Daniel Harrison

I am currently sitting on my couch/bed at the hospital listening to the latest release from Hillsong United while holding this little miracle.

  
To be perfectly honest, I had a hard time believing this day would come, until it actually did. 

Last July Erin and I lost a baby through miscarriage. While this pregnantcy has been nothing less than ordinary, the experience of losing a baby made it hard to believe that this day would come.

And yet, it did. Daniel Harrison Himes was born at 12:06 AM on May 27th. And I can’t imagine life without him.

Thank you Lord for this amazing miracle.

Do You Have Any Hobbies?

A while ago I was asked if I had any hobbies.

The answer is yes, but for some reason I struggled to identify any. I think it’s because I don’t really consider myself “good” at any one thing.

I dabble.

I know bits and pieces of lots of different things.

I occasionally tinker with my car.

I pick up the guitar every few months.

I draw, occasionally.

I take photos.

I write.

I blog.

The list could go on and on, but one thing that is pretty regular is my interaction with social media.

I hadn’t really ever thought of it as a hobby, but I guess it is.

I tweet, like, share, pin, flip…

I spend a lot of time online.

And, not only do I do these things personally, but in my free time, I even manage social media for my church as the communications and marketing guy.

It’s something I love to do. I just never thought of it as a hobby.

Next time I’m asked that question I’ll know how to answer, but what about you? What are your hobbies?

I Used to be Better at This

I used to be better at this. 

 

I’m not sure if that’s really a good thing, but it’s the truth.

 

Erin used to travel a lot for work. Over the years I got used to it. But, since Michael’s birth, she hasn’t traveled as much.

 

Last night was the first time in a while that Michael and I were alone for the night. It went ok, but not as well as I had hoped.

 

Michael woke up at 9pm screaming. 

 

He woke up at 2am upset.

 

He woke up at 4am and fussed for a little while.

 

The dog also woke up at 4am and barked for 20 minutes.

 

Then Michael woke up again at 5am, so I brought him to bed.

 

I’m not sure what the source of his discomfort was, but it’s possible that he just wanted his mom.

 

Michael’s never been a very good sleeper, so I would be lying if I said this was outside of the norm for him. However, he has been sleeping much better than this over the last several months. I hope it’s not a new pattern for this week.

 

Here’s hoping tonight goes better.

Trusty and True

Trusty And True
By Damien Rice

We’ve wanted to be trusty and true
But feathers fell from our wings
And we’ve wanted to be worthy of you
But weather rained on our dreams
And we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So fellas, lay down your fears
‘Cause we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us start from here…
‘Cause we never wanted to be lusty or lewd
Nor tethered to prudish strings
And we never wanted to be jealously tuned
Nor withered into ugly things
But we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So fellas, lay down your spears
‘Cause we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us start from here…
And if all that you are
Is not all you desire,
Then, come…
Come, let yourself be wrong
Come, it’s already begun
Come, come alone
Come with fear, come with love
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with friends, come with foes
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with me, then let go
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come so carefully closed
Come however you are
Just come…
Come, come along
Come with sorrows and songs
Come however you are
Just come, come along
Come, let yourself be wrong 
Come however you are
Just come…

21 Martyrs

Have you been to 21martyrs.com?

I have.

I watched the video.

It’s powerful stuff.

Scary stuff.

My heart goes out to the affected families. And, I hope that I would be able to stand up for my beliefs in a similar fashion. It’s admirable.

But, I’m also scared that the video promotes an us vs. them mentality. To me it come across as a rally cry.

I don’t see the love, compassion, or forgiveness of the Christianity that I ascribe to.

I’m sure if you spoke to the creators of the video they would hope for a peaceful response to these senseless acts. I just hope that other Christians around the world do as well.

Father, Husband, Son

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