31
Jan
09

Polar Bear Plunge

What can i say here? this morning i woke up 1 and a half  hours before my alarm was to go off- thinking  “what ‘d i get myself into?”  and then  ” oh well its here…”  so i drank a press ate a small bowl of applejacks then suited up in to Captain Redbeard.  Sarahs up and real happy- not so much about me jumping into freezing waters, but happy theres EMTs there on standby with an ambulance running. im so excited that pulling out of our driveway i jerk the wheel too soon and get it stuck in the 2ft snowbank edging our curb. all this snow and still i haven’t purchased a shovel, so rather than spend who knows how long rocking the car- Sarahs yelling ” go get the rake!”   So in looking back, i smile. and laugh!   life presents another unexpected picture of oneself , that you could of never really thought up: Saturday morning, your driving down an indiana road and spot a bare-chest pirate in knee-high snow raking it out from beneath a station wagon!  anyway, we made it to the lake. and we were so thankful for all of our friends that came out for support, Thank you ALL! the event began by us all reciting the special olympis motto, then they had a guy with an Olympic torch lead us all -plungers – to the hole. So he passed off the torch to someone down at the hole, and HE JUMPED!  then another , and another – before long it was me… so i charged and jumped-with my pirate sword held high in the air & as i leaped, my paper pirate hat from LJS fell over my eyes, and a blind decent into freezing wet needles &  pins. but honestly that part wasn’t all that bad compared to getting out of the water. my boots laces were covered in ice immediately – later sarah said my beard was too. Definitely though for me, the  most discomforting part is from your digits- your toes and fingers.  it took me so long to untie my double-knotted boots, and even putting on wool sock was quite a battle. i came out of the men’s room damp, however in dry clothes and around the corner was  many more familiar faces,  Liz and Allison made  it too. they watched the highlights on our video camera. The after-party was down the street where there was chili, nachos, karaoke, and awards.   I was involved in all of them. well, not the karaoke. but as far as costumes go- between a cowboy, couple guys dressed like the blues bros.,  and  the butterfly lady, the  public liked Captain Redbeard the best! AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!! and so it was that i was presented with best costume award. today was a new and fun experience for me, but it wouldn’t have been half of  grand a time that it was had it been without my wife and friends there with me. Thank You LORD  for all the amazing, creative, and meaningful ways You share love.

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29
Jan
09

january in In.

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passport wallet and travel book gift

I turned 30 about a month ago. I was surprised by Sarah’s gift—round trip tickets for IRELAND!!! I still can’t believe we are really going, Im constantly looking at the travel book she got me,  checking out places andfun things to do there. I guess im finally writing this JOYOUS news cause on this freezing cold day shes cooking shepherds pie, and that makes me happy.  happy like a round-trip ticket.

B-day pasta

B-day pasta

These pics are a week old. and yes it was cold, but compared to the snow we got overnight…its nothing!  We got 10 INCHES OF SNOW!!! and right now my station wagon is half in the drive, half in the street- and thats ok, snow plows don’t go down side streets here. I’m  thankful for ben lending me his snow shovel, it helped me and 3 of my neighbors.  Kona loves the snow too, her beard collects  ice sickles 10 times quicker than mine.

the kill zone

the kill zone

our street

our street

if u look close you'll see a car

if u look close you'll see a car

Oh and only 3 days until the polar bear plunge!!! Its for special olympics indiana, So theres a good cause behind this crazy act. i think im going as a pirate. bye.\\    God bless.

white beard. and only 2.

white beard. and only 2.

17
Dec
08

Coffee Saturday

5 of us drove 230 miles for coffee…because. That’s why. We started with a morning craffe in the car for a little eye opener on our way to West Lafayette to GreyHouse Coffee.  Purdue is large. Then we headed to Chicago to enjoy what Intelligentsia had to offer, and finally ended it at The Coffee Studio. French press, Chemex, Clover, CafeSolo’, espressos!!! We didn’t even use gasoline, we just pushed the car everywhere we went. Good trip.

thanks GreyHouse.

thanks GreyHouse.

gas stations didn't just have bad coffee

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this triple grouphead this late in the trip looked like this even thru my eyes and not just the camera

this triple grouphead this late in the trip looked like this even thru my eyes and not just the camera

