Stuff from the Past Few Days

Haven’t blogged much lately.  Here’s what’s been going on:

  • Carolyn was away last week for three days and two nights.  She attended a conference in Towson with the other kindergarten teachers, and really enjoyed it.  She said the conference was informative, interesting, and beneficial, but what she talked about most was the food.  They ate at some really good restaurants!  I’m thinking about becoming a kindergarten teacher.  Seriously though, their dining experiences spilled over to my advantage when she came home with an Amish cinnamon roll and some candy fruit slices for her husband.  Sweet!
  • It felt really weird to be home alone at night.  So I watched the first three Rocky movies in one night.  I would’ve watched more if I could find them.  Hey, it actually turned out to be good research.  I’d been studying the movie Rocky Balboa, which is the sixth and final installment in the Rocky saga, and there were numerous thematic elements in it that made a whole lot more sense when placed in the proper context of the entire Rocky story.
  • Yesterday at CrossWay we had a ton of visitors.  Mostly out of town folks who have had some connection with the church, although there was at least one new local family.  It was definitely one of those services where God answered prayer!  We’d been having some problems with the technological stuff, so we got here early to try to work them out.  Even when it was time for the service to start, we weren’t sure how it would go.  But God helped us out, and Josh did a fantastic job in the A/V booth!  Several people commented afterward about how smoothly it went.  When I mentioned that to Josh, he said it’s because they couldn’t see what was actually happening behind the scenes!
  • We had the third week of Hollywood God at church.  The movie we used was Rocky Balboa.  The message of the sermon was the same as the message of the movie, which is summarized by Rocky in a conversation with his son: “It ain’t about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward–how much you can take, and keep moving forward.  That’s how winning is done!”  Many people are living in defeat not because they’ve been beaten, but because they’ve given up.  The Bible encourages us in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 and Hebrews 12:1-3 to focus intently on Jesus so we can go the full 15 rounds.

  • On Saturday we had a church work day.  We had some real troopers come out and work their butts off!  It was only scheduled to last two hours, but most of the people stayed over four hours.  And we got a lot done!  Josh totally overhauled the setup for the music team, and it looks great!
  • After church yesterday we went to Ledo’s with Carolyn’s parents and James & Faith Wenger.  James is the mentor that our conference assigned me, and we’ve been meeting for several months now.  They live in Baltimore but came out here to visit.
  • After lunch we came back to the church to paint.  We’d been painting at Steve & Linda’s house, but our group has grown to include Grace (from church and the Training Station) and Mary-Michele (one of the Training Station teachers).  It’s stunning how talented they are!  I had no idea that Grace even painted, but she brought in a painting she’d done that probably belongs somewhere in the Smithsonian.  I was totally floored.  We painted together for several hours and had a lot of fun together.  Big news: Carolyn finished her first painting!  And she even said I could post a picture of it on here!  Actually, the deal was that I could post her painting if I also posted my Brett Favre painting.  That was an easy deal, especially since I don’t know if the Brett Favre painting will ever be finished (heheheh….).  I just can’t get the face right.  Her painting will appear here soon.
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