Friday, October 31, 2008

My brave dedicated Coco Annerson Pink Leopard




#1 She's Annerson Grace
I think we get asked about once a day how we came up with Annerson's 
name. The story is kinda ridiculous actually. But here it is in case you don't already know.
Annerson's name is super special. A while back (like when Lex & I first got married) we were watching the movie Minority Report with Tom Cruise. Tom's character's name is John Anderton but we of course thought they were saying "Annerson" We just thought it was a clever deviation from the last name Anderson. We decided it'd also be a pretty first name for a girl. We said right then and there that we'd name our first girl Annerson. We never changed our minds & knew when we got pregnant that if it was a girl she would be our little Annerson. After we found out she was a girl I watched the movie again and realized that Annerson wasn't Tom's name after all! WHOOPS! But, we loved it and knew it was supposed to be her name.  
The best part about her name is that when we looked up "Annerson" to see if it was a real name we discovered it wasn't...but we also discovered that Anne means "grace" and Son means "mountain" At this point we had already decided that her middle name was going to be Grace because that is the lesson we learn over and over again from our sweet Lord. Knowing that "Annerson" basically meant grace mountain and that her middle name was Grace only reinforced our decision to name her Annerson. Her name literally is a mountain of grace and it couldn't be more perfect for her!

So thank you Tom Cruise 
for helping us name our daughter. And thank you Lord for using Tom 
Cruise to tell us what our daughter's name would be!


#2 Coco is her name and she's a pink leopard

Can we say Cuuuuuuuuteness!

Annerson is the cutest pink leopard I've ever seen. Well, she's the only pink leopard I've ever seen. I absolutely love her outfit. Thanks Mimi!! I joked with Lex this morning about pink leopard sounding like a scandalous stripper costume. So her pink leopard name is Coco. Of course, we are just kidding and would never want her to be a stripper!

My favorite part about her outfit are the paws! Raaaarrr!

#C She's brave

Anners had her 2 month checkup today at Dr. Stripling's office. She did so good. She cried through her 3 shots, but it was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be for me. I didn't watch, but held her hand and listened to her scream. Lex & I both teared up. Her crying turned to a "I'm worn out from all this!" whimper as soon as we picked her up.  

As soon as we got to the car she fell asleep and slept hard for the next 4 hours.

She weighs a little under 10 1/2 pounds (50th percentile), she's 22.75 in. long (60th percentile), & her head is now 38.5 cm round (45th percentile). Gotta love those percentiles so you can measure your kid up against everyone else!

#D She's Dedicated

Last Sunday we dedicated Annerson to the Lord. Basically what that means is that we commit to raising Annerson in a home where she will learn about God's love, His redemptive purposes and the Scriptures so that one day she will make the decision on her own to walk with Christ Jesus. I had been praying that she wouldn't cry during the dedication because we have to get up in front of the whole church during the service. Not only did she not cry, but she slept the entire time. It was awesome. The Dallas fam dedicated Abby and the Garzas dedicated Zach. Getting to share that moment with Beth & Dana was very special for me. Lex and I both cried, of course. We desire for Annerson to know God's grace & mercy. I can't wait for the day when she realizes what a beautiful Savior we have.


Right before she was dedicated. She was very excited!


She loves attention!


Annerson in her beautiful princess dress





Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Roll out the Red Carpet & Tilapia with Rice

This isn't a post about Annerson sleeping through the night for the 2nd time.  Although SHE TOTALLY DID last night!  She slept from 10:30 to 7am the next morning. AMAZING.  But this isn't about that like I said.  I'm talking about real carpet this time. 

Many of you know that Adam (my brother) and his best friend Ken Chamitoff have made a movie. He's spent the last year traveling to and from L.A. The movie is called THE RED CANVAS.

Adam goes back to L.A. next week for a 2 week long film festival.  Please pray for Steffany as he is away for that long.  She has 6 children and a friend Gadese who is staying with her.  She is the woman that Adam and Stef brought back with them from Africa when they went to pick up the twins.  Gadese is 39 weeks pregnant.


Adam, Jace, Stef, McKayley & Faith at the premier this summer in L.A.

Possibly the best looking family there is



Below is the new trailer they just released.  Adam & Ken are currently working with distributing companies to sell the movie.  I can't wait to see it!  I got to read the original script last Christmas but I haven't seen the final cut yet. 



This video is of the rapper Jackpot recording one of the songs he has in the movie.  IT"S HILARIOUS!  He keeps trying to cuss and my brother (the guy in the booth) keeps telling him he can't use that language.  Not to mention, it takes this dude like 10 years to order lunch.  You'll notice his song in the trailer. 




Sunday, October 26, 2008

ROLL OUT THE PINK CARPET

Ladies and gentlemen, it is now 7:40 am and guess who is still sleeping!  To catch up on the crazy last 24 hours read the 2 previous posts.  My alarm went off at 6 am to feed her and I couldn't believe that she had slept since I laid her down at 1 am.  Lex & I decided to let her keep sleeping.  I tried to go back to sleep but thought it wise to go ahead and get up and get everything ready for us to go to church.  Besides, I don't need to get used to too much sleep!  

So here I am, blogging while eating my cereal.  I'm completely ready for church & have her and Lex's clothes laid out and ready to go.

Funny story-last night Mimi (Lex's mom) came over to help me bathe Annerson at 8:30.  I was reading Baby Wise when she walked in.   
Page 114, "The stabilization phase is usually completed by the eighth week.  By this time, most babies are sleeping through the night or very close to achieving that skill."  HA!  I read this to Mimi, we both laughed, then I threw the book on the other end of the couch so I couldn't rip it to shreds or burn it.  But what do you know?  Annerson turned 8 weeks last night at 3:50 am.  Hmmm.......could this be the beginning of sleeping through the night?  If not, I'll still take it.  Now I'm going to go wake her & Lex up and we will all very restfully (is that a word?) leave for church in an hour! Amen.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Snoring

She finally caved in around 12:30am. That's 11.5 hrs straight !  I'm holding her though so we'll see what happens when I put her down in her bed. I think she's out pretty hard though cause she's snoring big time!  It's so cute. I'm trying hard not to laugh.

r u KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so over it. Annerson has broken her no sleep strike record with a jaw dropping 10.5 hour stretch of no sleep...and still going.  This is beyond ridiculous and if you can't tell, my patience is fading.  If I lay her down she cries.  If I rock her to sleep (so I think, but apparently she's faking it) 5 mins. after I lay her down she cries.  She's fed, doesn't have a fever, doesn't need to burp, has a dry diaper & a sleep sheep.  Please sheep make her sleep!  I'm delirious.  Might I add that we are supposed to dedicate her in the morning at church.  She is so exhausted.  I don't know how she's keeping her poor little puffy red eyes open.  I just hope we can make it out the door tomorrow morning and that she can enjoy it.

This my friends is why I never have time to blog anymore. I'm so sorry I don't update more.  We're just having a really hard time in the Dooley house. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vote as if we are not doing it

Here is an article by Pastor John Piper about voting.  Worth the read.


Voting is like marrying and crying and laughing and buying. We should do it, but only as if we were not doing it. That’s because “the present form of this world is passing away” and, in God’s eyes, “the time has grown very short.” Here’s the way Paul puts it:

The appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

Let’s take these one at a time and compare them to voting.

1. “Let those who have wives live as though they had none.”

This doesn’t mean move out of the house, don’t have sex, and don’t call Honey. Earlier in this chapter Paul says, “The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights” (1 Corinthians 7:3). He also says to love her the way Christ loved the church, leading and providing and protecting (Ephesians 5:25-30). It means this: Marriage is momentary. It’s over at death, and there is no marriage in the resurrection. Wives and husbands are second priorities, not first. Christ is first. Marriage is for making much of him.

It means: If she is exquisitely desirable, beware of desiring her more than Christ. And if she is deeply disappointing, beware of being hurt too much. This is temporary—only a brief lifetime. Then comes the never-disappointing life which is life indeed.

So it is with voting. We should do it. But only as if we were not doing it. Its outcomes do not give us the greatest joy when they go our way, and they do not demoralize us when they don’t. Political life is for making much of Christ whether the world falls apart or holds together.

2. “Let those who mourn [do so] as though they were not mourning.”

