Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Let's cut to the chase ...

We got one comment that there is not enough information, so here is the picture for tonight:

The perinatologist and his assistant (with 25 years of experience) said that this picture conclusively indicated the gender of the baby. I personally could not see what the fuss was about until they told me more. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

10 ounces.

Here is the picture for tonight. It is amazing how they make 3-D sonograms now, so tonight you get the 3-D picture they gave us. Apparently the child is quite squirmy and flexible.

The perinatologist said that the baby was only about 10 oz at the taking of these photographs.

No guesses yet in the comments. Thanks for the most appropriate verses from Scripture. Praise the Lord.

Monday, November 28, 2005

It's a ...

Well, now the grandparents know their grandbaby is on the way, but it's time for some more fun. We got the ultrasound pictures back.

1) Each night we will post another picture.
2) You are free to comment and make guesses.
3) You may not ask our children for the answer.
4) At the end of the week, we will reveal the child's gender.

Here is the first picture:

Friday, November 25, 2005

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclaimation

Recently, I heard one fellow talking about how our Thanksgiving holiday is really just a secular holiday, and has nothing to do with God, but is just a time for us to give thanks to one another, etc ...

He must not have had the oppurtunity to read George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclaimation (1789). My dad made sure I read it.

Thanks Dad.

Monday, November 21, 2005

How should we break the news?

My wife and I are pregnant. Well, I should say, she is pregnant, and we are expecting :-) This will be our third child, and I am more excited than I should be. Admitting that I am more excited than I was with our first would not be exaggerating, but it feels inappropriate to say it that way. The girls are excited. And mommy is feeling great.

Anyway, on to business ...

How should we tell the grandparents? The thing is, my wife is already 5 months pregnant, so it's not like we just found out. My wife's family already knows, but they have not told my folks yet. My sister does not know yet either, but if you find out, honey, do not tell Mom and Dad yet, they'll find out in about two more paragraphs.

I saw a video of a friend of mine, who first got news of her new grandchild when she met her son and daughter-in-law at the airport, and she asked, "Who is this?" And then they told her it was her grandson ... She cried with surprise and joy, and it was a great. I do not think we will go that far, but we do want to have some fun.

This is also a bit daring, because I know my mom and dad may read this blog, and if they find out how long it's been in my drafts folder, they'll ring my neck. So Dad, I know you've read my blog, and if you read this before you find out any other way ... Your newest grandchild should be here in about four more months. And Mom, do not go and complain that your son only communicates with you via his blog. This blog is trying to come up with a creative way to tell you. There are also already other posts on the internet about it, so it's not such a secret I guess, but really, that's even worse, right? Because the whole world knows before the grandparents ... sigh.

Vernon's rules for posting:
  • Bad news ... publish it immediately to those who are affected by it, and first to those most affected ... experience will teach you this.
  • Good news ... Tell everyone and take your time doing so, especially if that will spread more of the joy. The best example I can give is the truely Good News that has brought me the most joy.
Someone suggested that we invite them to a birthday party in April ... Great idea!

Another couple had a fun time ... They steamed some fortune cookies, opened them up, and put fortunes in them for the grandparents such as, "In four months, you will have a new heir to your fortune cookies".

If you have a fun idea about how to break the news, let me know.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Blogs and Wikis and Tags ... Oh my!

This last month, I had the privilege to speak in front of a few audiences on the subject of social software. Once at Walt Disney World and once at DeVry University, also in Orlando. People are clearly interested in this subject matter, they could not get enough.

Here is the cheat sheet I used to conduct the presentation for those of you who could not make it.