Thursday, December 28, 2006
After saying our goodbyes to them, we headed to Rogers for 48 hours with my in-laws, the Battens. Heidi’s brother, Dan, was in town from law school in Spokane, WA, so got some quality time with him and his fiancé, Ellen. Lyn made us some great food and I enjoyed watching football with Don. I am blessed to enjoy spending time with my in-laws.
In other news, the Broncos got an early Christmas present when the Bengals missed the extra point to tie the game at the end. I guess it is better to be lucky than good. The Broncos indeed got lucky. They must be living right. Everyone who follows football knows that the Bengals are not.
I still love Heidi more than I love football.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The Broncos finally won a game on Sunday. They put a butt kicking on the Arizona Cardinals. With that win and losses by the Bengals and Jaguars, the Broncos are back in the playoff mix. If the Broncos can win the next two games, both in Denver, they are in the playoffs. In related news, I failed to make the playoffs in all four fantasy football leagues.
I have been to the Mall of America three times since Thanksgiving. What a crazy place. MOA is great for people watching and walking around, terrible for anything else. The sheer volume of people is astounding.
My Sweet Baboo will be on a silent prayer retreat the next two nights. That means I will be back to living the Bachelor life for 48 hours. She made me a pan of lasagna so I do not either starve to death or spend all my money at Wendy’s. I will miss my sweetie while she is there, but I am glad she gets this experience.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I have been thinking about this since two of my good friends have become first time fathers recently. Noah Orton Schurr was born to Matt and Denise last month and Glorie Claire Herder was born to Peter and Elizabeth last week. (Props go to Denise and Elizabeth for doing the hard part.) I am comforted to know that these children will grow up with fathers who will love them and nurture them. These children are in good hands.
My father (and mother, too) was there for me while I was growing up and I am grateful. God made the family to rely on both parents and we can see what happens when that system is broken down. Kudos to fathers!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Broncos have gone from one of the elite teams in the NFL to a middle of the road team that is weak in all phases of the game. To make the playoffs, the Broncos have to win all three remaining games. They’ll have to play better than they did on Sunday.
Our support raising is going well, as far as we know. We are grateful for the support we have received thus far. We are kept pretty busy with appointments, but it is fun.
I am confident that I found a Christmas gift for Heidi that she will love. I accidentally found out what she was getting me but I am excited about it. It was a good choice. I sure do love my sweet baboo!
Monday, November 27, 2006
- Thanksgiving was family time. Amy came up with Christi and Tim (or TJ as he is known to the family, but no one else) and we all hung out with Sally, Kent, Chase, and Carver. Tim’s fiancé, Amanda, also joined us. We had a great time. The last night we all just hung out and ate pizza and talked and it was really nice. Chase drew and colored pictures for everyone that Sally put in frames. Pretty amazing that he came up with the idea and put it together by himself. Carver amused us by just being one of the cutest kids I have ever seen in my life. (He gets it from the Chase side of the family.) Heidi and I got to spend a little time with Amanda and we both agreed that Tim should thank God every day of his life that he gets to marry her. Christi gave us some thoughtful t-shirts that Heidi and I have already worn. We also saw Kent’s family on Thanksgiving Day. It is always nice to see them.
- On Sunday we ate lots of food at Heidi’s parent’s house. Time always flies when we hang out with them. I am blessed to have such great in-laws. I enjoyed watching football with Don and getting to all pray together. As usual, the food was fantastic.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Many of life’s disappointments are caused by unmet expectations. I expected the best defense in the NFL to keep a 17 point lead at home; therefore, when they folded like a cheap suit, my expectations were unmet. To hope in something is to risk that it will not happen. The more hope you have, the more risk there is, and therefore, the most disappointment when things do not work out. On the other hand, when you risk big and things to do work out, it feels awesome.
