This morning we visited Dunkin Donuts. We took pictures for this Dunkin Donuts commercial.
My buddy Blake Thompson has been inspiring me to keep blogging since around the time “blog” became a word, and his post of old yearbook pictures made me want to make fun of myself publicly. So, here are some fun photos of me through the decades. Because they look the least doctored, I think my favorites are 1952, 1970, and 1988.
Sometimes I see things that make me giggle. Most of the time these things have irony in them. Case in point is this web scenario I saw this morning when looking at the hurricane forecast for West Palm Beach. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and trust you can find what is wrong with this picture in light of the fact Hurricane Fay is headed our way and may cause flooding.
Ashley and I are sitting here busting a gut. Michael Phelps seemingly impossible 8th Gold Metal has just been won in this 2008 Olympics. The relay race was amazing, but what we are laughing ridiculously about is the fact that right after the last leg touched, Michael Phelps yells “Let’s go!”. We think he is saying “Let’s Go, I can do this all year long.” Seriously, Michael Phelps wants more. Unreal.
At the Couples Conference this weekend, hosted at Christ Fellowship in partnership with Gary Smalley, we got to see an incredible preview of Fireproof the Movie. I can’t yet find the Fireproof scene online that we were shown with Kirk Cameron starring in the lead role (get with it movie promoters), but it has to be one of the best scenes of his career. It may be one of the most intensely real scenes between a married couple to ever hit the big screen. Here is the only trailer I could find for you to get a taste:
Here is a summary from the Fireproof Film website:
At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that Catherine wishes she had never married. Neither one understands the pressures the other faces—as firefighter and she as the public relations director of a hospital.
Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment he calls “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees, but more for his father’s sake than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?”
When his father explains that this is the love God shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And—with God’s help—he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife. But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever … rescuing his wife’s heart
I am expecting this to be a really great flick. I imagine there will be some weak points in the acting, but the story line looks like something everyone in America can relate to. It is due out sometime in the fall, and I am sure local church leaders will hear about it sometime in the summer.
After about two years running on an older version of WordPress.org, the tool we use to compose and publish blog entries, I have finally upgraded my site to the most recent version. I must say the backend interface is heaps nicer. Hopefully all this pleasantry will encourage me to write more.
I also hope to post more status updates (via twitter) and random thoughts/interests (sometimes called “asides”). Ashley is imagining you will even see a return of a photo gallery on the site to show off our beautiful babies. Now that I have my iPhone, I will see if I can start emailing some photos to the blog so you can see how much fun we are having.
Anyway, there are more changes to come but I thought I would let you know about the changes.
In the decision to move to Florida to work for Christ Fellowship, I had to deal with some feelings of unworthiness that I had not faced in a long time. When God tees up a sweet shot for you, it is sometimes tough to think you are the right person to take the swing. In my case, I felt unworthy because of my falleness. I am very familiar these days with my weakness because it rears its head daily in my life in the little things. You know, parenting, finances, relationships, and work. So in the midst of working out if the move to Florida was right for us, I just felt this overwhelming fear that God could not possibly use me for a work as significant as what seems to await me in West Palm Beach.
During the week I was thinking these things, Christ Fellowships #2 guy delivered a message (view the video) which put me at ease. The first ten minutes are especially worthy of your time, as he walks through the great men of Hebrews and recounts their fallen sides. It’s a brilliant reminder that just because we are fallen doesn’t mean the Lord has forgotten us. Jesus still has a plan for each of us that takes into account our screw-ups and disabilities. We still need to pray every morning for God to have His way with us, but we can have a confidence that Jesus does not forget us when he is ready to do a work. Just because we are fallen does not mean we are forgotten.
I said in April I am preparing to cycle RAGBRAI 2008, and this weekend is part of that preparation. I am riding one of the top 100 rides in America (according to Bicycling Magazine) with my younger brother. Goatneck had 2,350 riders last year. That makes it one of the largest rides in America, though nothing compared to RAGBRAI.
The Goatneck is hosted near where I grew up in Cleburne, Texas. I remember it being a big deal while in Jr. High and High School. I have yet to ride it though. So, this is returning to my bicycling roots in a way. I wonder if we’ll ride on some of the roads where I learned to dodge enormous jumbo grasshoppers on that old BMX bike?
If talk of a Goatneck, grasshoppers, and some place called Cleburne is all too unfamiliar, consider checking out these lyrics (which Pat Green recorded at some point) with some Texas towns worth visiting:
Source: Cowboy Lyrics
I was toting my pack along a dusty Amarillo road when along came a semi with a high canvas-covered load He said if you're going to Amarillo I'll give you a ride. So I climbed up into the cab and I settled down inside. He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand and I said "listen Bud, I've traveled every road in this here land" I've been everywhere, man I've been everywhere, man I've crossed the deserts bare, man, breathed the mountain air, man Travel I've had my share, man I've been everywhere I've been to: Waco, Hico, Hondo, Navasota, Winnsboro, Jacksboro, Hillsboro, Santa Rosa, Austin, Houston, Galveston, Texarkana, Frisco ...