Christians mourn with real, deep, painful mourning, especially over losses—loss of those we love, loss of health, loss of a dream. These losses hurt. We cry when we are hurt. But we cry as though not crying. We mourn knowing we have not lost something so valuable we cannot rejoice in our mourning. Our losses do not incapacitate us. They do not blind us to the possibility of a fruitful future serving Christ. The Lord gives and takes away. But he remains blessed. And we remain hopeful in our mourning.

So it is with voting. There are losses. We mourn. But not as those who have no hope. We vote and we lose, or we vote and we win. In either case, we win or lose as if we were not winning or losing. Our expectations and frustrations are modest. The best this world can offer is short and small. The worst it can offer has been predicted in the book of Revelation. And no vote will hold it back. In the short run, Christians lose (Revelation 13:7). In the long run, we win (21:4).

3. “Let those who rejoice [do so] as though they were not rejoicing.”

Christians rejoice in health (James 5:13) and in sickness (James 1:2). There are a thousand good and perfect things that come down from God that call forth the feeling of happiness. Beautiful weather. Good friends who want to spend time with us. Delicious food and someone to share it with. A successful plan. A person helped by our efforts.

But none of these good and beautiful things can satisfy our soul. Even the best cannot replace what we were made for, namely, the full experience of the risen Christ (John 17:24). Even fellowship with him here is not the final and best gift. There is more of him to have after we die (Philippians 1:21-23)—and even more after the resurrection. The best experiences here are foretastes. The best sights of glory are through a mirror dimly. The joy that rises from these previews does not and should not rise to the level of the hope of glory. These pleasures will one day be as though they were not. So we rejoice remembering this joy is a foretaste, and will be replaced by a vastly better joy.

So it is with voting. There are joys. The very act of voting is a joyful statement that we are not under a tyrant. And there may be happy victories. But the best government we get is a foreshadowing. Peace and justice are approximated now. They will be perfect when Christ comes. So our joy is modest. Our triumphs are short-lived—and shot through with imperfection. So we vote as though not voting.

4. “Let those who buy [do so] as though they had no goods.”

Let Christians keep on buying while this age lasts. Christianity is not withdrawal from business. We are involved, but as though not involved. Business simply does not have the weight in our hearts that it has for many. All our getting and all our having in this world is getting and having things that are not ultimately important. Our car, our house, our books, our computers, our heirlooms—we possess them with a loose grip. If they are taken away, we say that in a sense we did not have them. We are not here to possess. We are here to lay up treasures in heaven.

This world matters. But it is not ultimate. It is the stage for living in such a way to show that this world is not our God, but that Christ is our God. It is the stage for using the world to show that Christ is more precious than the world.

So it is with voting. We do not withdraw. We are involved—but as if not involved. Politics does not have ultimate weight for us. It is one more stage for acting out the truth that Christ, and not politics, is supreme.

5. “Let those who deal with the world [do so] as though they had no dealings with it.”

Christians should deal with the world. This world is here to be used. Dealt with. There is no avoiding it. Not to deal with it is to deal with it that way. Not to weed your garden is to cultivate a weedy garden. Not to wear a coat in Minnesota is to freeze—to deal with the cold that way. Not to stop when the light is red is to spend your money on fines or hospital bills and deal with the world that way. We must deal with the world.

But as we deal with it, we don’t give it our fullest attention. We don’t ascribe to the world the greatest status. There are unseen things that are vastly more precious than the world. We use the world without offering it our whole soul. We may work with all our might when dealing with the world, but the full passions of our heart will be attached to something higher—Godward purposes. We use the world, but not as an end in itself. It is a means. We deal with the world in order to make much of Christ.

So it is with voting. We deal with the system. We deal with the news. We deal with the candidates. We deal with the issues. But we deal with it all as if not dealing with it. It does not have our fullest attention. It is not the great thing in our lives. Christ is. And Christ will be ruling over his people with perfect supremacy no matter who is elected and no matter what government stands or falls. So we vote as though not voting.

By all means vote. But remember: “The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).

Voting with you, as though not voting,

Pastor John

Friday, October 17, 2008

Insomnia

If anyone is up at this hour please pray that God would have a bit of mercy on us. Annerson has broken her alert period record...she's been awake since 5pm today with no naps.  It is now 1am.  We have tried everything. Food, rocking, singing, letting her cry, gas drops, white noise...what are we doing wrong??????

