Monday, December 17, 2007

It is better to give than receive

i love that statement. it was a premise i was raised under and it is one that my daughter is very familiar with. It brings a different feeling at christmas time.

I alooted to some feelings i have about Christmas time. I hate the material aspect. It is like the advertising media goes crazy this time of the year. Even financial analysists base how well the economy is doing by how much comsumers spend.
it drives me crazy.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine was talking about the buy nothing for Christmas. i am not so sure that line of thought is not spot on. It does not mean give nothing christmas and give from the heart.

That is my rant for now.
buy nothing for Christmas

Monday, December 10, 2007

pics from this morning

here is what i woke up to. these are pics of where i live.

extreme weather?


right before i took the job at Spectrum, one of my future co-workers said that the weather in Oklahoma City is extreme. i am finding that out. late last week it was in the 40's here. for the last three days, it has been raining and freezing. we have ice and lots of it. many places out of power including some of my friends and co-workers. hopefully, that will correct itself soon.

anyway, we had our company christmas party friday night. good time was had by all.

in other new, i had an eye doctor exam on from friday and picked up contacts. i was having problems with my glasses seeing up close. so, the eye doc suggested having two different prescriptions in each eye to compensate. i understand this is a common practice. so i am trying it. i am having alittle tought time but it going well.

Getting ready to head to west michigan. can't wait to see my daughter.

Well, that is all for now.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Getting ready for the Christmas holiday

Why is it that this holiday is so expensive?

I was conversing with my younger brother about this. We both struggle with the emphasis that is placed on the material side of Christmas.

I don't know. I think we miss the point.

More as i formula what the heck i am trying to say later

Friday, November 30, 2007

isn't this a nice pic?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Wow. Has it been that long since i posted last? I apologize to the handful of you who actually read this.

Well, it was a good holiday. I spent the day with one of my co-workers and his family. it was great. we went out to the family farm in rural Oklahoma. There was a spread of food two tables long. I would guess there were probably 25 or so people there. We spread out all over the house and watched football. it was a good day.

The rest of the weekend i spent laying low. i was not active at all. i resisted the urge to go into work and started rethinking some things. between thanksgiving and the new year is always a renewing time for me. to reflect on the year past and see what changes to make for the year ahead. i will keep u posted.

In other news, i will be up in west michigan for christmas. My daughter wants to come down for Spring Break. and i am already making summer plans as becca wants to roll with me for the summer.

thats it! i hope u had a blessed holiday!

Monday, November 12, 2007


Yup. you are out of the office for 2 weeks on business and this is what happens.

Enjoy! Balloon-man


Thursday, October 25, 2007

The power of words

I frequent the bloggers i have. i am addicted. I do it because most of the time God shows me something. My friend Ken, whom i respect because of his wisdom, said to me one time "always remember Carter, words are eternal".

Check out these blog entries Moments of Clarity and My tiny little human.

People are always watching and listening to see how we react to situations.

Good stuff.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

i have seen some silly things in my time. i stumbled on this reading another blog. This mom to be is worried about how the jackhammering is going to effect her unborn child. So much so that she had to light a cigarette to think about.

Way to go!

Monday, October 22, 2007

ok. there are times when life is just plain good

Ok. what i am about to write may not seem like a big thing but i am busting at the seams to share. I also know that this may be a small speck but...

I was talking to becca today. We talk almost daily. It is awesome. It helps keeps the distance shorter than it is. She was telling me that she is writing an essay. The essay is on who she thinks is her hero.

She had thought this out. Her mom. Her favorite teacher. My best friend Jeff Johnson. Two people from watermark (who have now moved on to other ministry positions) - wally harrison and jason deroche. and me. At this point i was really excited to make the list. So she proceeds to tell me why she chose each person. Great descriptions of how these individuals impact and impacted her life. Then she tells me who she chose to write the article on and why. It is me. i was and still am blown away.

Well, thanks for letting me brag for a moment.


Monday, October 15, 2007

well -- all things come around

I am back in OKC now. I arrived thursday night about 9:30 pm. It is good to go but it is better to come home.

