Archive for June, 2010

abbey’s first dance: spinning to ‘thieves’

June 29, 2010 2 comments

Beth and Abbey brought lunch to the office today.

While Abbey was having her shepherd’s pie for lunch, I pushed play on the newest album by She & Him.

“Thieves” started playing and Abbey started spinning:

Abbey is becoming a sweet little girl.

Special thanks to She & Him for striking a rhythmic note for Abbey to dance to (and, as it turns out, the album is only $5.99 to download from Amazon right now).


i married a genius

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

My wife is brilliant.

We were talking tonight about parenting, disciplining children, and sharing the gospel with children and she basically said the following:

Parents have children.  Parents pass their own sin down to their children.  Children sin in the same way their parents sin.  Parents must figure out how to correct their children and speak the gospel to their sin.  In doing so, parents must learn how to speak the gospel to their own sin.  In this way (among others) parents learn to preach the gospel to themselves and are sanctified through their children.

Like I said, Beth is brilliant and it never ceases to encourage me to see Beth mother Abbey.

I am a fortunate man.

Categories: parenting

want to start a firestorm?

June 21, 2010 3 comments

All you have to do is 1) tell people what to do with their money or 2) suggest that they are making bad decisions with their money.

It’s a proven fact.

(Even though I don’t know how you could actually “prove” such a thing)

We all think that our way of thinking about money is the best way to think about money – even if our way of actually spending money doesn’t live up to our ideals.

Here is a case study.  I found this quote earlier today and it struck me as an interesting way of thinking about making purchases.  The quote is about buying expensive “heirloom quality” shoes – and how the guy who buys $500 shoes is smarter than you and I:

its better to have one good pair of shoes than a half dozen cheap ones, because the cheap ones look cheap even when theyre new, but the new ones look good even when theyre old. quality by definition is the best you can get for your money. if you buy a pair of shoes for $500 and they last you 10 years, thats $50 per year. if you buy a pair for $100 and they last you six months, which was the more expensive?

— Bruce Boyer

So, what do you think?

Will your next pair of boots be thesethese, or these?

. . . . .

Thanks to Put This On for the thought-provoking quote.

Categories: quick thought

babies, do they like beards?

June 16, 2010 3 comments

Some people say that babies are born with an innate fear of beards.

Are they really? Do babies really fear beards?

I say no.

In fact, maybe I could go so far as to say that babies are born with an innate love of beards???

abbey: mobile, agile … hostile?

Maybe hostile is not quite the word – fussy, frustrated, needy are all better words for Abbey’s new phase.

She is starting to show signs of the waning of her new little toddler attitude, fortunately.

Yeah, toddler – you caught that, didn’t you?

So she’s not hostile … but she is definitely mobile and, increasingly, agile.

Categories: raising abbey

abbey loves concerts

On the other side of the window, Brooks Ritter and Jamie Barnes (who I consider the best artists in Lousville) are putting on a show.

Prior to posing for this photo, Abbey couldn’t contain her excitement and hollered with joy – so we had to take her outside.

I hope you enjoy the photo (and the stellar photo making skills of Aaron Hardin)

Categories: Baby, Photos, raising abbey