Sunday, May 16, 2010

Been Awhile Again!

So it has been awhile since I last wrote. Sorry, but this is a busy time of year as we in facilities build and fix and prepare everything we need for this coming camp summer. We have been jacking up a cabin and replacing a rotten log, remodeling the old office, working on the pools and the list goes on.

Anyway I found this link and thought it was interesting.
This link actually allows us as voters to help decide where our government should cut spending. Republicans will list 5 choices each week and whichever one wins the vote will go to the floor for an up or down vote. Hey who knows maybe it is just more politics, but I am for anything that allows me a little more say and CUTS instead of raises taxes!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gunner On A Roll

So we are sitting at the breakfast table and Gunner starts to sing..."God is great" in that first line I am thinking hmmm must be a song that he learned in preschool. Then he finished "beer is good and people are crazy". Guess my country music roots aren't the best influence on the young lad. He also right after that started quoting a bud light my if you think of it keep this boy in your prayers he is pretty ornery.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Gunner Laugh

Last night Gunner and I were chasing each other through the house and having a blast. We were wearing our socks and sliding around the corners hiding and scaring each other, just having fun! Gunner ran into a dead end with the office and with no place to hide when I came in he was standing at attention.

Gunner (in a really low voice): "Gunner isn't here" (I was cracking up)
Me: Where is he?
Gunn: He went that way.
Me: Who are you?
Gunn: I am the guard who tells people where Gunner went

Maybe you had to be there, but it was funny.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Gunner Show

My 5 year old Gunner is quite the dancer. I found this out this past Saturday night at the dining hall here at UCYC. We had a guest group of middle/high school students in camp and they were sitting around after dinner listening to some music and talking, that is until the "nooma nooma" song came on. Upon hearing it Gunner jumps up and starts dancing. It was fun to watch the guest group start watching and then eventually start dancing. You can see in the video he was the leader and by the end everyone was either watching or dancing with him. It ended with a big round of applause and high fives for Gunner.

This has me thinking that this is what Jesus meant when He said we need to be like children. No one told Gunner how to dance, no one told him he was doing it right or wrong he was just following His heart and it was contagious. He has never had dance lessons, hasn't learned music or dance theory. He was just having fun and was passionate (check out the expression on his face while dancing).

I want my relationship with Papa to be so fresh and so alive, so grounded in Him and His Word in me that when I follow Him it will lead others to follow Him. When I hear His song I don't want to analyze it, parse it or beat it to death, I just want to jump up and do what it is He is asking of me. I don't want to become so educated like the pharisees of Jesus' day that I can't recognize God when He is standing in front of me. I don't want to become set in my ways, I want God to do a new thing in my life and in my journey with Him. Don't expect to see me dancing like Gunner anytime soon, but I hope that who Christ is in me and who I am in Him is contagious and that I live it with fun-loving a kid.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Gramm-whocares-y's

I don't care about the Grammy's I have never given two cents for any of those types of shows. My thought has always been who cares!

So if I could make an award show here are just a few of the people I think should be on the list:
The hard working single mom or dad
Law Enforcement Agents

Who would you put on the list?

Sunday, January 31, 2010


I like to read labels when I am in the grocery store. It is good to know what is on the inside of a can of soup. Labels can help me stay away from something inside a package that I don't want to put inside my body. Labels can really be helpful and a good thing...BUT I don't like labels when it comes to people.


Labels on cans of food are dead on accurate because the maker know what is on the inside, but when it comes to people only our "Maker" knows what is on the inside. My walk with God over the past two years has really caused me to take a deeper look inside, it has brought me to a place of introspection. I have realized how judgmental I used to be and in the process I have realized how I have labeled in the past and then made assumptions about what was inside (what was going on in that person's heart). I understand that biblically we are called to "judge people by their fruit" but I think sometimes we aren't judging fruit as much as we are assuming we know more about that person than we do (slap a label on that person from a distance then condemn them to hell). Surface relationships don't allow for knowing where a person is really living inside. One can't judge a book by its cover and I don't want to be a person who will judge a person only by the books they read. I guess I am writing this because our society tends to use labels for people, and I see this in Christian circles too. I am writing this because it is really on my heart that I don't want to label someone without knowing what is on the inside. Jesus said that some saying "Lord Lord" wouldn't make it to heaven which means that there were people who were labeled as followers by human standards, but were not accurately labeled. He knows hearts and can see through feeble human attempts to label others. I just know that God has brought me to a good place a place of wonder and awe for his unfailing love and his incredible justice. He has brought me to a place of reverence for who He is, and a place where more than ever I want to know Him and his heart. The world can label me however they want but my Maker knows what is on the inside and I keep working on my heart to be more like His.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Butterfly Circus

I was moved to write tonight by watching a 20 minute movie by my lovely wife. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I literally believe that this is one of the best movies I have ever watched. It says so much so incredibly well. Take the time to watch it and then post your thoughts here, I would love to have a conversation about what this film says to you. You can see the film in full screen by going to The Doorpost Film Project and search for Butterfly Circus.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Eye, eye!

So one thing I want to start doing better is writing on my blog. I have an uncle in Ks who checks it regularly so I want him to have something to read this year.

I went to the eye Dr. Friday (this is my local Dr. who will take care of me from here - not my surgeon) to get fitted for a new lens. The Dr. said we basically 3 options. One is to try and put a new posterior lens in, newer technology but all the connective tissue used to hold that lens was damaged and removed so that is not a good option at all. The second option (suggested by the surgeon) is an older style of lens an anterior lens. This a pretty good option as the lens is placed in front of where the original lens was, it has been around a long time and works pretty well. The down side is that at some point down the road I will likely have to have it replaced (15 - 20 years) and it isn't as good of technology as the other two options. The final option is to simply use a contact lens. Obviously this option is the least invasive and the simplest way to go. My local Dr. recommends this option at least to start with because there is no surgery, it gives my eye more time to heal and a contact can even correct scars on the cornea. I still have stitches in my eye and a contact can be used over the stitches and my Dr. would like to leave the stitches in longer as that helps it have less scar tissue on the cornea and will make sure it is completely healed. All this to say I will be getting a contact lens on Wednesday. I like this option for the fact it is easy, fast and high quality vision (I am hoping anyway). I also like it because it is not invasive and I can choose surgery as technology improves or if I don't like messing with a contact. So that is the plan for now, we will see how it goes and go from there.
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