I have some time to think about things. Without going too deep, how important it is to tell the people you care about how much you love them. Let me give you an example.

My oldest brother's name is Chuck. He is married to Valerie. They have a great marriage and one daughter Melissa who is married and has two boys. They all reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chuck and Val have had up times and down times just like everyone else. But thru it all they have a great marriage and great relationship with God and others.

I have the greatest respect for all my brothers. But Chuck being the oldest hold my highest regards. He is not only a good husband, good father, but he is a man of character. And he is developing a wisdom side that is pretty awesome too. To see him in operation this last weekend with my family and people he does not even know just being the church and loving on people at the funeral was really cool. Needless to say he inspires me to be a better person than i am.

with all of that side, i have dished out a ton of crap to chuck. He is a funny guy and i have picked on him about many things for a long time. Well, in that process of harassing he was under a completely different opinion of how i felt about him. In fact, i stumbled on that while i was chatting with him on the phone.

I spent a good deal of time on the phone straightening that out.

I guess what i am saying is do not assume that the people you care about know that. Tell them, let them know. Life is too short.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

dust in the wind

it does not take long in a conversation to me to discover how much i like classic rock. 80's, some of the 70's, 90's good stuff - well some of anyway. I am listening to Dust in the Wind by Kansas. I can remember when i was much younger and did not know Jesus how music influenced my world view. How music shaped my thoughts and would change my heart and feelings.

Well, i have sat here for 5 minutes staring at this screen trying to figure out how to write what i am about to write. so here it is. i received a call this morning from my dad. i never get calls from my dad in the morning. it us does not happen. so i know when he does call, it is bad news.

One of my nephews committed suicide last night. My brother Chris, who is slightly older than i, is a quiet person. He would give the shirt off his back - until you wrong him; than look out.

I have not spoke to him yet. i plan on trying to call later today. but that brings me back to dust in the wind. isn't it amazing quickly things change?

I have my itunes set up for shuffle. Ya know what was the next song? U2 still haven't found what i'm looking for. Next song. Boston more than feeling. not sure what all that means or what point i was trying to make.


Friday, September 21, 2007


Yes, yet again, another brave soul enters the blog world. One of Watermark's (my former church family in michigan)core values is to plant churches; reproduce what they are doing in another community.

Rob Paterson is the guy God has chosen to lead the charge. I have only talked to Rob a few times. but what i know about him i like. A man with a strong love of God, his wife and his family.

Anyway, read about his journey as God pushes him.

Should be good stuff.

Friday, September 14, 2007

i am "that guy"

Ok. this is ridiculous. I have an 8 minute trip to work from home. I have to travel up south meridian avenue here in OKC. Meridian is one of the main north/south conduits here. It just so happens that on my end of meridian is under construction. So the traffic is close and it is slow.

One Wednesday, we went to the Golden Palace for lunch. It has a mongolian b-bque which i personally love. Anyway, it was a beautiful day. So i was cruizing the construction zone with my windows down.

As i was rocking to the "classic rock" - sidebar: when did 80's music become classic? - when i here some one in the opposing traffic say to me, "hey how you doing?"

So for the 2 minutes i sat there i had a brief conversation with a total stranger in traffic.

Now that is not bad enough but it happen again a little further down that same stretch.

I am that guy who people like to talk to.

from OKC talking to strangers

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

back in the saddle again

what a wonderful time in western michigan! the weather was amazing. I was able to hang out with my daughter - that was great. Saw my good friends the johnsons and the fischers. Took the thompson family swimming and the thompson boys to their first game of laser tag. We laughed and smiled and eat alot. In addition, i stopped by the watermark offices and ended up playing bass sunday morning. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Well i am back; trying to get my head back in the groove. not so quick story about the trip back. i had not seen one police officer the entire trip until one of my co-workers called and said, jokingly, "don't get stopped".

I took the next exit ramp to get some gas and saw the familiar bubble lights flashing in the mirror. i pulled over and the police officer approached my vehicle. He quized me at some length about where i was coming from, where i was headed, how long i been on the road, etc.... at great length. I answered all the questions and said, "why are we hanging this conversation?" he told me that people have been picking up drugs in mexico and driving them to chicago picking up money and taking it back to oklahoma, texas, or arizona.

and then said, "Would you step out of the car, please?"

