The Occasional Occurence

That Sucks

March 17, 2010 at 12:25 AM | categories: stories, Family, General

Spent the morning working from a coffee shop. I was feeling hip and fresh.

I came home and was going to whip up a sammich for lunch and then get back to work.

Opened the bread to make the sammich and then had to go and bring the puppy back in the house. Eli had "accidentally" let him out. Oh well. I bring the dog in and return to the kitchen.

I got the ham and swiss laid out on the bread. Then I get called back out because Eli let the dog out again. Bring the dog and Eli in this time.

Back to making the sammich. It was taking longer than planned (something like 8 minutes had elapsed) but it was gonna be gooooood. I proceeded to drop some succulent bean sprouts onto my delicious lunch creation.

Panicked shouts from the living room.

"Curtis and Eli are peeing in the front yard!"

This just won't do.

I go and bring the boys in and deliver a fatherly lecture on the right and wrong times and places to pee outside. I send them to their room to clean it up. Super dad.

Super hungry dad.

I get back to the kitchen to finish making the sammich.

The dog ate the sammich.

That Sucks.



January 06, 2010 at 01:04 PM | categories: photos, Family, General

Our family is so excited and blessed to welcome Aubrey into the world.


She was born this morning at 7:11am EST. She weighed in at 8lbs. 1oz. and is 19" long. Mom and baby are doing well. I'm doing great! :-)


Life Rundown

February 13, 2008 at 02:41 AM | categories: Family, General

This blog has probably been pretty boring lately for those of you who aren't interested in my technical musings. The main reason for that is because there has been too much junk going on for us these days. I kind of had two options:

  1. Whine about our problems.
  2. Sugar coat our problems.

Ok, so I probably had more options than that, but I think I would have gravitated toward one of those two things.

In the spirit of not doing either of those things, here is a cold, bulleted list of some of the junk from the past few months so that those of you who are interested but not in the know can be more so in the know. In no particular order:

  • Moving
  • Death in the family
  • Having two houses (and two mortgages!)
  • Broken bones
  • All of a sudden having to make our house handicap accessible for my mother-in-law
  • Our 1 year-old turning 2 and taking it seriously

Ok, there you have it. Maybe now that that is out there I can get on with some more normal life-update sort of posts. We'll see.


Have a Question for John Edwards?

August 03, 2007 at 01:57 PM | categories: Family, General

My brother-in-law is picking up Democratic presidential-hopeful John Edwards from the airport tonight. Anyone have any questions that you'd like him to ask while he has him captive?

UPDATE (8/4/2007): Ok, so he isn't picking him up until later this afternoon. Feel free to get your last minute questions in.


Tough Questions

July 28, 2007 at 09:18 AM | categories: my faith, Family, General

Here are a couple questions that Curtis (our 3-and-a-half year old) has asked me in the past 24 hours:

Dad, did God make microbes?

I think I stumbled through ok on this one. Something like:

Well Curtis, there are many good microbes, and even microbes that would be bad to get in our bodies have their place in nature.

Next question.

Dad, did God make tornadoes?

The tornadoes one; now that's a bit tougher. I don't think I have ever heard of a beneficial tornado. The pretty much only bring death and destruction. The best that I could do was try and explain that nature often displays the power of God, and that tornadoes are very powerful.

There are many things in the natural world other than tornadoes that are really destructive or at least certainly not beneficial to humans.

Volcanic eruptions. Mosquitoes. AIDS. Tsunamis. Lawyers.

Seriously though, maybe the real answer for Curtis (that I wouldn't lay on his innocent heart at his tender age) is that death is part of life. God created life and the absence thereof; death, as we call it.

Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14a

So we are screwed, right? Nah. We've got what we've got, and we need to be content in that*.

Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.

Job 1:21

Anyhow, as a parting thought; for those of you planning on raising your kids in a belief system, get ready for the tough questions. They can start coming pretty early.


* Easy for me to say as a white middle class American, I suppose. I hope and pray that I would be able to say the same in other circumstances.

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