Our First Glimpse of Little Laura Marie

Okay, a little more info about yesterday’s ultrasound…

Carolyn’s parents and my parents all joined us for the sonogram at RMS Sonography in Salisbury.  When we went back to the room where they do the ultrasound, we were all very impressed with it: it looked like a very cozy living room.  There were leather couches and chairs, plants, lamps to provide light but still keep it dark enough for us to see the big TV screen hanging on the wall at the end of the room.

On the other end was the table where they put Carolyn for the show.  Right away the baby popped up on the TV screen.  We all gasped–it was so awesome!  The technician had already asked if we wanted to know the gender, if she was able to see it.  She was definitely able to see it!  The baby had her legs stretched out toward her head, so we were all able to see very clearly what the technician announced very nonchalantly: “It’s a girl.”

A girl!  Woo hoo!  Carolyn’s wanted a baby girl all along.  She had even bought a little dress already.  We would have been thrilled either way, of course.  But Carolyn was extremely happy to hear that it’s a girl, and I was just happy that we can now call the baby by name: Laura Marie Hyde.  It’ll be nice to say “she” and “her” instead of “it.”

For about half an hour we looked at the baby’s arms, legs, heart, stomach, brain, spine, skull… even her cute little tiny bladder!

Speaking of bladders, did you know that before you have a sonogram you have to drink 32 ounces of water–and hold it?!?  Carolyn was such a trooper!

For most of the time the baby was squirming around, tossing all over the place, doing flips.  At one point she turned her head toward the screen as though she was watching us.  Another time she stuck out her little hand and–I’m not kidding–gave us a thumbs up!  It was so amazing.

Here’s a pretty clear shot of Laura Marie’s cute little tiny foot:

And here she is lying on her back and reaching up as far as she possibly can with her legs so she can kick her mom’s guts:

I’m still kind of spaced out, shocked, by the whole thing.  I’m having a daughter.  Wow.

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Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm  Comments (8)  

Writing God’s Story

On Sunday at CrossWay Church we launched a six-week series called Life On Loan.  The series is about how our lives are not our own, but are instead on loan from God.  He has a plan and purpose for investing in us by loaning us everything we’ve got, including our lives.

This first message was called “Writing God’s Story.”  We read Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 2:14-20.  Then we talked about how God has created us in Christ to do good works.

We broke this truth down into three ideas:

(1) You have a story.

(2) God wants to write your story.

(3) God wants to write you into other people’s stories.

I need to give a shout out to the guys who wrote the book and small group curriculum that this series is based on.  The book is called Living A Life On Loan by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson.  Good stuff!

The podcast will be up soon.  (I got behind with podcasting the Christmas series, so I’ll just put it up as the next Christmas approaches.)

Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Laura Marie Hyde

It’s a girl!

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm  Comments (7)  

Reason #54738294 Why Facebook is Weird

What the heck does this mean?

“Here is a Candy Cane fish for your (Lil) Blue Cove. Could you help me by sending a fish back? Together we can fight Global Warming!”

Published in: on January 8, 2009 at 5:52 am  Comments (8)  

They Come In All Sorts

Wow.  I just got the most unbelievable email from some cult leader.  (It’s comforting to know I made it on his mailing list!)  It went on and on about how Barack Obama is the Antichrist.  It was more entertaining than I’d thought imaginable!  It quotes from “Book Twelve, Chapter Forty-Eight” of–and I promise I’m not making this up–“the Mountain Prophecies.”

I’m sure many of you would get a kick out of reading the whole thing, but I’m not posting it here because I don’t want to spread such nonsense.  But I do have to share one of the funniest parts: the conclusive evidence that was offered to prove that Obama is the Antichrist is that there are 18 letters in his full name.  The email very ominously points out that 18 = 6 + 6 + 6… 666.

Yeah, I didn’t believe him until he got to that part.  Now I’m convinced.

Incidentally, I’m apparently one letter away from being the Antichrist myself.  Whew, that was close!  Better count the letters in your own name!

It’s really amazing to consider the variety of people that exist.

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 10:50 am  Comments (6)  

Interesting Article on Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow

Great article on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 am  Comments (4)  

Baby Appointment #2

Carolyn and I had her second doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon.  We listened to the baby’s heartbeat–we recorded it this time.  She (the doc)answered a few questions, went over some test results, and helped us set up our sonogram appointment.

The sonogram will be next Monday morning.  We’re praying that we’ll be able to find out the gender!  That’ll be so awesome.  I can’t wait.

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 5:01 am  Comments (6)  

Vision 2009

At CrossWay yesterday we launched the new year with a focus on our mission and vision.  Our mission is to make lifelong followers of Jesus Christ throughout our community and around the world.  The vision is a snapshot of what it would look like for that to happen, and that’s what we talked about.

In the Bible, Acts 2:42-47 offers a picture of a vision being fulfilled.  Since our mission today is the same as the early church’s, we have a lot to learn from them.  We can stay focused on our mission and realize the vision by all of our members making five commitments:

(1) We will love God by worshiping Him together with His family.

(2) We will love God by developing intimacy with Him through healthy spiritual habits.

(3) We will love people by serving them.

(4) We will love people by building friendships with them.

(5) We will love God and love people by inviting them to participate in the first four commitments–that is, we will invite them to encounter Jesus for themselves.

I look forward to seeing what God does through CrossWay Church this year!

Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm  Comments (2)  

5-Year-Old Time Management

I’ve got to have the coolest 5-year-old nephew on the planet.

Justin is turning six in the middle of January.  But his birthday party, normally a huge deal for a kid that age, is not until February.  Why?

Because he has wrestling on Saturdays, and he doesn’t want to miss any of the NFL playoff games on Sundays.

Published in: on January 3, 2009 at 12:13 am  Comments (2)