Monday, May 26, 2008

What I wouldn't do to play like this.

Wow! I came across this video on youtube, and had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Two of the greatest drummers of all time goin at it! Awesome! (And if your a drummer, think about how they are using traditional grip. How hard is that?!?)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Royal Gorge...

With this time of year being pretty busy ministry wise and only getting busier with summer trips coming up, we decided to take three days and go on a mini vacation. We decided to travel to Canon City, Colorado and visit the Royal Gorge. The bridge at the gorge is the tallest suspension bridge in the world at 1300 feet. The park is great for kids with a petting zoo, donkey rides, an old west town (where we got an old fashion family picture), a carousel, a train ride, a gondola that goes over the gorge and much more. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a really cool candy store and our girls went crazy! It was a blast. I think the indoor pool at our hotel was worth the whole trip for our girls. We are returning home tomorrow, but are stopping at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs for a tour on the way through.
**Funniest thing said since we've been on the trip:
After being caught running through the parking lot with out holding someone's hand, Sydney said "Daddy, I'm holding Jesus' hand." Classic...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Call me Coach Dusty!

Today was a great day... Sydney started T-ball! Yep, after years of dance, princesses, and pink everything, we've gotten to something familiar to my childhood. Sydney's first practice for her t-ball team was tonight and I have volunteered to be an assistant coach. The team is made up of 5 girls and 4 boys, and I know it's early, but I think they may be the best t-ball team I've ever seen. Now even though they don't count outs or keep score in this league, I still think they could win it all. There's something about seeing one of my daughters playing a sport where she can sweat and get dirty excites me. Yep, a good day...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A princess birthday!

Four years ago today our youngest daughter was born. It seems like it was yesterday we were driving to the hospital. So,this morning I woke up to Daphne asking if she could open her presents... at 6:00am. For her birthday we had a swimming party at the city's indoor pool and all her fiends came. It was a ton of fun and she loved it. She wore the tiara you see in the picture everywhere and didn't even want to take it off even when she got in the water. God has blessed us with three great girls!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My first round draft pick...

With yesterday being mother's day, I have to say that I could not have picked a better wife, best friend, and mother to our children. I whole heartedly admit that there is no way I could do her job. Sometimes when I have our girls for a day, by the end I am ready to collapse. I'm not sure where she gets her super powers, but she rocks! (not to mention I think she's pretty hot too!) Anyway, I am so grateful to God for blessing me with my #1 draft pick. I got her a video game for mother's day. MarioCart for the Wii. At first I was afraid that she would be wanting jewelery or something like I get her every year. But when she opened it she exclaimed "I got something fun! I never get fun things!" I guess I chose correctly. We played all last night, it was a blast!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Almost to 20!

Well, since I started my diet, I have lost almost 20 pounds! I'm convinced I could have lost more by now, but I haven't been able to get to the gym as much as I like. Anyway, I would still like to keep dropping the pounds, so I'm going to keep going with it. It just feels so much better with out the extra baggage. I have included a picture of what I now look like for those of you that don't live near us...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Fortune cookies and faith..

Today I went to lunch with the other youth staff guys and enjoyed some great Chinese orange chicken (small bowl due to diet) and decided to finish the meal with one of my favorite foods... a fortune cookie. Where else can you enjoy a tasty cookie and have a vision of your future given to you at the same time? After hoping my fortune cookie went along with what I desire for my future and then checking it, no luck. Something about "You will have a very pleasant experience" isn't so clear. What experience? How pleasant? Looking back at it, I realize how often I actually do this everyday. So often I try and work my "agenda" into figuring out what God has for me next. Unfortunately this usually only leads to confusion and frustration. Tonight I taught the students from I Samuel 16 where God has Samuel go and anoint David as His chosen. Teaching the students, I taught on seeing others through God's eyes not the world's eyes, but He had a different lesson for me while studying this passage. Though Samuel thought Eliab (Jesse's stud son) would surely be God's choice, He learned God had David the youngest in mind. How many times do I have in mind what God must have in store for me only to later realize I have no clue. Man it's hard to trust God fully sometimes, but thank goodness for fortune cookies to remind me how stupid it is for me to try and figure it out on my own.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Cross Cultural Experience...

Today I am experiencing a new culture that is foreign to me. The world of dance competition. I'm spending all day at a dance competition in Denver where my 3 girls are all performing. Now I have to say, I have a true love-hate relationship with these competitions. First the love part: I love the fact that kids from age 4 to 18 are able to come together and celebrate the wonderful art of dance. Watching some of the routines is inspiring due to the creativity and level of difficulty. I love having our girls do something they love that doesn't include TV or video games. I also feel the performing helps improve their confidence in front of others that will help them later in life. Now for the hate part: There's something about seeing girls from the age of 4 to 12 wearing makeup that just doesn't sit right. I guess they are performing on a stage so it's not a lot different than theater, but it still creeps me out a little. The other thing I don't like about these competitions is how much of a "money maker" they are. I mean it costs a pretty hefty fee to enter, No video taping is allowed (but you can buy a DVD for only $70), the performers only receive one trophy per group (which means if you want one for the other members of the routine you need to shell out $25 for each additional), and then for those they "award" the top prizes, they give them an invitation to travel to New York or San Fransisco or somewhere where the performers have to shell out a large amount to work with their teachers and judges for a couple of days. If I wasn't called to ministry, I know what business I would be in...
All in all, it's a different world than the world of little league football and baseball I grew up with, but still makes for a proud dad.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Movie Review

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Today I went with my intern Jonathan to see the movie Expelled. Being a documentary freak, I have been looking forward to this. I went in knowing a little about the movie but was pleasantly surprised at how much more it turned out to be. The movie, for those who don't don't know, is a documentary about the science community and how those who even mention intelligent design as a valid hypothesis to investigate are being shunned and even fired. I like how the movie shows that the theory of intelligent design is not necessarily a religious idea or propaganda for creationism, but a valid scientific theory to be looked at by the science community and higher education. The only thing in the movie that I might have done without was some of the old film clips that were interjected through out the movie for comic/artistic effect. While I think the ones that had to do with the Berlin wall (which represented how those in the scientific community are being silenced and robbed of the freedom of questioning the theories of Darwin) really made a profound point, the rest of them kind of got annoying by the second half of the movie. All in all, I loved seeing a movie in the theater that is bringing out this very true problem and exposing it to the public. Great information, great production, great movie.

Overall 4.9 buckets of popcorn out of 5