Monday, December 22, 2008

The REAL Christmas Story

Do you know what the first reference to "Christmas" in the Bible was?  Here's a hint: it's not in the New Testament.  Check out Genesis 3:15

15 I will make you (the serpent) and the woman 
       enemies to each other. 
    Your descendants and her descendants 
       will be enemies. 
    One of her descendants will crush your head,
   (One of WOMAN'S--NOT Man's)(Virgin Birth)
       and you will bite his heel."                             (Crushing the head is complete victory; biting the heel is just                                                                                   injury and pain--NOT death or defeat)

For the record: God was setting up His plan to redeem mankind BEFORE HE KICKED THEM OUT OF THE GARDEN!!!
Throughout the Old Testament, God is setting up precedents and standards and prophecies that point to the Messiah, the Christ, that He would send to mend the way between Man and God.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of four-thousand years passed while God was setting this up.  The whole time He is establishing Himself to and with His people so that when His Christ came, His people would know Him, and so that we would have plenty of examples through history to show us who God IS and who He ISN'T.  
We have to understand that God created Man to fellowship with.  He put man in the garden because He wanted to spend time with him.  Separation was the opposite of what God made us for.  So when Adam and Eve sinned, God didn't waste ANY time.  He IMMEDIATELY set up a plan to redeem mankind.  So, by the time Jesus was born, it really was like "Christmas Morning" for God.  He was really excited!  I mean COME ON!!  God was so pumped that the angels, who are spirits, Couldn't stand still and BURST into the air, in a physical form, singing "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!!!!"  There was too much JOY.  They had to share it with somebody.  So they bust out in song and tell a bunch of shepherds that GOD's redeemer was finally born!  He had come to succeed in everything that Adam couldn't, to satisfy everything that the sacrifices couldn't, to fulfill everything that the Law couldn't, to take the infinite gap between God's BELOVED children and pour out His heart into that gap until a way was FINALLY made for us to step across into the arms of our Father.
Christmas isn't about a Nativity scene with a baby Jesus and some soft songs.  Christmas is about 4,000 years of the passion of our Heavenly Father being poured out into the birth cry of His Son.  Jesus, who was born to die, who lived to love, and who lived God's Love so fully that He changed us from orphans and outcasts to cherished sons and daughters of the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Revelation 12 (New Century Version)

Revelation 12

The Woman and the Dragon
 1 And then a great wonder appeared in heaven: A woman was clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars was on her head.2 She was pregnant and cried out with pain, because she was about to give birth.3 Then another wonder appeared in heaven: There was a giant red dragon with seven heads and seven crowns on each head. He also had ten horns.4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and threw them down to the earth. He stood in front of the woman who was ready to give birth so he could eat her baby as soon as it was born.5 Then the woman gave birth to a son who will rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was taken up to God and to his throne.6 The woman ran away into the desert to a place God prepared for her where she would be taken care of for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

 7 Then there was a war in heaven. Michael[a] and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But the dragon was not strong enough, and he and his angels lost their place in heaven.9 The giant dragon was thrown down out of heaven. (He is that old snake called the devil or Satan, who tricks the whole world.) The dragon with his angels was thrown down to the earth.

 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying: 
    "The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God 
       and the authority of his Christ have now come.

   The accuser of our brothers and sisters, 
       who accused them day and night before our God, 
       has been thrown down. 

 11 And our brothers and sisters defeated him 
       by the blood of the Lamb's death 
       and by the message they preached. 
    They did not love their lives so much 
       that they were afraid of death.

 12 So rejoice, you heavens 
       and all who live there! 
    But it will be terrible for the earth and the sea, 
       because the devil has come down to you! 
    He is filled with anger, 
       because he knows he does not have much time."

 13 When the dragon saw he had been thrown down to the earth, he hunted for the woman who had given birth to the son.14 But the woman was given the two wings of a great eagle so she could fly to the place prepared for her in the desert. There she would be taken care of for three and one-half years, away from the snake.15 Then the snake poured water out of its mouth like a river toward the woman so the flood would carry her away.16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that came from the mouth of the dragon.17Then the dragon was very angry at the woman, and he went off to make war against all her other children—those who obey God's commands and who have the message Jesus taught.

Tell THAT on Christmas morning!

: )

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Matter of Perspective

I was praying and appologizing to God again about mistakes I'd made.  Seems like I was always apologizing about something.  I was just so desperate to be close to God, but I was always dealing with stuff.  