I did and he called another cop. He asked me to step over by his car and i said, "Hey i have seen COPS, i know the drill." they laughed. Then they frisked me. I asked if he could call a female cop for that. They did not laugh. That was ackward.
Then they proceed to search my vehicle.

This took 25 MINUTES! after it was all said and done, shook my hand and said have a nice day.

I have decided if it is going to happen - i will be the one it will happen to.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

labor day 2007

Well i greet your from the western michigan area. yes it is true. after some kicking and screaming, i am here for the weekend and the rest of the week. i say kicking and screaming because we are so busy right now with upcoming and existing projects that it is difficult to find time to go to the bathroom - let alone a week time off. but all is good.

i am hanging with the becca. she starts school this week. i cannot believe she is going into 8th grade. wow. things are moving much to fast. but this her last year in middle school and i am sure she will have a good year.

spent the weekend with good friends cooking and laughing. it has been a much needed time for me to relax and let my hair down. started off with a great conversation with my ex and her husband. i cannot explain it but we laughed and talked seriously about some things. it was great!

as time goes on i am reminded more and more how important things are. i have commented on this before. most of my career and the things i accelerate at have to do with technology. Computers and electronics, sound reproduction, acoutical evaluation, lighting, programming, video recording and reproduction etc, is what i do. all of those things and more revole around technology. but what makes me happiest - hanging out with friends, fire optional, talking about things that are going on in life. turning off the tv and picking up the phone. where i work we set up some of the most technically advance systems in the lower 48. stuff that would blow your mind. yet, when it comes to my personal style of worship - acoustic, paper to read words and a good speaker who listens to God.

i am reminded of these things because i am back in west michigan and it is a point of reference for me on my journey. it is great to regroup and refocus.

that about it for now except i am here all week - don't forget to tip your waiters.

hee hee
C of the C

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yet another blogger.

I have added another blogger. She is a great thinker, with her heart in the right place and funny sometimes too. And she is a long time good friend. Anita Wilson - enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday August 28, 2007


all is good here in okc.

love your neighbor as yourself. I think i were to add anything to that i would say, "and do not be afraid to express it." i was reading in the paper and heard on the news a story of tragedy. I do not understand why things happen the way they do. I know there is a purpose and plan, i am not sure why sometimes.

This is one of those times. The story came across about the rain and how danger it is. Don't mess with mother nature. anyway, a cross country team from a local school was out running. Apparently they run near one of the rivers hear - it may be the Oklahoma River - i do not know. So several runners ran thru an area that had water run off. This run off crossed the path of the runners. a few of the runners were swept into the river. some died. some were injuried.

several things start running thru my head. as a parent, as a friend, as a believer, as a community driven guy who likes to help

i bounce in my mind my own thoughts about why this happened..but my thoughts quickly go to the effected families. are they connected? do they have a support group? is there family to help things thru? is the support connected to a church? what is my role or is it my role?

I cannot tell you how many times i have helped people put groceries in their car, or pushed a car out of an intersection, or helped someone on the road with a flat tire. I know there is inherit danger; but i am pushed to help.

all i know is this. keep up the vision - love your neighbor as yourself. First and foremost love the Lord God. but do not forget the very practical live it out. People are NOT targets.

Think about the people you see everyday. Next really mean that phrase that rolls off our lips so freely - how you doing? take a minute and listen.

From my desk in OKC

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday in Oklahoma

Good day to ya!

it is raining here today. it has been raining on and off for the last week. The hurricane activity in the gulf region is really screwing things up here for us. I lived in Michigan all my life until i moved here. One of the things i enjoyed about Michigan was after a rain or thunderstorm. The smell it would leave, the fresh air. Even the fact that the rain would cool things off. Not here in Oklahoma. Rain only makes the heat and humidity worse.

Today is my dad's birthday. Happy birthday dad!

One week from today i will be in michigan. I have plans of visiting my daughter before school starts. that will be fun.

anyway, i am taking some of deurty's recommendations on books and going to pick one or two. i am excited. i am not sure where this need to read is coming from but hey i am not complaining either.

