Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Audrey hid a very special present from me for a long time. I had a very long box hidden
under the tree with no idea what it was. I got to open it up this morning, and lo and behold it was
a brand new 30/06 high powered rifle!!!!!
I COULDLN'T BELIEVE IT! WITH A SCOPE AND EVERYTHING! AND FROM A GREAT GUY
IN MY CHURCH AND A GREAT FRIEND DAVE BREWER!
It was incredible! I think I said, "NO WAY!" about 50 times.
We are now with Audrey's parents in Rock Springs hanging out for the day and playing board
games. It has been a great day so far!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
1st we checked out the National Elk Refuge, and took a sleigh ride out onto the refuge. We were about 20-40 yards away from 40 bull elk. It was incredible to be that close to them! There are about 2,000 elk total on the refuge right now, and there will be upwards of 8,000 by the time full blown winter hits. We also got to see 2 bald eagles up close.
After the ride we went to lunch at the Snake River Brewing Company. Very delicious. I got a brisket & bacon sandwich w/ fries. Then after lunch we went shopping in the historic downtown distric, and then drove home.
It was a great day and lots of fun, and the sun came out while we were on the sleigh ride which was perfect cause the temperature was about 10 degrees. Here are some pictures!
Monday, December 8, 2008
On Thursday afternoon, Audrey, Maya, and I loaded up in our expedition and headed out into the unknown. Well, at least for me anyway. It was my first trip to cut down a Christmas tree. We left Kemmerer, and headed north to Cokeville and National Forest Land. On the trip there we saw 5 elk sunning themselves on the side of the road.
Once we got to our "designated tree cutting area" we had our eyes peeled for which tree looked full enough, and short enough to fit in our house and still look good. Audrey made the perfect spot, and located the tree that would shortly be located in our living room.
We chopped it down, tied on top of the Expedition and headed home! Here is a video from the excursion, and some pictures as well. It was a blast!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
We got a permit from the forest service, and as i understand it, we just go find one we
want and chop it down and haul it home. It will be my first real tree if my memory serves
me correctly. So i'm excited about getting to pick it out and cut it down.
I'll put up pics when we get back.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Dexter and Carole Smith run the B & B, and they are wonderful Christian people. Dexter built their house which has 5 bedrooms, and he also built a log cabin that we rented out for the evening. It had a fireplace, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and was incredibly built.
Saturday morning we were served breakfast in our cabin, and then we went up to the main house and spent some time talking with Dexter. I truly know that God guides and provides just from this trip. We had no idea these people were Christians when we made our reservation, and because I'm a pastor they let us stay the night for free! How amazing is the Lord! We were so blessed by their generosity.
Last year for our anniversary we stayed at a B & B in Minnesota and they let us stay their for free too! It's been amazing! Here are some pictures from the trip...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I needed a little break before I could get anything to eat. And I think that this is my standard pose after a race. The "hands back and legs sprawled" recovery technique.
And after it was all over!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wish us luck! I'll post pics and results sometime next week!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Master Bedroom. It is quite large, we have two nightstands next to our bed. Two dressers, our entertainment center, and a large closet that is off to the right.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I read a story about a guy who just started running and he said, "Anything that is this hard should make you grow hair."
I thought it was pretty funny, and true at the same time. So far my beard is not as manly as I would like it to be, but maybe if I keep running it will grow in thicker.
Our next race is Nov. 22nd it's a 10k in Smithfield, UT. Hopefully the weather is decent.
That's all I have for now.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Now that question might sound weird to you at the moment, but let me explain. With all the hoopla yesterday and who is going to be the next person to "lead our country", some people might get so caught up in it that they lose sight of the big picture.
What is the big picture you ask?
It's that I woke up this morning the same way I always get up. That all the stuff surrounding the election really hasn't changed anything. And you know the more important thing, that quite a few people have pointed out already is that God is still in control!
Where is our hope really? For me it's in God, not Obama. And it wouldn't have been in McCain either if he would have won. Jesus is my president, and when I look back on the past, God uses the people that are in power, no matter if they are hethen or if they are blessed by God.
So as we are coming closer to Thanksgiving I thank God that HE is still in control of our world, and that I woke up the exact same way today as I did yesterday.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday I drove to Rock Springs to load up as much of our stuff as I could (thanks to a guy in our church who let me borrow his pickup and trailer).
I left Rock Springs at 6:00 p.m. arrived in Kemmerer at 8:00 p.m. and the Brewer's (THANK YOU) helped us unload everything and we were done in an hour.
