Sunday, November 06, 2005

Who You Calling Reverend?

Talk about a very long but good day. I've been fighting off this cold for four days now. Thanks be to God, though, that I was able to keep my voice long enough to make it through the service this morning. Picking a lot of low register songs probably helped that.

Anyway, that wasn't the important part of the day. You are reading the blog of the newest ordained pastor in the Southern Baptist Church. That's right, I am now Rev. Daron . Not that I will use that title very much, but still. I am so glad that God put me in a church that, even though we have had some differences, wants to do things to help me grow as a minister.

I don't think that this did anything different that what I've already been doing. Someone asked me, "Do you feel like a minister?" I told him, "I always did." This is my church validating what God has already made clear.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

I Hate Colds!

Why do I always get a cold at the worst possible time? My finacee is in town this weekend and I can't even come close to her, becuase I don't want her to get it. :( I can't afford to get sick right now! Not to mention, I have my ordaining counsel tomorrow and want to be able to talk in my normal voice and not the contrabass that I've been all day long.

Went to see Saw II today. Freaky. Nuff said.

Yesterday, I was in the laundromat and this little (maybe 2) Mexican girl was with her obviously non-English speaking mother. Then a family came in with a little two-year-old boy. Although they were of different cultures, one thing brought them together...Neither of them knew how to talk yet. The little girl offered "un cheeto" to the boy who gratefully accepted. They babbled on with each other and played like they were best friends. The language and cultural barriers meant nothing to these two. Maybe we can learn something from them.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


So, last night three of my boys came over and thought they would play a prank on my place. :) well, that didn't work. I'm sitting in my living room when there is a knock on the door. The local policeman had them at my front door. My neighbor across the street had caught them before I did and, not knowing who they were, called the cops. My first words to them...

"YOU GOT CAUGHT?" And then I rolled laughing at them for the next five minutes. Of course, I made them clean the whole place up.

Poor guys. They are going to get teased mercilessly from me tonight.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Out of my head!

Why have I been so cynical lately?

You ever get to that point where you catch yourself saying really negative things that you know you shouldn't? I've been that way all week and probably longer. There's been a lot of negative things going on and I think they're starting to really get to me.

The Wannabe Board had a link up to this site about people who seriously want to start "redeeming" states one by one and setting up "Christian" states. So... these people want to bring us back to the Civil War and break apart, rather than helping to change things. I've been really focused on this today.

Then I ended up directed to Lighthouse Trails Research. It's so good to know that everything from the Message Bible to that Youth Specialties curriculum the 7th graders are using are evil tools of the Devil. dang it. There goes that sarcasm again.

Why is it so much easier to be negative than positive? Usually, I am the optimist, always wanting to see the best in people. The problem is, that is getting harder every day lately. Without getting into details, everything that I worried about in my post "Back to Normal" has happened. My town is just as divided as the day before Hurricane Rita. There is so much mistrust going on that people are losing credibility. And why is it that those people who are wrong are always the loudest?

Why is the Church so good at knocking people and things down, instead of lifting them up? Shouldn't loving followers of Jesus Christ be the people who are least afraid? Have we forgotten that Paul said "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." (Romans 14:19 NIV) Why is it that I have to defend people and activities?

Am I saying "Agree with everything?" Absolutely not! I'm saying that I wish that instead of automatically jumping to smash something down, that we should take the time to analyze and see what is going on. I'm reading A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. As a Baptist Christian, I have a some concerns and questions with what he has had to say so far, but from what I gather, that is the point. To question. Not to follow blindly. To make sure that I know. Not to stick to one narrow view, but to see that there are people out there who don't agree with me. Do I despise them for their view or try to understand them so I can reach out to them.

A very wise college pastor told me that "You can't out-argue an atheist. All you can do is be the best representative of Jesus Christ that you can possbily be. He may come to faith through your life, not through your knowledge of apolgetics." I think I'm finally beginning to understand. I'm glad that God has put me where I am with the kids that I've got. I want to be through getting upset when people question my outreach methods (more accurately, the consequences of positive results). I don't want to focus on the negative. I want to be Jesus to these kids. Nothing else should matter.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Beacon Article November 2005

Every month, my church publishes one of those typical church newsletters. The silly person in me tries to make my part of it just a little bit different than my SP's article (who gets twice the space by the way :-p). Anyway, check it out.

