Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sudden Arrival

For a long time I have chased perfection in my work. I've long since concluded that it is an ever-receding horizon, a destination I am unlikely to ever reach. That's okay, the pleasure, and the challenge, is in the chase.

In an area outside of carpentry, however, I will say a certain kind of perfection has somehow, been attained:

Welcoming Ryden Asher Gerjoy-Hall to this world. He came out of mom like a bolt of lightning, and that is what his name means in Japanese: thunderbolt. From our arrival at the birth center to his delivery, only 15 minutes elapsed. Just three pushes and 'hello!'. Some things don't go quite as you expect. He's 4 days old at present.

My wife and I are looking forward to the journey together with the little wriggler. Currently at the phase where we try our best to read his mind, given the fairly limited communication tools currently on hand. Sleep is a little elusive at present, and I am working to develop my skills at burping him. Far from mastery at this stage....


  1. Congratulations! That's wonderful news and all the best to the three of you!

  2. Congratulations!

    I can see a chisel in Reyden's future :)

  3. To the three of you:...Well Done!

  4. Congratulations to both of you!

  5. Congratulations!

    / Anton, Sweden

  6. Chris,

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your wife!


  7. Chris,

    Welcome to the best and most stressful thing you will ever do.


  8. Congratulations to you and your wife.
    Welcome to the World to Ryden.

    The best hopes for many happy family memories created together.


  9. Congratulations, a wonderful journey is ahead! Beautiful


  10. Congratulations to you both!


  11. Nice Kid! Congratulations.

  12. CHRIS;
    Congrats!Nothing like life to give you life!What a beautiful child!

  13. As beautiful as your wood creations are, they will never be as wonderful as your son. Congratulations to you and your wife!

  14. ¡¡¡¡¡ Felicidades, para tu esposa y como nuevo papa ten mucha paciencia te felicito, la espera tuvo su recompensa !!!!!

  15. Congratulation to you and your wife.
    My daughter named Nina was born June 30, 2016 so too has four days.
    Enjoy your time with her .

  16. Beautifull, I wish you and your familly the best for the years to come.

  17. WoW, congratulations this is wonderful. Very happy for you Chris and family


  18. Wow! So many nice comments! Very much appreciated.

    Thanks to you all!!!


  19. Congratulations! I wish you all the best


  20. congratulations to you and your wife Chris.
    Enjoy every moment of it , they are 16 before you know it.

  21. Congratulations! It's so often said as to be trite, but really enjoy every moment you can. My sons are 18 and 23, but in my mind it feels just a few months since they were about the size of your son!

  22. At the moment, the most valuable thing in the world, besides my son, is uninterrupted sleep.

    Appreciate the comments!

  23. Sleep is overrated, you will adapt. Congratulations on this the most important build of all. You will have the opportunity to put all that you have learned into this project. Building a good citizen for this troubled planet is a big responsibility, and we certainly need some good people. I have great faith in you and wish you luck on your journey.


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