Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Movies that are nothing like they are advertised... in good and bad ways.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Part-time job ...donating blood plasma
Thursday, July 05, 2007
A late post about Father's Day
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Going 50 down the highway... in a wheelchair!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Trip to Boise
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Snap, Crackle, Pop in your ear!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Baby doll that goes tinkle
Monday, April 16, 2007
Extreme sport taken to the extreme
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sudoku at 8!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Protecting your children is not always good
There have been several instances recently where I have seen parents sheltering their children from the "evil world we live in" and I think it is to the detriment of these kids and to those in the world. Many, no I guess all of these instances stem from home school parents and their overzealous attempts to shelter their children from influences that can harm their children. I know there are several positives to home schooling and I agree with many of them, but in my opinion these positives are outweighed by the negatives. I'm sure hours could be spent arguing the negatives and positives, but I just want to focus in this post on one of the biggest negatives that has come to my attention recently. This negative is an overriding attitude by some home school moms especially that seems to point to an unwillingness to associate with "sinners" of this world. This attitude can be very dangerous in my opinion. Sounds an awful lot like the Pharisees in Jesus' time.
Such things like not wanting certain kids to come to the youth group because of the way they look and being afraid of their worldly influence. Aren't those some of the kids our youth should be trying to reach in order to share Christ? This has even affected our own church where these home school moms have made themselves into almost a club that looks down on others if they aren't home schooling their children like they are. And we wonder why our young adult Sunday School department hasn't grown. Not that this is the only problem or the only blame, but an obvious division has developed in our church. Many feel they are having a hard time feeling accepted if they aren't part of this exclusive home schooling club. It has even come to the point of an attitude of some of the home school mom's not wanting their kids to associate or play with public school kids out of a fear that they will somehow influence their kids in a negative way. Shouldn't the opposite be the case? Shouldn't our kids be light and salt to the world? I know our son has already taken several opportunities to share Jesus with kids at his public school and is a positive influence for the other kids in how to behave etc.
This negative attitude also comes across in how people respond to people in public. My wife is a great example of someone who shows friendliness and love to the public in her day to day activities. I think she is being a great example of Matthew 5:16. We have witnessed several instances where some of the home school moms we know respond to others in public with almost an attitude of discust.
I almost didn't post this worrying that I might offend, but you know maybe if you feel offended then it might be a good thing to at least be more aware or take a serious look at your own attitude. Also, I figured this is not very likely given the fact that hardly anybody reads this blog anymore. : )
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Give me a little honey and I'll feel all better
Thursday, February 22, 2007
FedEx mad at DHL
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
We'll be of no help
On another note, since tomorrow is Valentine's Day I thought I would share a little more related to this love-filled holiday. A guest pastor on Sunday told us what he and his wife do for Valentimes Day. I think I may use this in the future. He and his wife go to the store and each of them finds the biggest, most expensive, gushy card they can find that says everything they want to say to each other and then they walk over to the other and say "Happy Valentine's Day" and they read it and give each other a hug and a kiss ... and then put the cards back. Perfect. You take care of everything with out having to waste... er spend any money.
Did you notice above how I spelled "Valentimes"? My wife hates this after years of previously teaching grade schoolers who say this every year. It's even worse when adults have never learned the correct word and still say "Valentimes".
Anyway, here's my Valentimes wish to my lovely Valentine. I will love you always!!!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Music at a Memorial Service
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Outpouring of love
When we flew to Texas to be with the rest of my family, we saw more amazing examples of people's love esp. from my mom's church. She had people coming by in a constant stream. The whole week we were there we had meals provided for us or leftovers that fed us every meal. A few days these meals fed more than 20 family members. There were then many who sent flowers, sympathy cards, and memorial gifts. It was a wonderful testimony of the love of Jesus being shown. I think it also showed the number of people who were touched in some way by my father. There were hundreds of people who came for the funeral even with bad weather and bad road conditions. I'll post more about the memorial service later.
