Archive for May, 2007

Sink or swim

Memorial Day was GTB’s first experience in the swimming pool.  Much like his first bath (see earlier posts), GTB did not experience an instant love affair with the pool and was not pleased when Toodus dunked him under the water.

Memorial Day Mad 2

Memorial Day Mad 

(isn’t that the saddest face ever?).

However, he warmed up to the water (ironic since the pool was pretty chilly)

Memorial Day

and enjoyed hanging out with friend Eli (who also went swimming for the first time).

Memorial Day with Eli

At the end of his swimming adventure, GTB was glad to be on dry land.

Memorial Day TiredMemorial Day Hiding

(“stop taking pictures of me, mom”)


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Happy Memorial Day!


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beer, chicks….college

GTB took his first big trip last weekend to the great state of Kansas (there’s no place like home!) for his Aunt Morgan’s graduation (Congrats, Morg and friends!).  It was a weekend of firsts!  He went on his first airplane ride and loved grooving to the XM radio….


went to his first bar (the Wheel where pretty much all 5,000 graduating KU seniors were hanging out)…

the wheel

met his Uncle Noah and went to the country club for the first time (it won’t be long till he has a club in his hands)…

Uncle Noah

petted a bunny for the first time (coincidentally the Fogts also gave him the book “Pat the Bunny” this weekend)….


and endured his first graduation celebration and party (GTB was a hit with the sorority girls!)…


At the end of it all, GTB was one tired guy…

Tired Guy.

Congrats to Morgan and her friends!


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busy buzzing bees

Last week, Grandma Buzzy came for ten days to help GTB while O-Town went back to work.  They had a great time together (O-Town was sad to miss out on the fun) and GTB even helped Grandma Buzzy learn to rock out to Guitar Hero.


Grandma and Micah

buzzy the hero

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Here is Round #2 with respect to some theological/church wanderings of my mind… 

Recently, Nehemiah 1 has been the source of some intense thought for me, and although I haven’t developed the thought to its end, I thought I would share where God has been leading me. The primary challenge for me has been “what does it look like to be a man who confesses the sins of a generation or a people?” I have pretty much been utterly wrecked by this revelation of my own part in corporate sin and corporate identity through Nehemiah’s prayer on behalf of Israel.

Are we willing as a church to accept the sins of our parents and grandparents generation, rather than looking back at them in knee-jerk fashion and saying “we won’t be like them”?  By and large the response of our generation has been reactionary in nature, but I see something utterly different in Nehemiah’s prayer, and I hope begins to saturate my life.  This idea I think is the essence of headship, which is a thought I need to develop more at length sometime soon.

A corrollary to this concept of corporate confession for me has been understanding that part of the churches job is the redefinition and redemption of not just individuality, but of corporate identity. In my mind, this influences how we as a church are responsible for healing and recreating the utterly destroyed social fabric of American culture. This was really born out of a conversation with Stew over church planting, and how to make the things we learn from the rapid spread of the Gospel in Africa, India, and China applicable to the US. The common vehicle for the spread of the Gospel in those places was a strong social fabric originating with the family, which is fairly non-existent in our fluid, anti-commitment society. This thought also takes an interesting turn when thinking strategically about the spreading of the Gospel in the US, and where these social fabrics currently exist.

Ironically enough, the only place I could think of was that of where strong social networks are already in place was a college campus, and it made me exceedingly excited to be in the position of leading college ministry.  I pray that students at UT and other campuses here in Austin would be a generation who seeks God’s face, and accepts the sins of not only themselves, but also the preceding generation, and like Nehemiah does amazing things in advancing the Kingdom of God.  I pray they would have the desire for long, enduring obedience and God would give them visions for establishing patterns of righteousness for the generations following them.

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Daddy Day Care

Everyone will be proud to know that GTB and Toodus survived the first day of daddy day care.  We had all kinds of fun doing stuff dudes do.  Most notably, we worked on his array of punches…the jab, roundhouse, and uppercut.  Hopefully I’ll get a video uploaded soon so all two of you that read this can enjoy it. 

We also spent some time playing with his bugs (his favorite pastime), going to the mailbox to see what came (nothing of importance), and playing with the dog (Sari is finally warming up to GTB).  I’m sure we’ll have tons more fun adventures in the coming weeks, as daddy is slated for baby duty for the next 6 or so Fridays.  Hilarity and hijinx will ensue, you can be sure.

O-Town will be providing a synopsis of GTB’s college experience last weekend at KU in the next couple days, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Eli’s Debut

GTB’s friend Eli just made his YouTube debut 🙂

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