Let's face it. I'm jealous of video game characters. Now before everyone starts thinking that I'm in need of a long sleeve jacket complete with buckles in the back, I'll explain.

You see, when I was little, video games had just started to really capture the marketplace of entertainment in America. I had the latest system each time they came out. The one thing that everyone who plays video games understands is the eternal value of the wonderful creation called

The RESET button.

You know it. Every game system has it, or at least the ability to turn the system off and try again later. So you're racing the Daytona 500 and Little E puts you in the wall... RESET. You're fighting the Battle of the Bulge over again and you're about to run out of health... RESET. Super Bowl not going your way? RESET.

And so I stop to think, “If only life had a RESET button.” But wait. Maybe it does. God supplied our lives with a RESET button.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

No matter what we've done in the past, it is all taken away the moment that we accept Christ! It's a total do-over in God's eyes. Or better yet... Sin got you down and you don't think you can get out? RESET. “Go and sin no more.”

Bro. D

What a surprise!

Hmm... I'm shocked. Music major turned youth/music pastor is Schroeder in the Peanuts quiz. Let me get my heart started again ;-)

You are Schroeder!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Now I Can Celebrate!

Took long enough, but now I can finally talk about my Colts for a little bit! The only good thing about the Houston Texans was that playing them twice in the year means I get to see the Colts twice on TV because I live in Texas. Anyway, David Carr drops back to pass 15 times and gets sacked five times. That front four has got to be the best in the league. I think I'm right when I say that out of all the sacks that defense has, none of them belong to the back seven. More sacks = less blitzes. Less blitzes = better coverage. Better coverage = more sacks. Follow the circle?

I do think it's ironic that two weeks away from the Monday Night Showdown in Foxboro, that ESPN is saying that Peyton Manning is Tom Brady from last year and Tom Brady is having to be Peyton Manning of last year. Manning is taking what the defense is giving him, and Brady has to throw for 300 yards to give their defense a chance at not losing the game.

Anyway, I'm going to enjoy the bye week and relax a little before Monday the 7th.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I don't have a lot of time these days to blog out thoughts, so I'll just make a quick scream of joy for the 7-0 Indianapolis Colts!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Here we go again.

Hurricane Wilma. wow. We're still picking up here in East Texas from Rita. My prayers are with the people of Mexico, Cuba, all those islands in the Gulf, and now it looks like central Florida :(.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Wait a week, Miami

Congratulations from this former hoosier to two of the best football players to ever wear blue. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrision connected for their 87th touchdown together, breaking the record from Steve Young and Jerry Rice.

Every year, the remaining players from the 1972 Miami Dolphins team that went undefeated get together and watch the games. As soon as the last team in the league loses a game, they celebrate by drinking champagne. Well guys, put it on ice for a week, because the Colts are 6-0 and have Houston next week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


For all my YS people who stop by here, you know that I hardly ever dive into theological topics.  I used to think for a long time that it was because I didn’t want to argue in controversial topics.  But lately, I’ve been noticing that I don’t know as much as I guess I should.  

For a long time, I’ve been telling people that I just want to focus on “Jesus loves you and you need him.”  To me that seems to sum up everything in the entire Bible.  

The problem is, the more I start getting into the word to research the topics we’ve been on lately, the more I’ve noticed that I need to take some stands on theological issues that I have wavered on before.  

One thing that has been getting on my mind lately is the number of “experts” who are convinced that look for things in the recent past to tell me that they know that Jesus is coming back on this certain day.  

I live in the middle of the area that first helped victims of Hurricane Katrina and then got hit ourselves by Hurricane Rita.  Somebody on Christian broadcasting (700 Club I think) actually said that “Rita turned away from people and headed toward casinos.”  It didn’t come after casinos, it ripped though my BACKYARD, and my pastor’s backyard, and the town of Jasper, where I have friends from my Taekwondo class.  

