Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Should I - Should I Not?

So Pastor Jeff has been teaching a class at church on social networking (facebook, twitter, blogs, etc.). Tonight's topic was on blogs—how to find them, use them, and create them. I'm thinking maybe I should try to do this agin, so the question is:

Should I - Should I Not?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Just For My Wife

This post is just for my wife, cause she's been on me to blog again...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Signed Jason Giambi Bat

Many of you know by now, but my oldest son, Kyle, is working for the Oakland A's this spring training in their clubhouse. He's having a blast and getting to hang out with the guys on the team. He actually gets to sit in the dugout with the team during the games.

Yesterday, me and the other kids got to attend one of the games. I was texting Kyle and telling him he should tell Giambi that his dad was at the game and to get me an autographed baseball. Kyle said he'd try. Then Giambi cracked a bat - as he was walking that back to the dugout and getting another bat, I texted Kyle and told him I'd settle for an autographed bat...

Well, today Kyle brought that cracked autographed bat of Jason Giambi's to me. SWEET!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ahhh, the Joys of Fatherhood

Tonight was one of those nights that makes being a father not a job for the weak stomached. Lexi warned us, she said she wasn't feeling good...then she proved it...all over the bathroom! Star just told me, I had no choice in the matter, you get to clean this one up. Now I'm NOT weak stomached, and I'll tell ya, even I got to see my gag reflex in action. After I finished the clean up job, I officially awarded Lexi the worst case of puke I've ever had to clean up as a father! To see a picture click on the link below:

I'd not make anyone see what I saw tonight.

Man I love my kids and being a father!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My New Favorite Song

This could be my new favorite song...enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2009

An Encouraging Verse

I read this passage a couple days ago in my devotions and found it to be very encouraging so I thought I'd share it with you.

Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.
For he loves us with unfailing love;
the Lord's faithfulness endures forever.

Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117 (New Living Translation)

I am constantly amazed at the faithfulness of God in my life. When I stop and take time to think about all the ways He blesses me, I can't help but give him praise - God You are AMAZING!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Pro Tools 8

A great BIG thank you goes out to the person who purchased Pro Tools 8 for me...It's AWESOME!!!!!!!! learn how to use it properly. :)

Friday, February 27, 2009

What Equipment I'd Like Next

I'm using Pro Tools more and more now for loops / programming / clicks on stage Sundays in our worship services. I'm running an older version of the software that "technically" is not supposed to work with my computer's operating a result, Pro Tools crashes on a regular basis.

So, I'm hoping to upgrade to the latest version of Pro Tools that is designed to work with my computer's OS and then maybe my days of crashing in the middle of service will end.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Faithfulness of My Blog Readers

Today someone stopped by the office and in the course of conversation made the following statement:

"When I'm at work I get so bored that I read your blog everyday."

Can you feel the love? (;-)~

Monday, February 23, 2009

Help Needed!

Today I watched an episode of Dr. Phil and he was dealing with a family where their 14 year old daughter is trying to grow up too fast and is acting and dressing inappropriately...and it freaked me out!

My daughters are 11 years old and 14 is only 3 very short years away. How do I keep my precious little angels from turning into what I saw on the TV today???

Jesus - I need your help!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Amazing Grace

Josh Wilson does an incredible rendition of Amazing Grace.

Yet Another Manly Moment...

Today I was working in my office and I had iTunes on shuffle. I have lots of music, genres, artists and such in my iTunes library (6300 songs / 18.9 days without repeating a single song). Some of the stuff I have on there just for my girls...honestly it's true.

Well, there was a song that came on, I did not recognize the artist but I found myself thinking about how cool the song sounded. I even thought I really like this song and this girls voice, so I hoped on iTunes to see who it was...and to my surprise it was Aly & AJ. 

Wow do I feel like a manly man again today!!!

What's up with me?  :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Crossing the Red Sea

I'm reading in Exodus right now in my devotions and this morning I read the story of God delivering the Israelites at the Red Sea from the hands of the Egyptians. It's a great story of God's deliverance, direction, faithfulness, and provision (Ex. 14:15-31). This is an incredible story and quite the miracle, but it's also a story of trust and faith on the part of the Israelites. 

