Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This is all I can do…

We all bring different things to the table. Me, well sometimes I question if I actually offer anything. Well if you have missed my last couple of days read this because you don't know my dad died 3 days ago. Honestly it feels like at least a week. I feel like it was forever ago when I felt his foot on my forearm as I helped the funeral home get the gurney down the steep steps of his house. Tonight our church had its Christmas Eve gathering. My close friend and pastor told me it was cool if I wanted to not play tonight. Honestly I didn’t think it was going to be possible for me to sing tonight, then I thought about it some more. See I really think I am blessed to have gotten the best qualities from both of my parents and one that I got from my dad is that I don’t suck at music. (My dad was good)I really don’t think I am a great musician but I enjoy it. I have always said what I lack in talent I make up for in passion.

Well tonight I played. I got a text from a very kind friend that said if I was going to play then I needed to “play my f-ing ass off.” (I didn’t type out the f bomb because I think some moms that might read this might feel strange reading that on my blog.) That’s what I did. I have 4 guitars. One of those guitars is a 1962 small-bodied Gibson. The sound is a bit tinny and strings can get lost in each other while strumming with any kind of force. I have only led with that guitar twice. Once was when I broke a string and the other was I wanted a more tinny sound for a song. That Gibson has played with Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash when it belonged to my grandfather. It was passed down to my dad and now to me. What a great thing to have passed down, huh? Last night I decided what I was going to play for the prelude. I played the song ‘deliver us’ written by Andrew Peterson. So, tonight instead of playing my other guitars I picked up the small-bodied Gibson and took the stage. Just before walking on to the stage I said to Mark my sound guy “be ready Mark, I am yelling on the prelude.” He looked at me and smiled and said “I know, I heard you practicing in the room over there”.

The sound clip below is the recording of tonight. It is rough and right out of the board. This was me honoring my dad by doing my best to honor God with the Gifts that we shared. So here is me being vulnerable with the world. This is me playing my f-ing ass off. You can tell as I strum harder and harder as the song goes on.
For you dad…This is all I can do…

Click here for 'Deliver Us'

Monday, December 22, 2008

The longest day of my life…



At 9 am this morning my heart broke. I heard these words “Aaron your daddy died.” Yeah at that moment I think my heart stopped in disbelief. At 9:10 I found my self in the car heading to my dads house to help take care of stuff. I wept. I wept, screamed, moaned and wept some more the entire drive down there. I got to my dads house and with a great amount of disbelief I walked in the door. We all hugged and wept some more. Then I went and said goodbye to my dad.

Here is a bit about me and my daddy:
My dad always answered the phone with excitement “hey baby boy!” I loved that! I can hear him say it now and ache that its just in my head.
My dad really loved me. he didn’t have to tell me that all the time I knew it in how he talked to me and how listened.
My dad was crazy handy. He really could fix anything.
We used to listen to James Taylor. I probably listened to his greatest hits 1000+ times over the summers we spent on the lake. It was the only tape on the boat so that’s what we listened to.
He thought I was funny. Maybe that’s not a big deal to you but I love to laugh and my dad and me always laughed. Our sense of humor was always similar.
My dad loved my boy. He lit up when he saw my little man. I loved seeing them play together.
I love the smell of pipes even more now since dad is gone. Dad smoked a pipe in my 1st car before I got it and every time I cleaned it would smell like his pipes.
My dad loved hearing me play guitar. He always said I was better than him, which was CRAZY! He was very good at guitar until diabetes stole that from him.


So, I stood over my dad today weeping. I didn’t know what to say. I said a bunch of different things. But before I walked out I said in a whispering scream about 10 time “may my daddy rest with Jesus today.” It wasn’t to be super spiritual I really said it out of complete desperation. See, I don’t have much else to hold on to. Some how in my head I think Jesus is the only hope I have to deal with this.

I will probably write some more at one point or another but tonight I write to say: I ache, I weep, I long for my dad, I scream and I really really miss my daddy.

Check this out


We have a great friend that has started a new business. They make handmade jewelry and honestly it's incredible. So this is me publicizing her stuff. Check out Katie Gro's (soon to be Katie McDaniel) stuff here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I will see this in May

I will probably see this with Matt, Camille wont be to interested.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Do you need Africa?

So i still haven't followed through on blogging about my last month. seriously i will be doing that soon.
i wrote last week about Africa, and what the mocha club is trying to do. below is some stuff they have asked me to throw up concerning Africa.


