Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Behold The Lamb of God

Gather Round Ye Children
Andrew Peterson

Gather 'round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the power of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man
Gather round, remember now
How creation held its breath
How it let out a sigh
And it filled up the sky with the angels
Son of God, Son of Man

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but he made himself nothing
Well he gave up his pride and he came here to die
Like a man
Therefore God exalted him
To the place of highest praises
And he gave him a name above every name
That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God

We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but he made himself nothing
Well he gave up his pride and he came here to die
Like a man
So in heav'n and earth and below
Every knee would bow and worship
And ev'ry tongue would proclaim
That Jesus, He reigns with the angels

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God but he made himself nothing
Well he gave up his pride and he came here to die
Like a man
So gather 'round, ye children come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the power of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man

Listen to one of my favorite Christmas albums here:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Time

Well 2010 is on the way out and I can hardly believe another year has gone by...

The Christmas season is a wonderful time and it is so special to see our own children celebrating. Nathan has been very excited to read lots of Christmas stories including THE Christmas Story, The Animals Christmas Eve, and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. So far, his favorite Christmas character is the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. He calls him the "Donk" and gets extra excited when we get to his picture on the page. He has also loved this Fisher Price Nativity set that Aunt Teenz sent him (which conveniently has a "Donk" too!) He can actually pick up the characters in the Nativity and we talk about them and he gets to maybe grasp a little more of the story. He has decided that the basket of food that rides in the back of the cart in the Nativity should be for Lawson. So, he always makes sure Lawson has his food basket to "play" with. Ha!

Phillip has finally finished all of his class work and is now officially ABD (All But Dissertation). He is hoping to get some more writing done over the Christmas break and then steadily on throughout the spring. He has also just been asked to take a new job at the seminary. As of January 1, he will become the Executive Assistant to the Academic Vice President and Dean of the School of Theology (Dr. Russell Moore). We are excited about his new opportunity and he will have a wonderfully gracious boss whom we love dearly.

Lawson just turned 6 months old on the 13th and is looking great. His stats are:

Weight: 19 lbs 6.5 oz
Length: 27 1/2 in
Head Circumference: 17 3/4 in

He's dropped a bit from the 95% to between 75-90%...but nevertheless is still a chart topper. He's really starting to push up more and we've even seen him get on his knees and forearms so it might not be too long before he gets the urge to crawl. He and Nathan have started interacting a lot more and are starting to have some brother fun which I'm sure will only increase as Lawson grows.

Merry Christmas Y'all!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday enjoying some dear friends here in Louisville. And here's two reasons we're thankful...

Our very own turkey

Nathan counts to 10

We are indeed thankful...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Lawson at 4 Months

So, I forgot to post my latest Lawson statistical update. How could I forget this? These are some of my favorite blog posts to go back and look at. Alas, here it is better late than never.

Height: 26 1/2 in (90%)
Weight: 18 lbs 3 oz (95%)
Head Circumference: 17 1/4 in (75-90%)

The little man is growing up fast! He is a roller both ways and a tummy sleeper. This month (with his acquired rolling skills) he tried rolling during the night just for grins. He thought it was fun, mom not so much. It is fine now, but early on he couldn't fix himself and would get wedged into places he couldn't get out of then cry for help. Then I'd come down and fix him and sometimes the stinker would just roll right back! Anyway, we've conquered the intense fixation and now he's just sleeping at night instead of rolling the night away!

He also has become a Finger Muncher (that's what I call it instead of finger sucking because that sounds gross to me). He likes to chomp on his pointer and middle finger together and either hand will do. He does it to pass the time or soothe himself. Certainly not 24/7 but he does enjoy a good chomp when he feels so inclined.

The Finger Muncher in Action

Lawson has lost all of his hair except for a little tuft on top. It's not too much of a tuft though because it stays smoothed down. So maybe it's more of a swoop--a smooth swoop that is. He has new hair coming in and it appears to be mostly brown, but it might be lighter in some areas. It's still a bit hard to tell. His eyes are still grayish blue. Sometimes they look really blue and sometimes green. We'll have to see how they settle out.