In football, my hopes are often dashed. Most often it comes in the form of a Plummer interception. In life, my hope is in something better. I do not always see my expectations met, but my hope in God does not depend on that. There are struggles, but I know that God is good. I am reminded of the words of the great hymn:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
- Bethel University, my alma mater, did pretty well in Cross Country this year. The men finished 10th at the Regional meet, with their top guy making nationals. That is way better than when I was on the team. Bethel’s football team beat St. John’s in Collegeville for the first time ever. They won the MIAC and earned a trip to the NCAA DIII tournament. Couldn’t happen to a nicer coach.
- As far as we can tell, the support raising process is going well. This keeps us busy, but it is fun to see people.
- Thanksgiving is coming and that means food, family, and football. Life is good.
- Heidi looked extra cute when I left for work this morning. She always does, though, so it was no surprise.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
This is our awesome training group! We had a fabulous time getting to know these guys and they are both headed to do campus ministry with the Navs, one on each coast. So much fun to hang out with them, they were a treat to get to get to know!
Here is a picture of us doing a little song and dance about fundraising that Mike and Joanna wrote. I actually volunteered Tim and I to help them out....me? What? I know. I don't know what I was thinking. But we sure got a lot of laughs!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
- On Monday, when I went running after work, it was 65 degrees. I ran in shorts and a tank top. On Tuesday, when I went running after work, it was 30 degrees and windy. I ran in long pants, a sweatshirt, hat, and gloves. Such is life in Minnesota.
- Heidi and I watched the Benchwarmers a couple weeks ago. I meant to review it but never got around to it. The movie had a great setup, a couple funny scenes, and some funny actors, but never quite put it together. Kudos for the anti-bully message, but overall it was nothing special.
-The costume party for the young adults group (Lost & Found) from church was fun. Heidi was a pregnant prom queen (perhaps inappropriate, but funny!) and I was a nerd. (Insert your own joke about how it must not have been too hard for me to pull it off.) There were some creative and funny costumes and a good time was had by all.
-I sure do love my sweet baboo. She’s pretty.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
One goes out to Kari and Danita - great house ladies! We had an awesome time at your open house and it was great to see some old friends.
Second one goes out to our ninja friend Laura L. - you know who you are. Mom keeps me posted on you, thanks for reading our blog and for your prayers!
Third one goes out Am. Just b/c you rock and I miss you. Post another entry girl, we want to know how you're doing!
Friday, October 27, 2006
These are laws of life that most men inherently know. If these laws are broken, awkwardness always follows.
- When two or more men go to a movie there must be a buffer seat in between them. The only exception is when the theater is packed or at least one woman is present. (The woman then needs to sit between the men.)
- When watching football on TV, a man must cheer for the team for which his friend is cheering. (This is especially important when the friend is hosting the game. You do not want to run the risk of never being invited back because you cheered against his team when they were losing badly.) The exception is when his team is playing your team or if his team is a division rival to your team.
- If a man enters an empty restroom and there are three urinals, it is never okay to use the middle one. One of the two side urinals must be used, but not the short one. If a man is already at the middle one, the man entering the bathroom must use the stall. If the stall is in use, the man must pretend to use the mirror until the urinal is free. Only when the bathroom is busy is it okay to use a urinal that is next to an occupied one.
- It is perfectly normal for two men to play an hour long round of disc golf and talk only about that round of disc golf the entire time.
Feel free to leave comments on these Man Laws or let me know if I have missed any.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Flags of our Fathers, a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood, seemed like a can’t-miss to me. The American invasion of Iwo Jima and the famous picture of six marines raising a flag after taking the mountain is a fascinating story. (I have that picture on my wall.) The main problems I have with this movie are that the characters were not totally fleshed out, the story felt incomplete, and the directing seemed choppy. I had a hard time truly feeling for the characters, which is odd since Eastwood’s Mystic River did such a good job of fleshing out those characters. Aside from the main three Marines, the other characters were not developed at all, which is essential for this type of film. When a soldier was killed in battle, I had made no connection with that character and thus the emotional impact was lessened. Next, the scenes depicting the fight for the island (especially the scenes with the ship and aircraft bombardments) were great, but we never understood the full picture of what was happening. We saw the start of the battle and a few glimpses as the battle continued, but we never found out what happened later. Finally, the directing was hit and miss. The constant flashbacks were distracting and made it hard to follow the story. Also, there were scenes where the son of one of the Marines was interviewing survivors, but we never knew who they were and if we had seen them earlier. In all, the whole film felt like an unfinished story.
