moment of conception

I read this from Mark Batterson about the virgin birth and it took on a whole new meaning for me.

Here is the quote that stuck out to me: 

Is anything as miraculous as the moment of conception? A sperm penetrates an egg and all the genetic data that will determine who that person becomes is encoded within that single cell. A-mazing! The mother’s body starts producing hormones before she even knows she is pregnant. The heart starts beating around day 22. In four weeks time, that single cell has grown 10,000 times larger. Around day 42, the first neuron is formed and 120 days later, a baby will have a hundred billion neurons. That is nearly 10,000 synapses per second. But it all begins with that moment of conception.

You see, Vickie and I have a baby on the way and, at the moment and for the rest of the future, anything that has to do with babies is really touching and astounding to me.  I am becoming quite fascinated with the whole process.

As a father-to-be, what do you think that I should do to prepare for this new adventure?  Do you have any advice for Vickie?


’09 in review

As most of you are likely doing, I am reviewing the year. Not by going through a standard set of questions but by simply trying to review it through my thoughts.

And I must say that this year was remarkable.  There were definitely moments of frustration and moments to agonize over.  But overall, it was truly something to remember. 

In 2009, I got:

  1. Engaged (February 10)
  2. A dog (little Kate – circa April)
  3. Married (July 25)
  4. A house (November 30)
  5. News of being pregnant (December 15)

I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty big and eventful year.  Lots of other things happened, such as helping to transition a college ministry into a church, and building on old relationships and seeing the conception of a whole new batch of ideas.  But the 5 things above will always be on my mind.  They are life-changing things that simply cannot be topped. 

What are some of the greatest parts of your year? 

Let me know via facebook, email or comment.


I actually liked this book better than his other two books (In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase).  However, this book deals with the concept of loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength.  He takes the reader into a creative journey of discovering what it is that made the early Christians so vibrant, passionate, and active in their faith. 

He points out that we need to look back in order to move forward.  I truly hearing his thoughts about taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ which includes not just the negative thoughts which so often defines it.  But also taking every good thing and focusing on it with all of our energy so that we can accomplish in a Christ-like fashion. 

Overall, his book is very good.  His concepts aren’t truly new, but they are profound if you do them, which is the whole point of being a Christian anyways.  Don’t simply know what you believe, do what you believe with your heart, soul, mind and strength.

new house

Today, I got the paperwork for the new house that Vickie and I just purchased. 

I thought I would be scared.  Not really. 
I thought I would be excited.  Definitely. 
I thought I would brag about it all the time.  Who knows?
I thought my hand would hurt from signing all the papers because people have told me all the time that that is the most depressing thing in the world.  It wasn’t that bad.
I thought I would run for the hills once we have to start paying the mortgage.  Too soon to tell. 

However, despite all of the above, I do believe that I am way too busy at the moment to let this whole new-house-thing kick into reality for me. 

So I am just curious. 

What kind of big-deal things have we missed because we were so pre-occupied with everything else going on in our life? 

If you are like me, this likely happens to you a lot.  However, I’m honestly not sure how to help you there. 

But here are some things that have helped me:

  1. SLOW down.
  2. CONCENTRATE on only a few things at a time. 
  3. STOP doing certain things to focus on the things that matter most. 

All basic stuff.  Yet if we do them, our lives will never be the same.