Monthly Archives: January 2007

Welcome


Smilin’ G
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

Welcome to the world, Gillian Faith Strodtbeck. She was born this morning at 8:51 AM at Foote Hospital. 6 pounds 8 ounces, 20 inches long. She’s perfect. She’s quiet. Content. Snuggly. And in this picture, she looks like she’s smiling.

Micki was able to get the day off today and I took the day as well to spend with John and Lissa. She was induced at around 8ish, was dialated at 2/4 at 8:30, and within five minutes, she was at 10 and pushed five times before this lovely lady arrived. Five Freaking Times! One hour of labor! You women who are reading this should cringe. Wow. I guess our prayers for a quick and healthy delivery were answered. She came out with skid marks on her she delivered so fast!

Mick and I had the privilege of being at the hospital for the morning with just the four/five of us. It was really special. Even though Micki missed the delivery by an hour, we were able to support and encourage. Tonight we had the boys while family and friends visited. Lissa and Gillian should be home tomorrow afternoon.

Wow, stuff like this never gets old. She’s truly a miracle. One we’ll get to enjoy and invest in for her whole life. Especially Aunt Micki!

More pics of the girl and her new family. | Photo Set

Babies a Go-Go!

Just wanted to post quickly to celebrate. Ann’s baby was born this weekend. Lillie Margeurite. 7 pounds 10 ounces. Healthy and beautiful.

And John just called me. Lissa just had her little girl. No name yet. Rumored to be Gillian. 6 pounds 10 ounces. I’ll blog more later. Just celebrating new life and health for both moms and their little treasures.

Carry Me (Dead Man Walking)


Carry Me (Dead Man Walking)
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

This Christmas I got three new CDs. Only one I asked for. Chris Tomlin See The Morning, John Mayer Continuum, and Jars of Clay Good Monsters. It was a three-for-three event as we listened to them on our way to Virginia.

Currently I’m busting out some content management stuff at work. Tedious. So, I’m iPod-ing. Got a chance to really listen to the songs on Good Monsters. It’s pretty good so far. Here’s some links to the actual song and some extra goodies. One thing Jars has always done is have a great Web presence:

Official Web site
Good Monsters Mini-site
Jars on MySpace

I wanted to quickly post the lyrics to a great January 1 song. To begin your new year. I guess my heart echoed these words as I listened. May your new year be filled with authentic change, grace, and peace and transformation.


“Dead Man (Carry Me)”

January 1, I’ve got a lot of things on my mind
I’m looking at my body through a new spy satellite
Try to lift a finger, but I don’t think I can make the call
So tell me if I move, ’cause I don’t feel anything at all

So Carry Me,
I’m just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can’t find a heartbeat
Make me breathe,
I want to be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

I woke up from a dream about an empty funeral
But is was better than the party full of people I don’t really know
They’ve got hearts to break and burn
Dirty hands to feel the earth
There’s something in my veins,
But I can’t seem to make it work… won’t work

So Carry Me,
I’m just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can’t find a heartbeat
Make me breathe,
I want to be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

Can you find a beat inside of me?
Any pulse?
Getting worse?
Any pulse?
Getting worse?
Inside of me, can you find a beat?

Carry Me,
I’m just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can’t find a heartbeat
Make me breathe,
I want to be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan