Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

We would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. Hopefully this finds you all well and happy during this special time of year. It is a great time to reflect upon the love our Heavenly Father has for each one of us. As we celebrate the Savior's birth, let us remember the vast importance of His life here on earth. As I ponder upon what has happened in 2009, I cannot help but to be thankful and very humble for the blessings that have come our way.

This year on May 29th little Taylor joined us here on earth. He has been an absolute joy and blessing in our lives. I have also been blessed to continue to have a job with a great company while Debbie's company has allowed her to continue to work in a way that allows her to take care of Taylor and still have adult interaction. During the financially difficult times we recognize these blessings. We also have been blessed with a snow blower. It has saved my back and shoulders. I am also happy that I can now repay all those who helped shovel my driveway for the past two years.

This October I was blessed to have Tate Publishing offer to publish my first novel, "The Broken Council", in my series called "The Guardian Chronicles". I am hopeful that this summer I will be doing book signings once it has been released. Right now I am working on the second book in the trilogy. So, even though I have taken the remainder of the year off from work, I am still working...on my book.

Monday, November 30, 2009

First Thanksgiving

Taylor enjoyed the plethora of attention he received while in California for his first Thanksgiving. He enjoyed eating every chance he could get. The boy gained about 2 lbs in just a few days. Such a big boy. He is still a Mama's boy through and through, however, he does like spending time with Dad from time to time.

I did sign a book deal with Tate Publishing to get my fantasy book published. Production on the book begins this February with a publish date come mid-summer. So, in the meantime I am going to get cracking on book 2. I am 13 chapters into it and have 27 chapters to go. I really appreciate all who helped me throughout the process and who never stopped believing in me. I am just thrilled to achieve a lofty goal such as this...hopefully it takes off. If not, at least I am a published author now.

The next post I will try to have some more pictures of the boy. Taylor is looking forward to visiting Grandma and Grandpa Burke soon...hopefully we can make that work with both of our schedules. Thank you all for you continued support and love in all that we do.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Taylor's First Halloween

As you can tell, this blog has become entirely about the little man who runs the household. We could not be happier with the little boy. He certainly has a pair of lungs on him and he will not let you wonder if he is hungry or not. He is eating a great deal. As a matter of fact, he is eating right now. He is growing faster with every passing moment. At his last visit he was still in the 97th percentile for height, so Daddy has hope for sports yet.

The murder mystery from a week ago went really well at our house. I am pleased that everyone involved had a great time and fulfilled their acting roles really well. It was fun for me to watch how people interpreted my intent. There was a great deal of creativity that night for sure. Hopefully I will be able to do something like this again. While fun, I need to balance my time better. I was just called to be the Elders Quorum President...this is not a position that I aspire to, but will do my very best. I have always been a counselor in my presidency experience, so this is a new role in the Church for me. I know the Lord will bless me and Debbie in her calling as the 1st counselor in the Relief Society presidency.

Here are some pictures of the big boy:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Number 1 Son

Words are not necessary...he is a healthy boy. I always tell him that he is my number 1 son...gets a laugh every time. He does not want for food, though sometimes he feels that we are not feeding him fast enough.

He is the most precious little boy...he is so excited to be eating rice in his big boy chair. I have to say that I have a bit of an issue with the feeding as it grosses me out. If it was another person's child I would likely chuck. He loves to get the food on his fingers or fist and then suck on that. Crazy.

Debbie is lucky because she gets to spend most of the day with the little guy. He definitely loves his mommy. I think that this picture makes him look like BYU's next offensive lineman. We can only hope. Who knows, he may end up on So You Think You Can Dance. We will be proud no matter what. I am just saying that football could provide retirement.
Here we are as a family...after all these years of waiting it still seems worth every difficult time. The years are not forgotten...we cherish that time. We look forward to this phase of life...though I must say that Debbie is much better suited for all that has to be done each day than me.
Again, we are thankful for every one's well wishes and support over the years. Hopefully this blog finds you all well and happy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Still Growing

The boy is continuing to grow at an alarming pace. He is tall and big...and totally cute. I fear that this little minnie me will get away with murder. He can make me crazy one minute and melt my heart the next. I am relieved that my dear wife is able to work from home now...I think the boy will be much happier. We are enjoying different stages as they fly by. We are grateful for those who continue to show support and love for our little family. We feel truly blessed to have our little man and feel more complete than any other time in our marriage.

