I’m a dad again

My new daughter was born this morning at 1:25.  She is 20.25 inches long and 7lbs 7oz.  She has a head full of dark brown hair.  Didn’t really know what to expect there since our first daughter had a head full of red hair.

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To Be Healthy

I started eating fruit this week. I guess I feel like the older I get the more bad my diet will do to me. I don’t need to go on a diet; I’m still thin, but I know that my bad eating habits will eventually catch up on me.

So the last 3 days I’ve eaten strawberries and blueberries for breakfast. I still ate a couple of butter biscuits with them, but hey, it’s a start.

I saw this thing called the Paleo diet. Apparently it is a very healthy eating plan and I’ve given thought to trying it out for a while, but I don’t know if I could keep it up.

First of all, I don’t eat vegetables much at all. I eat green beans, corn, and black eyed peas on occasion. I’ll eat a salad too, but it has to be iceberg lettuce and has to have dressing.

Second of all, eating healthy is stinking expensive. The prices are ridiculous. I can’t afford to eat anything but processed foods, which is what all the vegans, vegetarians, and Paleo people tell you not to eat.

I don’t know, maybe I can try to keep a “moderately” Paleo diet. It’s healthier than what I’m eating now. At least it allows meat. Maybe once my coffee experiment is over and I’ve proven whether or not my taste buds have the ability to change I’ll start trying dressing-less salad or what I know the bane of any healthy eating plan for me will be – broccoli. Or cauliflower. *shudder*

Who am I

I’m like the worst blogger ever.

I’m just no good at keeping In touch. I tried Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and just gave it up because I couldn’t get past the fact that I felt it was the most ridiculous waste of time. There are so many more things I could be doing than finding out what other people are doing. The better course of wisdom in my case, I think, is to abstain from all of that time wasting because I am too prone to become addicted, as it turns out.

I’m still at Toyo. It’ll be 7 years in June.

Everli turned 2 in October and Nora Collette will be here in June. Having kids is a tremendous blessing indeed, but you must possess a mild form of insanity to actually go through with having them. It’s the most difficult yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

I’m playing a gig this weekend. Playing bass. It’s for the conference my wife is putting on. This is the second year. Check it out: pillarsgirlsconference.com.

She is also doing a retreat at Deer Run in Franklin, TN in September this year. I’m proud of her.

Later.

Back to School

The last time I went to school was in the Spring of 2000 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA (I started in the Fall of 1997). I decided at that time that I would take a semester off just to take a break. I had, after all, been going to school for 16 years without a break. I ended up getting sick with ulcerative colitis and had to have several abdominal surgeries. I never went back to school.

Fast forward almost 12 years and I’m married, age 33, with a daughter. My desire has always been to finish college. I’ve given it loads of thought over the years, but would talk myself out of it thinking, “I’m too old now and besides, there is no way to afford it.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 16:9 – “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” So, as I was thinking about my life and this verse one day and all the places God has directed me I decided to pray and see if God would somehow open the door for me to attend somewhere, but it would have to be 100% online since I work close to 50 hours a week 30 minutes away and He would have to provide 100% of the funds. I decided to “plan” on going to college and see where God’s direction would take me.

Long story short, I began to take it one step at a time and prayed for God’s direction at each step (and for funds!). I requested info from a few schools and ended up with one that had a program that matched the desires God had put in me. I applied and was accepted by the grace of God.

I began my first class today. It’s a required intro class for the school and it is worth zero credits and costs zero dollars, but hey, it’s a class and I’m stoked! I’ll keep praying and saving and when the money is there I’ll take another class and just keep going until I’m finished.

I’m so thankful and humbled that God would give me this opportunity. It is only by His grace that I am able to accomplish or achieve anything that I do in life. To Him and Him alone be the glory!

9 months

my daughter was 9 months old last week. she’s crawling and pulling herself up to a standing position on different furniture and objects. Some days her hair looks a little more red, some days more blonde, but i think she definitely has a little firecracker, red-haired personality mixed in there.

i’m a dad

on october 21, 2010 at 11:10 in the morning, i officially became the dad of a beautiful, strawberry blonde girl named everli raye.

it’s been a week so far. a challenging week. she has a little jaundice, so we’ve been getting her blood drawn everyday at the hospital to check her bilirubin level. they also gave us this tanning bed thing that glows blue light. she is supposed to lie on it as much as possible, but we have trouble getting her to stay on it because she squirms a lot when we try to put her on it.

all in all, i’m happy to be a dad. candace is a natural mother. she’s doing a great job.

update

still working at toyo. going on 3 years. no new language study. just a little french. taught my first disciple now weekend in over 10 years. last one i did was with byron. it was also a gig, too, in laporte, TX. remember that, byron? i was horrible at it and vowed to myself that i would never do it again. but i did it again last weekend. it went really well. i taught 12th grade and college guys.