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Happy Birthday Nolan!

December 18, 2008

This time one year ago, I was sitting in the labor and delivery room watching the contraction meter anxiously awaiting the birth of our precious little boy.  The journey as a father and the beginning of our family has been an incredible ride! I will never forget the first seconds of seeing Nolan, and I pray that ever look since then has been and will continue to be filled with gratitude to God, love for my son, and joy in my heart.

I thought I’d share ten of my favorite photos from this past year.  Thanks to all of you who have been so fun, supportive, and encouraging over the past year!

Happy Birthday Nolan! Mommy and daddy love you very much!

POTW :: biggestlittle

September 27, 2008

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Saturday is game day in the Brister family.  Today #8 Bama takes on #3 Georgia at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.  My prediction?  24-21 Bama.  🙂

On more important news of note, my father turned the big 6-0 yesterday, so I want to give a big shout out to the old man, my best friend, my dad.  The more I look at my son and see where I was almost 30 years ago, the more I realize how awesome my father has been to me every day, without exception, in my life.  Happy birthday Dad!

Speaking of Nolan, he had his nine month appointment this past week.  He is 97% on height, 80% on weight, and 95% on head.  Not bad for our little buddy.  🙂

Thanks to all of you who commented on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter over the past week regarding the announcement of our second baby.  The due date has tentatively been set for May 15, 2009 (I say tentatively because we have another doctor’s appointment soon).  Grandparents have put an order in for a baby girl, and so have some friends here in Cape Coral.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

This past week I have been working on another blog project and trying to get it up to speed (in regards to church planting).  I hope to plug it soon (still loading up content).  I will also be working on the development and content of GBC’s new website which we hope to go live in the very near future.  The church’s website will have a ton of features which I am excited about.

In the meantime, you can catch all my photos on my Flickr page, my random life updates on my Twitter, and an engaging October in blogging here at P&P.  Have a great weekend!

POTW :: daddyandme

September 20, 2008

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Yeah, I know that it’s late to be posting this, but since I did mommaadme last week, it is only fair to do a daddyandme. 🙂  Gonna be brief on this one because we’ve got breaking news on the home front to be announced shortly.

My Son’s Newest Smile

July 3, 2008

When you miss one week in the life of your newborn child, you miss a lot. Case in point: my son’s newest smile (showing off his teeth) . . .

Don’t know how this intense smile came about. I first thought it was due to my bad singing, but then again it might be as a result of seeing this.

POTW :: precious

May 30, 2008

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I thought this little sequence of photos was quite telling of how precious our little son is! In just a few hours, I will be picking Dusti and Nolan up at the airport (I haven’t seen them in a week!), so I am really excited. This past Sunday, Nolan cut his first tooth, and a second one is coming in as well. I am continually blown away by the goodness of God displayed in my wife and son.

This week was officially my first week serving here at Grace Baptist Church, and I am loving every minute of it.  For Memorial Day, I enjoyed the company of about 50 members at a get together which allowed me great opportunities to meet more people. In my spare time, I showcased my ping-pong skills, challenging and defeating all contenders. But seriously, I love my church and cannot wait to raise my family here. The love, prayer, encouragement, and support that we have received already has been overwhelming. We have yet to hear on the offer we made on the house, so technically we will be homeless for a while. 🙂 But in the meantime, God is showering the kindness and hospitality of His people on us in ways we could have never imagined, for which we are especially grateful.

This coming Sunday, I start the first week of teaching on evangelism, and I am really pumped about it. I am thinking about posting some of the stuff here in the future. Depending on my schedule and study time, my blogging will be pulled back some in order that I devote the best of my day in the study of the Word and serving His people. I know you will understand.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

POTW :: bumbo!

May 3, 2008

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So I haven’t been able to do an update on the fam lately, so I thought I’d post a few more pics of Nolan in is bumbo seat.  Nolan recently had his four month appointment with the doc, and he is growing leaps and bounds (he is currently wearing 12 month clothing!).  Lots of laughs and funny faces, there is not a moment that passes where abundant joy is found in my heart because of my wife and son.

