Update on Stephanie’s Tooth

Filed in Personal

For those of you aware of Stephanie's issue with her abcessed tooth, just a quick note to let you know that we got her an appointment at 10:30 this morning, to have the tooth extracted.

Free At Last!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Marriage

For those of you who know what it means, today is a day to celebrate, because as of this morning, Stephanie is finally free!

In related news, we are planning a private wedding ceremony, Saturday, September 8th, at my parents' house in Indianapolis. More information on that, later.

Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer!

Blog Updates: Comments and OpenID

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Geekery, Web Site

I would like to phase out my use of Haloscan for comment and trackback management. To that end, I have enabled commenting from within the blog, and have enabled trackback verification and CAPTCHA comment verification.

For those of you who leave comments, the comment verification is just a simple math equation, the answer to which must be entered in order to verify that you are human. It is one additional step, but unfortunately necessary in order to prevent comment spam. I have also enabled comment moderation, meaning that the first time you post a comment, it will have to be approved before is appears. Once you have had a comment approved, future comments will not require approval.

Also, for this and all future posts, I am requesting that all comments be made using the comment form for each post, rather than using the Haloscan link.

If you don't know what a trackback is or how to use one, you won't need to worry about trackback verification. For those of you who do use trackbacks, the verification will simply require that you link from a valid web site with a reciprocal link to the post to which you are sending the trackback.

Finally, I have implemented this plugin, to allow comments via OpenID identity authentication. I will follow up with a later post, detailing what OpenID is, and why you should use it (and not just for my blog).

OpenID will likely become my preferred identity authentication method, so I encourage anyone who comments to look into it.

Anniversary Flower Photography

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Marriage, Photos

The rose bouquet I got Steph for our anniversary has really started to open up over the past couple days. When I woke up today, I noticed the morning sun illuminating the blossoms magnificently so I attempted to capture digitally the beauty of the flowers:

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Anniversary flower bouquet.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

WordPress 2.2.1 Upgrade

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Geekery, Web Site, WordPress

Pardon any dust you may encounter. WordPress 2.2.1 was released, and I am in the midst of upgrading.

UPDATE: The upgrade is complete. Let me know if you notice anything amiss.

One Year Anniversary!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Marriage

Today is a very important day for our little family: July 3, 2007 is the one year anniversary of my first date with Stephanie.

What an amazing year it has been! I never imagined that in a year's time I would have the family I have always wanted, that in becoming a husband and father I would finally fulfill some of my deepest desires.

In the time we have had together, Stephanie has shown herself to be the one person with whom I was destined to be, forever - and she has become my best friend, my confidant, my motivation, my heart, and my life. With her, we have the greatest blessing in the world, in our Lily.

I couldn't imagine life without either of them, and I am so happy and privileged and blessed that God has directed our steps to reach this point in our lives. I know this has been but one year in a lifetime of years, but it is still significant to me (not to mention, it is by far my longest relationship - sad as that may sound).

Tonight, especially, I am the happiest man alive. Stephanie, baby, I love you!

Lily is One Month Old!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Photos

Yesterday, Lily turned one month old! Where has the time gone already? To mark the event, Lily has a new, One-Month Old photo album.

It is amazing to see how much she has changed and developed, in just one month. Here she is, a few hours after birth:

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Lillian swaddled, a few hours after birth.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

And here she is, at one month old:

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Lillian, one month old.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Here's adorable, little Lily in all her cuteness.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Lily is getting more and more expressive. She is also getting more and more red hair!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Lily is still slowly learning about her arms and legs and hands and feet. She is getting really good at sucking on her fist, and occasionally, she will figure out how to suck on her thumb.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Mommy caught this picture, after both Lily and Daddy had a very long day.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Finally, this last photo was taken a few days ago, but it (finally) shows just how well our cute, adorable, sweet, little Lily can demonstrate the Bennett Lip:

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The Bennett Lip, in full effect
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Catching Up On Lily Pics

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Photos

I apologize for being remiss in keeping everyone updated on Lily's pictures. I have been taking them, just haven't uploaded recently. As of this morning, I should be all caught up. Below are some highlights from the most recent pictures added to her Newborn Set (Tuesday brings the beginning of her One-Month Old set!).

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Daddy's chest remains Lily's favorite place to sleep. Lily is always so kissable, but especially so when she snuggles her head right up underneath Daddy's chin.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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On this day, Lily had another new experience: her first bath at home. Here, she is cozy, comfy, and clean after her bath.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Lily continues to sleep in the most adorable poses!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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At only three weeks old here, she is already getting so big!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Certain Bennett genes are incredibly prominent with Lily; for instance, she definitely inherited the Bennett Lip. This picture is the closest I've come to documenting her ability to demonstrate it.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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It is a bit blurry, but here is Lily demonstrating her adorable "just woke up, disoriented, and hungry" look. This is the look that I see everytime I wake her up to change her diaper before her feeding.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Usually, Lily remains a very peaceful sleeper.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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But this look is usually accompanied by various forms of grunting - and it usually indicates either that she is taking after her Daddy, passing gas, or that she is leaving her Daddy another diaper gift.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Often, Lily likes to lay awake, chomping away on her binky. Though, as she learns that her hands are attached and that she can control them, she alternates between trying to hold her binky in her mouth, and pushing it out - the latter resulting in a very ticked-off baby!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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But how can you not fall absolutely in love with a baby girl as cute as Lily?
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

OYB May 21

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 29-31
NT: John 11:55-57, John 12:1-12
Ps: Psalm 118:1-18
Pr: Proverbs 15:24-26

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel references in today's OT reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!" 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, 15 "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt." 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

John 12:13-16 (NIV)

Per the NIV footnotes, see Psalm 118:25-26 and Zechariah 9:9.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:14 (NIV)

This chapter will more directly relate to Messiah as it continues.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.

OYB May 20

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 26-28
NT: John 11:1-54
Ps: Psalm 117
Pr: Proverbs 15:22-23

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