Another person on radio said that the hurricanes and the tsunami last year, and the earthquake in Pakistan are “signs that the Lord will return soon.”  Remember when we all were told that the first Gulf War would make Armageddon take place?  Let’s not even start with the January 1, 2000 people.  Why do we spend so much time trying to predict when Jesus is coming back?!?  Doesn’t that make us worse than the Weekly World News paper in the front of our grocery stores?  

Matthew 24:36-44 (emphasis added)
"However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
37"When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. 38In those days before the Flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39People didn't realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.
40"Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. 42So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming.
43"Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would stay alert and not permit the house to be broken into. 44You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.

I mean, if Jesus doesn’t even know when he is coming back, why should we spend so much time being preoccupied with figuring it out.  We need to be getting ready and making sure that as many people as possible go with us.  

What if we spent all the time talking about the end, and instead focused it on reaching people with the love of God?  That He loved us so much that he sent His only Son for us and wants us to go to Heaven to be with Him there?  Then we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the date of His return, because everyone would be ready.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

5-0 and rolling along!

The picture above was a sight that people saw all day long...Alex Smith laying on his back. The Indianapolis Colts are now 5-0 and the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Do I think 16-0 is possible? Well, mathmatically yes, but I highly doubt it.

I am still marking out for the defense! Tony Dungy has found fast athletes who know how to hit, and how to keep the action in front of them. It's amazing to me that the Colts have so many sacks, but they are all from the defensive line. No linebacker blitzes, no safety sacks, and yet the D has given up 29 points in five games.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Joining the Crowd

All right, why not join the crowd…
10 years ago I was...
- Starting my junior year at Shelbyville HS
- Playing in trombone in marching band.
- Working at the Western grocery store.

5 years ago I was...- A music performance major, thinking I was going to move to New York City after I graduated.
- Singing in a college garage band, even though we didn’t have a garage.
- An active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!

1 year ago I was...
- Sitting in the same office that I am right now.
- Just getting to know Melissa (we had only been dating 3 months)
- Very poor
- 10 pounds heavier

Yesterday I...
- worked out for over an hour! (YAY!)
- Went to a Junior Varsity football game
- Got rained on (see above)
- Loved Meli more than the day before

5 snacks I enjoy...
- Baked Doritos (takes it to a whole new level)
- Popcorn
- Candy Corn (being October and all.)
- Oreo
- sharp cheddar and crackers

5 songs I know all the words to...(this is tough to narrow down!)
- Most things out of the hymnal, it is my job after all.
- Meant to Live - Switchfoot
- The Hokey Pokey!
- The Chicken Dance (da da da da da da da da)
- Lilo and Stitch Theme Song

5 things I would do with 100 million dollars...
- Live off the interest and work for a church for free.
- Finally buy a brand new computer
- Wrestlemania tickets!
- A green dress for Melissa (but not a real green dress that’s cruel)
- Gas for my new Hummer

5 places I would run away to...
- England
- Cancun
- The river I used to hang out at in high school
- My own little happy place (mmmmmmm)
- wherever my little Honda can take me.

5 things I would never wear...
- A cowboy hat
- tights (I had to once in drama and ugh)
- kilt
- my marching band uniform in high school ever again (black wool in August)
- Anything with Purdue on it.

5 favorite tv shows
- Simpsons
- All Star Treks
- Family Guy
- Tom and Jerry
- World Series of Poker

5 bad habits...
- Forgetting to turn blinker off
- Keeping things clean
- Not getting enough exercise
- Speaking before I think
- Not believing in myself

5 biggest joys...
- A hug from Melissa
- The snooze bar
- A Colts win
- That teachable moment!
- When I have a well spoken sermon

5 fictional characters I would date...
- None, I love Meli!

Mustard Seeds

Faith like a mustard seed...

Back in middle school, I was very much into drama. I was in every musical and play possible, and (I think) I was really good at it. I got lead parts all the time. Then I moved to a new town and when I got to high school, suddenly my parts shrank. I remember, the teacher told me the old theater catchprase "There are no small parts, only small people."

I never really understood that as any more than a way to pacify angry freshmen.

Now that I'm older, I understand the power that small things have. Luke 13:18-21 tells of two really small things that have big results.

The mustard seed: a 1/8 inch seed will take off and in one season grow to 8-12 feet.
Yeast: anyone just has to put too much in a loaf of homemade bread to understand that (Sorry about that one to my 8th grade home ec teacher).

Sometimes, situations that seem small can turn out to be big things for God. Consider this, it was a small town Sunday School teacher that led D.L. Moody to Christ. It was ten kids meeting in a living room that started See You at the Pole. Out of the eleven remaining apostles after Jesus's death and ressurection, the church was built that we see today.

Jesus was trying to tell us that the Kingdom of Heaven was not a huge concept, but something that we could grasp, and spread throughout the world, like yeast in bread. No matter where we are, we can be mustard seeds and grow into mighty plants. No matter where I am, I can be a part of what He has in store!

By the way, the last of our evacuated guests have left the church. It's so quiet here now... too quiet.

Do I look 13?

All my kids have had fun with me about this all week, so might as well share it with everyone else.

A couple weeks ago, I was flying with my fiancee to a taekwondo tournament in west Texas. On a certain airline that will remain nameless (but rhymes with Surthwest ) you pick where you want to sit based on a random grouping during checkin. We were first so the other person with us decided we could take the exit row to have more leg room. That, and you know, three martial artists should be able to open a door. During the preflight stuff, the and the following conversation took place.

Attendant: You know you have to be 15 to sit in the exit row?

Me: Yeah?

Attendant: Are you 15?

Me: I'm 27

Attendant: no. really? (followed by a large laughter from the people around me)

So then, we're at the tournament and before it gets started, it's sort of traditional to look around and see who all is there, espcially since in ATA, we all end up competing against mostly the same people. This kid comes up to me and the following happened.

Kid: Man, I hope they split the rings up (by height)so I don't fight you. When you grow up you'll be as tall as Yao Ming.

Me: How old are you?

Kid: 13

The age groups always split 11-13, 14-16, and 17-29 AHHHH! He thought I was 13!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Game on!

As someone reminded me today, there's a scene in Wayne's World 2 where Wayne and Garth are playing hockey in the street, and the car came by. They had to stop, but as soon as the car went past, they yelled to each other "Game on!"

Well, the fourth major sport in the country is back and I am happy. My life is now complete :) I may in the minority, but I am diggin on the new offensive rules. The Stars were down 4-0 and came back to win 5-4. Before the lockout, that game would have been unwatchable by the second period.

Welcome back hockey, this displaced northerner is happy to see the ice again... Even if I do hate snow.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Back to normal?

Someone just asked me if life was starting to get back to normal now that the evacuees are leaving for their FEMA paid-for hotel rooms. So that made me think, "What exactly is normal?" Then again, maybe the better question is "What is so great about normal?" I mean, over the past two weeks, I have seen some the best in people.

I've watched an 80-year-old man wake up every day at 5 a.m. to show up and help out with whatever he can. I grew a huge respect as I saw him bring in a truckload of food and supplies from another church nearby.

I've seen students asking and pleading to find ways to help, even when we were so full of volunteers, that I had nothing for them to do.

I've seen people displaced from their homes working to create a home out of church gym floor, and getting on people when they don't protect the sanctity of that home.

My biggest hope is that we don't let this die. It's so easy to step up and help people when there is a major crisis and the cameras are on. Now comes the hard part. I worry that when the everyday happens and we see the guy on the side of the road riding a 40-year-old bicycle with his beard down to his waist, will he help him? When someone who just got out of prison comes to church, will we help him or turn him away, saying he'll never change? Now comes the fun part. May God bless my town. I hope.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

4-0 Baby!!!!!

Woo Hoo!!!! The offense has never left! Peyton exploded for four touchdown passes! Edge runs for 90 yards.

Congrats to Marvin Harrison from this Colts fan for tying the NFL record with Peyton for the most TDs from a quarterback and receiver!

You know, I'm really glad for the NFL audio that I can get online. I can't afford the big Direct TV thing, and the Colts are not on TV down here in Texas (darn Houston Texans). The best $25 I've spent all year. I listened to the whole game jumping up and down with each TD strike.

Late Night Musings

I think I'm running out of synonyms for ramblings.

Most of the guest staying in our church have left for home. We only have about 20 left, after starting the week with almost 200.

In the words of a very underrated Christian musician, Paul Coleman "Why does it take a tragedy to bring us all together?"

You know, a white person, a black person, and a latino person look the same when they are sitting together in a shelter talking about how their home was destroyed.

I took a day away from the chruch to go to the Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California around the West Coast, but not really close to the ocean. How does a team lost 7-1 to a team that wouldn't even play its best players for more than one at bat. Good thing I'm a Cubs fan. Oh, wait...

You know, ballpark hot dogs just taste better. For $4.75, they better.

Speaking of good food, you know, the military really have it good. Those MREs aren't half bad. I recommend the roast beef.

I need to go camping more. I'm not used to life without power, AC, running water, etc. It caught a lot of us off guard. I knew I should have worked harder in Cub Scouts.

That's it for tonight. Lots more to come, I bet.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wait Till Next Year... Again

Why am I once again having to wait until next year. You know, after a while, I should find a team that doesn't break my heart every single time out there. But I just can't bring myself to it. So I guess I'll once again sit and watch as someone else gets to watch their team in the World Series. :(

Late night ramblings

What does a youth pastor do when youth group is cancelled? That's the question I faced tonight when I had to cancel youth so I could be available for a special service for our guests staying at the church. Not to mention we don't have our youth room or gym available. And, now that I think about it, many of our kids live on roads that are closed, without power, and in a town where usually only one gas station has gas at a time.

Not that I'm complaining. God has absolutely blessed this town in so many ways since Saturday. FEMA is here and getting people help. This morning, I was woken up by a knock on my door. It was a local policeman and a national guard officer. They were checking on the area elderly and mistook my place for my 82-year-old neighbor's. At least it was encouraging that there are people out there who care.

This past morning, three nurse practioners and two RNs from Austin came to the church and checked on everybody staying here. They wrote prescriptions for people who were running out of the medicines they needed, and supplied some samples for them to hold them over until our pharmacies get restocked.

There are a bunch of people here from Idaho. I'm not sure who they are or why they are here, but it's still nice to see them. Our electric co-op is being supported by crews from all over Texas and many other states. I've seen some license plates from way out of state on some repair trucks.

Here's a couple of links to some stories from the Nacogdoches newspapter
San Augustine takes brunt of storm in Deep East Texas
High percentage of DETEC customers without electricity

By the way... Do I really look young or is it just people being crazy? While I was on my flight to Midland, I was sitting in the exit row. The flight attendant came over, and actually asked me if I was old enough to be there. You only have to be...

AHHHHHH!!!! :) :) Guess It's time to grow out the old youth pastor goatee again. This is worse than when a teacher tried to give me a detention for talking on a cell phone during lunch. :)

Oh well, my shift watching the shelter is about to end. Time to catch a few hours of sleep and get back at it tomorrow. Eventually, I have to plan for everything to get back to normal. Whatever normal will be.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

First First!

Of course, this past weekend, I had to make a decision on rather to stay in the area, or use the nonrefundable ticket I had bought to Midland. After a lot of prayer and discussion with the SP, I went.

Something that never happens, happened... I won! I was 1st in forms in the 17-29 year old colored belt division! I couldn't believe it! I watched the last guy go through his form and thought, "I'm in the lead."

I ended up also taking a second with my weapon and third in sparring. I went the full two minutes in my last match, losing 3-2. I got to get back to the gym. By last 30 seconds, I was breathing so hard. What a weekend.