A 4 Month Smile

His hearty laughing continues and Dad and Nathan get the most laughs. I guess I don't tickle his funny bone like they do!

Glad we have this boy around!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Boys Halloween 2010

For Halloween this year, I decided the brothers should go as kind of a combo. You know separate costumes with a related theme. Thus, we came up with:

A Football Official

A Football

Nathan's outfit is an authentic jersey that was my dad's oldest one. He also had a real flag and whistle. We, as his authority figures, decided not to teach him how to operate the whistle. That would have been a little too much noise for a 21 month old to produce repeatedly in our opinion.

Lawson was happy lounging in his cozy football outfit. Mostly he chomped on his two fingers, which is his new favorite pastime.


The Football Lovin' Family
The boys got lots of compliments on their costumes. We enjoyed both our church's fall festival and a trick-or-treat in a park near our house. Lots of fun with these two little guys!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin'..."

Merle Haggard and Lawson have something in common.

Apparently, both grew up by a train track and therefore heard train horns which were their first memories.

About 30 trains travel by our house each day. And, on average, each train blows their horn about 20 times. Do the math. That's 600 separate train whistles every single day.We're the fourth house down from the track on our street. That's not very far from the intersection so that means the train whistles are ultra loud!

It wasn't always this way at our house. But, since June 24th the train horn has been blowing long and loud every day. This is due directly to the severe incompetence of our city government. Basically, they didn't complete upgrades to intersections in a timely manner and then when they could have asked for an extension to do the work they screwed that up and had our quiet zone abolished. With much paperwork and filing, they managed to reapply for our quiet zone and by an act of God got the Federal Railroad Commission to accept our application. The application was accepted on Friday October 8th. This should be and for the most part is good news.

The bad news was that the railroad company who conducts business here has 3 weeks to implement the quiet zone ruling. Yes that's right 3 weeks to tell their conductors to stop blowing their horns through our area. Clearly this doesn't seem like rocket science to me. Just don't blow your horn Mr. Conductor! It seems to me sometimes (especially in the dead of night) that the conductors are blowing their horns as loud and as long as possible out of sheer spite. It's not like the 5 intersections in question have no gates or are completely unsafe. And how many hooligans are out at 3 AM and need reminding that a train is coming? Honestly, it is ridiculous. I'm all for safety and I even realize that there are times when a car or person is crossing the tracks when the train is coming and therefore a whistle might be needed. But 20 whistles at 3 AM?!! I don't think so Bucko.

But, the deadline for implementation is fast approaching. It is October 29 to be exact. Oh what a day that will be! Finally, Lawson (and Nathan and Mom and Dad) will get to sleep without blaring horns rattling their walls. We're thinking of throwing a party.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Update on the Boys

So I am always getting behind on the blog because the boys are just doing something new all the's a quick one to get you caught up:

1) Nathan started "school" this fall and is enrolled in a Mother's Day Out program one morning a week for 3 hrs. It is held at a church just down the street and he is really having a good time! The teachers mostly comment on his fun personality and his dancing (apparently he shows off his moves during music time!) I am pretty sure one of his teachers could have been the backup for Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Except she really is a woman! She is originally from Finland and is quite a jovial character. It is helpful for me to have one morning a week to get some things done around the house that I can't always do when Nathan is here.

2) Lawson is a little over 3 months old now. I took him to the Dr. to be weighed and measured at 3 months because I was curious how big he was and here were his stats:

Weight: 16 lbs 15 oz
Height: 25 3/4 in
Head Circumference: 16 3/4 in

Basically he's above 95% in every category! Seriously, we are raising a lineman around here. Just to give you an idea, he is wearing some 6 month and mostly 9 month clothes and he isn't even 4 months old yet! Sometimes his dad just refers to him as The Seventeen Pounder.

