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    Welcome to our blog! We're Team Nguyen - a Viet/French/Canadian/Polish hybrid transplant family from the Lone-Peach State. (You should see our extended family!) This is a place where we can journal about the various adventures God takes us on. Feel free to browse around, post comments and enjoy!


Jonah 2.0

Can it be?! Our little man is already two months old and that just seems incredible (for numerous reasons – most of which being he’s alive, undamaged and well). We’ve learned a lot in the past two months and we’ve already made a mistake or two eight. We’ve been deprived of quality sleep, peed on, thrown up on (which is not the same as spit up on… though that, too), screamed at and more. But above all, we’ve been challenged, blessed and ultimately have been given a deeper grasp of God’s love and grace. We’ve had two months with the sweetest baby boy in the world and, God willing, we’ll gladly learn and make mistakes for many, many more.:)

by Nam


Kellie Kano - Ohmyword…LOOK at that face! He’s the perfect mix of the two of you..and such a beautiful baby! Can’t wait to meet him in person..come visit soon, my friend! :)June 29, 2012 – 1:19 pm

Hannah - He is seriously beautiful Courtney and Nam. You both are incredible parents and he is one lucky boy to have you. I cannot wait to see you in action and meet the little man. He has a smile that will change the world.June 29, 2012 – 3:28 pm

Jenn - What a beautiful boy!June 29, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Stefanie Henry - Nam, these capture him perfectly! I love them!!June 29, 2012 – 6:17 pm

Nam - Thank you, everyone!! It’s always so nice to hear kind words about someone you’re over the moon about! Thank YOU, friends, for loving us well!June 29, 2012 – 8:10 pm

Bob - Nam! He is so cute! Can’t wait to hang out and cuddle that little guy!June 30, 2012 – 7:36 am

Phuong Nguyen - I can’t wait to come see him!!July 9, 2012 – 1:48 pm

Kate Riney - Holy crap! You and Courtney make a good baby. He is just too cute for words!July 18, 2012 – 6:14 pm

Technology: Love it or hate it?

So, technology. Bum bum BUMMM! Depending on your circles, it can be foreign, second nature or somewhere in the middle. Technology has the power to be confusing or enlightening, burdensome or freeing, life taking or, quite literally, life giving… all depending on your perspective. For me, I find myself in somewhat of a unique camp. It’s not foreign or second nature – rather, somewhere in the middle. I’m not of my parents’ generation who, at times, struggles with internet searches and scanning documents. However, I’m not of our most recent generation who knows nothing other than cloud computing, retina displays and the like.

I grew up with a constant wave of evolving technologies. My first computer experience was with IBM’s original PC. Green screens and DOS. We had a single rotary phone in the house. The family TV had an actual dial, giving meaning to phrases like, “Don’t turn that dial! We’ll be right back after these messages.” Then cordless phones, pagers, dial-up… the list goes on and on!

On one hand, technology enables us to dream bigger and do more. It actually frees our imagination to rethink what’s possible and what’s not. Quite often, it’s our dreams that shape our (future) reality. Sure, we miss the mark every now and then… but it sure is fun to imagine in the meantime!

That said, technology certainly has a negative side. In a world of conveniences, we open ourselves to the potential of relying too heavily on them. Quite frankly, we can get lazy. We’re quick to check a status on Twitter or Facebook, but slow to pick up the phone or make a trip. Heck, some of you readers keep up with me primarily through this blog instead of actually chatting with me! Authentic relationships and meaningful connections can suffer. We’re all guilty of it. Technology brings the world to our fingertips… but the world isn’t always light. There’s real darkness out there, too.

However, I’m (personally) a fan of it. With intentionality, you can avoid the pitfalls and really take away fruitful experiences from technology. We can leverage technology to maintain and even grow relationships that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. How else could you share the tears and joy of childbirth with family members four states away? Or allow my sister some face-to-face time with her nephew when she lives on the opposite side of the country? If you think about it, it’s pretty stinkin’ incredible what you can do nowadays.:)

What about you? Do you love it or hate it?

by Nam


Phuong Nguyen - I can’t decide. I love it because I get to see my nephews anytime I want — if they’re awake. But I can’t believe this photo made it to the blog! I just woke up that morning. =)June 21, 2012 – 3:43 pm

Nam - I love this photo! And I would never have guessed you just woke up… you just outted yourself! :)June 22, 2012 – 7:53 am

Where I’ve Been…

In case you’ve been suffering from blog withdrawals (believe me, I have), fear no more! We’re rockin’ and rollin’ once again. That said, a lot of life has happened in the last several weeks! Most notably, you know, this guy:

Meet Jonah. Destroyer of sleep. Melter of hearts.:)

by Nam


Phuong Nguyen - I LOVE the photos, Nam! Thanks so much for posting them. I can’t wait to come visit you guys and meet Jonah. He’s beautiful!May 15, 2012 – 10:20 am

Julia - he is perfection.. congratulations. :)May 15, 2012 – 12:39 pm

Nam - Thank you, thank you! Julia, we couldn’t agree more. He’s our little miracle! And come on, Phuong! We can’t wait for him to meet his aunt!May 15, 2012 – 2:19 pm

