The Puny Pundit

Musings of a big guy with small thoughts.

Five Pregnancies

I pastor a church that has a lot of young couples.  They are starting to have kids and are getting pregnant so when they tell me they are having a kid we get to celebrate and pray for the health of the mom and unborn child.  All the pregnancy news has made me think about each of our kids when we found out each time my wife was pregnant.  Remember she got pregnant five times in seven years so each kid brought with her/him a different emotion.  Below are the tales of our pregnancies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Filed under: Pregnancy & Birth

Things I Learn From My Kids: Being not Doing

Last week #1 and I went on a date.  It was a lot of fun especially since she has grown so much.  We were having real life conversations and I really enjoyed it.  During dinner I realized how much like her mother she is.  To give you an idea of how cool this kid is, below are some of the topics we covered… Read the rest of this entry »

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Different Privacy Settings

Ten years ago I got married to my wonderful bride.  We had over 1500 guests!!!  It was crazy.  It was such a great night.  The next day my wife and I got on a plane and headed to Maui for our honeymoon.  When we got there something strange happened.  She went into the bathroom to take a shower to get ready for our first dinner on the island.  I turned on the tv and a few minutes later needed to pee.  I went to go into the bathroom and the door was locked. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Marriage & Weddings

I Love Ice Cream

A few weeks ago our family embarked on a 40 day challenge.  No restaurants (except Sundays) for 40 days.  This included the kids so my wife started packing the kids lunches again.  This is hard because our school provides lunch for $2.00 per kid which is really cheap and convenient for a family of 7.  Anyways, the second or third day of eating homemade lunches, the school had ice cream for kids who ate cafeteria food.  Well, my son didn’t get cafeteria food so no ice cream.

He decides to steal it.  We find out and my wife is really upset.  I should have been too but I am a recovering kleptomaniac.  Stole lots of stuff in my life time.  When I get home from work she tells me the whole story and she is really taken back by what #3 did.  So I call him over to talk…

Me: Did you steal ice cream at school today?

#3: Yes.

Me: Did you know that is was wrong when you were stealing it?

#3: Yes.

Me: Then why did you steal something that you knew you shouldn’t take?

#3: Because I really love ice cream.

Those of you who have been following my blog know that there are many times when I can’t keep in a smile or laughter while disciplining my kids.  This was one of those times.  Don’t get me wrong.  We really spent a lot of time explaining to our son why it was so wrong to do what he did.  We were really upset however when he told me why he did it I couldn’t help it.  I turned my head away and laughed as silently as possible.

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Why I Blog

This is my 50th blog entry.  To celebrate I thought I would share with my readers why I blog.  If you know my wife an explanation is needed.  My wife is a very private person.  Marrying me screwed that part of her life up.  I talk about her during sermons, bible studies, etc.  I feel bad.  There are so many Sundays in the last ten years where people will go up to her and make a vague reference to a story I told during a message.  “Hey Michele!  Paper is cool!”  My poor wife smiles and wonders what the heck they were talking about. Read the rest of this entry »

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High Rollers

The heart wants what it wants.  – C.S. Lewis

Maybe this is true for all kids, but I have noticed that my kids develop a strong sense of preferences very young.  I am not talking about wanting a certain toy, or not wanting to sleep, or even just food preferences. My kids know what they want in areas that surprise me.  Not only do they have a strong sense of what they like, what they like is usually more expensive.  Below are a few examples…. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Little Things: Peace and Quiet

My wife and I have been parenting for 9 years.  During this time we have come to enjoy the little things in life that we once took for granted before we had kids.

PEACE AND QUIET

When you have five young kids there is always noise.  Someone is either singing, screaming, laughing, or crying.  When you have seven people living under one roof you have to speak loudly or chances are that you will not be heard. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Parents We Trust

My wife and I are learning how much kids trust us as adults.  Not only do they trust us, but they view everything we do as right and ok.  My wife is very consistent with the rules she enforces and how she conducts herself with our kids.  I on the other hand am a rule breaker.  I am a hypocrite.  Below are some examples… Read the rest of this entry »

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Beggars Can Be Choosers

Something funny/weird happened twice last week.  On two different occasions I stopped at a red light in the city.  Both times there was a beggar asking for money.  Both times there were a few cars ahead of me and behind me.  Both times the guys asked everyone except me for money.  This is the first time this has ever happened to me.

I actually didn’t want them to ask because I never carry cash and hate saying I don’t have anything. Yet at the same time I didn’t like that they didn’t ask.  It made me wonder why?  Does my face look like one who lacks generosity?  Do I look like I don’t have money?  Do I look like someone who always charges things to cards?  I know it is so lame and sensitive to wonder but I can’t help it.

Maybe the beggars have been doing this so long they can actually profile people to a certain extent. Body language.  Eye contact (or lack of).

Has this ever happened to anyone else?

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