Monday, August 29, 2011

The Times They are A'Changing -- Again!

Seeing as its been over a year since my last blog post it seemed like the right time drop in say "Howdy" to all my faithful readers. I'm sure most everybody that reads this rag keeps up with via Twitter or the dreaded Facebook, but if there are any of you non-interweb socialites that see something worth reading in what I have to say, here is my last year in a nutshell.

My son, Jake, is truly a miracle from God. My life has never been the same since he has come along, sometimes he can be a handful, but he is truly a blessing. He has had an amazing 15 months of life, and he has touched the hearts of everyone who meets him. Healthwise, God has blessed me with an extremely healthy and resilient child, although we went through a six month stage of VERY frequent, severe ear infections, but nothing that quick ear tube procedure couldn'y clear right up. Now his little feet are running 90 to nothing throughout the house, and he is jibber jabbering up a storm, I thank God everyday for that little boy.

On a more dark and somber note, I am about a month into divorce proceedings with my wife, Wendy. As much as I hate it for our son, this is the right decision for everyone involved. There is no alchoholism, drug addiction, abuse, or infidelity to contribute this to, just two people realizing how wrong they are for eachother and that their son should grow up seeing them apart and happy, rather than together and truly miserable. One of the most amazing things that has come to light in this situation is my realization of just how strong of a support system that I have behind me. My family and friends have been my foundation through all of this. My long time blog friends have been there for me through thick and thin, I was even fortunate enough to go out for an evening with some of the best friends I'd never met, and had one of the best times of my life. Anobiter, Sili, Jarhead, Gator, Buenohead, Gerald, and all of you guys that have sent me your words of love and support, I am eternally grateful to all of you, you guys are truly some of the best friends that I've ever known. New friends have also given more support than anyone could ever possibly imagine, friends who don't know me from Adam but only want the best for me, friends who truly love me despite all my shortcomings in life and this situation, no names on this one but you know exactly who you are.

So in short, even though I am going through the darkest period of my young life, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet to have the friends and family that I do. I look forward to meeting all of my "blog friends" soon, and being able to thank you guys in person for always being there for me.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The smiley face outfit and the hat come to you compliments of Obi and family, Thank you again!

This big boy just keeps getting bigger! When he was born he weighed in at 9lbs. 2oz., at his two month check up he weighed 14lbs. 3oz.!! He is two months old and already wearing 6 month outfits.

I am thankful to be able to say that we have been blessed with a very healthy child. Besides a little bit of tummy trouble that was solved by switching to soy based formula, Jake has been perfectly fine. He is already sleeping through the night every couple of nights, and even on his worst nights he only wakes up twice. Jake has finally started really smiling and laughing, and he even clicks his tongue at us! He is holding his head up pretty good by himself, and I don't think it will TOO much longer until he figures out that he can roll over. Now burping him is a different story, he is very hard to get to burp, even with gas drops. Anyone with any tips, I will gladly accept the advice. He is hard work sometimes, but worth every bit of it!

The Times They Are A' Changing

I know I sound like every other first time parent out there, but I honestly cannot believe how much our lives have changed since we brought Jacob into this world two months ago. Along with meeting and marrying Wendy, this has been the greatest experience of my life, and it's only just begun. Parenthood can be best described as this : the most joyful, terrifying, stressful, calming, hopeless, uplifting, boring and exciting thing ever. And I have been loving every minute of it. Here are a few things I've observed since Jake showed up:

--I used to stay up until 12:30 or 1:00a.m. playing video games or watching TV. Now, we are dragging if we aren't in bed by 9:30.
--I used to gag and get as far away as possible when my sibling would change their kid's diapers. Now I've learned that can hold my breath for a solid two minutes.
--That white truck that drives in the left lane everywhere it goes has a "For Sale" sign on it.
--A night in three times as exciting as a night out used to be.
--I understand why people put those "Baby On Board" stickers on their vehicles, geez I think every car is out to hit our C-RV.

Everyone told me our lives would change more than I could ever imagine, mostly for the better, I honestly didn't believe them. Things have changed and I could never imagine my life without Jake or Wendy in it. So yeah, I'd say everything has changed for the better! So I just want to take this chance to thank everyone on the blog and Facebook for all the kind words of congratulations and encouragement (and gifts!). An especially big thanks to all the blog friends, Obi, Jarhead, Sili, RPM, Denney, Gerald and anyone else out there!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jacob Ryan

Born 1:49 p.m. 6/3/10. 9lbs 2oz 21 1/2"

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Good Stuff

Painstakingly copy & pasted from Fox News.

Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law of the prophets. Matthew 7:12

This past week the creators of Comedy Central's edgy cartoon series "South Park," wrestled, as they have in the past, with their network over their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on their show. Why? Because the 200th episode of the show included a caricature of Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. Muslims do not allow Muhammad to be represented as an image, and they consider it a great insult when someone does it.

When a non-believer shows Muhammad as an image, extremists have been known to resort to revenge murder. When 12 cartoons depicting Muhammad appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, worldwide protests ensued. The result was shooting deaths and the burning of Danish embassies. One of the artists, Kurt Westergaard, has had to fend off at least two murder attempts since the publication of his drawing.

A radical Muslim group last week suggested that "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone may end up like Theo Van Gogh, a newspaper columnist and movie maker gruesomely murdered on a city street in Amsterdam for his criticism of Islam.

While I condemn the violence and threats, as a Christian I’m obligated to follow the teaching outlined in the book of Matthew. I must at least consider the insult Muslims are feeling when Muhammad is drawn. When I ponder this, I wonder how I would react if the sacred icons of my religion were similarly disrespected (it matters not that I don’t understand how a drawing is disrespectful, it matters to them). I can think of two times in my own lifetime where similar insults happened to Christian images.

In 1999, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made news when he cut funding to the Brooklyn Museum after it displayed a painting by the artist (again, I use the term loosely) Chris Ofili. The painting depicted the Blessed Mother Mary surrounded by pornographic images and covered in elephant dung. A judge later reinstated the funding.In 1987 the artist (I use the term loosely) Andres Serrano photographed a crucifix in a bottle of his own urine, and titled it “Piss Christ.” It caused a public uproar, first because of the insulting treatment of the symbol of Christianity and second when it was revealed Serrano received a $15,000 prize, partly from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment of the Arts.

As a Christian I was no less outraged by the disrespect of the symbols I revere than Muslims are when they see any depiction of Muhammad. I find an insult to religion as unnecessary in discourse as they do.

The difference, of course, is that unlike extremists, I’m bound by a religious covenant against violence, a legal covenant against violence and a personal morals covenant against violence. When my religious symbols are disrespected, I suffer the great frustration of not being able to do anything about it. It hurts. Muslim extremists do something about it.

This leads to the question, why should Muslims or I be put in the position of having to do anything about it? The beginning of our inquiry into this problem should not start with what the reactions by the insulted will be. The first inquiry is – what do the folks hurling the insults get out of doing it?

What does it bring to the cartoonist drawing Muhammad or the painter disgracing Mary for them to do those things? I can’t think of a benefit to them or anyone else when those things are done. The hurt and pain to the religious are obvious.

Some will argue the non-sequitur: “They have the freedom of speech to do it.” So what? With freedom comes responsibility. I’m free to say a whole wide mess of things that can insult and hurt people. I don’t. I live in a society with others – and while I’m not going to curb my behavior for subjective claims over arguable insults – when something is widely understood as being hurtful to many, I’m a better person to refrain from doing it. I don’t use racial epithets, and I wouldn’t draw Muhammad or put Christ in a glass of urine. Why not? It would hurt others, and I gain nothing.

One can criticize Islam without drawing a picture of Muhammad. One can criticize Christianity without creating horrid images of Jesus or Mary. The purpose of criticism is persuasion, and not one person has ever been persuaded by being insulted.

I’m certainly not suggesting anything be outlawed. It shouldn’t be. Here’s what I am suggesting:
Fight like hell for the right to draw a picture of Muhammad – then choose not to.

Tommy De Seno is a writer and attorney. Read more at

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Freeze Out

--Why freeze out? 'Cause that's what I wanted to say. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?
--I locked the keys in my work truck today and had to break into it, I felt like a real bad ass. People would drive by and stare at me, so I would hit them with the "Yeah, I'm stealing this truck, you got a problem with that? Try to stop me and I'll cut you" look. Yeah, they knew....
--Wendy got me a MacBook Pro for and early Christmas/Anniversary present, now I can play with the cool kids! Ever since we got an iMac, I am a total Apple user. I hate using my PC at work now.
--I've been watching a ton of movies here lately, so rather than review each one, I'll just give them a 1 to 5 star rating.
-The Men Who Stare at Goats - * - (This movie could have been GREAT with the cast, but it just sucked. Hard.)
-Law Abiding Citizen -****
-The Big Lebowski - ***** (I can't believe I had never seen this before, awesome movie.)
-Gamer - *
-Up in the Air - *****
--Next on my list to buy: Avatar and Crazy Heart. I really stoked about Crazy Heart, just because Jeff Bridges is such a great actor.
--In seven weeks I'll be a DAD!!! I really can't believe how fast Wendy's pregnancy has gone, I guess that's just a precursor to how fast Jake is going to grow up.
--After three of the five baby showers, I've come to the conclusion that our families are going to spoil that boy rotten. I have cut tags off so many clothes, washcloth, and bibs it's insane.
--That's all I've got for tonight, have a great weekend everyone!