Week One

Well, this was the first full week of the Training Station, the preschool here at CrossWay.  And–whew!–I’m worn out!  I can’t even imagine how exhausted the teachers must be!  During the week I only spent a little bit of time with the kids, but the teachers had them for hours.  Kids will wear you out, but they’re so much fun to be around!  I can already tell this will be a great year for the preschool.

Since Carolyn teaches kindergarten, she comes home every day with the funniest stories about the things her little kids say and do.  It’s cool because now I come home with little kid stories of my own!  We laugh pretty hard swapping tales.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about this week has been getting to know some of the parents.  I need to get better at names, though–I can match up the parents with their kids, and I know the kids’ names, but I don’t remember most of the parents’ names!

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 7:17 am  Leave a Comment  

OK, Just One More Chapstick Post

You’re probably tired of hearing about chapstick, but I figured I owe it to my readers to share with you some “Top Tips for Healthy Lips.”  Brought to you by ChapStick, who offers their own expertise credentials on this subject:

“With over 120 years of expertise, ChapStick are the true experts and leaders in lip health and can help everyone achieve healthy looking lips that feel great.”

If you’d like to learn how to have healthy looking lips that feel great, you can learn from these leaders in lip health by clicking here.

Oh yeah, one more thing: tiny microphones hidden in ChapStick tubes were used by the burglars involved in the Watergate break-in.  Check it out:

Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 11:07 am  Comments (2)  

Simple Explanation of Following Christ

This morning I came across a short & simple yet profound blog post about following Jesus.  I’d encourage you to click here to check it out.

Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday, Jazlyn!

My not-so-little-anymore niece Jazlyn turns 9 today. Happy birthday, Jazlyn! A few Jazlyn birthday facts:

  • The first of my parents’ 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren, Jazlyn is now halfway to legal adulthood.
  • When Jazlyn was born, Mark McGwire had held the record for most homers in a season for only five days.
  • My brother, his wife Kristi, and I lived three and a half hours from the hospital where Jazlyn was born. When we heard that Jazlyn’s mom, Sheila, was in labor, Kristi drove the three of us to the hospital–in two and a half hours.
  • In the days surrounding Jazlyn’s birth, parts of cyberspace experienced gridlock as 20 million people logged on to read Ken Starr’s report on President Clinton.
  • Jazlyn was–and is–the cutest little girl ever. (By some amazing coincidence, her two cousins just happen to be tied for being the cutest little boys ever. It’s a fact–look it up.)
  • Jazlyn is the world’s biggest Hannah Montana fan. Once when I asked for her autograph, she even signed it “Hannah Montana.” She can recite numerous episodes from memory.
  • In one year, Jazlyn will be a decade old.
  • Jazlyn is the only one of my parents’ grandchildren to be born in the 20th century.
  • Jazlyn and my wife Carolyn are big buddies. It’s so cute the way they love hanging out together. For Jazlyn’s birthday, they went shopping for watches together.
  • On my last birthday, Jazlyn gave me one of the best birthday presents ever by calling me (she hates talking on the phone).
  • I hope Jazlyn has a wonderful, exciting 9th birthday!!!
Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 7:21 am  Comments (2)  

Chapstick Conspiracy Theory

Another chapstick post.  I was starting to wonder why I kept blogging about chapstick, but the mystery was solved when I stumbled upon this website (which hasn’t been updated in nearly a decade–a record, perhaps?).  Apparently there’s a conspiracy theory floating around about the addictive qualities of chapstick.

Click on the site above to explore the theory for yourself; and, incidentally, to learn more about the history of chapstick than you probably wanted to know.

Published in: on September 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Third Way Cafe

Recently I came upon a really cool website that I’m adding to my “Links to Check Out.”  It’s called “Third Way Cafe” and is a fascinating and interactive website with all kinds of Mennonite information.  It’s one of my favorite websites now, and is easily the best Mennonite website I’ve seen.

You can check it out here.  Have fun exploring!

Published in: on September 12, 2007 at 7:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Kids Rock

Over the weekend one of Carolyn’s students from last year, now in first grade, made her a card and gave it to her yesterday. Here are pictures of the front and inside:

She explained that the people in the drawings are herself and “Miss Hyde.”

Is that absolutely precious or what?!?

Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 11:58 am  Leave a Comment  

An Innovative Use for Chapstick

To follow up with yesterday’s news flash about the expiring chapstick, I thought I’d share a story that my sister-in-law, Kristi, emailed to me several months ago. I have no idea who wrote it, but it’s worth a read. It’s called “The Greatest Mother’s Day Story Ever,” and I believe it pretty much lives up to the billing. Here goes…

So, we had this great 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long on this mat in our bathroom.

We had 3 kids and at the time of this story they were 4 years old, 3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loved chapstick. LOVED it. He kept asking to use my chapstick and then losing it. So finally I showed him where in the bathroom I kept my chapstick and how he could use it whenever he wanted to, but he needed to put it right back in the drawer when he was done.

Last year on Mother's Day, we were having the typical rush around trying to get ready for church with everyone crying and carrying on. My two boys were fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I was trying to nurse my little one at the same time I was putting on my make-up. Everything was a mess and everyone had long forgotten that this was a wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that is motherhood.

We finally had the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I was looking for Eli. I searched everywhere and I finally rounded the corner to go into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my chapstick. . . very carefully to Jack's . . . rear end. Eli looked right into my eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you know that he is right -- their little bottoms do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to mind.

And the only question to ask at that point was whether it was the FIRST time Eli had done that to the cat's behind or the hundredth.

And THAT is my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it reminds us that no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious little creatures, there will always be that day when you realize they've been using your chapstick on the cat's butt.

Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 7:04 am  Comments (2)  

Beware the Expiration Date!

My wife noticed something unsettling about her chapstick: it expires next month.  She discovered this bit of info printed on the bottom of the chapstick, the part you twist to make it come up.

How does chapstick expire?  Does it actually go bad?  What happens if you use chapstick after its expiration date?  Does it fail to relieve your lips’ chappedness?  Does it smell?  Does it make your lips rot?  This discovery raises all kinds of questions about the very nature of chapstick.

Just so you know, I promise not to eat the chapstick after it expires.

Published in: on September 10, 2007 at 1:50 pm  Comments (6)  

Creed Podcast

For anyone interested in hearing the message I wrote about earlier today, you can find it here in iTunes or here on the Internet.  Just so ya know.

Published in: on September 10, 2007 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment