Wednesday, December 31, 2008

i believe

"i believe when i fall in love with you, it will be forever."-stevie wonder

after the pronouncement of our marriage, as husband & wife, we walked back down the aisle to that song. its such a triumphant song, especially the chorus. it was a theme throughout our dating life, along with the movie High Fidelity. We've been together four years since we walked down to that song. It seems like much, much more...with all the things we've done & all the children we've had!

Our anniversary was spent at a glorious restaurant, Margot Cafe. They served this (surprisingly) amazing black eyed pea hordevour for good luck in the new year. We had course upon course and i sometimes think of the dessert we had and my mouth waters, thats how good it was. After more than two hours filling our bellies we headed back to my parents to get Abraham to bed since he had such a hard time the other nights we had gone out. We had high hopes of going to a party, then lower hopes of games with the siblings, then set our eyes onto the couch. we curled up with our new christmas books and hot tea and laid on the couch together for at least 3 hours reading. it was the perfect (albeit ridicously low key) way to end the year. we've had a wonderful, but tiring year and it was appropriate for it to end with rest.

one thing we talked about that night that has become our #1 resolution for 2009 is : Don't wait for things to be perfect.
If we wait to have a full conversation, we'll never have one. If we wait until we arent tired to go on a date, we'll never go. If we wait to be kind to one another until we've had coffee in the morning, it may be until 10am.

we're realizing that with two kiddos (& more to follow) that our marriage can not wait until life slows down. We have to continue our important conversation in the midst of a toddler singing Twinkle Twinkle at the top of her lungs. We have to serve one another, even if we feel like all we've been doing is serving. We have to keep the conversation going even when our eyelids are dropping. We have to seize those babysitter opportunities even if take out and the couch sounds better. Once we're out the door, we are always so glad.

Life just gets busier. Life just gets more crowded. And with each passing year, we have to keep pushing our marriage, our Stevie Wonder moments, to the forefront. i love you honey!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

this picture tells it all. there were many wonderful gifts that were opened that day and i will post those pictures soon. but wanted to give you a glimpse into that special day. when maggie opened this little ukelele, she got very serious and started to play it immediately. we've been singing at the tops of our lungs ever since we got back home. we've got a little performer on our hands...just like daddy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

all in the family

our sweet baby joined his larger covenant family on Christmas Eve. Despite the fact that he had an ear infection (that we didnt know of), he was calm and smiley and despite the fact that Maggie kept trying to blow out the Advent was a beautiful service. I love looking at the congregation when the pastor asks them to raise their hand to join us in raising this child to pursue God, that is the most special thing to me! To see everyone raising their hand, knowing the Covenant Community of Christians will love our son.
Pastor Craig performed the service as well as Maggie's and our wedding. It's been great to have the same man be there and lead us in all these important vows.

Friday, December 19, 2008

merry christmas!

abraham-6 months

maggie-3 1/2 months

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

where does the time go?

from this:

to this, in 6 months:

isnt he the cutest little guy you've ever seen? obviously, he's already gone the girls in this family wrapped around this finger. and not to mention his daddy. whenever daddy is suppose to be "watching" him while he studies...daddy does no studying at all. they just lay on the floor and play.
we cant believe 6 months has gone by. we both feel like he's just two months old! we started rice cereal the other day and boy, what a eater! he loves the stuff. i'm so glad its just as fun feeding him for the first time as it was with Maggie.
he's such a joy, so easy to make smile & laugh, and we love the way him & maggie interact. he's a special, special boy and we are so proud to be his parents. we're blessed indeed.
happy 6 months little man!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

peek into visit with grandma

since her visit with grandma, maggie loves saying the word and whenever she sees an older person on tv, she says, "there's grandma." i love it.
here is a peek into our visit this past october.

Monday, December 01, 2008

i need africa more than africa needs me

i'm apart of a group called mocha club. basically you donate the price of two mochas a month ($7) to africa and in turn recruit your friends to do the same. i'm currently trying to recruit from the seminary and apartment complex...but feel free to join even if you arent!!!

mocha club has encouraged their donors & bloggers to blog about the title above. please visit the mocha club online to learn more about africa and how we can help...

i spent the month of november, in 2000, in the countries of kenya and malawi. whenever visiting third world countries i am always struck by the fact that such stunning beauty and stark filth can be in the same place. in kenya, i visited one of the large slums on the continent. i watched a maasai warrior dance. i learned how to make maize and help feed the sweetest children in the world. i saw baby elephants, a whole pride of lions, & an entire plane of animals with beauty you could only dream of.

africa. even the name evokes so many feelings and thoughts in people. but when i say the word it makes me think of a small classroom in malawi where i learned what it meant to long to see God and for this earth, with all its beauty and its be made new.

i spent the most of my time in malawi. i went with a small group of people from church and i had decided to stay a few weeks longer to see if that was where i wanted to stay, permantely. i obviously chose a different path but the things i saw, the things i encountered awakened me to some truths i needed to learn.

i've seen "rougher" places. i've been to poorer lands. But no where had i seen a joy to know God. in that classroom, that day that shook me to the core, a group of little ones gathered to learn. i stood and watched as the teacher lead them in a prayer, after their morning breakfast, and then they sang a song.

" Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King...
No more dying there, we are going to see the King. No more crying there, we are going to see the King. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, We are going to see the King."

I sat stunned as i watched their faces sing these words, mean these words. I knew i didnt know what it was to long for Jesus to come and make all things new. To not have parents, siblings, everyone die around me. I knew i didnt know what it was like to go hungry, but to understand i would get to be in the presence of a king, The King!

Jesus promises to right all the wrongs in this world. To take ugly and make it beautiful. To take our scars, our wounds and make sense of it. He promises an unending life of goodness and rightness.

Heaven isnt some vague concept to these children I saw singing. They knew. They knew that this life wasnt it, wasnt all that was to come. No, there was/is something better. They knew that even though they were little and filthy and poor-they could meet the King! I finally got the concept of King and I believed it too!

it's a shame that i had to travel around the world to understand God a bit better. but i think thats kinda the point. He uses people and nations and tribes to teach us different parts of Himself. He is God after all and there's lots to know. Thats why I need Africa... to show me more of The King.

So as we all prepare for this Advent Season, this season where The King becomes a baby- let us all be mindful of his Kingness. And as we put lights on our tree, stockings on our mantles, wreaths on our door...let us do it because The King is coming! He is coming to earth to make it right.

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Welcome to the Morginskys blog! Our family and friends are spread across the globe and we set up this place for those that want to read about the goings on of the adventures of our family. We have lived in Nashville but are headed to St. Louis for a new chapter in our lives.