Basics of Baby Gadgets

Before front packs were cool

Before front packs were cool

If memory serves we didn’t buy too many baby gadgets. We were given many of them as gifts because people thought they would be helpful. Some were, some weren’t…

Front/Back Packs

We never considered our kids to be baggage in the literal sense. We tried the front pack, but our children seemed to be filled with concrete and it became quite stressing on the spine. Backpacks allowed children access to the back of your head to pull hair and grab earrings.

Baby Monitors
These can be a blessing and a curse. They will let you know when your baby’s in distress but also make you lose many nights of sleep if you have the volume up too high. I’ve heard about sensor pads for the crib mattress to monitor movement and heartbeat but in my opinion that goes too far in the areas of sleep deprivation for parents. At one point we had one of those night vision video monitors. It’s a bit unsettling to wake up in the middle of the night to see your child staring into the camera like a zombie with those dilated pupils.

Car Seat
They’ve come along way since the 5 gallon bucket tied to the seat with twine of the 70s and 80s. We are thankfully out of the car seat and now into the booster phase. Cleaning a car with a booster is much easier. There were many times I’d pull out the car seat to find an entire box of cheerios and or goldfish behind and underneath it. Remember, no car seat is safe if you’re an idiot driver or under the influence of intoxicants. We love Britax.

Crib Accoutrements
We didn’t buy the bumpers or extra padding transforming the appearance of the crib into a padded cell at a psych ward. We had a very sturdy solid wood crib that transformed to a toddler bed, then into a full size. We still have it and will pass it down to our kids. We once received a music soother that hung on the crib so that baby could activate the noise to help go to sleep. However, if baby woke up at 2 in the morning and hit the button our baby monitor would let us know.

Stollers
We has several, our favorite being the Maclaren Volo. It was a great portable and sturdy stroller. However, here comes a time when you need to let go of the stroller and let you kid walk. There is a whole site dedicated to kids who are too big for strollers

Leashes

Don’t get me started on these but I understand some parents think they need them. However, if you are going to treat your child like an animal you might as well let them eat from a dish on the floor and roam the yard with no diaper.

Don’t be a jerk while driving or drinking coffee…

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The good thing about the window decal is it reminds me to not be a jerk while I’m driving. I can see it in my rear view mirror and serves as a great reminder.

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Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” — Mt 16:24-28


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Do you still write checks?

Safe with Blue

Safe with Blue

Sometimes people still want a check instead of a credit card, it’s a hassle if you ask me. The small credit card transaction fee you pay as a business is worth not having to go to the bank and talk to people.

Ordering Checks
I just ordered checks at Costco, you have several cheap options for 11.34 a pack and you can get free shipping. Don’t get a fancy design, people don’t care as long as you have a positive balance. They will make fun of your Winnie the Pooh checks if you are older than 13. Chances are, if you are 13 or under and have a bank account you probably have it linked to your ApplePay that your parents gave you to order coffee flavored sugar at Starbucks.

Online Bill Pay

This is a much better option if you can send out an electronic check to someone who is patient and trusts you. Automation is your friend.

Debit/Credit Cards

Convenient, but easily stolen. The last few vacations I’ve taken, my card was compromised electronically. It’s easy to overspend with a simple swipe.

Cash

I’ve slowly moved back to cash. I give my self an allowance every paycheck to use for eating lunch with people and general purchases. It’s surprising how fast it goes away.

Mark of the Beast

I’m not a big believer in the “mark of the beast theory” that if we have a microchip to buy and sell goods that we are part of the Anti-Christ. I think it would be rather convenient, or maybe that’s what Satan wants us to think.

Beer Battered Deep Fried Bacon

Beer Battered Deep Fried Bacon

Beer Battered Deep Fried Bacon

Here’s a picture of some beer battered deep fried bacon. This picture was taken at Bacon Brothers Public House in Greenville SC. They don’t serve this anymore and they should make it a staple on the menu.

Recycled, reuse, repeat, then what?

