Monday, July 26, 2004

movie night

Well, I met with the programming fellas today.  That is such a great time.  We discuss all sorts of creative ways to bring the gospel.  It is great for me to have the ability to input.  There are times when I feel like I am trying to catch up to these guys -- because they are creative.  But they are patient with me and I like it.

Afterward, N8, Roach and I talked ministry stuff for a while.  It was great to get some good insight from them.  Good stuff about broadening horizons and looking beyond and dreaming larger.  That was awesome.  I walked away with the need to pray a little harder and give a little more.

I ended up over to Jeff & Kathy's.  They invited me to stay for dinner and a movie.  Hitting the Bourne Supremacy tonight.  I am excited.  I hope I am not disappointed.  More on that./

I have been thinking alot lately about some things -- how fortunate I am to have a place to live, car to drive, home to go to.  Some of the others are the support people I have.  And today I am referring to my family on the west side of the state.  I know I have said this before but I have seen a lot of healing with my ex-wife, daughter, and ex-family.  they have been great about things.  I have really appreciate the acceptance they extend to me.  I know it is weird but it works for us and it really helps Becca adjust.  That it me and I know Sarah is what is important.  So to all of them -- Birt & Gaye, Dave & Sarah, Britt, Suzy, Tyler, Drew and Seth, Matt, Heidi, Izak and Liberty -- I say I love you and thank you.

All of the stuff to say our God is a big God how can change lives and heal if we only allow Him to do so.

My head hurts now.


I hit 100 postings

It seems like I should have a party or something.  100 postings!  Do I really have that much to say?  I don't know.

What an interesting weekend.  I picked up Becca Friday night.  We spent the evening at a friends house.  This is a couple really close to Becca and me.  The father of the wife had recently passed on.  So we spent time with them being the church.

Saturday was car repair day.  I hate cars.  They are a bad investment.  I still need to do a little more work on it but things are good for now.

Saturday night was rough.  Becca picked up something.  She was not feeling well.  So I did not play Sunday morning.  I did sound instead because there was misfire with communication.  that was fun.

Gotta go for now.

Friday, July 23, 2004


Yes I am still at work.  I am not happy about it but I am here.  I almost had to go to CA again yesterday, but one of my co-workers went instead.  The store is opening and the personnel their have the jitters.  So, the pres and vp of engineering from my company jumped a plane and are there right now.  I am here as support for them.  We ended up reprogramming some things.  Suck.

The weekend is here.  I am excited about seeing my daughter.  Jeff and Kathy are watching her right now as I could not pick her up on time. 

Mike Morgan just called to ask if I want to play keyboards on Sunday.  I say, "Is a frog's butt water tight?"  I am there.  I can't wait.  I love watermark.  This sunday is going to be good. 

Anyway, my guys from CA are direct connecting me.  Gotta go.

becca's dad

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Read the Thompson blog

I was out of town and did not have time to catch up on the blogsphere.  I was reading Thompson's most recent blog about the intervention he had.  I love reading the comments section because there is always someone with a different spin - good, bad, funny or serious.

This was a response to that blog.  Read the blog and then read the comments.

I heard a pastor say once that a lady from his church complained about someone smelling of cigarette smoke in the pew near her. He told us later that he wants his church to stink a little bit. Acceptance, it's what Jesus specialized in, and I don't. Yet.
"The church should be the same kind of community, but somehow it's become a culture of dressing up, retaining anonymity in a crowd, performing duty and listening to a professional."
My heart resonants with that thought.  I want to be the church.  Jesus did specialize in acceptance.  We were discussing this in a group I was in on Monday.  How we miss the point on how Jesus responded to people and how he calls us to do likewise.  How in our weakness he is strong.  Inspite of our hangups, he continues to impact, influence, and change lives.

Thought for the day.


Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Two more bloggers

I was surf my blogsphere and realized that Clint and Jamie Ussher are blogging now.  I met Clint and Jamie while attending Spring Lake Wesleyan.  Great Couple!  Great individuals!  I am sure great writing will come.
I have broke the silence.  Yes, I also added the Roach - the watermark intern - to my blogsphere.  Dude, don't let me down.
Check um out!

Back in the saddle again - again

How are things?  It is so good to be back in West Michigan.  Let me tell you about my flight back on Friday.
I arrived at the San Fran airport at 8:00 am for a 10:00 am flight.  No problems checking in and no problems making it thru security.  The flight to Chicago was uneventful as well.After arriving in Chicago, I realized I had an 1 1/2 layover.  Which is great.  I flew into O'Hare and there is always something to watch or look at.  I arrived at 4:30 Chicago time and was scheduled to leave at 5:00 pm and arrive in GR at 7:00 pm.  Sounds really good....yeah right.  Because of the weather, flights were not arriving on time.  when flights do not arrive on time, they do not leave on time.  My flight was delayed for 2 hours for a scheduled time of 7:00 pm which would still put me in GR at 9:00.  So as time is marching on, I notice on the board that another flight number comes up.  I think to myself, oh maybe they just had another flight ready for take off and they needed to get those numbers up.  So I went for another walk and looked at the larger more informed monitors.  Suck.  The flight had been cancelled and there was no annoucement.  So I went to the little stand, behind several people.  I over course was asking the same question.  How do I get home.  Well, there is a 10:00pm flight that I could go on standby after the other 50 people or a flight leaving Saturday morning.
After many trials, conversations, calls back to the office, I received a rental car and drove back to GR.  I arrived at 3:30 am Saturday morning.
I have decided to barricade myself in my home.  Food to be delivered.  Will Wendy's deliver?
I am happy to be home.
Thanks for listening,

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

what is grace?