Then, with my eyes closed, I saw:
I was sitting at a table.  The table was white and stretched out in front of me.  On it were trophies and awards and prizes and such.  I knew right away that these represented the things I did right/ my accomplishments in life.  I didn't have a lot of time to appreciate them though, because there were other things, the kind of things that you don't put on a table, that obviously represented my sins, failures and mistakes.  There was just too much.  No matter where I looked the table would have trohphies, but ALWAYS there would be garbage or some ofther filth.  It was SOO frustrating!  All I wanted was to be close to God!  I just wanted to throw all of that other stuff away and be with God.
Then I heard:
"Turn around."
So I started to turn around.  This is when I realized that I was on a swivel chair.  And, as I turned around, I saw that the table only went around me as far as I could see IF I kept looking at the things on the table.  When I turned to see the source of the voice, (I knew it was God) the table stopped and there was a gap in it.  I stood up and fell to my knees in the lap/ arms/ embrace of my Father.  
God said "At any point in any day at any time you can turn your back on these things and be with Me.  Your life is a table that you cannot control, But I have made a way for you to be free of it to be with Me away from the things and worries there."

I have tried this in situations in life, when things got too tough and (though God had to remind me) when things were going well.  I stopped and closed my eyes and just looked for God.  No expectations but to find Him.  And He has met me every time.  It's like this bubble in the core of who I am, around the "real-est" me where God is there and nothing else matters.  In that moment the world outside the  "bubble" comes a little better into perspective.

I really love God, but what's way cooler than that is that He really loves me.

Those with ears to hear, LET THEM HEAR. 

            This is for EVERY ONE!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

God Made Dirt; Dirt Don't. . . .

I heard this on the radio a long time ago:

Scientists had reached the peak of human development.  They now knew everything there was to know and had finally come to the conclusion that mankind no longer needed God.

So they went to God and said, "We don't need you anymore.  We know all there is to know and can do anything there is to do.  We want you to leave."

God being God and infinitely patient, looked at the scientists and said, "OK, let's have a contest.  You make a man in your own image, and I'll make one in Mine.  Whoever does it quickest and best wins, and the loser has to acknowledge that the winner doesn't need them."

The scientists talked this over and decided that this was an excellent idea.  So they set up a time with God for the contest and got down to business.   

On the day of the contest, God and the scientists met.  God looked at the scientists and said, "Are you ready?"

"Yes,"they replied.

"OK, GO!"

So the scientists bent down and began gathering up dirt, but God stopped them saying, "Hold on a second!"  The scientist looked at God, confused.  God looked back at them smiling and said,

 "Use your own dirt."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What People Will Trust. . .

A couple of years ago I was on my way to work. It was a 45 minute drive one-way but my employers were kind enough to provide me with a company vehicle. On one particular day, I happened to be thinking about the fact that it was a company vehicle and that if something were to happen while I was driving, it wouldn't be just me that would have to deal with the consequences. When I realized that I was thinking up "worst-case scenarios," I stopped and reminded myself that I hadn't been in an accident yet and not to "borrow trouble."
As soon as I thought the words "hadn't had an accident yet," I immediately "heard" half the people I knew saying "knock on wood." (It seems like people - yes, even Christians - are always saying stuff like that when you try to speak positively about your life. As if, if you aren't careful, you'll jinx yourself. *yech*) But, before I could do more than start to think how dumb the expression "knock on wood"is, I saw, in my mind's eye, a large beam of dark, rough and splintery wood. I still had the echo of "knock on wood" in my mind and I reached up to do it. As I did, the image of the beam "zoomed out" and I saw that the beam was the vertical beam of a cross. And as I looked, I saw Jesus' thorn pierced face turn and look at me, with eyes so sad and ironic, and he said:
"It's funny what people will trust, isn't it?"

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Not Forsaken!

When I was growing up, my family moved around a lot. My dad was in the Air Force, so where he went we went. Because of this, we changed churches a lot, and we pretty much had to choose from what was available. We didn't always end up in a church that believed quite the way my parents did, but usually the differences weren't big enough to pose a problem. There were a couple of things that I was taught that I took to heart that weren't scriptural. I didn't realize that at the time, so they messed with my head.

