Sunday, November 23, 2008

What a Sweetheart!

We are in love with this new little girl! Anna continues to amaze us with her contentment! She rarely cries, is a stellar eater and sleeper, has gained back her birth weight and more, and is so very sweet. We have learned that we are much more laid back with her as well, so that probably helps her to be laid back. We wonder if things will change when she wakes from her newborn slumber, but for now we are amazed. Here are a few pictures from the last week and a half:

The first time Hopey got to hold Anna. She loves her!
We went out to Chicago style pizza with Mark's mom for Anna's 1 week birthday. She had so much fun she slept through the whole thing.

Daddy and his girls.

While everyone was at church this morning, Anna had a photo shoot.

More from the photo shoot.

I told you it wouldn't take long...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Anna Charlotte Rogers

Anna Charlotte Rogers

The Rogers Girls

Anna Charlotte Rogers was born at 8:26 this morning, November 14. She is 6 lbs 14 ounces and 19 1/2 inches inches long. She is beautiful. We are so thankful for our second, beautiful little girl. She is a gift from God. Both Anna and her Mom are doing great. Stephanie is so tough and did so well. She is such an amazing Mom. Hope is a very excited, very proud, big sister.

Anna's first name comes from Luke 2:36-38. Anna was a prophetess who lived her life to worship God. She recognized Jesus when Mary and Joseph brought Him into the temple as a baby. The Bible says that when she saw the Lord Jesus "she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem." Our prayer is that Anna will recognize Jesus Christ for who He is, the Savior of the world, and that she will spend her life telling others about the salvation He has brought.

Her middle name, Charlotte, is that of a Southern Baptist missionary, Charlotte Digges "Lottie" Moon (1840-1912). Lottie Moon spent thirty nine years teaching school children, proclaiming the gospel, and serving the hungry in China. If you go to a Southern Baptist church, you hear about her every December. If not, you can read a little about her here.

By the way . . . I am a very blessed and proud husband and daddy!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

For the Last 2 Years and 3 Months...

its been just me and Hope. I've learned some basics of motherhood and she's learned pretty much everything. Baby Anna is scheduled to be here in a few short days which will bring about a change in our little lives - a very good change. I can't help but be sentimental though about this special time I've had with just Hope. I'm pretty sure God gave us in her one of the sweetest creatures he has ever made.

A couple of weeks ago Hope and I went on a special breakfast date to Panera. She sat across from me in our booth, with no booster seat, and ate a bagel and chocolate milk. She said hi with a smile to everyone who passed by. We then went to the "Baby Store" (Babies R Us) and did some looking for baby sister Anna. It was a special little date.

She turned 2 in August and it seems like the change since then has been exponential. She's gone from diapers to panties, a crib to a toddler bed, from somewhat shy to outgoing, from short statements to sentences, from little imagination to a big imagination, and from short curls to longer curls. Right now she's "reading" There's a Wocket in my Pocket on the couch. She loves spending time with people and would enjoy it if we spent every moment playing babies with her or zoo with her. Lately she enjoys walking around babbling from her little Gideons Bible. She talks about Baby Jesus (and Baby Jude, but we try to tell her there's no baby Jude in the Bible). We love her so much.

She's excited for Anna's arrival and can tell its coming up. She points at my belly and says "Baby Anna so cute!" She loves to imitate our friends with babies. I'm sure she will sit and nurse her dolls as I nurse Anna. She's going to be a great big sister. The love in our house will soon grow leaps and bounds. We are happy and ready.

Thanks for letting me be a little sentimental.