Wow, what a rush!
I can not begin to explain the emotions I experienced on Monday, March 17 as Maylee Grace Wilson made her debut.
Yes, there were tears.
Yes, this “Iron Man” showed the emotion he hoped and prayed for.
Over the two weeks I was home with Maylee and my wife Lacie, I experienced a plethora of emotions - emotions rather rare in my life.
As expected, there was little sleep at the hospital. With the way Maylee acted her first night, I thought I might be able to catch a little shut-eye once we got home.
Oh, was I wrong.
Maylee flipped the switch and was not a happy camper our first night home. She cried, we cried and there was little sleep to be had.
Over the two-week span, sleep patterns fluctuated but it was clear Lacie and I were in a new phase in our life.
It has not been easy, but I would not trade it for the world.
Thursday night was another challenge.
I arrived home from a busy day at the Review to find hundreds of ants, two different types, making a home in our guest bedroom. On top of that, Maylee was entering her third week of life - a week the pediatrician warned us could come with a lot more crying.
The pediatrician was right.
It was a hard night. We had to clear the house of ants for the safety of the baby and my wife, Lacie is allergic to ants, but again - I would not trade it for the world.
Maylee cried and cried. The only way she would stop was if we fed, bathed or rocked her.
It was after midnight before I finally rocked her to sleep, a slumber that did not last very long.
It is a weird thing. The last three weeks have been like no other, yet I am happier than ever before.
Just to think about the happiness I’m feeling fills my eyes with tears.
No, I am not some sappy guy who cries at the drop of a hat, but this new feeling is amazing.
I feel so blessed to be able to call myself a father.
It is true, I have now been given the biggest responsibility of my life. Yet I have a calm assurance about it all, as I know God has a plan, a perfect plan, for Maylee’s life. I am just honored he chose me to play a major role in that plan.
While some may think that the feelings of happiness I am experiencing are just those of a new father, there is more to it.
I know I am in the center of God’s will for my life at this point. I am becoming the Kingdom Man he has designed me to be in every area of life.
As part of that process, I know he is guiding my steps and those of my family.
There were hundreds of ants, big ants, all over our house Thursday. Maylee and Lacie were not bitten once.
I was not in control of the situation. They were home with the growing ant infestation for more than two hours without Daddy, but God provided.
Sure, ants are not a major catastrophe, but it is a small example how God will protect those who are placed under his care.
I rest assured each day that the Abba Father will protect his daughters better than I ever can. I don’t know why some things take place, but I have placed my trust in the one who does.
It was not easy to leave my girls on Tuesday, and come back to work. In fact, Monday night, I slept in a separate bedroom for the first time in order to get a “good night’s sleep.”
That night was anything but good. Sure I might have received a little more rest, but as I kissed my girls good night, I could not hold back the tears. It was hard not being in the room for every little cry, feeding and diaper change.
It is a challenge to raise a newborn. A challenge like no other I have ever faced. Lacie and I are adjusting, but it is still not easy.
All the self-help books are nice. Internet searches are helpful, but it is the promises of God that have helped us the most.
How happy are you?
Do the challenges of life, especially those you have never experienced, get you so far down, its hard to see up?
Maybe it is time to check the source of your happiness.
If I counted on the little smiles and noises from Maylee to make me happy, the nights where she cries uncontrollably would tear me apart.
I would not be able to function. I would be angry, and would lose control in the situation.
Instead, I know that my help, my joy, comes from the Lord.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
“He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
“The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore,” Psalm 121.
Do you believe this? If so, he is your rock, your shield, your joy. He will care for you, comfort you and guide you during all phases of life. The more you talk with him, rely on him and hide his message in your heart, your happiness, or joy, will increase, no matter the circumstances.
Wow, what a rush!
The greatest country in the world has hungry children
No child should go hungry. We are the greatest country in the world, yet we have hungry children.
An article I recently read said that if a child in school can't afford lunch, they will be given a sandwich and water. I was told the sandwich is cheese between two pieces of bread.
I hope everyone realizes that is what they serve in the county jail. Not that I know this from personal experience. I was told from someone who did know from experience.
Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase.
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze.
It means no worries for the rest of your days.
It's our problem-free philosophy.
Congratulations, if you have watched the Lion King a couple of times you now have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
It was a week in the depth of heat, then cooler
Sunday and Monday of this week have been very uncomfortable. The air conditioner at our house has been down, and the temperature outside and in the house have been way up.
Thank God for the blessing of the cool temperatures and the rain that fell on Tuesday, then on Wednesday. It changed things just a little bit.
Time away is necessary for everyone
I can remember as a kid writing essays on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” As the years pass, and we are more in-tune with the workplace, those vacations get shorter and shorter.
Do you ever have those days when you just need a vacation? Sometimes you just need to get away.
Taking time off work should be fun and rejuvenating. We all need a recharge every now and then. But vacations aren't what they use to be. We rarely disconnect ourselves from our jobs.
Student athletes: Time to wake up and get to work
Hey student athletes, it is about time for you to wake up and get to work.
Your summer is coming to an end, and the early morning wake up calls for practices are right around the corner.
I am talking to the football players, volleyball players, cross country kids, band members, drill team members and cheerleaders.
Remember who you are
Are you running so fast that you have forgotten why you started the race in the first place?
Life moving at a blistering pace that it is tough to keep up?
Maybe it is time to stop, take a deep look into the pool of water and remember. Remember who you are.
On numerous occasions, I have had to do just that. Ironically, various movies have caused me to look inside.
CSUMC provided a memorable experience
My wife Jean and I went to a very interesting, and what I consider a very unique event last Saturday night.
I had heard that the church where we are members, Carroll Springs United Methodist Church, was having an event in which people sitting in the audience would sing their favorite hymns into a microphone.
Independence ultimately won on battlefield
I always enjoy celebrating Independence Day, and hearing some of the stirring words written in the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that our Creator has given us certain rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The way I see it, if I have life and liberty, that gives me a pretty good start on the third one.
But as eloquent as our founding fathers were, and how moving the texts they left behind, one fact can’t be overlooked. Our independence was ultimately won and secured on the battlefield.
22 years – and they said it wouldn’t last
I was a high school senior when I first entered the world of newspapers.
I found my way to the The Dallas Times Herald after graduation, when a number of kids I went to school with were working part-time at the paper.
It was summer, and I needed a job. I first applied for what was referred to as the night crew.
Roadblocks happen - find a way to power through them
You ever had writer’s block? Everyone gets it once in a while, especially journalists.
Charles Bukowski once said, “Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all.”
People always ask “how do you come up with your ideas?” Those are easy when it comes to writing sports, finding the right way to make it intriguing at the start is when it can get interesting.
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