To be fair, I must say that the acting was solid and the film looked great. Also, Eastwood is making a follow up film to this movie called Letters from Iwo Jima, which is from the Japanese perspective. Perhaps that film will fill in some of the holes that Flags of our Fathers left. Overall, this is not a bad film, but I expected it to be much better. I guess I have a high standard for WWII films.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
-Last night’s episode of Lost was interesting. Poor Locke is not a good judge of people. I did like the way that he was taking charge of his mistakes and making things right.
-The much loved Denver Broncos need to find their Offense soon. The Defense cannot win every game for them. Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns should provide an opportunity to get on track. It would be fun to see Plummer connect on some throws this time. (I won’t get to see it, so he’ll probably have the game of his life.)
-That awful stench is not just the Oakland Raiders, but also my fantasy football teams. I am either dead last or next to last in 3 leagues. The only league I am doing well in is the one nobody cares about. I guess you cannot always get by on your looks.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
For about two weeks, I was almost completely pain free!! No major headaches!!! Praise the Lord, it was a tremendous experience to have no pain for so long.
Prayer request: As of Monday, these headaches have returned with a vengeance. I am a little discouraged, but doing ok overall. Just in a lot of pain. Please pray for me! I have faith for healing and I know this victory is the Lord's.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Broncos pulled out a win last night in a closely contested defensive battle on Monday Night Football. The offense needs work, but the defense is amazing. Plummer should get back on track next Sunday against the hapless Raider defense. Few things bring joy to my heart like seeing the Broncos give a beat down to the Raiders. Sunday should be fun.
The prayer time for Patrick on Sunday night was good. I feel like something amazing is on the verge of happening. God likes to blow our minds.
Tomorrow marks the three year anniversary of the blind date where Heidi and I met. Best three years of my life. Chris, I owe you big time.
Friday, October 06, 2006
- Our fundraising process is off to a good start. We have a couple more meetings this weekend. It is a good excuse to get together with friends.
- Patrick Showers is my hero. Sunday will be one year since his accident. He has shown tremendous grace and strength in this process. Few people would handle something like this as well as he has.
- I pulled out my old Guardian “Fire and Love” CD the other day. What a great disc. Old school heavy metal rules.
- We got to hang out some more Mission: Moving Mountain missionaries this week. The Ketchums were at our house on Monday night and we met Andy Emmert (spell?) for Chipotle last night. Both of us always comment on how cool everyone from MMM is every time we meet someone new. All the missionaries to Senegal that we have met are amazing people.
after hiking around a bit we had a great dinner in Golden. It was really great to see them.
thanks for making the drive you guys!!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
We are now in the process of inviting people to partner with us financially in our quest to get to Africa. The Navigators fundraising training was helpful and we have our first supporting church and a handful of individuals. We are excited and feel blessed already.
On Sunday I ran the Twin Cities Marathon. It was my fifth marathon and by far the hardest. The weather was unseasonably warm and I had dry heaves at mile 15 and cramped up around mile 19. The last 7 miles were awful. In all my years of running I have never had a side cramp like that. My time was around 4 hours and 4 minutes. I was disappointed, but still glad I did it. Heidi and The Candace cruised around and cheered for Eric Unger (who finished around 3 hours 38 minutes) and me. Heidi’s parents also came for the finish, which was great. I was very, very glad when it was over. It will be a while before I do another one.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Trip update: so far so good. We have had a wonderful time visiting with friends that we haven't seen in a long time. I will post some pics when we get home, but we saw the Irby's on Sat, which was lovely and lots of fun and last night we had dinner with a bunch of Tim's friends from high school which was also really fun. Tonight we will be wined and dined (minus the wine) by the Rectors who always feed us way too much amazing food! But we're not complaining! We even skipped lunch to have more room for their incredible cooking! (Just kidding, we ate lunch)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I would also like to add that we took another bike ride tonight and I managed NOT to run into a pole. I'm growing.
Colorado here we come!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
On a sad note, one of my all-time favorite Broncos, Dwayne Carswell, got cut by the team last week. Carswell was an undrafted tight end turned offensive lineman from Liberty University. He was trying to return to form after being critically injured in a car accident on the way to practice last season. (The accident was not his fault.) I am still holding on to hope that somehow the team will bring him back for another season or two. He is a good player, but a better person. I will miss seeing him on the field.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I have a few scrapes and I'm limping around due to a swollen ankle, but other than that all that is truly damaged in my pride.
Can you imagine? A grown woman looking at silly sprinklers runs into a pole on her bike. Ridiculous!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Heidi and I did different things. I went to my annual Fantasy Football draft with the 8 Christian Guys league. This league has been in place for a long time and the drafts are always enjoyable. This year was no exception. We actually had two drafts and I think I did okay in the first and better in the second. Right before the draft, I lost to Brian in disc golf by one stroke at the White Bear course. Heidi went to the MN State Fair with people from church. She had a good time. Our church has some quality people.
It was a long day for both of us. Heidi was at work from 5 am to 1:30 pm. Right after she left for work, I went for a 20 mile run with Eric. Candace rode along with us carrying our supplies, which was a huge blessing to us. The day was beautiful with temps in the low 60’s. The run went well, but we were happy when it was over. Candace continued to bless us by whipping up some scrambled eggs, which tasted amazing. Then Eric and I left with Robbie and Michael to play some disc golf. We met up with Chris, Dan, and a friend of his at Kaposia Park. As usual, the course kicked our tails. Dan did well, Robbie and I did better than last time, but the others did not fare so well. We then proceeded on to North Valley Park for round 2. Dan and his friend needed to leave early and we struggled trying to find each hole as we went through the course. At the end, Chris came on strong, Robbie did well, Eric didn’t finish the last few holes as he searched for his lost disc in the water, and Michael and I fell apart. My legs were so tired from running that I had trouble with my drives. Heidi and I ended up getting home within a few minutes of each other and heading out again for a cookout for our friend, Yvonne. We got to enjoy some good food, some interesting people, and a beautiful day. After that we pretty much just came home and flopped right into bed. I have not been that tired in a long time.
We enjoyed a typical solid service at Bethel Christian Fellowship. Pastor Harrison filled in for Pastor Jim and preached with zeal. Heidi had to work in the afternoon and I mostly hung out there reading and drinking coffee. It was nice for me to not need to be anywhere. After our run to Super Target, we ended our evening with a little TV. It was a good weekend.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Greetings Friends and Family!
We pray that your summer has been a great time of connecting with loved ones and enjoying God’s creation. We just wanted to send out a little update to catch you up on how we’re doing with the process of going out as missionaries with Mission: Moving Mountains (MMM).
As most of you know, we were accepted to go to West Africa as full-time missionaries with MMM (www.movingmountains.org). Since then we’ve plunged into an intensive schedule of training and preparation; in addition to daily life of course! Tim is still working at the National Marrow Donor Program and Heidi at Starbucks Coffee.
So far our training and preparation has included lots of reading and study guides (everything from marriage to agriculture!), participating in a rigorous mentorship program called Sonship, sponsored by World Harvest Mission, meeting regularly with MMM staff and with our spiritual mentors.
Next month we will make the trek out to Colorado Springs for a seminar on support raising that’s being taught by The Navigators. We will be out there from September 16th -30th and would love to see those of you who live in the area! It is our goal to be in the full swing of raising support by October/November. Once we enter into that phase, we hope to be able to leave for Africa within the year – very exciting!! There is a lot that needs to be done before that, but we are filled with great anticipation.
We are still getting plugged into our church, Bethel Christian Fellowship (www.bcfnations.org), where we’ve been attending for the past year. Tim leads a monthly missions/prayer event for the young people and Heidi is involved with the prayer/counseling ministry. Recently, we took on a new leadership role working with the young adults and we are very excited about the possibilities of this and look forward to ministering together as a team.
