#CarterHasJoy

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This is kind of a “proof of today’s social media world” post. Hashtags are pretty big, these days. Personally, I see it as a useful tool for organizing posts/photos on Instagram. Now that baby’s name has been announced, I wanted to explain how his hashtag came about.

On 12/7/14, the husband and I were sitting in church listening to a sermon called “Forward in Joy”. Our pastor said, “Joy is not the absence of problems. It is the presence of God in the midst of problems”. This was such an encouraging message to me, and one we want to inspire our son with. The premise of knowing and believing that God’s disposition is one of joy, and the Holy Spirit produces joy in our lives (Galatians 5:22), is powerful. More importantly, we want Carter to know that no one will take away his joy (John 16:22b) because we can be confident the Lord will always be with him (Psalm 16:8-9). Happiness is fleeting, but joy is eternal when rooted in a relationship with Christ. It will always be my prayer that this will come to light in my son’s life. And thus, we have #CarterHasJoy. The “Has” part serves a dual purpose as part of our last name, AND makes the hashtag a complete sentence/thought. (P.S. We’ll also use #CarterTai.)

In the future, when someone search his unique hashtag (I’ve checked, no one else is using it right now), it’ll help them to see any and all photos/posts about him. See! Social media can be useful. 😉 Note about photos to those reading that actually know us, please don’t ever post horribly embarrassing or naked bath time photos of him. I think that’s a given, but I’m just saying. This is just like wedding hashtags (ours was #Hastings41313)!
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Current cravings: donut holes & Burger King’s Rodeo Cheeseburger

Dear Carter,
Mommy and Daddy have been learning a lesson everyday. The responsibility of parenting is a big one. I have started praying for you since we knew about you, and also praying for us as parents. We have a big task of teaching you about Jesus’ love and guiding you towards developing your own personal relationship with him. May you always remember, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!” I know you have already brought so much joy to your dad and I.
Love,
Edamommy

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