Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve

So Christmas Eve is a stressful time for people who work in the church. I'm sure I have lots of friends on Facebook that can sympathize. One of the most refreshing things that a church worker can do, on occasion, is find a congregation within which they disappear. After spending Christmas Eve struggling to help make our worship services meaningful for others, I realized that the night was almost over and I hadn't attended worship myself. Let me tell you this isn't abnormal, but this Christmas was one where I really felt the need to experience the miracle. So, after an exhausting day I headed out at 11pm with a friend to experience 'Nine Lessons and Carols' at an Episcopal church in Scottsdale. We arrived just as the service was kicking off and I was able to lose myself in anonymous worship.

I belong to the United Methodist Church, and in fact as many of you know I am following a call to ordained ministry within the same denomination. I did, however, spend many years attending the Catholic mass and High Church Episcopal worship as a young man. I love modern worship; I love the freedom to let loose and to experiment with new (or extremely old) ways of praising God. I love loud guitars and pounding drums that shake the walls, I love the intimacy of acoustic guitar and hand drums and sharing the mystery of God's love with a tiny group of worshipers. There are times, however, when I want to be overwhelmed by Church. I don't know if it's a product of my early exposure to the liturgy or if it's simply something that renews me, but sometimes I just want to be chewed up and spit out by the machinery of tradition. There is something...mystical...that comes across when I bow before the cross or watch the altar party silently preparing the feast seemingly without regard to the masses in the pews. I love it...sometimes. I think that is the most beautiful thing about our Church, there never needs to be something missing because somewhere close by that something is an 'old standby' that people are clamoring to rid themselves of.

So, why am I sharing this? I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone that put service to the Church ahead of their own wants and desires this Christmas. I really appreciate it! I also want to encourage all of you in your ministries, whatever they may be. It's also a way for me to encourage us as a Church; we sometimes fret over our fractiousness but I think we need to spend more time celebrating the diversity within the faith. I know that this Christmas has helped me realize that I spend too much time trying to think about what we can change about our worship at Trinity: Rays of Hope instead of really exploring the depths of what we bring to the table that is unique; we all have distinct gifts from God (both as congregations and as individuals) and we need to spend time exploring what our strengths are and what we can bring to the wider community that no one else can. It's hard to remember sometimes, but there is someone out there looking for a place to worship and we fit the bill perfectly! Praise be to God and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sleepy Sarah

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spaghetti dinner

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Silly Sarah

Friday, November 6, 2009

My girls starting to walk!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Go Gators!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Crawlapotomus Wickershamasauros

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chuck-e cheese

Crazy babies

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Morning love

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dbacks game!

Sarah's new outfit

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crazy sisters

Sunday, September 13, 2009

So glad to be home!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Just like her aunt Jessie

Mommy teaching the girls how to shop

Silly Sarah

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Livy is a wild one!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weirdest day ever

Well, yesterday was a crazy day. Not crazy bad but crazy interesting. So to start things off I met Emily Floyd (that still sounds weird to me), her husband Ben and little Gwen at our church and then had lunch at Chilis's afterwards (of course). It was so nice to see/meet them, I really like Ben a lot! Well, I had to meet them late for lunch because I had to do some intern duties after service. That's right, I'm officially an intard! We do this ministry at church called Family Promise which is amazing. Basically one week out of every quarter different churches set up apartments for otherwise homeless families to live in. My job Sunday was to help move the beds on to the next church since our week was complete. Really interesting idea and one of the really inspiring ministries at Trinity. Did anyone else notice it's already Summer? After lunch we came home and took a family siesta until 4, we would have kept sleeping but we had to go to our first youth group! What a fun bunch of kids. We started volleyball and I must say I'm impressed with the kids enthusiasm to say nothing of their abilities. It will be interesting to see what vball is like in the west district. Aimee struggled a bit leaving the twins in the nursery but it worked out well, Katie makes a pretty good Alyssa ;)

So then the day turned crazy. We're driving home from youth group and what do I see in the middle of the street but TWO TODDLERS! Just standing in the street. Freaking nuts. Oh, and just to cap thinks off, there are also two baby goats running loose. But two babies in the street! Someone almost ran over the babies because the were looking at the goats. Anyways, we stopped (lots of cars just drove by them ... WTF?) and Aimee got out and walked them to a few houses hoping to find their parents. No luck. So we call the police and THIRTY minutes later they show up. Dad also shows up, THIRTY MINUTES. Freak. So the cop was gonna just leave and Aimee tells him straight up that he needs to go check and make sure that this guy is really dad. And tells him he needs to call CPS too. Seriously, kids are crazy but you don't lose two 2y/o's for 30 minutes without being outside screaming your head off.

Also, someone took the goats. Seriously, I would have brought them home just to see what Matilda would make of them. I bet she would have mothered them.

So, weird day!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The post office is open from 9 to 5? Seriously? How in the heck are you supposed to mail a package? I wonder why they're having such a hard time making money?
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So we had an interesting class last night. Our Ethics prof made the trip over from Claremont (we usually have a(n awesome) TA who teaches at Grand Canyon but it IS a rare treat to actually have a back an forth dialogue with our profs. They are all incredibly smart (duh). I have a bad habit of monopolizing the conversation as well, and I'm the nerd that sits in the chair right next to the teacher, but I just love having a conversation with guys like Drs Amesbury and Clayton. Sadly, I don't know what I will do for school next fall - Claremont is shutting the doors on the Phoenix campus and I'm not yet in a position to just quit working and go back to school full time. Man, if you're young and debating whether to go to grad school or wait a few years - you should know it is hard as hell to support a family, be involved in ministry, and try to go to school. On the other hand, all of our teachers appreciate us for the 'mature' outlook we bring to the classes and the experiences we have had. Ugh, I dunno, it's a tough call. It's interesting to be at a point in your life when you can say to your teacher, 'I have to work overtime for the next two weeks so I won't be able to do my homework' and not even be able to care how they respond. It is somewhat liberating to be going to school because you REALLY want to learn and not worrying about grades. We all know what you call the guy who finishes last in his class in Seminary, right? Anyways, classes are amazing and I'm not sure how I would deal with not being in school anymore. Harumph. In slightly ironic other news - Claremont sent me a letter asking me to confirm that I am graduating in 2010.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Nerd Alert

OK, if you aren't incredibly geeky this may come across as way over the top. You have been warned.

So I have been trading like a madman on Craigslist, getting rid of some older hardware and doo-dads and picking up some neat new things to play with. One my happiest trades was an old G4 mac setup that I traded to a guy for a Core 2 Duo Dell. He wanted to try the mac and he had this extra computer laying around that he didn't need anymore. So, we traded, and I promptly brought it home and set it up. The first thing I did was wipe Vista off of it and install Leopard. Heh, this was cool in a very ironic sort of way because I had checked out the specs of the machine online and it turns out it is a great candidate for a 'hackintosh'. So I got drivers loaded and everything set up and it runs pretty nicely as a mac. Technically, this makes me a 'software pirate' (as if it was THIS that made me a software pirate) and I am doing a nice little write up for my ethics class about why I don't think there is anything wrong with doing what I did here. Anyways, so I have also been futzing around with Windows 7, which is quite a nice refinement over Vista (and very Mac-y), and decided to do something interesting. I threw another hard drive in there and installed Windows 7 on it. Now I have Leopard installed on a 300 gig drive and W7 installed on a 400 gig drive and I can toggle between them at boot time to switch from Mac to Windows. Pretty snazzy. Why would I do this? Well, it was fun. Also, I have been 'employed' (and I say that loosely considering what they are paying me) by Claremont to do a lot of their video processing for our remote campus. I have a nice iMac and a Macbook Pro (another CL trade) but frankly I need some more muscle to really crunch video. Plus, we just got a hi def camcorder and it does suck up some serious resources playing around with video on there. My imac is getting cluttered up with scripts and video/audio files as I throw around media for the school and what not, so now I have a machine that I can boot up into Leopard when I need to do video work, load it down with jobs, and have my iMac free to do other creative things. Plus, I have a nice little windows box to play around with when I want to do windows-y things.

I hope you found that as interesting as I did! Woo hoo!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Foster Parenting

Today is Ave's 4th birthday! Fun times, she is so excited. We are going to have a little party for her tonight.

