Saturday, January 31, 2009

Caption Please

Please write a caption for this photo. Haha! I love it!

Friday, January 30, 2009

A Deer Story

Yeah, I haven't had a chance to tell you all about this, but two weeks ago today I shot a deer. She was beautiful! Her name was Betsy, and she was 112 lbs. Actually, I named her Betsy. In all likely hood, she didn't have a name, or if she did it would be some kind of deer name, and thus unintelligible to humans like you and I.

I shot her right at dark, and tracked her for an hour and a half Friday night. I couldn't find her that night, and it made me sick to my stomach. Luckily it was the night that the temp went down into the teens. The next morning I got up and tracked her for another 3 1/2 hours until I found her. She was about 400 yards from where I shot her, and when we got back from Dallas, we picked her up. She graciously provided us with a lot of delicious meat. If you would like to taste Betsy, give me a call and you can come over for dinner one night. Here's me dragging her out of the woods. I got caught on the game camera. 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The 25 Fact Craze

There's a craze sweeping facebook to list 25 random facts about yourself. My wife never does any kind of survey, but last night, I looked over and she was working on her list. So, I figured why not. Here goes:

1. I've always wanted to get my ears pierced.

2. I would like to get a tattoo.

3. I hate the sound of my singing voice.

4. In 2010 I will likely begin leading mission trips into the Middle East.

5. If I sit in a massage chair for about 15 minutes, I laugh uncontrollably when it's turned off. I don't know why, but I can't stop.

6. I will only eat Mayo on Saltine crackers.

7. I enjoy going different places, but I HATE to travel. I wish I could just materialize somewhere.

8. I believe mice are a plague from God.

9. Cats are only 1 step above mice, because they eat said mice. Other than that, I hate them.

10. I was in the Air Force for a year.

11. As a child, I was a K-Mart runway model. Just call me Blue Steel.

12. If I was wealthy, half of my net worth would be in guitars, pedals, amps, and guitar accessories.

13. I've never seen a single Star Wars movie.

14. I was diagnosed with lymphoma when I was 19.

15. I typically find something I like at every restaurant, and order it every time I go.

16. One time at Tannehill State Park I drove/rode a bike into a creek, by accident. I was fully clothed. It was funny to everyone but me.

17. Holly told me I was weird about twice a day for the first year of our marriage. It has since decreased to once a day.

18. I am a deep thinker.

19. Animals freak me out. I don't like being around animals. All I can tolerate is a tame, friendly dog.

20. I really enjoy hunting small game.

21. I think global warming is a joke, but I do believe we should conserve stuff.

22. I love awkward situations.

23. I feel more comfortable on stage than in the crowd.

24. When I was 2 I quoted Psalm 23 at a revival where my dad was preaching.

25. I could watch Discovery Channel 24 hours a day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What a Lame Dude

I have been such a lame blogger for about two weeks now. In my defense I didn't have internet access in my hotel during my time in Dallas. With everything going on, I probably would not have had time to write even if I had. I have been on information overload for the past week at the conference, and I'm trying even now to recover from all I've learned and experienced. We drive back tomorrow. Perhaps it will give me a chance to write some tomorrow, so that I can share some key points with you guys. It is as if I've been trying to drink from a wide open fire hydrant. What an amazing time and opportunity God has given me to serve with this ministry. I'm constantly amazed and blessed. More thoughts tomorrow! See you then!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Barnicles of Beardia Part 2

Trey has a special message for you at the end.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Promised Land?

Let me start off by saying that I completely understand the excitement over Barak Obama as President. I hope he does an incredible job leading our country and he's been in my prayers since election night. I thought his inaugural speech was the best I've heard in a long, long time. I was moved to tears at times, and inspired. But over and over again today I heard about this being the fulfillment of MLK's dream. I don't disagree that it is a major step that our nation should be proud of, but I think Dr. King would be pressing forward to see a day where having an African American man becoming the President wouldn't be a big deal, but so commonplace that his race is overlooked. I feel that we're still a nation focused on race, by everyone, and that, my friends was NOT the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Until we as an entire nation are capable of objectively judging a man on the content of his character, and not solely on the basis of his color alone, the dream remains just that, a goal yet to be attained.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Busy Weekend!

