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: “That’s what you’ve gotta figure out”.

I won’t spoil the rest of the movie for those that have not seen it. Since I am usually the one sharing all of the thoughts I have in my head, I figured tonight I would post one for you to consider. What is your “One Thing”? Or, have you figured it out. Maybe it’s changed in the past week, month, year. Or maybe it is getting ready to change. Whatever it is, I can assure you that my “one thing” will never change. Like the movie says, when I stick to that one thing…everything else don’t mean nothin! Oh, believe me, everything else feeds off of my one thing. Matter of fact, I am convinced that without my one thing, I would have nothing! So what is my “One thing”? Here is a hint… Philippians 3:7-17

If you want to drop me an email and let me know what your one thing is, I would love to hear it!

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 a Dave Matthews song that says “The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more”. Isn’t that so true? Where do we go from here? What will I post now that the baby is here? Will I run out of material? No way! Just the opposite, I am sure I will have more things to post than there is time in the day. You see, I have 3 subjects to follow and use as analogies. I also have the insiders perspective into being outnumbered! Not only outnumbered by children (3 to 2), but by girls! So there maybe times when I post something that brings you to tears. But don’t worry, it’s the space between those posts that will be filled with the laughter that (hopefully) keeps you coming back for more!

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.