I am looking forward to this weekend. Lots to do and alittle relaxing too.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Sarcastic eh?

Occasionally, i like to take these online tests. I am not how accurate this one is, but here is the results. You be the judge:

You're Totally Sarcastic

You sarcastic? Never! You're as sweet as a baby bunny.
Seriously, though, you have a sharp tongue - and you aren't afraid to use it.
And if people are too wimpy to deal with your attitutde, then too bad. So sad.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Life from Indy

The church was hosting the Leadership Summit from Willow. There was lots of activity and people there. it was cool to see so many people taking advantage of the conference. I always wonder how much people take in and utilize once they leave. It is such an intense time and so much information to soak in.

Anyway, things are coming together on the job here. i have had some set backs that hopefully will be resolved early next week. so i should be headed home middle of the week.

I am hoping to sneak up to MI to visit the becca before school starts. 8th grader? man, i am feeling my age.

Still looking for suggestions on good books to read. pass on the information - its ok to...

more later

Thursday, August 09, 2007

well from Indianapolis

yikes has it really been that long?

so much has happened. becca came to visit for alot of the summer. man it was great to see her. i miss her. her laugh, her comments... just hanging out. Waking up and making becca breakfast. it is amazing the things u miss. There are times i wonder if this was the right decision. especially right now. i am in a hotel room trying to wind down. i have been here almost 2 1/2 weeks programming an AV system. brainbusting work.

I wish my family and friends in Michigan. Don't get me wrong..i am making a life for myself here. it really boils down to i am tired of starting over. I spent most of my adult life in GH. Great and deep relationships are there. now i know those relationships will always be there. it is the fact i miss them.

Anyway, out of the pity pot (as my ex-mother in law would say). Things are good. It is hot here. although on that note, it is way hotter in OKC. heh heh heh.

Have u seen the new simpsons movie? i was not impressed. thoughts?

Becca is reading the Harry Potter book. she keeps me up to date on who is getting bumped off. i need to do more reading. i currently read alot of AV related stuff and current events. Any good books people are reading? let me know. i would love to dive into a good book.

Well thats all for now. check in later


Monday, June 11, 2007

ok enough

it is hot. fricken hot. and humid. Should i be surprised -- it is Oklahoma after all. I am told this is only the beginning.

So i dropped the bomb about moving to Atlanta. Our business focuses on large church installations. We have a large church we are doing the audio, HD video, lighting and acoustics for near atlanta. In addition, there are satielle venues we are setting up and recording suites - both video and audio. I think their Middle School program has more A/V equipment than most churches. Now this is cool but...

It is the paradox of my life. You see, I would be happy with a Mike Morgan on Acoustic, with Whitey or Wade on percussion with a great speaker like Deurty, Thomps, N8 or Wally speaking. That is where my heart it.

You see i have done the "big" church thing. I worked for one part time and full time doing the tech thing. It is not where i am at. Not that i am knocking it. it is just not where i am.

So i say - Watermark keep planting churches. keep reproducing yourselves into other places. it is the right thing to do. Multiply not meg-a-ply.

But i digress...

I will be there to oversee the installation, make sure everything is working and training or line up training so this place will run smooth.

when you ask? not sure yet. but i will let you know.

In other new, The Becca arrives on the 19th to stay with me for the summer. I CANNOT WAIT! and neither can she. i think the change of pace and venue will do her some good. i know it will for me.

thats all for now.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

has it been this long...

sorry for the delay in update.

it has been a crazy month.

things are good in OKC. we are in tornado season. that's ok. The Spectrum Group is going like gang busters. Which is great; just makes for a busy schedule.

I went back to Michigan for a week around Memorial Day. I was able to see my daughter - which was my focus. Had a great time seeing people i have not seen for a while. That was awesome. I was not able to connect with everyone i wanted to - so i apologize upfront to those i did not see.

We did alot of grilling and swimming (not at the same time). Saw some movies i had not seen. Becca did some horse back riding. That was cool.

Since i have been back, i made a trip to Atlanta. Did i mention i am moving to Atlanta for 6 months?