One of the things that I was taught was that "God can't be in the presence of sin. He is too good and righteous to exist in the presence of something so vile. If God were in the presence of someone with sin in their life, they would be blasted into nothing instantly. God even turned His back on Jesus when he was on the cross because He couldn't look on the sin Jesus was taking on for us." This was supposed to be backed up by the fact that Jesus said: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Now, I was young, but I knew full and well that I had sin in my life, and if God would reject Jesus, who was only doing what God told him to do, then I was in BIG TROUBLE. I spent nearly 10 years in constant fear of God's sudden judgement and wrath. Then one day, I was reading in the Psalms and came across Psalm 22. This is what it says:

Psalm 22
For the director of music.
To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning."
A psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,

by night, and am not silent.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;

you are the praise of Israel.
4 In you our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 They cried to you and were saved;

in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by men and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
8 "He trusts in the LORD;
let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him."
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you
even at my mother's breast.
10 From birth I was cast upon you;

from my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,

for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;

strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions tearing their prey

open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.

My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted away within me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs have surrounded me;

a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.
19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver my life from the sword,

my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;

save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my brothers;

in the congregation I will praise you.
23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or disdained

the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;

before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;

they who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth

will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD

and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;

all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;

future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness
to a people yet unborn—
for he has done it.

That first verse nearly stopped my heart. Jesus wasn't crying out to God for forsaking him, He was quoting scripture!!! Psalm 22 is a prophecy about the messiah! Jesus was encouraging himself in the WORD. In the middle of this terrible experience, he was reminding himself that God knew all of this would happen, that it was part of the plan and that this fit in with what God needed to make things right between men and Him again.

Romans 8:39 (New International Version)
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


This was the beginning of my journey to find out what God was really like. To find out for myself who God IS. I began this journey with TWO important points:
1 Even Jesus had to encourage himself with scripture in hard times. . . .
2 God LOVES me and He will always LOVE LOVE LOVE me!

And that goes for you TOO!!!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Name Change . . . 2

Well this is my best idea so far. I would appreciate feedback from anyone who is interested.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Name Change. . .

I'm going to be changing the name of my blog soon.  The current name just doesn't seem to fit where I'm going with this.  I don't know what I'm going to call it yet, but I should have something soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"A Ghost Raccoon With A Crystal Grenade"

This happened several years ago, but it made an impression.

A pastor associated with our church came one Sunday. He was on his way to be the pastor of a new church that needed one so Pastor Jack, our pastor, invited him to come and be blessed and sent to that church. At the end of the service Pastor Jack called him up and told the church that anyone who felt that they had a word from God for the man should come and share it after they were done praying. So I figured that it would be neat to have a word, so I asked God for one. I heard "b. . . . .capital B. . . . . . .Blessings with a capital B . . . . in music. . . . . . . . .Tell him."

. . .So I'm like: ok. . .that's cool I guess. (but in the back of my mind I'm thinking that I'd really like a vision or something. You know, 'cause they sound more like they're from God than "Blessings with a capital 'B'")

Hang on for a sec:

I saw a red velvet pillow. It was square and trimmed with gold fringe and tassels on each corner, and it was spinning end over end in the darkness. I watched as it flew toward an old wicker-framed rocking chair. The chair was empty, but it was rocking anyway. The pillow flew over the chair, turned horizontal, and lowered very slowly into the seat of the chair. Then the chair stopped rocking and I saw something shiny and transparent rising out of the cushion. As it rose up I realized that it was a ghost-like raccoon poised with arms spread out and standing on one leg. AND SMILING! (I know, I know, but it's what I saw.) The raccoon looked at me and held one hand out in my direction, palm up, and out of his hand rose up a crystal grenade. The grenade lifted up and hovered above his hand and began spinning faster and faster and as it spun it began changing shape the way clay changes on a potter's wheel. It turned into a trumpet. And then I heard God say "You wanted a vision so you got one. Now go tell the man that I'm going to bless him with a capital B in music."

So I did. I found out the next week at a meeting when I shared this that the man was really concerned about his new church because they didn't have a worship team and he was going to have to use CD's for a while. Well we used a lot of CD music that Sunday and then God gave me that word for him. God is soooo Cool! And personal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A raccoon with a grenade. . . .I don't ask for visions after I already have a word anymore. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Baby B's Breath Of God

Today I had a chance to help a friend, Moco. Moco is Curly Mommy's dad. While we were talking he mentioned that Baby B, Curly Mommy's newest child, had been having some breathing problems. I had been telling him about some of the things that I mentioned in my last post, Abraham's Blessing, and this fed right off of that. As I listened to Moco tell me about how Baby B was taking fast, deep breaths, I also heard God say that when we speak His words, we are re-ordering reality to fit God's plan. He told me to tell Moco that whatever reasons the doctors might (or might not) find, GOD was saying that now Baby B was breathing in God's breath. God had His hand on her and everything was going to work out right. He said that He had a purpose for this little girl, and as of that moment, He was using every deep breath to touch her in a special way.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Abraham's Blessing

Okay. I've been teaching Sunday school to the 6th and 7th graders at my church. We've been going through Genesis, story by story and I've been trying to "introduce them to God." I had been using the curriculum provided by the church, but found that while the material was good and well intentioned, it simply wasn't getting through to the kids. The lessons were about teaching them to be "good Christians," but they didn't really know God, so there wasn't anything more than "trying to do the right thing" to motivate them. I wanted them to KNOW that God LOVES them and that He wants a relationship with them. I figure that if they know God's love then the "right things" they should do will be fruits of that love instead of calculated decisions.

