Archives: Family Ties

  • Email Your Kids

    August 21, 2012

    Children mark the passing of time. I've never been as aware of the passing of time as I am now.

  • Nancy Jean Clum (1958 - 2010)

    February 9, 2010

    I had the privilege of calling this woman my mother-in-law. I know that phrase that often stirs up a lot of negative stereotypes, but if anyone could rescue the term, it was this remarkable woman. She was a woman of...

  • On Becoming A Father

    February 18, 2009

    I’m going to beg your indulgence for just a moment while I talk about my son. I’ve been meaning to write this since he was born; but as every parent alive can tell you, days turn to months and months...

  • The First Four Months

    December 31, 2008

    What a year 2008 was! Here’s my little celebration of the Gardner family’s most important event of 2008: HAPPY NEW YEAR!...

  • Ethan's First Surgery

    November 24, 2008

    Update: We’re home now, resting. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I’m posting a quick update via my blog since I’ve been severly limited in my ability to connect while here at Children’s Hospital of Philidelphia. I don’t...

  • Ethan Cam

    October 21, 2008

    As you can guess my journaling has taken a back seat to parenting; but that’s how it should be. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to capture little moment here and there in any medium I can. In that spirit,...

  • Parenting A Newborn 101

    September 8, 2008

    Jessica and I put together a brief list of things that we either didn’t know or didn’t realize about having a newborn baby. It’s not exhaustive (though we are exhausted) and it’s probably not even 100% correct, but hopefully...

  • Meet Ethan Gardner

    September 4, 2008

    Well, in case you missed the announcement, we had a son! Ethan Scott Gardner came into the world on Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:26pm weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds, three ounces! And now he’s almost two...

  • Birth Day

    August 22, 2008

    Well, this is it, today is the big day. It’s an odd thing to know precisely when your baby is going to be born. Not anything like I had anticipated, because you know. I mean, you deal with strange questions...

  • Ethan's Lair

    July 8, 2008

    A flythrough of Ethan’s new nursery with a surprise cameo by his mother: Six more weeks!...

  • Updates on Ethan

    July 1, 2008

    Thanks to everyone who had us in your thoughts and prayers yesterday as we met with the plastic surgeons at Children’s Hospital to discuss Ethan’s reconstructive surgery. Here’s a brief update; keep in mind, a lot of the surgery scheduling...

  • Bye-bye Inkblot. Hello Baby.*

    March 19, 2008

    Rorschach no more, we’ve got ourselves a real, live baby! The first ultrasound didn’t really affect me that much (Oh, that blob is mine? Neat-o.), but this one just about floored me (Its moving!!!). Our baby kept trying to...

  • That Dread Darkness

    February 8, 2008

    It’s a terrible thing when your body starts losing control of itself, when cells begin to multiply frantically and that thing growing inside you is not a new life, but the dread possibility of death. Suddenly, the things you...

  • The Ultimate Rorschach Test

    January 17, 2008

    It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. But there I was, straining at what would be, in any other context, considered television static. Dark, light and all the gray fuzz in between. Then, with a...

  • Birth: A Fate Worse Than Death

    January 5, 2008

    From today’s AP Wire, Clinton Criticizes Obama in NH Mailer: MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton criticizes rival Barack Obama’s record on abortion rights in a mailing sent to New Hampshire voters. The mailer says that seven times...

  • Whoa... Baby!

    January 4, 2008

    Well, those of you savvy enough to follow my Twitter notifications caught my premature notification last week that mysteriously vanished; but now I can officially say it out loud. We’re having a baby! He/she/it is due in August and...

  • The Boy & The Girl: The Abridged Edition

    November 29, 2007

    Speaking of birthdays… When Jessica and I got engaged, I wrote a rather lengthy, sentimental account of our story up to that point entitled The Boy & The Girl. Well, there’s nothing overly nostalgic about a 24th birthday or the...

  • Happy Birthday, Emma Ariel Gardner

    November 28, 2007

    Last night, my very first niece was born… 8lbs., 3oz. and 20”. Congratulations to Nathan, Jessica, Gabe and Caleb on the brand new addition to their family—and the very first Gardner baby girl! Emma Ariel Gardner, 11/27/07 Note: People have...

  • She's A Great Cook, It's Just...

    November 17, 2007

    My wife is a fantastic cook. In fact, her recipe website is getting almost as much traffic as my blog. And her food is to die for. What I find absolutely hilarious, though, is that the #1 keyword people are...

  • Tripping To Israel

    February 7, 2007

    At the risk of sounding nepotic, I wanted to highlight a worthy cause. My brother Nathan hopes to take a trip to Israel with the ACLJ to visit Israel and meet with government officials, military leaders and members of the...

  • Antigone

    October 21, 2006

    Brace yourself. Cute overload. We did the "not-quite-ready-to-have-kids" thing and got a cat from the local shelter. She's adorable. She has ADD. She is a high-energy nuzzler. She gallops and her legs are bowed like John Wayne's. We call her...

  • Blood Is Thicker

    February 22, 2006

    Please pray for my brother and his family. It's been a rough few months. My brother, currently in Bible college, just recently got a part time job after being out of work since September, but it doesn't provide insurance. Which...

  • Caleb Aaron Gardner

    January 17, 2006

    Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever appearing on earth, my new nephew, Caleb Aaron Gardner, weighing in at a whopping 9lbs, 4oz and coming into this world a bit later than we all expected!!! Congratulations Nathan and Jessica...

  • New Year's Adam

    January 6, 2006

    So for our New Year's party we invited a bunch of people over and had a roistering time, stuffing ourselves full of far too much food for December 31st. Hawking over Jess's shoulder during a hearty round of Taboo. I'll...

  • Happy Birthday, Dad!

    August 23, 2005

    Well, it's that time of year again, when dad gets older and we all celebrate. So what I thought I'd do this year was give him something that we all could enjoy, yet would challenge him to be better and...

  • Gabriel, Part 2?

    May 18, 2005

    Seems like nephews are the all the rage these days. My cell phone buzzed today with this text message from my brother Nathan: *WARNING: SPOILER INSIDE*...