Monday, November 24, 2008

Psalm 139

Below are our latest ultrasound photos (19 weeks 4 days). The 45 minutes spent with the tech were among the most enjoyable of my life. It was with wonder that I considered in what a privileged minority Becca and I can consider ourselves--the ability to "see" our child in the womb! How many trillions of husbands and wives through history never even dared to dream of something as now routine as an ultrasound.
The greater sense of wonder came as the words of Psalm 139 filled my mind tonight in the glow of the ultrasound monitor:

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are you works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them." -Psalm 139.13-16
What a sense of wonder and awe is a father's to peer behind the curtain at the masterpiece that God is crafting. The same God at which David marveled is the same unchanged God at which my own father marvels. I can only hope that the gracious Creator is even now instilling a sense of the fear of God in my unborn son greater than that of his fathers.

"How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" Psalm 139.17

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

200,000 Miles

On my way home from work on Hallow's Eve, I reached 200,000 miles on my truck's odometer. Pictures from the milestone are below. You may remember my post from when I hit 172,777 miles in November 2007. [An update to my geographical extents: the farthest north that I have travelled in my truck is now Henrietta, NY.]

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Encore Pumpkin
Our church Bible study meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Because we are such a hip, cool (emergent?) small group, we decided to meet for social get-togethers during months that have five Wednesdays. Megan and Aron hosted this past months' Fifth Wednesday.

Below is the pumpkin that Becca and I collaborated on. Guess who copped out of cutting the complex stars.

The best part of Trick-or-Treat this year was the myriad compliments that parents and kids paid Becca as she answered the door. We (read: mostly me) are striving to lock up the reputation as House With the Awesome Carved Pumpkins every year.
P.S. Harass Aron at his blog to get him to post pictures of all the small group pumpkins.