Posts filed under Family

Saint Ann Tornado

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Missouri, Saint Louis, Tornado, Weather

This past Saturday afternoon (while my parents were visiting from Indiana, no less!), I live-tweeted our tornado-warning adventure (see here, here, here, and here). The storm was really fast-moving, and came and went in about 30 minutes.

At the time, we were aware of a confirmed tornado about 8 miles from our house, at/near the West County mall in Des Peres. However, it has now been confirmed that the storm spun off a second tornado - one whose path came within about 1/3 of a mile from our house!

Below is the damage-path of the Saint Ann tornado:

Saint Ann Tornado 24 April 2010

Saint Ann Tornado 24 April 2010

Fortunately, it appears that the tornado was dying out by the time it was nearest to us - but someone tell my Dad that next time, he should stay in the basement instead of going outside to see the storm!

Video of Baby Steph News Report

Filed in PersonalTags: Cincinnati, Family, Ohio

The local Channel 12 news in Cincinnati ran a story last night, talking to the family about Baby Steph and Eric, who were killed in a car crash yesterday morning:

As you can imagine (and see), the family are devastated.

I took my wife and girls to Indianapolis yesterday, so that my parents could watch the girls, so that my wife can help with the family for the week and attend the funeral, which will be held this Friday.

Phil B. Colts Chat Shout-Out To Mom

Filed in PersonalTags: Colts, Family, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

This one is for my Mom, who is at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, recovering from a minor heart attack and having a stent put in.

In tonight's Colts Chat, hosted weekly by Indy Star Colts beat reporter Phil B., Mom got a shout-out and love from my fellow Colts fans:

Phil B. Colts Chat Poll Question for Mom

Phil B. Colts Chat Poll Question for Mom

Thanks, Phil B., and Colts fans. We appreciate your love and support! Colts fans are good people!

Karen’s WebNursery

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Karen's WebNursery is now online. We should have birth announcements and pictures in the mail to everyone in about two weeks.

Lily and Karen: Separated at Birth?

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

I mentioned previously that Karen looks just like Lily did when she was born, except for their hair. Well, let me show you just how much alike they really look:

Lily and Karen: Separated at Birth?

Can you tell which one is Lily, and which one is Karen?
Photo © Chip Bennett

Welcome to the World, Baby Karen!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

This morning, at 8:09, we welcomed into the world Karen Elizabeth Bennett:

Karen 00 Months - December 015

Karen Elizabeth Bennett (Karen 00 Months Flickr set)
Photo © Chip Bennett

She was born via c-section at 8:09am; she weighed 6lbs, 10oz, and was 20" long. Both baby and mommy are doing well, and are recovering.

Nana and Papaw brought her Big Sister Lily to the hospital to meet her this afternoon. We'll have more pictures up soon.

Special Announcement

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Lily is going to be a big sister!


The digital indicator says "Pregnant," and yes, we are - as this test (and two others, just for good measure) confirmed today!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

We quite literally just found out today, and are incredibly excited and overjoyed! More news as we have it, but in the meantime, please keep Steph in your prayers.

Church Search: Grace Church of St. Louis

Filed in Personal, ReligionTags: Christianity, Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Missouri, Saint Louis

We have been looking for quite some time, to find a church home suitable for Stephanie, Lily, and me - somewhere that we can get involved in the church ministries, outreaches, and service as well as somewhere that can meet our needs: worship service with which we can relate and be both fed and challenged, an excellent children's program, and small-group ministry to facilitate building relationships and friendships with other people our age and in similar life circumstances.

We have tried several churches, trying to keep an open mind about non-essential things such as membership size and style of worship, while at the same time looking for unity in the things we consider essential: namely, doctrinal matters. For the past couple months, we have been attending Grace Church of St. Louis, and have connected well enough that we have decided to go through the four-week membership class to determine how well this church might fit for us.

We will be considering several things, including the details of the church's doctrine, the dynamics of a smaller group (our class has about 70 people, which is considered "small" for a church the size of Grace), the ministry/small group/service opportunities, and the emphasis/mission of the church (missions, evangelism, discipleship, etc.).

If we have one concern thus far, it is the somewhat overwhelming size of the church. While I would be perfectly comfortable, provided that we can find smaller groups with which to get involved, Stephanie is not quite so comfortable. That is why the nature and dynamics of the church's small group ministries will be critical to our decision.

Please be praying for us in our search for a church home - that God will show us where He would have us to be, and especially that He will enlighten us with respect to Grace Church through this membership class.

Finally Uploaded a Bunch of Pictures

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Sorry for the infrequent posting, but things have been really busy here.

My most recent project is the basement. When we moved in, I had basically everything that we didn't know what to do with, put into the basement workshop/storage room. So, now that we've got the main level and upstairs essentially in shape (except for the breakfast room), I've been concentrating on organizing the basement and storage room. Here's what it looks like now:

Basement Cleanup

Basement Cleanup

Cleanup and organization of the basement living areas.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Of course, I had to make some special additions:

Basement Cleanup

The basement would not be complete without a Colts shrine.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

And then there's the workshop/storage room. Without having seen the before pictures, you really won't get the transformation - so these pics are mainly for my dad:

Basement Cleanup

Basement Cleanup

The area now resembles a workshop and storage area, rather than an overflowing dumping ground.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

I also uploaded a bunch more Lily photos, to her Nine Month and Ten Month sets. She's been as adorable as ever, learning new things such as clapping, drinking through a straw, and trying to climb the stairs. But of all the photos, this one has to be the best:

Lillian Ten Months - April

Lily gives such sweet kisses. Also, note mommy's cute new hairdo!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lily at the Park

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Missouri, Photos, Saint Louis

So, you wouldn't know it from the ten inches of snow we got yesterday, but this past weekend was gorgeous. Sunday was about 77 degrees and sunny, and we got the chance to take Lily to the park, to enjoy the weather - and the infant swing:

Lillian 09 Months - March 019

I'm too cute!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lillian 09 Months - March 033

Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lillian 09 Months - March 025

Hey, I think I really like this!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

As the weather continues to get nicer, and Lily gets closer and closer to being a year old, I'm really looking forward to playing together outside in our yard, and more trips to the park!