When I think of Africa, the following images immediately come to mind: Starvation. AIDS. Child soldiers. Genocide. Sex slaves. Orphans. ( For me, Aaron, its Gro with Bueni, Ryan and a mango tree meeting church, orphans singing and dancing, stories of taking kids to the doctor to find out they have aid, Jason playing drums in a village, ryan and chris on a safari, kids in an orphanage needing clean water, and honestly my list can go on and i haven't even been there) From there, my thoughts naturally turn to how I can help, how I can make a difference. “I am needed here,” I think. “They have so little, and I have so much.” It’s true, there are great tragedies playing out in Africa everyday. There is often a level of suffering here that is unimaginable until you have seen it, and even then it is difficult to believe. But what is even harder is reconciling the challenges that many Africans face with the joy I see in the people. It’s a joy that comes from somewhere I cannot fathom, not within the framework that has been my life to this day.[read more]



Honestly, what breaks my heart about this is that 450 BILLION dollars is spent of Christmas in America alone. that averages out to about 900 bucks per family. if we all cut our Christmas budgets in half we could change this world forever. so my question to you is can we really change on our own?
NO WE CAN'T.
we need the power of a risen King to do that. My pryer is that this Christmas God will make a change in us. one that will last a lifetime. one that isn't motivated by pity but the grace and compassion that we have received.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I need Africa more than Africa needs me

I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why ‘I need Africa more than Africa needs me.' Mocha Club (www.mochaclub.org)is a community-based website where members can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club's vision is to provide a way for people who don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa.

So when I say 'I need Africa more than Africa needs me' really pushes me to think about how much I need to change some things in my life. To be honest I don’t even drink coffee and I wouldn’t know a mocha if I tasted it. But I do know what is like to have 7 dollars that I could stop spending somewhere else and give it to other people. But here is the issue: I don’t know how much I care about other people. I do know one thing: I want to love people more than I do today. I want my family to make changes that can impact the world. I want us to live in a way that is counter cultural, which to me means leveraging all that we have for the good of others.

Maybe you would be so kind and share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. Join in the worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. Come back Dec 1st to see what Mocha Club is doing about reforming that image.

OH SNAP

ok so i have not posted in one month. i have started 1 blog already and will have 2 more coming.
But 1st check this out...

Friday, October 24, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Well it is obviously not Christmas yet and if your like me you don’t know what your getting anyone for Christmas or even what your doing for any of the upcoming holidays.

But the one thing that I have started to think about is Christmas music. I play music, and soon I will be playing Christmas music. I often buy Christmas music to see if there is anything we can do at church. Well, so far I have two new Christmas records.

The first one was Shane and Shane’s new Record. This displays like everyone of their records, a SICK ability to harmonize and do different things on the guitar. The record is much more broken down/less produced than most of their albums. One of my favs is the like in one of their songs “He was born to die”. What a line in a song. The thought that from day one God watched his son on earth knowing he was born to die. Ugh. What a humbling thought. They rock O holy Night, Shane E is pretty UNGODLY on that one. (it is great even though it starts out like John Mayer’s ‘No Such Thing’) this is a really good record that I totally recommend getting.

The other new record I have purchased is Red Mountains: Silent Night. I have talked about this to you 4 readers before but now that I have it I figured I would share one last time. This is probably one of my favorite Christmas records period. I am not just saying that because these guys are my friends (BTM and Clint if your read this, I am not writing this to stroke your egos). The first thing that needs to be stated is that they really do have the best vocalist singing for them. Her name is Ashley Spurling. She doesn’t stand out to be anything crazy spectacular but she is. (her voice does the lyrics she sings perfect justice) She is flawless when she sings. What a gift. The record is full of songs we all know and love combined with great musicianship. To me this record is one that you want to put on while your or your family puts up your Christmas decorations and drink hot chocolate. (I will probably not drink hot chocolate this year, I am a hot tea man, Glover Park by tea traditions is my favorite. Annie the tea I drink and the teapot I use was from your moms place) My favorite song is probably 'Come thou Long expected Jesus'. So order this sucker soon.

As you get ready for the Christmas season, my hope is that your Christmas would be about the one that was “born to die’ to bring “joy to the world.”

So, Merry Christmas, in October.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

To God the Only Wise

Here is a song we did this morning. I wrote most of the music, Kevin helped with the chorus and Mary sang the lyric to this rhythm. I think we did a nice job this morning. The recording is rough. Not enough drums or bass. but we did this for the prelude.
Click here to hear it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rant of the week

So this has been gone for a while but its back:

1) one of the guys in our band at church asked me if we were a red mountain cover band( we played 3 RMC tunes this past Sunday)…maybe so, if we are I hope we do those guys justice.
2) I am SO freaking excited about the gas prices falling.
3) Looking forward to seeing Red and Rach soon.
4) We are working hard to save $, we have even started using coupons. And it takes more work than I thought it would.
5) I am very excited about the Fall Festival this weekend. Its always a great time.
6) I am enjoying Matthew Smiths new record. A friend, Clint, wrote 3 songs on that record and did a great job.
7) I like half frosted flakes and half honey bunches of oats.
8) Did you know the NHL was playing again, I KNOW….WHO CARES.
9) Christmas is coming soon. That’s crazy!
10) I have been having crazy back issues, if anyone is a massage therapist hala at your boy and come see me.
11) You need to check out Jon Black. He has a new album, very good. Here is a video of the show I saw the other night…clint is actually playing electric guitar.
12) This will be the 1st weekend in 4 that we wont somehow be with the Cains.
13) The last night I made 7 threes in a row, to bad it was before the game started.
14) I am actually looking forward to playing some Christmas songs.
15) I am typing this while the movie ‘Mannequin’ is on, yes I somehow always turn to this movie if its on TV. I was 9 when it was made., crazy.
16) Voting, I will be doing it in a couple weeks. I honestly think there isn’t a good option. I think both will raise taxes and neither will save us financially.
17) I am looking forward to going to Dallas in 5 weeks. I might get to meet Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler. John and I will try and get a picture for his lady love Caroline.

That’s enough for tonight.
Night.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Healer

For those of you who don’t know me well, which is probably no one that would read this, part of what I do for a living is sing songs with friends. That probably seems strange to folks that haven’t really been around me for the past 7-9 years. I started playing this instrument called a guitar and did something like singing while I played and then I got asked to lead some songs.
Songs have always been something I enjoy singing and listening to. I ran across this song awhile back and recently came back to it. Its called ‘Helaer’.

You hold my every moment You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire And heal all my disease

I trust in You

I believe You're my Healer I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

Nothing is impossible for You


In short: those words were written by a guy that had lied about having cancer. SO in turn the Christian community pulls this song off the shelf, reprints cd’s and dvd’s so that this song is not being purchased anymore.
Ok here is my issue. We as the church say we all need Jesus and the He is our only hope. Well, what is this song saying?
This song, to me, has even more meaning since the writer is a lying manipulative guy. WHY? Because he is just like we are. Do you know anything about guys who wrote some of the hymns we sing? If not I need to write about some of the depressed, pompous, angry and hurtful men that wrote our beloved hymns that many church sing today.

And sometimes we need to sing songs we don’t believe, in hopes that one day God will give us the longings of our heart. And that longing is to see Jesus as our healer, our portion, our needs met, our comforter in hard times and most importantly the super hero of this thing we call life.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Few things for you

1) L played his 1st nine holes this weekend. great times. And we went to a wedding in Macon. it was a great weekend of ok golf, friends and good conversations. here are some highlights:

What a SICK setup

my smoking bride

2) Thursday night i went to Jon Black's CD release show in athens with my friends kevin and ryan. I went to see a friend Clint play some electric with him. it was a great show. Jon is a great singer songwritter and Clint is a sick guitarist. the only thing that would have made the show better would have been is BTM wasn't going to ITALLY and would have played that show as well. Hope Jon comes back to Athens and BTM and Clint come and play with him. If you haven't listened to Jon go buy his new CD.

3) this is a big one!

if you read this blog and don't buy this CD we are no longer friends. Red Mountain Music is releasing their Christmas CD. I have had the chance to hear a couple of songs from this record and WOW. I loved it. Ashley Spruling shows that she is still the best female vocalist singing church music. yeah i said it and i mean it. Brian T Murphy and Clint Wells did a great Job producing this record. I look forward to our family putting up our Christmas tree while listening to these traditional songs with an innovative vibe.
Go here to buy the album
Go hear to listen.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The beach

This past week was easily the best week we have had as a family. Why you ask? Well L slept like a champ…for the most part.
We lived it up in Destin FL at a good friends condo. My favorite thing about vacation is always that I really love having nothing on my plate and I can really just enjoy C and L.

Here are a couple of pictures.
he grabbed my face for a kiss.

i mean could she be more beautiful? and could he be more cute?

This is why you go to the beach.

The next few weeks are crazy busy for us. On Sunday C and I will be married for 6 years. Who’d of thought…I WOULD HAVE!!!. I never understand that statement from people. Now if we are looking at 75 years then I might say that just cause we will be wicked old but I anticipate being with this lovely lady for many more years to come.
We have friends coming to the UGA game, a wedding, fall festival and we are soon to go to ARKY to watch some football…I mean to see our great friends Red and Rach.
I love the fall,, football and the weather are perfect.
I have to cut grass tomorrow, bummer.

The final thing: SOON I will have a sample of the must buy Christmas CD of the year. Red Mountain has put some songs together and I love what I have heard. Ashley Spurling gives her perfect vocals to the CD and BTM and Clint did a great job with the music and the mixing. I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Looking forward to seeing those guys in Athens next month.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Why I love vacation


We had a flipping blast!
I will write more later.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

HECK YES

So, some of you know that one of my best friends lives in Arkadelphia Arkansas. He is the Offensive coordinator for a HSU. Tonight they one their 1st game of the season. Red had a ROUGH year last year, winning wise, with the team he was coaching for. This year 2nd game in he got his 1st W. HSU 34-UAPB 0. they had 450+yards of Offense. (468 to be exact)
I am so proud of my friend. I remember watching him run out of the tunnel at GT and almost crying because a dream he had was being fulfilled and i was there for it. We can't wait to go visit him and his sweet bride.
Here is a picture of them from the game tonight. (Rach I stole it from your blog thanks).
So proud of you Red.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I REALLY love being a dad

Here are a few highlights from my world.

1) I was sitting outside the bathroom, while my boy was trying go to the bathroom. I walked in and said, “did you go potty?” his response “NO, Daddy, out, Rosie out, close the door, I poopt some more.”(yes he adds a ‘t’ at the end of poop, I know some of you just thought it was a normal jacked spelling by me)

2) after church today C set him on the stage and he ran up and hugged me, pretty awesome.

3) I was sitting on th couch and he walked up to me, handed me a guitar pick, ran over and got his guitar and said “daddy play itar”. Itar is toddler for guitar.

4) We sing a song every night while I brush his teeth. Its awesome when he yells friend, end, fun, man to man, son to son, and best friend. Its so funny. Here is the song. It happens to be on Rob and Bigs intro. My dad used to sing this to me as well.


5) I will stop here. My bride was out one afternoon and I was keeping L while she was gone. We ate lunch, and were about to take a nap. He is in the bathroom alone again and I hear “daddy dirty”. Yup there was poop on his hand. Awesome. Nothing like being a dad.

6) ok one more. when you ask L who loves him most, he responds “God loves me most”. I hope one day he really knows that.

There are 6 small reasons why I love being a dad..

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

the day has come


By the time this is posted I will be posted i will be 30 years old. what do I have to say about that? Age seems a bit overrated. I had a nice night tonight. My bride had our staff come over for pizza and cake. It was a nice surprise. I defiantly married up in so many ways. It is a great feeling that our staff can all hang out and like each other. I am sorry for you guys that are on staff somewhere that you barely like half the people you work with. the grass is greener on my side of the fence.
hope you have a good wednesday.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Happy Birthday to my bride!

Here are just a few reasons I love my Bride (in no order):
1) She is an incredible mom.
2) She is the best kisser. And she was from our 1st kiss. Seriously, as soon as our 1st kiss was over I knew kissing couldn’t get better than this.
3) She makes me gut laugh. Not many folks can do that.
4) She really is one of the kindest people I have ever known.
5) She is beautiful!
6) I love the look on her face when she does something that she thinks is funny.
7) She likes movies and TV like I do.
8) She is my biggest fan. I am not sure why but some how I convinced her love me.
9) She thinks I am funny. I mean I am but she really laughs at me.
10) When something funny/sad/bad/good happens she is the 1st person I want to tell.
11) She throws a football better than most guys. AND THAT’S LEGIT. I would put my bride up against almost any guy reading this post.
12) She loves college football.
13) If we had tons of money she would want to give a ton of it away.
14) She loves Jesus.
15) Everything is better with her.

Finally, life just wouldn’t be the same with out her. I love my bride. And today I celebrate her being brought into this world. Happy birthday to my beautiful bride!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I am not a part of a cover band

1st I will say: Molly this is me being serious as you say.

Here is my soapbox for the day: Churches that find the need to be a cover band. I play about 7 songs per week at church on Sunday morning. We play a gathering song (which is often a hymn/song about Jesus that isn’t a great congregational song. Sometimes we just play an instrumental as a band), we corporately sing 5 songs (mostly hymns, some newer songs, we sing red mountain songs, IG songs and passion stuff, small bit of hillsongs), we sing or play an instrumental during communion (often slower and fits the vibe of communion). One thing we do not do is fit in songs that are on pop radio into our gatherings. Why you ask? What does the song Glamorous by Fergie have to do with Jesus? In my mind my job is to use music to help people express their feelings/hopes/fears/joys/shame/longings to a God that often feels far away. It is not my job to show people that Jesus is my homeboy. Or that I am cool because I can play songs you have heard on the radio. Maybe it’s cool to your teenager that I listen to and can play some Nickelback or U2? A friend of mine said “it's just a bunch of bullshit and bad art and games.” Is that what church has become? We would probably all agree that we serve the ultimate Creator of art. Most pictures in people’s homes are attempts at capturing the art that God created. So why then do we try and pass off sub par art like cover songs in Church as gimmicks to attract people to Jesus? The reality is yes I think I could pull of some covers. I could do “My Best Was Never Good Enough” by Bruce Springsteen, ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ by John Mayer or ‘say it to me now’ by my boy Glen Hansard. Ok, he is not my boy. I don’t know him. I just love him. I can pull those off…but it’s not mine. And honestly I guess the song Amazing Grace isn’t mine either. BUT here is the difference, when I sing words like