You know what's funny about being a foster parent? When people find out they either think you are a saint or a nut job. It's interesting because I am sure as heck not a saint and I don't think I'm nuts. I dunno, maybe I'm nuts. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I'll tell you what though, it sucks when you realize that you're the best parent your kids are gonna get. Too bad OUR foster kids got us, heh, it's like getting the short straw :)

Anyways, happy birthday Ave!
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


So I got caught up editing my first hd video from the new camera and realized my bus would be at the stop in 8 minutes! Whoa! So I ran all the way to the bus stop, a little over 1/4 mile, and thought I was gonna die when I got there. Holy schnikes, I am way out of shape. I also do not wear very nice shoes for running. But I made it, and I'm now on the bus. Yikes, that would've sucked. So...look for a new video later this evening on the baby blog :)
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Friday, February 6, 2009

A one photo essay

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Thursday, February 5, 2009


So, my adventures with the doctor continue. I feel like over the last year I have gotten so old. I normally avoid the doctor, due to my long standing belief that they never help you feel any better. Well, I got over this (mainly due to the fact that I now know several doctors that I respect and trust) and got myself a primary care physician. I got myself tested at a fertility doctor. I went to the dentist (I know, that shouldn't count). I went and got new glasses (Can you believe I went 4 years with 1 pair of glasses?). I won't comment on the fact that the fertility doctor told us there was no chance we would have babies, needless to say I'm trying to be open minded. So I like my primary care physician. Let me say take a second here to say that I found all of my doctors (except the fertility doctor) on I don't know if you have used this site, but it is pretty fantastic. Anyways, I like the guy. He is nice, personable, and seems to really care about my health. Most importantly he listens to me. He seems to respect my thoughts and my concerns - I know this shouldn't be surprising but I have never had a doctor like that before. It took more than 6 months before he told me to lose weight, so that is good. Let me just say it is hard to think about getting old and having health problems. As my doc put it, sometimes you wind up in the shallow end of the gene pool. We have this huge history of heart disease in our family. So I have high blood pressure, incredibly high triglycerides, and unimaginably low HDL. I am apparently a basket of suck. So I have to find some time to get some exercise - apparently I won't be walking as much anymore (no more bus riding :( ) so I am going to have to be serious about getting some cardio. I hate this.

Anyways, my mom is leaving tomorrow. I am super bummed about that. It is going to be hard. I am going to have a really hard time adjusting to life without her again. I don't know how I wound up with such incredible parents, but I thank God constantly for them. I love the relationship I have with them, it is truly something that has gotten better with time. I love that my dad and I are buds. I love that my mom and I get along so well, we are really so much alike.

OK, I hope this wasn't too crazy. Peace out everyone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Man oh man

What a change my life has taken! So the twins are home, it's been crazy! On top of that school started last night. Ethics and Theology, I'm really excited! It was a great class and very interesting, I'm really excited about this semester. In other news, mom is still here. It's been so fantastic having here here, I don't know what I'll do when she leaves. It is amazing having family here. Sigh. In other news, it's cold again in Phoenix. This is a crazy time of year. I don't have much to say, I just figured I should post something!

Woo hoo, I'm a daddy!

Monday, January 19, 2009


It's been quite an adventure so far. I'm at the hospital right now, feels like I have been here an awfuly long time. The truth is, I guess, that time is just passing so slowly. I am trying to keep the updates about the babies going on the other blog but it's hard to talk about my feelings without bringing them up. This morning I spoke to Aimee first thing and she told me that Olivia needed to go to the doctor and get checked out for jaundice. Not a pleasant turn of events. She also told me that Sarah has developed a bit of pneumonia (can you have a little pneumonia?) But her breathing had slowed a bit. Ugh. I feel like I am being tortured. It's so hard to know why this is happening, it just seems so random.

It was nice being with my other girls yesterday. I was secretly dreading our reunion but not for the reasons you might imagine. The really interesting thing about foster kids is that they all suffer from attachment disorders of one kind or another. These girls we have now are particularly afflicted. Just before they left they started showering me with "I love you" and "daddy" stuff which is hard to deal with sometimes. More than meaning they really have bonded with me, it seems to always represent an effort on their part to convince me to keep them. Then we drop them off in a beautiful home with kick ass parents, full of other happy well adjusted kids. I knew it would be bad when the time came to pick them up. Frankly, they probably would be better off with the other family. I know aimee and I do an ok job but doesn't it kill you when you meet better parents than yourself? Especially when your kids have no reason to prefer you since you're not really their parent. So they were super sad to come home with me but eventually decided to cut their losses and embrace me again. I can't tell you how strange it is to keep getting called the wrong name by your kid. Ugh. So on top of that I don't know whay I'm doing about school, how can I even think about it at this point? I will tell you, it sure doesn"t feel very important right now.

Oh well, out for now-I'm gonna go see if I can be with my baby again.
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