We still have about 100 people in the church. Everything is being cancelled tonight, so no youth. I met one teen girl staying with us and found out that she was a dancer. (the shorts that said "dancer" on them gave me some clue). So I made a call and found a ballet teacher who teaches one of my youth group kids. She offered her free lessons as long as the family is in our shelter. Just another one of those things were you get to see the best in people.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rita vs. the small town

I'm not a beach person. Don't get me wrong, I like visiting the beach every once in a while, but you could not pay me enough to live right against a coast line. So I sit here amazed that my town turned into a coastal village this weekend.

The news coverage is totally consumed with Hurricane Rita coverage. (At least that's what they tell me, becuase my cable is out and we can't pick up regular signal out here.) From what I've heard, towns like Beaumont, Vidor, Orange, and Lake Charles got hit really hard. What a lot of them won't tell you is that this storm was still a hurricane 150 miles inland.

I live 100 miles north of Beaumont, Texas near Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Back starting Wednesday, we started getting people leaving Beaumont, Orange, and the like to get out of the way of what was coming. We took in as many of them as we could in the church, finally peeking out at 215 filling up our gym, activity center, every sunday school room, and even the santuary itself.

Saturday morning, the storm came in so fast and strong that it kept together even as it came into deep east Texas. Our power went out almost immediately. Even the water went out for a while. It's back now, but not drinkable. We're under a boil order until Friday. Some people are beginning to leave and head back to their homes, especially those who came to us from the Houston area.

There are trees down everywhere. This area is full of pine trees and beautiful forests. The Sabine National forest is a mess. In town, almost every house has at least a tree down if not more. There is a historic building by the chamber of commerce building that had the Texas state flag painted on the roof. The roof is almost gone, leaving on slivers of the once large flag that welcomed people. I personally have a very large tree resting gently against my home, but thankfully not in my home. My power and water is on, but that makes me one of the lucky ones in my county. The co-op that runs our power is working so hard to try to get everyone back on as soon as possible, but that may be up to four weeks for some of my students. Who knows when school will be back in for those kids. The school has about 700 people in it. In fact, one person in the city administration told me that as of Friday night, the population doubled.

As I said before, the water is not drinkable. The boil order is at least until Friday. The one grocery store in town is almost empty. When the power went out, they lost what hadn't been snatched up by everybody's last minute buying. There is no bottled water in the town except what has been brought in by some wonderful people.

Want to know about gas? So does everybody else in town. This afternoon, there was only one out of five gas stations that had any. It's line was at least a mile. At another station, some people from out of town were sitting on top of their car in 100 degree heat. I went up to them seeing if they needed any help. They told me they were going to wait in line there until the truck arrived.... tomorrow. It's $2.85 in case you were wondering.

You know, when Katrina came through, we were so concerned for Bayou La Batre, Alabama. A bunch of students and I went to the bayou for a mission trip this summer to work on houses and with people affected by Ivan last year. As I made twenty phone calls trying to get information, a pastor told me that it was like "trying to explain colors to someone born blind" describing the damage he had seen. I'm going to try to post a few pictures and see if I can bring a few things to the light.

Bottom line, we're doing fine down here in Texas. I have been amazed at the capacity of people to care for each other when they all work together and God is in their hearts and on their minds. Black, white, latino, and asain, they were all here huddled together in the gym. We still have over 100 people using our church property as a shelter. The vast majority of these people are working so hard, that we barely need people working to help them. Everybody is pitching in with the cooking, cleaning, caring for the little ones, organizing food and clothing donations, and everything else that it takes. In fact, as I sit at my computer while keeping guard on the night watch, it's so quiet. As much I would like life to get back to normal, I will miss the wonderful folks who have stayed up with me until a few minutes ago and kept me company.

Be sure to keep inland Texas and Louisiana in your prayers and don't forget about us here. I'll try to post more later if possible.

An old tree just knocked over in our church parking lot.

This used to be the sign at our grocery store

A large sinkhole just a block away from the church.

This sign just kicked over by the wind.

A power line still down

This tree used to be in my back yard, now it is on top of my place.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Long Time

Wow. It's been a long time since the last post. I've always had trouble with journals, so I guess a blog is no different.