Come boldly to the throne of grace,
Though lost, and blind, and lame;
Jehovah is the sinner's Friend,
And ever was the same.


Or words like:

Come, every soul by sin oppressed;
There’s mercy with the Lord
And He will surely give you rest
By trusting in His Word.


These words speak of truths that I need to hear, that I need and want to sing. I would say there are songs not about Jesus that we identify with. That’s what is so magical about music. I just don’t see the need to be a cover band in a church environment. Let cover bands rock out with their bad selves in the local venues and pubs. I hope anyone reading this would hear my heart. We have enough original art out there that is better than any cover art that we as the church can copy, so lets stick to what we can do, make much of Jesus with the gifts we have. Stop trying to dress up Jesus in a pretty dress and make people feel good about themselves. You can take cultural things(like music) and try and claim them as your own but you become the butt of many jokes, which makes me the butt of many jokes since we both call ourselves Christians. If I want to see a band go to www.ticketmaster.com. Our church is not the church for you if you want a cover band because I am not a part of a cover band. If you want to be a part of a movement find a Bible preaching church that sings more songs about Jesus and the reality of the ups and downs of the Christian life.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

That's the story of Genesis

This is part of the ending of Matt's sermon from sunday. I love this ending. He did a great job of showing how the bible is one story. enjoy. Click here.

Monday, July 14, 2008

2 things

1) our friend SUS is ENGAGED!!!!! we are so excited for her! you can see her ring in the picture.

2) my boy is a golfer, musician and now an artist.

Monday, July 07, 2008

this guy is alive

So, the other night when we were at bishop park, there was a guy handing out "christian tracks." I overheard him say "do you believe in judgment? do you believe in judgment day?" I walked off after hearing that because I really wanted to ask him "do you really think this will convert these nice Hispanic men who barely speak english(i could be wrong but his yes didn't sound like a guy that spoke great english)?" Here is a picture i snuck in so you can beware of this man.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th to ya

Happy 4th from the Slaten clan.
we hung out with some friends at bishop park tonight. here are a couple picts.
athens does a great job with July 4th.
my boy playing chase.

me and my beautiful bride. love her!

playing golf before we left.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

All boy

so some of you have heard me describe my boy as "all boy" well here is digital proof.
we are playing in the yard and he figures this out.




thats my boy. no help getting up that fence. he is more fun than i thought he could be!

on a side note. i have a good friend moving to Tanzania to work with a safari company. he will be gone for 6 months. his name is chris. if you pray, pray for safety in his travel and while he is hunting in the bush.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My Favorite things

1) d’addario strings EXP, I have left my long relationship with Elixr strings. Elixr strings may hold their sound longer but it doesn’t matter when they BREAK.
2) Breedlove guitars. Shocker.
3) Chocolate Milk. I have always loved this stuff and probably always will. this is my favorite kind: click here
4) Playing golf with my little man.

getting ready to hit

just hit the ball

5) The movie Toy Story. It’s a good one
6) The movie Cars. I think it was even better than Toy Story.
7) Playing golf in general. I have the bug to play but not the budget.

8) Enjoying UGA baseball. Hope they win.
9) Beachwood Chic-Fil-A.
10) $6.40 pizza. Tuesday Papa Johns has a great sale!
11) Excited about fantasy football

That’s enough for now.

Friday, June 13, 2008

life is hard

my boy is 2 and i am not sure if he is just acting 2 or if the steroids are still in him. its been a hard week.
and life is hard on my feet as well. my feet have just recouped from this:


this is from my few days at Pinehurst. I tossed my shoes and got new ones.
that picture was for the girl we will call molly.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Night

The night is one of those things that plays tricks on you. But before we get to night a bit of back story. I am the father to a boy. (if you regularly read my blog you know that.) He is one of the cutest most awesome boy in the world. Most little boys have tons of crap (toys not literal crap) and we tend to find his stuff all over the place. He also tends to put random stuff no where near where it should go. So I walked out the front door to take out Rosie and there in the grass was one of my little mans basketballs.

I took the ball and did what most guys would do, I took the ball and shot pretend shots into the air. One other fun fact about me is that I live in the country. I live in a neighborhood but still have 2 acres of land. I see more stars in the average night than I would in an entire year in Marietta. (I have more lights here but they have SO many more restaurants). Anyway, I shot the ball into the air, and got kind of dizzy. That may sound strange but everytime that ball went high up in the ball it seemed to stand still and the sky seemed to move/spin. I held the ball and looked at the sky. It made me think “there is something that I just love about night” here are my reasons.
1) I like dark. I tend to turn all the lights off in the house. Right now there is just a TV and 1 light on in the room. I just prefer dark.
2) its cooler. The day is SO FREAKING HOTTTT right now. And its killing me.
3) I like to walk at night, we don’t really get to do that since L usually is asleep by the time we could walk.
4) I am a night owl. I just like the night.

So why share this…I am not sure. I just think I saw the sky kind of spin and I was a bit overwhelmed at how huge the universe is. Pretty nuts. There ya go for tonight.

Friday, May 30, 2008

here it is.

Well I promised a blog and waited basically 2 weeks to write it. So, hold on sit down this could be a long one.

To start I will talk about a fun trip we took to Marietta last week. 9 guys that I have known since they were in the 5th grade were graduating high school and we went down to a party they all through together. It was great to get to see everyone. Usually we just see one family when we visit, because if we see more we tend to not have any real conversations with folks. BUT since this was a drop in party we saw a bunch of folks and had some good conversations. ONE STANDS out. I will change her name to protect the innocent. Lets call her…Molly. I mean who knows a Molly? We laughed a lot getting to see ‘molly’ and her husband. About 2 years ago C and I went to see ‘molly’ get married. A couple weeks after the wedding I called her. 1.5 years later I got a call back that starts like this “hey Aaron I know its been over a years since I have called don’t hate me”. Very funny. The only shock of the night with ‘molly’ was that she didn’t have on her favorite shirt from the Varsity. I will move on from the blog stalker I am calling ‘molly’.

We also had some great time with one of my favorite people in the world Carrie. She is literally the kindest person I know. We had Lunch with Collins who was/is defiantly one of my best friends in Marietta. She is a sweet friend.

The week following we went for an incredible trip to Pinehurst NC. On the way up there we stopped for some good pizza in Greenville, SC with my mom. And visited my favorite store in Greenville. It is called ‘mast general store’ I love that place. I can’t really explain it, just trust me its cool. Then we finished the trek to Pinehurst and prepared for some SICK golf. Pinehurst has 8 courses total. The 1st day we played #8 and #5. I loved them both. I played golf over thanksgiving and SUCKED it up. so my goal was to shoot under 120. On #8 I shot a 109 and then on #5 I shot a 94. I was very pleased with the 94. It was probably the best I have ever hit the ball in my life. The next day we played #2. #2 is a very historic course. I may never play a course that is a bigger deal than #2 again in my life. I shot a 113 that day which I was pleased with considering that the greens were by far the hardest I have ever hit on. The ladies got a massage, facial, pedicure, and manicure while we played golf. I really hope I can go back there some day. It was a blast.

So here are a couple of picts of the weekend and of the courses.
driving range

Tee box on #2 hole 1

one of my many sand shots

tee shot from hole 18 on #2

me and my boy looking from the green of 18 on #2

me and my bride before a nice dinner

Saturday, May 17, 2008

the blog to come

so I went to a party last night for a bunch of friends and i have a friend that inspired a blog i will write tomorrow.
here is a hint:

you know who you are. yeah, i am writing the blog i said was to coming.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Rant o the day