More on that later. i promise.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

taken the quiz; reading the results

I was reading my favorite blogs and came across a quiz i needed to take. I don't normally take these quizes because i do not hold alot of stock in them. But this one is pretty close to my view.

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.



Neo orthodox


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan




Classical Liberal


Reformed Evangelical


Modern Liberal




Roman Catholic


What's your theological worldview?
created with

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Survivor - Oklahoma?

Well, i have been here now for almost 6 months. and things have been cool. Work, church, starting to make some friends outside work (thomps - getting ready to launch Landmark.)

On tuesday my boss, tom, decided to take me and another co-worker greg out to shoot guns. well, rifles really and we were shooting skeet. Tom is an avid hunter. He has a deep, blood lust thing. So anytime he can go hunting he jumps at the chance.

Well, Tom has a friend who has a huge piece of land. Something like 10 square miles! We arrived in the afternoon, set up and shot the guns. It was a lot of fun. So we shoot some skeet and that was awesome. I have never fired a gun before. I am hooked.

After we finish destorying some clay, tom decides to get his polaris 6 wheel ranger out. The ranger is not suppose to be able to get stuck (more on that later). So we head out to the north west side of the property. Beautiful drive. Animals, sun, wind, green pastures. It was awesome.

Tom decides we need to head to the other side of the property. So we're off. Not up until this moment i have having the time of my life. I mean, i have not been out in wilderness for a long time. It was awesome.

We blow over top of a small hill and sunk into a creek bed. Now there was not any water preset but it was moist. and we buried that ranger. Bad. We pull out the winch and hooked it up to (3) trees - and pull them out of the ground trying to get the ranger out of the clay. It was no use.

By this time, it is getting dark. So we decided that we need to go get tom's truck to pull the ranger out. Tom and Greg cross the "creek" bed and climb the next larger hill and start discussing our options.

Tom yells across at me, "Carter, grab the whistle out on my bag and come on up."

Now i know i am in peak physical condition - NOT. Walking across that creek bed (sinking up to my knees in clay) and then up the hill. i was huffing and puffing by the time i go to the top of the hill. Then we had to walk close to a mile where a gate was located.

So Tom and Greg decide they are going after the truck. Tom has his rifle and flashlight. I am armed with a whistle.

Now, i have watched Spike TV. I have seen those shows about animals attacking people. So going thru my mind is this: i am going to get mulled by a mountain lion and all i have to protect myself is a fricken whistle. Funny imagery now; not then.

So i convince Tom to leave the rifle and flashlight. He takes off and Greg decides to stay with me. While we were there, Greg suggests making a fire to keep the bugs away. OOOO. my chance to make a fire. Then Greg remembered the fact that i love fire and thought it would be bad to burn all of oklahoma!

It was dark and bugs were all over us. Tom had to have hiked several miles to get the truck. We were out there quite a while before we saw the headlights on the truck. What a welcomed site.

We did get the ranger out of the creek bed. That was an experience. And we did not get attacked by any animals. And just so we are all clear - there were no Broke Back Mountain situations out there - if ya know what i mean.

I left the office at around 2:00pm and did not get in the shower at home until 11:45 PM.

What a trip.

Sorry, Jeff Probst did not show up with the million dollars.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

To all moms, grandmas, and moms to be....Happy Mother's Day!

and especially to my mom who never reads this blog... i love you and proud to call you my mom!

Your favorite #3 son (and only #3 son)
Carter Lee Clark or Yacky Doodle

it has been a couple weeks

Life just does not slow down.

I did have a birthday though. Number 41, i think. it was a good one. Two of my co workers were at a trade show. They went to lunch at Hooters. Called me up on the cell; had the hooters girls sing happy birthday. And then as a gift sent me pictures. Then told me not to have impure thoughts. So close yet so far away.

making preparations for Becca to head to OKC. gotta get her room put together. Yikes - big task.

anyway, the jobs continues to be fulfilling and extremely busy.

More later

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

back to the grind today

after an exceptional weekend in Michigan, i am back in tornado alley.

It was great! celebrated Becca's birthday, worshipped well at Watermark - and some great teaching to! - hung out with friends and friends that are family. it was great. And the weather was awesome to boot.

trip back was good too. not flight problems. and the weather here when i arrived was good to. Now yesterday, weather was YIKES. it rained and rained and rained!

all is good. i now have to start thinking about when becca comes to OK for a trip.

i am so looking forward to that.

anyway, more later.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

making the trip...

back to the USSR..

no not really. Headed back to Michigan this weekend. it will be great to see my daughter and friends.

Flying into GR on Thursday and out on Monday.

Pretty cool.

hey! becca turned 13! oh the humanity!


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Two Post, One Day - What is on your iPod or MP3 Player?

I know i know - two posts one day - i almost cannot handle it.

I work with a guy who absolutely hates the iPod. When asked why, he says because apple has marketed the iPod so well that every thinks that have to have it. That there is no other MP3 player. Personally, i think he is right to some degree. But i love my iPod and that is that.

I add a list of things on my iPod. it will change from time to time. I am interested in knowning what is on your iPod or MP3? is it interesting? funny? inspirational? down right dirty?

Also i added a couple bloggers i have been checking in on for some time. Mike Koert and John Patton. Lots of interesting and thought provoking things to say. Enjoy!


The Silence Breaks.............

Howdy from the great state of Oklahoma! how the heck are you?

things here are really busy. business is going well and that is good. we are traveling all over the continental US winning projects from coast to coast. now this is good because the alternative is bad -- really bad. this entertains my days, part of my nights and alot of weekends.

I am not going to mess around - i miss Grand Haven. I miss my friends and family from there and just the general feel of West Michigan. I most of all miss my side kick who has been awesome thru this transition - Becca. If you are getting this and you are from that area know you are missed.

Oklahoma and its people continue to amazing me everyday. not in a bad way but it is amazing how different parts of the world are.The pace is different and even values are different.

I hope you all had a blessed easter holiday.

He is risen.

Outie like Quattro

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I am back and i'm ok

what a great weekend? it was so good to see Becca, some really close friends and watermarkers. huge props to Steve Deur who as always made me feel good to see him!

I flew into Midway Thursday evening late. I drove part of the way before getting tired and finished the rest of the trip on friday. Friday was spent fixing a problem for a customer. I picked up Becca around 4:00 and we partied. Swimming and eating and laughing. it was good!

we also saw Ghost Rider Friday night. Interesting movie.

Saturday was chilling. Swimming in the morning with some shopping. Ya know Becca is almost 13! She likes that shopping thing. The afternoon and evening were spent with the Fischers. Grilling and ribs!!!! Mmmmmmm.....7 layersalad ..mmmm ...baked beans. oh it was so good. i love the fischers (for lots of reasons) because they know how to entertain and make you feel at home! Their son Aaron (or Fish as the football coaches called him) is the coolest kid i know. It was really good to laugh and see all of them.

Sunday was the gathering. Great to connect with people i have not seen in a while. Sunday afternoon was hanging with the Johnsons and Thompsons. Great again to reconnect, laugh and talk. Thomps has some pretty funny videos on his blog about a sledding trip he made with the boys. too funny. one video is of steve sledding. he put his phone in his hat and made the video of his trip down the hill.

Well, it was good and this was long. but we have to get back to the week ahead.

thanks for listening

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Headed back to Michigan

yup, i have a trip planned for this weekend. I am hoping the bad weather will hold off until i get there.

it will be get to becca. i have not been back since christmas. i am excited.

nothing new here. busy working and trying to make new friends. i have not grilled once since i have been here. that is not cool. i am really looking forward to seeing some friends in GH - the fischers. they are grilling machines!

anyway. more when i get back.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

a time to think

I was doing my usual reading of the blogs this morning. And i came across Arkay's blog entry called Catch a Wave. It made for some interesting reading. And i will tell you why.

Oklahoma City is a large city. There are many homeless here. I see them everyday and my heart goes out to them. But i do not know the answer. I do not know the1r story. I do not know how to help.

