Joe’s Journal – November 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Astros Drop Game 6 of the World Series, Forcing Game 7 tomorrow

The Astros could’ve won the World Series tonight but they just couldn’t seal the deal. So now we’ll have to play a Game 7 tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

World Series Champions!!

Astros Win Game 7 of the World Series for their 1st Championship in 56 years!!

I’ve literally waited my whole life for this!

Oh man, I can hardly express how elated I am about the Astros. I wrote all about it in one of my recent posts: Astro-nomic Joy!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Worst Mass Shooting in Texas History

More than two dozen churchgoers were killed today at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter was 26 year-old Devin Kelley, a white male who had formerly been in the Air Force. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in 2014, which means it was illegal for him to own a firearm. A local resident with a rifle shot at Kelley, interrupting his rampage. Kelley then fled in his vehicle. The citizen who exchanged gunfire with Kelley then got in the truck of Johnnie Langendorff who was driving by. Together they chased Kelley in Langendorff’s truck, reaching 95 mph at one point. Kelley then went off the road and the cops showed up. Here’s an interview with Langendorff:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Abram!!

It’s hard to believe the Astros’ World Series Championship is not the most significant event of my life this month. Don’t get me wrong…I’m super excited about the Astros. But as for me and my family, we’re even more excited about the newest addition to our family. Our first-born son, Abram Joseph Gonzales, was born on Friday night, November 10th at 10:10pm in Miami. I wrote all about it in my latest post, My Boy, Abram.

He had to spend the first 10 days of his life in the NICU of the hospital. It was suspected that he was fighting some sort of infection. His white blood cell count and other results from his blood test indicated that he was fighting something. So they put him on a 10-day regimen of antibiotics, which we definitely didn’t want to do. But after our pediatrician agreed that we should do it, we finally approved it.

The 10 days in the hospital turned out to be a mixed blessing. We got to learn so much from the nurses and doctors during our visits. Also, Aniela was able to recover and take care of herself at home without having to worry about the baby.

We just brought him home this afternoon from the hospital. We know everything’s about to be turned upside down and that we have a lot to learn. We’ll have some sleepless nights and tired bodies. But we’re very thankful for this little blessing.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Baylor Football Finishes 1-11 in 2017

1-11 certainly isn’t the record that I was expecting and hoping for from the Baylor Bears, but it is what it is. They’re loaded with talent, but relying heavily on freshmen and sophomores who don’t have enough big-game experience to compete with good teams. The only team they beat was Kansas. The dismal record makes them look like the Baylor of ’96 to 09′. The Bears went 43-117 during that stretch.

But once again, I’m just pleased there’s a different culture on the team now and an strong emphasis on character. I’m nowhere near the campus and I don’t know anyone on the campus. But the impression I get of this team is that they’ve cleaned up their act. I’m sure the athletic department will come down hard on any athlete who is dumb enough to commit a crime. I hope every one of them knows there will be no leniency for that nonsense.

Hopefully the Bears can put together a solid recruiting class and a productive off-season. The future is bright with this team.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Our First 4 Days with Abram

It’s been a joyous pleasure to have Abram here at home with us over the last 4 days. The timing of the Thanksgiving holiday really worked out well for us. We brought him home on Tuesday and I’ve been here at home ever since. Aniela and I are learning fast. We’re getting better and better at the feeding, the cleaning, changing diapers and every other task that a baby requires. We’ve even managed to get enough sleep. It’s at different times of the day instead of 7-8 hours at night, but our new flexible schedule is working for us.

Ok I’m just gonna say it: We’ve got the most adorable baby in the history of babies. Every movement and every utterance of this little boy leaves us staring at him with weepy adoration. Even his loud cries are cute. No matter how tightly we swaddle him up, he manages to get one or both of his arms out of it. And then he keeps them raised high in a pose of victorious celebration.

He doesn’t look like a 15-day-old baby, which is mainly due to his full head of hair. But in addition to that, he’s got long arms and legs…and they’re super strong! And his grip is incredible. I’ll be going back to work on Monday, which leaves Aniela with the tough task of caring for Abram all alone for 11 hours. On top of all that, she must also continue caring for herself, allowing her wounds to heal.

The good news, however, is that reinforcement are on the way. My folks are flying into town on Tuesday to meet their first ever grandchild. I know they’re super excited to meet him. And hopefully they can relieve Aniela from some of the baby burdens.

I’m working on a new post which explains the thoughts and prayers which led us to name our boy Abram. I’ll be posting that soon. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Posted Arriving to “Abram” today, the story of how we decided to name our son. Picking a name for our boy was a lot more difficult than I expected it to be. We had several names we liked for a girl. But no particular male name stood out to us as the right name for our boy. Ultimately, we went with Abram for the reasons explained in the post.

Well, today’s entry is my last post of this milestone month in my life. I’m super excited and grateful for the Astros’ World Series championship. But the safe arrival of our son is far and away the biggest blessing of them all. There are some delicate decisions I need to make in December. I have an ambitious plan for 2018 but it must be executed carefully. The timing of it all will be very important. But I’ll just take it day at a time. Thanks for reading my journal 🙂

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