Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Documenting Owen October 26, 2014

Filed under: Getting Creative,Parenthood,Recollections — Amy Scott @ 2:16 pm

As with any new mom, I’ve spent the last year documenting Owen’s life to the fullest. I’ve been taking lots of pictures and saving mementos. This last month, I’ve put a bit of effort into some projects that document Owen’s first year of life. From the very beginning of my pregnancy with Owen, I knew that I was going to be using photo books from Shutterfly as my main way of saving memories. I kept a pregnancy journal using a Shutterfly photo book and had that book printed after Owen was born. For all of you who that I took no “bump” pictures, you were wrong. I took plenty. Only about half are documented in this book. I never posted a lot of pictures to Facebook, but I have them saved for myself and my family. I like that the journal captures what I liked and disliked while I was pregnant. It shows the transformation of the nursery and photos from my baby showers. It also talks about how we shared our baby news and the process that went into naming Owen. To compliment this pregnancy photo book, I’ve spent the last year making a photo book of Owen month to month. It’s mainly pictures with just a few highlights of holidays, trips and milestones. I love that with each page you can see Owen growing and changing. This photo book was meant to be Owen’s “Baby Book”. I didn’t plan on getting a baby book to write in dates and weights and milestones. Creativity did hit me though and I just created my own version of baby book. But more on that in a little bit.

After the photo books, I have two photo boxes from Michaels. One is full of mementos. It has items from the hospital, items from my baby showers, invitations to the baby showers, invitations to Owen’s birthday party. It has the first hair cut certificate in it and Owen’s birthday boy t-shirt. I love this box because it’s full of little items that hold big memories. The second photo box is all prints from Owen’s first year. I have a baby box full of photos and I wanted Owen to have the same. It’s a very heavy box full. My guess is that it probably has over 600+ pictures in it. Maybe even a thousand. I don’t know. But it’s full. This kid can’t say I didn’t take his picture!

Like I said before, originally my plan was to leave it at just the two books and the two boxes, but inspiration hit and I ended making my own version of a baby book this weekend. It was partially inspired by my sister-in-law’s blog. She writes monthly updates on her littlest guy. I love these posts because it give a great look at the things Keegan is into and all the ways that he is changing month to month. She mentioned that these posts will come in handy when she someday needs to remember the monthly milestones for Keegan’s baby book. I thought about it and I decided that I have monthly updates from this blog that are all about Owen and I would use the blog posts to create a baby book. I started off by just printing the monthly posts, but then I went back and read through my posts for the last year. I decided that I would print any post that was mostly all about Owen. I also created a fact sheet page that had all kinds of little tidbits about Owen and his first year. I included all the stats from his doctors appointments and the milestones that I could remember. I also included a photo collage of Owen’s monthly pictures. I was going through my files and discovered that I had typed up Owen’s birth story while it was still fresh last year. I printed that birth story to include in this make-shift baby book. The result is pretty much a baby novel instead of a baby book. It’s a very detailed account of Owen’s first year and I used mostly pieces that I already created throughout the year. I know that I had a lot of this stuff in digital form on my computer, but I like that I now I have a printed hard copy of it. I threw all these pieces into a three-ring binder and printed a cover sheet. And that is the story behind how Owen’s baby book came to be.

I know that these items will get lots of use through the years. At first, I’m sure only I will be the one to grab them and look back through them. Sometime in the future, I hope that Owen will read them and flip through them. I hope he can see how loved he is through the written words and the absurd amount of photos that were taken of him. It’s so special to have these memories to share with him for a long time to come!

Boxes full of memories!

Boxes full of memories!

Pregnancy Photo Book and Owen's First Year Photo Book

Pregnancy Photo Book and Owen’s First Year Photo Book

Owen's Homemade Baby Book

Owen’s Homemade Baby Book

I had fun! Owen Month by Month!

I had fun! Owen month by month!

 

Owen Meets the Historic Waterfall Highway October 24, 2014

Filed under: Family Time — Amy Scott @ 7:51 pm

Despite being a bit under the weather, we had a short window of opportunity to head to Portland and visit the Historic Waterfall Highway on the Columbia Gorge. We almost made it down last year, but Owen was a newborn and things just didn’t pan out the way we had hoped. Because it had been a few years since our last visit, we were highly motivated to make it work this year. I knew going into the trip that I wasn’t feeling good and that photographing a one year old is tricky business. I had to give myself a pep talk. There was likely to be no good photos in the bunch. I had to accept that and not get upset if nothing Christmas card worthy happened. Going into with low expectations made for a better trip. There was a short window for photo taking before the rain moved in. We made it just in time. I love this historic highway. Jeremy and I have been going together over the last decade and it holds a special place in my heart. I love it at anytime of year, but especially in the fall! Here are a few of the pictures we took today and a flashback to years past!

