Life Stuff

My family and I are blessed with a lot of people in our lives that are very caring and take a genuine interest in what’s happening with us. Since there’s been a lot going on lately and I’m not always that great with communicating about personal matters, I thought I’d write this post to bring up to speed anyone who’s up for reading it.

Friends and family members have been asking about my job situation. Last summer I was hired to start a Bible study ministry in Ocean City. The pay is for one year, but as I’ve said all along, I would love to keep it going for as long as God sees fit. It will go up to June, then break for the summer, and after that… who knows? Hopefully we’ll start it again in the fall, but this past year I’ve learned more than ever than I’m truly not the captain of my own life.

Whether that ministry continues beyond the summer or not, I still need a job. Several have asked if I’m planning to start a new church or searching for a pastoral position in an existing church. The answer to both questions is a resounding no. Carolyn, Laura Marie, and I have plugged into SonRise Church, which is a healthy, thriving, gospel-driven church that—as far as I’m concerned—I’d love to be a part of until God is done with me. This is the part where people look at me quizzically and ask what I’m going to do for a living. My answer: I have no idea. When you’re a pastor, it’s easy to confuse your job with your purpose in life. At this point I’d be perfectly happy just to have a job where I make an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, can influence people for Christ, and find my greater purpose as a husband, father, and church member.

Having said that, I should also let you know that I’ve recently accepted the position of Small Groups Pastor at SonRise. It’s not something I sought, but I’m deeply honored to be placed in the position. It’s not a full-time job, and really not even a part-time job, as it’s a stipend kind of thing. So it has no bearing at all on my search for a full-time job somewhere.

Another recent change in the Hyde household is that I’m now officially old. I was hoping to make it to at least 40 before having old-man problems, and I made it pretty close, but a few weeks ago I found out I have two herniated discs. Next week I see a specialist, and hopefully he’ll get me fixed up. In the meantime it’s just a matter of coping, trying to contribute around the house, and not driving Carolyn crazy. I’ll post an update here once this is squared away, but I’m not going to talk about it much until then. I’m absolutely determined not to be one of those middle-aged guys who’s always talking about aches and pains! If you catch me becoming that guy, you have my permission to smack me.

One last thing: Today we found out that we need to move by July. For almost 11 years we’ve rented this house in Ocean Pines from a truly saintly woman who moved out of state to be near her grandchildren. It’s the only place we’ve lived since we got married, and the only home our daughter has ever had. In fact, it’s the longest that any of us have ever lived anywhere. This place has been a real blessing and a wonderful home, but now it’s time to move on. Literally.

So… there you have it. Hopefully that clears up some things. I’ll do my best to communicate about these matters as developments occur. In the meantime, if you should happen to think of us, we’d be grateful to be remembered in prayer. We know God’s got all this in His hands, and there’s no other way we’d rather have it.

Published in: on March 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm  Comments (5)  

God Made A Cow Named Horse

One of Laura Marie’s asthma medications makes her hyper for about 20 minutes.  So when we had to give it to her at 2:30 this morning, she expressed that hyperness by talking for about 20 minutes.  She sat on her Mommy’s lap and told us a long list of things God made: lions, animals, Christi and Mr. Josh, Nathan and Luke, her medicine, cows, horses, Mommy, Daddy, etc.

Her new nebulizer looks like a cow.  When she was doing her 2:30 a.m. monologue, I asked what she wanted to name her cow.  She said, “Horse.”  So she has a cow named Horse.

When she got up this morning, the first thing Laura Marie did was go into the living room and give her cow… Horse… a kiss on the head.

Published in: on September 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm  Comments (1)  

Naked in Ocean City

Carolyn just called from the beach, where she took Laura Marie to play this morning.  She handed the phone to Laura Marie and said, “Tell Daddy what you see.”  And I heard my sweet little two-year-old daughter’s voice saying, “Ha ha, man naked!  Ha ha, man naked!”

Carolyn said that every time a guy went by without a shirt on, Laura Marie pointed at him and said, “Ha ha, man naked!”

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 10:00 am  Comments (1)  

That’s One Cool Hubby

Me: It’s too bad you don’t realize how cool I really am.

Wife: Yeah, it is too bad.

Published in: on May 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm  Comments (1)  

Bless Thyself

Yesterday morning at 6:15, Carolyn and I heard Laura Marie sneeze in her crib.

Then she said, “Bless you!”

Published in: on May 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)  

So Proud of My Girl!

Laura Marie is definitely my girl.  She did two things today that proved it:

  • I received a package from North Point Ministries.  She helped me open the box, handed me a DVD, and sat on my lap as we watched a video of Andy Stanley talking about planning worship services.  Made me proud!
  • She learned to say, “Kick a phat beat, yo!”  (And she said it to her Mommy all throughout lunch.)

Sigh…  I couldn’t be prouder!

Published in: on April 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

One Year of a Mobile Laura Marie

It was one year ago last night that Laura Marie started walking!  Since that day, she has put some serious mileage on those precious little feet!

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 9:44 am  Comments (1)  

… It’s Off to Work I Go…

Carolyn just called and said that Laura Marie wanted to sing a song from Snow White for me.  So she handed her the phone, and I heard a little baby voice singing, “Hi ho, hi ho!…. Hi ho, hi ho!”

Love that kid!!!!

Published in: on April 5, 2011 at 9:58 am  Comments (3)  

Praying YMCA

Last night during our family prayer time, I asked Laura Marie what she wanted to say to Jesus.

She sang “YMCA.”

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm  Comments (1)  

The Preschool Milestone

Today we registered Laura Marie for preschool.  I can’t believe the day has finally arrived!

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm  Comments (1)