There is an Outback Steak House right near where i live - way too convenient to where i live. (well, it recently had a fire - but that is not important.) as i pulled in to pick up my order and head home, there was a couple walking in the parking lot. They waved at me like i knew them. Extremely friendly. i did not have enough time to really engage in conversation but ended up giving up my meal for that night. Not sure if that was the right thing to do but that is what i did.

well, i don't know. I wrestle with the issues too. I am not sure what is the right thing to do.

Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"

The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25: 34-40

Sunday, February 04, 2007

so you say the super bowl....

is in a few hours. the day where people all over gather to watch the game of the year. just so we are clear, i would like the Bears to win. No reason really.

So a coworker and his family were going to the movies on friday. they invited me to go. i have not seen a movie in quite some time so i decided to go. Had a great time. lots of laughs. they had been wanting to see the Messengers for quite some time. that is what we saw. I wished i had the 2 hours back and the $8.50.

it sucked.

on more positive news. i am traveling all month. California, georgia, all over. And i will be in michigan the first weekend in March. YeeHaa

so there you have it.


Thursday, February 01, 2007


I have been here since mid-december. we have had (2) ice related storms and (2) snow related storms. the temperature has not creeped much over 40 degrees. Now for a guy from Michigan, this is not much for me to be concerned with. But the drivers here freak out.

the thing that kills me is i thought i was leaving the snow behind. i have be harassed heavily at work about "bringing the snow with me" or "you did not need to pack that up too". I am told that this is a fluck. this snow thing only happens once every ten years. well....i don't believe. just like the ground hog, i think we have alot more winter ahead of us.

enough about that.

things here are busy. business is good and solid - which is great. it my social life that suffers.

I have been communicating with becca - video and telephone. i will be making the trip to michigan soon.

Why are we in iraq? if the CIA has stopped searching for Bin Laden, why are we still occupying Afghanistan? how much money has the US government spent on this war?


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oh yeah - things are getting back to normal

All is well in OK. the sun is out - and even though the temperature is still cool, it is good to see the sun again. The other thing that is good is that the town is coming alive again. With the weather being uncooperative, OKC shut down. It is good to see things getting back to normal.

People here are friendly. that is cool.

Becca is doing well. Just ended another semester. She is a little boy crazy right now. not sure how that happened. i was talking with her mom the other day and she really notices it. I might have to break some legs. LOL, right.

The hunt for a church continues. The last two weekends have slowed the process right down. With no churches open, it is hard to attend. Yes, i have attended Bedside Baptist the last two weekends - no by choice.

Work is fricken busy. several major projects rolling, a few in design and a conference we are presenting at is all coming up. Lots to do!

The transition has helped me really focus more on God and my relationship with him. I have been coasting for a while. With the move, it really has made me stop and think about what His role is in my life.

So along with the Thomps, my word for the year is prayer. followed closely by trust (and obey). I do have a lot of time on my hands. It will be good to fill it with positive things.

Have you sign up for the month of prayer? DO IT NOW! Shoreline Prays website. i am considering signing up for a slot.

Out like a light,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ice Ice Baby

Hi there

from the land of OK and drivers who do not know how to drive on ice, i bid thee hello. No joking there. we have be buried in ice. it has sucked because this ENTIRE area has shut down. So, thank God the electricity did not go out.

Other than the weather, things are going ok. i am starting to feel like i know where i am going and that is good. Work is great. things are slowly falling into place. Our company is out of control busy and it is taking a toll on our people. but there are far worse problems like not having any work at all.

We, becca & I, are making the transition ok. We talked often and have lots to say. We are set up on the video chat thing now and that has helped ALOT.

Still looking for a church. There is an all cowboy church here. i refuse to even go near. too much reality there.

If you think of it, pray for me. Weekends and nights are extremely long.

out for now,

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

One of the things i missed last sunday morning is the time honored "goals for 2007" teaching i sure went on at watermark and SLWC. I am almost positive that these teachings happened because it is such good stuff to think about this time of the year. goals goals goals....

because the amount of driving i have done (over the last 2 weeks), i have had some time to think about what i would like this new year to look like. relationships, new location, new job, finances, physical. i have run the list.

Do you have goals for the new year?