3) Lawson is rolling over! He rolls tummy to back and has been since about 12 weeks old. He has done the back to tummy a few times, but not consistently. But he's getting closer to getting it every day! He tries so hard to get his arms in the right place, but it doesn't always happen. This new found trick also disrupts his sleep sometimes. He just wants to practice his new skill in his bed rather than during playtime. Hopefully he'll get the other roll down soon and then it won't be so novel anymore and he can chill out and sleep instead of practicing so much!

4) Nathan is getting more teeth. His bottom two canines have poked through and I don't think the top ones are that far away either.

5) Today Nathan is 20 months old. Can't believe it! He's closing in on 2 years old already!

6) Lawson started laughing this past week. It's a funny little chuckle. Sometimes it sounds like a moan because it's deep in pitch, which makes it even funnier.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Seminary Fall Festival 2010

Our latest family picture:

I LOVE the seminary fall festival! It has certainly grown into quite an event since we first attended in Fall 2006. And, for that matter, our family has doubled in size since 2006! The boys loved being outside in the pleasant weather and seeing all the sights. Nathan's favorite was the bluegrass band. He practically crawled up on stage with them to check it out! Lawson's favorite was being held by our friend Robbie and then enjoying a nice evening cat nap (which is what he's doing in this photo).

This year they had parachuters fly in to open the evening, several different food tents, a ferris wheel, mechanical bull, carousel, military vehicles, live musical entertainment, and a frontier land. After we had dinner, they passed out frozen chocolate covered bananas to everyone and Nathan thought that was a great dessert. It was so good to spend the evening with all our friends and see the children having so much fun. What a great way to kick off the fall semester!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

When Winter Comes to Town

I thought it would be a good idea to check out the boys winter clothes options to make sure things were on track for the cold weather up here. Nathan was in the market for a snow suit and I found one at a consignment sale for only 15$! Jacket, pants, mittens and boot covers with a train embroidered on the front--luuuvv it! I had picked Lawson up a coat back at the end of season sale last winter and it looks like it will fit the man just fine. (Whew...I was a little worried our chunky monkey might have outgrown it!) Here's the boys:

Lawson sporting his brown dog coatA hint of a smile...Nathan is excited to have a real train on his jacket!The whole snow ensemble
It won't be long before these two will be romping in the snow! (Probably more like Nathan pushing Lawson over in the snow :) These guys will be ready for any cold headed our way, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet. I think I will enjoy a nice crisp fall first before Old Man Winter makes his way into Kentucky.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lawson at 2 Months

Lawson had his 2 month check-up on Friday. It's hard to believe he's already been with us for 2 months!

Height: 24 in (75-90%)
Weight: 14 lbs 11 oz (95+ %)
Head Circumference: 16 1/4 (75%)
Well, we discovered in fact what we already had theorized:

Lawson is well proportioned--and he's proportioned large! Maybe even an extra-large...

We looked back at Nathan's statistics and Lawson is bigger at 2 months than Nathan was at 4 months!!! Can you believe that? I know that the boys are two entirely different people in all kinds of ways, but that stat blew my mind. Truly remarkable.

But, the plus on Lawson's awesome growth is that I'm getting to reuse more of Nathan's clothes than I expected. They should be off in the different seasons of their clothing, but because Lawson is pleasantly plump he is using some of Nathan's 3-6 month clothes right now. At. 2. Months. Wow. Also, Nathan is not even 10 lbs heavier than Lawson now, so it's clear that the little brother is quickly and stealthily bulking up to attack the older brother...perhaps more quickly than Nathan realizes...Lawson is just biding his time until he can pounce and make his move. Watch out Nate!

Overall, Lawson is healthy and happy. He is so easygoing. He has started smiling and cooing in the past couple of weeks. He was especially smiley when Daddy Doc was in town! He really enjoyed chatting with him. He's getting oh so close to sleeping through the night, so I'm hoping it won't be too much longer before he conquers that skill. He's pretty consistently going from his 10:30 pm feeding to the 5 (or very near) o'clock hr in the morning and then starting his day between 7 and 8. So, just a couple more hours sleep and he'll make it!

We are loving our Lawson boy!

