Some of you have followed our son Noah’s battle with Localized Scleroderma. We had no idea when we moved to Delaware that we would end up living a few miles from one of the few hospitals that has specialists in Scleroderma (we didn’t even know he had it back then), let alone some of the best out there. It was kind of fun learning the other day that every one of the specialists that works with Noah has been officially recognized on the Best Doctors in America list!
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Well, I finished my first semester of seminary Sunday night. I learned a few things along the way … and I’m not talking about class content …
- I’ve been out of school for 13 years. Going back was overwhelming, scary, and challenging! It definitely took a month or so to really start to feel like I was getting back in the range of student mode.
- I learned some valuable lessons about scheduling classes. I accidentally scheduled too many at the same time which made for an insane four week period of time when all of my classes overlapped. I actually registered for more classes next semester than this one, but I balanced them better so I won’t have that kind of nightmare again!
- In a bizarre twist, I think I’m a better student than I was in the late 90’s. Back then I did what I needed to get the grade I had to have; now I’m working harder and offended when I don’t get the grade I know I could have gotten. Weird!
- Technology has REALLY made being a student easier! Text books are cheaper digitally, and easier to highlight and retrieve information from. Doing work from my laptop in my office, iPad here and there, and iPhone on the go has made getting stuff down in spare moments a GREAT use of time.
Being a student is strange. I’m working towards a Master of Divinity (finally). Going at a full time pace (fall semester, spring semester, summer semester), I will finish a few weeks before my oldest starts his freshman year in high school (also known as August, 2016). I’m really motivated by that milestone – once we have kids in high school and middle school, life is going to be a lot more chaotic and will continue to be so until our youngest graduates (June, 2027). It makes for a busy few years, but I think it will be a lot harder as our kids get older, so here goes!
On the plus side, I do have the next month or so off. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
Remember when I was a blogger? Boy, those were the days …
I’ve let a lot of busyness get in the way of this past time. Probably not the best idea since this outlet is one of the ways in which I relax and unwind. The strange thing is, I’ve saved a number of drafts of posts that I haven’t made time to actually write even though the idea is dying to come out! In case you’re wondering, which you probably aren’t, that kind of thing just drives me crazy! I hate unfinished things in my posts list, unwatched shows in my Hulu list, and partially finished meals. It’s just not how I’m wired.
Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest. Someday I will reclaim my title of blogger.
I’m starting to feel like I can’t call myself a blogger … my posts have been so far and few between! Here are a few little random updates and excuses …
- Between the Proof of Your Love tour and the Watoto Children’s Choir, there were a couple major events on my plate on top of my regular routine that really seemed to dominate my fall. They were both amazing, but I’m glad they’re behind me!
- I’ve been working on a book that will be coming out with Simply Youth Ministry this spring. Needless to say, I’m very excited to have my own title (I’ve contributed chapters to other works)! Can’t wait to let you all know more about it in the months to come.
- Micah received so many giftcards from his friends at his birthday party he was able to get an iPod Touch. Seriously? When I turned 11 I think I got some Star Wars figures and Transformers! Times have changed …
- Our kids are getting older. Between Micah’s chess team, Caleb’s karate, and their various turns with soccer and swimming, it feels like we’re always running someone somewhere. I think our lives will spin completely out of control once we have kids in middle school (next year!) and high school. Sheesh!
- I’ve been reading my sons the sixth Narnia book, ‘The Magicians Nephew.’ In my opinion, it and ‘the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ are the best in the series. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while!
- I started slowly picking my way through a crate full of old home movies, importing them onto our computer and trying to preserve them. This is time consuming … and a BIG trip down memory lane. I’m going to need some more hard drives …
- I have a hot date with Heather tonight to see two remastered Star Trek the Next Generation episodes on the big screen. Oh yeah, it’s gonna be awesome.
That’s all I got for now …
Caleb lost his tooth yesterday … and then lost the tooth, which of course created some significant concern on his part. For whatever reason, he has always written letters to the tooth fairy – none of our other boys really do. Anyway, I got a particular kick out of this one!
I have a short list of dream concerts I would like to attend at some point in my life. Three to be exact; two of which are U2 and Bon Jovi. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why. The other, and perhaps longest running on my wishlist?
Of course you know who they are; the Swedish duo made famous in the eighties for songs like The Look, It Must Have Been Love, Dangerous, and Joyride. They also have a couple dozen albums worth of other massively cool songs.
For my birthday, my wonderful wife surprised me with tickets to their 2012 world tour concert happening in New York this past Sunday!
Needless to say, it was awesome. Also kinda crazy to be packed in with thousands of other Roxette fans! I honestly never would have thought twenty years ago when I first (secretly – their tunes were banned at my strict missionary kid boarding school!) got hooked on their music that I would some day attend one of their concerts!
One of the ongoing struggles in a our new technological age is the issue of online piracy and what to do about it.
Pirating music for your anti-piracy commercial is probably not the best way to go.
In a strange twist, it turns out the makers of the above video didn’t pay for the music they used to make it … and after being made aware of their piracy made the decision … to continue not paying.
What a weird world.
Time is FLYING by here on the Jamaica mission trip! Yesterday we had the thrill of completing the house, dedicating it and giving the keys to Sheriffa and her children. It was a powerful and emotional time.
Since arriving, we have been going nonstop. Early, early morning breakfasts. Working all day in incredibly hot and humid conditions. Getting back in time for a brief dip in the pool, then dinner and group devotional time. We’re working our way through every passage referencing Christ and prayer – we’ve had some pretty amazing conversations already.
We’ve also been incredibly blessed in some very practical ways. We’ve been here five days now and no one has gotten sick, no one has had any health issues, and our team is enjoying incredibly unity. After three long days of heavy work on the house, with all the tools, and lugging, and lumber and everything else, we came away with no injuries! Praise God for keeping us safe!
Today we went to a Jamaican church, and then got some hard earned down time at a local beach before jumping back into ministry Monday morning. During the upcoming week we will be working in different orphanages and children’s homes, as well as doing some practical stuff here at the YWAM base.
I’ve uploaded a bunch of photos to our student ministry facebook page (where I’ve also been giving additional updates, as well as updates on our twitter feed); you can find them here!
Life feels like a whirlwind at the moment.
Over the eight days we will be sending 74 students and adults on mission trips to Maine, Boston and Jamaica. I can’t wait to see what God will teach us this year – videos like the one above from last year hint at the amazing things we see happen in our teams. There is quite possibly a million or more things left to do between now and the departures.
The school year has finished and we are caught in the contradictory feelings of grieving the imminent departure of students we have worked with for so many years and the excitement at beginning the journey again with the incoming sixth graders.
Ramping up for summer events, working on fall events, and reworking our volunteer structure add up to a lot of plates spinning. I also need to start aggressively recruiting for some of the new student ministry teams we hope to form.
Did I mention the student ministry assistant resigned? His presence will be missed! Thankfully I have a part time intern to help carry the load over the summer, but it does make me nervous about the fall – the level of administrative and volunteer training/leading required to pull off our student program isn’t sustainable in the long run without the assistant position filled.
Micah, Caleb and Noah have all been finished with school for a handful of days now, which means we hear the words ‘I”M BORED’ over and over and over and over and over and over … even when they’re clearly NOT bored. Sheesh.
I have a list of writing ideas I’m dying to get to. As soon as I have some free moments …