It's been great!

So we've been talking about Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. The last couple of weeks have been spent on Jacob. We talked about how God had promised that Jacob would have the major inheritance and how God was going to make His nation from Jacob, but Jacob and his mother didn't trust God and deceived their way into a promise that was Jacob's by right. Jacob got Isaac's blessing. Isaac got that blessing from Abraham and Abraham got it from God.

I grew up in a home that taught the Bible. My dad told us stories of Abraham and King David and the mighty men of valor. One thing that always stood out to me was the blessings from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (called Israel). These blessings weren't like the blessings you hear today--they had POWER. When Esau realized that Jacob had gotten his blessing, he was furious! He begged Isaac for a blessing. Today, we'd just say "OK, here you go," but this was something much more serious. Isaac couldn't give him the blessing again. This was something REAL! I've always believed in these kind of blessings and the power in them, and I've always been sad that they seemed to have passed away.

Skip ahead to this past Sunday. . . A man came to our church this Sunday. His name is Ken Sumerall. He is a pastor to my pastor. He is actually a pastor to many pastors, as is my own pastor, Jack Hollis (who has a blog ). He has been a spiritual father to my pastor, who, in turn, has been one to me. So, as Bro Ken was preaching, I was watching him and listening to how he spoke and thought to myself: "This is a man who is a patriarch to this church like Abraham was to Israel." I could just SEE Abraham all over him. When he finished speaking he invited people to come up and be prayed for. I was heading up to join the worship team, but before I could go up the stairs I stopped. It hit me. "Here is a man who could give a patriarch blessing." I tried to dismiss it, "People don't DO that sort of thing anymore." But I couldn't make myself leave it alone. I struggled with whether it was something I should do and if it would even be a real blessing, believing in my heart the whole time that it would be real, until I head God say: "You have an inheritance waiting for you. Will you take hold of it?" Well, that didn't leave me with any outs. So I went to Bro Ken and told him what I had seen on him and that I wanted a patriarch's blessing.

He leaned forward placing his hand on my head and said: " I bless you right now with a father's blessing. . ." I'm not quite sure what he said next because I felt a wave of heat hit me in the chest and spread in all over my torso. Then I heard him say something that I didn't expect at all. I went up there expecting him to say that I would be in the ministry, or that I would have a supernatural boldness, or that God would do miracles through me or something like that. What he said next nearly knocked the wind out of me. There I was caught in the presence of the Holy Spirit and I heard these words from the man God had impressed upon me as one who could give a real blessing, a blessing with power: "I give you the blessing of Abraham."

Check out what God's blessing for Abraham was and you may have some idea of what that felt like.

Later, God told me that what I felt when I felt the heat in my chest was God "changing my blood." He told me that He had changed the fabric of who I am.

I am still absorbing the implications of all of this, but I know this much. God has called me to be a giver of blessings. I have tried to be conscious of my thoughts and words. I have been openly blessing anything that I have a hand in and blessing any who bless me. And I truly BELIEVE that God is going to be doing things that will awaken me (and any I can influence) to a fuller awareness of the richness of His glory.

So, to all who read this. Be Blessed with His presence. Have God so richly in your life that you cannot escape a day-to-day deepening of revelation of God's love and desire to have a relationship with you.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Whom shall I Fear?

In Exodus Miriam and Aaron are ridiculing Moses about his wife. God steps in and addresses the issue by saying that He has, in the past, always spoken through visions and things hard to understand. But with Moses "I have spoken clearly, face to face as a friend. . . Why is it that you aren't afraid to talk to my man Moses this way?"

God spoke of Moses as a man to be respected because He spoke with him "face to face--as a friend" and yet, here we are today with the Holy Spirit dwelling INSIDE us, and we still fear the things of this world.

We really need to get a hold of the idea that God has a personal investment in claiming us. We didn't just sign up on God's mailing list. He LOVES us! He isn't about to do all that HE did to bring us into a relationship with Him just to abandon us. God takes care of His own!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


This is the old song with a new verse.


