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Ben’s Birthday

Today my son is 6.  Congratulations my boy. I love you so much. I appreciate how you are musically inclined, Star Wars infatuated, power pedalling, and cuddling oriented.  I pray for you often. I pray that you will have good friends and be a good friend. I pray that you will seek God in all things and give your life to His service, especially in music.  I pray that God will guide me to guide you to a healthy, secure, and confident manhood.

You are incredible and awesome my young jedi.  Though you resist the title, you are my padawan.  (Excuse me readers, my padawan just challenged me to a lightsaber fight… gotta go.)

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YeAh StAcY!!! My wife rocks!!! WaY tO gO GiRlIe!!!

Today is a day of celebration.  My wife, partner in life, best friend, co battler of the bulge broke the 15 lb barrier today.  It crashed like a sonic boom.  Fell like the Walls of Jericho.  I am so proud of her. 

I am also proud of her that she is starting to enjoy getting out and doing more.  A few weeks back we bought her a bike.  We went on a few rides.  She built up to it and asked to do the Devil’s Corral ride.  This is a simple, downhill (@3% grade), 6 mile ride on the Bizz Johnson Trail in Susanville.  We have been hindered by smoke of late.  The smoke from the bazillion fires in California is making it difficult to see the wonderful mountains that surround our town and hard for asthematics (like my wife) to breathe. And do you know what my awesome, bodacious babe wanted to do in celebration? Yep, Bike the Bizz Baby!!! Smoke or no smoke, we piled the bikes on the rack, dropped the van off at the parking lot, and headed for the Devil’s Corral Trailhead. (I also gotta say that my wife rocks because she let me drop the trailer and nail the single track around the tunnels. I love single track.) A lazy hour later we pulled up, loaded up and now the wife and kids are washing the trail dust from their bodies whilest I busily compose this praise packed post of my wonderful and wiley wife.

It was good to be in God’s creation.  While I hate the smoke, just like rain… God makes it to be smokey for the just and the unjust…

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Saturday Summary

Here it is, Saturday, June 28, 2006 and I need to update, review, and summarize.  Sounds like a class assignment that I would give for a reading section.  What to cover?

Faith wise, I am trying to figure out how to entice uninvolved pew sitters into small groups and calling to some men to come alongside to create a men’s ministry team.  The first rule is that you can’t make anyone do anything. My answer to this is to pray. The second rule is the 80/20 rule.  Isn’t it obvious to people that when you become a christian that you are to get involved both in ministering to others and in growing in your faith.  Okay, thats enough gripping on that issue.  The point is that I’d ask you, reader, to stop now and pray with me that I can effectively serve Him in the areas of small groups and men’s ministry.

Health wise, I am seriously trying to get the weight off, the health better, and learn about nutrition and exercise.  I really hate that Emeril is right, “Fat is flavor.” Apparently so are carbohydrates!  The good news is that in the last month I’ve dropped 15, count ’em, 15 pounds. I am officially 312lbs.  But the awesome thing is that I tried on some size 46 shorts at Wally’s and they fit.  To skinny healthy people they may be grossed out by the thought of size 46, but to me and many others who have lived in 50’s for a long time, 46 is awesome!!! ToTaLlY FrEaKiNg AwEsOmE!!  Along with this I’ve been riding my bike alot. Yesterday the wife, kids, and I rode the Bizz Johnson Trail from Devil’s Corrall to Hobo Camp. A 6 mile ride, down hill at 3% grade which is easier than flat, but ya still need to pedal to get anywhere.  With breaks for kids and water, it took us about 45 min.  But this isn’t my only exercise, I’ve been brisk walking, H.I.I.T.-ing with jump rope or sprints, and lifting weights.  Starting Monday, I’m going to be weighing in and measuring and posting it. Yep, nothing like public ridicule to get one motivated!!

