Thursday, October 30, 2008

The World Series, Phillies and My Dad...


Wow!  The Philles won the World Series last night.  And yes, I am a Cubs fan.  But  since I grew up in the Philly area, the Phillies have always had a special place in my heart.  I can't help but be a little sad today.  You see, my Dad was a huge Phillies fan.  He would have been so thrilled to see them finally win!  And I am thrilled because it reminds me so much of him.

October 19th was the 2-year anniversary of his death and I'm especially missing him right now.  In Junior High, I decided I was going to be a Mets fan (I confess, it was because I had a crush on a boy, and when the crush was over, I was already hooked.  The Mets actually won in the mid to late 80's after all!)  He never once gave me a hard time about it.  In fact, he always made sure we got tickets to see the Phillies/Mets once a summer at the Vet.  I was pretty obnoxious about it too.  If you know anything about Phillies fans, you know they don't take well to visiting fans in the ballpark, especially 13-year-old fans oblivious to that fact!  In college, I didn't pay much attention to baseball, except to go to a few Red Sox games every year (they were so bad then, it was easy to get tickets!)  It was moving to Chicago that drew me back to my love of baseball.  How could you go to Wrigley Field and live in Chicago and not end up a Cubs fan?  Every year, we would talk Phillies/Cubs and wonder if our teams were ever going to win the World Series.  Well Dad, your Phillies did it!becky and dad phillies

Our last baseball game together was 4 or 5 years ago, a Phillies/Cubs game at the brand new Citizens Bank Park in Philly.  My Dad had already been diagnosed with cancer then, but was still pretty healthy.  I, of course, went decked out in my Cubs gear, and he in his Phillies.  You can see by the picture that our seats were nosebleed, 3 rows from the very last row in the very upper deck!  It didn't matter... I have such great memories of that day!  Baseball was one of the big things we had in common.  It was a way for us to connect.

There is a song on Chris Tomlin's new CD titled "I Will Rise" that makes me think of my Dad.  One day in the car, I was telling Drew and Tessa that this reminds me of Pop-Pop in heaven and then the next time we got in the car, Tessa started asking for "Pop-Pop's song."  It's set in future tense, but I always think of how this is my Dad's present reality--in the presence of God.

"I will rise, when He calls my name,

No more sorrow, no more pain.

I will rise, on eagle's wings,

Before my God, fall on my knees,

And rise, I will rise...

... And I hear the sound of many angels sing,

"Worthy is the Lamb!"

And I hear the voice of every longing heart,

"Worthy is the Lamb!  Worthy is the Lamb!"

I am comforted by the fact that my Dad is living eternity in heaven in the presence of God.  But I really miss him here on earth...




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Coming to Chicago...

We are so excited... we are going to Chicago Nov 11 - 19.  We got our tickets for all 5 of us (4 tickets) round trip for just over $500.  Still expensive, but an unbelievably good price.  We wanted to stay another day or so, but the low prices made that decision for us.

Our time will be spent with our personal donors, friends, and potential donors as much as possible.  We will of course be attending The Orchard EFC on Sunday morning.

We have so many friends and supporters that we haven't seen in so long.  We can't wait.  I have no idea at this point how we will fit everything in to those 8 days (with 3 kids no less), but we are going to try.

Over the next days, we are going to be trying to put some small group gatherings together.  We may also have opportunity to set up some meals with individuals and families as well. 

I will also be joining RMI President Dan at an IMPACT Partners night at The Orchard EFC on Tuesday evening the 18th designed for everyone interested in RMI.

If you are in Chicago, we hope to see you...


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

OH, thank heaven for...

...Wawa and cold weather!  In our area, it is "thank heaven for 7 Eleven".  But, for us Wawa regulars, we know what a professional (aka SJ Red Neck) mini convenience grocery/gas destination is supposed to be like.  Sorry, but 7 Eleven doesn't compare.

Last week a friend of ours was in PA.  She brought us back a little piece of home, Wawa Coffee.  She was even late for her plane because of her stop.  Thanks Brandy!

So, now I get to drink Wawa coffee in our downright frigid weather.  It has dipped down into frozen tundra temps, it is 59 degrees!  I know, I know, but this is a small reminder of "home".

I miss you Wawa.  I miss you fleece.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Braden is sleeping to my iPhone...

Becky is working, so I am being full time dad once again.  These days are a joy and a struggle for sure.  Braden has had trouble sleeping today, he is waking up every 5 minutes crying.  So, I thought I would try my iPhone...what a geek, I know.

But, it is working!  My iPhone has a free app called "Easy Relax".  Basically, it plays nature sounds.  So, I am playing "Rainy Day", and he is sleeping like a champ.  Woohoo!


Fun in St. Petersburg...

We had a great time doing deputation yesterday!  We went to St. Petersburg, FL (2 hours North of us) to visit Stacy, Susan and their son Luke Tappeiner and George and Marge Baulig (Susan's parents).  Stacy and Susan are friends from our days at Linwood Community Church in Linwood, NJ.  Susan is currently on the LCC mission's team.  George was a LCC Trustee when I was there.  Now, George and Marge are living in St. Pete, and Stacy, Susan, and Luke were down visiting.  One of the highlights was taking a look at George's toy...a 44' sail boat.  Drew was in heaven.  So was I!

