In a Family Way.....part 2

So I had to change the background color of my blog so it didn't remind me of poo.
I see a lot of it these days.

So if you're wondering where I have been, and what I have been doing, well.........here they are!

Samuel Kyle and Georgia Kathleen came into the world on April 22, 2007. It's kinda crazy....I'm a Dad! Now, I am no Bill Cosby.....but there are some things that I became completely aware of as soon as I became a Father.

The first thing.......I honestly don't think you can understand what love is until you look into the face of your own child. In the moments following the birth of the twins I found myself literally lost for words and breath. And, if you know me well at all.....for me to be at a loss for words is somewhat inconveivable! I was completely blown away by the massive heart reconstruction that occurs at the time of birth. My life (which in the past I was definitely fond of) became secondary to those of my children. And please don't feel bad for my wife....she would probably tell you exactly the same thing,

The second thing.......I think that your personal priorities gets a spring cleaning after the birth of children. Somewhat related to point number one.....the things that you once thought important become so NOT important anymore. Things like Close Rate and DPA seem to be emphasized in much smaller fonts now. My work, ironically enough, suffered a little while I was gone during my wife's Pre-Term labor and the inevitable birth of my children. To now be called out for my lack of results during the past few months is received with a resounding...."Who Cares!?" I know I don't. And in not caring I think I have written my epitaph in stone. Not losing the job....hopefully just moving in a direction that requires less people management on my part.

Anyhow.....I digress, the third, and last, thing that I have learned is to always keep something (rag, towel, diaper, stuffed animal) over your son's twig and berries so you don't get a shower every time you change him. I might be preaching to the choir on this one........I am a new Dad! Gimme a break!



God's the one who rebuilds Jerusalem,
who regathers Israel's scattered exiles.

He heals the heartbroken
and bandages their wounds.

He counts the stars
and assigns each a name.

Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
we'll never comprehend what he knows and does.

God puts the fallen on their feet again
and pushes the wicked into the ditch.

~Psam 147


In a Family Way.....

Unfortunately the title for this entry is not about pregnancy.
I wish. We wish....that is Kristin and I. Maybe soon. Who knows?

The title for this entry is in regards to the Family Reunion/Birthday Party Kristin and I were just in Tennessee for. Last weekend we were in Tellico Plains, TN for our annual family reunion and celebration of my Grandparents 90th birthdays.

My Grandma and Grandpa. 90 years young!

I love my family. Even the crazy ones.

I have no doubt that all of you share with me the frustrations that families and all of their dysfunctions can cause. But nevertheless they are family. They are my family.

The cousin that knows that certain "beverages" will not be provided, but brings his own to compensate. BYOB I guess!

The Aunt whose kids weren't able to come, and she lets everyone know this over and over and over and over again!!

The 3rd (maybe 4th, I can't do familial math) cousin who brings her pet chihuahua Paris....no kidding.....and lets the darn thing run free in the meeting hall and at the outdoor Church picnic later on Sunday. She was a treat.....the dog and the cousin!

I could go on and on, but I won't. Because it doesn't matter. They are my family and I love them all. Because that is what unconditional love is. It's hard....but it's necessary. Once we set conditions on our love we set up a limbo stick for people to contort and twist under. And what for? For our own amusement?

Sometimes I think about my crazy family and thank God that were all loco in the head. Because otherwise it would just be boring. Lord knows I would rather be crazy than boring!

I thought the shirt was funny to wear to a family reunion.....me, Grandpa, and my cousin Jarrod.


Kyle's Film

For those of you who have not seen the trailer's for Kyle's film please click on the banner to your right to see them. I hadn't looked at the site in a while and went in and watched Trailer #2. It left me speechless for a good 30 minutes. Kyle was a great friend and I think that this film will be a testament to his character and mission. Please support it if your heart leads.