Let my people play!

By all definitions, I would almost certainly be classified as a screen addict. I’m on a computer all day at work and even have some downtime where I can do personal things, and my iPhone has made it easier than ever to “just check in” on Facebook and elsewhere online. I like having YouTube up and running when I cook, I listen to podcasts when I drive, I fit gaming apps into the empty spaces of my day. As I write this, it’s a bit depressing to think of how little quiet time is in my life. Visiting family or having family visit me is a nice break to all of this. Arguably I drank too much coffee during my recent trip to my grandpa’s farm, but sitting around the table and sharing stories with family was a fantastic way to pass a weekend. Certainly there were tasks that could … Keep reading!

That’s life…

Having a family is all sorts of fun. There are unique challenges to be faced, as well as numerous questions to be fielded from young ones (like, “Where’s Mama?” asked seventeen times in a row by the almost-two-year-old). I couldn’t do all I do without my wife by my side. There are times of peaceful quiet. One of the more cherished events for me is being able to hold my sleeping young ones. It does not happen often, even when they are little, so it is special in a way that I can’t fully describe. Occasionally my older ones will wake up in the middle of the night and sitting up with them is what helps them go back to sleep, but usually it comes down to refilling a water cup and/or tucking them back into their blankets. Not that I don’t enjoy being able to give them even that small … Keep reading!

We can’t do it all on our own…

Particularly in America, men are expected to be self-made and self-reliant. It is seen as weakness to ask for help. I struggle with this probably just as much as most other men, often to my detriment. Consider a couple of portions of Scripture with me. Ex. 18:13-27 “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, … Keep reading!

Where does the time go?

My son is one month old today. I almost can’t believe it’s been that long already. Look at that face! My heart melts every time I see this little guy. It’s been an interesting and challenging month in many ways. Abi and I have certainly wanted to be parents for quite some time, and we’ve both had a variety of experiences with young children. Still, nothing can replace the joys and frustrations of having to devote round-the-clock care to your own child. Abi, of course, deserves a ton of credit because I’m not capable of feeding him, and since he’s in a pattern of typically wanting to eat every three hours, at least during the majority of the day (sometimes we can get him to sleep for a little longer overnight, but that’s rare), Abi is in high demand. We were quite blessed to have my sister-in-law Lydia stay with … Keep reading!

He’s here, he’s here!

My firstborn son, Lukas Paul Valour Westbrook, arrived this morning at 5:18. He came in at 20.25 inches long and 7 pounds 11 ounces. Abi had contractions for over 24 hours before it was time to push, and then had to push for half an hour. Both of us only had about five hours of sleep apiece from 10 AM Sunday morning until 8 AM today, so it was a long couple of days. Praise God the delivery went smoothly with no complications. We’ve all been resting today, and it’s been fun to watch Luke become even more responsive over the past 15 hours. It is amazing to me, too, just how much I can love a little guy I just met. I mean, I’ve known about him for many months, but obviously never had direct interaction until this morning. I think  I was closer to crying than Abi once … Keep reading!

How’s your day going?

It’s been a low-key day here. I worked the overnight shift last night, which meant I got off work at 8 this morning and was home around 8:30. I slept until 2 PM and have been basically relaxing all afternoon. We’re having our Thanksgiving celebration with my in-laws on Saturday, so tonight we’re watching a video from our online birth class while drinking hot chocolate out of our Darth Vader mugs. You might find such a day boring, but we’re quite cozy. We’re 16 days out from the due date now, which is quite exciting and almost a little scary. Of course we’re eager to meet our son, but a lot of changes are rapidly approaching. I’m sure we’ll be fine, but it will be a learning experience for us. It’s not just the physical well-being of our son that we will be taking care of, but his mental, emotional, … Keep reading!