We had such a good time.  Here are some pictures.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 Laptops @ $1100 each

I don't really want to ask, but I need to...

RMI is immediately in need of 3 laptops. 

  1. One for our Hope for Kidz child sponsorship "department" to translate letters and administrate the program.
  2. One for a missionary child for schooling.
  3. One for our RMI Haitian staff to work on in our Haiti Office to help.

I can't begin to describe your return on investment!

If you would like to make a donation to cover one or all of these, please contact me immediately.

Thank you.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

theSlice, October 2008 Posted...

imageI have just emailed our latest version of the "theSlice".  If you didn't get it, you can see it here.

If you would like to subscribe to future editions, click here.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Praying for Missionaries @ Starbucks...

Today, I was working on my computer at Starbucks.  I had Chris Tomlin's latest piped through my head phones, negating the distractions of my fellow patrons.  For whatever reason, my attention was drawn to the title of a novel on the shelf next to me... The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein.  I have not read the book and really have no idea what it is about, but it got me thinking...  It got me praying, right there in Starbucks...

Missionaries on the field are always "racing in the rain".  Everyday.

You may have heard RMI missionary Billy Moses singing the song he wrote upon arriving on the field, "Everything is Broken"...  Same idea, "racing in the rain".  A perfect metaphor, at least in my mind.

IMG_7199Their experience and existence necessitates our prayers.  They are truly on the battlefield, dealing with the stresses of life in a third world context that we in the comforts of our home simply cannot fathom.  Lack of finances, both personal and ministry are a constant burden carried.  Relational strain, just like we encounter, within the context of team mates and colleagues from other agencies is of IMG_7201constant concern.  Lack of spiritual input (church, small group, SS class, friends, even from books) has them weak and weary.   Fellowship with others in general is limited at best.  The absence of the felicities of life that we all enjoy must be disheartening (consider having no ice cream!).   Equipment is always broken and in need of repair, with no Home Depot around the corner.  The constant strain from the surrounding pain and despair must be overwhelming.   The desire to help others, IMG_7203but a limited capacity to do so must wear them out.  Time away from the family while traveling is the norm. This is only the genesis of their struggle.... They are stretched beyond their capacities.  They are "racing in the rain".

Will you pray with me for our RMI Missionaries?  For Billy and Debbie Moses?  For Gary and Marilyn McLaughlin?  For Jenn Rogan?


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Video of Haiti Flood Pictures

I just completed this PowerPoint presentation of some Haiti Flood pictures.  Thought I would share it with you.  Dan is out at Trinity Bible Church in Lafayette Louisiana for their mission's conference.  He will also be doing some focused fund raising.  He will also be sharing this slide show.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Salute to Full Time Moms...

photo Ladies, I couldn't do what you do.  I have always thought that, but today proved it.

It was not a good day.  I have had hard days as a parent, but this one was the worst.  Becky worked 2-10 today.  I had a day off of work, so we canceled the sitter that typically watches the kids from 1:30 until I get home from work around 5:30.  This is not the first time I had all 3 by myself.

Well, it started like 10 seconds after Becky left.  Tessa started sobbing when she realized that Mommy was pulling out of the drive way.  It was no little cry.  Total inconsolable drama queen.  All while I was feeding Braden of course.

Drew was his normal self.  He is a good kid.  Everyone is always telling us how good he is, and I am sure he is.  But, lately, he just can't play with Tessa.  Now, I realize that Tessa is constantly on top of him trying to play with big brother, but come on, he is older and more mature one who should be able to rationally deduce that she is not so mature and therefore he needs to apply patience and grace when dealing with her.  Right?!

All day long, Drew and Tessa took turns receiving red behinds while in and out of time out.  There was just no controlling their selfish sinful way today.  It doesn't help that they were being totally ignored as I had my hands FULL with Braden.

Braden tested my patience, and my Salvation!  It is amazing what you learn about yourself when you are being pushed to the limit of psychological breakdown.  I have felt stress, but today was supremely unique.  He has been getting into a routine lately that led me to believe that I might actually do okay today.  Well, he didn't remotely follow that routine.  He took 15 cat naps off and on all day, between his screaming fits for no reason.  He was just a handful.  I couldn't figure out what he wanted or needed.

You know, it is a good thing love is an act of the will, a choice, rather than a feeling.  If it wasn't, I would be on the road headed north, already hours into my trip away from here.

All 3 kids are down for the night, and to each I whispered a heart felt, I love you softly into their ear as I put them to bed.

My kids Daddy...

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Has anybody noticed...

what companies are doing these days to make an extra buck?  I think they are hoping we will not notice.  Here is one example:IMG_5682

You have to look hard to see it because the picture and wording is kind of small.  On the left is my old box of Arm and Hammer baking soda fridge pack-- it says change every 3 months.  The current one on the right says to change every 30 days.  I can guarantee you the formula for baking soda hasn't changed.

Has anyone noticed Pepsi products are now 8 packs and 18 packs instead of 12 and 24 packs?  I don't care for Pepsi at all, but I do like root beer and am not picky about the brand, so I often buy whichever is the best deal.  So I look and see Mug root beer is 3 for $9 and I think, "that's not a bad price" until I pull it off the shelf and realize the pack has shrunk.  An 8 pack looks ridiculous.  I won't be buying that brand...

Have any of you noticed this with other products?


Friday, October 3, 2008

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