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Seeing the World From a New Perspective

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Lily has been making so many advances lately!

First, she is so proud of herself for being able to pick up her food and put it in her mouth:

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Lily is excited to eat her cereal puffs by picking them up herself!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

More recently, she has been trying so hard to pull herself up. The first time she accomplished the feat (this past Friday evening), it was so brief that I couldn't get a picture. Not to worry; when I went into her room to get her up from her nap yesterday, here is what I found:

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Lily standing up in her crib, exploring her nursery.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

And when I called her Papaw to wish him a happy birthday yesterday evening, Lily decided she would show off for him:

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Lily standing up in the living room, showing off on her Papaw's birthday.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

I haven't gotten any pictures yet of her other new discovery: looking at things upside down. Lily loves to see anything and everything upside-down. She will throw her head - or even her whole body - backward in order to look around the room, or at the paintings on the wall, or even just Mom and Dad. She is also becoming amazingly expressive; some of her facial expressions are just adorable - or hilarious.

Steph and I marvel at what a fun and exciting time we are experiencing in Lily's life. She is learning so much, and becoming more inquisitive and adventurous. We already know that part of moving into our house will mean installing outlet covers, cabinet locks, baby gates, and all of the other required "baby-proofing" that we'll have to do. But we wouldn't have it any other way!

More Pictures of (Hopefully) Our New Home!

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

Last weekend, we went back to our new home, to take more pictures, and get some room/window measurements.

The pictures below are part of their own flickr set.

We’re Under Contract!

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

An update on our offer for the house in Saint Ann: the owner came back this afternoon with a counter, and we have accepted their counter! We are now officially be under contract.

A little bit more about the house: it was built in 1920. The sale history indicates that it was foreclosed about a year ago, and then re-purchased by the current owner, who re-modeled and flipped it.

We'll find out for sure after the inspection, but the house looks to be in great shape.

The front porch is adorable and inviting. We can really see ourselves sitting on the front porch a lot - perhaps even put in a hanging porch swing.


The front door opens into a very nicely sized family room.


The house has a room listed as the "dining room" but it is the walkway from the living room to the kitchen, and also opens to the stairs to the basement/side entrance. We think it would be too high-traffic for a dining room, but would work perfectly as a sitting room or library (we have several bookcases, and a ton of books). My parents have too kindly offered to give us two white love seat-sofas that they would like to replace, and we think that they will fit perfectly in this space.


The kitchen is large, clean, and open, and has all new appliances - matching Frigidaire refrigerator, dishwasher, and gas stove.


We will eventually want to change the cabinets and the counters, but that might be part of a bigger project later on. I could envision opening up the wall into the breakfast room, and adding more cabinets, and a counter/bar.


We think we will use part of the large breakfast room (21x8) partly for the dining room.


The basement has a workshop/storage area, and a large (17x20) finished area that we've not yet decided what to do with. It has a tile floor and plaster walls, and might make a good recreation or play room.

If we had one complaint, it would be the size of the bedrooms. The main-floor master is only 13x9, and the two upstairs bedrooms are only 9x9. That said, the rest of the house has so much room, that we can use the bedrooms as just bedrooms.


The breakfast room opens onto a small porch, with steps down to a nice, slab patio.


In addition to all the room in the house, the property has a very nice, fenced backyard with plenty of trees, and even a small shed.


We're incredibly excited to be making this step! If all goes according to plan, we will close Feb. 15th - which will give us two weeks to get moved out of the apartment and get it cleaned. Keep us in your prayers!

Almost Homeowners?

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

We might be; today we put in an offer on a house in Saint Ann:


Photo taken from listing

We should hear back tomorrow on our initial offer. Wish us luck! (More accurately, pray that our offer is accepted, or that we can come to a mutual agreement.)

Lily Being Adorable

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

I used vacation time for the three days after our New Year's Eve/Day holidays, in order to have a week off from work. We've used the time just to spend together at home, for rest and recuperation. Lily has been especially adorable this week (maybe because she gets to spend ALL day with both Mommy and Daddy?), and I thought I'd share some pics of her adorableness:

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Lily - seven months old
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

These are all part of the Lillian - Seven Months set.

Long-Overdue Picture Updates

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Sorry it's been so long since updating photos. I've got everything caught up, and here's a look.

Here are the newest sets: Lily Five Months, Lily Six Months, Lily Seven Months, Las Vegas Trip, Christmas 2007.

Grandma Carrie, Rest in Peace

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Indiana

I received some very unexpected news this week, when my mom emailed me to say that my Grandma Carrie had passed away.

Carrie Pilant wasn't my biological grandmother, but she was, in my mother's words, the only real mother that my mother knew. Some of my oldest memories are of visits to see Grandma Carrie and Papaw Wayne "down on the farm" - from my dad's hunting trips (even the ones he let me go with him), to playing in the fields with my "cousins", to Sundays - with church service at Friendly Grove, a big Sunday dinner back at the house, and an afternoon nap.

Grandma Carrie had suffered through various health issues in recent years, but from all accounts, her passing was unexpected. Unfortunately, it was so sudden that I was unable to coordinate the time off from work to attend her funeral, which took place Thursday.

I don't know what more to say right now, other than that I haven't really lost my grandma; she has just gone home. If anyone loved the Lord, she did; and now she is with Him for eternity. I sympathize the most with those in her family on whom she had such a profound impact.

Rest in Peace, Grandma Carrie.

Watching The Game With Lily

Filed in Personal, SportsTags: Colts, Family, Fatherhood, Indiana, Indianapolis, Marriage, NFL, Photos

Today we had the rare pleasure of getting to watch the Colts game (not often aired in the St. Louis market). Lily wore her Colts cheerleader outfit, and we cheered on the Colts' 38-20 victory over Denver.

New Photos of Daddy’s Girl

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Just a quick post with some new photos of Lily:

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Playtime with Daddy!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Trying out my new high chair
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Trying out my new high chair
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

(I'm also trying out the Lightbox and Crossroads plugins.)

Lily – Learning to Eat Solid Food

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

Just a quick update with a couple new pictures. Lily has been learning to eat solid foods, and so far has taken well to Stage One foods such as applesauce, bananas, carrots, and squash:

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Lily enjoying some Stage One carrots and applesauce.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

See more in the Lillian - Four Months set.