Can you imagine the faith it would take to begin walking across the bottom of this great sea? I know the ground was dried by God and the great wind that He caused to blow, but what about walking in between two huge walls of water, I'd be scared to about you?

Many of us, myself included, are feeling the pressure of the economy and all that's happening in America today. Not to mention the stresses of life, work, family, children, neighbors, friends, and such...

The Israelites were faced with a great pressure as well, Pharaoh and ALL of the Egyptian armies were coming to bring Moses and all the Israelites back to Egypt. When the Israelites saw the Egyptian armies coming to overtake them, the Bible says they "panicked." There was no way out, on one side was the Red Sea (which at this point had not been parted for them to walk across), and on the other side was the armies of Egypt bearing down to capture them.

How many of you feel the same thing, there's no way out as you see it right now, it seems like life is crashing in all around us—all at once!

Take heart, God made a way out for the Israelites by parting the Red Sea. He will no doubt make a way out for you (and me) too! Trust in Him, place your Faith in Him, stand on the Promises of His Word. He will see us through this difficult time.

How can I pray for you?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I Really Must Be Getting Old.....Looking

I went to Burger King today for lunch. I ordered off the $1 menu, a Whopper Jr. and a small soft drink. The guy taking my order asks me, "How old are you?" I ask him why and he responds with the following question...

"Well, aren't you old enough for the SENIOR DRINK?"

Friday, January 30, 2009

Better Than Drugs

I was listening to a song this morning by the band, Skillet. It's their song entitled "Better Than Drugs." I laughed and made a joke with someone, that's a funny way to offer praise to God, by telling Him that He's better than drugs...then I looked up the lyrics and I was actually moved by them. I enjoy Skillet's music, but I'm probably not their "target audience" and as I read these lyrics with their target audience in mind I had a completely different take on the song. Why don't you read these lyrics and comment if you so desire.

Better Than Drugs / by Skillet

Feel your every heartbeat 
Feel you on these empty nights 
Calm the ache, stop the shakes 
You clear my mind 
You're my escape 
From this messed up place 
'Cause you let me forget 
You numb my pain 

How can I tell you just all that you are 
What you do to me 

You're better than drugs 
your love is like wine 
Feel you comin' on so fast 
Feel you comin' to get me high 
You're better than drugs 
Addicted for life 
Feel you comin' on so fast 
Feel you comin' on to get me high 

Feel you when I'm restless 
Feel you when I cannot cope 
You're my addiction, my prescription, my antidote 
You kill the poison 
Ease the suffering 
Calm the rage when I'm afraid 
To feel again 
How can I tell you just all that you are 
What you do to me 

Feel your every heartbeat 
Feel you on these empty nights 
You're the strength of my life 

Feel your every heartbeat 
Feel you on these empty nights 

Feel your every heartbeat 
Feel you come to get me high

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Scary Moment

My son Kyle works at the Chandler Fashion Square Mall and last night he closed. I went to pick him up at 11:00 pm and as I pulled into a parking space to wait for him to come out I had somewhat of a scary moment.

I noticed out of the corner of my eye that an SUV pulled in right after me a couple of spaces down, and I just happen to notice that the person in the passenger seat was wearing a hooded jacket (with the hood on) and a hockey mask, like the one Jason wears on Friday the 13th. I thought to myself, that seems a little odd, it's not even Halloween. 

Understand that it's 11 pm, and there is no one, and I do mean no one, in the parking lot - it's just me in my car and "Jason" from Friday the 13th.

Well, this guy immediately gets out of the truck, wearing his big black hooded jacket and hockey mask with both hands in the pocket of his jacket. He walks directly behind my car looking all around. My senses were heightened and I began to feel that something was not quite right. He walked past my car, stopped and turned around still looking all around the parking lot. He began to walk back behind my car again, moving from the passenger side of my car to the drivers side. This time a little closer to my car. As he makes it to the drivers side of my car he stops and turns toward the front of my car. At this point, I quickly start my car and drive away. "Jason" runs back to the SUV, jumps in and they drive off very quickly. (Thankfully not following me, but going in the opposite direction.)

