Okay…I am sure that people may be beginning to wonder if I was ever going to post anything again. Well, I am.
The last few months of my life (like most people with children, work, and church) has been extremely busy. My little girl Jocelyn, 6yrs old, started Kindergarten this year. Wow that makes me feel old. (more on reflection later)
I did read a great post by my friend Joel Klampert on his site concerning the future of blogging for “community purposes“. However, I think that sites concerning special interests, and not strictly “my daughter just started Kindergarten” posts (i.e mostly my blog), are still doing well. My sister-in-law, Tiffany at http://theothertiffany.blogspot.com/, has done a great job continuing to post things to inspire people to be creative and stretch their minds.
So, what’s in store on this site…I am not sure. Per my bishop’s suggestion this past week at church, I am currently contemplating what has happened in the last decade of my life. I am sure that I will be writing on that soon.
Happy New Year.
Alright I know it seems like every time I post something it relates to my daughters, well that’s my life right now. God has been really revealing himself to me lately through my relationship with my girls. I know I am not the only parent to catch their child doing something and get a cute story out of it, but here is mine:
Bathtime is “daddy time” in my house. Lately, my 4 year old, Jocelyn, hasn’t been wanting to go to bed with her hair soaking wet, so I have been blowdrying. Yes, I know. Go ahead and snicker. I know you want to. Anyways, I told her to go wait for me by the hair dryer. I come around the corner behind her and she is playing with her mommy’s mousse. I sit her down and ask her “Do you have something you want to tell Daddy?” She sat quietly for a second and then looked up at me with her big brown eyes and said in the sweetest voice, “I love you, Daddy.” It took everything in me not to just forget that she was supposed to be getting in trouble. I waited for a moment, composed myself and asked, “Is there something else you want to tell Daddy?” She then “fessed” up.
It hit me just then that God must get the same feeling of joy when we express our love for him. I also thought, since Lent is coming to an end, how important it is to go to Confession. There is such a great release when we confess our sins. And I know for me personally, I get a glimpse of how much God truly loves me.
True Confession: Against the advice of my friend Joel, I am going to admit something here…I have just switched over to Firefox. I will pause a moment for the gasps to subside………………………..I must say that so far I am loving it. Joel tried to get me to switch over about a month ago, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling it, but now I finally figured out how to use the add-ons and change the theme and I love it! So thanks Joel for pushing me to change.
Being a dad: I had a great “daddy moment” tonight. I give my girls, Jocelyn (4) and Callie (1), baths every night I’m home for their daddy time and to give mommy a break. We finished bathtime a little early and Katie had to go to a GAMMA class at church so I was left with the girls for a little bit before putting them to bed. We all cuddled up on the couch and I read Dr. Seuss’s The Foot Book (sidenote: Dr. Seuss is the greatest children’s author of all time). As I was reading, I just had this great sense of joy come over me as I realized that I am the luckiest man on earth to have such a wonderful family. Children really are a blessing. I am continually amazed by how much I love them and then it hits me that God loves me even more than that!
I am sure that nobody else in the world has experienced this (sarcastic tone), but have you ever been so focused on a task at hand that you forget the joys of being a parent? I truly love being a dad. I am also a man that tends to get hyperfocused on a task. My wife tells me I am horrible at multi-tasking, like most men I know. This evening as my wife was leaving for a class at our church, she noticed the zipper on her vest was stuck. So being the man I am, I had to fix it right then and there. Meanwhile, she had to leave so she wouldn’t be late and I was left with my 2 daughters. As I was fixing the zipper, my daughters were having a wonderful time climbing up and down the futon and pretending it was a slide. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t neglecting my children. Neither one of them tumbled off the futon and hurt themselves. However…I didn’t join in on the fun. I was so caught up in my task that I missed a great opportunity to enjoy my daughters. How often do Christians do this with ministry in the Church? One of the great dangers I face working in a church is to miss just spending time with God. I get so busy doing “His work”, I forget to enjoy His presence. It is my prayer this evening for myself, and all those in ministry, is that we don’t lose sight of keeping a close relationship God.
Have you ever said anything to your wife/husband that came out the wrong way? Well, I put the proverbial foot in my mouth at my daughter’s, Callie, first birthday party. After all the guests left, my wife and I were just sitting around with my parents, who came up from Florida for this special occasion, and my in-laws. Some how we ended up on the conversation of my wife’s hair and how she likes to wear it up all the time. I decided, in a moment of sheer genius, to shout out “When you wear your hair in a ponytail it looks like a horse.” Trust me, I know there’s no good explanation of why I said this but in my head I was thinking that’s why it’s called a “pony”tail. Anyways, my wife was very offended, and for good reason mind you, and I began to back out but continued to dig the hole deeper. Finally my father-in-law jumped in with infinite wisdom and said “just stop talking, Alan. You won’t ever live this down. You called your wife a horse.” By this time everyone was hysterical laughing and Katie was in good spirits about it. However, she has still made a number of comments, like my father-in-law said would happen, when she puts her hair up in a ponytail. I say all this to lead into a great video that Katie and I ran into on YouTube. This guy, Tim Hawkins is hilarious! Guys, I wish I would have heard this before I made the horse comment!