Christmas Loot

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Hey all,
Okay, so Christmas was awesome this year!
Far and away the #1 gift was my baby girl…watching her tear wrapping paper and fling bows was the Christmas morning I’ve been waiting for all my life. A pic of her with Santa is coming soon!
But, if that’s just to smarmy for ya, here’s a list of the loot:
My beloved got me a sweet new Caphelon frying pan I (I know, I know, but it’s awesome to me!) plus the Black, Red, White series of novels by Ted Dekker, which are, so far, VERY good reading.
Dad got me the “Rocky” DVD series (1-6) and I scored some other great stuff, including a NW Forest Pass, a ginormous bag of pistachios, and the geekiest “pocket fishing pen” you’ve ever seen (it’s too cool for words!)
Christmas at home with my girls (see above) was everything I’d hoped it would be, as I lazed on the couch in a spiral-sliced-ham coma.
So…what’d ya’all get?
-Perk
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The Greatest Invention Ever?

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Hey all,

Okay, so I was in the kitchen this morning, trying to finish my breakfast, pour a 3rd cup of coffee, and get Gracie’s bottle ready when it happened…I knocked over yesterdays diet Dr. Pepper and created a puddle that stretched from the northern counter to the southern reaches of the kitchen floor.

Then, I did what any of us would do (no, not cursing, the rest of you might not do that)… I reached for the roll of paper towels.

That got me thinking (okay, it’s been a slow morning)…is THIS the greatest invention ever?

I mean c’mon…I make a mess, I grab a handful of disposable paper towels and voilah! (sp?) problem solved! I mean, think about it, a couple of centuries ago they had to use a “cloth” which had to be spun from wool or cotton, hand-loomed, purchased at the market, and then hand washed in a basin of wood-fire heated water!

That’s no way to live!

So, in honor of one of the greatest inventions of all time, here are couple of historical facts:

Scott Paper Company was founded by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott in Philadelphia in 1879. SCOTTĀ® Brand Tissue with 1,000 sheets was introduced at a cost of 10 cents per roll. It was considered a medical item; print ads were used to increase awareness and address embarrassment.

In 1931, Scott introduced the first paper towel for the kitchen and created a whole new grocery category. He made perforated rolls of “towels” thirteen inches wide and eighteen inches long. That is how paper towels were born. It was to take many years, however, before they gained acceptance and replaced cloth towels for kitchen use.

If, like me, you’re sitting around in your underwear with nothing better to do, take a look at the kimberly-clark website and read the rest of the amazing history of the paper-towel.

-Perk

Screaming Babies and a Patient God

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Hey all,

Learned a couple of things from the kid this week, thought I’d share…

So…I’m sure you parents can picture this:

It’s about 2pm, time for the afternoon feeding. I have the bottle warmed and ready, burp-cloth on my shoulder, and as soon as Grace sees me walk in, she starts howling. I mean, the really ticked-off, outraged, “Gimme what I want and gimme it now!” kinda bellowing!

So, I put down the bottle, pick her up, and let her scream in my ear for 10 minutes until she quiets down. As soon as the tears (and shrieks) subside, I pop the bottle in her mouth and we’re all smiles again.

Except…that it was 10 minues of pure hell. The cries, the crocodile tears, ripping my heart out, all I want to do it give in and make it stop…and at the same time I’m telling myself, knowing she doesn’t understand, “I can’t give in, or it will be like this every day…”

Then, as the bottle is disappearing in healthy chugs, I realize…THIS is what God does with me all the time. The things I want, the things I demand at the top of my voice, things that I know I’ll just die if I don’t get RIGHT NOW… he makes me wait for, or even denies me. And, just maybe, I learn a little patience…that I won’t really DIE if I don’t get what I want right now, or even at all.

Next day, same feeding time, I plop the kid down on my lap, pick up the bottle and…realize that I have to go to the bathroom…really bad. The lease has expired on my morning pot of coffee, and it won’t wait the 15-20 minutes that feeding the girl will take.

Soooo…I set down the bottle, which Gracie has been eyeing intently, and put her back in her walker…where she immediately goes postal.

What had I done? Well, in her little eyes, I’d shown her a bottle (the promise) and then taken it away. She didn’t understand that I would be right back, that the promise was still waiting for her right there on my desk and in a couple of minutes (the right time) it would be hers.

As far as she was concerned the promise was broken, gone forever, and all she knew was that she was still hungry…and I had forsaken her.

How often, when we don’t get what we want RIGHT NOW, do we assume that God has broken His promises to us, that our current circumstances are forever, and that our needs will never be fullfilled, when in reality, God ALWAYS keeps his promises in His perfect time?

Maybe next time, when God has somethings that’s better for me, I’ll be able to lay down what I want “right now” and wait (without throwing a fit), because I’ve learned that, #1, my screams (or my anger, or my bitterness) won’t be rewarded. And, #2, maybe I can deny myself the instant gratification, knowing “now is not forever” and that there’s always something better waiting for me in God’s perfect timing…

Thoughts?

-Perry

Gracie Video

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Okay, I know I’m going to get some flack for this one, but you know…deep in your heart, that you’ll be laughing all day…

Sleepy baby + bored dad + video camera = Gracie’s Lullaby Video!

Okay, let the flames begin…

-Perk

PS – YES, I put her down for a nice long nap as soon as I turned the camera off!