Monday, August 09, 2010

NRB at 18 months

Our big boy is now 18 months old! He is really fun these days and entertains us regularly with his antics!

At his 18 month checkup:
Height: 32 1/2 in (50%)
Weight: 23 lbs 4.5 oz (10-25%)
Hear Circumference: 19 in (50-75%)

He's got a 50+ word vocabulary (not always recognizable to others quite yet :) but he sure loves to chat! Most often heard around our house are: uh-oh, ball, baby, Laaaaaaaw (Lawson) with a true Texas drawl, go, gone, bye, beep-beep, wa-wa (water). Nathan has always been a music lover but recently he's started requesting songs from Dad. His favorite? "All My Exes Live in Texas" by George Strait. A little man after my own heart. He is also quite fond of hymns played by piano that Phillip has on his computer. Not only is he a music lover, but he's a dancer extraordinaire. His best moves include: the spin, the stomp-stomp-stomp, gettin' low, the above the head clap, and the peg leg--where he keeps one leg straight and rocks back and forth. We'll have to try to capture some video footage.

He moved up to a new Sunday School class at church this week and he came home with arts and crafts! I love that he's getting old enough to bring home artwork treasures for his mom and dad. However, I hope he doesn't take after his father in the art department. Phillip almost failed Kindergarten due to insufficient arts and crafts. I think he's recovered from the trauma though.

Here's the man playing on the deck:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Family of 4

Our latest family of 4 photo

(Amazingly enough we are all dressed, smiling, looking at the camera, clean, and happy. These shots may be few and far between with boys 16.5 months apart...treasure this one)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lawson at 1 Month

Here's some Lawson photos from the past few weeks:

Hanging out in the sunshine in the office
All squeaky clean and pajama-ed
"Brothers don't shake hands--Brothers gotta hug!"
The littlest man on his one month birthday
At one month, Lawson is a pretty easy-going fellow. He is just waking up once at night and has been for a while. His longest stretches have been from 10:30 at night to 4:30 and then a morning wake-up at 7:30/7:45 AM. He is definitely "getting it" that he should sleep a long time at night and hopefully we aren't too far away from making it through the whole night. He has been great at going back to sleep in the middle of the night after eating and I am thankful for that! Overall, his night sleeping has been very similar to Nathan.

Lawson is starting to try and talk to us with some ohs and coos. He's even ventured into trying out a few smiles. He is certainly MUCH chunkier than Nathan ever was, so I'm having to figure out what to do with rolls and creases! I have been blessed with another sweet happy baby boy!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

4th of July

We spent the 4th with two little firecrackers...

Nathan enjoyed the sparklers
Dad had fun showing Nathan how to have a good 4th!

Lawson just slept while the sparklers were going. I almost filed a complaint because of everyone in our neighborhood shooting off fireworks! Low sleep for the mama plus two sleeping boys means DONT WAKE US UP PEOPLE! We survived all the snap, crackle, and pops of the evening (thankfully)! Happy birthday America!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Lawson at 2 weeks

Well, he's three weeks now, but here's how his 2 week Dr. visit went...oh the life of a second child a day late and a dollar short on the updates...

Height: 21 in (75%)
Weight: 9 lbs 12.5 oz (60%)
Head Circumference: 15 in (75%)

He is nice and juicy butterball! He has really put on the weight since he was born at 8 lbs 7 oz. Over a lb in only two weeks! He is now definitely over 10 lbs and busting out of his newborn attire. He has already long passed the newborn diapers (which were beginning to look like a speedo on him before he was 2 weeks old!)

He is eating well and fast! He is a gulper for sure which makes him take in much more air than he needs to and then he is a slow burper. This is a bad combo. Too much air and no burp means large spit-up, so I have to work and work to get those burps out. He seems to be getting a little better with giving up the burp, probably because of all the "burping prayers" I've prayed!

Speaking of prayers, there have been a lot of simple "Lord help us" prayers being said at our house. For all kinds of simple things. But, I know we serve a God of all who delights in helping his children even with things that may sound trivial. No task that he has called us to is trivial and laboring through in prayer is a fight worth fighting.

