Saturday, July 21, 2007

Holidays!!!!

May not be around to post much, lots of plans that include, my boys, my wife, lake, boat, friends, and chilaxing....may post, likely won't, tune in, in a few weeks! woooohhoooo holidays!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
to bring justice and kindness to our children and the poor.

Amen

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Back home...

Well speaking at Camp Oshkidee went really well, the camp and the lake were worth the drive alone. I spoke on six nights of the seven that we were there and that went really well. We returned Saturday after noon and this morning I preached and am now preparing for a week of visiting youths at camp, work, and their houses which is my favorite part of being a youth pastor; hanging out with youth, no program, no thrills, just being real, hanging out talking, enjoying laughs and tears together. Here are just a few pictures from camp:
Sasha doing what he did in all his time at camp, swim, swim and more swimming please!Noah entertaining any one who would see him.

And finally Noah eating on his own...

Friday, July 06, 2007

Away Speaking at Camp

Speaking at Camp Oshkidee for 7 days...so wont be posting for a week...

Spare lumber and the long weekend...

Well awhile back my uncle gave me whole bunch of spare lumber that he wanted to throw out, and Warren and Cheryl Boldt had an old slide they were offering to us, so this past long weekend one thing led to another and I pulled out my tool belt, my new chop saw and drill that I haven't really used since I became a youth pastor so like in forever! And decided that my boys need a tree house, well I don't know if the 'need' it...but when I was a kid I did not have one so yeah...and Jessica spent the other day painting it...since the lumber was dry and untreated...you can click on the pictures to view the big picture of this engineering feat! So with out further ado:
(Sasha loving his new 'home')
(Larger picture of our pond and tree house...and the pond does have fish!)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Must Watch...affluenza...




This is a great satirical video that reminds us we lead such lucky lives. Isn't it time you give back, what are we spending money and time on?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

8 amazing years...

Well July 2nd came and went, and with it our anniversary. Eight years married, 10 together, 2 boys, what an amazing experience it is to be with someone who loves you despite you. Who sees and knows you more then anyone else on the planet and yet chooses to love you...It is an amazing ride! I am extremely lucky to meet such a wonderful, caring, brilliant, loving, smart person as Jessica! There are many words...but words only become trite...this wonderful relationship that we share is deeper then that...all I can say is thank you Jessica!