This is not the trinity

This is not the trinity

I heard an interesting take on what happens to us when we die. We get recycled back to learn from our mistakes and “God”, or something similar, does the recycling. I sounds pretty similar to reincarnation, but I don’t think that is what the person was talking about. I want to break this down, just so I can understand it better.

The Bible
If we come from Adam and Eve then where are they now? Did they eventually correct their one mistake? I know they made more than one mistake, but the first one was kind of a a big deal. Are they still waiting to right that first bad choice that lead to death for everyone? If they were the first humans then where did the hundreds of souls come from when they had children. What mistakes would they have to make up for if they are a brand new soul?

Evolution
If tens of thousands of humanoids “came online” after evolving into sentient creatures, where do all the new souls come from when ever the population grows?. That’s still a problem to be solved. Are they also paying for mistakes before when they were homo sapiens, are they still under obligation to correct those sub human acts of depravity?

Age of the Earth
How long is this process? If you consider the earth to be 4 billion years old and humanity at around 100,000 years old, don’t you think those few thousand would have figured it out and there would be no humanity left. How did we end up with over 7 billion souls?

About those mistakes
It seems unfair that I don’t remember any of those mistakes. What if I’m making the same ones over and over again for centuries. Why wouldn’t God or the “spiritual knitter” give me a heads up on what to look out for.

Where are we headed?
What are we striving for? What is our reward? Why do we need to learn from our mistakes? What is the purpose to all of this life? Some believe there is no purpose, we are an accident. We are destined to die alone and cease to exist until the sun eventually runs out of energy and destroys this planet. Then the universe will eventually run of out of energy and nothing will exist. That sounds pretty depressing to me.

This is where I believe the Christian worldview makes the most sense. We make mistakes because we are not perfect. There was only one person who was perfect. He fulfilled a law that was impossible to keep and modeled for us how to live a perfect life. The best part is, that we have a secure knowledge that Christ will give us life eternal that we may enjoy it with him regardless of what mistake we make here on Earth, no matter how big or small. We learn from those mistakes/sins and try not to repeat/recycle them, but we tend to miss the mark of perfection all too often. We often think that life is unfair, or someone else is treated in a more favorable fashion than us. Remember how much of a sacrifice Christ made for us to keep us from the wrath of God. How fair is that? Someone else taking that punishment for us and giving us a gift what we don’t deserve. How wonderful is his unmerited favor!

Proper use of an exclamation point!!??!!

Sending mixed messages

Sending mixed messages!!?!!

I admit that I ain’t the best person at grammar, but this one had been done bothered me for a long while…

You only need one!

The idea behind the exclamation point shows you have a strong feeling about something or are shouting. It does it’s job with only one.

No upper cased LETTERS!!!!!

Again, the exclamation point already let’s people know you are shouting. I bet if you could upper case an exclamation point it would be abused.

Adding a question mark!!??!!

Doesn’t mean you are shouting a question rather it means that you don’t understand punctuation. Adding a question mark to the exclamation point usually represents a passive aggressive statement.

!It goes at the end! of a sentence!

This one needs no explanation. You wouldn’t put a comma at the beginning of a sentence, so don’t put exclamation points at the beginning or laced throughout. There is one exception, but it looks inappropriate in our emoji culture.

Make sure you don’t use the number one!!!!1!

Sometimes when people are typing aggressively at their keyboard they will slip and insert a number one instead of an extra exclamation. Be careful.

Christian Themed No Soliciting Sticker

Christian Themed No Soliciting Sticker

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I’ve had this sticker on my door for years, and it always gets a comment from people who knock on the door. I do believe it is quite effective at keeping sales people away. The only people who seem to ignore it are Jehovah’s Witness and the Mormon Churches. I will gladly speak to them though about all things theology.

I’ve received lots of 5 star reviews on Amazon.com, but CafePress was only giving me pennies on the dollar for each sticker. I decided to take a “leap of faith” and print them with a professional printer. Price is only $6 with free shipping.

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