I hear the thunder of the marching of the soldiers of the LORD

With worship as their battle cry and the Word of God their sword

They are marching into battle with raised hands and bended knee

The world will see God’s glory as they shout in victory. . .



Awesome God and Our Creator

Righteous Lord and Vindicator



Oh the enemy must flee

When he hears God’s people cry

Adonai . . .

The Enemy has set up camp in the land God’s called our own

Proclaiming his false sovereignty; he wants to kill us heart and soul

But his plans and his devices will pass away in ash and dust

When the saints of God wake up and call the Name of Whom they trust. . .



Awesome God and Our Creator

Righteous Lord and Vindicator



Oh the enemy must flee

When he hears God’s people cry

Adonai . . .

We are not abandoned here as Orphans all alone

We've been adopted and instructed to come boldly to the throne.

So raise your hands in worship, Saints; bend your knees in prayer

Call the name of Adonai and our Father will be there. . .



Awesome God and Our Creator

Righteous Lord and Vindicator



Shout His name, all you creation!

Sing His praises: JUBILATION!



Awesome God and Our Creator

Righteous Lord and Vindicator



The enemy must flee

When he hears God’s people cry


Sunday, April 6, 2008

"A Dream"

I had a "dream" and in my dream:

I was standing facing a mountain. The mountain was enormous, beautiful, breathtaking. As I looked I knew that I had to pass that mountain. At first I saw this as a great opportunity to see something so amazing up close, but as I neared the mountain, what was glorious and picturesque became the Cliffs of Insanity. (from The Princess Bride. You know, 10,000 feet of imposing, un-scalable, that's very existence defies you to prove that you are anything but puny.) But I still had to get passed it. There was no route up. It went on without end in both directions. I was stopped. I tried and tried, but there was no way to make it passed. I felt like a complete failure, and in desperation, fell to my knees and cried out to God.
"I know you want me to get passed this, but I can't do it. I want to, but I just can't! Help me!"

At that moment I felt a warmth at my back. I turned around and looked up to see what looked like the sun, but as it got closer, I saw that it was something approaching on a cloud. I looked again and could make out a figure of a man standing like the presence of God. I couldn't see his face, but he wore a white robe that shimmered like lightning dancing across his body. I also noticed (and this will mean a lot to my friend BB) that he only wore one sandal.

When he had come very close, I saw that his presence was kicking up storm level winds all around, but I only felt a gentle breeze. Then, as he reached the ground, he stepped forward onto the earth, and it was like a bomb went off. There was no sound, but I saw a shock wave slam out from the point where his foot touched ground and it was like creation recognized the Creator and nearly shattered in an effort to yield to his will. The shock wave surged forward and when it hit the mountain, the mountain burst not like an eruption or volcanic explosion-- not like anything solid at all. It was like the shock wave hit a mountain of ash. In seconds the ground was clear and easy to pass.

Then Jesus (for I now recognized him) turned and walked into me. I panicked, and cried out: ""Where are you?" He told me to look down at my Hand and saw my hand and what was like a transparency of another hand overlaid on top. The second hand was nail-pierced.

"Now what?" I asked.
"Walk where I walk."

So I watched and when I saw his foot move forward, I put my foot in the same place. In this way we walked through the place where the mountain had been. We then came to a swamp and I couldn't see any way to cross.

"Walk where I walk."

So we went. At one point a snake struck out at me and I jumped from it. It struck my leg and injured me. I cried out to Jesus again and he said: "Remain in me."
So I put my foot back where his was and my leg healed. The Snake struck again, but when I didn't move, the snake passed straight through.

"Where are we going?" I asked.
"You'll see."

This is the beginning and the end of it. This is all I saw so this is all I wrote.

Man of Valor

I am Gideon and I'm hiding
In a wine press threshing grain.
Brave enough to do the deed,
But not to face the pain.

Then I hear a stirring
There outside the press,
And I'm filled with gutless terror
when I hear the bold address:

"Greetings, mighty man of valor!"
(My blood turns cold to bone.)
And the fear grows in intensity
As I realize I'm alone.

"Who is it you're seeking?"
I whisper timidly.
"Be of courage, man of God,
I have come to speak to thee!"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Baby Boy #2

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

In an unexpected turn of events, our second son was born today after what we thought was a routine blood test.
Crickey will fill in all of the other details when she gets a chance.

All I can say is . . . WOW, this kid has some lungs! We could hear him through the sound proofed glass in the hospital nursery.

Pictures and more story to follow as time and chance allow.