 

Fall Photos Through The Years

Fall Photos Through The Years – 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012

Adding Owen to the classic shot!

Adding Owen to the classic shot!

Walking in the leaves

Walking in the leaves

Mommy & Owen

Mommy & Owen

Daddy & Owen

Daddy & Owen

Cutest kid!

Cutest kid!

 

Just us - for old times sake!

Just us – for old times sake!

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

 

More Bugs… October 23, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 5:33 pm

Well, I’m sick again… This time with a cold – mainly a killer sore throat which is the beginning symptom of my head colds. Oh goody. This month has been full of fun, but apparently it’s also full of germs and I keep catching them. Yay me. While I would love to share some brilliant post or update on my family, I figured I would make this a photo blog today. Because let’s be real, you all read this blog for the pictures! Enjoy!

Hunting with my hubby - actually just riding along in the truck

Hunting with my hubby – actually just riding along in the truck

Owen had a blast running around Forrest's birthday party last weekend

Owen had a blast running around Forrest’s birthday party last weekend

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

All lit up - Amy's pumpkin, Owen's pumpkin and Jeremy's pumkin. This might be the best pumpkin I've ever done!

All lit up – Amy’s pumpkin, Owen’s pumpkin and Jeremy’s pumkin. This might be the best pumpkin I’ve ever done!

Checking out the candy for Fall Fest in Daddy's office

Checking out the candy for Fall Fest in Daddy’s office

This is how I frost cookies without Owen needing my attention

This is how I frost cookies without Owen needing my attention

Eating a little bit of everything

Eating a little bit of everything

Thanks to Owen's birthday and Pastor Appreciation Month!

Thanks to Owen’s birthday and Pastor Appreciation Month!

I love pumpkin!

I love pumpkin!

 

The Official First Haircut October 17, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 12:13 pm

For a long time now, we’ve been asked about Owen’s hair. It’s crazy and long and it seemed daily I heard the question, “Are you guys going to cut it?” Jeremy and I joked that we should tell people that we plan for Owen to be a Nazarite. In Hebrew that word means “set apart”. Back in Bible times, if you took a nazarite vow it meant that you wouldn’t cut your hair to show that you are set a part for something special for the Lord. Sampson was a Nazarite. So anyway, we were on our way to having a baby Sampson or, my personal favorite, a baby Fabio. The hair had a personality that spoke for itself. It was wild and untamed. We made the decision to not cut it until after his first birthday. My biggest reason was I didn’t want a dorky haircut to mar the birthday pictures. These are photos that we’ll look back on for a lifetime and I didn’t want to hear about how horrible that first haircut was.

Yesterday was the big day. We made an appointment at a local(ish) hair salon that specialized in cutting kid’s hair. We walked in and luckily we were the only ones in the shop. This made me feel better. If there was going to be an Owen meltdown, at least we wouldn’t have an audience. Owen got to sit in a cool chair that looked like a go-kart. He loved it! It did great through the whole hair cut process and was actually mad when we took him out of the go-kart. The lady that cut his hair worked quietly and fast. You can tell this wasn’t her first rodeo. Since this was the first haircut, I didn’t really want a buzz cut or anything. Owen is only one. I didn’t want him to look a kindergartener. I did tell myself that whatever happened, it was only hair. For better or worse, it will grow out and we can try another style if this first attempt didn’t work.

I’m pleased with the results. I’m glad that I don’t have to push his hair out of his eyes or tucked it behind his ears anymore. I will admit that I do miss the untamed mane. It was so spunky and like I said earlier, it had personality. I’m adapting to the new do and I know that it’s a good change. It will just take a little getting used to. I was so nervous going into the salon that Owen was going to hate the whole experience, so I was massively relieved when Owen had a great time. The whole experience took about 20 minutes. What could have been horrible nightmare turned out to be a great memory. I’m so grateful. Now our little guy doesn’t look so disheveled. I guess I would consider that a parenting win!

