Friday, August 31, 2007

So sweet and innocent

Drew Barrymore when she played on the old movie ET.
Not so sweet and innocent now! I guess we all grow up!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What a SWEET car!!!


The bible says that, "Without vision the people perish."

This week T.D. Jakes has been speaking on "VISION: I Can See Clearly Now!" Today was the same and he spoke about having Faith with the Vision.

I love the way God knows what you need to hear when you need to hear it. Jakes continued to talk about having a vision statement for yourself and your business.
I started on one today for our home.

The bible also says that, "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord..." Though he knows the plans, we should each have a "vision plan" for ourselves, familes, business, etc. As long as we are seeking and serving him he will reveal the way for us. As long as we are walking in the light and not darkness he will show us the path to take. Very rare will we receive the "audible" voice of God but it is the peace that we have about what we are asking.

What is your Vision statement...

Monday, August 27, 2007

I am sad!!!

Paula White & Randy White to Divorce:


The announcement: Randy called Paula to the podium about an hour into the service. He was somber; Paula appeared choked up. "It's the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my entire life," he told the congregation, describing Paula as an exceptional woman, mother and preacher.

(His career and her career and the different directions they are going is said to be the main reason why they are divorcing.)

From my mouth:

This hurts to hear really bad. I know that just because they are pastors and in the public eyes does not mean that they are above "life" effecting them.

I am not behind the walls of their house and cannot say what has taken place in their private lives but if the "ONLY" reason is because of their Career's then that just is not a good enough reason for a divorce.

The man and woman having too different career's sums up probably about 90% of all married men and women. I will testify that my wife and I stay very busy with opposite things and there are times where I see her more one week than the next and we have to make time for each other.

The example that Randy and Paula is giving right now says to me that, "It is okay to divorce when two people are so busy with their career's and do not have time for each other and feel that it is better to divorce than carry on." (this is only what I am seeing). I know, WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt, that God DID NOT say, "okay, go ahead and divorce."

I am not intending for this to come across as judging them. I am not doing that in the least. I hurt for them. I hurt for people who, like myself, have listened, watched, and learned from them. I hurt for people who are going to be effected personally by this and who already has been effected. I hurt for the husbands and wive's who again, like most of us americans, have a marriage and two different career's, that are going to say, "If Randy and Paula can end their marriage then it must be okay for us to do it."

I know they have been in counseling and have been working on this it just still hurts...

God, be with that church and all people that know your two children.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Baby Sophia and the brothers!!!

After work yesterday I went to visit the Boemer's. If you remember on previous posts they had a little girl named Ava Sophia. While I was there yesterday I got to hold her for about an hour before she had to be feed. Of course she was asleep but she finally opened her eyes and looked at me. She is SO cute and SO small. I can't believe I was that small when I was born. I think I only weighed 3 more ounces than she did.

After holding her I played with Tres and Bryant...aka "The Brothers." They are growing fast! Bryant looked like a young man and Tres is doing a great job at playing the Big Brother to both of them.

It was good to visit with them and also see Grandmother Betty, who by the way cooked one MEAN meal last night. I took some home for the Bride but she was at a volleyball game and didn't eat it for dinner so I will be having it for lunch today...YUMMY!!!

The weekend has come upon us and I will be busy all day tomorrow and will maybe get some rest Sunday afternoon.

I forgot to tell you that we got our second driveway poured this past Tuesday. Today we will finally be able to drive on it. We have had one driveway but one of us would always have to park the other vehicle in the grass beside that one so we both could get out without having to move cars around. When they poured the driveway I also had them make me a small patio beside the deck so we could set up some chairs for another place to sit. Sort of bringing the indoors...out...It looks really good and though it may sound crazy I can't wait to drive on it this afternoon. And just for reference, if you plan on having concret poured it AIN'T cheap!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Lots of praying and thinking going on on this side of the world.

What to do? What to do?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Quick Peek Weekend!!!

