Friday, February 29, 2008

these are shots of my morning commute to work today. i didn't even notice the geese in the third photo cause i was driving while i took it and was just shooting in the direction of the sun. Josie continues to run a low fever so she is home again today. Cami is trying school again today. hope she makes it. Taylor remains healthy as do his parents (knock on wood).
Looks like i might be going rappeling this weekend! for those that don't know, that is decending down a cliff, bridge, building, or whatever with the use of a harness around your waist and legs and using a rope(s) to lower yourself. Because i'm afraid of heights i will likely be crying like a baby and shaking uncontrollably. it's a good way to confront my fears and have unforgettable memories.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cami's still sick

Cami is back home feeling terrible and now throwing up :-(. Josie is on her medication from the Dr. for the flu and i think is responding well. her fever is dropping from the 103's to the 99's. i suspect she'll still be out of school the rest of the week.
i am waiting to here for the rib doctor about her next surgery. we are assuming late march to early april. but we don't know for sure. we are back to needing to get the sporiasis knocked out on her back where the inscision scars are.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flu Victim #3

(have you seen these banana minis? they are so cute)

Well Josie has the flu now. she woke up yesterday morning with a mild fever and by noon had the same symptoms Taylor did. so we knew she had it. But we confirmed with with the doctor this morning. Taylor and Cami got it aroudn the same time frame. Taylor was well by last sunday and cami is back to school this week. but now Josie will probably be out all week.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Yes, Mr. President..."

Okay, so it wasn't like that, but i received a really cool phone call today at work. "yes, this is [so and so] from the US Census Bureau in Washington...". Now granted the call wasn't specificially for me, but as one of the juvenile supervisors, the receptionist transferred the call to me. This official was wanting to know the status of a particular group home for boys here in Topeka that they have lost correspondence with. So i felt pretty important, none-the-less, to get this information tracked down and back to her. As trivial as the call probably was, i had never received a call from the nation's Capitol before. So i just pretended they were specifically seeking me out to give them some vital information of national security - like Tom Cruz; without the mental instability, or my boy, Nicolas Cage in National Treasure... ha. okay, i'm just kidding, but it made my day.

Not on the subject, but, i think Cami is now sick with the flu. Taylor is actually going back to school today, but he complained this morning that he was really tired. Cami has been sickly for a week or two and recently had the tell tale signs of this year's flu string, but then this morning she woke up all achey too. so i'm sure it's the flu. :-(

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's the Flu

This picture is actually just in our back yard last month, but i liked it so i thought i'd pass it on.

Taylor's got the flu. i'll be staying home with him tomorrow and Tracy and i will just switch off til he can go back to school, unless the grandparents are available too. His is all just in this throat and chest with a fever. but no muscle aches, etc with what i call the 'common' flu. but then again this year has been nothing 'common' for flu season.

Back in the saddle

Sunrise at the Frontier Ranch (Mt. Princeton)

I’ve been back a week, today. What an incredible experience! And as beautiful and enlightening of a trip as it was, it really wasn’t a mountaintop experience. Well, it was ‘literally’ a mountaintop experience – but most of you know what I mean. Because you spend a great deal of time alone in “disciplines of silence” – you were focused just as much on time with God as you were the amazing scenery so there was more meaning than just being in a beautiful place. But, it truly was an amazing place and experience that I can’t adequately describe with words. I took just over 500 pictures and have pared that down in half. Maybe within the next week I can get many of them posted on line for you all to view (through a different website).

Bob and I are tossing around the idea of facilitating a Wild at Heart Boot Camp here in Kansas this fall. It won’t have quite the majesty of the Colorado Mountains – but that’s not the whole point. It IS about getting out of the rat race and into the wilderness and country to be alone with God and we have a place in mind for it. I won’t say anymore as we are still praying for God’s direction in this “Adventure”. It’s pretty hard to listen for God when you are so excited about something… all I hear is my own desire. But I will certainly keep you guys posted. We’ll need lost of volunteers this first year to make it work – including a number of volunteer speakers/pastors that we will be calling on.

