Our Twins Were Born Today

This morning, my wife went in for her routine doctor’s appointment. The twins were at 35.5 weeks, just past the huge milestone of 35 weeks. When the doctor examined Keri, she found that she was already beginning to dilate, and Dr. Evitt was concerned that Keri’s water might break if we chanced waiting any longer before doing a C-section.

This fear was validated when she checked Keri again a few minutes later. She had already dilated several more centimeters and had moved into active labor. Today would be the delivery day for our identical twin boys.

About an hour later, after a quick setup, Keri and I were in the surgery room, and the doctor performed a C-section. Although both babies were entangled with the umbilical cords around their necks, they were both fine at birth other than lung issues because of their early delivery. They were born at 3:02 & 3:04 pm. The first baby weighed 5 lbs, 9 oz, and the second baby weighed 5 lbs, 7 oz.

From there, they took both babies back to the nursery to watch them. For a several hours it was totally up in the air as to whether or not they would need to be transferred to a hospital for care, but they gradually improved, and at 8:30 pm, they were brought back to our room for the first time.

As I write this, Keri and the twins are resting, and everyone is doing great.

Thank you for your prayers!

PS – Hopefully by this time tomorrow we will be completely settled on their names.

Greatest To-Do App

I’m pretty much a productivity junkie, but until recently, I’ve never come across a to-do app that was helpful, simple, and awesome enough to have on my home screen.  That has changed with Wunderlist.

It’s not often that I post about apps that blow me away, but the aesthetics and interface on this app make me want to share it with others.  It’s packed with features, but check out some of my favorites:

  • You can make updates and changes on the Mac or PC app.
  • The mobile version is available for iPhone, iPad, and now Android.
  • They’re nearly finished with the development of a webapp.
  • And my favorite feature: You can share lists with other users, making it very helpful for a team to stay on the same page with regard to priorities and project lists.

Oh, and it’s free.  Yeah.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you – it’s new, and it’s still a little buggy.  But even still, it’s an awesome app.

OK.  Enough talk.  Go get the app now, let me know you did, and get some stuff done. :)

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UPDATE: The Wunderlist web app was launched just a few hours after I posted this.

Impressions of iPhone 4

I’ve owned the iPhone 4 for about a week now, and just in case you’re not sick of hearing all the hype (both positive and negative), here’s my take on things:

1) Screen Resolution

The high-res screen really is amazing.  The images below are screen captures from the iPhone, so you’ll have to imagine these images being squashed down to 1/4th of the size they are on the screen here.

It’s a little bit difficult to explain why this is such a big deal except to show you the clarity of text both when you’re zoomed in close or looking at the full site (I had to crop the image down just to get it to fit on the blog here).

2) Facetime

I realize that video chat is already readily available via webcam and Skype, but by making this available on the phone and matching it up with phone calls, brings a whole new level of usability.  It’s something that even my four year old can easily understand, and it works amazingly well.  Even the audio quality over the speaker phone is crisp and clear.

3) New Design

Even though the flat back of the phone makes it feel thicker, it’s actually significantly thinner than the previous iPhones, and it fits in my pocket much more comfortably.

I do kind of wonder if the hard angles of the phone are going to wear into people’s jeans and leave marks kind of like dip or snuff cans do in people’s back pockets.

4) Battery Life

For me, the verdict is still out on the battery life.  Sometimes I think I’m getting just the same amount of life as my previous iPhone, but sometimes I think it’s much better.  Time will tell.

5) Speed

My old 3G was a turtle compared to this thing.

Overview

Apple has once again rolled new features into their new phone without compromising in usability.  From this one device I can call, email, text, check the web, run a ton of great apps, shoot video, take photos, and read books.  Batman never had it this good.

UPDATE 6/30/10:

Today, I took a look at the Places feature of the Photo App.  Amazing to see all of my photos taken on the phone located on a world map with links back to the photos.  Here’s a close up of what I’m talking about:

iPhone 4

I have to admit that I’m a little bit excited about iPhone 4 being released this Thursday.  From everything I’ve seen, it’s going to be an amazing phone.

There’s no doubt that it has a great set of features and awesome specs, but our hearts so easily forget that it’s just a phone.  Without even trying, we can be duped into thinking that this phone will quench some longing in our souls.

If that happens to describe you, and you happened to stumble across this post, I want to let you know that a greater joy is available.

One Year Later

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since we first launched our Internet Campus at Faith Promise Church. Since then, we’ve seen God work in a powerful way, and we’ve heard many stories of lives being impacted as a result. Although I haven’t included the numbers for the snow weekend where our church met only online (about 750 connections during peak times for each service), this graph does show the increase in people attending online over the past year.

This coming weekend we will have seven performances of Sacred Storm: Final Exam on our physical campus and six broadcasts online. I pray that over this weekend we will break new ground and see record numbers of people attend online and make important spiritual next step decisions.

A Stinkin’ Great Video

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been packing boxes, buying a house, moving, and now unpacking boxes.  We have a great new neighborhood, and we’re thrilled to be in our new house.

My lack of consistent sleep also seems to have caught up with me, and there were several days last week when I fell asleep at about 9 pm.  We’re also in the middle of getting ready for Sacred Storm, our big pre-Easter production at Faith Promise.

Because of all of this, I haven’t had much time to blog, but I did come across an crazy-amazing video that I just have to share here.  Seriously.  It’s great.

HT: Human3rror

Digital Magazine Awesomeness

I know that not everyone likes the thought of reading books or magazines in a digital format.  Even if you don’t, you have to admit that this looks pretty cool.

I personally have converted to doing about 90% of my off-computer reading on my Kindle iPhone app and YouVersion Bible.

What do you think?  Will this kind of interaction win over any of you who have been sitting on the fence when it comes to digital reading?