Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Again, we can't say it enough, we are deeply grateful to those of you who are praying for us and sacrificially giving financially to support our ministry (we currently have 62 financial supporters, including 3 churches). Without you all supporting us, we couldn't be here involved in full-time missions ministry. Thank you!
For any "newbies", here is how it works. You "join our team" by pledging and sending financial support (check or electronic) made out to "RMI". These regular (monthly, quarterly, annually, etc) tax deductible donations enable us to be here involved in ministry. RMI sends you a receipt each time you give. Special gifts are also a great encouragement to us as they help keep our account in the black.
You can visit the RMI Website for more information on giving.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
It's hard to believe that 12 years ago today was our first date, and 9 years ago we said "I do!" Each year gets better and better. We really do complete each other.
We've had some hard times over the past years as well as many more happy times. Our marriage has only grown stronger and better through it all. Adding 2 great kids has been the icing on the cake!
Today, Rob headed out to his accountability group at 6 am and I work tonight 2pm-10pm, so I won't get to see him until about 10:30pm. It's going to be a long day (Wednesdays always are.) We have 2 more days until vacation and 2 weeks together as a family so we can sacrifice a little today.
So Rob, I love you and miss you even more today, our special day. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
PS-- I have no wedding pics on our hard drive and no way to scan one in. Rob, post one if you get a chance! I think you have some on your laptop.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I was wondering why our SunRocket Voip home phone stopped working yesterday. Now I have my answer. Apparently, they closed their doors yesterday with no warning. We have been enjoying unlimited local and long distance service through our SunRocket for the last year and a half for about $15/month through SunRocket. I guess $15/month just wasn't enough.
So what will happen with the annual fee that I just paid them for the next year? Gee, I wonder.
So what phone service will we use? I don't know, but it looks like I am forced into doing some research and making an unexpected change. one thing is for sure, with the prices and services offered, voip, as opposed to landlines, is the only option. Vonage? CallVantage? Packet8? CallCentric? ZingoTel? Speakeasy? Or any of the other million voip services out there? Oh, what fun!
In the meantime, SunRocket's website is still up like nothing is wrong. I signed in to my account and forwarded my calls to my cell, and that works. Go figure! So, for now, if you call I can pick it up on my cell, but who knows when that will be discontinued.
We are working hard today to get ready for vacation. I have to run to Naples to work on a computer, sound familiar? Last time I went, Tessa got sick and I had to come home prematurely. So, today I am going to finish the job.
By the way, Internet and phones finally came up on Saturday at around 4 pm for a total outage of 6 days, 138 hours, 8280 minutes, 496800 seconds. We will be moving to another company.
There seems to be so much that we need to get done before we go. So many emails to send. So many projects to finish up. So many calls to make. So much packing. Last night I made the list for RMI, and it was entirely too long! It is a blessing that Becky is taking care of the list for us personally!
We are going to NJ for 2 weeks. While there we will spend a week with Becky's family in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Lake Harmony. The following week, will be with my family where I grew up in EHT, NJ. My little brother Brian is getting married, in Malvern, PA on July 28.
We can't wait.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Internet connection to the RMI office has been out for about 60 hours now. With no Internet connection to the office, it means no phones for us at the office and no email system for all of RMI, including our fields. What a headache! Everyone is forced into using personal email addresses. Will we ever get the emails that were sent to us these last few days? Who knows?! Argh...
One of the most frustrating parts is there is nothing I can do about it! Apparently there was a lightning strike on the tower that provides us service. The company has parts being flown in, and they tell me it should be fixed today (Thursday) sometime. My faith is weak. My fingers are crossed.
I have feverishly been researching other options for us. Not necessarily due to this recent outage, but more related to ongoing instability for the last year or so. Maybe this "act of God" lightning strike will provide impetus for us to make a needed change. I am several hours away from pulling the trigger and going with a different company that will provide more stability, faster speeds, at the same cost.
Don't email us. Pray for us.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday night we had the privilege of hosting in our home Gary and Marilyn McLaughlin, RMI Missionaries in Haiti. I really like them. Gary is a hunter from Washington. His Elk hunting stories are awesome to listen to. Gary is also the one I rode motorcycles with in Haiti. While he's not overseeing work projects and leading his mechanics team working on RMI vehicles, Gary supports "Hope for Kids" by traveling all over Haiti taking pictures of kids and getting much needed information from the "information super dirt road". Marilyn does all the administration for "Hope for Kids".