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hard decision

Lex & I have been trying really hard to get Annerson on a predictable routine for about a week now.  During the day, I feed her every 3 hours  or sooner if she is hungry.  Then I keep her awake with an activity-tummy time, playmat, book, swing, or I just talk to her and play with her.  We were keeping her awake for an hour but apparently that is too long for her because she wasn't wanting to wake up and eat from her nap.  So now I keep her awake for 30 minutes with an activity.  Then I change her, swaddle her, and start the long process of trying to get her to go to sleep.   Her naps have been 45 minutes to an hour by the time we get her to fall asleep.  
We decided this was not working.  By the time Annerson falls asleep after rocking and singing and doing all things possible to try to get her to fall asleep, we only have like 45 minutes before we have to start it all over again. This doesn't leave much time to shower, clean, or get a much needed mommy nap.  My daily routine is pretty much stay in my pjs all day and somehow manage to at least brush my teeth somewhere in there and if I'm lucky, shower once a day. Anyways...We've heard a hundred times from different people & from BabyWise to place her in her crib when it's naptime and let her put herself to sleep. This sounded harsh & selfish.  I wouldn't even consider doing that...UNTIL NOW.

Annerson just cried herself to sleep for the 2nd time today!  Lex & I had a really rough night with her last night.  She's going through a growth spurt so she's doing a lot more eating than sleeping.  This morning I fed her at 9:30 and by 10:30 she was still wide awake.  I however, was not. I was seriously dragging after going to bed at 12am, waking up at 2:30 and laying down at 4:30, waking up at 6:30 and laying down at 8am and then waking up at 9:30.  Like I said, it's 10:30 and Lex has to work today.  That means I need to be on top of my game.  To do that I need sleep.  For me to sleep, she needs to sleep.  So Lex suggests we put her in her crib for her nap and see what she does.  We'd tried this a couple of other times randomly but buckled every time she started to cry.  It's hard to sit there while your child cries!

This time we were strong.  She only cried for 5 minutes & then she was crashed out until Lex woke us up at 12:30!  It was beautiful.  I got a little nap in and she got some rest that she needed.   With Lex gone, I prayed that I would be able to handle her crying when I put her down for her 2pm nap.  Sure enough, almost to the minute, she cried for 5 and then was asleep.  The funny thing about it is that if I try to get her to go to sleep by singing to her and rocking her, I think it just upsets her more because she'll cry for like an hour.  It's almost like she gets over-stimulated when we try to get her to go to sleep and she's probably crying because she wants us to leave her alone and let her sleep!  So as hard as it is, it's not selfish to put her down and let her cry because she gets to sleep faster, gets the rest she needs to grow & learn and I get a break and rest so that I can be a better mommy to her.   We'll see if this helps her sleep better tonight.  


Annerson putting herself to sleep!  She's such a big girl!

Monday, October 13, 2008

6 Amazing weeks

1 Day old

1 week

2 Weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

5 Weeks

6 Weeks

Thursday, October 9, 2008

She's done it again


Annerson's newborn pictures are done!  THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL!  
Lezlie Andrew is such an amazing photographer.  She did my maternity pictures & then traveled to Lubbock to shoot Annerson's newborns. Lezlie is a strong believer who uses her photographing skills as a ministry.  Thank you Lez for blessing us with these beautiful pics of our little Anner!  We love you!

Check out this adorable little princess! 















If you want to see all her pictures here is the link to the client proofing site.  The password is Dooley.  If this doesn't work for some reason go to lezlieandrew.com and click on client photos.  On the client photo screen select "families & children" and you'll see Annerson's. Then enter the password.  We did some really adorable Tech shots that you have to see!

Let me know what you think!  Also let our incredible photographer Lezlie know what an awesome job she did!

Oh, and Lex wants me to let everyone know that you can buy prints from Lezlie and send them to us as gifts...or you can purchase a gift card for her print store for us.  He thinks that is a good trade off for us giving you our password to the pics.  He's crazy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sweetness

Here are the first of Annerson's newborn pics. The rest will be ready soon!  





Sunday, October 5, 2008

Prosperity Gospel

I pray this sits heavy on your heart.  It does mine.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Hallelujah!

I think I'm getting this mom thing down. We might just make it after all.

p.s. Thanks for all the prayers & words of love & encouragement.  They spur me on.