Saturday, June 27, 2009


Who said this?

"There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of [a] higher order than the right to life... that was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned. What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person and what kind of a society will we have twenty years hence if life can be taken so casually? It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind-set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth."

Answer to come soon

Friday, June 26, 2009


Jack Emet

Jack was four yesterday, and it seems that he is indeed making himself known in this world. He got a CD player and a bike, and he instantly began listening to CDs in his room.

Four years ago, this big little guy made his first appearance and nearly slipped out of the doctor's hands. He was big, and he was cuddly.

He still wants to snuggle a lot, something that his sister has only come to with age. Jack slept on me the most of my three, and he was the only one who slept in our bed regularly--because he liked it.

As he starts to read and starts to think independently, it is indeed a blessing to see what God has done. He gave us a healthy baby boy who has grown to a four year old little man. He still has a steady heart, and he still sets the pace slower than his sister.

Happy birthday little Jackie.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Jack, upon seeing Wesley getting into my records

"Uh oh, Wesley has one of daddy's great big cds."

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Something Brewin'

I must say, there seems to be something special in the mix between the two best teams in the NL right now. The last three games between the Phillies and Dodgers have been outstanding. That coupled with the fact that these two teams met in last year's NLCS, and it seems like we may be seeing something of a rivalry in the making. These two teams both have outstanding young talent coupled with choice veterans who round out their teams. Cole Hamels dazzled the Dodgers Thursday night with a complete game shut out, and now the Dodgers have won two in a row on walk off hits by Andre Ethier. In both games, the Dodgers had to get past Brad Lidge (one of baseball's best closers) in the ninth inning.

It would be great to see these two storied franchises begin to have a special rivalry. The Phillies have a great team, and it is fun to watch the kind of competition that has been going on at Dodger Stadium the last three days.


May is gone!

The fact that I am writing about May being gone on June 6 says something. May was a great month and a busy one. We had two visits (my parents and our friends Eric, Josie and Dietrich), I had a lot going on at work, and we had to take care of a few things at the house.

The visit with my folks was great. We had a wonderful visit up to Duluth, and were able to see some wonderful scenery. We also stayed at a great lodge up there. We ate at some great restaurants, I saw Star Trek twice, and Steph and I were able to get out on a date (on which we saw Star Trek).

Family shot at the Minneapolis sculpture garden:

Grandad and Wes:

Grandad planting a rose bush with Corrie and Jack

Corrie and Jack throwing rocks into Lake Superior

Grandma with Corrie and Jack

Corrie at the 3 Bear's Lodge

Corrie and Jack at Gooseberry Falls

Me and Steph at the falls

Steph, Corrie and Jack at the falls

At Canal Park in Duluth

Our visit with Eric, Josie and Dietrich was great. Thy live in Ukraine, and they blessed us with a visit here last week. Many great Minnesota things were involved: a playground by the lake, a Twins game, the Mall of America, the Como Park Zoo, and stunning mid 70's days throughout their visit.

May brought some things back home to me. It is good to have your life's pace altered at times, because it can bring you back to what is important. I love my job and my everyday life, but being able to focus on the people that are important to you is a great change of pace. We have had some stress with stuff to do around the house (and since I don't like house stuff, I allow it to grate on me more than I should), and it was great to be able to change our perspective. With more visits in June, that should be able to continue-Steph's parents are here right now, and my cousin and his family will visit in a week.

Here are the kiddos with their friend Dietrich (Wes is enormous)

Me n' Eric

Josie was great about reading to the kiddos:

And when it is just the five of us, Steph and I are constantly amazed by the natural beauty in our neighborhood. Here are Jack and Corrie, our nature explorers.

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