Monday, October 09, 2006

Won't be long now.
Well, what's up in my exciting world? Just got through comparing home insurance coverages under different policies. I know, the excitement is contagious, keep your distance. Let's see, what else exciting is going on...hmm, well, I'm pretty excited about this new Day-timer I got, has my name on it and everything. I carry the thing anywhere because I'm so proud of it, and I love it; on my 'spare time' I plan the next few weeks down to the minutest details, it's great. I can tell you what time I'm eating lunch on October 29th. Let's see, what else is going on? Hmm, well I'm studying for the National Counselor Exam. I also take that book with my everywhere, and I mean everywhere. I can answer a few sample questions while I'm waiting for my tires to be balanced. One of my daily joys is taking a drive by the site of my new house, so I'll give you a glimpse of that as it was on Friday. Drink .. it.... in. As my roommate just said, I'm becoming a married man right before your very eyes.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wake up Christians!

Wow, I was checking out a buddy's blog and came across a friend of his' blog with a link to an activist page, Americans for the Separation of Church and State. It's kind of a mecca of liberal thought. There are links to fight faith based initiatives, and one to report religious discrimination, with the subtitle, "report laws that violate the constitutional separation of church and state." I'm sure he'll read my blog because I posted on his. He seems like a nice enough guy, but I have to wholeheartedly disagree with everything on this site. Show me in the constitution the part labelled 'separation of church and state.' As far as I know, it's people of faith who are protected by the constitution, or more specifically, the Bill of Rights. The government shall make no law restricting the exercise of religious liberty. I can be a Christian anywhere I want. Guess what, this nation was founded on God. It's God who endows us with certain inalienable rights. There is no separating God and government, not on paper or in reality. True, we are not a theocracy; we are a democracy. Everyone counts and is important, but it's not Christians on the offense to infringe on other people's religious rights or practices. Let's unveil this for what it is. Christianity and it's singular vision are not PC. People feel offended or apologetic when someone prays to Jesus in public because it might offend non-Christians. What they don't realize is that if we try to run our country, and eat our food, and enjoy our freedoms without thanking God, it won't be long before we have little to be thankful for. I'm ok with not being politically correct, because I'm not a politician; I'm a Christian.

Here's a Christian activist site:

Monday, August 14, 2006


Well, this is my post for the month, or at least that’s what it seems like. I’ve been extremely busy lately. It’s kind of like the circus. From the spectator’s seat, the show is amazing, the pace is fast, and the performers seem to have the best job in the world. Backstage, however, the performers are scrambling to change costumes, bumping into each other, sweaty, and, believe it or not, have their own problems to deal with when they get off work.

Ingrid and I are both working hard towards our goal of the December wedding. For those who have done this before me, you know what I’m talking about. Not only is the planning and growing together difficult, but the finances become a source of anxiety as both of you push yourselves so hard. It seems like one struggle or endurance race after another. Right now, we are currently in the last leg, hopefully, of her house sell. Before that it was the struggle of getting her moved into a safe, inexpensive, temporary apartment while she was trying to learn a new job. Also, she’s had to move away from her long-time church with little or no time to prepare for the impact emotionally. For me, it’s mostly been a journey of humility, realizing that there’s so much that I need to work on before I can be the husband and father that I desire to be and that I see God calling me to be.

I guess the one necessary principle that runs throughout these events is the need for Christ, my need to trust, and the real need for real power and real peace. Something happened today that seems appropriate. I had just pulled into the driveway and I was pulling the trashbin back from the street to under the carport, when something caught my eyes from under the black, plastic bag where I put all the recyclables. A six or seven inch ‘tail’ was slithering behind the bag. At first I thought iguana because of the coloring and spots, but then I realized that this was the end of a pretty large snake, one that looked poisonous. Its color and markings definitely said ‘stay away’ to me.

I got my camera and was going to take a picture to show my friends, but then it didn’t come out. It sort of just found a crack and tucked itself away, so now it’s not an entertaining piece of conversation, but a real threat. Just now, I was going to run out to my truck and grab a book. I’ve done it a hundred times without thinking about it, barefoot and all, but not now. I have a new awareness of danger and my need to see where I’m going. I need Christ, to make things work, to survive, to simply run out to my truck at night, I need Christ.

Friday, June 30, 2006

I'm engaged!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Eagle Has Landed

Alright, I give; I can't keep claiming to be in a transition all summer. The truth of the matter is that there's very little of what some might consider 'summer.' I know all of my friends who are not employed in the field of education always get a bit peevish (or envious) when I talk about the notion of summer. They're usually like, "summer? what's that?"
Ok, so I get a summer, so sue me. Like I said, though, it's pretty regimented, or maybe I'm just a bit too uptight or getting old. I'm getting up pretty much every day at 7:00, which I admit is really a luxury, but then I'm up and getting ready for school. I'm taking a class at U of H to try and get my LPC (license for professional counselor), so I'm either studying or exercising. In case you didn't know, I did my first triathlon about a month ago or so, and boy, was I unprepared. I did well by my friends' and family's standards, but I'm gonna do another one and so training this summer has taken on a bit of an obsession for me, like run today, swim and bike tomorrow, rest on Thursday, weights on Friday, bike and run Saturday (you get the idea). One good thing, aside from the fun and exercise is that there are so many people that love to do either the running or biking, and so it's been a good way to connect with guys in general.
Well, I'm keeping pretty busy, then, I guess, and tomorrow I'm also going to start my search for a new home.
Well, that's my blog update. Brian called me out on it and so this is for you, Brian. Next time, I'll try to explain why I'm funny in person but not on my blog. ;-)