Our official move in day is Saturday, and I will take some pics and have more info in the days to come.
Be praying that we can get everything done with the house, plus everything else in life! it seems a little crazy!!!
mi casa es su casa - COME VISIT US!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday we went to Salt Lake
Wednesday we had Church
Thursday we went to Rock Springs
Friday I subbed at the High School
Saturday we babysat
Sunday we woke up late for Church
And now it's Monday! I don't have anything incredible to write about. Maybe those are the times where you just start typing and then something incredible comes out of your ramblings. I'm not really sure, but I don't think anything wonderful has been typed yet.
It snowed here on Saturday. Blizzard like conditions, but it is already starting to warm back up which is nice, except for in my office right now. It is a little chilly. The sun never comes through my office window, which is too bad.
Elk season starts on Wednesday, hopefully I will be able to go out with somebody and enjoy watching them get to shoot an Elk. I am still considered out of state since I haven't lived here a year yet. Audrey's Dad and Bro-In-Law both have tags for the Kemmerer area so it will be fun to go out with them when they come up.
I'm not good enough on my guitar yet for any performances, but I think I will be soon. I am really enjoying practicing and learning.
How's that for some random thoughts on Columbus Day!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
It's late and I'm tired, but wanted to let everyone know how sweet it is!
And the timing was totally God too because we showed up at the store
right before it was going to close, so he let me in and helped me out.
I even got a case for it, which is necessary so it stays nice for a really long time.
I will have pics and maybe a video when I get good.
And now I'm going to sleep because I sub at the high school tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
and you would think that since this is my last blog of a blog every day i would have some profound new knowledge about life or the blogging world. sorry to burst your bubble, but i don't. blogging everyday is just like any other discipline. you just have to do it. even when it is the last thing you want to do, or you are really tired.
and i think that goes along with anything in life that is worth doing. sometimes you just have to do it. stick with it, endure whatever is going on, and one day you will be done with it, and you will have emerged changed. maybe not in some drastic way, but you will still be changed.
our relationship with God is like that, our relationships with others, things in our lives that we have to do, things that God calls us to do.
we must make it a discipline, something that we do no matter what happens. unless it's blogging then you can have exceptions.
see you in october.....
Monday, September 29, 2008
But I guess I'll push on and make these last two blogs count.
I can't say today was incredibly eventful. Just another full day of life and ministry and all the little things that come up unexpectedly. Planning ahead is great and all, but real life never looks like the plan. Maybe that's more true of being a Pastor than of a 8 to 5 job. It was good day though. A few unplanned events, a guitar lesson, a game of battleship during supper, work at the church and now hopefully a good movie and a good nights sleep.
I'll write my finale blog tommorrow so be sure to catch it!
Until then .... Bye!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Audrey and I ran in our first Wyoming half-marathon this last Saturday. We ran one in Mason City, IA last October. The race on Saturday was in Pinedale, WY. We had to leave Kemmerer, at 5:30 a.m. drove for 2 hours and ended up at the race start at 7:30 a.m. We picked up our packets, which at races you get all kinds of good free stuff. So we got a really nice long sleeve t-shirt, chapstick, sunscreen, a water bottle, and lots of other little goodies.
There were about 80 or 90 people signed up to do the half-marathon, and Audrey finished 6th out of the women and I finished 20th out of the men. She was 16th overall and I was 32nd overall. She finished with a time of 1 hour 53 minutes and 54 seconds, and I finished in 2 hours and 1 minute.
We split up at mile 8, and after mile 12 is what killed me. We hadn't trained too long for this race, and the farthest we went was 12 miles in training and i could tell. The race course was pretty hard as well, lots of hills, no food, and only water at intermitent stations.
I had my new shoes on and my insole moved up on the inside of my right foot at about mile 4 and half, and i got the hugest nastiest blister from running on it the rest of the way. they had a free barbeque for anyone there after the race. it was a good day, and i'm still sore today! Here are some pictures that Audrey's mom and dad took. We will be getting more later, and there should be more pics soon at www.pinedalehalfmarathon.com.
This is coming back down a road that goes up above Fremont Lake, which we ran partly around. The trees are changing colors and it was georgeous.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
i think it will be a really good thing, and we are learning more and more about God's Word, that is eternal and will last forever.
it's late, and i'm exhausted... so sorry for nothing really long. but the point is that i blogged today!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
it didn't even hurt!
and hopefully now i will be able to run the half-marathon on saturday pain free (well at least on that toe anyway).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
i thought it was an interesting story....