the first month

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Ventura Blvd. in Old Town, Camarillo

Mac is one… One month that is. I thought this article would be about Mac, and about how much he has enriched our lives this last month. Instead, as I write, I think this article will actually focus on this last month and how enriched our lives have been not only because of Mac, but because of the many blessings God has given us. Our new home In the late summer of last year, shortly after Kelli and I discovered we would be becoming parents, … Read More

mac’s first bath

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Mac's first bath

Mac pooped. It was a lot of poop. The gold and yellow, mildly pungent, creamy yet grainy substance decided it necessary to make its way out of Mac’s diaper; tantamount to squishing an overripe plum in your hand, the bodily excrement oozed out, spreading in all imaginable directions. Bowel movement; yes, definitely a movement. The movement began to spread like hot liquid magma bursting out of the earth. The lava poop rushed down with the force of gravity, staining everything in its path. The poop … Read More

baby mac, week two

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Baby Mac - Two weeks old

Praise God that Kelli and I were born to extraordinary families. Praise God for all of you, our friends and family, who truly enrich our lives. The last two weeks with Mac, and seeing the whole pregnancy and birth process, really makes me think about my parents and about how amazing (and slightly humorous) God is and can be. Time permitting, and if you chose to humor me, please read this somewhat lengthier email about Mac, Kelli, and me.  I think this will be my … Read More

baby mac, week one

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Baby Mac Week 1

In less then a couple hours, Mac is officially one-week old. Half of his life has been spent in a hospital. The other 48% has been spent at our home. The remaining 2% of Mac’s life has been spent just outside our house, helping me get the mail and dump the trash. He is not the biggest help, yet, but it is so much more fun to do with him! Our week has been very busy, tending to Mac’s needs (food, diapers, and sleep) and … Read More

baby mac is here

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Baby Mac in a Basket

Date: March 8, 2011 6:51:21 AM PST Baby Mac and Kelli are both doing well this morning. Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers. I cannot wait for you all to meet him!!! Date: March 8, 2011 8:25:11 PM PST Hello again everyone! Thank you so much for your continued prayers. Baby Mac is in great health. Other than his little cone-head (actually a hemo-something in his head), he is one super healthy little guy. Kelli is doing better. She is still healing from some … Read More


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It was January; our first date. A coffee date, casual enough. Get to know each other. I wonder if he would pick the Starbucks on the East side of town, or the one on the West. Maybe, he would pick Coffee Bean. He picks me up; collard shirt, nice jeans, and opens the passenger door to his brand new car, for me. The brand new car wasn’t for me; just the open door. We drive off. Conversation is going well, driving pattern is good, but … Read More