Thursday, November 30, 2006


Yesterday, the "Great Outdoor" was calling my name, so Fischer and I stepped outside for about ten minutes. It took one minute to realize it was cold, but the air was nice and fresh!
As Fischer visited with our neighbor's white furball, I picked up his miniature hockey stick and swung it a few times.

It reminded me of my teen years in Africa, when we had to work for the school. That's right, the school had the students take care of the grounds and do various other oddjobs. One of the worst jobs was mowing the lawn. It really stunk because we didn't use lawnmowers, we used slashers, like the one pictured here. It is a lot like a sword with the end bent...and the handle is usually just made of wood. Using a one-handed grip (unless you're in really thick stuff) you make a golf-swing type of motion and hack away at the turf, then get some more on the return swing!

After about 15 minutes of this, your hand begins to ache unless you have a well-wrapped handle. If you slash for more than 30 minutes (as a beginner) you will have blisters the next day.

The first lawnmower was invented in 1830 by an Englishman named Edward Beard Budding. You had to push it for the blades to move and start cutting your lawn. But, that was a vast improvement over the slasher or scythe! Today almost every American household has a gas-powered lawnmower, including our home!

It's amazing that some people in other countries are still 176 years behind our technology. How blessed we are. I hope I never have to use a slasher again!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Attention All Writers!!

To all you writers, bloggers and wannabe bestsellers...

Go out right now and read one of the following books by Natalie Goldberg: "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" or "Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life."
I am currently going through the first one for the second time and I'm excited to explore the second one soon after!

I read Writing Down the Bones about this time last year and GOT MOTIVATED to write more consistently. I wrote more in four months than I had written in three years. Unfortunately, we had to start looking for a new place to live and I am just getting back to writing on a more consistent basis.

Natalie writes in a very creative, yet straightforward manner. She is one of the easiest-to-read authors I have read in a long time. She mixes in some interesting thoughts about meditation and Buddhism, but overall her advice about writing is the most encouraging I have ever come across.

She will challenge you and inspire you. If you cannot buy her books, go to your local library and you will probably find them there. READ HER STUFF AND GET INSPIRED TO WRITE NEXT YEAR!!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Journey Home

God is good! My stomach lowered its voice long enough for us to make the trip back to NE.

There is something about a LONG trip that seems to grate on our nerves. On the journey back, I decided that my wife and I need an Encouragement CD. Something that will play that one guy's deep, smooth voice intoning remarks like, "Lower your are just tired from traveling!" or "You didn't mean that...take it back and apologize." or "Quit driving from the passenger's seat."

I say this jokingly, of course! I love my wife, even when she is driving from the other side of the car! And it's great to know that she loves me what I'm being "difficult" too!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I Feel Yucky

The night before we were to return home from the holidays, I awoke in the middle of the night to a disturbing feeling. You know what I'm talking about. Your stomach feels like there are two heavyweight boxers inside of it fighting for the title. Cramps, then a churning...and you know the rest!
So today has been spent recovering from stomach flu. I HATE being sick...I hate it with a passion! Probably the worst part is how your energy just seeps out of your body, never to return. The shaking, the cold sweats...yep, I've had it all!
So, we're praying that I will at least be in traveling condition tomorrow. Please pray for us as we're on the road. Hopefully we won't have to stop too many times!
I don't think it will be too bad. A friend of ours said, "Hey, there are plenty of rest stops between here and there. Just get your rear end in the car and bring along some Kaopectate!"

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Fun With Family

Thanksgiving for me is all about family.
It has been awesome besides Fischer getting sick out of both ends!! Poor guy, but he is feeling better.
We played a fun game tonight...kind of like Mad Libs. You write down two names, a place, two comments (or questions), and an ending (you only write one thing at a time and then pass the paper to the next person.) It's pretty funny what you can come up with! We'll have to try this game with youth group sometime.
Well, enjoy your family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
God bless!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Akastasia Rules Video

Here is a video from our recent youth rally...Akastasia. The teens here at Southwest are SO talented! They did a fantastic job acting and putting this together. Have fun watching!

Click here for video...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Christmas Lists

Has anyone else ever had the debate about Christmas lists???

Asking for Christmas lists can be helpful. You surely don't want to waste your money and buy something that someone doesn't want. Asking for a Christmas list is just making sure that you get something your loved one actually wants!

On the other hand, some argue that gifts should be from the heart. They say, "You shouldn't need a list!" Also, they say you should know the other person well enough to KNOW what to get for their Christmas!

Me? I'm a list person. If I don't get a list, I feel like I will get my wife the same thing that I got for her last year! And I don't want to be one of those men who get some perfume and a candle for their wife every year for 50 years! I also feel like I am not fashionable enough to keep up with what's current!
Don't get me wrong, I can pick up on a few things that my loved ones want. I'm not a totally insensitive person! I just want to see their eyes light up when they open their gifts. I just want them to receive the best gift possible.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

And I'm Spent

Well, I survived Akastasia 2006!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the prayers. After having a 100 degree temp. the day before we started, I woke up Friday feeling somewhat better. Yesterday was a little rough, but today I felt better again.
The teenagers really seemed to enjoy themselves at the "fun" activities. We had a gameshow and of course, ice skating!
Even more importantly, the Saturday night worship time was AWESOME! The kids sang their lungs out. Imagine my surprise when I stepped out for a few songs and came back to a group of teenagers crowded together with their hands lifted in praise!
Our speaker, Bob Turner did a good job. We joked about whether the teens got more out of his shaving cream illustration or the Bible stuff!
There were, of course, some negatives...but I cannot control all things so I am going to let go of those negatives (and some other people might have to do the same!)
Anyways, I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks of winding down. I know most families are looking forward to Thanksgiving and so am I!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


This is my first Akastasia youth rally to attend. Apparently Southwest has been doing this rally for like 6 or 7 years. It seems like a pretty big deal and that kids like to come to Omaha for this rally. I think we now have about 200 people pre-registered to come!

And I got sick today.

Sometimes I get a little sick before big events just because I am nervous and running myself ragged. This time, though, I thought I was doing a good job of sharing responsibilities and pacing myself! So maybe I caught a little bug.

Either way, would you be praying REAL HARD that I feel better by Friday night?? I really want this rally to be a GREAT experience for these kids. So I'm praying that not only will I be better, but that I will have tons of energy and a great attitude! Even if I'm still sick, I know God can give me energy and a good attitude that I could never achieve on my own.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Time for Another Picture

I figured it was time for another fun picture of Fischer!
We snapped this one at the zoo. Some friends were of whom had quite a bit of graduation $$$!
Fischer took it and just looked so natural with he was going to buy us a nice dinner or something!
I could get really deep and philosophical about money, but I won't! Enjoy the pic!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hooked On a New Song

OK, so I'm hooked on a song that's new to me: "We Trust In The Name Of The Lord Our God." As I listened to it, I envisioned a group of Christians singing it with total conviction and totally lost in praise to God.


Some trust in chariots
We trust in the name of the Lord our God
Some trust in horses
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

We trust in the name of the Lord our God
We trust in the name of the Lord our God
His love never fails
His name will always prevail
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

Some trust in the work they do
We trust in the name of the Lord our God
`Cause by His grace all the work is through
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

Some trust in the wealth of things
We trust in the name of the Lord our God
The name worth more than anything
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

We trust in the name of the Lord our God
We trust in the name of the Lord our God
His love never fails
His name will always prevail
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

© 1994 Sparrow Song (a div. of EMI Christian Music Publishing)/Peach Hill Songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)