Wednesday, April 15, 2015


It's hard to believe that 1 year ago, I gave birth to my 5th child. It was a shock to have another boy, but oh, how thankful I am for this sweet boy. God has used our precious Samuel to teach us and grow us more than we ever thought possible. He is a constant reminder that God always knows what He is doing, even when we do not understand what that may be. Sam reminds us that God always hears His people (Samuel means God hears) and that God is our strength (Hezekiah mean God will strengthen).

Even with 4 other children, I am always amazed at how much children learn and grow in their first year. We were really blessed that Sam was born sleeping through the night and continues to be a good sleeper. He is standing on his own and perhaps thinking about walking a little bit. Like his siblings he is a lightening fast crawler and can get across our living room in about 2.5 seconds! He loves to clap while we sing and is starting to dance a little. 7 teeth are in his mouth and he loves to eat with them as well as show them off with huge smiles. Sam will eat just about anything, which is a huge blessing. Now, if he could feed himself with a spoon. He has recently learned to climb into our brown chair and likes to sit and watch what is going on from this perch. I am thankful that he is starting to communicate with signs and a few words. He is very expressive and has no problem letting you know he wants something. This is a blessing, but can be a bit inconvenient at school time when he just wants to play. :)

Sam loves to play with all of his siblings! The trick is getting them to understand that he isn't taking just because he joins in their play. He is getting a mischievous side and is beginning to get into more things. Though he has help with this at times, he usually does it all on his own and then has 6 parents as all of his siblings tell him what to do too. (The joys of being a 5th child.) Thus far, he would rather be with the family than be alone, so I think we have another extrovert in the making.

Sam is so much fun and already wants to wrestle. He is already giving big sloppy wet kisses and really big hugs. I'm so thankful for this sweet side in him and pray that it will continue throughout his life. He loves going to church and is becoming attentive when we pray, occasionally holding hands with the family when we pray. He loves his one on one time, especially since it is not super frequent right now. One of his favorite times in bedtime prayers since he gets Daddy and Mama all by himself for just a few minutes.

Sam is also a thumb sucker, much to my chagrin, but not too much I can do about it right now. Praying that he will grow out of that. :) He also is not real big on having his picture made. When he's smiling in a picture it's because something other than the camera had his attention. Preparing to be an Eastern European maybe?

Like those before him, Sam is following in the steps of becoming a big brother sometime between 14 and 15 months. You can tell he is thrilled about being "hires as my favorite big brother." I am sure, by God's grace, he too will come into his role and love being a big brother!

I don't think I can even begin to explain what a blessing our little Sam is. He is such a joy to be around and is every bit a Manor. God has already used Sam so much to teach us in his first year of life! Father, thank you for blessing our family with Sam. You know we do not deserve this precious boy, but You saw it fit to give him to our family to teach and guide, love and nurture. Give us Your grace to raise Sam according to Your word and in Your ways. Save Sam by Your grace, and let him be a witness of Your great Name! Thank You again for Sam and that You always hear Your people and work Your plans for Your glory and our good.


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