Friday, May 30, 2008
This is most likely the last picture you'll see of my mustache. Tomorrow is the last day of the month and I've promised my daughter I would shave it off for her birthday party, which is also tomorrow. So, take a good look, but don't look too long or you might get a little nauseous.
You can see the full progression in the slide show on the right side of the page - if you like that sort of thing.
I've learned a few lessons from Mustache May:
1. I don't like growing a mustache - not only does it look creepy, it's itchy.
2. Before I commit to a month-long challenge that involves my personal appearance, I should probably consult my wife.
3. When you commit to something, you stick with it, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
4. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
It was our 8-year anniversary and we didn't have any major plans. We figured we would either go out this weekend or sometime during our vacation, which starts next week. So, I was expecting absolutely nothing out of the ordinary when I got home from work last night.
Well, she had some great surprises planned!
Just so the ladies reading this don't think I completely blew it, I did come home with flowers and a card. So, I'm not completely thoughtless.
Anyway, after receiving my gift, my wife brought me inside and my kids yelled, "Surprise!" from the living room. They were waiting with a gift bag and a card for me. Inside was a new set of grill tools - the big, heavy-duty, cut-your-hand-off-if-you're-not-careful kind! It was a great surprise.
But that wasn't the end. My daughter casually said, "I think there might be another surprise for you," and started leading me outside. We got to the van and I could see a huge box covered up with a blanket in the back. I opened the hatch and, you know what's coming, uncovered a brand new grill - the big, heavy-duty, cook-a-dozen-steaks-and-a-pack-of-hot-dogs-while-making-baked-beans-on-the-side-burner kind! Amazing!
She still wasn't done. For dinner, she had steaks (which I cooked on the old grill because assembly of the new one took too long). And, for dessert, she had chocolate ice cream with magic shell topping.
Wow! What else can I say?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
On May 27, 2000, I married the most beautiful woman in the world. We were pretty young. I was 23 and she was 21, so neither of us really knew what to expect. But, we were absolutely sure that God had blessed our relationship and intended for us to be married.
These past eight years have been so incredible that only God could have planned it. We now have two awesome children who have done nothing but added to God's blessings on us.
Katie is my best friend. I would rather spend time with her than anyone in the world. She's the love of my life.
God is good to me!
Here's some pictures:
Friday, May 23, 2008
My personal highlight was Jeff, Dave and I catching enough fish to allow each of us have 2-3 pieces at dinner Saturday night.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm actually trying to decide whether to blog while on vacation in California. The other day I got a USB Wireless Adapter for my laptop, so it should be pretty convenient to get online while I'm out there. I just don't know if it's a good idea.
I'd love to chronicle our trip and share with all of you the fun we're having there. But, do you think there's a risk of wasting valuable vacation time on blogging?
Let me know whether you think I should vacation blog or take a blog vacation! Thanks.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The biggest loss of the night, for me, was the loss of my youth. I know, I know, I'm 31 years old so my youth was actually gone a long time ago, but I still felt like I had something in the tank. I could still run pretty well, play solid defense and send the ball over the fence every now and then.
Well, last night that all changed. Here's a list of the things that let me know I'm not young anymore:
1. I misjudged two fly balls right away and, consequently, allowed the other team to score.
2. I hit the ball about as hard as I could and the old guy in left field easily caught it.
3. I didn't have a single hit the whole night.
4. I stretched to catch a short fly ball and it went off the tip of my mitt. I was sure I had it.
5. This is the worst of all. During an inning I was pretty sure not to bat, I volunteered to coach first base. Not much happened in our half of that inning, but as I trotted to the dugout to get my mitt, I felt a pain in my right knee. That's right, I somehow injured myself coaching first base. I could barely walk this morning when I got out of bed.
So, there you have it. I'm not young anymore. Now, this doesn't mean I'll never be any good at sports again, but the home runs, diving catches, perfect throws and extra-base hits are going to happen much less often for me.
Sad, but true.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
With this being the 209th post, I'm averaging a little more than one post every two days. Although, if you look at my posting in 2008 alone I'm averaging nearly one post a day.
It has been a lot of fun and I believe I've accomplished my two goals I had in mind when I started this thing:
it's an outlet for me. And, hopefully, I'll get some feedback I wouldn't
with a traditional journal
for now, the theme of this blog will be my experiences in Learning to
Serve. There will surely be posts off that subject, but I want to share what I'm
learning, being shaped into and ultimately becoming (as well as the bumps,
bruises, cuts and healing that come along with it).
There have been times when I've considered changing the name of my blog because I didn't feel like I was sharing enough about serving. Maybe I just wasn't learning enough to share! Either way, I decided to stick with the title because I still want that to be a big part of what I write about.
The other goal - having an outlet and getting feedback - has been incredible. In a matter of days I had reconnected with some old friends who still read and comment on my blog. And now, there are several who regularly comment and give me valuable feedback. I really appreciate that.
This blog gave me a place to write about my grandmother's death, my parents, my wife, my kids, my friends, my eating habits and even my facial hair!
Thank you for reading and please keep doing so! I'm having a great time with this and I hope you are too.
Right now I'm torn between, "Check out the stache!" and, "Is this thing really on my face?"
Hey, at least I'm not alone in this thanks to Derry! Stay strong brother!
Just in case you're feeling the need to point out the gaps on either side between the mustache and the handlebars, rest assured my wife has beaten you to it.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
On a side note, some who originally committed to participating in Mustache May have not exactly stayed committed (Jeff, Rodney, Griggs).
It's very disappointing. Yet, it is a good chance for those of us who have not wavered (Derry, Marty and me - possibly others) to be an example of how to "let your yes be yes and your no be no."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
This was an especially fun one because it wasn't just me and the kids - we had good times with family and friends.
My parents came over to watch the kids while I mowed grass - but my dad ended up doing most of the mowing. He likes my tractor! Then they took us to get ice cream.
After supper, we walked down to the Yoders' house and hung out with them for a while. They always make us feel welcome and their kids love our kids, so it is a lot of fun.
Reid was lighting firecrackers - even some that went off underwater.
Yes, that's ice cream. I let them have ice cream twice in the same day. That's what makes days alone with dad so special!
By the way, this thing is starting to get itchy. I don't understand how some guys have beards and keep them!
Friday, May 9, 2008
As you can see, the stache is filling in nicely. If my hair were darker, you could actually see it!
If you come back to my blog after seeing these pictures of me day after day, I promise to seriously try to write about much more meaningful topics. Please don't dump me because of Mustache May! Embrace the movement - it will be over soon!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I tried to crack a little smile today, but when your nose appears to be getting bigger every day it's hard to be truly happy!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
We started out by mowing grass. David fell asleep on me for about 20 minutes and then it started to rain, so we went inside for supper. David thought it would be cool if we sat on the stools and ate at the counter instead of the table, so we did. Then we tried to do some more mowing but it started raining again. We decided to just head into town and go through the drive through at Dairy Queen. When we got back home we had an awesome time building a train track and playing trains until bedtime.
Some of you are probably saying, "Is he really growing a mustache? I can't see it."
That's totally understandable, and expected. Just to show you that I really am making an effort to grow hair between my nose and mouth, here's a closeup.
Rob lasted 6 days and then forgot about the challenge and consumed a Diet Coke while watching a movie with his son - not a bad way to go out, I guess.
Anyway, that leaves Jeff, Jon, Todd, Dan and myself. Good luck, gentlemen!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
All I need you to do is leave a comment, telling me what images come to your mind when you hear the word connected.
Simple as that. Let me know what you see when you hear the word connected.