Clap your hands

My Son just recently started to clap his hands. I know it is really not that exciting, but to me it is! He is nine months old and grows so fast is it unreal. He is young and still cannot do that much stuff.

Most days I take him by the hands and have him walk around the house holding my hands so he can practice walking. It is so cool to see him grow and learn new things. He even learns things that Allie and I don’t remember teaching him… like clapping. I asked her if she was teaching him it and she thought it was me. That is pretty funny to me but nonetheless he claps all the time now.

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I was thinking about the whole clapping idea.

Psalms 47:1 Come everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!

This is one of the verses in the Bible that talks about clapping. It makes me wonder, Why clapping?  Continue reading


Mr. Dad

Good night

There I was sitting down waiting for Alyssa to get ready. A decision had to be made. Not “The decision” like Lebron. It was an important one for me though. I had no plans, nothing to do, and nowhere to go. She was leaving for a “girly” party. You know the type right?… The kind that only women go to, because only women would ever want to go. Imagine this… Here is the invitation… Alright Men, Save the date because this friday we are going to get together and sit and shop in my living room.  Alright who is in!!! Yea that’s never going to go down. But the ladies love it so more power to them. So my dilemma had nothing to do with the party actually.

She said she was going to bring my son Julian with her. Sweet right? As I sat and thought about it, I knew that this would be an opportunity for me to prefer my wife and be a little less selfish… Continue reading

Who’s your Daddy…


Before Julian (my Son) was born all the fathers that I talked to told me that it would be the greatest experience of my life. I didn’t know what to think and to be honest I didn’t feel much of anything… Yet.
It was a freezing cold dreary morning. I got out of bed and went through my normal routine. I was unusually awake and although I knew that at any moment Alyssa could tell me “it’s time” I didn’t think much of it. I started my normal work routine and was listening to some songs on my phone through my radio. The song turned off and I thought it was strange but kept working. I then Heard the ringing of the company phone over the loud speaker…

Strange, I thought, who would call the shop this early. That’s when It clicked in my mind. “Its TIME you dummy”. Needless to say, the next 6 hours were a blurr and then He (Julian Arredondo… who needs a middle name, really) was here. It was the moment that we had waited for and it was finally here. Words cannot express the joy that I felt when I held him in my arms. I held back the tears just thinking about it all. Alyssa was amazing going through delivery (Thank You God for making me a man). We both sat back later and enjoyed our new and perfect blessing. That was a Good Friday… Continue reading

>Change of heart…


I can face the truth… babies are not my thing!!   I know that generally my posts are very very serious. It hasn’t always been that way, but life takes you to places you never intend to go on purpose. Point and case, my life. I look at it and always think that many people have been through much worse. It’s true, they have.  I mean come on, look at Job(you know from the Bible, the greatest book in the world). I am so thankful for what I have been through in life. Situations shape you and make you into the person you are and hope to be. I was working on a
pinewood derby car today and it’s a process for sure. Shave it here cut it there, sand it all up make it smooth. It was tedious work. The final project finally came out nice. It definitely was not anything like it started out as.
 I know that I am not the same person I was even 4 years ago. I have been shaved, shaped, and sanded(well I have to shave… the fire service makes me). I can now look back and see that large block of wood I was and areas that have changed. The biggest change I see recently is because of my son. That just sounds so great to say. Yep he is my son. If you know me you know as I have already said… babies are not my thing. But my son… he is definitely my joy.

 You don’t know what to expect when you are going to be a father. I didn’t know how I would react, what I would think. He came and I know I will never be the same again. Everyone told me that it would be great. Me being myself, just thought they were different from me. Not that I wouldn’t love my boy, I didn’t think that. I just had no idea. Now I can honestly say that I get it. It was the greatest thing to see him finally real and alive and the feeling is indescribable. Naturally I think he is the greatest baby ever… to be placed on the earth, haha. To be honest babies still aren’t my thing, (yep still being shaped) probably never will be. But My baby boy Julian… yep… he is my thing.