It's amazing how far Hurricane Katrina's effects have reached. I live almost six hours drive from New Orleans in the middle of nowhere, and yet all of our hotels are full and we are looking to open our church as a shelter. I would have never thought that this small town would be on the map when it comes to relief, but we're ready to our part if called upon.

I'll make some longer posts later, but I just wanted to get back on so those on the ring will see something new here. God Bless!


Sunday, February 06, 2005

Super Bowl

Well, everyone else in the world is making predictions, so why not? I'm going to be at a Super Bowl party with my youth group this weekend, and they all know how much of a Colts fan I am. So I am going to be operating under the whole theory of wanting to lose to the team who wins. So for one day only, I am a Patriots fan.

The old saying goes, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. I've always heard that one, but it's became real clear this weekend. You see, most weekends, I've either been working with the youth, or been with Melissa. This weekend, there was nothing going on with the youth, and Meli is in the national ATA taekwondo tournament in Las Vegas. I haven't really been sure of what to do. lol. I was joking around earlier this week when I asked, "What does a bachelor do on the weekend?" :)

Well, time to get offline. I have church in the morning, and need to be fresh :)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

2 Weeks!

I can't believe that I have been engaged now for two weeks! The best part about the whole thing has been watching her face as she sees something she likes for the wedding, and she knows that she can look because we're getting married. Her eyes light up when she sees flowers, dresses, cakes, you name it.

We're going to be taking a while before we get married so that we can get ourselves ready. We're going to be setting some money back and planning our wedding. Right now we have the big decision to make of who is going to go where. Right now, we live apart, so one of us is going to have to uproot and move. I've got to trust that God is going to have that under control. There is absolutely no way I could do this one on my own.

I'm now a purple belt and on my way to black! I get to break boards this time around! I'm going to a tournament this month. I don't know if I'm going to be competing or not, but it's a chance to be around Melissa and in her environment.

Until next time.

I Joined the Ring

I'm now in the YS Forum ring.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

She Said Yes!

Wow. I've had a great week! Yep. One of the most wonderful things to happen in my life came about this week. I became a purple belt Yea!

Just kidding of course. Not about the purple belt thing, that did happen. Last Saturday, I asked my best friend and the love of my life to marry me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I sure didn't know that when I came to take a job as a youth minister, that I was going to find the one God had for me to become my wife, but that's exactly what happened. In the time we had been dating, we became so close. Our time apart in the physical distance allowed us to become the best of friends.

Her birthday was Friday night, but the high school band she directs had to play at a basketball game. So I sent a dozen roses to the school on Friday and then drove up to be with her on her birthday. Saturday, I had reservations at a restaurant in Dallas called The Melting Pot. It's one of those places that you have to dress up to be able to go into. Now Melissa isn't the type to put on a dress that often. When she finished getting ready, I was absolutely taken back by how beautiful she looked.

The food was absolutely wonderful, great atmosphere. We had just finished our desert of dark chocolate and marshmellow fondue and went over to her side of the booth and told her she had one more present. She was crying before I got my first word out. She yelled out yes so loud that everyone around us knew what was going on. :) In fact, I kind of "got caught" by these two ladies who were on their way to the restroom. They screamed out "Oh my, God, someone's getting engaged." Which promptly gave us an audience. Melissa was absolutely beautiful and shaky and smiley and crying. I want to remember every look and every touch from that night. After the entire staff had come by to look at the ring, the manager opened up a bottle of champange on the house for us. That was interesting and funny. A baptist preachers daughter and a baptist youth minister being given champange :) We sipped enough to be polite and then escaped for a whole bunch of phone calls.

It's all been kind of a whirlwind, and I can't believe that we're actually going to get married!!!! Like I said, what a great week!

Monday, January 03, 2005


Now I remember why I moved to Texas!!! It only took a few moments to remember what 22 inches of snow looks like and why I love the idea of 70 degrees in January. I guess everyone is right, the blood does thin the longer you live in the south, but I'll take it.

I went on vacation with Melissa and took her home to meet my family. We had a great time in the snow the first day. Meli had never seen more than the dusting that we get around here. So of course, I just had to revert back to some childhood memories so we could peg each other with a few snowballs. :)

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