We want to encourage you to check out our web-log at www.chaseus.blogspot.com for updates on how we’re doing, pictures, prayer requests, and to see and where we’re at in this process of preparation. We covet your prayers and want to reciprocate, so please let us know how we can be praying for you!
o That we would be diligent in this process of training and preparation
o For continued faith for Heidi’s full physical recovery
o Our focus would be entirely on God as we prepare to shift our lives overseas
As a further update on my physical health, this past week has been pretty hard and I'm in a lot of pain. Though the headaches persist I am persevering and looking forward with great anticipation to a complete healing. God is able! We still greatly desire your prayers and intercession and really appreciate those of you are praying.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Nice job kids, just keep on paddling. These people were NOT from our group.
Some "seasoned" canoeists.
Noonie! The trip mascot, aka Nudie or my personal fave, Butchy.
Hanging out by the fire pit.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
The people that came were Heidi and I, Matt and Sierra Hegstrom, Michael and Emily Sparling, Gretchen Chamberlain, Angela (Gretchen’s friend), Nick Culp (who just moved to MN and attended BCF once), Matthew Carlquist, Tiffany, and Marlyse. What a fun group of people.
Heidi and I are excited to take a more active role with the young adults at our church. We will have a kick-off after church on September 10. Tell your friends! The group is for both married and single people in their 20s and 30s.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
I am excited for the camping trip with the young adult group from church. There is a great group of people coming and I know we are going to have fun.
My marathon training has been going fairly well. The unusually hot temperatures have been messing up my runs. Last weekend I started a 13 mile run at 5 am and it was already 86 degrees. I do not run well in heat and my training is suffering a little, but I am confident that I’ll be ready on October 1.
We have not blogged about Africa prep in a while, but it is coming along just fine. There is so much to do and we are feeling a little overwhelmed, but we know that it will be worth it once we are there. Kim and Paul McVety have been fantastic in helping us with the process.
I love Heidi.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
The second round of the day provided some drama. Dan continued his dominating play, Grant and Michael continued to learn the game, and Robbie and I had a neck and neck race to the end. When we reached the final hole, he was one stroke ahead of me. My drive was nearly perfect and left me with a long, but makeable, birdie putt. Robbie’s approach shot hit a bush, leaving me with a golden opportunity. My putt barely missed, leaving me with an easy putt to tie Robbie. I tossed my putter, it hit the chains, and bounced back out. It was a horrible sight to see my disc laying on the grass while Robbie danced in victory. Oh, the pain!
Please let me know if you want to join us for the next disc golf adventure in August. The date is still to be determined.
Friday, July 21, 2006
I don't know what Tim and I expected, but the more M:MM missionaries we meet, the more impressed we are with this agency. Everyone is so normal and down to earth, easy to talk with and very cool. Though I think our hearts are still hoping for a placement with the northern Senegalese team, working with the Wolof people, we are excited to get to know the southern team as well. Everyone is just so cool, we want to work with all of them!!
It was also encouraging to hear conversation about the work in Senegal. It's easy to get bogged down with all the training we are in the midst of and to lose sight of what we're training for. Casting the vision is important. We want to be intentional about starting to think according to the African style of life.
It was a great evening with great food and great friends. We love M:MM!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sweet scenes: Jack Sparrow’s entrance
Jack’s payment to the fortune teller
The fight on the island at the end
Any scene with the 2 pirates from the first movie
Great line: Tia Dalma: I require payment.
Jack Sparrow: Look.
[shoots the monkey]
Jack Sparrow: An undead monkey! Top that!
Tia Dalma: The payment is fair...
Turd in the punchbowl: Having to wait almost a year for part 3
Thursday, July 13, 2006
As Tim blogged already, the BBQ was great, a lovely mix of new friends and old friends. Very fun times and we got to break in our new grill, which is pretty sweet.
Here's a little shout-out for Amberly who just returned for a "summer furlough" from her ministry in Osaka, Japan. She's been there 2 years and is going back for another. Can't WAIT to see you sister!! Lot's to catch up on.