Debbie has a new calling as the Relief Society 1st counselor. She is already doing a fantastic job and will continue to bless everyone around her. It is rather difficult for both of us to be in presidencies...hopefully blessings will flow. Service is what we do best.

We are working on refocusing on our family motto: Accept people for who they are and not who we want them to be. Much easier said than done, but we have worked hard for years to make this ideal a reality. I recommend everyone try is not that easy, but you will be blessed. It will make you more aware of other people and to consider their perspective and feelings.

I hope all of you are well and that you are still reading books. If you are not reading, pick up a book today and read. Scripture reading is a start, but expanding your horizons increases intellect and a better understanding of the world in which you live. Read more.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Taylor In Action

Here is a little video of our big guy laughing and playing with his newest toy.

I was going to add another video, but it looks like everyone else and their dog is trying to do the same thing. Maybe I will try earlier to add the second video.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August Update

The little man did well during his baby blessing. He is getting so much bigger with each day. Being gone for the High Adventure camp out was torture...first time I had been away from the big guy. He is most definitely a Mama's boy already. I appreciate all the family and friends who were able to make it out to the baby blessing.

This month is already burning away and we are nearing football season...excellent time to bond with Taylor. He is going to love...probably because of the noise and colors. He will cheer for whoever he wants...that is just how he rolls. I would rather he have an opinion than not.

Softball season finished with both teams winning their last the same score. I had to quickly turn my attention to the company golf tournament while being insanely busy. Needless to say, I just barely got this event planned today. Hopefully the weather will be good...I would never hear the end of it if it is raining.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Here is Taylor on his first holiday far he is doing okay with his ventures outside the house. Of course I am the paranoid one who is worried about every little thing, so Debbie is the real hero. She is an awesome mother and is loving every minute of her time with the boy. I too love my time with the little clone of me...he is so cute.

Here is my Mom with Taylor and cousin Anna, Doug and Lauren's latest addition. The BBQ was at the Shumways this year...we had a good time and the bugs left us alone for the most part. We did not stay up for the fireworks, but he did get to watch a little bit from home. He is getting so big and is eating more with each week. We are just so proud of him.

I was able to take him into work this last week...did not get to everyone, but those who were able to see him loved him. Many thought he was a spitting image of me. We are just so thrilled to finally have reach this stage in life. It was worth the wait...however, we will not forget the path that led us hear...infertility is a trial I would not wish on the devil himself. Thanks to everyone who keeps us in your prayers. We hope you all had a happy and safe 4th of July. This was my grandmother May's favorite holiday...she was missed, but we know she was watching over us from above.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June Update

Our little man is getting bigger with each passing day. He is such a joy and really has helped me put into perspective what is important in life. More than anything it is fantastic to see how happy Debbie is as a mom. I want to thank our families for their love and support and also our friends for all that they have done. It is amazing how life changing events are trying and yet so rewarding at the same time.

I think Debbie had the best birthday with having Taylor in our lives and the fact she could hold him topped anything I could give her. More importantly, Taylor came into the world on his terms and a day of his choosing...sorry to disappoint those who wanted him to come on Debbie's birthday.

It seems as though we have started a new phase to life, however, we have been prepared for 8 years for this time. It is interesting how certain people around us have changed now that we have a child. We are happy for the new friends we are making and are thankful for the changes coming our way. I promise on the next blog to have more pictures.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Taylor Robert Burke - May 29th, 2009

Debbie and I want to welcome Taylor into this wonderful world! He was born at 12:01 pm on Friday May 29th. He was 7 lbs 3 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. He has a full head of hair with his Dad's hairline (sorry buddy).