I am not sure how to describe it. Yet, it is a huge part of my life. Much like air - you need it; you want it and you do not deserve it.

Today was a challenging day. Product that was suppose to arrive yesterday did not get here until today. Does not seem like a big deal right? Except, all the system commissioning was suppose to be done today. My installers are flying out tomorrow. In addition, one of my installers measured the TV and the mounts and discovered TV's we are mounting - do not fit. How does that happened? The TV's are 32 inches high; the mounts are 27 inches. Yikes. We spent time and energy running around looking for replacement TV's right? Then we find out the store wants us out by 9:00 tonight. I called our director of engineering and project management and proceeded to tell them how bad this situation sucks. This day could not have ended worse. Except -- after all that conversation and running around, my installer calls and says "I feel horrible. I measured the TV wrong. It is 23 inches not 32 inches."

Wow. Do I have some apologizing to do.

Life continues to deal "unfair" hands. I am so glad I have a God who relentlessly pursues me and loves my unconditionally. That is a big job - Right Jeff and Gooch? I am so thankful he just wants to be in right relationship with us.

Well, I could preach a sermon. Since I am not sure when the rest of my guys are going to roll in or if I may have to take them to the airport at 3:00 am, I am cutting off.

From the ROCK,
Sean Connery aka c-man

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


Hi all

the weather is wonderful here. I could easily move. Although, all of watermark would have to move with me. It pains me not to be at the gathering. It is disappointing.

Anyway, my trip to NYC was good, but long. We received the call late on Wednesday and two of us were dispatched to take care of the problem. We left Grand Haven at about 6:00 pm. We stop in PA at about 1:30 am; found a hotel and had a short nights sleep. We got up the next morning at 7:00 am and made it to the job site by 3:30. After some quick conversations, we had work to do. The customer added a bunch of stuff that had to be done because the store opened the next day. Suck. We left there Thursday evening about 9:00 pm and arrived back in Grand Haven Friday morning at 11:00 am. It was a long trip. We did that so I could have time with my daughter before going to CA. Which is where I am right now. This traveling is killing me.

So my flights left on Sunday morning at 11:20. Again, suck. I arrived in CA 3:30 Pacific. Didn't do much that day. Monday arrived and work continued.

I am taking a moment to write just to say. I am missing home and missing my daughter. Hope to see you soon.

Lost in San Fran,

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

I'm leaving on a jetplane.....

It feels like I am traveling more. Which is not a good thing. People often ask isn't it great to travel? Traveling for business is never fun. Yes you are out of the office and you are in a different city. But you live out of a suitcase and your time is totally committed. That sucks.

As thankful as I am to have a job, it sucks that I am traveling. I just like being home....

Anyway, I am leaving for New York (on short notice) and then San Francisco all next week. I will try to blog but....



I mentioned yesterday I would go a little deeper. Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of sharing a campfire with several people. These floated in and out but it was mostly Jeff and Kathy, Jeff and Heather and Steve, Jessica, da boys, and da Z. Smores we consumed.

Great conversation flew. I am convinced that we solved world problems and are on to bigger and better things. After a few hours, people started to fade. Da boys and Da Z needed to get into bed. After the night sounds started, the conversation started to change. Before I knew it, it was Jeff, Jeff, Heather and myself sharpening iron. Talking about issues in our lives and how God is using us and working on us. I cannot describe then what happened. I forget who mentioned a prayer time but we went after it and then God came. It was awesome. Many tears were flowing that night.

These are "stake" moments in our lives. Moments where God chooses to reveal himself. We had such a great time. I am looking forward to the next.

All my troubles seemed so far away,

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Well it is Monday or Tuesday or something


That was my attempt at being pomo. Ya know.

I recently acquired a new cell phone. Well, a cell phone on steroids. It is the new Blackberry from Nextel. Yes, it is cool and I am pleased to have it.

Next Monday starts a new chapter for me. I will be taking Monday afternoons off to meet with the Watermark fellas. I am excited about helping with programming. That is if they tell me where they are meeting - right Kiwi?

Great weekend. Becca arrived back this weekend. ROCK ON! I know the trip was great for her and I know it was great doing, seeing and being with her mom and step dad - seeing her new cousin, old cousin and aunt & uncle she has not seen in a while. But it was sure good to see her on Sunday.

I have some deeper thoughts about the weekend, but I will need to share those later.

Until then,

Friday, July 02, 2004

yee ha

The Friday before the 3 day weekend. Plans: grill, fish, gathering. These are the only plans. Only, my daughter is coming back this weekend. Yup! It is true. I cannot wait to see her.

This morning I spent with some fellas from my workplace. Always a good time worshiping the bean.

Well, I hope you have a great 4th of July.