For any of you out near the CO area, we have to be in Colorado Springs from September 17-25 for orientation to Navigators (MMM is merging with Navs) and a support raising training. If anyone would care to meet us for a little vaca that would be stellar! We are planning to take about 2 weeks off of work plus weekends to be out there, so mark your calendars. Hoping to do a little camping in the mountains either before or after. This announcement is especially for the Rectors, Irbys, Herders, and possibly the Manarys. We miss you guys!!
Monday, July 10, 2006
We rented two movies from the RedBox in the past week. The first, Firewall, starring Harrison Ford, was a rip-off of The Fugitive and a complete waste of time. The script was lame and Ford is getting too old for these kinds of movies. The second, Glory Road, was kind of like Remember the Titans, only with college basketball. It is an interesting story, told in a family friendly way. Both Heidi and I would recommend it. If you rent it, be sure to watch the bonus documentaries. They are short and include interviews with the actual players and coaches.
Heidi and I met up with her family for a cookout at Lake Nokomis on Sunday afternoon. Her parents found a quiet spot with some picnic tables and we had an enjoyable time. We finished the afternoon by walking around the lake. It was a beautiful day, too.
I applied for a job at Habitat for Humanity that would be totally sweet. I would appreciate y’all to be in prayer about this.
Heidi and I love our church. Bethel Christian Fellowship is a unique church and not so much seeker-sensitive, and we are blessed by it every Sunday.
Heidi is the best. I totally love her. She is the cutest of all time.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Hello Minnesota friends! David and I still have our townhouse up there - and we are once again looking for renters. I've attached a flier with some of the details. It's a great place in Maple Grove off Bass Lake Road about 2-3 miles west of 494. For the right tenants the rent could be negotiable and pets are definitely okay with a deposit. Please feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested.
If you are ever in Chicago, let me know. I would love to see you!!
Friday, June 23, 2006
doesn't he look happy?
Sadly I lost both rounds, big surprise! it was great fun though!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Patti M. and Jes S. - I don't think you read this blog, but if you do, know that I am praying for you! God desires for you to be healed!!
Please check it out and please continue to pray for the Showers family. There is a benefit at Woodland Hills this Friday night (article gives information) and we'd love to see you there!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
- The Shawshank Redemption – an incredible movie, heck, redemption is even in the title
- Saving Private Ryan – they risked (and gave) their lives for someone they did not know
- Napoleon Dynamite – the school dork commits a self-less (and funny) act for a friend
- The Mighty – his best friend shows an awkward kid his potential
- Schindler’s List – a selfish man saves thousands in the Holocaust
I got to thinking about this after watching Jarhead, a film with no redemptive value. It is not that I think that all films need a happy ending, but I do not like films that are needlessly hopeless.
Please leave a comment on your favorite redemptive films.
Monday, June 12, 2006
The day was not over, though. After some Wendy’s burgers, Brian left and the rest of us headed to Acorn Park. Keeping our previous scores, we continued playing. Eric must have had his Mojo stolen when he missed the last putt at the previous course, because his play never reached the level he enjoyed earlier in the day. Robbie and I kept a tight race, but I prevailed in the end by 1 stroke, finishing with a 9 at that course.
It was an amazing day of disc golf. Let me know if you want in on the next tourney.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sweet scenes: Kitty Pryde vs. the Juggernaut
Wolverine vs. the Sentinel
The final battle
Great line: Pyro: (to Juggernaut) Nice helmet.
Juggernaut: It keeps my face pretty.
Turd in the punchbowl: There was no fight between Colossus and the Juggernaut (I know, I am a dork.)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Roni had her baby, Nolan Jacob and he's super cute! Long and lean like his parents. Yay - I'm an auntie!!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I do have to mention this, however. The entire body is shown. Even parts usually covered by underwear. Children under the age of about 13 probably are not ready for something like this.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
It has been ages since I've blogged and I wanted the world to know that I am still alive. We have been so busy with finishing up with our Perspectives class and I haven't had time to do things like clean or shave my legs, let alone blog! But here I am, taking a break from cleaning the house to say hello.
