Monthly Archives: October 2009

as promised//the 2009 Festivus Feat of Strength

And this was after our big 5k.  More on that later.



11.1.09 @ MeadowBrook

Our journey through Luke has been great so far.  I’m sure it’s only gonna get better.  God is moving in so many lives and in so many ways.  It’s very exciting.  This Sunday:

Hallelujah, You’re Worthy to Be Praised – new song from choir

Be Glorified (in Me)

Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King

I Will Rise

I can’t wait.


secret identity

Brotey went to school as Clark Kent turning into Superman this morning.


I must admit it was rather comical watching Krista pull Superman from the car.

Happy Festivus!


updated kid pics

I am so proud of my kids but it’s been a while since I posted any updated pics.  So here you go:

Even though it’s a PC (I mean, they can’t be perfect), Kate is definitely a girl after my own heart:


I love Victoria’s personality:



Emma with her best friend Caroline:


Kate’s smile (how many dimples can you count?):


Vic with her jump rope team:


Emma with her jump rope team:


Brotey with me in my “quiet time”:


Brotey is an awesome big brother:


Ellie’s smile:


What can I say?  I love my kids.


it’s just around the corner

Remember this Festivus feat of strength from last year?

A new version is coming this Saturday.  Anyone want to join in the fun?


sometimes, kids are weird

Don’t believe me?  Check out Kate’s sleeping habits.

First of all, notice that though we bought her a nice, new “big girl” bed she prefers to sleep on the floor.  She calls the mattress on the floor her “air bed.”


Notice how peaceful she looks at she uses her mattress as a pillow.


Sometimes, even though we put her to bed in her bed, we wake to find her like this:


I know there are many things we don’t have to teach our children.  How to lie.  How to say “no.”  But I thought the “getting the information from a book through osmosis” would definitely be something they would have to be taught.  I was wrong.


Don’t worry, she’s not alone.  Brotey now likes to sleep on the floor.  And although Emma and Victoria have separate twin beds, they like to sleep in one together.  I’m surprised no one has been kicked out in the middle of the night yet!

Kids are weird.  They are all unique.  And I love it that way.


an “easy” day

Saturday was supposed to be one of those days.  One of those days that you look forward too.  Easy.  Nothing scheduled except an easy oil change for the Expedition.

New Expedition

Here was the plan: take the Expedition to the oil change place (about a mile from our house), go for a 3.2 mile run, and end up back the oil change place.  So I: dropped it off, went for the run, and headed back toward the shop.  All good, so far.  Got a call from the auto technician.  He told me that our air filter was really dirty and that one of our battery terminals was very corroded.  “I can change those,” I thought to myself as I declined further service.  He told me the terminal would break soon, but I’ve changed those before.

Then, I picked up our truck and started to drive home.  One mile.  That’s all I needed to get to the bathroom and lunch.  Both of which, I needed with some level of urgency.  Half way there, it died.  Dead.  No lights.  No sounds.  Nothing.  I popped the hood and, yes, the terminal had broken.  And, to add insult to injury, I’d never seen one like it.  I called the technician and told him it was coming back.  I called AAA and arranged to have it towed (what else to I pay them for?).  Then, I ran the last half mile home, picked up some of our kids and headed back to the location of the truck, luckily it died at a park.  AAA was there and took the truck back to the shop.  So, I drove home and the entire family walked the half mile back to the park.  When the truck was ready, I pushed Kate in her stroller the next half mile to pick it up (his is when having only one vehicle that your whole family fits in begins to hit home) and drove home.

So, for my easy day, I got about 4.5 miles of running or walking in, an oil change, and a new battery cable terminal.  Not to mention I got to give the technician like $70.

Is the story over?  Not on your life.  Early Sunday morning, I walked to my car to head to church.  As I approached it I noticed a slight glow through the frosted windows.  My kids had turned the cabin light on.  Turning the key got me nothing.

Thanks, Randy and Matthew, for the rides.

But Sunday, it was good.  Praising our Almighty God, good.  Afternoon nap, good.  Rehearsal, good.  Time with family, very good.

How was your weekend?