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  1. Spinning Quarters

    October 25, 2013 by RectorBlessed

    It’s been too long, my goodness – happens every time! The Rector crew began a new season in August: Sam cut back at work to two nights per week. She now works every Friday and Saturday night – which allows her to stay home with the kiddos during the week. It has been on her heart for several months and God moved in several ways to allow that, praise Him!

    Mary love:)

    Mary love:)

    Walking trail!

    Walking trail!

    Snuggling:)

    Snuggling:)

    It has been a very fun last few months! We are enjoying starting our days together in the mornings and being together as a family in the evenings. I’m just blown away by how hard Samantha has worked and I’m humbled at what she has done for our family and continues to do. We celebrated Mary’s 1st birthday in August! What an amazing little girl she is. She’s definitely known as daddy’s little trooper! She’s been so patient with me and is so content no matter where we are. Andrew turned 5 in September, hard to believe! We had a great birthday party at our house with family and friends. There is so much I could say about him and how much he’s grown over the last few months! My favorite quality about him is his selflessness. We have our moments, no doubt, but overall – he has a servants heart and has a heart for others.

    Andrew's birthday present!

    Andrew’s birthday present!

    Birthday party fun!

    Birthday party fun!

    Big girl:)

    Big girl:)

    I just finished my 10th week of marathon training, 6 weeks from this Sunday is marathon day! I’ve been encouraged by my brother Anthony to run it with him. Many of you know my dad ran his first marathon last year! That was a big inspiration. I went 9 weeks without signing up for the marathon, but my family has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to train and I’ve come too far not to run it. So I’ll give it my best shot on December 8th in Dallas. I will be running for my mom – who has an unbelievable testimony over the last several weeks as she was diagnosed with breast cancer. On my longer runs, I’m up to about 3 hours now and a lot of that time is spent worshiping the Lord (thank you Robbie Seay and David Crowder) and praying. It’s been a good journey so far – those miles know how to put up a good fight! But it’s nothing compared to the fight my mom is enduring!

    Spinning quarters!

    Spinning quarters!

    Samantha and I laugh at the battles we have with our kitchen. Can spend an hour doing the dishes and it can get in bad shape real quick! I encourage you this week to just let the dishes be dirty and go spin quarters with your kids. It’s a moment you won’t get back:)

    Love you all,
    the Rectors


  2. ‘iesel’

    January 28, 2013 by RectorBlessed

    I have spent a lot of time thinking about how fast time goes by. I look at Mary who is approaching 6 months old, and it’s something Sam and I can’t believe – it’s just gone by so fast. Only to realize, Andrew has grown so much in those same 6 months – which sadly isn’t celebrated as much. This past weekend, I was using diesel gas for something and Andrew referred to it later in the day as ‘iesel’. Samantha and I smiled at each other and we didn’t even correct him on how to say it. It’s almost as if we’re trying to hold on to any part of him that’s still ‘little’. Over the holidays, Sam and I spent some time watching home videos of him 2-3 years ago and we were shocked at how he use to sound/talk. We watch those videos now and we can’t even understand what he’s saying. But at the time, we could decipher every word! We were both nostalgic and it made us realize how quickly he has grown up. He rarely mispronounces a word if he knows how to say it correctly. So for now, we’ll let him say ‘iesel’.

    The reason we started our blog was to document moments and memories, but it’s almost as if this isn’t enough. I think about all the memories that I have with Andrew and its saddening to know that he won’t remember these years. Some of my most energetic years as a father, he won’t be able to recall later in life. And I’m filled with this emotion to let my children know how much they are loved and cared for. I hear the year ‘1998’ or ‘2001’ and my mind instantly thinks ‘oh yeah, 3-4 years ago’ – its been 15 years!! And I know those same 15 years are going to fly by with Andrew and Mary too. Thankfully, we do have Mary; we’ll get to relive these experiences with her. She’ll develop her own baby talk/code language and we’ll be able to decipher every word of it. But this time, I think Sam and I both will have a deeper appreciation for the ‘moment’ rather than begging to get to the next phase in their growth development, because it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

    Don’t get me wrong, Andrew is still plenty little! And there’s still so much more for us to do together as a family. I just wanted to encourage you to maybe slow down and thank God for where he has you at this time. I tell Andrew all the time, ‘you know who loves you more than Mommy and Daddy?’ – he answers, ‘God.’ Can you imagine how much God loved his Son – we can’t even fathom!

    You are loved! Thanks for checking in on us.