September 25, 2015

35 Weeks!!

   Right now our little boy is very active and I get to feel his kicks when I come home at night -- best feeling ever! Here's to 35 weeks! My sweet wife is amazing and puts up with my little photoshoots in between work, school and making dinner. Can't wait for our little boy to arrive next month!

She is so beautiful! 

   A little story behind the photo: I like self-timer when I do self portraits and sometimes it is not your best friend until one magical moment when it captured the golden moment. I set the camera on the tripod and programed it to take 4 photos after the timer goes off. After the photos were taken, my wife and I started laughing about something when all the sudden the camera takes another photo! Being a photographer and having the camera randomly capture the perfect moment was very magical. 

September 23, 2015

"Home" by Phillip Phillips in ASL

I saw this video the other day and I love the way they filmed this! I think it is pretty cool and makes me want to improve my sign language. Check it out!

September 17, 2015

Six More Weeks!

Soon to be grandma found herself in the baby clothes section at the store yesterday and got some more clothes for our little boy! Can't believe we are six weeks away from his due date! I already think baby Cluff is the coolest dude ever. Stay tuned! 

six more weeks! 

September 14, 2015

Rome Was Not Built In a Day

    The last few weeks I have been thinking about my journey to hearing. At the end of next month it will mark 16 years since I got my first cochlear implant and witnessed the miracle of sound. It has not been a easy journey. Just as I toured England and France this past spring, I stood amazed at the castles and major landmarks that stand as wonders of the world. Just like Rome and other places in Europe they were not built in a day. My hearing was not made perfect in a day but rather continual progress each day. There are days where I find myself frustrated at the many times I asked someone to repeat something or the times where I did not fully understand what was going on around me. At work I keep this saying in eye sight as a reminder to myself:

   Even at those most frustrating times, I simply have to remind myself to laugh. Often I remind myself that it was a miracle that I was able to talk to that person on the phone and was able to help them even when it seemed like I was climbing a mountain to understand this person. These simple things help me remember that Rome was not built in a day.

   I have been trying to apply these same principles as my wife and I welcome our first baby boy next month. It is hard to believe that I am actually going to become a father to this little boy. I have come to love him so much from every kick he made from within the womb and each ultrasound photo. I often lay in the silence of the night wondering if I am ready for this new role of being a father.

  Watching my own father grow in fatherhood has been a blessing to me. The life experiences he has had made him the father and man that he is today. It was not a sudden spark of knowledge, but rather it took the first diaper change, to helping tie a tie for church and learning together. That is how his knowledge and wisdom grew. 

Once again, Rome was not built in a day.

September 11, 2015

Love One Another -- NEW VIDEO

The past few Sundays the kids in church have been practicing signing and signing "Love One Another". These practices remind me of when some missionaries and I did the same song. Check it out: