Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Curl, I will call him B

B was the 1st guy I met when I showed up to college. He walked by me with his HUGE soccer bag hanging on his shoulder. I had just walked out of Suite 13 where I would spend the next 2 years. I returned to my room and heard a TV in one of the rooms in the suite. I said hello and the freaking soccer player walked out of the door. Lets say this, I was a baseball player, we didn’t like soccer players. This guy was SO nice though and I had no choice to like him. B quickly became one of my closest and most trusted friends. Honestly I think I was his shadow his entire sophomore year.
This friendship really was like none I had ever known It was the 1st time I thought I had a brother. B taught me so much about what it meant to be a Christ follower. He showed a self-righteous boy(that was me) what loving everyone really looked like. He also taught me how to pray. We would pray for hours sometimes and NO that is not normal for me but somehow it was the most honest real prayer time I have ever been a part of.
We went on three vacations together, we went to Disney, Maine to go skiing(we drove with his grandparents, which ROCKED by the way), and we did a road trip west to OK and north IN and back to GA. It all was so much fun.
When he left YHC for Berry I felt so alone. It was a very hard 1st quarter with out him.(I will write about K later who helped me through that)
So I follow B to Berry and we started hanging out with Tiff and Mir (yes I am using abbreviations for everyone and I am not sure why). We were the fantastic four. We would always do stuff fun for each other. One night B and I got ice cream and pizza for the ladies. One night we got a knock at the door and we found a 6x6 SHELL sign in the hallway. We went to IN together and road 4 wheelers…I will stop just trust we had so much fun as a foursome. B ended up marrying Mir and Tiff married our friend John John from YHC.
B is truly a man of integrity. He does his best to follow Christ and live a life that makes much of Jesus. I would easily say B is one of the Godliest guys I know. I will always be indebted to B for showing me what a Godly guy looks like.

Again I am writing these post to encourage you to remember those who impacted your life.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Waters (I will call her E):

So I met this girl at good ole YHC my freshmen year of college. She was an older woman and I will say she is still pretty old. (ok that was something I always told her, that she was older than me). Anyway, we pretty much hit off quickly. We were friends because we had so much in common. We would hang out from 10 pm till 2 and 3 in the morning talking about life and trying to figure out how to get through this life.
E was the 1st girl that was really just a friend.
I have a million memories with E.
-One night she won a party at Swingers (a swing dancing club in buckhead) and Adam and I went, OH what a funny night.
-The time that she changed roommates in the middle of the semester. She was in a town house and went to a small dorm room(so she had TONS OF CRAP). E, myself, and John moved all her crap out of there in 30 minutes. It was so stealth she was leaving some psycho roommates.
-We also went to concerts together and laughed way to hard.
-I broke one of her best friends heart and she will never let me forget the outrageous phone bill that he parents had to pay for her. FYI I did handle the break up poorly.
-She had 20 pairs of jeans in her closet her sophomore year of college. She also had clothes with tags on them.
-I went to some bar with her and 3 random guys from Tenn. Or somewhere because she was afraid they were pretty sketchy.
-One night E was on top of Brasstown Bald with her sorority and at 3 am called me freaking out because she had pulled one of her friends car up on a curve and screwed up the oil pan or something.

I have plenty of great memories with E but some things stand out more than others. There is only one thing I will go into detail about.
She loved me. Not romantically she loved me as her deep intimate friend. I could tell her everything and she could do the same. We often probably told the other stuff we didn’t want to hear at times but we were a safe place for each other. E taught me how to be a friend. How to love and be loved with all of my false.

We don’t talk enough and ya know I am not even sure if we a picture of the 2 of us together. But E will always hold a special place in my heart.
She is married to a very nice guy that is a great musician check him out here.

I will be trying to share about folks who have changed my life. Maybe one a week.
Hope this is interesting, not because you care about my friends but because it will remind you of your great friends and memories.

Friday, May 18, 2007

What is to come



Two hours of hard-core tackle football in the mud with great friends, life doesn’t get much better. this picture is one of my greatest memories in youth ministry. Which leads me to where I am going.

