Ok, so I've been bad and haven't done this in a LONG time! But Thursday means Thoughtless Thursday over at Life in the Fulmer Lane!
My brother took these pictures for us this past weekend when Kyndall and I went to visit my Grandma and my mom.
We did four generation pictures back in March of 2009 when Kyndall was just 2 1/2 months old, and we thought it would be neat to do them again!
When I click on template, I can't do anything that isn't blogger's, and when I add my own outside link, my blog disappears except for the background I posted...HELP!
April 4, 1946-July 7, 2010
Tom was born April 24, 1946, in Ewing, Illinois, to Verbal and Annabel Roberson. He grew up in Willow Springs, Illinois. He married Linda Cragg of Muskogee, Oklahoma, after finishing college, and went on to serve the Lord in full-time ministry for more than 30 years with her by his side. He was the husband of one, father of four and grandfather of 14. He was the pastor of Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, for 13 years.
Beloved by his family and church family, Tom's legacy is one of life change. He loved missions and traveled to many foreign countries with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He touched people around the world in life and continues to do so in death.
The family would like to extend thankful hearts to the people of Oakland Heights Baptist Church. You have been gracious, faithful, generous and loving to our entire family. We love you. You will always be our church family.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Verbal Roberson.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Roberson; his children, Jody Janz and husband, Dennis, Niki Perek and husband, Jeff, Matt Roberson and wife, Jennifer, and Tommy Roberson and wife, Julie; his mother, Annabel Dykstra; his sister, Barbara Roberts; brother, Jim Roberson and wife, Betty; and sister, Joyce De La Ossa and husband, Jess. He left a legacy in 14 grandchildren: Andy, Josiah, Caleb, Bethany, Melody, Kayeleigh, J.T., Jacob, Joseph, Halleigh, Emmaleigh, Chloe, Claire and Kelsi.
Article in today's paper:
Oakland Heights Baptist Church is mourning the loss of its pastor, the Rev. Thomas Rae Roberson.
Roberson, 64, lost a seven-year battle to cancer this week. His funeral is at 4 p.m. today at Oakland Heights Baptist Church. Burial is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Okla.
"He was a very godly man," said the Rev. Kevin Bright, associate pastor of discipleship. "Almost every decision he made he could back up with a biblical reference."
With 13 years at the church, Roberson was Oakland Height's longest tenured pastor, Bright said. He helped Oakland Heights open two other churches — Vida Abundante, a Spanish mission, and Lifepoint Church. Both are in Longview.
"He was a loving leader," said Marine Moore, who was Roberson's administrative assistant for 13 years. "He felt deeply about his congregation. He was there for them in their troubles and their successes."
When Roberson was faced with trouble, he turned his eyes to the Lord, she said. He wrote a book this past year called "Mercy Endures." It tells the story of his journey with cancer.
"He always had a positive attitude," Bright said. "I rarely ever saw him down. He trusted God. Yes, he wanted to be better, but more than anything, he wanted to glorify God."
Under his leadership, the church paid off its debt, renovated its sanctuary and opened a mission house on church property to be used by missionaries on furlough and people visiting family members in the hospital, Moore said.
Roberson's faith helped encourage all four of his children to enter the ministry. His daughter, Jody Janz, is a Southern Baptist missionary in South Africa, and daughter, Niki Perek and her family serve at a church near Chicago. His son, Matt Roberson, is in the music ministry at a church in Oklahoma, and son Tommy Roberson is a youth pastor in Angleton.
He is survived by his four children and their families, as well as by his wife, Linda Roberson, who taught Sunday school at Oakland Heights and helped him as he counseled families.
I know this isn't the greatest picture ever, but this was taken March 1, 2009 at church during baby dedication. Here Pastor Tom is reading the meaning of Kyndall's name and the verse that he picked out for her.
Birthday: December 30, 2008
Height: 31 inches
Weight: 19lbs 14 oz
Hair: Too much for headbands, and I can put it in a pony or piggies.
Teeth: 4 top, 4 bottom, both top 1 year molars
Clothing Size: mostly 6-9 month, but since its summer, we can get away with some 3 month shorts, and we're having to go up to some 12 month dresses for length
Diaper Size: 3...we just moved up last week, and they are a little big still
Walking: uh, yeah
Running: yes, especially when she's excited.
Climbing: Yep- up on the couch, chairs, boxes...
Talking: mama, dada, cat, dog, hair, bow, toe, nose, bye bye, night-night, fish, money(what she calls a monkey), Popple(great g-pa), Tux and DC(our dogs), Zoe-o(What she calls our cat, Zoe), Jude(a boy in her class), cheese, please, thank you, jump, side(in and out), hot dog, shoe, look, whats that, wow, woah...and I'm sure there are others
Signing (if you do this): we tried, but didn't stick to it, but I wish we had
Understands Commands: Yes. Go get the (object), take this(object) to mommy/daddy/Popple, Sit down, go to the potty(she won't do anything, but she'll go to it)
On the Bottle/breast: weaned off the bottle at 13 months, weaned from the breast at 14 1/2 months
Paci: Not since May 27
Utensils: She's pretty good with them, but still likes to use her hands some
Tantrums: Oh yeah
Hobbies: She is a dancing machine! She loves to go outside and jump, and she has gotten to where she likes to look at books. I'm hoping she'll like swimming as well- we start lessons on the 19th.
Others: She's small for her age, 2nd% for weight and 28th% for height, but shes healthy. Her newest fascination is pointing out body parts. She knows where her hair, nose, mouth, ears, bellybutton, and toes are.
Kyndall on Jan. 3, 2009 with Lola
Kyndall July 7, 2010 with Lola...not to happy!
The black onesie is a preemie that she wore 18 months ago and a preemie diaper- both were too big on her. The red and white onesie is a 6-9 month and the diaper is size 3- still a little big, but can wear them comfortably with room to move.
It was so much fun to see all the kiddos in their red, white, and blue!
Saturday night, we went to the city's firework show. Kyndall did much better than we expected because the last time she saw fireworks, she was absolutely petrified! She watched them intently(in the arms of daddy) and would point and say "ohhh!"
We also got some of the poppers that you throw and make a loud noise. Kyndall enjoyed throwing them, but couldn't really get them to pop, but she tried none the less!
Sunday night, we pulled out the sparklers again, and I think Kyndall enjoyed them more in the dark! She kept waving them around and got a little sad when they stopped glowing.