Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
This is kind of random...
I dunno why, but I am excited about following the 'Zards. I know very little about who all is on the team and what they are "expected" to do, but I can't seem to shake the growing interest. Maybe it's because they were fairly competative last season and have seemingly upgraded their team to be just that much better this year (team/chemistry-wise) than last.
We'll see if I maintain any enthusiasm about the NBA -- I never really got into it. In any event, I can certainly cheer for the hometown team! Go 'Zards!
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
can't get to you (Susan)
Friday, October 28, 2005
nostalgia, losing touch, and trust
Thursday, October 27, 2005
it's a small world after all
Anyway... I was perusing Ben's blog page and ran across the name Jason Roberts. I think Ben and Jason had served together at a church down in Virginia Beach... in any event, they know each other. I know Jason via my early college days and volunteering with Young Life in the Central Fairfax area. Jason is from Fairfax, and his wife, Aimee, and I did a summer staff stint together up at Saranac Lake, NY, as well as attend George Mason University together. Jason is now pastoring the Crosscurrent Church down in Virginia Beach.
I've long since lost touch with Jason and Aimee, as I am GREAT at losing touch so many other people I know. But I am encouraged to know that God is at work in the lives of Ben, Jason, Aimee, and myself, as well as through the ministries of Gateway Community, History Church, Crosscurrent Church, and Young Life.
Small world. Big God.
On Oct. 16, our church (gatewaychurch.org) served the South Riding and Stone Ridge communities though what's been designated The Big Event. The Big Event was inspired by Texas A&M's Big Event that's apparently has been ongoing since 1983! Others have done similar things over the years and it seems like it's beginning to spread...
The premise of The Big Event is to go out and serve the communities that are in your area -- yard work, garage clean-up, car washing, etc. This year was our first inaugural event and we seem to have pulled it off with success! Our original plan was for our church body to be able to serve 20-25 homes -- we didn't know how many folks would sign-up to serve, nor did we know how many residents would sign-up. There were close to 150 homes that registered, and it turns out that we were able to serve 42 homes - nearly double our expectations!
We drew names of those registered... called them up and told them they had been chosen... and we geared to to go out on Sunday, October 16, and serve.
On the day, we met at church to get some final organizational bits and then we dispersed out in teams of 4-6 and spent a few hours serving. What a cool concept! Instead of meeting for a typical Sunday service, we went out and served 2 communities as an expression of our faith. It was a good reminder to me as to what we we're called to to do: love one another. Not in some mushy-touchy-feely kind of way... we're talking about the kind that says I'm willing to set me aside and give of my time, attention, and energy to you.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we
ought to lay down our lives for one another. [ 1 John 3:16 ]
We may never come close to he kind of sacrifice that Christ made -- dying on the Cross; but we can certainly make sacrificial choices for the benefit of others. Gosh! It sure does feel good to help others out! And how cool is it when I need help that others would be willing to give me aid? What good is being selfish?
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
What do you think?
testing an add-on tool
I’m submitting this post because I am running a quick test to see how the Microsoft Word add-on tool will work…
So, I’ll add a hyperlink (as above), and I’ll add a photo too (cropped in Word). I’m also aligning the text to the right of the image as opposed to ‘inline’.
Here’s to hopin’. If this works, I think I’ll use this tool as it will help me use the space for blogging a bit more efficiently. If it doesn’t work, then I guess I’m no worse off and I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
finishing our basement
We've decided to finish our unfinished basement. Boy is it ever EXPENSIVE! We had entertained the notion that I would scrounge up some volunteers and try to finish it ourselves, save a bit o' money and have it be done when it gets done. But the idea of spending much of what little 'free' time I had was not very appealing. Not to mention that it might take me a LOOOONNNGGGGGG time to finish, and that I might not do a good job.
So we hired a contractor to do the job in a fraction of a fraction of the time -- hooray! They started on July 12 and quoted us completion in about 6 weeks. I know that they're not going to get it done in 6 weeks, but a couple of extended weeks aren't gonna matter much to us.
So here are 2 pics of what's going on down there (click on images to see larger image with descriptions):
More pics to come...
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Yesterday was Father's Day. It was my second Father's Day as a Dad -- Susanna's second as my daughter.
Seems that I have very little recollection of the first one. Susanna would have been about 9 months old then. Back then, I would have held her and she would have been relatively content with me...
Fast forward a year and things change DRAMATICALLY. (I'm sure things will continue to change dramatically over the course of our lives.) Perhaps it's a phase. Or maybe it's me. I'll have to wait it out and be patient... but it's mildly frustrating to see my own flesh and blood "dis" me. She woud prefer the comfort of Mom almost everytime. I know that it has more to do with the fact that her Mom spends most all of her time at home with her. I know that the intrinsic bond is there between mother and child. I know that there's even the female bond going on. So it's a bit of a stinker when both of us parents are standing around and Susanna calls up to her mom to be held and not me. I hurt inside when she'd choose something other than me. Maybe it's a phase, so I'll bide my time and wait for the "daddy's little girl" phase.
I wonder if this is how God might feel about us? If God is our Creator, and we choose other "stuff" over him, how hurt must he feel when we "dis" him?