Before the haircut! Look at the hairy goofball!

Before the haircut! Look at the hairy goofball!

Brave boy getting sprayed down with the water bottle

Brave boy getting sprayed down with the water bottle

Trimming things up

Trimming things up

The finished result and the happy boy!

The finished result and the happy boy!

I guess we have something to put in the baby box

I guess we have something to put in the baby box

 

Calling and Equipping October 16, 2014

Filed under: Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 5:41 pm

I was thinking back to my days at Multnomah Bible College earlier today. More specifically, I was thinking about the internship I did at a local church while I attended college. This church was a lot smaller than the church I had come from at home. It was also a nondenominational church, so it wasn’t organized the same way as Bethel Church (my home church and current church to this day). I had been a high school student who had been deeply involved with my home church, specially the youth group. I loved being there with my friends, serving alongside them. I took part in anything that offered the chance to grow my leadership. I devoured leadership and spiritual growth books. I was told about how I would do big things for God when I went out in the world. I was primed to change the world when I left home. But… I actually found myself in a smaller church in Vancouver, WA called Grace and Glory Community Church. I loved this church for all the ways that it was different than Bethel. It was small and quaint. I knew the names of almost everyone there, but I still had a hard time connecting. An 18 year old girl from out of town doesn’t easily join in ranks with the families who have been in the community for a long time. I was a bit isolated, but I loved the preaching and the pastors. My first year in attendance, I found myself helping the youth group because youth ministry was the majority of what I knew at that time. This was a stretching experience and ultimately, I was too close in age to the students to be a true leader. I acted like a leader, I showed up and helped, but the kids didn’t look up to me. They didn’t know me, so why should they really look up to me. I don’t hold it against them at all. My second year there was a more formalized internship. I met weekly with the pastors (the lead pastor and youth pastor) at Starbucks to talk about ministry books and church stuff. It was a really neat season to be poured into by these great men. I learned a lot from them and I enjoyed the friendship that I found at that table even though I was so different from them. The main goal of my internship was assimilation. That’s a fun word, huh? They wanted to work on getting people in the doors and keeping them there. I thought a membership program was what they needed. They also wanted to work on a better database system. I did research on database systems and helped to consolidate their information into one more accessible program. Mainly, I just tried to replicate what I knew what working at Bethel.

I look back on that internship now and I realize that I really had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t come in and radically change their church for the better. I offered what I knew and I grew because the situation stretched me beyond my familiar roles. However, this wasn’t a home run for them or for me. This was just a girl simply doing the best she could with the ministry before her. And you know what? That’s okay. I think Jesus was pleased with my small, measly offering at Grace & Glory because it was heartfelt. I wanted to make a difference and I did the best that I could. Sometimes what you we have to offer isn’t glamorous. People aren’t going to interview us and ask what makes us successful. Sometimes success doesn’t even look impressive. But growth and going forward into the unknown is a big win. And it’s mainly, just a simple act of trust. There were times during that season that I was really confused. I didn’t know if I was doing a good job because I wasn’t rocking the world for Jesus. I was making decisions about things I really didn’t understand and I was trying to make the best of the situation in front of me. I left that chapter of my life wondering if I did them any good. I think I did. I know that even through the struggle and the learning curve, I grew and became a better person thanks to the influence of those pastors. I was treated like an adult and given an adult job. It was scary. But God was good.

There is this saying in church circles what says “God doesn’t call the equipped, but he equips the called.” Meaning, God will call you do something you are unprepared for, but don’t worry he’ll prepare you in his way. It’s supposed to reassure you that no matter who you are, you can do what God calls you to do. In a lot of ways, I agree with this statement. I have learned that God doesn’t always “equip” us before heading into the situation. It’s not calling, equipping, and then going. It’s usually goes like this – get the call, go forward, and be equipped as you go. The equipping comes in the doing. And sometimes the equipping process can look like a mess. It’s painful and uncomfortable. It’s walking into unknown territory. I realize now that this is what my years at Grace & Glory were like. I wasn’t equipped, but I was called to be involved in the local church and I did learn a lot from it, even if at times it felt like a mess. I will note, once I started dating the children’s pastor from my home church, they did ask me to teach Sunday School a few times. I really did enjoy my time in that classroom. There was this little guy, Wesley, who was about kindergarten or 1st grade and he could play the violin. He was the cutest thing ever and we hit it off right away. I didn’t know it then, but working with kids soon became a passion of mine. I was just entering the world of children’s ministry and my life was about to set a course with kids being a major focus. Even in those uncertain times, I can see God using my situations to mold me and guide me.