Went to football scrimmage after work for a few hours with the wife at her school.

Was woken up by bride at 12:30am Saturday morning alarming me to the fact that there were fire trucks and police in the road at the house across the street from us.

Back in bed by 12:50 but laid awake until 2:00.

Up again at 5:15am to go bike riding...when all was said and done I got 53 miles in. (total time it took 3 hrs. 40min.)

Came home worked in the yard some and enjoyed sitting on the couch to, not one but TWO thunderstorms, that passed through during the afternoon and evening.

Sunday went to church, got home and ate lunch, worked in the yard, went for another bike ride at 5:30...when all was said and done I got 33 miles in. (total time it took 2 hrs. 6min.)

Back home after the ride, showered and went to bed...THE END!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What day is it?

I was just sitting here thinking that it was Monday. Why I do not know because I had a chamber luncheon today and we only have those on tuesday. I guess it was a brain cramp or brain fart...whichever you prefer.

This weekend was busy. From the pictures below you can tell that we saw babies.

The wedding at the church went great despite all that happened starting friday night. A storm moved through the area and lighting hit the building and took out some of the lights and sound system. The church is on a 3 phase system so we had some lights. By Saturday morning the power company had come out and everything was back on but lighting did take out the amp that feeds sound threw the sanctuary and took out the computer that controls the power power. Those will have to be replaced but we did have a backup sound system that worked just the same.

Now that I have established that today is Tuesday and NOT Monday, I have lots to do this afternoon. Hopefully after today my week will slow down some but then again, I like it keeps me out of trouble.

Also, a note about the bike ride in Memphis, TN. I am not doing that one anymore. I am going to do the one at Orange Beach to Pensecola...I think that is where it ends? It is still for the same cause it's just that my friend who is in the group that I am riding with cannot make it to the Memphis one now and I do not want to go without him because he is the one who got me into biking.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Another Baby...Ava Sophia Boemer

This is our best friends baby girl. This is their 3rd child and first girl. The boy in the picture with me is Ava's big brother Tres.

Pictures of Baby Megan

We got to see Baby Megan this Saturday when we made a visit home.

Friday, August 10, 2007

On my Mind

For the past few weeks I have had a lot on my mind. It hasn't been the normal day to day stuff either. They are things that I am pondering and praying about. I will clarify that I am not worrying about these things because I know that I serve a God that knows my needs and answers them accordingly. He is working on me!

There is an old sunday school song that comes to my mind:

He's still working on me
To make me what I ought to be
It took him just a week to make
The moon and the stars
The sun and the earth and
Jupiter and Mars
What a loving creator he must be
He's still working on me

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Pictures of Baby

These are pictures of my stepbrothers baby girl...Megan...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Too Hot to Handle

It has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!! I step outside from work to go to the car and can't seem to catch my breath. After I get out of the car, where the air was on, I can't catch my breath. This HEAT is CRAZY!!! Lord, send wind and rain!

What has been up with us? Alot and not much at all...

The wife is still at volleyball with full force and school starts back Thursday for her school so she is excited.

The air in the truck is acting up so we have it at the shop. Which reminds me, "Thank you Lord for the blessing of having two vehicles!" You never know how much you use both of them until one is out of use. Hopefully we will have it back by tomorrow. My brother in law works at the ford delearship so he is checking and working on it.

I almost have all of my money raised for my MS Bike ride in Memphis, TN next month.(see post below) Of course I am still going to have to get alot more riding in before then.

My sister-in-law had her baby last Thursday. They had a little girl. They have one boy already so this makes two.

Our friends Hank & Jamie are about to have their little girl. I know they are excited as well as the brothers-to-be are waiting for their little sister. We are happy for them too! Remember to call us!!!

Since the wedding month has passed in June we have had babies and birthdays. Always something and it just shows you how fast time is going by.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Life in the FAST Lane

Can you believe that it is already August 1st, 2007?! The year is going by so fast!

