Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cash Cab

One modern trait still embedded in my confused head is a love for game shows. I can't help it, I love 'em. When we moved to Hingham and got cable for the first time, I was slightly disappointed that we didn't get the Game Show Network. Since then, Comcast has added it. Woo-hoo.

But right now, the only one I really get to watch with any regularity is Cash Cab. It's actually on the Discovery Channel. (Speaking of the DC...if I ever had to stay home for a whole day and was forced to watch just one channel the whole time, I don't think I'd pick ESPN because it can quickly get boring and repetitious. I'd definitely choose Discovery. Or maybe the History Channel.)

Anyway, Cash Cab is one of those things that when I first saw it, I asked myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" It's got to be one of the most low-budget shows on television. It consists of a New York City cab and a driver-host (who's really stand-up comedian Ben Bailey). Unknowing customers enter his cab, tell him their destination, and then find out they're on a trivia game show. Ben drives them to their destination, asking general knowledge trivia questions all along the way for increasing amounts of money. If they get three wrong, he kicks them out of the cab on the spot.

I just found a clip of it on YouTube. This one's a bit unusual because the contestant is pretty funny. (There are a lot of other clips on YouTube.) But you'll get the idea.

Brayden likes it too and when he sees it he says, "cass cab."

Don't really know why I blogged on this...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

ETA: 94 Days

So we went for another ultrasound yesterday (Grandma Scott and Great-Great Auntie Helen Bradley got to come with us, but stayed in the waiting room). What I haven't reported here on the blog yet is that one of the babies ("Baby B" for now) has more amniotic fluid in her sac than "Baby A". We've known this for three ultrasounds now. One of the beneficial things of having twins is that you get to have ultrasounds every month. But since this extra fluid situation has arisen, we've gone every two weeks. That's pretty cool.

Our hope has been that the fluid would even out between the two babies. It hasn't happened. In fact there was even just a little bit more for "Baby B" than there was last month. One "good" thing about the situation is that with extra fluid, it makes seeing the baby during an ultrasound very easy and clear. You can probably notice the difference between the two pictures.

We're not too concerned yet. This is not an uncommon occurance. It's even more common for pregnancies with twins. Our biggest concern is pre-term labor. The babies are 2 lbs, 10 oz and 2 lbs, 9 oz (which is great). But Meghan is bigger than she would normally be at six+ months and she's only going to get bigger (which I truly don't understand). There are indeed other concerns, but both we and our doctor are ruling them out for now, either because of obvious development that's occurred or because of small percentage possibility.

Regardless, this is a whole lot of fun. Brayden is practicing saying his sisters' names (though he has no clue what this all means). Right now he says "Booklin" and "Benna" (Brooklyn and Brenna). We've taught him to point out "where the babies are," so don't be offended when he comes up to you and points at any slight bulge on your body and says "Baby! Baby!".

Meghan and I are coming around to the realization that life is going to be very, very different. Our community is very understanding, and offers to help out all the time.

We thank God for the opportunity and faithfully rest on his strength, encouragement, and oversight.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Upside Down Kingdom

Today was Christ the King Sunday. The few of us who were in town to worship at North Street looked together at Christ and his Kingdom. I wrote a short reading that someone asked me for, so I'm posting it here.


Christ is King:
His transportation is not a white horse, but an ass.
His crown is not of gold, but of thorns.
His scepter is not of solid metal, but of wood.
His throne is not adorned with jewels, but with nails.
His glorification came not from his victory in battle, but through his death on a tree.
His queen is not the most beautiful or the best political alliance...
...rather, his bride is a whore who has time and again cheated on him, whimsically wandering off following whatever new and good-looking beau and all he might have to offer.
Yet, rather than kill his bride, his unfaithful queen, he continually seeks after her.

We indeed are his bride, and
As citizens in the Kingdom of God:
Our allegiance is not to a nation, but to a kingdom.
Our place is not found in a hierarchy, but in equality.
Our victory comes not through battle, but through surrender.

Someday I might add more or revise this. For now, here it is.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Jordan Christine Scott

Jordan made a grand and quick entrance into the world today to the delight of her parents, Jeff & Joy, and her brother, Joshua. Jordan was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 1'9". She's pretty darn beautiful.

I've spent an hour or so reflecting on her short life. What a beautiful thing.

I confess that I don't understand a lot about life. I've had several friends recently who've either lost a baby prior to birth or just can't even get pregnant. And here Meghan and I are with a wonderful 19-month old boy and two girls on the way. I can quite surely tell you that I am no more righteous than my friends. I don't understand the distribution of joy via children at this point. But blessed be the name of the Lord.

Here's a video I made for Jordan's arrival. Some might find the choice of music interesting for a baby video. I think the words of the song are quite poignant in light of what you're watching.