Happy Birthday Jada!

September 25, 2008

Seven years and nine months ago, my wife was having outpatient surgery.  The nurses were acting really odd that morning as they got her ready.  After about an hour, the doctor comes in and tells us that there was a change in plans. 

I was thinking “crap, he’s got to go deliver a baby and we’ll be here all day.”  He told Andrea that she was pregnant, and he wouldn’t be able to put her under using general anesthesia.

Apparently, they always test women of child-bearing age before surgery just in case.  The nurses didn’t know if it would be good news or bad news so they waited and made the doctor tell us. 

He knew that we’d been trying for years and that Andrea had been undergoing fertility treatments.  We had just recently given up because they weren’t working, and had started talking about public adoption.  In fact, the fertility doctor had told us that it was impossible for her to get pregnant that month.  Guess he was wrong!

Andrea went to the store later that day and bought several pregnancy tests to check for herself.  When we made an appointment with the fertility clinic for an ultrasound confirmation, they told us we were crazy but we could come in anyway.  I thanked the doctor after the ultrasound, but he said “don’t thank me, I didn’t do anything.”

Andrea was in shock for at least a month.  Serious disbelief. It was kind of funny actually.  She was also mad at me because I called everyone I knew while she was in surgery, and she didn’t get to tell anyone.  Not that she was capable of doing it anyway in her state of shock.  When we found out that Jett was coming, I did let her tell everybody.

Nine months later, Jada Noel came into our lives.  Her middle name is Noel because her conception was nothing short of a Christmas miracle. (FYI – My son’s middle name is Immanuel because Andrea’s due date was Christmas Eve.)

Here name comes from a Seventh Day Slumber song called “Jada”.  I emailed the band after she was born.  They thought that was pretty cool.

Today she turns seven.  Not quite a girl, not quite a woman.  Or at least it seems that way somedays…

Parenting is really hard work some days.  We have a huge responsibility to raise kids that will not only not be a burden on society, but actually contribute and help make the world a better place.  That weighs heaviliy on me.  They are little sponges that pick up everything, both good and bad.  She makes me a better person.  She’s my blessing from God.


Happy Birthday Kevin!

August 27, 2008

It’s time for a little birthday experiment.

Friend and fellow blogger, Kevin Osborne, is experiencing an annual rite of passage today known as a birthday.

If I remember correctly, Kevin turns 33 today (based on some previous blogging banter.)  I’m still disgusted that I’m older…

So, I’d like to ask all of you to do one of three things.

  1. Go to Kevin’s blog – godsteknon.blogspot.com – and add a random “Happy Birthday” comment to any post.  It doesn’t matter which one.
  2. Or, wish Kevin a Happy Birthday on Facebook.
  3. Or, show up at his house and sing Happy Birthday.  I don’t  know where he lives, so the only clue I can give you is that he lives in Wichita, Kansas.  (At least I think he lives in the city limits.  I really don’t know…)

Feel free to add a comment letting me know.

Looking forward to April 6

April 4, 2008

April 6 is going to be a great day!

First, Andrea and I are going to Boston. This will be the first time in Boston for both of us. I’ve got three days of leadership training ahead of me, and Andrea has three days of sightseeing planned – including a Boston Tea Party reenactment.

I don’t know if I’m looking forward to the seafood or the accents more. Okay, I guess it’s not that difficult. I hear the lobster is excellent!

Wednesday night, we’re going to try to catch a Red Sox game if we can find tickets. Neither of us are really baseball fans, but we figure Fenway Park is a must-do.

Red Sox

Sunday is also my 34th birthday. Tonight, Andrea and the kids (and my mother-in-law) gave me a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake and presents. I got the the book, I Am Legend. I was really wanting to read it before I see the movie.

I also got a rhyming dictionary to help with my songwriting. Now I’ll be able write clever lyrics like “Why should the father bother…” (An excellent example of internal rhyme, according to what I’ve been learning.)

In case you’re curious, wikipedia has a list of interesting events and birthdays on April 6.

For example, I learned that April 6 is “The date of organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith, Jr.. Also the date on which many in The Church believe that Jesus was born.”

Famous people that share(d) my birthday (other than Jesus…) – Raphael, Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, Billy Dee Williams, Harry Houdini, and Candace Cameron.