Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christ's Love

I just read a great story of Texas football by Rick Reilly. It's about a high school team sharing the love of Christ with players from a state prison. It's good to see people sharing love in such a tangible way. Click here for the full story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Travel

It was a long trip and at times we thought it wouldn't happen, but Carolyn, Elisa, & I made it to Oregon. Our flight out on Saturday was canceled due to the weather in Portland. Carolyn was quick to call United and get us on the next day's flight. As we were checking in at the Tulsa airport for our the connecting flight to Denver, the lady at the counter told us our flight was canceled and that everything to Portland was canceled. I told her that it wasn't yet and we'll take the risk. She thought for sure we'd get stuck in Denver.

Our flight getting into Denver was 1 1/2 hours late and Elisa didn't sleep at all. We had to sprint 24 gates down the concourse to catch our Portland bound plane. Getting on board in time we were very relieved and glad we wouldn't be stuck in Denver. As soon as we got into our seats, tired Elisa just fell asleep in Carolyn's arms and stayed that way the rest of the way. She has really been a good traveler. Our flight into Portland was also late and we finally landed about 1AM.

Once on the ground Carolyn & I couldn't believe the amount of snow. It's really amazing that we caught one of the very few flights allowed to land at PDX all weekend. My cousin landed only 10 minutes earlier than us so we caught a ride home with her and Uncle Rick. By the time we got to my Mom's house in Columbia City it was 4 in the morning (6:00 in Arkansas). The drive out of Portland was very slow because of all the snow and driving with chains. We're grateful we made it and we're enjoying just hanging out and looking out the window. The thought of being stuck in Denver was scary because there would be so many other stranded people, plus all the flights are already full for all the pre-Christmas travel. We're very thankful to have made it.

Friday, December 19, 2008


We head to the airport tomorrow night for an extended visit with our families, therefore we had our family Christmas gift exchange this afternoon. It was a lot of fun watching Elisa enjoy her presents and the wrapping paper they came in. We then went for an evening walk with a beautiful sunset. No pictures of the sunset, just Elisa.

In other news, Elisa is officially walking. As of Tuesday she just started taking 3-4 step trips around the living room. Today, she took one long journey from one side of the living room all the way into the kitchen. We'll try to get some video sooner or later.


Shaq is about to reach a carear milestone. Misisng 5,000 free throws. Click here for all the details of how Shaq is the worst free throw shooter of all time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Elisa's Happy Birthday Video Part 2

Elisa's Happy Birthday Video Part 1

Happy Birthday Elisa!

Today we celebrated Elisa's first birthday. We had a fantastic party and Carolyn & I spent the day in wonder about how much she's changed. Watching her open presents was a lot of fun. Carolyn worked really hard getting everything ready and making a lot of fantastic food. All in all it was a great day and we're so thankful for our beautiful girl.

Saturday, December 06, 2008


I don't know if we've mentioned this before, but Elisa loves apples. If Carolyn or I are eating one, she tries to grab it and will suck on it until we finally take it away. As Carolyn was eating her apple after she got home from work today Elisa wanted some. Once she started it didn't take long before we finally just put her in her high chair and she went after it.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Christmas Tree

One of Elisa's ornaments from last year (this is her 2nd Christmas).

For the first time ever, Carolyn & I decided to get a little Christmas tree. We still bought a fresh tree though. We went small because trying to keep Elisa from pulling it over and away from it didn't sound like a lot of fun. So, here is our Elisa sized tree: