Saturday, September 27, 2008

Last Update

We had two fertilized eggs implanted today, so now we have the two week wait. We really appreciate all the support and prayers. I must say that I have seen and experienced more in this area than I ever thought I would.

We will be relaxing the weekend while enjoying the many upsets in College Football. Maybe BYU can crack into the top 10 without even playing.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Latest Update

So, of the 13 eggs 7 fertilized. So, we will either implant 2 of the fertilized eggs on Saturday or Monday. So, good news thus far...keep us in your prayers.

By the way, if you have not started reading Brisingr, do it this weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fertility Update

I know that I have been secretive about our treatments, but we just had enough stress without trying to remember who we needed to update. So, we did the egg retrieval part of in vitro today. Debbie was under for the procedure, those who know her understand how hard it is for her to come out of anetestia, and she did really well. She is resting well today, so please no calls. A typical retrieval yields around 12 eggs which allows for the best results. Debbie had 13 eggs. We will know tomorrow how many fertilized. The eggs will be put back in on either Saturday or Monday.

It just feels good to be on the right path and that we are doing what we should. Now we just wait and see what happens. Hopefully work will become less stressful as well...I have the feeling that we may get multiples out of this.

We appreciate those who have shown concern, prayed for us, and thought outside themselves. I know that in this day and age it is difficult for most to think of someone other than themselves so we really appreciate the family and friends who have been able to be so supportive. I know that Lord will bless you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Brisingr Has Arrived

You know a book is good when you want to skip work so you can read a book. Christopher Paolini's third installment in the Inheritance Cycle is amazing thus far. I am 252 pages into it and it is great. You can tell that he has found his style and natural flow. I am excited to read this book in part because it was Eragon that inspired me to write my own series and the Lord willing I will get published too. If you have not purchased your copy yet, go out and get it. Target seems to have one of the better prices at $15. You will not be disappointed.

Work is insanely busy as usual but I do hope that it will slow down this week as we have a pretty high stress level this week as some of you may know. So, hopefully I can focus my energies in finishing reading Brisingr and then finish The Gypsy Morph (Terry Brooks). Then I need to read Chainfire by Terry Goodkind. Which reminds me...Wizard's First Rule should be coming to ABC in the next couple months. I like the idea of making Goodkind's massive books into a TV Series.

So, the moral of the story is that I read way too much. I guess I am over compensating for my worry that my brain will go to mush if I do not constantly feed it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Book Update

Well, I have had over twenty different people at minimum ask how my book is coming. It is interesting how the Lord can beat you over the head sometimes and we still do not get it. My goal is to resubmit my book to a couple different publishers this week and then this weekend I will finish chapter 13 in book 2. The first book is complete and has been edited (though I am sure there are still errors). I really am going to focus on getting it published...that is the answer I keep getting no matter the question I ask. So, I am going to stop ignoring the promptings and get to work.

I really do appreciate those who express interest and/or support for my writing. My dream is to become a published author and to finish this trilogy. I have several other books in mind, however, I need to focus on finishing what I have started first if I am ever going to feel accomplished.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Newest Payson Burke

We would all like to welcome Zander to the Payson Burkes. Lizzie and Connor could not be happier and Gary and Heather seem very happy with little Zander. Here is a picture of the little man:

Company Softball

Our company team has a co-ed softball team...sounds real fun at the onset, but let me tell you that being outscored 58 to 10 in the first three games is getting real old fast. It is interesting how bi-polar the make up of the team is. About half do not care about the outcome and do not even pay attention most of the time. The other half are very competitive. Even though it is extremely difficult as the coach to not get too agitated, I may end up cracking. The only thing that keeps me from losing it is that there is someone way more competitive than me. So, my friend Amanda takes the lion's share of screaming and yelling at the other team, the umpire, and even our own team.

The most complex part about the team is that I am the coach because the real coach did not show up for the first game. The team had a mutiny and I became the coach. It seems like I plan all of the fun events at my company. I guess I am either good at it or a glutton for punishment. Anyway, I am hopeful that the spring season of softball fares better than this fall season. If it was not for the entertainment value of Amanda's non-stop ranting and smack talk, I would just skip the games.

I am actually really happy that I can even play. I am batting pretty well...have not played in the field that much because I am a little nervous about hurting my shoulder. It has been over six months since my surgery and I am amazed at what I can do. Knowing myself though, I am not that pleased that I am not fully 100%. Still, I am glad to be active and able to be outside. I just wished I had more summer time left to golf and other outdoor activities.

All that said, it would not be possible to be where I am without the support of my loving wife and my close friends who really care. I appreciate every one's support and encouragement. Hopefully I will be fully ready for the springtime. For the time being, I am going to enjoy reading some fantastic books, not that I have not stopped reading...I read about 2 to 3 books a month. I am also going to start writing again and work on getting my first book published. It is a rather difficult process...I have learned a great deal about people when it comes to my writing. It is sad to see how many people are so self absorbed that they only talk about themselves, their issues, their problems, their happiness and really do not care about what you are doing in life. So, in my writing I have learned that it is a very lonely road.

Any way, that will be enough of my rantings. I hope you are all well and that you are enjoying life to the fullest. Remember, if you are down and out, you can just turn on the TV and watch some amazing College Football and then follow that up with the NFL. Enjoy.