For us personally back at home, we were blessed again by ones who expressed sorrow even though they didn't know my dad. My dad was active in the Gideons and Mom had listed this organization best known for placing Bibles in hotels as one of the memorial requests for people to donate Bibles in memory of my dad. Several at our church did this for us too. Everyone has really been amazing and we really appreciate it.
Well... not quite "everyone". There were a couple of ladies who really had no sensitivity and were plain rude to my wife. We got back late on a Friday night from Texas. On Saturday, we slept in and then most of the day we were recovering and it was really a day when things were quiet and it really sank in for us so we were quite weepy that day. There was a big baby shower that my wife was supposed to go to and even help some with, but she really wasn't able to do that and her friends understood and helped. I didn't have time to prepare my Sunday school lesson to teach, and we didn't really feel like going to church on Sunday. Well, we went to church on Wednesday night and were still struggling with seeing people, not knowing what to say, and trying not to cry a few times. Then there were these two ladies that my wife walked up to that stunned her with their comments. One chastised my wife for being on the phone several times when she tried to call and the line was busy. And she wasn't calling to offer her condolences... no she was calling to brag about herself and something she had just accomplished. Then the other asks my wife when we got back. When she said on Friday, the lady proceeds to say "so why weren't you at the shower on Saturday, and then you didn't even come to church on Sunday????" My wife was taken aback so she didn't have a good comeback as this gal made her feel dumb and like she had to come up with an excuse. How insensitive is that? It is really no huge surprise from these two as they are generally always negative and they wear their true feelings on their sleeve and rudeness often spews out of their mouth and they are often very self-centered and often critical of others and very envious of others and ... well let's just say they are a great example of relying on the Holy Spirit's power to show them love.
Now that I go back and read this, I wish I had made a separate post for the negative because it may overshadow the positive. It really shouldn't. It has been really neat to experience God's love for us during our loss. It also has really convicted us that we need to be sensitive to others when they go through these times and to not hesitate but offer your sorrow and help. It really does mean a lot and we are Christians and know my dad had a relationship with Christ. I think it may be even more meaningful to show this love to those who may not know Christ and to show His love to them in their time of sorrow.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Duck in the fridge
Did you see this story this morning? It is on MSN here. How crazy is this? Not that a hunter shot a duck and put it in the refrigerator. Not that the duck lifted it's head and looked at the hunter's wife after supposedly being dead and in a refrigerator for 2 days. But what is crazy is that they took the duck to a vet who operated on the duck to repair the gunshot wound. And then to top that, the vet had to perform CPR on the duck when it stopped breathing. The duck is now recovering from the ordeal. This, a duck who was originally shot by a hunter who intended to eat it for dinner.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
We spent a week in Texas with my family as we celebrated his life, cried together, remembered him, and tried to take some necessary steps to face life without him. I’m so thankful that each of my immediate family members has Christ as our Lord and Savior and can trust in Him to comfort and guide us and that we have the assurance that Dad is now free of pain and with the Lord in Heaven. I’ll try to post some more about our experiences on our trip when I get the chance.
I love you and miss you Dad!
Friday, January 05, 2007
Boise State's Fiesta Bowl Win
A game to make me go hmmm!!!
Monday, December 18, 2006
How awesome and amazing is God’s love? We celebrate the most wonderful expression of His love at Christmas when we rejoice in remembering the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. With this glorious gift of His birth, we are also able to see the best, complete, perfect example of God's love through the life of Jesus and ultimately the supreme act of love in His death on the cross to forgive us our sins, to pay the price to redeem us, and in His resurrection conquering sin and death so that we could have life eternal.
Do you ever really think about how awesome and amazing God's love is, especially when you compare it to our human capacity to love. We had a very good study of this on Sunday looking at "the love chapter" I Corinthians 13. What a beautiful look at how we are nothing without love and everything we do is nothing if it is not done in love. Also what love is and what love is not and how love is eternal. In our human weakness, it is too often easy to display what love is not with our relationships with others. I thought the other day how many times we are selfish and don't care to even listen to others tell of their hurts or difficulties much less to care for them and show them love. How huge is God’s love!! He cares so much for us that He wants to hear our troubles and to help us through them and show His love to us. Multiply this by all those who have a relationship with Him and call on His name. Wow!!
