Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's day to all the wonderful men out there who we call Pastor, Daddy, Father, Dad, Friend, Grandpa, Papa - we are blessed to have so many great men play a part in our lives and our children's.

P.S. We finally decided on a name for Baby Boy coming this November...
Lincoln Brave Escudero

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

November Baby, 2 of 2

The dynamic, moving, artful composition that is human life as shaped by the Creative Genius presents our existence with enough unpredictable elements of surprise...so, in anticipation for the arrival of our next November baby (Rori was born in November too), Tawni and I decided to shun suspense and FIND OUT WHAT WE'RE HAVIN ALREADY!

Our prayer has been first and foremost for a safe, full-term pregnancy delivering both healthy Mommy and baby in the end.
Secondly, we've purposely NOT silently whispered, wished or prayed for one gender over the other. Sometimes, when you are favored, you get what you ask for because you asked for it, whether it was ultimately best thing for you or not. Neither did we try to manipulate nature - we have strongly felt that God would give us whatever was best for us, given His divine destiny and purpose for our family's lives.

Boy is not better than girl (Rori Lane has created a bias, as you can tell), and (I suppose) vice versa. Each display their unique role in the incredible ebb and flow, give and take of life.

Nonetheless, we decided to find out - and find out we did. A couple hours ago with the aide of an ultrasound, we got a three dimensional glimpse of just what God has perfectly wrapped up inside Tawni's body - and I'm very proud to share with those care (and those who don't), that our 8 ounce, 8-inch long, 18 week old baby is a BOY!!!

Let the NAMES begin! Yes, we have had a first name picked out but are still deciding on the middle name. We'll share it as soon as we've settled, negotiated, wrestled and ceased to halt between two opinions, lol.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A sister named Charlie?

So the other day Rori Lane pipes up from her carseat and informs Tawni and me that she 'wants a baby sister named Charlie.' Rori goes back and forth between wanting a baby brother and a baby sister, and we've had an enormous amount of fun trying to coax name ideas out of our 3-year old sprite. As far as we're concerned, Charlie is not an option for a girl - or boy for that matter. The images that come to mind with 'Charlie' are that of a late evangelist, his infamous one-liners, bucket of chicken and over-use of 'halelujah' as a punch line.

Anyway, over the past couple of weeks 'Charlie' has become code language for exciting news we've barely been able to contain without leaking prematurely. While 'Charlie' is not up for consideration, we are very proud to share with all of our friends in blogland that Tawni and I (and Rori), after seeing the healthy heartbeat on a sonogram screen, are expecting a November baby boy or girl (we won't know the gender for a few more weeks)!

We'll keep you posted on the development of the latest Escudero edition.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Pledge Video

Just braggin on a few of the TRGYC young people who love God with their whole heart.

I Pledge from TRGYC on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Out with the Old, In with the New

If you have not already, check out the new website for The Rock Group Youth Community (TRGYC) - the youth ministry of The Rock Church which I am privileged to Pastor: www.trgyc.com

Thanks to staff who volunteered time and energy to make this happen. It is still an evolving work in progress, so if there are suggestions you would like to make as to how we can improve and make it even better, let us know!

A few things to expect at www.trgyc.com are up to date and archived photos, service and event promo and recap videos, convenient method for online missions contributions and more!

WWW.TRGYC.COM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

NEW ALL OVER AGAIN



A week of 2010 has already passed before our first blog entry of the new season, new year and new decade.

Perhaps for some, the past seven or eight days have already provided ample time for you to break the resolve that just a week ago seemed so promising. Whatever your resolutions might have been, if you even made any, do not allow recent disappointments to deter you from your ultimate goals.

Recent binges, mistakes, accidents, compromises are an opportunity for us to get back up and start all over again. Failure tests our passion, resilience, our commitment and our determination - but that's okay. After all, without each of these elements, our pledge to do something more, something less or something different is just a good intention. Someone said the road of live is paved with these (good intentions). This is true, and I know this because I've scraped my knees and bruised my shins on them before.

Sometimes it's the first fall that messes us up (just ask Adam and Eve) - but should one mistake bump you off track like that? No, but it can, if you let it. What matters is that we get back up and after it, whatever it might happen to be, with a renewed passion, fervor and zeal.

Do not quit, do not give in, do not throw in the towel just because the 'newness' may have been tarnished by one recent lapse of good judgment or return trip to the buffet. If it's a matter of sin, make the adjustments - but in the meantime, remember that HIS mercies are NEW every morning.

So, whether it's dropping a few pounds, picking up a few Bible studies, quitting smoking or starting college -make it a happy NEW year and NEW decade all over again and GET AFTER IT!