I was cutting grass and a song by one of my good friends husband came on the ipod and I decided where I am going to take my blog over the next couple of weeks. I am going to write about friends and how the impact/change our lives. I am not going to put folks full names but the people I plane on writing about are Waters, Brown, Curl, Gunter, and Suite 13. So, I plan on posting about these great influences in my life. I hope you will read and possibly enjoy and remember the people that have changed your life.

Man Hug

I thought this was funny

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

before the sun set tonight

So tonight I was coming home from student stuff b4 the sun set tonight. I had a frustrating phone call on the way home and it was my fault because I had different expectations as to what that conversation should look like. I think that’s the story or my life. Expectations that are not met by people and I honestly don’t fault the people for that in every situation.

Have you ever met people and thought to yourself we are going to be great friends? Or have you called someone thinking you would have a meaningful conversation and they didn’t really want to talk to you? What about when you try to do something with a group and you think its going to be a better quality than the cast of FRIENDS could have ever dreamed of?

I think I always see a situation and think to myself that the best possible scenario will happen and ya know it just isn’t always true. What are we supposed to do with that? I mean I know that the truth is that I can’t find my identity in what people think of me or how good I am at things. But it sucks to not get what you want.

I just thought I would vent my drive home.

It was nice to come home to Rosie that greeted me at the door, and then my bride came down the stairs from putting our sweet boy down. I have a great life; I am working on changing my expectations when it comes to different situations and people.

I have no clue if this will click or make sense to any of you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Walking Man


SO i am up tonight playing some james taylor and this song came to mind and some what reminded me of my boy because he is now a walking man. I love this kid.

Walking Man by James Taylor


Moving in silent desperation,
keeping an eye on the Holy Land.
A hypothetical destination,
say, who is this walking man?

Well, the leaves have come to turning
And the goose has gone to fly
And bridges are for burning,
So don't you let that yearning pass you by,
Walking man, walking man walks.
Any other man stops and talks
But the walking man walks.

Well the frost is on the pumpkin
And the hay is in the barn.
Pappy's come to rambling on,
stumbling around drunk down on the farm.

And the walking man walks. He doesn't know nothing at all.
Any other man stops and talks
But the walking man walks on by, walk on by.

Most everybody's got seed to sow.
It ain't always easy for a weed to grow, no, no.
So he don't hoe the row for no one,
For sure one's always missing
And something is never quite right.
Ah, but who would want to listen to you
Kissing his existence good night?

Walking man walk. Walk on by my door.
Well, any other man stops and talks,
But not the walking man. He's the walking man,
Born to walk, walk on walking man.
Well now, would he have wings to fly? Yeah. Would he be free?
Golden wings against the sky, walking man, walk on by.
So long, walking man, so long

Saturday, May 12, 2007

ramble of the day


So today I decided I would a new rant. My list is of things that go together for me. And yes it starts drink heavy.

1) Pepsi at Taco Bell
2) Coke and most Mexican Restaurants.
3) Water with Chinese food.
4) Amaretto Sour and Jamaica
5) James Taylor and a pontoon boat.
6) Betty’s, NuWay and Chic-Fila and Sweet tea.
7) Blogs and wasting time. I get lost in Blogs.
8) Levi and smiles, cuteness and freaking awesomeness.
9) Camille amd heart, character and laughter.
10) Mindy Smith and sitting on the porch.
11) Apple, nothing has to go with Apple it stands alone.
12) SharpTop and sacred place.
13) Breedlove and perfection.
14) Shane E and SICK harmonies
15) Barry Bonds and steroids.
16) Sports Center and the morning
17) Laiche and any kind of Drum
18) Gro and passion for the world.
19) Rest and vacation
20) Fear and I guess everything in life.
21) Jetsons and childhood.
22) Camp and GREAT memories
23) HS and searching
24) College and crazy times (not in the way most college folks have crazy times drinking just crazy times with my roommates.)

That’s a few things for now.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Pensive


This face on Levi is kind of the same face I have right now.

