your article, I'm still single & out of college ;) hehehe...love you guys and miss you lots!

lisasmith said...

This is so exciting! He is beautiful and I am praising God with you!

Lesa said...

Jenn,
Thanks so much for such a wonderful posting. I am so grateful to put TJ into such capable hands. I was so touched how he melted into your warm caring arms, and was comfortable. My house is empty, (even with 4 bio kids) it seems, as I continue picking up Treston's clothes, toys and so on. I will continue to focus on your beautiful family he's joined. God has given me an enormous sense of peace today as I complete my role as TJ's foster mom and refocus attention on our children and prepare for whatever child needs a home full of unconditional love next. Thank you for accepting God's call to be TJ's family!

Hendrick Family said...

He IS Super Baby! How cute is he? I am so proud of you guys. Doing what God calls us to do is so hard sometimes and can be painful...but it's more painful staying where we are instead of following the Lord where He is leading. What capable and strong hands our God has! Praise God you guys are resting in them!! And praise God for lots of stockings. I can't believe how many we have hanging at our house...and I can't believe I even want more!! People are the best investment we could pour our lives into. God is so worthy!

Melodi said...

I'm so with you on the tons of stockings hanging in the house! What fun! How scary!!!!!!!!! You know what I think is so cool? God put several of us in the same situation, basically, at the same time, so we can encourage each other and lift one another up in prayer constantly. I LOVE seeing you at church with Treston. Love it. You're glowing. Praise God.