Archive for May, 2008


May 31, 2008 4 comments

Will someone PLEASE explain the point of this ad to me? Lael and I went out to dinner last night, thanks to Aunt Jessica watching the chitlins, and bought her a Cinnabon in payment. Yes, we’re cheap. We had to walk through Macy’s to get to the little store with a halo above the sign and angels perpetually singing (my wife, I think this is how she views Cinnabon). I took it on my phone, and can’t figure out how to rotate it, so I apologize for any sore necks. I think this is a very odd photo. Perhaps not thrown to a focus group, or the focus group decided to play a trick on the ad agency. “Oh yeah, that’s great, we understand the message perfectly! And there is nothing odd about that picture. Giant crotches on ads that make no sense are awesome!”

Maybe it was because my judgment was impaired after eating most of a giant 14oz hickory smoked sirloin at a new restaurant called Texas Land and Cattle. It was delicious. It wasn’t grilled, so it was the consistency of a prime rib. Here is a picture. I’d recommend the restaurant to anyone!

The Great House Search

May 29, 2008 2 comments

Well, we’re thinking about moving.  Church is moving, I’d like to be closer to work, our friends and family are moving, and eventually, it’ll be too small.  This could be a long process, so we want to start early.  If anyone knows of any nice homes in the area up for sale, let me know.

Man, it’s so stressful.  I am doing so much pre-planning and budget crunching so I know what we can and should afford.  If we all bought the houses the lenders say we can, we’d all foreclose.

We’ve found a very nice realtor that relates well to Lael.  She’s been a teacher, and has little kids.  She was kind enough to watch Brielle tonight at the properties while Lael and I perused as best we could.  We started tonight at the top of what we want to buy, and saw one we really liked, but will probably be out of comfortable reach.  We don’t want to be stretched to get into a nice home, but the problem is, this will be a 10-15 year home, so we don’t want to get something too small.  So we’re still looking.  We looked at three, one is awesome, but probably priced where it should be and is right on the edge of comfortable.  One was overpriced and needed a lot of work, and the third was really nice with 5 bedrooms, but had a tiny kitchen.

We don’t even have our house listed, but we know what we would list it for, so if anyone is interested, drop me a line.  It would be great for three or four guys to move in together and share a payment.  Utilities are awesome, it’s a three bedroom, 1.75 bath, finished basement, water softener, 2 car garage, cathedral ceiling, etc.  Appliances would probably be included.  About 1400 SF finished, 960SF main level, 420SF basement, utility area isn’t finished.  Jimtown schools, at the back of the subdivision, low taxes, no neighbors behind the house.

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Loves Comes Softly Quote

Lael was watching a movie tonight, and I heard a quote that really struck me.  The main character lost his wife, his barn, and had to raise his daughter, Missy, on his own.  He was asked how he could love a God who allowed so many bad things to happen to him.  This was his answer.

Missy could fall down and hurt herself, even if I’m walking right there beside her.  That doesn’t mean I allowed it to happen.  But she knows, with a father’s unconditional love, I’ll pick her up and I’ll carry her.   I’ll try to heal her.  I’ll cry when she cries, and I’ll rejoice when she is well.  In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me.  The truth of God’s love is not that he allows bad things to happen.  It’s his promise that he’ll be there with us when they do.

Video of Bryce’s Surgery

This is a 10 minute video of our trip to Indy. It has pre and post op video, as well as a slide show of pictures. We just wanted to share what we had chronicled with all of you as a thank you for your prayers and support.

Unbelievable Dancer- Popper Robert Muraine

I have NEVER seen anyone dance like this before.

Bryce’s Cardiologist Appointment

The cardiologist appointment today went great.  Everything looked fine, and we’ll have a checkup in September, then one per year for a LONG time, just to make sure everything is growing and functioning properly.  The EKG and Echocardiogram both looked awesome, so everyone is very positive that he’ll be good long term.  We still need to keep his chest from sharp impact, because his breastbone still needs to heal, but it’s wired together (weird), so in a month or two that won’t be an issue any longer.  It was great to hear all the good news, and the long term risks and complications are very rare.  We’re praying for normalcy!

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Hilarious Story About a Guy Roping a Deer

I don’t know that this is absolutely true, but it made me laugh.  Best story I’ve heard in awhile.  Thanks Matt!

Steven Curtis Chapman Tragedy

May 22, 2008 4 comments

Steven Curtis Chapman recently lost his five year old daughter to a horrible accident where his seventeen year old son hit her with an SUV in their driveway.  I can not and pray I will not ever be able to imagine what this must feel like.  One of my all time favorite songs is one he wrote about his daughters, called Cinderella.  One of the most touching moments I’ve ever had with Brielle was when she and I were dancing one night to this song.  It really choked me up thinking about “losing” her someday.  Here is the music video.  Please keep this family in your prayers.  UPDATE:  The first interview of the family since the tragedy is posted HERE.

Update On Bryce

We drove 7 hours today to Indianapolis and back for a 45 minute checkup, but it was totally worth it.  Bryce is doing great!  He will be off of all his medications within two weeks, and the majority of them are done today.  His heart sounds great, his incision is healed, and we’re back to normal.  God is awesome, and we couldn’t have asked for a better resolution to the whole scenario.  We just have routine checkups from now on.

Thanks again for all of your prayers, support, and kind words.  It is much appreciated, and our sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you….

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The Urban Ninja is Now an American Gladiator

May 19, 2008 1 comment

Lael and I were watching a little of American Gladiators, and they have a new gladiator named Zen that I recognized!  He’s from this incredible video I saw a year or so ago.  Someone was interested and gave him a call…  (You’ll understand what I mean at the end of the video)