reflected God's perfect provision providing what our family needed when we
needed it, and I don't ever want to forget the challenges we faced and how God
brought us through them.
March 23, we were blessed with another beautiful, healthy baby boy. At 8
lbs. 4 oz., Morgan Eli arrived after 2 long days. (I was induced
once again, but it didn't take the first day). We were thrilled to get a
brother for Memphis, and already they love each other (and drive each other
crazy). Memphis can be so sweet with him at times, rough at other times,
but mostly, Morgan is happy to get attention.
addition to Morgan, two other Roper babies were born in 2010. In July,
Jedidiah (Jed) Russell Roper was born and Sadie Ann Roper was just born in
November, making a grand total of 9 Roper grandkids for Aaron's parents.
Yes, Christmas should be wonderful chaos.
is 2 ½ years old and more fun and adorable than ever. He is way obsessed with
motorcycles. He plays with his little dirtbikes all day every day, loves
to watch cycle shows, goes for rides with Daddy on our dirtbikes, and wears his
favorite motorcycle shirts constantly. Peter Pan is another favorite and
that's who he was for Halloween. He has a knack for puzzles, and is working
the 24 piece puzzles by himself now. We love listening to him talk in
full sentences now, and the funny stuff he'll say. He has a hard time
containing his excitement, and will jump up and down repeatedly when he's happy
about something. He adores his Daddy, and Aaron gets to come home to a
big hug and an excited
'My Daddy Home!' every night.
Morgan looks so much like Memphis did, but has been a completely different
baby. Memphis has always slept great. Morgan is still not sleeping
through the night, and cries/screams every time he's laid in his crib awake.
He is also much needier than Memphis ever was, never wants to be set down
or left alone. He is so much serious too than Memphis was, though he can
have some terrific smiles when he's talked into it. He is very chunky
still (which I love) as he has yet to get very active. He will always laugh if
I kiss his bare belly (loves having his clothes off) and is a sucker for the
'Wheels on the Bus' song.
God's grace, Aaron is still working with his brother and father. Like so
many, their company faced some challenging times this year, (unlike any other
year in its 25+ year history); but God has been merciful to our family and the
company. We have learned to be grateful
for every day of work, and strive to take nothing for granted. Our own
little family was further blessed, (when uncertainty was at its peak and
finances were tight); Aaron was provided with a second job, working part-time
as a property manager. Lastly, I am also
grateful for the continued opportunity to work very very part-time, a couple
hours a week from home.
With a new baby and financial uncertainty for much of the year, we didn't camp
as much as we would have liked to, but we did finally make it to Nevada to ride
our dirt bikes in September. We also went to Half Moon Bay for 3 days in
October, just the 4 of us, and had fun taking the kids to the SF Zoo and
Academy of Sciences.
We continue to spend much of our free time on church activities at Horizon.
We still meet weekly with our group ‘The Pilgrimage’, and look
forward to this weekly discussion and accountability time, as it continues to
impact our walk with God, and each other. We studied several impactful
books this year, including 'Forgotten God' by Francis Chan and 'Knowing God' by
J.I. Packer. We're currently reading Pilgrims Progress. I'm
still teaching 4s & 5s Sunday school with my mom, and facilitating a Mom's
group every other week.
see many pictures of Memphis & Morgan from the past year, visit
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God
your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers." Philippians
you a Merry Christmas! ~Aaron, Christina,
Memphis & Morgan Roper