Family wise, they are awesome!  Ben is a psycopathic Jedi freak.  Becca is potty trained (YEAH!). Stacy is incredible as always.  I love Ben and his sense of adventure and his love of worshipping. I love Becca and her princess posturing, as well as her affectionate hugs and kisses. I love Stacy because she is a wonderful conversationalist and an excellent encourager along my journey.

Does this by anymeans summarize life since my last post, no. But it is the important stuff. And as always,

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Giving thanks for my family

Here we are on Thanksgiving Eve getting ready for the feast that will be perpetrated on our intestinal tracks tomorrow.  Tonight has been fun.  It has been focused on family. 

We chose to get sandwiches to save ourselves the labor of cooking.  We engaged in our meal time ritual and asked what was everyone’s favorite thing of the day.  Ben said his was going out with Daddy.  Becca said her’s was playing with Daddy and Baba (brother).  Stacy declared that cuddling with me during nap was hers.  I agreed that mine was being with Mommy too.

After dinner the kids helped me with putting away the dishes.  I asked Ben and Becca to put away the silverware.  Ben told Becca what the dish was and showed her where it went.  She would put it away.  Ben and I would cheer her success.  Becca would giggle.

Wwalter-and-kids-charlie-brown-special.jpge DVR’d the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special.  We sat down to watch it tonight.  Becca decided that I was an easy chair and nestled in.  Ben sat beside me.  Mom was off to the side in the easy chair.  Stacy and I took great joy in listening to Becca’s and Ben’s deep belly laughs as Snoopy fought the chair.  It was great to watch this classic.  I asked Ben questions during the show.  Is Peppermint Patty being thankful? No.  What should she do?  Tell Charlie Brown sorry.  Stacy and I are doing something right.

Stacy and I were getting things ready through out the evening.  I prepared my Turkey Brine.  After C.B. The kids watched a little bit of The Santa Clause 2.  Stacy prepped some stuff for the Super Duper Yummy Claim Jumper Sour Cream Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert. If you have not had this delightful delectable dessert, do so before you die.  Stacy found a recipe on the Net that approximates it’s goodness.  We got the kids into bed and worked well together to mix and make the desert. 

And that brings me to the title.  My kids are wonderful.  I know that Stacy and I are not the perfect parents, but we are blessed with good kids.  I love how they want to help out with chores.  I am pleased that they love a good laugh.  I am happy to know that the apple does not fall far from the tree (Ben is becoming a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic like his dad).  I am incredibly blessed to have Stacy for my wife.  She tells me that she loves me.  She gives me hugs and kisses.  She forgives my quirks.  We work well together as evidenced by tonights cooking episode. 

Father God,  you are so very good to me.  Thank you for Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection.  Thank you for the grace and forgiveness that is supplied abundantly to me through Jesus.  Thank you for my wife.  She has helped me be more real, grow in my faith, and gave me a security of love that models your love.  Thank you for my kids.  They are helping me to learn about your love for us, your children.  I know that there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them.  I know that there isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for us.  Thank you for our home. Thank you for good jobs.  Thank you for good friends (Barb, Al, Jackson, Michelle, Kristin, Rick & Dana). Thank you God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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French Bulldogs and Children

I am sitting here on this cold and windy Monday morning listening to the grunts of two pampered French Bulldogs and the squeals of two delighted children.  My wife consented to watching the two bulldogs of a coworker. This is the same coworker who has the Mastiff Nuku who we watched in the spring.

Last night our visitors arrived. Garcon and Reba.  Garcon is a show dog.  Reba is the lap dog. Reba is a bit older and has had several surgeries (can you say knee replacement… for a dog!).  Garcon is younger, buff, and loves to chase things.  The squeals of delight ensued.  I found out that Reba loves to sit and be petted. If you stop, she looks at you like, “What do you think your doing?!”

What blows my mind, as fun as it has been for 12 hours, that someone would pay $2000 for one of these dogs! I have a hard time opening my mind to paying $500-$600 for a Labrador Retriever (Which I really want!). 

