Archive for April, 2008

It’s the little things

April 30, 2008

It’s the little things that make today great. They had pepper jack cheese at the sandwich bar today. Just doesn’t get any better than a good slice of spicy cheese.

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In Need of a Haircut

April 29, 2008

Just thought I would share this pre-haircut photo of Avery from a few days ago. Needless to say, he now looks a little more tame. However, looks are often deceiving.

Baptism

April 29, 2008

38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39

Parker was baptized last Sunday and that was the scripture that served as the introduction. I perused the PCA website and found the Book of Church Order. There was a link to the questions to be asked at a baptism and they are as follows:

To the parents:

1.   Do you acknowledge your child’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?

2.   Do you claim God’s covenant promises in his behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation, as you do for your own?

3.   Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before him a godly example, that you will pray with and for him, that you will teach him the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

To the congregation:

 Do you as a congregation undertake the responsibility of assisting the parents in the Christian nurture of this child?

 I was holding Avery during the entire baptism and had two thoughts. “…you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call” The promise is there long before we’re ready or aware that we’re far-off. I have only the smallest grasp of how big and overwhelming predestination is, but am finding it comforting that God, not just someonle else, is in control.

After Jen and I answered our questions (as above), it was the congregation’s turn. I scanned the faces of the church as he put forth the question. It is a comforting and humbling experience to know that I need help in raising this child and that I have a family who is agreeing to be that help. Needless to say, very moving (emotional isn’t the right word).

No photos necessary

April 26, 2008

So – day 2 of our totally unofficial potty training and Av poops in the pot just before naptime!!  Amazing how excited we get over doo-doo, but hey, that’s the first “mess” we haven’t had to clean up since the kid’s been born!!!  Maybe we will try a bit more consistently – it seems to be taking to him well?!  Such proud parents. And, no, as much as we love pictures, there are NO photos for this post!

Our Almost New Home

April 25, 2008

Things have been moving along steadily in the direction of a new house for us in Nashville, so I thought I might actually post a few pictures of the house for you to see.  It’s not an architectural marvel, but the basement and yard really sold us.  We’ve got a lot of plans for it, including painting/removing the wood paneling (barf) in the kitchen and basement, and some other funky things still need to be done, but we’re getting excited.

This whole home-buying thing is totally new and CRAZY.  Applying for a mortgage loan is insane and takes forever. They need documentation of your entire life from the past 5 years it seems and even then, they keep asking question after question.  Credit report checks, proof and explanation of funds sufficient, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

We just got the home inspection done Wednesday and the biggie is the roof -it leaks and must be replaced.  The HVAC is outdated but not kaput, so we’ll probably get a home warranty.  Perks of buying an older home.  The brand new ones ARE “move-in ready” as they say, but the character and mainly, space, is just not there in the new subdivisions.  I’ll quit rambling and let you take a look at 281 Ivywood!!

Potty!?

April 25, 2008

Well today was a first for us.  I was giving Avery, jr a haircut with the “tickle clippers” as we call them (so he doesn’t get freaked out) in his bathroom.  Parker is getting baptized Sunday and Av needed a clean-up haircut.  He had hair all over the place afterward, so I asked if he wanted to take a bath – silly question!  Before we hopped in the tub, I just sat him on the potty for a minute. 

In a few seconds, he was looking into the potty sort of fascinated/confused and then looked up at me. He said, “Av-ey tee-tee!!?” Yup – he peed in the big boy potty for the first time today.  I’m positive there was no intent whatsoever, it was just a coincidence, but at least he saw how excited Mommy got and was told how much of a big boy he was.  Positive reinforcement can go a long way.  Of course, seconds after he leaped into the tub, he emptied his bladder of what was left…a lot more than before.  Ah, it’s a start at least. 

We’re not really pushing the potty training thing right now because we’ve got a new baby and will be moving in a few months.  Those two factors alone are enough to make him revert back to diapers in a matter of days once we move, so we’re just waiting it out and reading books on the potty for fun right now.

My little boy is growing up so fast…

Art Class

April 24, 2008

Avery went to hang out with a friend, Mishel Richard and her son Andrew this morning while Jen went to the doctor’s office with her grandfather. That was a long sentence. Anyway, Andrew regularly goes to Gymboree and Avery got to tag along. He loved the play time and music, even made a ladybug out of a paper plate and some crazy bug eyes. According to Mishel, the worst part for him was putting on the smock. Apparently he didn’t want any part of it. Kids are weird.

Cup ‘o’ Joe

April 23, 2008

Twice in the last week someone has offered to bring me a cup of coffee. Why not? My only beef is not all people like creamer in their coffee. Thank you for the gesture. Please, enough with the creamer, just ask. I’m not ungrateful, just frustrated.

Outside The Box

April 22, 2008

Here’s the latest with my dad. Upon speaking with the oncologist, we’ve firmly established that surgical resection is off the table. The remaining options traditionally are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or some combo of the two. The upside of these “traditional” modalities is that there is a 20-25% 5-year survival rate (not that much of an upside). The downside is that chemo and radiation therapy messes you up and you feel like crap. So, in light of this, he has decided to explore other options.

As a physician, I have initial reservations about such plans, but let’s think outside the box and assume that we in the medical field don’t have all the answers. Many new medications have come from analyzing what other cultures have used as their traditional or native cures. Two recognizable examples are Gensing (used in traditional Chinese medicine for years) and Taxol, a naturally derived medicine (Yew tree) that has action against lung, breast, and ovarian cancer. So who’s to say that the cures my dad is looking at might not be all that strange?

Currently looking at a couple of different potential medications. The first is some kind of Venezuelan mushroom and the other is a compound derived from the bark of the Pawpaw tree. I’ve only begun to research these, but am hopeful that some positive results will come of it, and with fewer side effects. Not giving up, just looking for a different way.

Follow-up on Home, Sweet Home

April 22, 2008

Jen went to Nashville last week and found a few faults with the house we thought we liked. Notably, the back yard was a ski-slope and would have required a mountain goat to keep the grass short. So, cancelled the contract and have a new contract on a house around the corner. Jen has pictures and I’ll try to get those up soon. Highlights include a large, finished basement and a huge backyard. Still have to get all the paperwork together. Not much else to report today.