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Solo Flight – Day 4

June 11, 2008

I made a lovely BBQ chicken dinner last night with green beans and scalloped potatoes.  The kids all ate fairly well.  After dinner, I took the kids to Wal*Mart last night for the essentials, which ended up being Rice Milk (yes they had it), diapers, Pull-Ups, and Pringles ($1 a can!).  We went into the audio/video area to see if there was a cheap DVD we would all like to buy.  Without a consensus and the first Narnia movie only in Full Screen, we walked away empty handed.   Then it occurred to me we could buy a new remote control since ours has been missing for weeks.  In reviewing the options, my frugal nature kicked in and balked at the idea of paying money for something that I already own.  So we were still empty handed on the A/V front.

Grandpa Chapman came by today to mow our backyard.  He does it to stay connected in our lives and give me more time with the kids.  I took advantage of his presence and went to Office Max with the oldest boy to drop my work laptop off for a DHL shipment to our hardware depot for a rebuild.  It was time.  The defrager was running too often for my taste.  While at Office Max, I saw a special edition of the “The Iron GiantWidescreen DVD for $10 and bought it.  I think it was one of Brad Bird’s first films to write and direct.  “The Incredibles” is my favorite work of his.

And for the best news of the day, the oldest girl found the remote!  It was under the loveseat, but turned upside down (black side up).  When she used a flashlight, she saw it, as it was not easily seen otherwise.  So she earned a dollar for finding it.  That is a much better price that $18 for a replacement.  🙂

We are looking forward to a meal provided by Blurts friend T tonight.  If there are brownies for dessert, I hope they are moist.  Until the next update… Tschüss!

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Solo Flight – Day 3

June 10, 2008

The continuing the saga of a dad and 4 kids while his wife is on a mission trip…

We survived Monday fairly well. After lunch, I created a movie theater in the basement with some old equipment I have (the projector’s native resolution is 640 x 480). Did I mention it has been so hot that the basement is the only place in the house that is tolerable during the day? The kids loved the concept and we watched “The Never Ending Story” and “Everyone’s Hero”. I had never seen TNES before and someone at church had let us borrow it. I could write a whole blog on that movie alone. 🙂

After a lovely dinner of home prepared Fish’n’Chips and salad, we went swimming for awhile. We had the neighborhood pool to ourselves for the majority of the time. My kids are all like I was at their age, loving the water and wanting to swim 24/7. They definitely have been sleeping well as a result.

We hit the pool again this morning with my dad and my niece in tow. Another good time was had by all. The youngest took to jumping into the pool from the side with a lot of help from her Opa.  Opa always brings a snack for the kids which provides a nice break for the adults.

I read all of Psalm 119 this morning.  My Bible time has been lacking lately so I thought I’d dig into the Psalm from our memory verse at church. As I read, I saw I do not measure up to the writer and his love for God’s precepts. But as I was convicted in reading the whole Psalm, I found hope at the end…

Psalm 119:169-178
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May my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word.

May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.

May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.

May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.

May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.

I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.

Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.

I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.

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Solo Flight – Day 2

June 9, 2008

Solo flight – day 1 was great as it could be without my blurter of folly. 🙂

The Hosners had us over for lunch and swimming at their new place. Then there was dinner at the Richards. What a great way to spend my birthday being cared for by my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am thankful for their hospitality and seeing the gifts of Christ in action. Every glimpse is grace…

This morning my youngest greeted me this morning with a nasty diaper, one with a containment breach. So she got a bath while the rest continued to sleep. We all ate doughnuts for breakfast and now they are playing in the basement while I try to get a live person at Columbia House (I’ve been on hold a long time). Magically, I now have a DVD account with them that I need to cancel. They make it near impossible to do this. Oh wait, I have a live rep. Hold on…

…OK. Just got of the line with them. That was easy. They canceled the account and I get to keep the DVD for my inconvenience. I bet this happens a lot.

Well, my niece should be here any minute so I better run. The more the merrier you know. I hope to chronicle this week on the blog so my blurter can see what we were up to.

Peace.

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Another Glimpse

May 16, 2008

Recently I was able to attend Nathan Hoag’s college graduation/engagement party.  Now I have known Nathan since he was in 7th grade and in my discussion group in Student Ministry.  Also attending the party were Matthew Weeks and Adam Sleeper, who both were in that same discussion group.  What a blessing it was to reflect back on all that God had done with these young men since then.

Nathan and Matthew both were active in the FCA programs in High School and used them as a means to lead others in evangelism in their respective schools.  They both were in the Student Praise Band I led.  Adam’s story is quite different.  With CF having destroyed his lungs by his Senior year, Adam was literally on his death bed waiting for a suitable set of lungs.  The Lord provided on Christmas Day a new set of lungs and the ability for Adam and his family to witness to the donor’s family and his community via the local news the hope and joy that is found in Christ alone.  Read about his ordeal here.

Now, Nathan is going to seminary to be a pastor.  Matthew completed his degree at Boyce, and is going back for a Masters.  Adam just graduated with a bachelor degree in Landscape Design and is going to get his MS in water purification systems in the hopes of doing missions in Africa.

I am thankful God is a strong tower, our protection in the storm, and the guiding force in these young men’s lives.  Every glimpse is grace, indeed.   

 

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Funny Things

April 14, 2008

It’s been awhile since I blogged and I am over HSM for the moment, so I thought I’d get rid of Zach’s face on my blog with a few funny things.

1.  Heard from my near 7 year old daughter regarding Paula on AI:

“That lady likes everyone!”

2.  And for you Starbux addicts, a poke at your Seattle Coffee pusher…

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my latest guilty pleasure

January 16, 2008

Tracy bought the HSM 1 and 2 for the kids.  I have a fondness for this song “Bet On It” from HSM2.  Not only is the low end extremely well done ( I ran the new sub at church through the paces with it), but all the production is top notch.  Besides, it’s a catchy tune. 

Now it’s official.  To all my friends that cultivated my love of ear candy pop, I’ve reached the dark side, and it’s all your fault.  🙂

Wait for it… from 2:50 and on you’ll think you’re watching Footloose.

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Perception is Reality

January 3, 2008

I recently watched a video my buddy Hughbiquitous posted in his blog.  It’s a video of a great lecture given by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, terminally ill cancer patient, and pioneer in VR.  The one quote I wrote down was not from Randy himself, but from one of his mentors.  It’s regarding Randy’s arrogance at the time of the conversation:

“It’s such a shame people perceive you this way, because it will limit what you can accomplish in life.”

I believe everyone has a this.   I think I have a pretty good handle on mine, I mean knowing it (and that’s half the battle).  My this  gets smaller as time goes on, but only by the grace of God.   This is where good friends come into play.  God uses those close to you as encouragers and critics.  Who else will tell you when you are a bonehead and spur you on at the same time?  Friends have the earned privilege to give you the feedback you need to hear.  As a matter of fact, it is their responsibility.  I have a great example of this in real life.

In trying to get a sound system setup for a youth retreat, I was under a time constraint and some pressure (mostly self imposed) to get it working.  As you could guess, things weren’t going right and I started to lose my cool rapidly.  So here I am, standing in the front of the room yelling and getting visibly frustrated.  At that moment, my friend and mentor walked up behind me and whispered in my ear, “Do you think Jesus would handle the situation this way?”  It was like hitting the reset button on a video game.  I am grateful to this day for my friend taking the responsibility that comes with our privilege of our friendship to set me straight that day. 

May we see God’s face in the friends He blesses us with by His grace.  And maybe we will see ourselves clearer in the process.