So, right now I am sitting here listening to some music. I really don’t do this enough. Part of my job, in my mind, is to know what new music is out there and see what can be added to compliment what we are already doing.

I am listening to my itunes on shuffle, which is nice. “Restore to me” is on from the new Glory revealed CD. I actually didn’t buy the entire cd because honestly I didn’t care to have the songs from the casting crowns guy(doesn’t the casting crowns name sound like a wanna be Counting Crows?) or Brian Litrell. But the song with the Shane;’s & Crowder and every song with Candi is pretty good. When is Candi ever bad.

As I listen my mind is filled with questions. The main one is what are we missing? Our main issue here is $. And I guess everyone would say that but ours really is. My area of responsibility is affected by lack of resources. We have sub par equipment at best and I have no chance to buy new equipment. I have contacted every close friend I have in ministry and asked them for gear that they are not using. Not one has responded with anything. One friend probably has some screens for me(not 100%) and another church may help us out. But nothing as of May 7, 2007. It’s strange.
Ok B4 I go any father this is not a pity party , because I love the church I am at and the people I work with,I am going somewhere with this.

I am seeing that, as much as the new gear would help us, it is not the problem. We need something we can’t program or produce from a service. We need our hearts to change. We need to see the Jesus who says “come buy and eat, with out money and with out cost” and know that the fact that we can come and buy and eat as we are, should lead us to repentant and move us to a new place with Jesus.

So I post this today to ask for prayers. Prayers that God will lead us as our church enters it’s “NEXT” phase in its existence. We will be starting a fast starting May 20th, you can check out what we are doing here.

May Jesus change who we are and how we see the world.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

This is my Confession-can you hear Usher singing that?

Well it feels longer than it actually has been. I have been kind of busy. As I think I have mentioned we are taking Levi to Kindermusik. Levi has finally started to open up and we have finally started to be able to talk to folks. It might be a better statement to say that we are really being talked back to. We both were excited to meet some non Christians because everyone we have met at in our neighborhood is at least a nominal Christian. And what would you know so is the couple we talked with this past week. But back to Levi, he was LOVING the class this week. I love the fact that my job allows me to be able to be at home by 5 and go to Kindermusik.
We are also making a lot of big decisions as a church and that is totally consuming my thoughts and prayers.
I have fallin in love with Mindy Smiths music. Her are her myspace and website. Check her out if you haven’t already. Thanks to the Sus for turning me on to her.
Youth group has been going well. God is really beginning to change our hearts to be more like his. Last year we would have 2 or 3 and 4 on a good week. This year we have 10-15. Its been a good year.
Writing well, I haven’t written anything in a few weeks, but I have a few pieces of scripture that are coming alive to me out of Isa. and Psalms.
Our new favorite thing to do is wrestle. Oh the We is me and Levi. We wrestle the pillows. I throw him across the bed into a pile of pillows. The I come off the top rope and give him the elbow. And my finishing move is the beard to the belly. Great times
Gro came in to town last weekend. We love when she comes to town and we miss her when she goes back to B-ham. Gro, we pray for you daily and see you as a blessing.
Our Friends at RMC are walking through a dark night. I ask that you would pray for them, that (as Clint said somewhere) “Jesus would show up”
Camille is all about Gilmore girls right now. I mean addicted. Its on a couple of times a day and she Tivo’s them all and she just can’t get enough.
The yard needs a lot of work. I am about to have to spend a chunk of $$ on round up, pine straw, medicine cabinet and a pressure washer. Do you know I hate yard work? I have never liked it.
I am glad the Sus has turned to the darkside. The Mac world is the best world. And yes I JUST SAID THAT.

I am getting much better at guitar hero. I will be rocking Hard pretty well by the end of June. I just don’t have time to play it enough and get better fast.
Tomorrow is our Cinco De Mayo party it should be fun. The Prusa’s are putting it on at the Bryants. Can’t wait for us all to get RIPPED! Ok the part about getting Ripped is a joke.

Here are some fun picts of my boy and my bride.

working on his grip

here we go

the fam

like the new hair? not really my new hair just windy

My 2 kids...ok so gro isn't really my daughter

my ladies