I can see how this calling and equipping principle can play into parenting. I’m walking forward in parenting knowing that God will equip me, but that doesn’t mean that I’m fully equipped in this moment. There are going to be lots of moments (and there are and have been) where I am not equipped. I have no clue what I am doing. But God is in process with me. I’ll never be “there” fully at the mark of perfection, but just the act of going forward and doing your best is all the is necessary. There is no real way to prepare for parenting but to experience.

So to tie this all together, after reflecting on various seasons of my life, I can see how God has called me and equipped me to do very different things. Sometimes (most of the time), I have no clue what I’m doing. But that is okay because God uses my not knowing to make me a better person. I would be too cocky if I just went in like a rock star and did everything right the first time. There is no growth in that.

I’m also learning that being faithful in small things makes a bigger difference than I can see now. Often, I think about how I never really did go out and change the world after high school. Even now, my circle seems to have grown smaller as I make my family and raising Owen a priority. But… the influence I have does matter. If I can make a small positive change in a few lives and then they make small positive change in the lives around them, there is a ripple effect. I might not be preaching to thousands on a weekly basis and becoming a church super hero, but I am investing in the lives of those around me. Hopefully, that influence will spread and the positive change will reach far greater than I can imagine. Maybe even those two years at Grace & Glory will reach a far greater level of influence than I’m even aware of right now. Our lives can touch others for the better and I hope that is what I am doing. I’m living my calling and praying that God equips me as I go. It’s not easy and my execution isn’t perfect, but it’s a lovely mess that I am making. I know God is using it all for his glory.

 

Post Birthday Bugs and Whatnot October 14, 2014

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 3:25 pm

We loved our big birthday weekend. We got to see a lot of friends and family and just enjoy time hanging out with people we love. Celebrating one year of our little man was pretty cool too. However, after all the excitement of the weekend, Owen came down with a tummy bug and has spent the last week making gross, disgusting diapers. The contents of these diapers can’t stay in the diaper, so there have been lots of loads of laundry and many times I’ve changed the sheets in Owen’s crib. In fact, the washing machine contains such a load as I type. I’m not a fan of these bugs because the changing of everything so constantly gets a bit draining. Towards the end of last week, the germs finally caught up with me and I went down with a bit of the flu bug myself. Despite our germs, Sunday was one of the few days that we could make it to the local cider mill as a family. Owen and I went and now that I reflect, we maybe shouldn’t have gone… I’m fairly certain we weren’t over our bugs. I think I might have given my sister some of the cruddy bugs as well. We are a family that likes to share! Oh well. Even today, I took Owen into town for a MOPS meeting and a staff appreciation lunch and then we got home and …. another blowout diaper. Maybe we’re not all better yet? I don’t know!!! So the last week has been a quiet one thanks to germs keeping us a bit grounded. The next few days are kind of full, so we’ll see how that all pans out. I wonder if the Scotts will win or if the bugs will us at bay a little while longer. Since I don’t have anything more news worthy to share, I will leave you with a few photos of our brief outings! Hopefully in my next post, I’ll have good health to report!

PS – On a random note, Owen has added “Uh-oh” to his vocabulary. He learned that one from his father! Also, he is really enjoying playing with shapes recently. We have a couple of shape toys and he celebrates when he gets the right shape into its spot. It’s pretty cute to watch him get excited!

Practicing hunters safety with Daddy

Practicing hunters safety with Daddy

Logger boy

Logger boy

Smiling at the ducks

Smiling at the ducks

Sisters

Sisters

Riding the horse

Riding the horse

Staff Appreciation lunch today

Staff Appreciation lunch today

 

Owen is One!!! October 7, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 9:03 pm
Happy birthday, Owen!

Happy birthday, Owen!

