Sunday, March 30, 2008

This was a monster weekend as far as getting some things done around the house is concerned.  Mom & Dad helped turn the guest room into the nicest room in the house.  The wallpaper is off of the bathroom walls (Haaaaaaal-lehhhhhhhhhhhh-luuuu-jaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!), and the walls will be ready to paint very shortly.  I pretty much feel the same about wallpaper as I do about minivans.  I hope that doesn't offend any of our readers.

Lincoln's room is almost complete... just wall decorations to go.  Jenn's feeling "okay."  (She's sitting beside me and when I asked her how she's feeling, she said, "Okay.")

Jenn and I are preparing for our upcoming lesson with our small group.  We're going through David Goetz's book, Death By Suburb, and we're actually really excited about it.  The book pretty much indicts any Christian reader who lives a normal, American, suburban life, and I anticipate that it will be challenging for our group.  But it's a good challenge.  I'll be leading each meeting, and sometimes we'll split the husbands from the wives and Jenn will lead the ladies.    I'll keep you posted on how it goes.  Any readers who have led small groups, please let me know what type of material has worked well for your group... I'm always looking for good stuff.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

April's almost here...

There has been much public outcry for photos of Lincoln's room with the furniture and dinosaur bedding all set up, and I promise these will be provided shortly.

Grandma Paulette and Grandpa Doug are coming over to the house today to help with some of the work that needs done:  readying Grandma Laura's living quarters (the Phoenix Phamily is still working on names, so it may not be "Grandma Laura" for long... the only thing that's set in stone so far is that Lincoln is to call Dave "Grandfather" with a thick British accent), window treatments, wallpaper removal, that kind of stuff.

Anyway, Jenn's doing pretty well.  She's not happy about her feet swelling, but I think she'd admit that she's found out how to sleep a bit better at night lately (as long as folks aren't calling about their itchy dogs at 4:30 in the morning).

Monday, March 24, 2008

Jenn's western student is coming along nicely in the kitchen!!!  Way to go, Haley!!!  (We can smell them from Hudson.)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Childbirth class

Jenn and I went to the childbirth class yesterday at the hospital.  It was pretty good.  Jenn is the queen of being prepared, so everything that was presented she'd already come across in her reading, but it was good to have things re-enforced.  The showed three birth videos.  Uh, yeah.  We didn't need to see what we saw.  Lincoln was especially active and kicking in a painful way for Jenn, and she was uncomfortable for most of the day.  He wasn't so pain-inducing today, and Jenn was much more comfortable.

Jenn and I went to Easter worship on Saturday evening and then went to dinner with some new friends (with the Hopwood's Christmas gift to us... P.F. Chang's... yummmm!).  Easter dinner at Aunt Mary Sue's today was VERY GOOD!  Jenn especially enjoys eating at Aunt Mary Sue's place or whenever she's cooking.  The baked pineapples were pret-ty good.

We heard Michelle & Chris has a baby boy a few days ago.  Christopher Grady, and he'll go by Grady.  Sounds like a good attorney name.  "You need a good lawyer?  Give mine a call.  C. Grady Wisecup, he's a good one."  (Michelle was a classmate and good friend of ours at OSU.)

Lincoln's arrival is approaching.  We're in the process of getting everything in order around the house, and things are getting close.  We're also trying to get as ready mentally as we can be.  Jenn's been doing okay with her busy schedule at work.  When she has had especially busy days, she's experienced a lot of contractions.  In your prayers, ask the LORD to grant Jenn rest, both with helping her to sleep well at night and to not be too terribly busy at work during the day.

Keep your head up, Haley!  We're praying for you.

Tomorrow is Jenn's birthday.  Yea!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Shower Pictures!!!

As promised, here are a couple of pictures from Paulette & Emily's Family Shower for Jenn. If you want to see more pictures, e-mail me and I can send you a link to SnapFish for them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Many thanks to Candy and the Village people for a great shower last Saturday. Jenn had a great time with everyone and folks were extremely kind to us with their gifts. Lincoln received several blankets and quilts, which was a neat change of pace. He was also given what is essentially a baby food cookbook, so you can imagine how much time it took Jenn to read through it!

The shower was in the middle of our crazy snowstorm, and we got dumped on big-time. Jenn drove the Envoy so she was safe to and from work & the shower.

Jenn has been feeling pretty good lately. It seems that the flu is now behind us. Based on what we've read, he's about 5 lbs. He's also riding right out front and he tends to get in the way... but Jenn's been adjusting to that.

We have the Covenant Day sports site bookmarked. Who is that ace on the front page?!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lincoln is Upside Down

Jenn had another appointment with her midwife today and we've determined that Lincoln has turned upside down. Things are looking pretty good. She also learned that we'll most likely have Mary for his delivery. Mary has been a wonderful nurse for us through Jenn's couple of issues and especially during her bout with the kidney stone. For the past couple of weeks, we've been talking between the two of us that we really want to have Mary around when Lincoln comes, and it looks like that might just be the case!

Out West, we were very happy to learn that Haley's procedure went as planned and that she's recovering well. We're praying for you, Haley!

I also learned today that Zach (my partner in crime at won his election in yesterday's contest for Summit County Central Committee. This is a very good thing for the Summit County Republican Party because the current leadership is corrupt, and needs to be removed. Zach and many of the other Central Committee winners are ready to make that change when the group gets together in the spring time.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Family Shower Today...

Mom and Emily put on a wonderful shower for Jenn today, and I understand from what I've heard, everybody had a great time.  Apparently, Emily, the Parkinson Crew, Kristen, the Watsons, the Charlotte contingency, Aunt Suzanne, Jenny, and Grandma Mullen were out of control with their generosity when it came to getting Lincoln off to a great start.  Scott & Logan even got in on the action!  I hesitate to mention hi-lites for fear of leaving something (and someone) out, however, the Poop on Michigan shirt, Emily's Lincoln letters, and Aunt Suzanne's kitty poop onesie (ask Mom for the story) were some of the fun things I found as I unpacked.

Jenn missed Aunt Kristine & "Great Grandma Gates" and is looking forward to showing them the nursery and all of Lincoln's new clothes and toys.

The big joke at the shower was, "Nothing says I love you like nipple cream," and "Nothing says I love you like a breast pump."  And it must have been all downhill from there...

Lincoln will be the best dressed little boy with all of the cute onesies, "baby bags," hats, socks, pants, and the doggie bath towel.  His toy drawer is filling up, and the dogs are wondering when they get to play with the squeakies and rattles.