Shots And Thoughts From An Ordinary Guy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday's post

After a long day at the beach I forgot to post for Monday. Here it is!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Light Unto My Path

I was out running this evening in SeaTac and as I ran down this path something struck me. I had to stop and take a picture. The more I ran the more I began to think about the picture I took and the thought came to my mind, "why?"

Well, this week has been an interesting week for me. I felt a bit in a funk a couple of times and as I was running I began to reflect on some things about the week. So bear with me as I share a couple of thoughts.

Earlier in the week I had a mental picture during one particular moment. I was sitting on a rock in the middle of the forest. Now this was a pretty good sized rock and the place I was sitting was high in altitude. I looked around and all I could see was a curtain of fir trees blocking my views. In and amongst the trees were numerous pathways leading here and there, but I felt no sense of which one I should take. As I looked around I heard a quiet voice say, "look up."

So I looked up. There was a clearing up in the trees. As I looked up I saw a star. I questioned what the star might be there for and then I felt a fleeting thought go through my mind. It was about the three wise men who followed the star to see Jesus. I ran through the scriptures in my mind for a matter of seconds and read the story mentally about the star guiding them through to the Holy One. But one thing in particular was impressed on my mind.

Though the story in the Bible takes a matter of minutes to read, the journey was just that, a journey.

And as I sat on that rock, metaphorically, I began to realize that all I needed to do to get out of the funk I was in was to look up and follow Him. And to be reassured that the struggles I go through are momentary and the place He is leading me to is a real blessing. And also, remember, it is going to be a journey, so be patient and stay looking at the Star.

So all that from a picture of a jogging path that has a couple of lights around the perimeter... Yep.

Psa 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Dinner At Red Robin

A shot of lady liberty at the local Red Robin burger joint this evening. I thought it was appropriate since we are in the middle of the biggest corporate bail out in the history of earth. It is kind of like the restaurant is thinking, "Hey, as long as the government will bail us out we are free to do whatever we desire with all of the money we make"

Thank God that US has a good credit line with China... I hope we can get through this soon, I was actually thinking of starting a savings account in the near future. Maybe next year :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Another long day!

I was getting ready to go to bed this evening and saw Lori fast asleep on the couch. She had just finished watching Nanny 911 and I guess it wore her out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No pic Today

too tired today and a lot of running around... Sorry, no picture. I will do two tomorrow :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Day At The Beach

Today I spent the day in Rockaway Beach helping a friend of mine build a new deck on his rental house. I guess I should say that a friend of mine was helping me build a new deck on his rental house :) He did a good job getting sandwiches, getting lumber from the lumber yard, and supplying me with nails and screws.

The weather was perfect and the day went by very well. I decided to take pictures of my day.

This first one is of the truck loaded down with some of the materials needed to build the deck.

This second one is a picture of our first stop of the day.

And finally a picture of the new deck. Not bad for 5 1/2 hours of work. This weekend we are going to go back and finish the rails...

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My 60's Chick

This is my beautiful wife in her new dress. We went shopping this afternoon for her for our night out on October 3. We are going to the My Father's House benefit dinner and auction which has a 60's theme. (The dress is actually from the 60's and is considered vintage... We are from the 60's too, so what does that make us?)

The dress is thigh high and she has a black pair of go-go boots to go with it... You will see that picture when we are dressed together and ready to party.

Can't wait for the fun.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What A Big Cat

Lori trying to take Orange out to the garage for the night... What a big cat!

Friday, September 19, 2008

What Has It Come To.

I went for a late night run and I came across this sign posted in the window of a local middle school in Sea-Tac. I was kind of amazed that on all of the windows of this brand new school such a sign needs to be posted.

Where are we going as a society when middle schools have to post a sign that says "GUN-FREE ZONE" on the building?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Night Shift

Window washing by day and railroading by night. I am certainly looking forward to getting my PFS business up and going full time so I can get my life back.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Takin a break!

It doesn't happen very often, but Grayson and I are taking a break watching the tube together. Mythbuster's...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The final days of summer

Lori and her sister hanging out in the pool on a fine sunny afternoon. The day's are getting shorter so you better grab hold of summer for as long as you can...

Monday, September 15, 2008


Since the blog has gone to the dogs, I thought I would share this picture I saw the other day on the internet. I thought it was kind of cute... Just figured some of you would enjoy it. I have had a busy week with work, my new Financial Services Business, and family stuff so by the end of the day I sit on the computer and say to myself, "Crap, I forgot to take a picture today."

So I have a few backups on the computer just in case I forget... This is one of them :)

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Three's Company

Emma, Samson, and Orange playing in the house...


Snack anyone? I forgot to post on Saturday so as I was walking to the lobby I took this emergency pic. It is 230 am, so it is still officially Saturday somewhere.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pastor's Walk Through @ My Father's House

Today was the Pastor's tour of the new My Father's House family homeless shelter in Gresham, OR. I was privileged to be a part of the day. As I was walking through the facility I noticed some posters on the walls of families that have been helped because of this awesome ministry. The original home was a duplex that housed five families at one time. It is now a three story, 30 family facility that is valued at over 4 million dollars and has been built completely debt free! How awesome is that?

Lori and I really feel drawn to this ministry and are looking forward to how God might use us over the coming months and years.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still have the gut.

Ok, i run and work out. I eat well and try to be as healthy as possible but still carry around a 20 pound gut... It just isnt right. Gravity is winning!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Does it ever end?

I know we did at least 20 loads last week! Does it ever end?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Shaved Sammy!

We had Samson groomed this weekend. He always looks a couple of years younger when he gets a haircut. I wish that would work for me... Whenever I get my hair cut I look bald and grey.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

BFF (Best Friends Forever)

Today we had the Taekwondo picnic at Blue Lake Park. It was an awesome day and we had a really good time playing, eating, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

This is Anna. She and Grayson spent the entire day running around with each other and had a wonderful time hanging out together. They enjoy being with each other at class as well. A really fun time with them is when we are at TKD class and the two of them spar each other. She is a red belt, which is a belt level higher than his, so she is a real competitor. Everything I've ever taught him about not fighting with girls goes right out the window with her... she whoops him pretty good. But when the match is over they always shake hands and bow to one another with the utmost admiration and respect.

It is neat to know that Grayson and the other children in his class are building solid friendships and learning a lifelong skill at the same time.

These are the tenants he is learning to live by:
May we all learn to live by these.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Living Quarters

I almost went to bed without my daily photo. So I walked out to find something to shoot. This is it. Night!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back to school

Where did the time go? School has begun. I was running errands today and the house was empty when I got home... I miss summer already.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hang On!

Looks like a good time. While I am out of town hanging out in a hotel room my son is learning the fine art of motorcycle riding. Sit down, shut up, and hang on!

Happy Labor Day to all who didn't labor...