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How To Fall In Love: The Birth of a Patron

IMG_2241She came upon a balmy eve just a few days prior than when the doctors said she would. Just a day before the 4th of July fireworks illuminated the night skies across this mighty country. She looked purple at first, and covered in cheese, but after a while the Lord put breath into her little lungs and she became cute. And still is cute. And somewhere around there I also fell in love.

Our readership may have noted it’s been a bit quiet around this blog lately, and now you know why. Welcome to the world, little Emma Jean, all of 7 pounds and 2 ounces. You are brand new to us, yet in this short time you have already wiggled down into the tender most parts of our hearts, nuzzling the skin of our souls there, and now we are forever smitten for thee.  And I don’t think I am being biased either, when I say, you are the sweetest little package of cuteness mine eyes have ever seen. That’s right. And I’ve seen a full packer brisket once.

I guess when pit jockey has a baby he ought to cook something.  So I headed out to the pit and whipped up some chicken thighs, just because. Truth is, I couldn’t much keep my mind on the cooking for mine heart was back inside with this little one. But here are a few shots of the cook, even so. Just because.

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Nothing quite so fine as some fatty chicken thighs seasoned in Miners Mix. We usually just do the Poultry Perfection for our chicken, but this time decided to turn up the heat a little with some Wholly Chipotle, which if you’ve never had occasion yet is one of the finer hot rubs you will find on the market today. A lovely balance of flavor and heat, by the good folks at Miners Mix. A little goes a long ways too, unless you’re a devout pepper head. But I’m Swedish, and that’s all you probably need to know on that.

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Anyways, supper came off the grill without a hitch. Stuff we’ve done a thousand times. Spoils wrought from sheer muscle memory.  And in the golden slants of an evening sun, I plated it up with out much for way of fan fare or small talk, and sidled in through the back patio door for to feed the family.  The aromas of chicken hot off the grill wafted through the house as my eyes dropped gaze on to our new family member. Our new patron to the pit. Boy is she cute. She smiled and promptly fill her drawers in a long, gurgling sort of  fashion, which was at once arrested by a silent room. Classic. I smiled back. She could do no wrong.  A quaint stage of life where everything you do is somehow adorable. But then, I was in love, you see. And well, you know how it goes. 


Welcome to the family little Emma Jean. You are a beautiful gift straight from God. The bearer of much joy, much happiness, and much wonder. You melt our hearts with but a single glance, and turn any manliness I once had straight to goo. We love you. We will do our best to take care of you. To show you a few good things in this life, and someday, when you’re able to chew things, feed you some very acceptable BBQ. I think you’re going to like it here. In point of fact, it’s already a better place because you are. Amen.


21 responses

  1. Welcome to beautiful little Emma Jean. She is a true gift from God and I am so happy for you all, congratulations and warm wishes to the future grill master.

    July 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

    • Thank you kindly Susanne! She says hi to you!

      July 16, 2017 at 7:44 am

      • 👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽😘😘😘❤️❤️

        July 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

  2. Congratulations! There is nothing quite like the snuggles of a newborn baby girl. Ours is just now four months, and I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to start solid food with her.

    We eagerly anticipate the photos of Emma Jean’s first half-rack of ribs.

    July 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    • Haha, nice. Thanks Misha, very good to hear from you. And congrats back to you sounds like. That’s really cool.

      Half rack of ribs. You know it! That’s funny stuff.

      July 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

  3. Ah, ain’t nothin’ that compares. Our little deerslayer went straight away to solid food. None of that baby food for her! I can surely imagine your new little patroness having the same high standards with a dad who deals out the goods like you do. Congrats and enjoy every second!

    July 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

    • Ah, thank you Mrs Deerslayer. We are very much soaking in the perpetual cuteness right now. A real blessing to be sure. Hope she takes to proper food like yours, cause I’ve got a brisket with name on it!

      Thanks again. Blessings to you and the Deerslayer tribe!

      July 16, 2017 at 8:44 am

  4. Hauoli la hanau, Happy Birthday Emma Jean!

    July 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

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  6. God Bless you and your wife. What a gift a healthy child is. Between Mary and me we have eight children and now twenty four grandchildren. We just were on Skype with one of our sons and by Friday the grandchild count should get to 25. I do not know how anyone can look into a newborn’s face and not know that there is a God. Enjoy life with your new daughter! JandM

    July 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    • Thank you much, John and Mary. I totally agree with you. A newborn is a gift straight from God. I too find it very difficult to deny it when you hold one of these blessings in your arms. Wow. Just wow.

      Congrats on # 25. Wow again! Very cool my friend.

      Okay. Time to go change a diaper.

      July 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

  7. Warmest congratulations! What a darling child.

    July 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm

  8. Congratulations. As I write, I am on a road trip with my baby boy to visit potential colleges (he graduates high school next year). My baby girl is 21 and back home awaiting our return. Both are true lovers of the pit side. Our babies are precious things. Enjoy this one. I couldn’t be happier for you. Cheers!

    July 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    • Thanks Todd! We are definitely enjoying the little one. Every day seems intoxicating almost, if that’s the right word. Yup, quite the ride. Enjoy college hunting!

      July 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

  9. Well what do ya know!?!? Welcome Emma Jean! She’s beautiful and so is her name. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you!

    July 17, 2017 at 6:21 am

    • Thank you kindly, Miss Debbie! We think she’s beautiful too. I suspect it’s going to be a lot of fun having her for a room mate. Now if she’d just start pulling her weight around here! Then again, she weighs almost nothing, so it;s cool.

      Take care out there, and hey to Mr David!

      July 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

      • I’m sure she will be teething on rib bones, before you can blink…lol! 😉

        July 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

  10. Congratulations, and that’s a sweet, honoring post.

    August 14, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    • Thanks Brian. She’s a blessing indeed. Have a good one, brother!

      August 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

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