Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Fun...

It's almost too good to be true.
And yet it is true.

Sign him up Wilpons, open the purse.
Looks like it will all be done tomorrow, as per

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

soooo pretty...

Bringing Domination

The New York Mets have traded for the best pitcher in baseball.
Johan Santana is now a Met.

I may actually shed a tear of joy.

And even better news is that the Mets did not have to give up Mike Pelfrey OR Fernando Martinez to get it done. This is very good for the Mets.

Now they just have to finish ironing out the contract extension, and the next picture I post will be Johan holding up his Mets Jersey.

Friday, January 25, 2008

It Probably Shouldn't Be....

But THIS is my new favorite video on the internet:

Expect Us!

Man that's funny... (In a, "I totally agree with your sentiment, but not your warlike stance" kind of way..)

Man, I Miss Baseball...

I knew right away how bad it had gotten when, while watching my daughter this morning, I came across the movie "Rookie of the Year" on the Telly...

It was a pretty fun movie back in 1993 when it came out (wow, I am old)... John Candy was still alive, and Gary Busy hadn't hit his public drunkenness stage of his career quite yet... but I watched part of it today, and I laughed... I laughed so hard I nearly cried at some of the silliest jokes... but then I realized that it wasn't really the jokes i was laughing at.. I just missed baseball.

And this, one week before the New York Giants play in the Super Bowl?!

Guess that makes quite clear where my sporting interests and allegiance lies.

You can keep your pigskin, I'll take the ball, bat and glove any day. I would never miss the NFL if it were to go away (and I've followed football since 1985, at 10 years old!). I suppose the Football season has always merely been a stop gap for me between one baseball season and the next, and The Super Bowl simply marks the fact that there is only 2 weeks left to pitchers and catchers...

Some of this obviously has to do with my beliefs and professional calling. Sunday is always very busy (not to mention Holy!), and football games are way down on (off?) the list of priorities for a Sunday afternoon. Not to mention that God is slowly conforming me to the image of His Son, who has much better things to do on the Lord's Day then park his wide load in front of the couch and scream at the TV.

All that being said, as I previously stated in another post, I am psyched for the Giants and I will follow what happens in the game and will celebrate if they win. But I will be waiting for a better day, a better field, a better game... that's just around the corner.
(And has games not on Sundays!)

PS - In case you forgot how great this kid is, and is going to be, here are a few highlights from David Wright's career 2007 season:

My pre-season Baseball post, which I did not do last year, is likely right around the corner as well. But if you don't care about the Mets, you won't care about that either...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

And For Any Who Have Never Met Samuel

This picture was taken during a surgical procedure to correct spina bifida, during which the photographer witnessed the baby reach out of the open womb and grab the surgeons finger!

The doctor and others later claimed this was not true and attempted to suppress the photo, as well as the photographers career.

I had the privilege of hearing the testimony of the photographer first hand at a fund raiser for our local pregnancy center.

You can read Michael Clancy's inspiring story here.

This is Pretty Wild Too

This is a graphic to put into perspective the number of aborted children in America alone since the Roe V. Wade Decision in 1973.





And so on... Click to get the BIG PICTURE

HT: JT again over at Between Two Worlds

The Reality of Abortion

** Extremely graphic, viewer discretion is advised**

Very difficult to watch, but lest you go on having any sanitized thoughts about this issue, I think it is important to SEE.

HT: Between Two Worlds

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thinking the Unthinkable?

I knew it all along... and I'm not just saying that.

The Giants will play the Patriots in the Super-Bowl.

This guy really deserves it.

And no, I don't really feel all that bad for Brett Favre...

And I believe it will be a very good game, a close game, and yes, I believe the Giants have more than just "a chance" to beat the Patriots. I think they can, and I think they will.

This is going to be fun. Even if I wait til Monday to watch.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Piper on MLK Day

It's unfortunate that this got posted so late, because I would have made sure that our elders involved in tomorrow's worship service, at least, would have read it and prepared accordingly.

This, along with my previous post, give us cause to really be able to celebrate tomorrow and what it has meant for civil rights in our country, while at the same time being cautious of the things we may be moving backwards on. Not to say that we have "arrived" where race is concerned, but I think it is quite safe to say that we are very far from where we started, and even a very good distance from the Dr. King quote in Piper's post, even if we still have many miles to go. But as we travel those miles, we need to remember that we live in a world that thrives on partiality and sinful oppression. Even as we become more aware and more sensitive (less sensitive?) to our differences in skin tones, we have to remain aware and be careful of what other areas we may be allowing our sinful tendencies toward the oppression of others to raise its ugly head.

Fading Echoes

HT: Some Thoughts

Monday, January 14, 2008

Saks Christmas Lights

As promised, here is the portion of the Saks 5th Ave light show from when I was in NY last month. The quality is not good. Still figuring out Nero 8 after finally getting it to install on what has been the worst OS decision I have made to date.

I'm seriously considering switching to Linux. Microsoft gives me nothing but heartburn.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

"Bog Standard Evangelicalism"

It's been awhile since I trumpeted a piece by Carl Trueman.
I'm long overdue, and his latest is just what the doctor ordered.

In a time when we are bombarded with terms like post-modern, post-conservative, Post Corn Puffs cereal... it's nice to know I don't have to label myself a post-evangelical, as I have wanted to do. I can go with this far more trollish and Ogreish term of being a Bog Standard Evangelical.

I'll let Dr. Trueman Explain it.

PS - I missed it, did the Giants win? Did they beat the Cowboys? OH, they did? WOW. That's AWESOME!
(Yes, that is directed squarely at my newly saddened Texan friends) :-)
Bring on the Pack!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

And the Winner is...

My wife's new favorite picture of the baby is....

Christmas in NY

I had opportunity to go into the city just before Christmas to see a performance of Handel's Messiah. It was incredible. Here are some highlight photos... You can find a more extensive collection on my facebook page if you are so inclined.

I love this one.. looks like its right out of a horror film or something...

Rockefeller Center is at my back, and that's Saks 5th Ave in front. Saks has this very cool light show with music and those snow flakes... I taped part of it and will post it if I can ever bet my editing software to work on this lame operating system (XP64) - [not to get off topic, but Vista and the x64 OS' are from the Devil and should be sent back to where they came.]

The very large tree.

Notice the man on his knee under the statue....

We happened to witness this proposal... very sweet.

And since I never said it publicly - MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who wander here.
(Only 9 days late... It's been worse)

More Fun in the Bath

As Abby's hair gets longer there is more and more temptation to do stuff like this:

She doesn't seem to mind.

She Ain't Mikey

Forgive the 80's reference to the Life Cereal kid... but please enjoy the facial responses to what was clearly some inferior cuisine.

Fun with Static

Well, fun for US anyway...

Bathtime Lunacy

My wife may kill me for posting this - so it may not be here for long. But you should see the havoc that Abby now causes in the tub -->

picture a soaking wet but smiling lady here
with a child making huge splashes in the background

You can see why no one is safe...

The maniacal splashing baby!

Crazy Bean!

and another bean post

Abby has started to brush her teeth.

Just like daddy!

Our living room is the toybox. It's about the size of one. :-)

The rarely seen bottom row of teeth!

What? You've never seen bottom teeth before?

Mommy and Baby both have pretty eyes!

OK.. could someone please wash my face now?