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Ezra Robert Light

In Life on June 18, 2013 at 11:45 am


Ezra was born on June 4th at 12:43 am. That little fact implies a story, but I will save that for Jodi to tell. I would just like to talk about his name.


We like Hebrew names. Our other sons are Asa Jacob, Judah David and Reuben James [James is a modern iteration of Jacob] So we were looking for another boy name from the bible. I have pushed for Abraham and Moses in the past. We also talked about Isaiah, Silas, Simon, and Titus. But Ezra kept sticking in our mind. Ezra was sent by King Cyrus of Persia back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. The post below also give a good description of Ezra.

One of our pastors posted this on my FaceBook wall.

Ezra means “God Helps.” I don’t know if this feeling will remain but from when we found out Jodi was expecting till now my thoughts have been drawn to our daughter Micah, whom we never got to meet. We did not plan his name with this in mind, but he has in some part embodied that message to us, God helps.


We had a difficult time deciding on a middle name. Each of the other boys middle names had been family names but also Biblical names. We didn’t have any other obvious choices in that category. We had been thinking of Robert, which is Jodi’s dad’s name. He passed away in 2006 and we felt like it would be fitting to remember him that way at this time. But we were not sure. When he was born he did not yet have a middle name. We were leaning toward Robert. Then a little after he was born my dad called. He asked if we had a middle name picked out. I indicated we had not decided. He said, “I’d like to throw one in, you might have already thought of it….I don’t know” In that moment I thought he was certainly going to say “Kenneth.” Kenneth is my middle name, my dad’s first name, my grandpa and great grandpa’s middle name. But then he said “what about Jodi’s dad’s name, Robert?” I know that Jodi really wanted to give him that name, I am very thankful to my dad for helping us make the final decision.

So that’s the story behind his name. We are so proud to have 4 boys. We know that God has blessed us beyond measure. We know that life is a gift and we give thanks for all we have.


Spicy Surprise

In Life on May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am





Have you ever eaten chunkyish salsa, that didn’t seem too spicy and you got lulled into eating careless heaping chips full of said salsa only to get a chunk of a super spicy pepper and get red-faced, gasping for a cool glass of milk? [ok that was a run on sentence but are you following me?] I feel that way about the bitter taste of mourning lately. I will get the sense of calm, like, everything is ok, normal even, then…bam a chunk of habañero.


Last night we were singing verse after verse of “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” Asa & Judah were coming up with different things to say. We did Asa & Judah, Mommy & Reuben, Daddy & Grandma, you & me brother, then Asa said “you & me sister.” At the end of the verse Jodi asked Asa who the sister was. I expected him to say “you” to her, but he said, “she’s dead, baby sister died.” I don’t know what to do with that.


Many days I imagine my sweet little girl playing and smiling, but those thoughts drift into a sort of dull sadness. Then some little thing will happen that is sharp. That cuts. I know “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

Even our “sister” Micah.

I know it.

I just don’t feel it.

Micah Light

In Life on March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

Monday morning Jodi had a regular Dr. appointment. I had been texting with her about how I wished I could be there to hear the heartbeat. [Who wouldn’t rather hear a little baby heartbeat instead of sitting in a cubical at work on a Monday.] Jodi agreed to record the heartbeat with her phone so I could listen to it later. A little time passed when she sent a text that they couldn’t hear the heartbeat with the monitor so they were going to do an ultrasound and that I should probably come home. Once I was driving I called and stayed on while she went in for the ultrasound. Hoping and praying that everything was ok. Then I heard Jodi softly say, “there’s no heartbeat.”
Since that moment our life has changed. The days have been doctors, hospital, funeral home, trying to rest, trying to figure out what to do.
Jodi’s sisters Margee & Melinda were able to come down right away. They were a huge help. Many of our friends have been a great support with offers of meals, child care, ect. We have felt loved.
We do not know yet if Micah was a boy or girl, we may never know. We do not know yet what went wrong, we may never really know that either. What we do know is our baby is in the care of our Lord. It makes us more aware that life is precious. That there are no guarantees. We have three amazing boys, who are full of life. We are thankful.

Kidney Bean

In Life on January 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

I don’t like beans. Green Beans, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, I’m not really a fan of Re-fried Beans either. But when I hear that in this picture, the baby is the size of a kidney bean and has a little heart that is beating away at 167 beats/min, I am amazed. All of that is still secondary to the fact that this is a picture of our baby. #4 will arrive around the middle of August. Just in time for big brother Asa to head off to Kindergarten. We are so excited.



Reuben is already preparing himself.

What I love: In order

In Life on December 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love,
My Wife,
My Family,
& Sleep.*
Sometimes at about 6:25AM between snooze #2 and 10 that order mixes around.

*note this is not an exhaustive list of all of the things I love. If you think you should appear on the list somewhere before sleep. Then you can assume that ONLY for the sake of brevity, your name was left off the list.

Watching those Chiefses play football.

In Life on August 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Last Friday we went to watch the Chiefs preseason game against the Rams. It was the first Chiefs game for our boys so as a dad I was excited for that. Our friends the Pruetts went also and tailgated with us. Kerry grilled up some awesome brats and Rochelle’s hot [warm, because the mini crock pot wouldn’t work via the car adapter] cheese dip was great also. We had been talking about it for a while and when we asked Asa who was playing he would say the Chiefses or those Chiefs guys. Crazy NFL math: 8 tickets on Stub Hub = $40 [we were in the second to last row] Two parking passes = $54. I’m just thinking it doesn’t make sense to charge more for parking than people can buy tickets for. Never the less we had great fun. Check out my facebook photo album. The captions tell the story.

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