Daniel Renstrom Exposed

This just in... Daniel Renstrom loves Potpourri.

In case you do not regularly check all the newspapers in NC for news about Daniel Renstrom and his bright future, you may have missed this over the weekend.

In the section called "Family and Living" (or something similar) in the Charlotte Observer on Friday, Dec 19th, the latest news on the Doctor (Daniel's initials are D.R., thus the new nickname I just coined) came out. Yes, it is true indeed: every ornament tells a story. And one particular ornament tells the story of Daniel's love for Potpourri. Thanks goes to my mom for this find.

Readers of the Charlotte Observer were asked to submit pictures and a quick explanation of ornaments that told a story within their family. See the entry to the left by Susan Renstrom, the celebrated mother of the Doctor himself. Top row, second from the left.

Here is the original picture of Daniel's ornament, along with the text that is too small to read in the picture above.

Susan Renstrom, Charlotte
When our son Daniel was in kindergarten he came home from a school craft sale with a special "ornament" for our tree. It really wasn't an ornament at all but rather a potpourri holder for hanging in a closet. A bit large, to some it might also seem garrish, but to him it was beautiful. We hung it on our tree that year as he wished and have continued to do so for the twenty-five years since.

The media is going wild, and our people are following several spin-off stories from this breaking news...

- A Canadian teenager claims that if you listen to "Adore and Tremble" while wafting Potpourri in front of your face,
you will be able to accurately picture what Isaac Watts really looked like.

- Several theories are being put forward related to Potpourri
being the "Vaunted Pleasure" in Daniel's life that inspired the album with said title.

- Lastly, I am working seeing if any of Daniel's songs, while played backwards, contain the word Potpourri.

That said, evidently Potpourri lovers are great song writers. Check him out at his website and buy his albums. It would make a great late Christmas present.

Tis the Season

I needed to pick up a few groceries today...

Nothing big, just a few essentials.

So, being on top of my game, I decided to go to Super Wal-Mart since its cheaper.
In my thrifty and efficient mind, this adds up to a good idea.

Then I got there, and realized it was 3 days before Christmas and I was at a Super Wal-Mart.


Catching Up

Well, it's been a while.
Just a few pictures to let you know what we've been up to in the last few months.


Setting up the tent.

Starting the fire (these guys may or may not have spent quite a bit of time in this position).

Beautiful vistas.

Suz and Johanna on the edge of Hanging Rock.

I took this one. I call it "Pensive Josh".

State Fair

I was starting to feel a bit like a pumpkin at this point,
although the resemblance has become more and more uncanny over the last few months.

This one is for you dad.


Seth and Rebecca got married.

We were very happy for them.

Michelle, a longtime friend of mine, got married.

Suz and dad dancing the father daughter dance at the wedding.

Cousin Mollie and Tom had a wedding shower.

Josh officiated the rehearsal.


Mom Hinton had a birthday.

Suzanne made a gingerbread house (a fairly elaborate one at that).

We saw lots of family.

We ate lots of good food.

And had a great time.

In Between Times

Josh spent a good amount of time at the kitchen table working on papers.

While he was doing that I made some curtains.


Josh went to Virgina with his dad, my dad, his 2 grandfathers, and my grandfather to see some WWII memorials and museums.
All 3 grandfathers are veterans of WWII.


Motivated to Keep Reading Greek

These guys must have finished their degree already.
No way they would have this much time on their hands.

Just as an encouragement to learn the Biblical languages...


Not Entirely There

I have recently rediscovered my silly interest in taking pictures of ghosts.

Here is a sampling of my first discoveries over Christmas of 2004 at my parents' house in Charlotte:

So at the Fall Retreat with the College Ministry a couple weeks ago,
I spotted one who slipped in the back exit.

Here, camping this past weekend, Nick is watching his own ghost be eaten up by the flames.

This Nick-ghost is hard to spot. He is right in the middle.

Anyhow, with this resurgence of late, maybe I will be able to post some more ghost spottings soon.


Well, if you didn't know yet, we are having a girl.
We devoted a Saturday morning to celebration of discovering our child's gender.

We started out with a most delicious breakfast.

Bacon, egg, and cheese croissant-things were on the menu.

Then all of a sudden all the food was gone.

Our morning then took us to the Rose Garden, to frolic around amongst the colors.

That's my wife amidst the greens.

Then, what do ya know, the camera batteries died before we busted out the envelope which held the informative ultrasound picture.

But alas, it was a great day.
Later we crashed a wedding to celebrate further.



Anyone else watch all three presidential debates?

Here they are in a 2 minute video. Maybe we should have just watched one of them.


Violins, Michael Jackson, and Yes

I once heard of a band of 4 tuba players that covers Jimi Henrix songs.

This guy covers Yes and Michael Jackson with a fiddle.


Little Slow On These...

But here they are. These are from our last appointment in early September,
the one where you are supposed to be able to find out the gender of your child.
Baby Hinton instead took a laid back and modest attitude with his/her arms behind the head and umbilical cord between the legs.
We may be able to find out at the next appointment. We'll keep you posted.

But here they are. These are from our last appointment in early September, the one where you are supposed to be able to find out the gender of your child. Baby Hinton instead took a laid back and modest attitude with his/her arms behind the head and umbilical cord between the legs. We may be able to find out at the next appointment. We'll keep you posted.


Highlighting Friendship

My friend Ben asked me if I would blog about him.

So, here the stud is back in 2005.

Nothing but love and respect, bro.


They Got My Racquet

I have gotten into tennis lately. I can beat my wife most of the time.
Her being pregnant has helped even more.

While I haven't made the tour yet, I did get a new racquet for my birthday.

And it just so happens that 2 of the coolest tour players use this racquet.
They are also both former soccer players.
Let me introduce them to you.

Andy Murray
Born: May 15, 1987 in Scotland
Rank: 4
Fun fact: He has a bipartite patella, where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood.
News: Just lost to Federer in the US Open Finals
Racquet: Head Microgel Prestiege (the newer one - see below)

Gael Monfils

Born: September 1, 1986 in France
Rank: 27
Fun Fact: Sometimes called 'Sliderman' and is a big fan of the Detroit Pistons
News: After beating #7 Nalbandian, lost in 4th round in US Open to Mardy Fish on his birthday
Racquet: Head Microgel Prestiege (the older one, like I have - see below)


The Lake Trip

My dad's side of the family gets together at Lake Norman every year.

All the cousins.
This doesn't happen very often.

When your brain is being tested, its always good to have Mountain Dew and Syrup close by.

The S's.
Sarah and Samantha.

I am bigger than Aubrey.