In this rambling post let me close with this.  Reba is waiting for me to pet her.  This is less choatic than the full house, but I am sure that by the end of two weeks I will firmly believe that two pair beat three pair in the poker game of life.

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The Enemy doesn’t want me to have my quiet time

It’s been a long time since I have posted. Hopefully I will be getting back into the swing of things again.  At Spirit West Coast there was an artist, Phil Joel, who said he had a year long and 6 month reading schedule available for download on his website.  Stacy and I have joined together to read the 6 month, sometimes doubling up, by the end of the year. Part of the reading plan is to journal about the reading. This is the meditation part.  Today, I will blog out my journal.

Day 5 Matthew 7:15-8:17, Psalm 5, Proverbs 2:16-3:6

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

This is a favorite verse of those who would attack the doctrine of eternal security.  The answer is easy enough, Jesus’ response is that he never knew them to begin with.  What I found interesting is that the people correctly identify Jesus.  Lord, Lord. It was assuredly revealed to them that Jesus was Lord by the Holy Spirit. But they only did the confession by mouth, there was no accompanying faith and belief in their hearts (Romans 10:9,10).  This was a call for me to examine myself.  This was a call to ask God to give me the once over and let me know.  Am I one of these or am I one how is known, who believes in my heart and has confessed with my mouth.  I believe I am, but it is always good to do some spiritual house cleaning.  We let stuff creep in that could hinder this most important relationship.

Proverbs 3: Let not mercy and truth forsake you;  Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart

Here is another verse that calls us to memorize scripture.  I think this is something that Stacy and I and the kids need to do.  In Sunday’s sermon, Phil Payne, said that to raise up a Daniel, our children must see us passionate about Jesus and reading the scriptures.  This example will be an unspoken lesson that they will learn and apply to their lives.  I desire nothing more than for my son and daughter to not make the mistakes Stacy and I did, rather to live their whole lives in service to the King.  I think, I believe that the ingraining of God’s word into our lives, our hearts, will aid that desire to become true.  I think that by memorizing scripture I will be delighting myself in the Lord and He will give me the desire my heart.

Oh, about the title.  I get up for work at about 4:30.  I am trying to make sure that I have everything cleaned, laid out, packaged up before I go to bed. I can get up, have my quiet time, journal, and go to work.  This morning during my shower/prayer time (yes, I tend to pray for the day while in the shower) I could feel the enemy trying to stick thoughts/ideas of my thorn in the flesh into my mind. I prayed against it. When I go out of the shower both of my children woke up and would not go back to sleep.  Gee, you’d almost think someone did not want my to read God word today.  Too bad, so sad, they lost, God gave the victory!!!!   

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Two pair beat a Full House

I don’t know much about poker… ok, I don’t know anything about poker.  But when it comes to my home, two pair definitely beat a full house!! Let me explain…

Becca rides a puppyMy wife and I agreed to watch a co-worker’s dog this weekend.  Nuco (new-coo) is a 1 1/2 year old mastiff.  If you don’t know, mastiffs are very large dogs.  He is big, goofy, and gentle despite his size.  He was really fun.  I had taken Friday off to take the kids to the dentist and have a little relaxation time.  I called Jackson, the youth pastor at my church, to see if we could get together. I had forgot that he and his wife, Michelle, were going to the Family Life Weekend to Remember marriage conference.  They had a problem though.  Their sitter had fallen through.  Well, Stacy and I owe the Fongs.  They have watched Ben and Becca for us several times.  So, after confering with my awesome bride, we offered to watch their kids: Frankie (7th grade), Sherry (6th grade), and Tony (4th grade).

This is how we got to a full house: Stacy and I, Ben and Becca, the three Fong kids, and a BIG dog. I love these kids. I like the dog. I prefer my two pair: two adults and two kids. It might not beat Bond at the poker table, but I think it’s a winning hand.

“May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.”

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