At this point, all I can think is, thank you God for giving me a sense that something was not right and for causing me to be aware of my surroundings. So many other times when I've picked up Kyle late at night, I have set in my car totally engrossed in my iPhone and would never have noticed someone approaching my car. I believe God was watching out for me, and I'm thankful for His protection.

I found a mall security guy and told him about what happened and then went back to wait for Kyle, this time for sure watching my surroundings like I've never done before.

Psalm 5:11 says, "But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you." (NIV)

Today, I am rejoicing in God's glorious protection!

On a lighter note: I told Kyle all about this when I picked him up. Then I said, "good thing this was not a scary movie....becuase then my car would not have started." That made us smile.  :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Total Manly Moment

So tonight I experienced one incredible "manly moment." I was in the men's room at a restaurant and I care of business...when I caught myself humming and singing (out loud) the following lines, "see that girl, watch that scene, she is the dancing queen."

Once I realized I was singing "Dancing Queen" by Abba in the men's room...I'm sure my face turned all shades of red and I quickly took inventory and was relieved to find that I was the only one in the bathroom...WOW I felt like a manly man at that point!

PLEASE NOTE: In my defense, my wife got the movie Mamma Mia for Christmas as well as Abba's greatest hits and her and the girls were listening to that CD on the way to the restaurant...that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Ha!

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's Not My Fault

Have you ever noticed that most of us, most of the time want to defer responsibility for certain things. Let me explain...

This morning I wanted to trim my goatee, I picked up my beard trimmer and found that the guard was missing. I knew that my son Kyle had borrowed my trimmer just a couple days ago to trim his beard and I immediately began the "blaming game," after-all, he was the last one to use it. Therefore it must be his fault that the guard is missing. I must admit that I actually found myself getting a little upset. (I've already had to replace one trimmer because we lost the guard for that one.)

NOTE: did you catch that I just deferred responsibility for the last guard - I just wrote that "we" lost it...hmmmm, do I have a problem here?!?!?

I looked all over my bathroom, in drawers, on the floor, then I looked all over the boys bathroom and still was not able to find that pesky little guard. Now I'm really starting to get mad, I'm even thinking of texting my son while he's at school to scold him for losing my guard...then...

I look up on the top of the shower rail and what do I see. The guard that I, at that moment, remembered putting there myself the last time I used the trimmer.

God forgive me for being so quick to blame others when it's really all my fault.

what do you need to ask forgiveness for today???

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Psalm to Ponder

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My New Dream Guitar

Need I Say More???

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Wife....the Queen Blogger

My wonderful wife has always enjoyed writing and someday would like to write a book. She is very creative and it's always fun to read what she writes. Well she's not quite writing that book yet, but she is very much into blogging and she has a very successful blog. She has regular readers form all over the United States to several different countries all around the world that stop by her blog and comment on a regular basis.

I am very proud of her and what she's doing with her blog. She's not just writing about trivial topics, she's writing about how to be a great parent, wife, and friend. And I believe she's making a difference in the lives of the people who are reading her posts. Many have left comments about what she has written and the way it's caused them to stop and think about why they are doing what they are doing.

She's a member of several blog groups and today (Wednesday, January 14) and tomorrow (Thursday, January 15) she is the featured blogger on two of those groups. That means that she will be having a lot of visitors and comments over the next few days. So, if you've never read her blog, I encourage you to do so today and tomorrow, while you're there, take a look around at some of the older posts and the comments that people have left there. You can find her blog here:

I am real proud of you Star and I love you bunches!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What A Man!

Me feeling very manly walking my dog wearing a pink sweater!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Looking Forward to Tomorrow

I'm looking forward to's why. I am blessed to have a wonderful acoustic guitar, but that incredible instrument has been broken for a while now and I've not been able to play it. Tomorrow I get it back from my Luthier and I'm really looking forward to playing it again this Sunday for worship!

Here's a picture of my beautiful instrument.