1) My boy is a BA. He and his friend were pushing lawn mowers around the yard this afternoon and he cut his toe some how. Not sure how I just know it was bleeding. He then proceeded to play for about another 30 min before we noticed it and got a chance to clean it up.
2) Happy cinco de mayo. Jorge probably loves this holiday. We celebrated with sub par homemade strawberry daiquiri. It was a good try. I used fresh hand picked strawberries that we picked the other day, they were just sub par.
3) I am soon to go play a few of the golf courses at Pinehurst and I am excited.
4) Its Crazy that Matt’s boy is already born it seems like so long ago that Linz got pregnant.
5) I like playing basketball, I am just a bit old. Not to old just older than I used to be and that makes me play slower.
6) Last week was a pretty fast and hectic week. Sunday seemed like the longest day every. I think I left at 1. And we didn’t even take down the mains. Crazy.
7) I really miss the Drivers, Prusa’s and Bluster. I wish you guys and gals still lived here.
8) Sleep. I have been sleeping great lately.
9) I am currently listening to a band called ‘Foals’ courtesy of BTM, I like them. Not as much as the other stuff he has introduced me to but I like this.
10) I have enjoyed the latest episodes of ‘the office’
11) I love the NBA playoffs. I know its strange but they are good for real.
12) Does any one know or care that the NHL playoffs are going on right now? Because I don’t I hate hockey, much more than soccer.
13) I haven’t watched 1 baseball game from start to finish yet.
14) I think that gas sucks. I desperately want a Prius.
15) Still no takers on my car. I guess I am stuck with buddy.
16) I really think that High School is so overrated. Primarily because if I saty down with any of the folks I went to school with (excluding 2 folks, Joel and Chris) no one knows anything about. Well if they do know it because random folks have passed along how incredibly not lame my life is.
17) I am curious what we are doing as the church. And I don’t mean Christ community church I mean the church universal. I think we are feeding the beast or doing small things to make us look good. I think its going to bite us in the butt is 10 years. We care more about people coming to us with stuff figured out that we ignore what we are called here to do.
18) I have the best dog. For real, she is great.
19) I love it when L looks across he room and laughs out loud at me.
20) we have re done our lighting with the church i like it.
21) i am going to bed early. night.
head up

Saturday, May 03, 2008

here he is

the new little Adair

here is daddy and boy

me, and the adair boys minus J who is playing cars with L while picture is being taken

my boy with matts boy super sweet.


We are excited about the new addition to the Adair family. if you want a bit more info check out Matts blog. here.

William Alan

was born last night at 10:38. He was 8 pounds, 3 ounces. I will throw a picture up later on today.

Friday, May 02, 2008

today there will be a new Adair in the world

If you know Matt and Linz pray for them today as they welcome a addition to their family. (even if you don't know them pray for them. And if you aren't someone that prays do it this time. Pray for the delivery and the health/safety for Linz and baby.
thanks.
I will update later

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

2 years

So, 2 years ago my boy was born. That is really incredible. It feels like yesterday that we drove away from the hospital and curious why someone would allow us to leave a hospital with a baby. It has defiantly gotten more normal to be a dad, but sometimes i still look and L and ask "are you really mine?" I usually just looks at me and smiles and says something about balls or trains.

so i wanted to say that on April 24th 2006 God answered a prayer of mine. I became a dad to a boy. Today will not be much different from yesterday but like everyday will tell my boy how proud i am to be his dad, tell him how much i love him and I will give him a big hug and kiss.

even though you obviously can't read this "happy birthday buddy".

if you are out in blog world and want to buy my boy something, here is what to get him....a Fender Tele. His dad will use it to lead worship for a bit then pass it down. there ya go.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

somtimes you just have to stop

So I was sitting my office the other day working and I had Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost Of Tom Joad album (thanks BTM) playing. I have this thing that I often just have music on and don’t really listen. Well something happened that day in my office. Nothing magical just something. I heard him playing and felt it. See I wrote before about music moving us. Check it out here. I have never been much of a Springsteen fan but this album sounds nothing like what I have always thought he sounds like. This is a raw mostly guitar album that feels mysterious and comfortable. I asked BTM for front porch music and that’s what it is. Its music that fits a sun set in our country little town of Watkinsville. So I was listening probably for the 1st time in a while I think I was feeling music. I love that. I turned off Bruce, picked up my guitar and made music. It was not what I expected, but it was interesting. All I will say is that the song took on the title ‘liar’ about a girl I once knew. Here is a taste of the lyric:
I am nothing like
Hope I’ll never be
I see you as a liar
How do you see me

I may actually clean the song up and put it on my myspace one of these days.

But here is what I am trying to say: sometimes we just have to stop and listen. Sometimes to feel the emotion of the moment we have to be in the moment. I am a guy that lives for the next moment instead of living and loving where I am.
So what is my new goal you ask…live in the moment and feel music. How could I not live in the moment or feel music when this boy does both better than anyone else I have ever known.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

one of the biggest new churches in america


oh wait thats just american idol trying to look like grander community church and all the other churches out there being cover bands. american idol covers the church like many churches try and cover...i guess you would call them non church songs.

i don't remember the last time i sang this song and honestly i may never sing it again just because of this.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

what the deuce?

what the deuce is Axl wearing?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The rant is back!