A major moment happened in my life this week (no, it was not the beat-down from my fellow Southern Baptists).   Monday night I went in to UPS for the last time, turned in my badge, and hung up my boots.  That night I walked in a little slower, breathed a little deeper, and reflected back on the past four years of my life as a third-shift employee at UPS.  This season of my life has been incredibly trying: physically, I usually was forced to go on one meal a day with about 4-5 hours of sleep; spiritually, I did not spend as much time as I would have liked in private prayer, silence and solitude, and other inner disciplines to cultivate communion with God; and personally, it was difficult spending so much time away from my wife and son.  Just going to bed together at night I no longer take for granted.

Nevertheless, God has done some wonderful things in my life.  Providentially, we have been provided tuition assistance and excellent health care through UPS–so good that we hardly ever spent a time.  Ministerially, God allowed me to invest in many of my co-workers, seeing several of them come to Christ.  I don’t think I will miss the strenuous lifestyle of a third-shifter, but I will certainly miss the relationships with so many people there.  I pray that God will raise up many more of His children to go into the night to reach the people who live in darkness (literally and spiritually).  They are, in my mind, the most unreached people of Louisville, and most churches don’t even know it because they live ghost-like lives (awake when they are asleep and vice-versa).

Another recent happening was my trip to Cape Coral to do a little house hunting.  The thing I heard over and over again was, “And your wife let you go and pick out a house without her being here?!”  Technically yes, but I did post over 600 photos online for her to view, so basically she got the virtual tour with my personal commentary.  We placed an offer on a home this past Tuesday, and we are praying that things will work out.  Obviously, this is a big matter, so if you think about it, we would also appreciate your prayers as well.

On another, totally unrelated note, I want to apologize to those of you who are regular readers and are not Southern Baptist for the events of this past week on my blog.  I normally do not delve into political issues related to the SBC for reasons seen in the article I wrote and the responses it received.  The SBC, while it is something I deeply care about, is but one portion of what makes up this blog, and I do hope that you find the programming and content of P&P worth your time and interest.

Next week, we go down to Alabama to visit the family, and we are excited about that opportunity of extended time together.  My older brother and his wife are expecting their first son, Beau, which I am sure Nolan is really pumped about (he told me this in our secret language).

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend and Lord’s Day!

Nolan’s First Snow!

February 12, 2008

Well, we have been waiting, wondering if Nolan would get the opportunity to play in the snow, and while that didn’t exactly happen (due to freezing rain), we had the opportunity to go out and snap a couple of shots with him all bundled up.  I must say.  He’s quite the stud with the teddy bear ears.  🙂

Nolan Says, “Richard Sibbes Is My Homeboy”

January 11, 2008

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POTW :: 01.11.08 :: alittlesibbes

January 11, 2008

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I thought about changing the title, “So easy a baby can read it” but I went for the more lame title. I do, however, keep the Puritan Paperbacks close to the crib as I hope Nolan comes to find them as his best friends as he grows up. 🙂

I believe these photos were taken during my unscheduled crash course in parenting this past weekend. My wife came down with a stomach virus, and suddenly I was stuck in the living room trying to figure out what to do next. She is doing better, and yes, I survived. Actually, I think Nolan and I managed quite well, although I am sure he missed his mommy!

In other news, this Puritan Reading Challenge deal has become a big undertaking. I’m must say that I am a bit nervous! I just don’t want it to fizzle out and lose interest as the year goes along. The initial interest has been amazing, and I am looking forward to discussions next week!

For a totally random link, check this out which I sent to a few of my SBC friends. As a teetotaler, I found it kind of funny. They are telling me it is time to get in shape. 🙂

Some of you may remember me asking about blogging through a paper I recent wrote regarding the mission of the Holy Spirit in the world. I have broken it down into about 12 parts and will call the series “Who’s Afraid of Jesus Christ?” – a play off a book called Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit? While the series will be a little more academic than usual, I think the issue important enough to be discussed here.

Although I have not been able to update Nolan’s World this past week, be sure to check it out in the days to come as I plan on resuming my pictournal (picture journal). Here’s one I took the other day as he was figuring out the thumb-sucking thing:

Hope you all (ya’ll if you are from Alabama) have a wonderful weekend!