The bride started her 1st day of School today. It was just "Teachers In-Service." They had meetings, etc. to get taken care of before the children start back on the 9th. Again, I am really proud of her.

For those of you who didn't know, I have a street bicycle; the one with the skinny wheels. Lately I have really gotten into riding more. It is a great form of exercise. This is good for me because I like food and food likes me so I have to do something to keep me in shape and keep my pants waist size to a 32. There is a group that meets every Saturday morning about 10 minutes from my house. We meet and ride between 30-40 miles around a couple of towns. I enjoy it alot. I like riding with others because it keeps me motivated.

I will have to pick up a few more days in the evenings to get some riding in because I am doing a Team Ride in Tennessee in September for Multiple Sclerosis. Follow the link below to read more about it.

I am looking forward to it. It is a total of 150 miles. 2 days, 75 miles each day. This is why I am having to put in alot more riding time so I will be ready.

On another note: My bride and I are the "Wedding Coordinators" for our Church. And yes, believe it or not, I can coordinate a wedding. When someone wants to use our church to get married we, or atleast one of us, has to be there and oversee all that takes place as well as run the sound system, power-point, etc. Then we will be the ones to clean up and get the church ready for service on Sundays.

I asked a few weeks back and they said they did not have anyone to coordinate them and they would be happy for us to do it. We already have a wedding in a couple of weeks and one good pays! Then we have another one in September.

Talking about church reminds me that this past Sunday I lead Praise and Worship. One reason the wife and I changed churches was because I reached a place at our previous church where I knew I would be until my death if I stayed there. I had voiced many times, to the right people, what I know God was calling me to. Music ministry such as choir director or music leader. (I always thought more of choir director) Year after year I stayed in the same place and saw no change. If there was ever a need in the music department at our previous church they would call someone new from the outside and bring them in. After MUCH prayer between myself and my wife, we decided that it was time to leave.

At our new church that we have been at since Feburary of this year we have really been used. There was a need in the music department as well as help with this and that. Our current music leader is also the youth pastor. He plays the keyboard during service. He was on vacation this week and therefore he asked me to lead praise and worship. NOW, I am learing to play "cord music" so I did not play the keyboard but we did have the guitar player and drummer so that worked. If anyone knows any info about how to catch on to playing cord music faster PLEASE let me know.

Leading P&W this past Sunday was honestly a "dream come true." It was a little rough but the presence of the Lord was there. I know that music is my calling. I am not the bestest singer in the world but I can carry a tune or two in a bucket. Below is a dream that I had a couple of years back that let me know that I would and will have music as part of my life. Maybe not full time at a church because I know that lots of churches cannot pay a full time music leader, but it will be part of my life and I am seeing it come to pass more and more every Sunday. The dream is very simple and short. The dream is this:

"I saw the backside of my body with my arms raised out on each side as if directing a choir and lost in worship"

The interpretation:

I had been praying for a while about God's calling on my life and what it is he was wanting me to do. During the month of September, a couple of years ago, we were having a "choir retreat" at our previous church. It was the morning of our last meeting that I had the dream. After the meeting the guy that came in to lead our retreat was talking about when he started doing what he was doing and how he knew that we would know that what we were doing was what we were called to do. He said, and I quote, "Sometimes God will show you the end result to let you know that all that you have to go through to get there will be worth it all."

After he said that I automatically thought back to that morning, right before I woke up, and the dream that I had.

Again, I am starting to see all this come to pass. It may be a few more years but I know that "God does not call the qualified...He qualifies the called."

He is calling each of us...What is he calling you to...What is that "thing" that you have been putting off that will lead you to what he is calling you to? What is that "thing" you need to let go of so you can press toward what he is calling you to? I had to let go of the church I previously went to and move toward a place where my talents and abilities can be used and where there is a need. People and things can hinder what God is calling you to. In prayer, ask God, who is ready to give you an answer to anything, what it is that you need to do.

Thank you Father for your loving kindnesses that are new EVERY morning and for hearing our hearts.