Deliciousness in a pan!

A friend of mine shared a recipe on Facebook over the weekend, and as soon as I saw the name of it, I knew I would have to make it myself. Get ready for…Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese! Seriously, what’s not to like? Buffalo? Chicken? Mac and Cheese? Put it all together, and you have a mouth-watering sensation that will satisfy all of your cravings at once. The recipe can be found here: http://pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com/2012/01/sorry-i-dont-eat-buffalo.html. I didn’t take pictures of the various steps throughout the process, figuring that to be redundant to the thrust of the post, but I will share a picture of the finished product.   Ahh, what tasty goodness! … 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!

RefTagger from Logos Software

You can ignore this post if you want. I’m just checking out a new tool I found through Logos Software. It is called RefTagger. It allows me to type Scripture references that are hyperlinked so a visitor can simply hover over the link and have the corresponding verse show in a hovering box. Let’s try a few verses and reference styles now! Gen 1:1 Matthew 28:19-20 Ps. 1:1-6 Hopefully I can get the box set up to where visitors can select which version of the Bible they wish the references to display (right now the default is set for the English Standard Version, and I can’t figure out how to change that just now).

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here we are, preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. If my Facebook feed is any indication, many across this nation of ours are taking time to remember their many blessings. I am not going to give a comprehensive list just now as I am pressed for time, but I have a few things for which I am thankful that I would like to share. First and foremost, I am thankful for a God who loves me and sent His Son to pay the penalty for my sins. Each day I am reminded of the things to which I am no longer enslaved, and I can’t help but praise God for that. I am not perfect, of course, but by His grace I am becoming more like Christ every day. Second, I am thankful for my wife and my soon-to-be-born son. Being married and now preparing to be a father … Keep reading!

My blog looks lonely

I thought it would be a good idea to add another blog post so you could see I’m still working on the site. Aren’t you impressed with me? I am working on a post dealing with fellowship within the church. A couple of weeks ago we had a message at church on the issue and I thought there were many good points that should be shared as broadly as possible. Abi and I missed services with our local fellowship last week and I am eager to be there tomorrow morning. I firmly believe that Christians should fellowship with other Christians at every opportunity, but I think it is especially important to gather as a whole body at least once a week (typically Sundays with most congregations). By participating in regular fellowship, we not only gain encouragement, strength, and refreshing from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we also–and perhaps more importantly–impart … Keep reading!

Welcome to my new home!

Hi there! Welcome to my new home on the interwebs. I’ve just moved in, so things are kind of a mess and not really established yet. Be patient, the good stuff is coming! Check back often to see how I’m progressing. … Keep reading!