The State of My Union

30 01 2008

It seems that my infrequent posts are starting to wear on some of my more loyal readers so I am back to give you all what you are craving…MORE ME!!

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 First of all let me start off by thanking those who made my ‘union’ possible namely two people God, and the stunningly radiant Mrs. M to whom I am united. We are doing very well and at this point almost to 13 full weeks pregnant and healthy. Life is going well we are working on rearranging rooms and painting and all the fun that comes with a great change like this. A couple of amusing anecdotes that I’ve heard from people about having twins:-“In one fell swoop you’ve gone from playing zone defense to man to man”-“Having twins is like buying in bulk: two kids for the price of one hospital visit”-“I can’t believe you might beat B & S to two kids” (on the possibility that Laura could very well give birth before Mrs. G)

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Into the Wild: The story of Christopher J. McCandless a.k.a. “Alexander Supertramp” is a very powerful book about the story of a young man disenfranchised with the life of privilege that he gives up to find himself in the Alaskan wilderness. I read the book and really enjoyed it. Last Thursday we went to The Capri (which remains a great place to catch some arthouse culture) to watch Sean Penn’s screen version of the book. It was AMAZING. I really believe it might be one of the best adaptations of a book to film that I have ever seen. The power and quality of the actors performances is something I am still amazed by. Emile Hirsch, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Catherine Keener, and so many more made this movie truly something that was moving to watch. The interactions between the characters on screen were so natural that it was hard to not think at times you were peering into someone’s real life. True ‘reality tv’. Emile Hirsch’s performance was heartfelt and gritty, seeing him at the end as he has transformed physically (he lost something like 65 pounds for the role) made the end of the movie all the more real. I could go on and on but I won’t. All I can say is first read the book and second see the movie (probably on DVD soon). It is truly worth your time.

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The State of the Union (the real one): I watched the other night and then I watched the Democratic response and then I saw Senator’s Obama and Clinton’s responses, and all I can say is that I’m not going to disparage the President, but I will be glad to see a change. I could go on and on about the things that bother me about the current administration but a new day is on the horizon and I am alright with letting the sun set on the old one so long as it happens without too much damage to the future of our country.

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 My Candidate: Whether it matters to any of you or not I have decided that I am going to support Senator Barack Obama in his bid for the Presidency of the United States of America. I have like Senator Obama very much ever since  I heard his keynote address at the convention in 2004. I like his vision, I support his desire for change, and I like that he is motivating the younger generations of voters to be active in the process. There are many of you who are not sure about the Senator and I would be glad to answer or address any questions you might have about his personal narrative or his political stances (just email me). I would like to point out to any of you who were confused he is NOT a Muslim. He has no problem with those of the Muslim faith it is just not his. A time for change really has come and I believe that Barack Obama is the catalyst to fuel that change! Super Tuesday is less than a week away, if you live in a primary state make sure you get out and vote.I guess that is all I have for right now. Hope you are all doing well and having a great week.

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The LOST have been FOUND!!

15 01 2008

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As a lot of you know this past weekend was our annual Winter Retreat for the youth groups of FUMC Millbook, DUMC Montgomery, and WUMC Montgomery. We spent a fun and EXHAUSTING weekend at Camp Hargis in Chelsea, Alabama. The theme for the weekend was LOST (as in the TV show) and the speaker spoke about various degrees of being ‘lost’ in our spiritual lives as well as reaching out to others who are similarly ‘lost’.

The weekend started off with a bang for me as Friday morning I determined that I was coming down with a cold (which is almost ALWAYS helped when you are stressed out and don’t get enough sleep over the course of 48 hours). By the time the weekend was over I was more than ready for bed. The clearest indication of that fact is that I got home from the church at about 2:45 Sunday afternoon, had a bite of lunch and then got in bed to ‘take a nap’ at 4:00 p.m. Would you care to guess when I got up again? If you guessed 8:00 the next morning you WIN!! That’s right folks I slept for SIXTEEN HOURS STRAIGHT!! I probably should enjoy that, with twins on the way I will probably never sleep more than 2 hours again.

We had a great time this weekend and I really appreciate all the help that was put into it (from the decorations, to the food, to the games, and the chaperoning). The volunteers that went were AMAZING, and the co-leadership that I received from the other youth directors was un-paralleled (on several different levels). Thanks to everyone out there who contributed.





So Here’s the Thing…

5 01 2008

…it has been one heck of a roller coaster of an end of the year/beginning of the new year. A lot of you know that L and I found out at the beginning of December that we are expecting our first child (for those of you that I didn’t get to tell before now I apologize there are just a lot of you out there), and we could not be more excited. I mean I’m going to be a father and that has to be the most amazing blessing that I could ever be a part of. I am scared and excited and more…

Fast forward to today (Thursday January 4rd) and it is time for L’s first ultrasound. Being extremely busy at work today (Winter Retreat is next weekend and I have been on vacation for the last 8 days) L called and said “I’m sure this appointment will not be a really big deal and if you don’t think you can make it I will be fine going by myself.” I definitely did not want to miss out on this so I ditched out on work and headed to the doc’s office to meet her. We go back to the room and meet ‘Dana’ our Ultrasound tech and L was quickly put at ease to find out that the ultrasound would be through the stomach the old fashioned way (ladies you know about the other options and we won’t go there because this is a family blog). So as Dana sets to work I sat across from L fixated on the screen and when I heard that baby heartbeat for the first time I was basically a puddle in my own shoes. It was the most amazing sound I have EVER heard in my life EVER!! So as L and I both were having an emotional moment seeing the first images of our yet-to-be-born child our friend Dana (as casually as if she was telling us it had just started raining outside) says “there’s two” and at that point Laura chimes in with “Wait! WHAT?” and Dana’s routine reply was “You are having twins.” TWINS!! Do you people understand what I just said? That is two babies at ONE TIME!! Holy SCHNIKES!! I don’t even know what else to say. We went to lunch at Sinclair’s right after the appointment and I had not one but two drinks (ironic isn’t it) because I needed to have my nerves calmed. Wow!! Talk about a start to the new year.Please now take a moment to meet “Baby A & Baby B”:

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Crazy right? And to think that I might not have gone to that appointment with her I can’t even imagine how I would have felt to have missed that. And I leave you with an amazing quote/exchange from the best TV show in the history of television (The West Wing) .

(so this isn’t an exact quote but if you’ve seen it you know what I am talking about)

Toby tells CJ and Josh and Sam that Andy (his ex-wife) is pregnant with twins and that he is the father and the key part goes like this:

Toby: Andy is pregnant, its twins, and of course I am the father

CJ: Twins?!?

Josh: They’re yours?

Toby: Yeah

Josh: Both of them?

It makes me laugh out loud every time I see that scene. I don’t know why it just does, and it was definitely in my head all day today.