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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

I just wanted to say, Happy 29th Birthday Diana!

Today is Diana's birthday and although she doesn't like to make a big deal out if it, I still want too. Here's the compromise, I'll just post it on the Internet :)

Anyway, Sweetie, I hope that you are having a good day! I also wanted to say that I love you very much!

Love Always,

Friday, July 18, 2008

The "guys" rules

I didn't make these up. Seriously, I didn't. I just thought that they were funny :)

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys’ side of the story. We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note...these are all numbered “1” ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of them makes you sad or angry, then we meant the other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle, besides we know you will bring it up again later.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight. But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Graced Again

“The work of a true convert is not done. He (and she) finds a great work to do and great wants to be supplied. He (and she) still sees himself/herself to be a poor, empty, helpless creature who still stands in great and continual need of God’s help. He/she well knows that without God he/she can do nothing. After a true conversion, the soul is increasingly aware of its own impotence and emptiness. It is still aware of its universal dependence on God for everything. A true convert is aware that his grace is very imperfect and that he/she is very far from having all that he/she desires. Through conversion, new desires are produced in him/her that he/she never had before…So he/she still has plenty of business at the throne of grace: if fact, his/her business there increases rather than diminishes.”

-Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Jules!

Today is Juliana's 5th Birthday!

It seems like yesterday I was in the delivery room with Diana, watching Jules being born. What a special blessing and miracle she was and continues to be.

As I look back on the past 5 years, I can't imagine what our family was like before her. She adds so much to all of our lives.

Diana has some incredible pictures from the past 5 years on her blog. You can see them here!

I think back to a poem that I wrote for Jules when she was born and it still rings true today...

"My heart it surely skipped a beat,
the day I saw her dainty feet.
I cannot get her out of my mind,
So cute and sweet, she's one of a kind.

My second daughter, born today,
Through this all I have to say.
My joy that she is ours to love,
An angel sent from Heaven above.

I saw my child begin her new life,
Brought into this world by my sweet wife.
Oh what a joy, this truly was for me,
To see my daughter who was born to be."


Today, her feet aren't so dainty, but the joy that she brings gives me just a glimpse of the love that God has for us for she is such a blessing.

Happy 5th Birthday, Sweetie!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Survey says...

I got this from Diana's blog. It's from one of those emails that goes around now and then. It's fun to fill out and to read about other people.

1. What is your occupation? Network Security Specialist. Sounds important, no?
2. What color are your socks right now? Blue dress socks
3. What are you listening to right now? My co-worker talking to himself
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Breakfast
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes. The first car that I bought on my own had a stick shift. I bought it without knowing how to drive one. What can I say?
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Blue, (it's Jules' and my favorite color... inside joke)
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? CSR from health insurance co. They rally are difficult, aren't they?
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? what kind of question is that? Would you send it to people you don't like
9. How old are you today? 40
10. Favorite drink? Code Red Mountain Dew or Sweet Tea
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Pro Football (Titans :) )
12.Have you ever dyed your hair? No, but Diana has dyed my hair
13. Pets? Cats and a dog
14. Favorite food? Diana's Chicken Marsala
15. Last movie you watched? Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. The kids are on a Star Wars marathon right now.
16. Favorite Day of the year? Everyday
17. What do you do to vent anger? Hmmm... I don't know. I guess, yell.
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Legos
19. What is your favorite season? Spring and Fall
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs, but I wouldn't turn down kisses :)
21. Cherry or Blueberry? Cherry. Actually, strawberry.
22. What's under your bed? Plastic bins of winter clothes
23. What are you wearing? Dress slacks and and shirt
24. What do you do with your spare time? You've got to be kidding, right?
25. When was the last time you cried? Hmmmm.... I'd have to think about this
26. What is on the floor of your closet? I don't have a closet, just an area that Juliana uses to sing Hannah Montana songs.
27. What is your favorite music? Contemporary Christian or Country
28.Favorite hobbies? Read, work in the yard, play with kids
29. Favorite smells? Forest/trees
30. Worst smell? My kids when they don't shower....ewww
31. Who inspires you? My wife
32. What are you afraid of? Missing out on God's plan for my life.
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Ollie.
34. Favorite car? Truck
35. Favorite cat breed? I don't know
36. Number of keys on your key ring? 10
37. How many years at your current job? Just started a new one so <1
38. Favorite day of the week? Saturday and Sunday
39. How many states have you lived in? 6, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee
40. Do you think you're funny? I'm hysterical...or just slaptastic (Yes, that's my word)