Browsing the blog archives for September, 2007.

Sunday September 23, 2007


Got a call from one of my youth girls around 9:00 tonight.  Her little one year old brother was in the ER at Temple uncounscious and on a breathing machine and she wanted me to come in.  Duane and I ran in and prayed with them and ended up taking some of them home.  The family was for the most part being brave, but mom was blaming herself.  He got ahold of some heavy duty cleaner and swallowed some of it.  He’ll spend a few days in intensive care, but hopefully he’ll pull through.  He’s such a cute kid.  It was unreal seeing him laying there with tubes everywhere in this huge bed. 

It brought back memories from the last time I was at the Temple ER.  A much different situation.  Almost two years ago, Rose and I ran there in the middle of the night after recieving a call from a mother who’s 25 year old son had got shot.  He was no longer living till we got there and we ended up spending a couple traumatic hours with the mom and her daughters. 

We sat with some of the family in the waiting room a bit and a couple of them mentioned what they were doing that day and how they so didn’t expect their day to end like this.  And isn’t that so typical.  We live our lives, thinking we’re in control.  Like we know what our day is going to hold.  And then things happen that are out of our control and our world crashes.  I’m just thankful that I serve a God who’s in control no matter how chaotic or confusing or stressful or wrong, life may feel.



9 randoms – Thursday September 13, 2007


1.  I saw the sunrise yesterday morning.  The first time I saw that since. . .  a very long time.

2.  I went to Marie’s babyshower.  There were pregnant ladies everywhere.  Monica thought it must be a disease and said not to share any cups.

3.  Biked to work today and it was actually cold enough to wear a sweater.  As much as I’m looking forward to cooler weather, I am not looking forward to having to wear numerous layers to go to work.

4.  I liked Texas.  And the people I met there.  And the ones I knew before.

5.  I like iphones, but I’m not sure how practical it would be for my un-technologically inclined self.

6.  Fell today at work for the third time in a year.  Suzanna has worked there for almost 3 and a half years and fell for the first time on Saturday.  I think she deserves an award.  In case your’re wondering if falling is a common occurence at work. . .  Not really, but our floors get very slippery when wet and I seem to have a knack for skating into slippery situations and losing it.  And of course someone always gets to witness it.  Thankfully I’ve never been injured seriously, except for my pride.

7.  I think it’s time for me to purchase a pair of “no-slip crocs” for work. 

8.  It’s getting cooler.  I think fall is upon us.

9.  This is my favorite time of year.  September through January 1st.  I love this time of year.  January through April has got to be my least favorite time of year.  I don’t do well with frigid cold for extended periods of time. 


Spent Friday in San Antonio with Duane’s sister Lois and Joe, and Travis. 


    One of the many fountainish things.


The Alamo


Gorgeous walkway at the Alamo


Father and son at the Tower of the America’s

I think the only pictures we have of Texas are in San Antonio.  How sad is that.  More pictures next time, hopefully. 


Saturday September 8, 2007


I am updating my site from an iPhone. How cool is that! No, it’s not mine. I’m just coveting. I’m down here in Texas with Duane’s family and his technology inclined brother is being generous enough to let me waste his batteryon his iPhone. You’d think he was a salesman or something. He could be cause he’s sold me on this.
Anyways, we are having a good time, but I should get off of here now. Catch you all back in Pa.


Sunday September 2, 2007


So I’ve been back for over a week now, but am only now taking the time to update.  The trip was amazing.  My poison cleared up fast – thank God.  So I wasn’t scatching annoyingly all week long.

We encountered some serious rain on Monday and Tuesday which kinda put a damper on excitement, but we still made some good memories.  Wednesday it didn’t rain but was cloudy and then Thursday (my favorite day) we actually saw the sun for a short bit over lunch.   

The rainy times. . .

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the better times. . .

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and the crazy times. . .

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Teresa encouraging me to go off the rope swing.  You can’t really tell it on the picture, but it was one steep hill we climbed and it was a bit of a fall into the river.

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A big rock that Kyonna got us all into jumping off.  She was day leader and decided that if five of the eight agreed to do it, we all had too.  So all of us, minus the camera person (Katrina) climbed up the rock.  Then Kyonna, the motivation behind it all, twisted or sprained her ankle climbing down part of the rock, so she sat and soaked her foot in the freezing cold water and never got to jump off.

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Teresa is a deer, Katrina a tree the deer is hiding behind, and Janelle is the hunter with a gun.  Don’t ask for anymore expanation.

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Janelle is actually in the middle of a river, in a canoe, standing up, sawing off tree branches.  We were desperate for dry wood and knew that are campsites had a sparse supply. 

Our mascot. . .

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I felt like this trip was as good for me as it was for the girls.  It was a learning, growing experience for me.  I loved seeing the girls respond to things and work together and open up.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  Minus the rain, though, I hope.  In normal conditions (normal meaning a roof over my head), I don’t respond well to rainy days, let alone in abnormal conditions (abnormal meaing no roof, just a tarp or maybe just my rain gear).  The rain was definitely a challenge for me personally.  Thanks to all of you who prayed.

The guys went on their trip this past week.  Sunshine all week long.  I’m jealous, but I’m glad for them.  They did some serious rapids and managed to flip or swamp two canoes.

So now summer activities are over and we are flying full speed ahead into Autumn.  Which is a good thing.  School starts next week and things instantly slow down.  The doorbell is silent and we wonder what to do with ourselves.  And then we get busy again hosting weekend groups, having homework club, restarting Thursday night Bible Study.  And so the seasons change and life goes on.