2 Extremes in Email

“I can’t go with you and stay where I am, so you move me”. So go the words to a Garth Brooks song that was probably never intended to be used in relation to the Christian walk. Within 48 hours this week, I received 2 emails, from 2 different people, proving how quickly life can move, change and be altered. On Friday, I received an email from a dear friend that stated his company has offered to move his family to Japan for 18 months. There was a catch. He had to let them know in less than 24 hours! … Continue reading 2 Extremes in Email

Sleepless in Ohio

To quote the great philosopher Hootie and the Blowfish…”Time, why you punish me?”. Ah, the honeymoon is officially over and sleep is at a premium right now. If it was survivor, I would be begging the tribe to vote me off so I could get some sleep! Okay, so that is extreme, but sleep is a hot commodity in our home right now. It seems the new addition has her days and nights mixed up. I am often asked, “where do you find the time to do a blog/web site”. My answer is always that I don’t sleep much. It’s … Continue reading Sleepless in Ohio

Hat To Da Back…

Ever wonder if your kids pick up on the things that you do? Ever scare you to death? Something happened this weekend to remind me just how much those little eyes watch us. Austin and I ran to the local hardware store and just like most Saturday’s, I was dressed in the usual Saturday attire. You know what I am talking about guys. Jeans that are so worn out that they make toilet paper seem sturdy, a shirt that is one good stretch away from being next week’s dust rag and my customary “Hat to the back”. As we were … Continue reading Hat To Da Back…

Hat To Da Back…

Ever wonder if your kids pick up on the things that you do? Ever scare you to death? Something happened this weekend to remind me just how much those little eyes watch us. Austin and I ran to the local hardware store and just like most Saturday’s, I was dressed in the usual Saturday attire. You know what I am talking about guys. Jeans that are so worn out that they make toilet paper seem sturdy, a shirt that is one good stretch away from being next week’s dust rag and my customary “Hat to the back”. As we were … Continue reading Hat To Da Back…

Want To Have a Catch?

Yesterday had to be one of those days that I believe most father’s begin thinking about the day they find out they are having a son! An entire movie was based around the simple act of a father and son playing catch! The real blessing is that Austin won’t ever have to hear strange voices, plow through his corn, meet “Shoeless Joe Jackson”, go driving around with James Earl Jones and find “Moonlight Graham”! If I was staying true to the movie, he would actually have to do all of that so that Albert Belle could come play Leftfield and … Continue reading Want To Have a Catch?

The One Thing

Have you ever seen the movie “City Slickers”? If you have not seen it, it’s a must rent. Great movie. In one classic scene, Billy Crystal and Jack Palance are having a conversation along the trail. Palance asks Crystal, “Do you know what the secret of life is?” Crystal responds “No, what?” Palance holds up his gloved index finger and says “This”. Crystal wisecracks, “Your finger?” Palance continues, “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean nothin!” Crystal asks, “That’s great, but what’s the one thing?” Then Palance gives Crystal the nugget of wisdom: … Continue reading The One Thing

The Space Between

Don’t worry, I have not abandoned the blog now that Brynn is here! There is just this little thing called “time” that gets in the way! However, one of the recurring things I hear back about the blog is that “reading your posts made me cry”! While that is not the intention of the blog, it does give me some indication that the emotion that inspired the posts came through in the words. So I don’t set out to move people to tears, it’s just my interpretation of the things that go on as we walk this journey! There is … Continue reading The Space Between

Remind Me

I have a favor to ask of all the readers of the blog. As the time passed away with just Brynn, Heather and I, I had time to take a pause and enjoy this new beginning. So what I ask is that you remind me of this time and how I felt. Remind me again when life gets so fast. Remind me again when things don’t go as planned. Remind me again to remember God’s blessings. Remind me again that you don’t need much to melt your heart. Remind me again how quickly time passes. Remind me when I don’t … Continue reading Remind Me

Perfect!

Perfect! Those that know me, know that I have known all along what we were having. When asked, I would just say that when I found out what we were having my only thought was “perfect”. Now that Brynn is here, I can finally reveal what “perfect” was all about. Actually, perfect has taken on a new meaning in the past 48 hours. So now, here is what perfect was to me. * Perfect is having “My Boy” and “My Girls” * Perfect was the delivery and the magic of birth * Perfect is family and friends dropping everything to … Continue reading Perfect!

Current Exchange Rate

So here it is, the night before our induction date and this is the last post I will make as a “father of 2”. I must have had a million thoughts tonight, but one particular came to mind while chatting with an old friend from college. Warren and I were catching up on what we have been doing the last few years and I was telling him that at one point, I was attempting to teach myself guitar. Then the kids came and now my guitar sits on a stand and “gently weeps”. That got me to reflecting on how … Continue reading Current Exchange Rate

2nd Best!

Call it luck, irony, art imitating life or just God’s sense of humor, but what I wrote in my last blog almost came true exactly as scripted! At 9:00, almost to the minute, we were on our way to the labor and delivery ward at the hospital. To make a long story short, they sent us back home since it wasn’t quite time yet. The funny thing was that we pulled into the garage with 3 minutes left in the 2nd half. The game was tied 70-70. I looked at Heather and said “see, we didn’t miss anything. It’s just … Continue reading 2nd Best!

Quite a Dilemma

Okay, so one of your favorite teams is on the verge of playing for the National Championship and you are expecting the birth of your third child at any moment. It is often said that the Lord has a sense of humor. I believe that is true and this would be one of those times when he is getting quite a chuckle out of my dilemma! Wouldn’t it be fitting if Baby 3 decided to enter the world sometime between 9 and 12 on Monday night? How many times have you seen the commercial where the husband is watching the … Continue reading Quite a Dilemma