Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hymn of the Month

Today's a really big day in the Pressley household.

As I've already posted, it's the day before Freddie presumed birthday, but it's also the day when we start learning a new "Hymn of the Month." For months, I've been meaning to write about this, as an attempt to keep track of the songs we've sung, but as you may or may not have noticed, I'm hardly consistent about blogging.

How do people do it?!

Anyway, at Charlotte, NC's Northside Christian Academy, where I attended some of second and all of third grade, we learned a "Hymn of the Month." At the end of each month, we'd be tested on that month's hymn, the same way we were our memory verses. It worked; those songs STILL stick with me.

So in September, I started a "Hymn of the Month" with Jones. Granted, there's no test or anything (though, when the boys get bigger, there may be!), but it keeps me from singing whatever sixteen songs randomly come to mind whenever I'm getting him ready for bed, thus significantly short-ening the sleep process. I figure if I keep track of the songs, we can revisit them every so often, and if the boys are anything like me (which they probably aren't), they'll learn as much doctrine from song as they do from Scripture.

Here are the Hymns of the Month that we've had so far:

SEPTEMBER = "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus" (1st verse)
I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
since I found in Him a Friend so kind and true.
I would tell you how He changed my life completely.
He did something that no other friend could do.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus.
There's no other Friend so kind and true.
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me.
Oh, how much He cares for me.

OCTOBER = "I Asked the Lord"

I asked the Lord to comfort me when things weren't going my way.
He said to me, "I will comfort you and lift your cares away.
I asked the Lord to walk with me when darkness was all that I knew.
He said to me, "Never be afraid, for I will see you through."

I didn't ask for riches.
He gave me wealth untold!
The moon, the stars, the sun, the sky
and gave me eyes to behold!

I thank the Lord for everything, and I count my blessings each day.
He came to me when I needed Him. I only had to pray,
and He'll come to you, if you ask Him to!
He's only a prayer away!

NOVEMBER = "We Thank Thee"

We thank Thee for the morning light, for rest and shelter through the nite,
for health and food, for love and friends,
for all Thy goodness sends.

Our God is great; our God is good, and we will thank Him as we should!
By His great hand, we all are fed.
He gives our daily bread.

We thank Thee for the summer breeze, for song of bird, for shade of trees.
For stars that glitter in the sky,
we thank Thee, Lord on high.

DECEMBER = "Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven"

Jesus, Joy of the highest Heaven,
born as a little baby
under a wondrous star.
Like us, crying He takes His first breath, 
held by His mother, helpless,
close to her beating heart.
Jesus, laid in a lowly manger,
facing a world of dangers,
come to turn me, a stranger,
into a child of God.

Jesus, King of the highest Heaven,
learning to take His first steps,
that He might bring us life.
Like us, knowing our smiles and sorrows,
He showed the way to follow,
a way that is true and right.
Jesus, take away every darkness,
steady my simple footsteps
that I might, in your goodness,
live as a child of God.

JANUARY = "My Very Best Friend" (picked because it seemed appropriate for Jones to learn a song about "Jesus sticking closer than a brother" in the month that he becomes a brother.)

Jesus is exalted. Every knee shall bow to honor Him.
Praise the Prince of Heaven. Join the angels and the seraphim.
Though he rules creation, even though He reigns above,
from His throne on high, Jesus came to die.
Taste His wondrous love.

Jesus sticks closer than a Brother, every moment He is near.
I know He never will forsake me.
He has conquered all my fear.
Jesus sticks closer than a Brother;
on His love, I can depend!
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, conquering Son,
though all of these, He's my very best Friend.

Glory to the Savior. All my praise shall be to Christ alone.
He is my Foundation. He's my Rock, and He's my Cornerstone.
Like a mighty Fortress, He is ever more the same,
yet he died for me on Mt. Calvary.
Now I bear HIs name.


I'm going to try to keep this updated monthly, purely so I can remember what we've learned - or at least, what they've heard.

Thanks for indulging me.


Well, barring some unforeseen overnite rush on the Labor & Delivery unit at Mission Hospital, tomorrow is the day we will meet our sweet Freddie Bear!

There are so many things I wish I had time to write on this occasion; hopefully, soon, I will. Until then, just know that tomorrow is the big day, and we are excited and grateful and blessed beyond what we could ask or think.

Also know that I gained ten pounds more with this pregnancy than I did with my other one. That to say, Freddie's got a ten pound hole to dig out of if he EVER want to be my favorite.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Santa shot, Take Two

Determined that this year's Santa picture would be as good as last year's, I was resolved that we'd take Jones to see Santa again. We got our chance when I discovered that he was visiting a nearby Chick-fil-A tonite. You can see the results of our visit below.  Suffice it to say that Jones survived, but he definitely didn't like it all that much.

What I don't understand is how in the world he can be so mesmerized by characters at Disney World, but a jolly man in a red suit makes him look like we just told him the Easter Bunny isn't real.

Oh, well.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Full Term

I don't often get a good look at my blooming belly. Today, though, in the absolutely awesome Ladies Room at Chapel Hill's Carolina Inn, I did. Walking by the full-length mirror, I was horrified to see myself from the side.

In spite of appearances to the contrary, I assure you that I'm NOT about to give birth to sextuplets. 

At least, I HOPE I'm not!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Santa shot, Take One

Jones spent a lot of time in Big Church today!

This morning, he was there for the first part of the service, watching his cousin Louci get baptized and listening to his other cousins singing with the children's choir. He sat quietly and - mostly - still on his Nan's lap before spending the rest of the service in the nursery.

Tonite, he was in the service the entire time. Several of his cousins were performing in the children's program, and Jones was a star, behavior-wise. Passed between Nan and Pop, Jones was as happy as a kid at Christmas.

Less happy was his visit with Santa Claus at the reception after the program. Jones didn't scream; he didn't really even full-on cry, but as you can see, there were many places he'd rather have been than sitting on Santa's lap.

To be sure our boy gets more than a lump of coal from the Man in Red, we're planning to try again this Saturday. Hopefully, he'll feel a little more like visiting then.

Like Father, Like Son

Just in case you were wondering, the similarities between Jeremy and Jones don't end with their looks.