Well it has been far too long since we posted and I was sitting at home on this Halloween looking at people’s costumes on Facebook and I just thought, “There must be a reason to put on my bee costume.” So this blog serves both as a short update and a reason to once again festively don my bee costume. For those of you who don’t know, the bee costume has a long lineage of being passed on through members of Fusion, my high school youth group and family. By “long lineage” I mean my youth pastor, Daniel McIntosh, wore it one Halloween and then humbly offered it up at a Fusion Christmas Dirty Santa Party.
This is Dmac before he served us communion at our wedding:
So the passing on of the bee costume is mostly someone picking it as a white elephant gift, then my good man Grant stealing it, and finally me stealing it, effectively “locking” it as a gift. If you’ve ever played a dirty santa game then you know what’s up. But that story is neither here nor there… What is almost here is our baby!
24 weeks strong in this ultrasound. We are getting all kinds of ready. Slowly… but surely. The first order of business was assembling this little piece of furniture.
Isn’t it a marvelous work of carpentry? I would say. Truly magnificent.
But in all seriousness Josh Weed, Grant Robison and I built this crib with our bare hands. Like real men. Since I said this would be a short post I will only say that building that crib with those fellas is one of the best memories of my life. Those guys are true studs.
This is the three of us at my 18th birthday:
After we put a nice layer of non-toxic sealer on the crib, it will be finished and we will move on to decorating the room. Speaking of decorating, Chelsea and I carved these pumpkins at a party last week.
Mine is the normal Jack O’Lantern face. The magical work of art that is the second pumpkin is Chelsea’s award winning cat. We have been blessed to meet some friends at our new church home, Forefront. We’ve been attending Forefront on Sunday for almost two months now, and last Monday we finally got connected with a small group, wherein we were invited to carve pumpkins. We already feel welcomed into Forefront’s family and we are excited to grow with them in the Kingdom. As our small group is a married couples group, I have to say it is a bit strange for me to totally associate with married people. I am so used to thinking, “There are those married people over there,” but not so used to actually being one. It’s a craazy. But that’s neither here nor there…
What is here (or was here) is hurricane Sandy. I believe technically by the time Sandy hit us it was actually categorized as a superstorm, but that’s neither here nor- just kidding. I won’t do that again. In all seriousness, thanks be to God that we were kept safe during the storm. Briarwood was relatively untouched save for a gutter outside our window and a fallen tree in the road. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! We have gotten lots of concerned texts this week and we feel loved. In the meantime, we have been enjoying some unexpected days off. The restaurant I work at is without power, school is cancelled for Chelsea, and one of our trains into the city will reopen tomorrow. There are countless people still without power or a home right now and prayers and support are definitely needed.
Well. Those are the things that are here and there. You may ask yourself, “What about the bee costume?” You didn’t think I would just throw the goods out there in the beginning did you? No! If you want the good stuff you have to read the whole post! Or at least scroll down some…
Elliot & Chelsea