A Moment of Wonder

I went to wake Katie up this morning and I as I did, I couldn’t help but stop and stare with amazement and wonder.  She was there, so quiet and peaceful.  I really didn’t want to wake her.  It was inconceivable to me that this was the same wonderfully imaginative, rambunctious child that a mere hours earlier was dancing and singing, making Janet a top candidate for Eastern State.
Katie is like that.  She doesn’t really watch TV as much as has it on.  I think she’s seen “Tom and Jerry” about a hundred times. Most of the time she is either engaged in a musical performance the likes you have never seen or some dramatic reenactment of some Barbie movie she has seen more times than there are stars in the sky.
I am constantly being amazed and astonished by her and I’m looking forward to seeing Sammie and her continue to create those moments of wonder.

High Places

Thanks to my wonderful, beautiful wife I was able to go to bed early last night.  I woke up about 3:00 AM to go to bathroom. (I know TMI)  While I was up for that short period of time, I began to think about the books of the Bible I had just finished reading.  I had just finished reading Kings, and it occurred to me that the same theme was rampant throughout the two books.  It would read something like this “And so and so became King and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.”  This usually had something to do with not putting away the high places and sacrificing to other gods.  Every time I read that I would shake my head and think “They are just not getting it.”
But last night I began to wonder if I was doing “evil in the sight of the Lord.”  I began to realize that I sacrificing my time to my other gods, which are television and the things I did on my computer.  It’s not what you think, I like to surf the web and play games.
I don’t think either of those is inherently evil, however if you put them before God then it is sin.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  My schedule is something like this:  

  1. Get home from work about 4:00 PM.
  2. Eat dinner.
  3. Watch TV until about 9:00 PM.
  4. Read until 9:30 PM.
  5. Read my Bible for 15 minutes.
  6. Pray for 15 minutes.

Do you see the problem here?  And if I were particularly tired, guess what was omitted.
As far as television is concerned it’s not like I was watching anything new or of value.  I have cable and over 200 channels and often we would “there’s nothing on,” but still settle on a rerun of something, rather than turning off the television and reading a book or playing a board game.
Do you have something in your life that you put ahead of God?  I hope and pray that through God we can tear these things down and offer ourselves to God as a “living sacrifice.”

Fatherhood

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For those of you who don’t know, Katie is really my granddaughter and that is by my wife’s youngest daughter.  So when Sammie became a part of our family I became a father not in just name alone.

When we brought Katie home I was content to be “Poppa” for her.  When she started to talk she started calling everyone “Mommy,” including me and the other kids in the day care.

As she got older she learned to differentiate names of different individuals, so then I became “Poppa.”  I loved it.

I remember the first time she called me “Daddy.”  We were having a party and she wandered through the house hollering for “Daddy.”  There was no real urgency, she just wanted something from me.  I don’t remember what.

One day I picked her up from daycare and she was having a conversation with one of the other children.  I believe they told her that I was “Poppa” and not “Daddy.”  She turned to me and asked “Are you Poppa or Daddy?”  I said “Honey, I’m whoever you need me to be.”  She turned to the other child and said, “That’s my Daddy.”  I’ve been “Daddy” ever since and glad to be.

Welcome Baby Sammie

KatieandSammie It’s been a long week, but a great week.  Last Monday, the 5th of July,  we made a special trip to Dairy Queen.  The next thing I know Janet’s looking at Stephanie asking her if she needed to go to the hospital.  Stephanie said she wanted ice cream first.

We ordered ice cream and sat down.  After watching Stephanie have a few contractions we knew we needed to move.   We made our way to the hospital and began the wait.  About 7:00 or 8:00 I took Katie home and let her get some rest.

At about midnight Janet texted me that they had decided to do a c-section.  So I got Katie up and we headed back to the hospital.  We arrived at the hospital about 12:30.  Janet came down to meet us and we waited.

Sammie arrived at 12:53 but we didn’t get to see her until the next morning.  But we hung around until about 4:3o hoping to see her.  Finally I took Katie home, but she was up by about 8:30.  She was anxious.

Sammie makes a great addition to the family and Katie loves her immensely.  She is always asking to feed her or hold her.  That’s Katie holding Sammie with Janet’s help.

After five long years we have been blessed with an adoptive child.  I’m glad I didn’t have to wait as long as Abraham.