In my estimation, RMI's "Hope for Kids" program is really cool. Did you know that you can sponsor a child for just $200/year? You will receive a bio for your fridge. Your sponsorship will give a child..
- school books for that year
- one school uniform
- one church uniform (this allows the child to be involved in the activities of the local church
- one pair of shoes - most often, their only shoes
- School tuition
- School entrance fee
- Medical Checkup (where available)
- Most importantly of all - hope!
You can sponsor a child by contacting us via phone, email, or sign up online here.
Friday, July 6, 2007
"Pardon the censure from one so unfit to pass it, seeing the necessity of the case commandeth it." Richard Baxter
In other words, please excuse my warnings and my pride, the seriousness of the issue prompts me to share regardless.
In the last 2 days I have employed some practices that are based upon my convictions. At the same time, I have been soberly reminded by a friends failure of the need to think, and employ these practicies, to avoid adulterous failures. Twice I had to either remove myself from a situation or decline a request that would have put me alone with another woman. Now don't get me wrong, by God's grace I am not saying I was desirous of these situations coming to fruition in any way, but what I am saying is that the Holy Spirit was kicking in telling me to run away before I was tempted in any way. By God's grace, and because of my earlier choices I "ran".
Have you made commitments to protect yourself from adulterous thought practice?
Here are the things that I have put in place.
- I have thought about it. Before action, always comes thought. I have made a commitment to listen and walk in the Spirit and live a pure life.
- I will never be alone (car, office, home) with another woman. In certain circumstances it is required, although not as much as one might think. When it is necessary, I will inform/ask Becky for permission if the Spirit allows me to consider it.
- Accountability- I meet with a group of guys that ask me "my questions". I have developed 5 questions that I need to answer each week that I know will reveal any sin that might be in my life.
What have you done to protect your life from adulterous sin?
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Our 4th of July included Tornadoes, Hair on Fire, and Bloody Eyes. Can you beat that? Here is the story.
Some friends of ours invited us down to Fort Myers Beach to celebrate the day, hang out with friends, and watch the fireworks. Before I get to anything else, we had a great time!
While driving there, we noticed a strange site off in the sky, a tornado! Yes, I have it on video (let's see, protect the family, or get the video camera?). I guess it was a waterspout, but wow that was unnerving and cool all at the same time.
When we went down to the beach to watch a fireworks display safely off in the distance, we realized we were walking into the combat zone. Fireworks are legal in Florida. They shouldn't be.
We sat on the beach, in the best location as far as we could determine. Surrounding us were people with hundreds of dollars of stock piles of fireworks. And, when I say fireworks, I don't mean just fire crackers and sparklers, I mean huge bombs and missiles. I would say we had at least 3, maybe 4 groups shooting them off within a 100 feet of us. It was nuts! I should have listened to the gut feeling I had when we put ourselves in that situation. Then, everything went downhill really fast.
Apparently, one of the bomb/missiles fell on it side and shot right into our group. Lots and lots of very bright fire was shot right into us. I jumped to my feet to protect who I could, and quickly saw that Drew (who was actually sleeping in Becky's arms) had a fire ball in his hair. I quickly starting hitting his head, trying to put it out. In the meantime, I apparently hit Becky in her eye pretty hard. The fire ball went out, and didn't do any harm. No one was hurt, except for Becky's eye. I really can't believe that no one got hurt. It wasn't just ashes falling on us, it was literally a spray of fire balls shot right into our group that "consumed" us.
Once we got home, we looked at Becky's eye and found that I had hit her harder than we thought (she probably knew it, but I didn't). Her left eye looks really nasty. The white of her eye, on the left side of her left eye is blood red. There isn't any white, it is just blood. If you really want to see it, click here. Pray that Becky's eye will be ok. She is trying to go see a doc today.
Here is a video of the combat zone...
What a day...
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
This may not be my most significant post to date, but I came across some information this weekend, that may change your life! Well, ok, maybe not your life, but your kids lives...
You know the whole thing about waiting 30 minutes after eating before swimming? You know, you might get stomach cramps and drown? It isn't true. What? You mean all those years that our parents made us sit and wait were wasted minutes? You mean I could have been swimming? Yes, that is exactly what I am saying.
Maybe someone wants to prove me wrong, but according to my sources, Drew and Tessa will be jumping right in.