So in closing, the trip was everything I hoped and more. Listening to John Eldridge and the rest of his Ransomed Heart team was awesome. The food was great – I ate very well and very much. The facility/ranch was the most amazing ‘camp’ I’ve ever been to (the physical buildings). The location was breath-taking. God showed up as I prayed that he would. To experience it all with my best friend was priceless. And God clearly kept us safe the whole time, from the time we left Topeka to drive straight into a blizzard, fishtailing on the highway at 60 MPH (we just knew we were gonners), giving a stranded motorist a ride, to making it to the mountain an hour before they closed the highway (wind blew a couple vehicles off the road right after we made it through). Many guys didn’t make it to camp til early Friday morning because of the whiteout weather conditions…. God was good and He wanted us there and made sure we made it.

***Taylor has been sick since Saturday with a fever and severe sore throat and chest congestion. We are waiting for the nurse to call back about taking him in. I think it’s something that is going around. Many people are suffering from the same thing. I’ll keep you posted if we hear something.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

We're almost there!

"Sunset at Pike's Peak"

Well, we were crazy to leave early. the roads were crazy scary. cars left and right off the hiway, including a semi that had slid off the road and was perpendicular to the hiway with the cab in the ditch and the trailer blocking the right lane of the hiway. at one point, we started fishtailing at 60 MPH and we both ust new we were done for, but bob pulled it out!! about 20 miles east of Hays we stopped to help someone stuck down in the median with snow up to his hood. we picked him up and drove him to Hays.

we got into Colby (were we already had a reservation) just after 10:00, which was still really good time (leaving Topeka at 4 PM). When we got there the lady said we're gald we had a reservation caus they only had one room left from people staying there from the snow. Colby got 8" - 12" that day. I got to do some geocaching this morning before leaving Colorado Springs.

today we drove up through the Garden of the Gods. i took a bunch of pictures!! it was really beautiful there. got some great pictures of Pike's Peak too. tomorrow morning we'll head off to Buena Vista where the retreat is. we're trying to find something fun to do either before or after the retreat. we may either go skiing for half a day at Monarch, or go on a snowmobile run. that sounds fun too!!

you won't hear from me again until Sunday night.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Leaving early!

Bob and i are leaving for our Colorado trip TODAY instead of early tomorrow morning due to the snow fall we are projected to get over night. The last thing we need is to wake up to I-70 being closed at 5:00 in the morning. We are leaving today at 4:00 pm and plan to stay the night in Colby, Kansas.

Please be in prayer for a safe trip to and from; safety for Tracy and the kids while i'm gone and for God to work on my heart to restore it to the masculine heart he created it to be. I pasted a brief caption of what John Eldridge's book, "Wild At Heart" is about, and therefore what this retreat is about...

"....what really is in the heart of men has been badly missed. 'when all is said and done, i think most men believe God put them on earth to be a good boy. the problem with men, we are told, is that they don't know how to keep their promises, be spiritual leaders, talk to their wives, or raise their children. but if they try really hard, they can reach the lofty summit of becoming... a nice guy. that's what we hold up as models of Christian maturity: really nice guys.' now in all your boyhood dreams growing up, did you ever dream of becoming a nice guy? Ladies, what the prince of your dreams dashing, or merely nice. Eldridge believes that this dedication to niceness is the reason there are so many tired and lonely women, so many fatherless children, and so few many around. 'we've taken away the dreams of a man's heart and told him to play the man...'

deep in every man's heart longs a battle to fight, an edventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. that is how he bears the image of God; that is what God made him to be. "
- Wild at Heart: Discovering The Secrets of a Man's Soul.

I'll give a full report on my return!!!!!!!

The Ultimate Guitar Hero!

What a stud!!!