1) I am bummed that one iof my drummer is getting married (currently a freshman in college) and the other works late nights at Trapeze. That makes having a consistent drummer hard.
2) My boy turns 2 in a few weeks. That’s really nuts.
3) I still want an electric guitar. So I throw it out there in case someone has one that you would be willing to give to a worship leader in Watkinsville. i am not to picky.
4) My yard is huge. I road my tractor for 50 min today and only got through about 1/3 of it.
5) I might be addicted to the internet. I am having to make my self stop some
6) I really feel like I am getting older. I find myself remembering when life was easier and things were much cheaper. Yup I am about to turn 30.
7) Here are a couple of goals for the coming year. Change how a strum more bluegrass hold of the pick and less attack, play 1 song on the piano in public.
8) I might pay off student loans this year…have to sell my car for this to happen. C has been great sticking to the budget to give this even a chance of happening.
9) I played the snare and a cymbal this Sunday in church and it wasn’t embarrassing.
10) L has started to dribble a ball. I know he isn’t even 2 is that possible? He can get 2 or 3 bounces. We will start making sure he can use both hands to dribble soon.
11) I still think Ophra is leading the #1 cult in America
12) Just read Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll and liked it a lot.
13) My favorite season is winter, because I like to wear jackets Auzell and I are in agreement here.
14) Tomorrow I might be making my 1st patch bay
15) I miss C and me talking to SUS on ichat.
16) I need to be able to sleep better. My mind runs like crazy and its hard to catch.
17) Rosie is not obeying as well as she used to. Rosie is our dog incase you didn’t know.
18) I know the names of WAY to many Thomas Trains.
19) BTM is introducing me to some new music. 1st on the list Sun Kil Moon. Check them out.
Ok I am off to bed. Night.

Friday, April 04, 2008

things make me cry


one thing my lady thinks is really funny is that fact that i consider myself a crier. i feel like i cry very easily. most things i cry about have to do with things concerning my boy. see i really want to be a great dad. i want live out the gospel to him. i want him to know that i hope for him to know Jesus more than i hope for his purity, sobriety, or for him to like me. i know i have no control over that but i want to be old and look at my son and know that i did my best to live out the gospel to him. and all i am saying there is that i want to love him regardless of who he becomes and be ok with the process. this all came to my mind tonight because i read a blog that had the tribute page from a new book by bob kauflin. its says:

"to my grandsons (then states their names)
may you be among those who lead your generation to encounter the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Psalm 71:18
and that says
"So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.

i read that and thought (kind of cried), that’s it. i pray that my boy will lead his generation to encounter the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
that is my new prayer for him. what a task. only by Gods strength, power and work can i live a life that reflects Jesus and only through the same power can L lead his generation to encounter the greatness of God.

below is a picture of the tribute page of Bob's book.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Good weekend

Well this weekend has really been a pretty busy weekend. At church we hosted a concert of red mountain music. Some of you reading this may not know of them or their music (not sure who might be reading this that wouldn't know of them, because I think the only folks that read this thing are folks that I have at least shared their music with). If you do not know who they are here is a brief summary. These folks take obscure text (mostly hymns) and put updated and good music to them. Their music often deals with doubt, fears and pain. These are all subjects that most contemporary songs/choruses do not deal with. For the past few years I have really enjoyed red mountains music and jumped at the chance to have them come in and play at our church.

1st I want to say the girl that sings for them is probably my favorite female vocalist ever. Yeah that’s a big statement but seriously she is SICK. Her voice is piercing. It pierces through the instruments and stands out unlike most female vocalist. So for those of you who want to know what I am talking about listen to this. I told C that I have a crush on her voice. She is cool with that because she has a crush on Shane E’s voice.

The band was great and easy to work with. Except for BTM he was so anal about his monitor. Very much the diva….just kidding. The entire band was great to mix and hang out with. At dinner last night Clint said something that I think most Christian ‘artist’ miss when it come to gifts that God has given them. He said and I paraphrase “I feel like I was created to play music. And I express my worship through music.” I feel like Christians often recognize the gifts they have but do not use their gifts to edify the body of believers. So thanks guys and Ashley for sharing your God given gifts to edify. I really enjoyed you guys and your music. Oh and if you read this, thanks for letting me sing with you guys, I enjoyed it.

One other great thing from this weekend was that we worked out some more kinks in our system. We will be building a patch bay this week hopefully and then we will officially have a really clean set up. I enjoyed running sound. It was nice to be on that side to really get a feel for what our system sounds like now with all of the new stuff we have gotten. Mark was a HUGE help and has done a great job building a rack and putting up with as we work through this.

I literally saw my lady for 20 min total yesterday she had a shower to throw, then I had to set up for concert, then we had community lunch today, got home at 2, she and L are napping now and we have community group at 6 tonight. Very busy weekend.

If you don’t own red mountain cd’s you should. We play a ton of their stuff.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

my incredible family


me and my boy



this weekend has absolutely drained me! I feel like i have been hit by a truck. we had friends stay with us on friday, easter egg hunt in Athens and in our yard and finally an Easter service to be ready for. I am off to bed right after i post this. I hope Jesus has shown himself to your hope today.
night.