I don't really even know how to tag this post. It has been such a busy weekend, I really need to regroup and post a few things. I'll do that tomorrow! Stay tuned for an updated Barnicles of Beardia, a deer story, and a medical rant. Until then, sweet dreams!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Top Reasons I Enjoy Hunting

1. Being outdoors - Here's the thing. Even on the days when you don't see anything, you're still outside, enjoying nature. This was my view this morning. Twas very nice, even if it was 15 degrees!

2. A different perspective - Life looks different from 20 feet up in a tree. The world around becomes smaller and there is an altered viewpoint.

3. I like to eat - We don't hunt anything that we don't eat. So, deer, dove, and squirrel end up on the table. If you eat meat at my house, it's venison.

I'll have to share about my hunt this afternoon tomorrow or the next day. Stay tuned!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Family Dance Night Part 2

I taught him the sweet move he uses at about 0:14.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

You Ask, I'll Answer

I got to thinking, today. Which is rare.

What do you want to know about me? You ask, I'll answer.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Get funky Grandmaw!

I laughed so hard at this video that a little bit of tee tee came out! IN-CREDIBLE!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


What in your mind is the greatest board game of all time?

For me, the answer is simple - Trivial Pursuit!

I am the Trivial Pursuit Champeen!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An Unexpected Gift

It started just like any other night. Between 10 and 12 every night we go into the bathroom as a family and either Holly or I get in the tub with the babies.  The other helps out by bathing Trey while Claire Kate soaks. It's a great method. Tonight I agreed to get in the tub. Holly had just finished bathing Trey and was getting him lathered up with lotion, dressed, and ready for bed. I was holding up my end of the bargain by washing Claire Kate. I pulled my feet up to sit her elevated on my lap as I put the shampoo on her scalp. I got the soap and began the process of scrubbing her down. That's when it happened...

She sharted! 

On me!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Bizarre Choices Part 2

Here is another bizarre choice from Zobmondo's Book of Bizarre choices. What is your decision?

Would you rather:

Always have a little black piece of spinach stuck between your teeth


a little booger in your nose that moves when you breathe?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Finding the Potential

One of the things I've learned about Holly during our time together is her ability to see potential. Whether this be in an article of clothing, a piece of furniture, or a person, she can visualize what can be. It's a pretty awesome treat to watch her work, and I'm often inspired by her creativity. Here are a few examples of things she found, or bought that were broken or ugly, and she made this happen to them. I don't have before pics, but she did EVERYTHING on these pieces of furniture. These are all parts of Baby Girls room. I feel blessed to be with such an awesome chick!

PS - She will custom make some furniture for you, if you pay!!

Friday, January 2, 2009


This year is sure to be full of change for our family. When 2009 becomes 2010 I know our lives will look a lot different than they do now. I will be on staff with e3 Partners (assuming all of my support comes in), and probably not on staff a church. I guess that's all I know will be different at this point, but changing careers is a pretty big least to me. Here are a few other things I hope will be different:

I hope to be a better follower of Christ. This road we walk is either forward or backward. There's really never a standing still. Often I find myself becoming a "less gooder version of man that I don't want to be" - James Morrison. I hope to learn how to have greater faith, character, and passion. With these, I also pray that my pride, selfishness, and fear would diminish.

I hope my Spanish will be better. I've been learning through a computer program called Rosetta Stone, which by the way is the bee's knees. I also make leap year jumps every time I visit Central and South America, and considering I will likely make 4 trips there in 2009, I should be good on this one!

I hope to be a better leader. My plan for seeing this come to fruition is to read more than I watch tv, listen more than talk, and mingle with great leaders. In addition, I would like to practice the things I read with the teams I will lead on trips.

Honorable mentions: This is likely a wild hair so to speak, but I'd like to learn how to fly a plane. I want to acquire some snakeskin boots. I hope to kill several deer. Last, but never least, shedding 20 or so pounds wouldn't hurt.

I'll check back in on these to see how I did!