Kelly Cutts - Now I’m really dying to meet him! Heart officially melted. LOVE LOVE LOVE.May 15, 2012 – 3:15 pm

emily - SHUT UP. That is clearly the cutest baby ever. BAH! I wish we still lived in Atlanta! I can’t wait to hear about how well you guys love him and how stupid the jokes you teach him are. :)May 15, 2012 – 6:39 pm

Nam - He’s dying to meet YOU, Kelly! :) And Emily… what? You mean how awesome his wit and sense of humor will be?? We can’t wait for him to be influenced by his super hip role models, Josh and Emily!May 15, 2012 – 6:59 pm

Thanh-Hieu Dao - Nam, thank you so much for posting and sharing the photos. He’s so beautiful. I love you all.June 8, 2012 – 10:29 pm

Dos and Don’ts

Over the past several months, I’ve come to understand that people like to give advice to expectant parents… lots of advice. Feeding, diapering, naming, disciplining, how to approach labor and delivery, toys, clothing, books to read, books not to read, – the list goes on. On one hand, the sheer amount of opinions flying around can get a bit overwhelming. There’s so much we don’t know! It’s also confusing to navigate and process though opposing perspectives. On the other hand, we need all the help we can get! Not knowing anything about something is a pretty good motivator to get crackin’ and educate yourself. After all, people are just trying to help by sharing their thoughts on past experiences.

So where do we go from here? With just weeks until Courtney and I greet our firstborn, I’ve gathered some last-minute tips to help us (and all newbie parents) transition into the world of parenting. The best part? It’s simple, straight forward advice I’m pretty sure we can all agree on.

More tips, diagrams and hilarity can be found in the book, Safe Baby Handling Tips.:)

by Nam


Julia - These are hilarious, Nam.. :) I can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it is to be a parent.. I am so thrilled for this new journey for you and your sweet wife! You will both be amazing. Enjoy every second..March 16, 2012 – 11:20 am

Nam - Thank you, Julia! We are anxious, excited, eager… you name it! We’ve been looking forward to this for some time and couldn’t be happier!March 16, 2012 – 3:23 pm

Tiana - This is too funny!March 24, 2012 – 9:58 am

New Life…

I’ve always thought my life seems to lack many dull moments (which is mostly a good thing)… and as you may have seen here, that trend doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. I’ve wanted to write numerous posts about our preggo adventures over the months but always hesitated when I sat down to do so. As newbie parents-in-training, this is our first rodeo and I’ve found it a bit difficult to articulate thoughts and feelings that I’ve never had before.

I mean, seriously. How can I explain Courtney and me crying over the sight of a plastic stick? Or having my heart skip a beat over the static-y, jumbled sound of a rhythmic whooshing noise? Take this picture, for instance.

Ridiculous. From a textbook photography standpoint, these pictures ain’t that good. Yet I melt when I look at them. I’ve never even met this guy and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love him. How is that even possible? And while I’m asking questions – How does something even go from being microscopic, to the pea-sized nugget in the first picture and then to the human being in the second in a matter of weeks? The game is changing and while I may not be able to grasp it all… I do know this: I’m getting to take part in nothing short of a miracle.

If you’re relatively new to the blog and don’t know, this is Courtney – my smokin’ hot wife. Doesn’t she look incredible?? This woman deserves a “World’s Best Mom” coffee mug (sorry, mom) because little Jr. kept her sick all the way into her 7th month. That said, she’s feeling good now and we’re in the home stretch with anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks to go! All there’s left to do is refinish a dresser, organize the garage and attic from the mess of the reclaimed 2nd bedroom, read a couple books, pack a bag, buy a few more baby supplies… and, oh yeah, the actual labor and delivery! That’s all.

OK, so we’re still a little ways away from greeting our baby boy… but that day is going to be here sooner than we know it and we couldn’t be more excited. Bring on the diapers, spit-up covered clothing and bags under our eyes.:)

<Note>: The Childcraft books above are actually the very same ones I read when I was a child! You can find out more about Childcraft here. Also, the 2/3/4 image layout was not intentional. </Note>

by Nam


Katie - Congrats to you all, Nam! That’s very exciting!March 9, 2012 – 9:43 am

Mike Hall - tick tock tick tock… the big day is almost here! it is amazing, all the new & different feelings that come flooding in. every time i open the closet in the nursery, a new sense of awe comes over me… so far the fear hasn’t set in! ;-)March 9, 2012 – 9:47 am

Nam - Thanks, Katie! It Is! And Mike, absolutely… and you would know! I’m so stoked for you, Liana and your new adventure as well!March 9, 2012 – 11:18 am

Emily - Okay, so I have to say — Courtney is arguably the cutest pregnant lady I’ve ever seen. And I spend 20/24 hours next to a hospital full of pregnant ladies, so I should know. Also, I helped do some newborn peds checks on babies last week, and the interracial baby was by FAR the cutest. Just a little high five for ya’ll. :) Such great pictures. Let us know when we can buy you that 80$ baby toenail clipper off your registry you’ve been wanting!March 14, 2012 – 7:06 pm

Nam - Hahahaha… whatever, Emily! Whatever to the toenail clipper comment. NOT to Courtney being the cutest pregnant lady ever. :) And yay for interracial babies!March 14, 2012 – 9:11 pm