Saturday, May 30, 2009

Daddy Blogging

Last night I sent Breena home to Toledo with her mom so that she could get a much-needed break from the chaos around here. This, of course, leaves me home alone with the kids...FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND! I'm not ashamed to say that, last night, I was dreading this. But things have gone really well so far.

Both kids woke up at 6:45 this morning. I brought them downstairs and fed them breakfast--peanut butter toast for everyone! Eisley tore her bread limb from limb, devouring it like a sadistic toast-cannibal. Cyrus just sat there, staring at his. This is normal.

After breakfast I took them to Kohl's because I need a new pair of everyday shoes after I wore mine disc golfing. I knew I was risking a major possibility of a meltdown in a public place, but the need for shoes was just too high. Cyrus pushed Eisley around in her stroller, and they both enjoyed staring at themselves in the mirror. After about 45 minutes in the store and no meltdowns, we bought the shoes and left. 

Being the extreme risk-taker that I am, I decided to test my fate even further by going to Kroger (aka the Blue Store). The meltdown ratio for Kroger trips has got to be around 2 meltdowns for every 3 trips. This must mean I got lucky. Both kids were great! It probably didn't hurt that I gave in to three of Cyrus' requests for food--cookies, chocolate milk, and Apple Dapples. It also didn't hurt that Eisley can't speak english.

We got home and I pacified the kids with some Apple Dapples while I did the laundry and cleaned the dishes. Then, at around 10:45, I gave the kids a real apple and started making Macaroni & Cheese (aka Packaroni & Cheese). It was the good kind--you know what I'm talking about, the one in the Deluxe box. I can't eat the crap they put in the tall skinny boxes. That stuff is nasty. When daddy gets mac&cheese he gets the good kind. They loved it.

After lunch we played for about a half hour and I put them down for naps. Eisley went right down but Cyrus is still up in his room doing God-knows-what. I hear a lot of thudding. Maybe I should go check on him...but why ruin a perfectly good morning? He'll fall asleep eventually, right?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

End of an Era

Today is the last day of my twenties. Because I'm both obsessively self-absorbed and nostalgic, I thought I'd take a look back at all the things I've done in the past decade.

  • Moved into a house with 12 guys (Iuka!)
  • Got an editorial published in the OSU newspaper that angered a lot of my friends
  • Made a terrible relational mistake
  • Took a job with the OSU Athletic Department
  • Spoke briefly at GCM's national conference
  • Dropped out of ministry with New Life Church
  • Graduated from OSU with a Theatre Degree
  • Turned down a full time position with the OSU AD to move back to Toledo and help lead Unbound, a ministry to college students 
  • Discovered my preaching gift
  • Fell in and out of love
  • Realized my call to ministry
  • Made lifelong friends
  • Took up photography
  • Traveled across the country with Scott
  • Received a vision to plant a church
  • Enrolled at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston
  • Nearly lost my mind the first semester
  • Worked out a lot and got into great shape (those were the days)
  • Spent a summer in Yosemite National Park
  • Fell in love with Breena
  • Asked Breena to marry me
  • Got mono
  • Married Breena
  • Impregnated Breena
  • Graduated from Gordon-Conwell with an M. Div and received an award for preaching excellence
  • Watched Cyrus come into the world
  • Failed at planting a church
  • Took a job at a megachurch and moved to Columbus
  • Impregnated Breena again
  • Watched Eisley come into the world
  • Quit my job
  • Accepted new position at same church
  • Impregnated Breena a third time
All that in ten years. It was a decade of becoming, and I'm grateful to God for his faithfulness to me. I look forward to the next ten years with hope and expectation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What I Didn't Realize

Tonight, as I was driving home from work, it occurred to me that I've been at working at my present church longer than I was at Unbound. 

Mind. Blown.