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 think I have time to give to the children.
Remind me when the storms of life are raging.
Remind me when everything is going well.
Remind me when it seems like there are no answers.
Remind me when I think I might know it all.
Remind me changes take place.
Remind me as everything stays the same.
Remind me when 5 more minutes seems to long.
Remind me not to take things for granted.
Remind me not to take life to serious.
Remind me that the better other things look, the more important what you have becomes.
Remind me that God knows and is in control.
Remind me that His blessings are new each day.
Remind to remind my children.
Remind me of my wife’s sacrifice.
Remind me of her love for me.
Remind me of my family and the ones I love.
Remind me how they sacrificed to give us what we have.
Remind me of our friends they define who we are.
Remind me of my place of worship.

You see every day won’t be like today. I can’t imagine them being any better. But when they are not, you will know to remind me that they can be. I need look no further than what is resting on my shoulder.

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 be at your side in a time of need
* Perfect is a wife that gives of herself for 9 months to bring a child into the world
* Perfect is sisters and brothers that love their new sibling
* Perfect is seeing grown men act like children as they look through the nursery window
* Perfect is holding a child in your arms and knowing they have their whole life ahead of them
* Perfect is the selfless acts of friends to make sure you have everything you need
* Perfect is a child that breaks down everything else in the world to equal everyone in the room
* Perfect is tears of joy and anxious moments of hoping you can be the parent you need to be.
* Perfect is the diaper of a new born looking so tiny compared to the diaper of a 2 year old!
* Perfect is the wrinkles of their little skin.
* Perfect is a baby grabbing your little finger and wrapping you around theirs.

Perfect can be defined in many ways, but to me, it has taken on a million meanings. Will life always be “perfect”? No, no it won’t. But I believe that is why the Lord gives us moments like this. Times when, no matter what is going on in life, work, the world, it simply doesn’t matter. Everything stops so you can enjoy one moment of time when it is simply perfect. Thank you Lord for our blessings and for “Perfect”!

It’s a Girl!!

It’s a Girl!!! I will post more later, but I wanted to get the announcement out there. She was 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing GREAT! More to come. Welcome to our world little one.

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 there are things all over the house that have been exchanged or traded for time with our children. There is the guitar that has been exchanged for puzzles and coloring books. There’s Heather’s cross stitch that has been exchanged for a needle and thread to fix dolls and sew on “cubbie patches”. Then there is the stack of books that never got read. They have been replaced by the “Cat in the Hat”, “Click Clack Moo”, “Goodnight Moon” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” Strollers and Wagons now fill the garage where our 2 door, red sports car used to be. The CD collection has been replaced by Disney and Pixar movies.

The list goes on and on, but the longing for those things does not. Would it be great to put in a CD and play some guitar while Heather works on a cross stitch? Sure, but which one really gives the greater return? Can you compare learning to play some song to having your 2 year old mutter the “itsy bitsy spider”? Will a cross stitched picture replace the mending of a “boo boo” or sewing on a new patch because your son memorized his Bible verse? So as I climb the stairs tonight and turn off the lights, I will pass several things that could have occupied my time today. I will probably also pick up some of the toys that DID occupy my time. I will be thankful that we are blessed to have these 2 children and even more thankful that we will have one more. Guitars, books, cross stitch and sports cars for 3 children to occupy our time? That has to be the best exchange rate around!

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 a 3 minute game now!”

The rest as they say is history! What a feeling, to be National Champs! All that being said, it would have been and will still be the 2nd best thing that will happen this week. Although I am thrilled about Carolina winning the title, nothing will compare to seeing our new born baby for the first time. In the mean time, I am going to savor this moment until an even greater one comes along!