I cannot believe that this boy is one year old! It has been such a great joy to watch him grow every month and to see his personality develop. He is so silly, we laugh so much of the day at our house. He is obsessed with all things soft and furry (especially dogs) and basically pants and rubs his face on everything soft. He loves to go to sleep at night and lays there, allowing you to kiss him 100 times while he just giggles, but doesn't move. He has been walking for a month or two and is getting scary fast. He has his own "drawer" of food/cups and now he takes everything in the house-shoes, keys, phones, pacifiers, cups, toys and hides them in his drawer, which is making it harder to keep track of all my stuff, haha.
When we went in for the twenty week sonogram and they told us we were having a boy, Michael and I both knew that his name would be Hudson. When we were dating, we had both read the biography of Hudson Taylor, who was one of the first missionaries to China. Unlike other missionaries of the time, he "became like" the indigenous Chinese, dressing in their cultural wear and growing his hair long. He worked with all his might relentlessly as a doctor committed to taking the good news of Jesus to the inland Chinese. He refused to ask for anything, but instead relied on God's miraculous provision day to day. (If you haven't read this book, you have to!)
It is our and hope and prayer that Hudson would know how worthy Jesus is of his life and that he would wholly lay his life down in obedience to God's love.
We are so thankful for the community in Fort Worth of friends and family who have blessed us beyond measure this year, helping us along the way at every step- meeting practical, emotional and spiritual needs. It really does take a village to raise a child.
Here are a few pictures of him last week I took at our mommy and me session.