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Growing Up Too Quick

April 20, 2008 2 comments




This week we were blessed to have family come in from TN and Ohio to celebrate the girls’ birthdays. We had a full house all week, but it was well worth it to be around our loved ones.
Emily turned 1 on the 18th and Mikayla turned 4 on the 19th.

My girls need to stop growing! It just seems like yesterday that we brought them home, and they just keep getting bigger.

Mikayla officially moved into a booster seat in the car. She got her first pair of rollerskates and fishing pole. She is ready to take on the sidewalk and any fish that comes into her path. This means she is officially a big girl, but she will always be my baby.

Emily has five teeth now and is walking all over the place. She is as stubborn as she can be and I wouldn’t change it for the world. She devoured her cupcake on her birthday. She destroyed it like it was her enemy. It is so neat to see her experience new things and have her many “firsts.”

I want to just freeze them in time because they change so much. I know that is wishful thinking, but it doesn’t change my dream. I want them to be good girls when they grow up. I want them to love the Lord. I want them to dream big and live a happy life. I know that they will face disappointments and be let down, but what an adventure they have in store for them!

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Categories: Family

Labor of Love

On March 23rd Dana celebrated her 31st birthday.  I wanted to do something special for her and decided on making her a cake.  It was Dana’s job to pick out the type of cake she wanted and the icing flavor.  She wanted a double-layer, red velvet, cake with cream cheese icing. 
There was a time in my life where I boasted about my cooking skills.  I would compete in contests and usually win.  I was even bold enough to cook for girls when I dated them so that they knew I was a winner.  Well I am saddened to say that my cooking skills have faded away over the past ten years of marriage because I don’t do any of the cooking.  (I know I know I should probably cook more but you are missing the point.)
I baked the cake in two round pans, but noticed that the bottom of each was a little bit “overdone.”  I was not going to let this stop me.  I used to watch a show called Ace of Cakes  where they would cut the bottom or top off of a cake for decorative purposes.  Well I attempted to do the same thing to salvage Project Birthday Cake.  Well this did not go so well.  I ended up using the icing as a type of cake putty to stick the two cakes together.  I wanted to show my creative side, but the cake ended up looking like an igloo.  Dana still enjoyed it and that is all that counts.
Oh the things we do when we are in love.
Categories: Family

A Conversation With Emily

March 10, 2008 1 comment

Today on The Cross Eyed Commentary will be speaking to Emily Jones. She is the child actress with the hit t.v. show ‘Potty Time.’ She is the daughter of Mike and Dana Jones and resides in Pennsylvania. Due to her age we had to bring in a special interpreter so that she could tell her story.

Mike: So Emily tell us about yourself.
Emily: Well I am about 2 feet 6 inches tall and weigh about 15 lbs. I am an Aries which means that I am independent, generous, optimistic, moody, and impulsive.
M: How old are you?
E: I am currently 10 months old, but will have my first birthday on April 18th.
M: Are you looking forward to your first birthday?
E: Not really. I think birthdays are overrated. I would rather party the other 364 days in the year instead of just one.
M: There are rumors out there that you don’t change your own diaper is that true?
E: That is a personal topic and I will not answer that question.
M: Sorry about that. Will you please comment on the teeth you recently acquired?
E: Certainly! Most babies only wait a few months to get their teeth, but I wasn’t ready till last week. So I decided to get three in at the same time.
M: Wow! Was that painful?
E: (sarcastically) What do you think?
M: Sorry I was just curious. Well tell me a little about your family.
E: Well my mom stays home with me everyday and watches my every move. She is pretty easy to entertain. All I have to say is ‘Momma’ and I have her attention. She has not caught on yet, but that will be our secret. I also have a crazy father who is a preacher and a mental health therapist. Many people do not know this, but my mother writes his sermons for him.
M: Really?!
E: Oh yes! She is usually done with them by Thursday afternoon and then he just practices them until Saturday night.
M: He must be lucky to have her as a wife.
E: You don’t know the half of it man. Let me tell you about my big sister Mikayla. She is one class act. She plays with me all the time. She sings to me when I cry and loves to wake me up in the morning so that I will not oversleep. You cannot find a cooler sister than her.
M: Sounds like you have a great family. I have one last question before I finish. You’re fans are just dying to know. Which do you prefer: the bottle or a sippy cup?
E: I’m offended you would even ask me that question. Sippy cup hands down. They are nicer on your gums and much more festive than a bottle.
M: Well thanks so much for spending some time with me today Emily answering these questions.
E: No problem. By the way where is my mom? She needs to come get me I still can’t walk yet.
Categories: Family

My Christmas Gifts

December 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Here are a few pictures of the girls we took on Saturday.
We hope you enjoy them.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Categories: Christmas, Family

August Was Crazy

September 6, 2007 Leave a comment

It has been a little while since I have had anything significant to say on here. Life has been hurried to say the least. During the month of August I had two people close to me pass away: Louise Jones and Betty McClough. Louise is my grandmother and Betty is a friend from Memphis, TN. I was afforded the opportunity to go to TN for my grandmother’s funeral, but could not attend Betty’s due to them being on the same day. The trip was extremely last minute, but I was glad that I was able to go. I got to reconnect with some family I have not seen in years. It was a nice to be home with family. The biggest problem with being away was that I had to leave Dana and the girls behind. I do not like doing that at all. To complicate things it was our anniversary weekend. (I am still trying to make up for that one!)

Two weeks ago I attended an orientation at a local college to hand out information about our congregation. It was a great experience seeing these freshmen begin their new life away from home. They looked so young! They were all full of dreams and excited about what lies ahead for them. It is hard to believe that it has been 13 years already since I was a college freshman. Man I am starting to get old.

Last weekend I took some vacation time to go to Virginia Beach with my family. Our good friends, the Kirvens, have been living there for almost 3 years now. We met them during our time in Canton, OH and have been keeping in touch ever since. They are a wonderful family and have experienced some happy and disappointing times with us during the past six years. We took the time to go to the beach to relax for awhile and just enjoy the weather. Benjamin is the Family Life Minister at the Bayside Church of Christ. He was gracious enough to have me speak the Sunday night we were there. It is always a neat experience when preaching at a new place. You never know what to expect, but it was exciting as always. We ended up doing a cookout on Monday down there and then traveled 9 hours back to Lebanon, PA. The traveling part was not fun at all.

Due to all of thie travel and activities, I have not been at my congregation for three Sunday’s in a row. I must admit that having the time off was good mentally and spiritually. It gave me the opportunity to get recharged and refocused. I am sure you ministry people out there know what I mean. I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

I hope that each of you have enjoyed your summer and cherish this warm weather before it is gone.

Categories: Family

My How Time Flies

August 16, 2007 2 comments

Nine years ago yesterday a very immature guy and a beautiful girl made a commitment before God to take care of each other. I know it is only by the grace of God that we have lasted so long. Dana is such a blessing to me in so many ways. She has taught me so much about God’s grace. She has accepted me and my junk when others quickly ran away. She deals with my stubborness and loves me in spite of it. She is my friend and is honest with me about her feelings. She is my joy because she makes me laugh and brings peace to my life. She is my partner because she helps me raise two of the most beautiful girls in the world. I feel it a priviledge to have her in my life. I am looking forward to many more wonderful years ahead with her.
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Proverbs 31:10 (The Message)
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.
Categories: Family

The Sounds of Parenthood

People who don’t have children do not get to experience the darkside of parenthood. I am providing you an 11 second glimpse of bedtime every night. Sorry for the quality but I was using my cell phone. Be sure to turn your speakers on full blast to get a “realistic” feel.

Categories: Family