Movie Night next Friday

hey everyone,

we’ve got another movie night coming up (every 2nd friday of the month). this month we’ve got a new idea. we’re gonna do separate guys and gals movies.

deb and i have ideas of what to watch for each. but nothing is set in stone. so if you have any ideas put them in the comments section by clicking on the link below.

we’ll be picking up the book of acts again this week. read chapter 18 here.

and finally yet another picture from the way back machine:

“thoughts on being a husband & father”

our friends in minnesota recently posted a great article on fatherhood and, eh, er, husbandhood?? anyways. it’s a good read and i agree wholeheartedly.

as i’ve most recently kept up with this whole blog thing and no one has left any comments it got me to thinking probably no one reads this on a regular basis and surely why would anyone care. but then i thought even if no one else ever in the world reads these posts, i’m leaving a legacy for my kids. here immortalized forever (or at least until Christ’s return) is a day by day memory of our lives.

so anna, danielle, julia, kid #4, and any other’s that follow. if you’re reading this years down the road when your father is absent from this world but present with the Lord, i want you to know how much i love you. you girls/(other kids) mean the world to me. and i want you to know that i’ve always loved you even before you were in your mother’s womb. in fact i can remember a day at Northwest College (now University) when i woke up just absolutely thrilled/estatic about the day that i would be a dad. this was before your mother and i were “together”; i’m not even sure if i knew her then; and NO i wasn’t going out with anyone else. i just was excited about being a dad someday. my heart felt like it would jump out of my chest by how much i was longing and excited about having a family. in fact i remember running into chapel before it began with a huge grin on my face and sharing with all my friends about how exciting it was going to be a dad. everyone’s response was, “you’re gonna be a great dad”. and kids i hope that you can look back on your family and respond, “yep, you were!”

and finally remember i wasn’t the only one thinking about you before you were born. Psalms 139:16 tells us that God is the one who knew us before we were born, and had a plan for each of your lives all along the way. are you living it? do you know Him?

i love you kids! i love you!! i love you!!!

this kid took a nap

well friends, this is what happens when julia gets a long nap. she fell asleep on the way home from tri-cities (around 5.30pm) and didn’t ever wake up for dinner. until 2 am that is!!! so now dear old dad has gotten up, given her a bowl of cereal, and staying up watching youtube videos. she likes the ones with other little kids in them.

so anyway, it’s almost 3am now i’m gonna try to put her down to bed, but i’m not sure if she’s tired yet??

Isn’t budgeting great!

we went to tricities today to go shopping. spent lots of money on groceries, deb got some new maternity clothes that she looks great in, and eating out.

but it’s all okay because it was 100% budgeted. since last september we’ve been actively following “the dave ramsey plan”.

if you’re struggling with money we seriously recommend you check it out. as he always says, “If you live like no one else, later you can live like no one else!”

so camp is over

for those of you that went to camp, it’s been over a week and you’ve returned to “normal” life. so now what? you experienced an awesome week of fun, games, worship, and God changing your life. you may be feeling like you wish you could go back.

first let me tell you those feelings are normal. we had an awesome week and your real life may not feel the same. but you can keep up friendships via email, im, or good old fashion letters if you exchanged addresses. and you also can keep up your closeness with God.

one student on the ride home expressed, “Christianity is kinda like the internet: you’ll probably get disconnected.” as i talked to this student i shared that it doesn’t have to bee that way. for example, i at home have broadband cable internet access. it’s on 24 hours a day 7 days a week; all the time!

so maybe it’s time you “upgraded” your Christianity. Pastor Alex Bryant (wwooorrrrddddd!) mentioned 3 things that we needed to do to keep our relationship with God alive.

1. Get it the Word. (Bible) this is God talking to you. are you listening??

2. Pray. You say Jesus is your “best friend.” do you talk to him??

3. Surround yourself with friends that will encourage you to keep it up. (reallife meets sunday nights @ 6: we’ll see you there!!)

email me if you have any other questions. or leave some comments you have about how you’re doing now that camp is over.

adios for now!