We are thankful for our sweet Lawson James!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More Pictures of Lawson

The paparazzi has been on Lawson's trail all week and have captured him doing all sorts of fun things:

Big brother Nathan is holding Lawson for the first time. Just after the picture was taken, Nathan tried a WWE wrestling move on him

Nathan is showing some brotherly love after the wrestling match by giving Laswon a kiss on the cheek

Lawson is all dressed up and ready to leave the hospital in his going home outfit

The first photo of our new family of four

Lawson is enjoying his first bath (unlike his brother who screamed the entire way through his!)

We are really enjoying having this little man around!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pictures of Lawson

Here are some pictures of Lawson. Enjoy the photos!

He is our wide-eyed boy...observing everything around him through those big eyes.

Tipping the scales at a meaty 8 lbs. 7 oz.

Look at all that hair! He's sporting a mohawk on his first day.

Momma and baby are happy that Lawson is finally here.

Nathan sized up his little brother for the first time and heartily approves. He's wearing his "Big Brother" t-shirt in honor of their first meeting.

Lawson is snuggled in. Check out those Thunder Thighs!

The new family of four. We love our latest addition to the Bethancourt clan!

Lawson James Bethancourt Is Here!

A guest post from Phillip

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our second son:

Lawson James Bethancourt

Born: 6/13/10 at 11:33 PM

Weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches long

We are so thankful to God for the blessing of children and look forward to raising our son to be a man who loves and trusts Christ.

There will be plenty of pictures and updates on Phillip's twitter account at We will also update the blog with more details as well as pictures and video.

We would love to hear from you, so please don't hesitate to send an email, respond on twitter or leave a comment on the blog. We may not be able to get back to you right away, but we would love to hear from you.

As a request, we would ask that you pause and pray for Lawson right now - that he would come to know and love Christ, that he would be healthy and that we would raise him in a way that honors God. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Photo from Lawson's Due Date

Here we are after a walk at Seneca Park to try and motivate Lawson to be born:

Our neighbor Tony (who use to be a pro photographer) snapped the photo! We are waiting with smiles for you Lawson!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Happy Due Date Lawson!

Well son, you have made it to your due date and congratulations are in order!

40 weeks is a long time to be anywhere, so you obviously have some fortitude. You have joined your older brother Nathan in the "we are boys who make it to our due date" club. And he decided (well was medically coaxed) to join us just 4 days later, so now we ask when will you make your debut? And how big will you be? And what will you look like?

Mom and Dad are headed out on a date tonight to celebrate while Miss D keeps Nathan. Surely we will have food and fellowship in honor of you--that is if you don't decide to join the world first! We love you son and look forward to meeting you so soon!

Mom and Dad and Nathan

Anybody out there have a guess on Lawson's weight and length and time of birth? Feel free to guess away in the comments section!

Monday, June 07, 2010

License Plates

I have noticed a funny thing with license plates I see here in the Bluegrass State.

They seem to regularly contain the initials of family members. Weird. Yes, I have noticed a trend. I have mentioned before that I love monograms and initial combinations so perhaps my brain is attuned especially to these things, but I still find it quite entertaining.

The most prolific by far are male members of Phillip's family. With Phillip's dad, brothers, and our nephew John Thomas being the most frequently spotted. It is really uncanny!

Most often I am sitting at a stoplight and notice the car in front of me contains familiar initials. Voila! It's like a little game I play now to see if I can spot more because I've seen so many. So, when I see your initials on a KY license plate know that I'm thinking of and praying for you! Who doesn't appreciate a little well wishing even if it comes from an unlikely place?