He also wants us to show His love to others. He wants to use us as instruments to share His love. Are you willing to love others with God's love?
Have a wonderful, joyful, love-filled and very merry Christmas!!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Name that Carol
1. Ecstasy toward the orb.
2. Hey, miniscule urban area south of Jerusalem.
3. Removed in a bovine feeding trough.
4. The slight percussionist lad.
5. Quiescent nocturnal period.
6. The primary carol.
7. Embellish the corridors.
8. Approach, everyone who is steadfast.
9. I'm fantasizing concerning a blanched Yuletide.
10. What offspring abides thus.
I saw these in a recent men's devotional magazine. I'm sure glad the writers of these songs went with the words we are familiar with.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Additional comments on the pear ball dilemma
Speaking of Magpies, did you know that the word pie may be from magpie, shortened to pie. The explanation offered in favor or this is that the magpie collects a variety of things, and that it was an essential feature of early pies that they contained a variety of ingredients. Hmmm!
Speaking of pies, what kind of pie do you most enjoy at Thanksgiving? Do you have the traditional pumpkin pie? We usually have pumpkin and pecan. I think pecan pie is one of my favorites. I have decided that I definitely like pie more than cake, how about you?
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I wish you all a wonderful time with family and/or friends this week, and I hope you truly recognize that we should be thankful to the one and only true God for His love and blessings.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Palm trees in the Pacific NW?
Update from the cleanup of pear balls. It took me about 2 hours and 21 5-gallon bucketfulls to pick up all the pear balls that were in our lawn yesterday. My back and legs are sore. Now our trash container is half full of them. Glad the trash man comes tomorrow.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Pelted with little pear balls and garbage
Anyway, I thought of the second phrase when I thought about the results of the huge windstorm we had last night. We had a high winds with gusts I think up to 50-60 mph. We were awake for a few hours around 2 this morning because of the noise and because our little girl woke up scared by the wind noises. Our son slept through the whole thing.
When I left for work this morning, I surveyed the mess that I will have to clean up. There were tumbleweeds everywhere. Our neighbor's trash was strewn all down the street. Another neighbor's trampoline was lifted out of their backyard and landed near the entrance to our neighborhood and with the netting around the edge, it looked like a huge spider waiting for oncoming cars. But, the biggest mess was all the little pear balls that pelted our windows, garage, and house. The splats make our house look like it was used for a paintball tournament. Yes, there were thousands of little pear balls in our "ornamental" pear trees that were nearly all blown off this morning. I know there are thousands because I have picked up hundreds in the past few weeks that have already fallen off. What is up with our two pear trees that are supposed to be "ornamental" pears which means they aren't supposed to produce fruit right? Well ours and our next door neighbors trees do. And they create quite a huge mess. At least they are now all off at once and I should be able to clean them all up once and for all.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Are you ready for some football?
Monday, I got to leave work early to pick up my son from school. He didn't ride the bus home because he had chess club after school. This is amazing in itself as there are like 70 kids in his elementary school chess club that meets every other week. Anyway, on the way home I had the radio tuned to the ESPN sports talk station and they were talking about the Seattle Seahawks and the upcoming game. My son recognized the names Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander who are injured and wouldn't be playing. He couldn't remember what position Matt Hasselbeck played. I told him quarterback and he said something like "that's one of the most important players on the team right?" and "that's the guy who takes the ball and kicks it..." I tried to explain the position to him and he made another comment that indicated that he really didn't know much about the game. I decided at that point that he and I needed to sit down that night and watch Monday Night Football. He watched and was interested for a few plays, but then he lost interest and was tired and had to go to bed. So what age do most kids start to want to watch sports on TV? I have to admit, I hope that his interest in sports increases and I wouldn't mind his interest in chess club waning a bit over the years.