September 2014 archive

On My Bedside Table

I’ve just finished three books. All were recommendations given to me when I reached out to the internet a few weeks back. Here’s a progress report:

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Jake’s Selfie Game Is Strong

These pics that Jake has taken with iPad’s Photo Booth app are pretty hilarious, but they’re only half as funny as watching him pose for them, take them, and then laugh himself silly checking out his work.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do (and he does).  There’s a lot of them; …

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A Celebration of Mark 16:16

In the book of Mark, Chapter 16 and verse 16 tells us: He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Pew Research Center tells us: This is why I’m so excited by the outpouring of love and support when my two youngest children announced that …

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Out Of My Element

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You know that part of Macy’s where all those women in lab coats lurk, like they’re secretly working on proving scientific theorems?  I had to go there today.  I was well prepared, and raised by women, so I wasn’t afraid.

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A Peek Into Gabe’s Mind

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Gabe brought these home the other day.  I’m sure this was a lesson in sentence completion, but it offers unique insight into Gabe’s mind.  Read on:  

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The Real Lessons in Sports

The Whitehouses aren’t overly athletic. At least that used to be true. This next generation is pretty awesome so far. Liv is a gymnast, softball player, jazz dancer, and cheerleader. Gabe is also a gymnast, basketball player, jazz dancer, and soccer player.

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Jake’s Mini-Adventure

We’re all conditioned to react in certain ways in certain situations. Sometimes this is planned, sometimes it’s instinctual. Example: the Mom-Arm when driving. You unexpectedly brake, your right arm goes flying out to protect your child in the passenger seat – sometimes when you’re all alone. Conditioning. The other day, the younger kids were playing …

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Awww, shucks.

An unprompted observation by Olivia: Hey, Dad. You’re better than the other dads because at the Father/Daughter dances, you actually dance with me instead of leaning against the wall, drinking coffee with the other dads. And you still look pretty good. They all look old. I can’t think of higher praise.

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Urticaria Update

Thank you all for your concern for Jake. I typically have anywhere from 50-100 people stop by BigCalfGuy.com on any given day, but yesterday there were 310 of you!

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Liv & Cilla

Two young girls PLUS Two pesky brothers PLUS A bunch of free time and a sprinkling of creativity EQUALS: The Liv & Cilla Web Show!

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A Wicked Case of Urticaria

About 24 hours after the dentist, Jake came down with a wicked case of urticaria. Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it? It’s the medical term for hives. To make a crazy long story short, he and Beth made a visit to the ER, got treated, and were given a prescription. By the late afternoon, he was largely …

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My Son With Autism Gets Gassed In The Name of Quality Dental Care

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Jake went to the dentist Saturday. He got his teeth sealed. He got a cavity filled. He got gassed. Seeing how tricky dental care has been with Jake, we decided to use sealants on his teeth to help in the fight against cavities. We missed the scheduled appointment for this because he was sick. Before …

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