In other license plate news, I was headed to my Dr. appointment last week and noticed a minivan parked in the "Labor & Delivery Physicians Only" spot. Do you know what their license plate said? "OK PUSH" Ha! An Ob/Gyn with a sense of humor for all the world to see. I actually chuckled out loud. Then I thought, do their kids have to explain what that license plate means to their friends? That could be dangerous...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Family Photos

So for Mother's Day I asked for some photos of our family and especially of Nathan because he's never had "official" pictures taken in his short little life. It would be a time to celebrate our son Nathan and have a few nice photos as a family of 3 before we expand to a family of 4. My husband was glad to oblige and got our friend Devin Maddox of Charles Smith Photographers ( to help out. Here's a few shots from the session:

I think Nathan looks like quite the little man! He did really well up until the very end when we couldn't get him to sit still for even the slightest moment. All in all considered, the shoot was a success. So thanks Devin for your work!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Nathan's 15 Month Check-up

We went for Nathan's 15 month check-up last week and here's the stats:

Height: 31 3/4 in (50-75%)
Weight: 21 lbs 13 oz (10-25%)
Head Circumference: 18 3/4 in (50-75%)

This guy is getting big! He truly is turning into a little boy who is on-the-go!

Love this face!

Showing off one of his favorite toys--a dog--and running towards me excited and squealing!

I am really enjoying seeing Nathan's personality develop more and more. He is just FUN most all the time! I just laugh sometimes seeing this little fellow toodle around the house discovering things. Lately, he's been extra interested in wearing his baseball hat every time we leave the house. We have it hanging on a hook by the door and he excitedly points to it when we're leaving, so I put it on for him and it just about makes his whole day! Now, he doesn't leave it on the whole time, but hey it's cute seeing a little guy in a baseball hat anytime.

He is also an emptying and filling master. He loves to take things out/off and put them in/on all kinds of containers. His frustration is starting to show more when he can't get things "just so" and requires help when he doesn't think he needs it. I think that's a mama gene :) He says all sorts of words now: mama, dada, dog, go, car, hi, bye, tuh (light), tah (cat), ball, done, gone. He can sign: more, all done, and please. I'm not too overzealous with the sign language, but these few have been helpful so far. Lastly, this guy is loving the spring weather. He has always enjoyed being outside and he is really loving it now! We try to go on walks or to the park quite often so he can burn up some good energy.

We sure love our big boy!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Lawson at 34 weeks

Can't believe our second little man is almost here! Here I am at 34 weeks:

It's been great for me to be pregnant again! Everything has been smooth sailing so far just like with Nathan--strangely similar. Now, I will pray that there is no ice storm in June when Lawson arrives! That would be TOO similar...

I have my next Dr. appt next week and will go in for weekly checks after that. Phillip says he can go ahead and come :), but I say to stay in and cook as long as possible. We don't want, as my pediatrician said, a "wimpy little white boy" making an early appearance! No, we certainly don't want "wimpy" in the same sentence with a Bethancourt boy.

We're working on getting Nathan's big boy room together and the nursery back in shape for a newborn. I'll put up some pictures of Nathan's room when it's together more. It's still willy-nilly right now and you wouldn't want to see it I promise. Soon we'll get two car seats in the car and bags packed for the hospital! So excited for Lawson to arrive!

Cali Trip

We got the chance to go to visit Mammaw and Grandpa in California in early April. Nathan really enjoyed himself, despite having a cough and runny nose, he persevered. We visited the aquarium, Pebble Beach, and even ventured down to the water at Carmel beach for Nathan to touch the ocean for the first time. The weather wasn't totally cooperative, but we tried to make the most of it.

Grandpa and Nathan checking out some fish

With Dad at the penguin exhibit

Mammaw showing Nathan what it's like to be inside a wave

An family photo at the beach (it was freezing and windy, but you'd never know from our smiles!)
Close-up of Nathan's first black eye. Given to him by the coffee table right before we left for Cali. Ouch! But he was a tough little guy

The west coast was good to us. We also enjoyed In-n-Out twice, a cruise on 17 mile drive, some outlet mall shopping, and just all around fun. Too bad California and Kentucky have to be so far away from each other! That east coast to west coast travel is a bear! For future reference the Phoenix airport had several things to keep kiddos entertained including some climbing toys and a big puzzle board. Great way to burn off some little boy energy!

Thanks Mammaw and Grandpa!