Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Baby Blessing

When we first moved here almost 3 years ago, we were invited out to lunch by Todd and Emily Pellowe on one of our first Sundays at our church, 9th and O. Todd and Emily are great like that. They have become great friends, and are great friends to all. Looking back over the past 3 years, we have spent a few holidays together and have gone through large life events together, including the births of 4 children. When we lost Paul, T&E stood by our sides, prayed for us, gave to us, and continued to talk with us about him. Emily is a great mom and nurse, so I often talk over baby issues with her. We love to get together with the Pellowes and play Settlers of Catan (if you've never played it, its like a mix between Risk and Monopoly - great fun!). Todd is a wedding photographer here in Louisville, and not just any wedding photographer, a great one. Last Tuesday, the 22nd, Emily gave birth to their 2nd daughter, Lerran. Todd created a beautiful slide show of the events surrounding the birth and I wanted to share because I thought it was so beautiful. We are so thankful for our good friends.

Emily and I at her Baby Blessing Shower for Lerran.

Friday, May 25, 2007

What Every Guy Needs to Know

So I am thinking towards a sermon I will be preaching at a youth camp next month. I will be speaking on leadership. I am finding Boundless to be a great resource. I am thinking towards really emphasizing the Biblical call for men to be intentional, to be courageous, and to stand up and lead. I think I'm going to call on the guys at the camp to a counter-cultural goal of becoming a man as soon as possible, rather than striving to stretch adolescence out as far as possible.

If you are a guy, and especially a single guy, you should read "What Girls Wish You Knew" by Suzanne Hadley. And if you are a girl, you should read it too.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Little Sister

Congratulations, Robin! I am a proud older sister. You have changed so much over the past 4 years. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow with you as you start your Master's program. (I love the palm trees in the background!)

Isn't she cute?

Grandpa's Blue Eyes

Well, we have a few much overdue posts! May has been very full so far. Hope and I started off the month with a trip to Southern California. We had a great time visiting Grandma and Grandpa and going to Aunt Robin's graduation. I can't believe my little sister has graduated from college! Congrats again Robin! Here is a picture of where Hope gets her blue eyes from. Grandpa and Grandma were good at making Hope smile, despite her growing teeth while there! I got to introduce Hope to old friends, and I got to eat at all of my favorite So. Cal. food establishments.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mature Manhood

If you are a guy, you need to read this article by Alex Chediak.

HT: Jim Hamilton

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wendy's Anti-Baby Propaganda

So, I'm sitting here watching Lost, looking forward to picking my wife and baby up from the airport tomorrow after their week in California. Then the commercials come on. It seems Wendy's is trying to sell some sandwich, with Mushrooms I think, by showing a guy in the middle seat on a plane who is dreading having to sit next to a mom and baby who are walking down the aisle. THat is how the commercial begins. Then they show the sandwich, which I guess has something in the middle that is good. Then it shows the guy in the middle of the plane again--and he is surrounded by two ladies without babies.

It made me wish I could be the guy sitting in the middle next to my family tomorrow, and it made me hope someone kind and helpful sits next to my girls, rather than some mean guy who likes eating Wendy's sandwiches and doesn't like babies. Who wouldn't want to sit next to Hope?

By the way, I am now boycotting Wendy's. For the next four days. Maybe.