Some news: my brother got engaged a few weeks ago and we are so excited for them! Ellen will be a great addition to the family! We are having a little engagement party for them tomorrow night. Also, Tim and I were trying to plan a trip to Las Vegas (weird I know) but no one wanted to come with us, so we decided to wait and maybe try to go somewhere else next year. After all the talk about vacationing with another couple, or two, we opted to wait until it would work out better. The more the merrier! So if anyone has any good ideas, let us know. And last but not least, my good friend Roni is bursting with child and due any day now and I am THRILLED to be aunt Heidi once again. Yay baby Sheck! I would post pics of my cute prego friend, but unfortunately that could take me all afternoon and I don't have that kind of time! Maybe once the kiddo is born I can.
That's all, have a great day.
Oh, I almost forgot, if you could keep me in your prayers I would love you for it, it's been a rough week. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Sweet scene: First person shooter perspective
Turd in the punchbowl: The rest of the movie
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
• The new Plumb album, “Chaotic Resolve” is amazing. Out of the 4 Plumb albums, this is easily the best. It has the rock of the first album with the real life lyrics for which Plumb is known. This is as good as anything on mainstream radio, and if there is any fairness in the entertainment industry, this album should receive awards and airplay. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album.
• Heidi and I watched two movies recently. Both were terrible, but for different reasons. The first, a Sixth Sense rip-off called Stay was well acted and directed with style, but made absolutely no sense. We watched it with Chris and Zong and when the movie ended, we all said, “what the heck?” It was not even like Memento where everyone would talk about it afterwards, we just agreed “that was dumb” and moved on. The other movie that Heidi and I saw at the cheap seats was The Family Stone. If this movie was supposed to be a comedy, then it was not funny. If it was supposed to be a drama, it was not dramatic. It succeeded in being a chick flick, in that all the males cried the whole movie and everyone that was single at the start was dating someone at the end. Please do not waste your time with either film. (Heidi does share my opinion of both movies.)
• I forget to put on the blog that the HR position that I really wanted went to someone else. It bums be out, but life goes on. Work has been more interesting lately, so that is good.
• Yesterday Heidi and I enjoyed the good weather by running on the Greenway. We did not stay together the whole time, but it worked out well. Running with Heidi is the most fun way to go running. I sure do love my wife.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I am ready for spring. Technically, the first day of spring is Monday, my birthday. Tim's bday is next Friday. Who thinks we should have a party?????
Monday, March 13, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
This has been an extremely rough week for me. Lots of homework, some family stuff and a few commitments in the midst of some severe headaches. At some point this week, I realized that I have been living each day in survival mode. Just trying to get through the day, the week, the month, etc. When I get up in the morning, my first thought is ok, I just need to get to work and make it through my shift, then I can close my eyes and rub my temples.
Well, as I began to think about this pattern of "functioning," I could see it for what it really is, a way that I was working in my own strength and giving up my joy b/c of the trial of my circumstance.
I'm not very good at asking for help, but I need some help right now. Please pray for me. Pray that God would strengthen me and give me what I need to "show up" for my life right now. To get out of bed in the morning and go to work. And to praise Him for His goodness to me. This week has been a heady (no pun intended) reminder that I am still in a battle. I know who wins, but I could use some reinforcements right about now.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
What?! I don't believe I asked her for her oppinion on that matter! Well, miss checker-lady, it's fits just fine, thank you very little!
So next time you're at Target be careful what you converse about with the checker b/c they just may subtely call you fat! Or at least fatter that you think you are!
Friday, March 03, 2006
• I watched The Second Chance again last night with my Guy’s Group. My hopes for this film to be a sleeper hit like Napoleon Dynamite and propel the director, Steve Taylor, to stardom will probably not be realized. However, it is still a darn good movie and I cannot wait for Steve to make another one. If you have not seen it yet, I would encourage you to check it out.