In what feels like a flash, here we are on Owen’s first birthday! Oh my! We celebrated his birthday this weekend with two parties and over the course of the weekend, I was feeling good because he wasn’t one yet. Officially. We were celebrating, but he was still my baby. But now he is one. I have mixed emotions about the big milestone birthday. Mostly, I am grateful that he has survived us and we have survived him. He has changed so much in the last month, he really is a toddler now. Mainly because he is officially toddling. He is walking and has been pretty steady on his feet for about a week. I had guessed that he would walk before his first birthday and he proved my hunch right. I’m a little sad that he has entered into a new phase. The baby phase felt too short. However, this is an exciting time as Owen learns new things. Walking was a huge accomplishment. I have a feeling his vocabulary is about to take off. Currently, Owen can say Mama, Dada and up. He is getting very good at saying things back to me though. I have heard words like out and bop and pop. Of course there are lots of other jabbery words he says. I’m thinking they might soon make a little more sense. In the back of my mind, I keep telling myself he is still a baby because he can’t talk back at me yet. I keep finding reasons to keep him a “baby”.

Here are a few things that are new with Owen this month. After our Canada trip, Owen was done with car time. He would clap whenever the car stopped as a way to celebrate. He knew that he was going to get out. I find this funny. Now when Owen wakes up in the morning, I hear him saying “up” and I go into his room to see a baby standing and bouncing in his crib. The top of his crib shows where he is a bitten the crib while waiting for me to get him out bed. It took me a while to realize that those dents in the crib and the missing bits of finish were thanks to Owen’s teeth. At this time, Owen has four teeth (two on top and two on bottom) that are very prominent. He has two more on top just breaking through for a total of six teeth in his first year. He is putting those teeth to good use trying everything new. If he sees you eating then he must try what you have. Owen demands that everyone shares with him. He loves to feed himself and gone are the days of feeding him soft foods with a baby spoon. He simply pushes our offerings away. He wants to feed himself, but he isn’t too handy with a spoon quite yet.

Despite his love for feeding himself, Owen was a bit unsure what to do with the cupcakes he was served at his parties. First off, yes, I know two parties might seem like a bit much. Jeremy and I both have large families and it would have been hard to house everyone at the same time. We hosted one at our house for Jeremy’s family and then one at my parent’s house for my family. This saved my out-of-town family a half hour in travel time since they were already making a long trek down for the party. But back to the cupcakes. Owen licked at the frosting, but really didn’t go at it. His first cupcake might have scared him off a bit. We lit a candle and sang to him. Owen went to reach for the flame and Jeremy and I both pounced on him to keep him from the flame and blow out the candle. I think the flurry of excitement scared him and who knows if now he associates cupcakes with being attacked by his parents. I’m sure someday he’ll like them.

Owen did well at the parties despite the interruption to his nap schedule. He showed off his new walking skills and for the most part seemed interested in opening his presents. It was fun to have him be a part of the process because last Christmas we just opened everything for him. This time when it came time to open gifts he could participate. It was a big weekend, but a fun weekend. We’re now snacking on leftover party goodies and marveling that it has indeed been a year since Owen entered our lives.

Owen is a crazy kid! He can be silly and goofy and sometimes he has a short fuse. He wants to see and explore. He is learning new things so fast. He currently loves cars, trains and anything with wheels. He’ll sit in my lap and read books with me. In fact, he knows where his books are located and points at the shelf until I bring them all down. I love that he loves to read. Hopefully this will be a passion that we can share as he grows up. As a watch this little boy toddle around the house, I am amazed. He has the best laugh and the cutest smile. His untamed hair makes me chuckle. There are so many small little details that make this little creature the most lovable and fascinating thing there is. He is just too much. My heart can barely hold it all. I am grateful that this first year is only the beginning of the long journey we have ahead of ourselves. I know that there will be new seasons around the bend – terrible twos, potty training, preschool… Someday he’ll be officially grown up and hopefully set for a life that he loves. Even now, I pray for his salvation. I hope he loves the Lord at a young age and makes him the foundation of his life. I pray for the conversations that we have will have about God and the deeper stuff of life.. I know there is a lot of life – both good and hard – to lived and learned.

I know I say it a lot on this blog, but what a wonderful adventure this year has been and what an amazing adventure still lies ahead! A year… A whole year. It’s mind blowing!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OWEN!

One year ago!

One year ago!

Opening his first present!

Opening his first present!

Party day! I'm turning one!

Party day! I’m turning one!

First cupcake. He seems unsure.

First cupcake. He seems unsure.

Make a wish

Make a wish

Exhausted from partying hard

Exhausted from partying hard

Wearing his new jersey and playing with his new toys!

Wearing his new jersey and playing with his new toys!