The Great Recession and Family Life

Here’s a very interesting article entitled, “What the Great Recession Has Done to Family Life.” The New York Times takes a fairly counterintuitive approach to the economic turmoil surrounding us at this time.

Comparing the “Great Recession” to the “Great Depression,” the Times points to the changes that occurred after the depression and what might come about as a result of this recession. Could it be that some “things” have to be taken away from us to truly see the value of family? Could it be that through the difficult economic times we are encountering, we could gain a new perspective regarding prosperity and materialism? Could it be that actually losing some of the things we depend on for our “happiness” will reveal to us the foolishness of our ways?

My prayer is that our nation, and specifically the people of God, will learn some serious spiritual lessons through these tough economic times. I pray that we will forsake the materialism that plagues and characterizes this age and we will cling to the gospel of Jesus Christ and its supreme sufficiency. In the words of David Platt, maybe this global financial crisis will serve as a wake up call for Christians to “take back our faith from the American Dream.”

Quote of the Day

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a quote of the day. It’s not that there haven’t been any clever or pithy comments by our kids, it’s just that there have been so many great quotes, it’s impossible to record them all. So, when a great one comes along, I am compelled to include it here. Here goes…

I’m changing Anna Kate’s NASTY dirty diaper (yes, I do that from time to time) and Jake is watching me.

As I’m changing this diaper, I ask Jake, “Hey buddy, do you want to help me wipe Anna Kate’s bottom?”

He says, “No thanks daddy, I like to wipe my own bottom.”


What’s On?

OK, I have to admit that I’m not a huge TV junkie. In fact, with a wife, three kids, a dog, a cat and a fish, I don’t have much time to remember that we have a TV. Oh yeah, I work a full week too (yes, pastors work more than Sunday and Wednesday).

There are, however, a couple of shows that Stephanie and I really enjoy. Our all-time favorite show is CBS’s “The Unit.” LOVE this show. It’s actually one of the only pro-military dramas I’ve seen on TV. But, I hear that “The Unit” is possibly biting the dust soon. That stinks.

So, what are your favorite TV shows? Is there anything on TV that’s worth watching these days?

Here’s a list of our favorites:
1. Anything sports
2. The Unit
3. Life
4. Lie to Me
5. That’s right, really only three shows

What Fun!

Stephanie and I took the kids to “Pump it Up” in Memphis for Family Night.  I’d have to say that’s the best seven bucks I’ve spent in a long time (it’s $7 per kid but Judd was free because he’s two and Anna Kate…well, you get it).  

The boys loved it!  I told Stephanie while we were there that it was the easiest time I’ve ever had watching the boys.  It’s also cheaper than a movie and they’re able to get their energy out; which is absolutely necessary for little boys!  And more than necessary for our boys!!!
I’m thinking about building a “Pump it Up” in my backyard here in Brighton.  Any takers?

Judd Turns Two!!!

It was a very eventful weekend around the Perdue house.  We had a birthday party Friday night, Dan, Jessica and Rabun came up on Saturday and Judd turned two on Sunday.  Judd’s party went great on Friday night, we’ve had a blast with my brother, sister-in-law and niece and Sunday was another great day at Crosspointe.  

Then, Sunday night, Judd came down with the vicious stomach virus.  He got sick while we were at church (sorry Jody and Stacy), and then again in my office, again on the way home and a few times again at home.  
I think he had a good birthday, but not a very good birthnight.  Poor kid…who wants to be sick on their birthday!!!

Here he is with his hand over his face.  Cute as he can be!