• Three of my favorite Broncos players gut cut from the team yesterday. Mike Anderson, the former Marine and 27 year old rookie of the year was one of my all time favorite Broncos. Trevor Price, the defensive lineman who mauled the Chiefs on Monday Night Football and was a popular player. Last, Jeb Putzier, the tight end who caught passes in the middle of the field and got hit more than anyone else. I’ll miss them.
• The class that Heidi and I are taking, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, sure is good. There is a lot of homework each week, but I am learning a ton and Heidi and I have had some great conversations from the reading. I would encourage you to check it out.
• I love my wife. She is the greatest.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sweet scenes: the basketball clinic “Oooo! Larry Bird!”
The staff meeting
Pastor Jake’s speech at the Rock
Turd in the punchbowl: A few subplots needed fleshing out more and the acting was a bit weak in a couple places
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Since today is Valentines Day, I wish to declare on this blog how much I love my Sweet Baboo and how fortunate I feel to be married to her. Life is indeed good.
Monday, February 13, 2006
"I was shocked when I read the report of Luis Palau’s visit to China in the February issue of CT. I don’t question the validity of Palau’s experience at the registered church he visited, but I’m concerned that his comments may serve as further justification for the majority of the Western church to remain inactive in response to the persecution facing the body of Christ in China. Palau’s experience is in direct contrast to that of thousands of believers there who are counting the cost daily of living for Christ. I hope we can take this opportunity to remember our family in China (Hebrews 13:3), and educate ourselves; that we might bear witness to their testimonies of faithfulness. Please pray for the Christians in China; they pray for you!"
Friday, February 10, 2006
Here is the link: http://www.data.org/archives/000774.php
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Life gets so busy and it's easy for me to get overwhelmed, especially when I am tired and not feeling well. I have been meditating on parts of scripture where Jesus calls us to cast our cares upon him and take up his burden, while laying our own at his feet. In the midst of the crazy lives that we have built for ourselves, God wants us to set ourselves to seek Him, to dedicate time each day and focus on nothing but Him. I pray that today, we would all be able to enter into this.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Sweet scenes: The space battle - “I am a leaf on the wind.”
The Doom inspired fight scene at the end.
The chase scene on the hovercraft.
Turd in the punchbowl: the movie has a disordered view of sexuality that is so prevalent in Hollywood these days
Great line: “Shepherd Book always told me, if you can’t do something smart, then do something right.” - Jayne
Friday, January 06, 2006
Why can’t the Church be on the cutting edge of creativity? I get my hopes up when musicians like Project 86 and Sixpence None the Richer hit the scene and put out something truly creative. Why can’t this be the norm and not the exception? I am holding out hope for a film coming out next month called “The Second Chance”, which is directed by Steve Taylor and stars Michael W. Smith. If Steve Taylor has proven anything since his first album in 1983, it is that he is not willing to settle for mediocrity. My hopes are high.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my rant.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
In the YouthWorks! league, I finished the regular season in 3rd place. In the first round of the playoffs, I beat Jeremy Monteith by less than one point to advance to the championship. Then Jim Rogers destroyed me by almost 100 points. I ended up in 2nd place.
In the experimental league with my college buddies and some former co-workers, I finished the regular season in 1st place. In the first round of the playoffs I got knocked off by the 4th place guy, who won the whole thing. I ended up in 3rd place.
My longest running league is a 2 player keeper league with the same guys from the experimental league. I usually finish dead last in this one, so I was excited to finish the regular season in 2nd place. I lost 2 straight in the playoffs and finished in 4th place. This was the league I cared the most about, so I was a little disappointed. At least I am not the #1 pick any more.
My last league was with Matty D and a bunch of people I don’t know. I destroyed the league in the regular season and rolled into the playoffs feeling pretty good in first place. Then I got beat by a girl and finished 3rd. Pride comes before a fall.
I also want to take an opportunity to point out that the much loved Denver Broncos have a first round bye, a home game, and a tie for the 2nd best record in the NFL. All you Broncos haters (yes, Zach Thompson, I am looking at you) can live in bitter jealousy.