Our First Christmas Tree!

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Stephanie and I are celebrating our first Christmas together, and our new home now has its first Christmas tree:

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Our First Christmas Tree
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.
Christmas 2006 photo set
(See the entire set of Christmas 2006 photos.)

The tree is a 6-foot, Randolph Pine. It is perfect for our apartment, since it is only 35 inches wide at the base. With two strands of white lights, this set of shatterproof (and hopefully, cat-proof), silver ornaments, along with several ornaments from my grandmother, as well as our family's traditional, annual Christmas ornaments, our tree is rather well-trimmed for our first Christmas.

The first ornaments we put on the tree were these three.

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Traditional annual Christmas ornaments for our first Christmas together.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

My family has had a tradition for several years now, in which each year at Thanksgiving, every family member gets a gift of a Christmas tree ornament. This year, Stephanie and I each got one individually, as well as a third, commemorating our first Christmas together as a couple. (I still need to find a good picture to put into the "2006 Christmas Together" ornament - maybe a picture of us to be taken on Christmas day?) This year's ornaments are especially memorable, since Stephanie's celebrates the expected coming of our new arrival in the spring: hers is a "Mommy To Be" ornament. (I must admit: I'm jealous. I would have loved a "Dad To Be" ornament, but apparently, they haven't been popular since 1990 or so. I'll probably blog more about that, later.)

Our New Home

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Missouri, Saint Louis

I am extremely happy and relieved to announce that we now have our own home! Due to everything going on, we decided to put off buying a house a while longer so that we could concentrate on preparing for the baby in the spring. So, I found a 2BD/2BA apartment less than 10 miles from the office, at Hazelwood Forest. Not only will my commute to work go from about 45 minutes down to about 10, but trips to Indy and Cincy will be much easier as well, since we can just cross the I-270 Chain of Rocks bridge, rather than deal with downtown traffic and the Poplar Street Bridge.

Here is a layout of what should be a very decently-sized home for us, our two cats, and our soon-to-arrive baby:


2 bedroom, 2 bath, 970 sq. ft.
Image by Hazelwood Forest Apartments

We moved into our new home Saturday, November 18th. Our extreme gratitude goes out to my parents, who not only brought us a washer, dryer, kitchen table and chairs, and lots of decoration; but also spent two days helping us get moved. Trekking all of our (mostly, my) stuff up to the third floor certainly wasn't easy; but it would have been impossible without my dad's help.

Now, we're trying to get everything unpacked, in place, and organized - a job that will likely go on for several weeks. Most importantly, though, I have the living room and kitchen mostly done, and have the DSL connection set up. After more than three years of broadcast-only television, I decided to get a basic cable package, so Stephanie would have more options. (I must admit, I'm already hooked on Top Chef.)

OYB December 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 9-10, Daniel 11:1
NT: I John 2:18-29, I John 3:1-6
Ps: Psalm 121
Pr: Proverbs 28:27-28

Today´s notable verse:

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I John 3:1 (NIV)

We used to sing a hymn in church:

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us
Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us
that we should be called the sons of God
that we should be called the sons of God

What a wonderful thought: the Father lavishing (what a great description!) His love on us, such that we might be considered His sons!

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.

Back Online

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Web Site

I'm back online, finally.

I have much to update, I'm sure. Without getting into details about why we were offline for so long, I'll just say that we now have our own place in Hazelwood, with our own DSL connection. More on that, and everything else, as I have time.