The story of his entry into this world is a bit dramatic and with the possibility of young readers coming to my blog, I will edit out some of the detail. Thursday night after my Men's softball team won yet another dramatic game, I returned home to ice my knee that I had twisted in the last moments of the game. Around 9:45 pm Debbie thought that she had to urgently use the bathroom. It turned out she was gushing blood, so I drove us from Lehi to Alta View Hospital in Sandy in roughly 15 minutes.

After a few hours Debbie stopped bleeding, however, it was apparent that we were having Taylor the next day. Debbie slept maybe 30 minutes all night and I got about an hour or so. In the morning they "painfully" broke Debbie's water and tried to induce labor. She had been prepped well for anything on Friday with two IVs in her arms, however, no epidural yet. She was only dilated to a 1 when the water was broken.

After a couple of hours it became clear that the medicine used to induce the labor was causing Taylor stress and his heart rate dropped a little and did not vary at all...not a good sign. She had not dilated any more, so around 11 am the doctor said that with her bleeding, the low lying placenta, and the lack of progress made it clear that a c-section was the best route for Mommy and the baby.

The OR had the AC go out, so it was extremely warm in there which made everyone rather uncomfortable. As our doctor and the on-call doctor began the surgery, all seemed well. The nurses said that while the doctors chatted casually that meant all was well. Not 5 minutes in things got very serious. Apparently the blessed placenta was blocking everything, so they had to breach it. Needless to say I will never lay on the floor or lean against a wall in an OR ever.

After the breach, Taylor shot up and after two attempts they were able to successfully pull him out via a vacuum. He looked good at first, however, he did have 1 minute or more without circulation. Straight to the nursery and Debbie, not knowing the seriousness of the situation, asked me to go with him.

The nurse working on him shot into action. Apparently his blood pressure was low which meant he was low on fluids. They put an IV in his poor little head and pumped him full of saline. After acting she was able to get a hold of a pediatrician who said that she had done the right thing and to continue to work on him while he makes his way over
to the hospital. I must say that I consider myself a pretty strong individual, however, when I saw my boy struggling to live, I lost it. I think the nurses were taken by surprise to see a big guy like me crying uncontrollably. To make matters worse, I was extremely stressed and sleep deprived. So they sent me to my wife.
So, in the end he came out healthy and recovered surprisingly quick. Mom is still recovering from the c-section, however, she is happier than I have ever seen before. We are truly blessed and I am immensely grateful for the prayers offered in behalf of my little family. It has been an 8 year wait, but it has finally paid off. Thanks to Dr. Twede, his nurses, the entire hospital staff, and for those who have offered their congratulations.
We should be discharged Monday morning and I think we both look forward to getting him home and to adjusting to the new sleep schedule. At this point in life I would go without sleep for the rest of my life just to have this little man here with us on Earth. What a blessing he is!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bed Rest

Well, Debbie is officially on bed rest for the home stretch. So, looks like my vast movie collection and plethora of books will pay off for the both of us. Debbie and Taylor are doing fine...this will be a bit of an adjustment for mommy as she is used to working and serving others all the time.

Debbie was able to make it out to one of my softball games so she could see how I am doing as coach. I did not get any corrective dialog post game, so I must be doing well. Last night our mens team took on an 0-4 team...we almost lost do to a huge mistake that cost us 6 runs. The ump and score keeper missed the third out and allowed at least 3 runs to score. Suffice it to say we had to get 4 outs in that inning and then pull ourselves out of the funk we went into. In our last at bat we scored 9 runs to take the lead. We were able to hold off the opponent to win 21-20. It was great to watch the team overcome adversity and triumph.

This really showed me that a very diverse group of people could bond together to overcome obstacles. Not only were there multiple departments represented, everyone had a different background and personality. It is a true testament to all that despite differences they easily and gladly work together. I hope that I see this trend in our community as well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week 35

So, we are in week 35 and our boy is pretty big...around 7 lbs. The doctor feels all is going well and when he will come will depend on the size. If he continues to grow at a pound a week, we may go early. The doctor also feels that natural birth would be best, however, a c-section will not be ruled out primarily because of the size factor. Debbie is doing well and is enjoying being pregnant.

The softball season continues and the teams I coach have been having a great deal of fun. It is good to get outside and utilize my vocal cords. On the occasion that I do get to play I take full advantage.

For those who have opted not to watch the new Star Trek reboot movie...what is the matter with you? It is fun for all...not just the trekkies. J.J. Abrams performs his magic on this franchise and gives birth to a new series that anyone can enjoy. If you want grade A entertainment, go see Star Trek!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Softball and Baby Update

Taylor is continuing to grow healthy and strong. He and Mommy are doing great...I want to thank everyone who was able to make it out to the baby shower or who has given gifts. It is greatly appreciated. I also want to thank those who have kept us in their prayers, visited us, and for expressions of kindness. It is refreshing in this world to know that people are caring and thoughtful even though they are insanely busy.

As some may know I am the coach of the company Co-ed and Mens softball teams. The Co-ed team won the second game of the season to go to 2-0 despite the nasty weather outside. It was an absolute blast. The Mens team has their second game on Thursday night where we will try to win our first game to go to 1-1. The first team we played sells all sorts of softball equipment...they schooled us. Loads of feels great to get outdoors for a change.

Coming soon to the blog will be pictures...I hope that this post finds you all well.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Late March Update

It looks like we are going to have ourselves a big boy. Poor Debbie...we will probably be doing a c-section so at least we can pick the day. We will have to wait and see what the doctor says. Aside from Taylor being big, he is doing well. Debbie's health is good as well as her spirits.

We were blessed to have Elder Hales come to our Stake Conference this past weekend. They say that with the current size of the church that you would be lucky to have an apostle visit your stake once every 27 years. The talks were great and I was able to survive the three meetings. One thing that I will admit that I have a hard time with is how many meetings there are. If it is not a church meeting then it is a work meeting. All are necessary...I think I just need a break. I know that some of you may laugh considering we will be having a little one soon, however, after 9 plus years of the same thing it will be a welcome change. What is life without chaos?

I know that some are still thinking about the lack of photos on this blog...if I had a camera I would take some pictures. Hopefully we will get one before the big boy arrives. If anyone has recommendations as good cameras, video cameras, or combos, let me know.

I hope that you are all well and enjoying the life that comes to you each day. Learn to accept yourself for who you are...faults and all. I accept that I do not have control over what others may think of me or think I am capable of. In the eternal perspective it does not matter what people think I can or cannot do at matters how I conduct myself and relate to those around me. I am thankful for the opportunities that I am blessed with each day to be an example and help others. I am grateful that my loving wife finds me to be her equal and that we are blessed with so much love. Life is what we all make of it...remember that while we strive our best daily that angels are among us fighting along side us in the cause of good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Infinitesimal Spark

So, much thanks to my brother Doug today...he help to reignite the desire within to write again. Now I finally feel that I can begin writing again. This is usually the time of the year that I write...I just need to get work to not dominate my entire life and I should be good to go.

Our little boy Taylor is continuing to grow healthy and strong. He is quite the mover which makes his mother happy. I have started a routine of reading "The Princess Bride" every night to Debbie and Taylor...I think it puts Debbie to sleep, but I am hopeful that he is listening. Debbie is doing well...though her nerve pain is still kicking her pun intended. She is happier than I have ever seen her.

I have been told that I am a bit pointed at times in my blogs...all I can say is that is the way I roll. There have been times that the wife has read it and asked me to change it. I do not intend to offend...just express my opinion. Needless to say, I will not change my style. :)

Battlestar Galactica is down to the final four episodes and I am a little bummed, but at least it has been good. I am looking forward to playing the BSG board game some time soon if the owner of said game will still teach it to me.

Finally, I sincerely hope that all of you are well during these difficult financial times. Unfortunately it will get worse, but our perspective will allow us to see the good admist the bad. I hope that my next posting will have a real update on my is something I feel strongly that I need to finish this book and get the this work published.

Also, I know that some have asked to add their blog to my listing and I am happy to do it...just let me know. Pictures is another common request...while my beauty is too great to be captured in a picture, I will try to add some pictures.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

February Update

Well, January flew Debbie will be 21 weeks this week and I have been able to feel Taylor moving. I know that I play things pretty close to the chest when it is personal, but I am just excited to see my little boy progressing. Debbie is glowing and happy...especially since our bathrooms are finished. To that point, many thanks be to Gary and Heather for basically doing this project.

One thing I learned through this process is that I have an unusual habit of hurting myself this time of year...hopefully this time it is not too bad. I have also had many people ask me about my book...I really want to get this project going again. I am at a point that I need some inspiration or some time to relax to get my mind into creative mode. Since work has been dominating my time, that has been difficult. Hopefully the 3 day weekend will help.

BSG...for those who are not in the know that mean "Battlestar Galactica"...the series remaining episodes have been amazing. Now that we have HD, it is even better. I appreciate my wife being so tolerant of this addiction. I have converted two guys from work, so I at least have some fellow enthusiasts to share in the joys of BSG while it lasts.

Hopefully all of you are well and unaffected by this difficult economy. I feel gratitude for being employed and for still having a calling with the youth in our ward. They help me to feel young despite what my body is trying to tell me. Yes, my wife would say that I have an age complex. I admit that I do, but I am working on it. Hopefully you all make the most of this February and guys, don't forget Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's A Boy

Well, we are having a boy...Taylor Robert. He is healthy and Debbie is doing well. She is finally showing a bit. We are ecstatic and thank all those who have been praying for us. We hope that you will keep the three of us in your prayers. If it is not too much to ask, put in an extra prayer for me so that I do not pressure the poor boy into playing every sport and reading lots of fantasy like his old man.

Friday, January 9, 2009

January Update

So, I hope that all the BSG fans are getting ready for the series finale beginning January 16th at 8 pm on the Sci-Fi channel. It should provide quality entertainment for those who love sci-fi drama.

So far this month has been very busy, but I have done well thus far balancing work with the home life. I am looking forward to going to the Temple tonight with the wife to do sealings...we have not done those for years. It will be nice to get out with the wife and get away from the craziness that is this world we live in. An escape like that will be very theraputic.

Someone jokingly told me I should read more books for my New Years resolutions...I honestly think I could never read enough. I probably need to expand my reading, however, with everything going on I can hardly keep up with what I am reading right now.

The wife is doing well with the pregnancy aside from some discomfort. We have our ultrasound next Friday, so we should know what we are having then. After 8 plus years of waiting for this blessing we will not keep secret the sex of the baby, so expect a blog on it. I should warn you that my blog then may also contain my thoughts on the newest BSG episode...that is how I roll.

I hope all is well with you all and that the unrealistic BCS does not have you down. We all know that the one undefeated team in college football is the real national champions...Go Utes! That will be the only time you hear me say that.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 Ready or Not

Well, the new year is here whether we are ready or not. I have a feeling that this will be a well balanced year, however, that does mean some pretty significant highs and lows. Obviously we are happy to be pregnant and are looking forward to finally being parents. I worry that there will be some difficult times not related to our baby. I sense some pretty serious changes coming for everyone. I feel that while there will be plenty of difficulties, however, I feel that they will not affect us. We have experienced some tough years in the past and while they were not full of fun, we were still very happy.

So, if anyone needs someone to talk to we are here for you. This year will bring about great storage will be important. Finanical calamity will be the most significant reason for hardship, so be prepared temporally and spiritually. If we are prepared, then we have no need to fear, no matter what comes our way. We love you all and wish you the best possible new year.