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31
Oct
08

RN in the house

I am so excited for Sarah, i got the text this morning  at 9am- actually 8:03 her time. She flew back a few days ago to take her nclex test. This morning though, as many of us could’ve guessed SHE PASSED! My wife is just beginning her brand new world of healing the sick, of course what she really desires is delivering babies, helping pregnant mothers, etc… I just love Jesus so much for blessing me with such an amazing woman, He is so great to me and i know there are just huge things in store for Sarah! Thank you God for hearing our prayers and the prayers of many who lifted her up during the studying and testing. God is good all the time. And all the time God is good.

31
Oct
08

RN in the house!!!

I am so excited for Sarah, i got the text this morning  at 9am- actually 8:03 her time. She flew back a few days ago to take her nclex test. This morning though, as many of us could’ve guessed SHE PASSED! My wife is just beginning her brand new world of healing the sick, of course what she really desires is delivering babies, helping pregnant mothers, etc… I just love Jesus so much for blessing me with such an amazing woman, He is so great to me and i know there are just huge things in store for Sarah! Thank you God for hearing our prayers and the prayers of many who lifted her up during the studying and testing. God is good all the time. And all the time God is good.

13
Sep
08

New Places

So last weekend Sarah & i were returning from our friends wedding in Maryland, however one grand thing i did’nt share was the stop to refuel in MY town- GRANTSVILLE! It was quite the little town,  complete with all the things little towns should have. We filled up the car in the one of maybe 3 gas stations-complimented with a fun exchange of grumpiness between a local and the new gas station attendant, Oh Darryl…

We took a quick drive down the strip and saw the corner clock, the little library, and post office. We actually left and then on the ramp back to the highway turned around to checkout the antique gift shop for a Grantsville sign- but didn’t find one. Walked away though with a great flyer & map of the town. I do hope to return.

PRICELESS

PRICELESS

Another new place for me is behind the counter making coffee drinks for the public at MAC. Last night they had they’re friday night cafe’, were anyone is welcome to come and have a free drink (donations welcome), here some live music, even throw some pottery on the wheel. People were visiting and playing cards-it was great! It was my first time making drinks for anyone, other than those at my house-and the machines their at the church are a litte bit nicer than mine. OK- alot nicer, I even made some lady a $10 latte! We were laughing about how from here on out I can forever tag to myself that “I make $10 lattes!” It was a wonderful expirience, and i’m real excited to learn alot more. And I’m so thankful to all the other interns who patiently schooled me on… everything, thank you ALL.

service with a- smile?

service with a- smile?

frozen mocha
pulling a shot

pulling a shot

washing mugs

washing mugs

10
Sep
08

Wallace Wedding

Sarah and I left our new home in Indiana and drove to Maryland for our friends wedding. 9 hours later we arrived and  got a chance to hang out with some friends and meet some new friends. Since we arrived a little before needed for any sorta rehearsal us a

Levines, Wallaces, and Yeamans'

Levines, Wallaces, and Yeamans

nd the Levines went to D.C. and checked out the Smithsonian and other sites.  The wedding was wonderful, just wonderful. What a great idea to have a wedding in a movie theater…well, at one time it was. I saw people from Colorado i had not seen in years and they were all to happy to hear about Sarah & my plans for vacationing out there this winter (cross your fingers).  Sarah & i danced crazy at the after party, ate some great food and got to catch up with dear friends at one of the most important days of their lives. God bless you Wallaces, we pray many happy years together.

AND I DID A POOR JOB ARRANGING THESE PICTURES. SORRY.

The real thing
We danced too, after i danced with Troy's grandma

We danced too, after i danced with grandma

Rehersal

Rehearsal

lunch at California Pizza Kitchen

lunch at California Pizza Kitchen

Mitchell with a dino

Mitchell with a dino

OK- some simalarities may support evolution....

OK- some similarities may support evolution....

genius scholars reunite Sarah with old relatives

genius scholars reunite Sarah with old relatives

us, the White house, and numerous watching eyes

us, the White house, and numerous watching eyes After party= first dance

Washinton monument

Washington monument