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A work “pick-me-up”

Some days it is just great to bring the kids to the office with you. This past Saturday I brought the whole family in for a few minutes so I could pick up something that I had forgotten and this is what my daughter wrote on my board.

White board message

White board message

Man I love being a dad.

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Great news

Tomorrow my daughter (Ariana) is being baptised. She made a profession of faith on Friday June 27th. We had been discussing my dad and when he had died. Just before bed she told my wife that she wanted to be a Christian. We had a talk to discuss what it really meant to be a Christian and was she ready. We wanted to make sure that it was not just an emotional decision based on the things happening that day. During our talk it was apparent that it was not just emotions and that it was the real thing. Needless to say my wife and I are very excited. This is going to top off an awesome week for Ariana because she just got back from a week at CentriKid (church camp).

I plan on posting some photos of her baptism and my son’s soon. My son (Noah) was baptised on Easter Sunday this year. That makes 2 down and 1 to go 🙂

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20 days later

I wrote my last blog post 20 days ago. In that time I have met two of the goals that I set for myself. I have been using mutt with the help of a few friends of mine since then. I am very happy about that decision. I have also been doing a daily devotional (actually about 3 of them).

The one that has been giving me the most problems is the dvorak keyboard layout. I have most of the characters down but I am still having problems finding the ,./;'[]=-_+{}:”<>? keys. I am going to keep working on this goal but it is not going to be as easy as I thought that it would.

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New goals

I have recently set some new goals for myself.

1) Mutt:
In my current mindset of trying to learn and use more command line apps I am going to try to set up and use mutt as my mail client. I don’t know how long I will actually use it but I want to learn. In the past I have always used gui based mail readers (Outlook, Thunderbird, Evolution, Lotus Notes) so this will be quite a change for me. My goal is to get gmail + mutt + gpg all working and have fetchmail (or whatever) check for new mail every 120 seconds or so.

2) Dvorak:
I want to be able to use the dvorak keyboard layout fluently. This one I have been working on for a few weeks now. I know where most of the keys (alphanumeric that is) are at this point. The hard part is that my fingers still want to go to where they are used to going.

3) Devotional:
This is the only one that I have actually set a time frame on. I have not been reading and studying my Bible like I should be. So today I bought a 365 day mens devotional to help. I plan to stick with it in the hopes that it will soon become part of my daily life.

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My Dad

It is hard to believe that this day is here already. Today marks the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing. He was one of my very best friends and he is greatly missed. I used to go to him for advice on just about everything. He was a great man who loved (still does) God, his family, friends, and church.

My dad had kidney cancer. He actually had it for many years and never knew it. We first found out that he was having physical problems around Easter 2006. He told me that he was going to have some tests run and was concerned about what the results would be. On April 27 2006 we were told that it was cancer. At that time there was some hope that surgery could be performed to remove the kidney and that he would be fine. The doctors set a date in early June for the surgery and things were looking good. Then a blood clot was found in his neck around his shoulder. Since he was on blood thinner for the clot they had to move the surgery back to the first week in July. He was found to be responding to treatments better that anticipated so the surgery was once again moved. This time to June 30th. This was a ray of hope for us all.

Some time early June he had to go back in the hospital for pancreatitis. Further tests were run and it was determined that the cancer had spread to other organs. On June 15th, while still in the hospital, we were informed that the cancer was terminal and that he had around 6 to 12 months to live.

June19 the cancer was found to be in the lymph nodes and the time was shortened to a couple months, but dad didn’t think it would be that long. On June 21 he drove himself to church and I went with him. On Sunday, June 25, I helped him dress, put him in a wheel chair and drove him to church where a friend of his sang “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns, my dads favorite song. On Monday, we moved him to his parents’ home and Hospice was called in. We now thought we had a couple weeks left with him. However, the cancer was spreading more rapidly than we could have imagined. On Tuesday night around 11:00 p.m. after kissing his grandkids goodnight and spending the last few moments with his children, he surrendered to the call to go “home”.

His family and friends gathered in my grandparents’ house that evening to say goodbye and celebrate the life he had lived. The next few days were the longest and shortest of my life as we planned for a funeral we had not anticipated for many years to come. We remembered good times and laughed amidst the tears. We poured through old photos as we prepared collages for the funeral and packed up his belongings. The funeral was held on Monday, July 3 with a military burial. I think dad would have appreciated the patriotic timing.

Although we still miss him, we have hope in being reunited with him one day. We mourned for his loss, but celebrated his journey to be with Christ and suffer no more.

My dad used to say “If I die I get to go be with Jesus. If I live I get to witness for Him. I’m ok with it either way.” (Philippians 1:21- loosely translated). In all of this he never once complained. He was always upbeat and comforted those that would be left behind.

This site got part of its name in honor of my dad. The X341 in the name is the grave location where his earthly body lies. But I know that he lives on even now and that I will one day see him again.

If you want to know how you can have the same peace that we do and my father had, follow this link to learn more.

.:F.A.I.T.H:.

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Peru mission trip video

This is a video of a group from my church on a mission trip to Peru.

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House

I have just finished a great book called House. It was written by two of my favorite authors, Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. Here is the description of the book from Tek Dekker’s site.

In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four.

They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer’s demands aren’t met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out . . . is in. But going further into this house–where unknown challenges await them–is equally deadly.

The book just awesome. If you have read Peretti’s book “The Oath” then you will be used to some of the weired things that happen in the story. I have just started Dekker’s “Showdown” and I can’t wait to read his newest book “Saint”. I will post my thoughts on each of these once I finish reading them.

House Cover

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