My wife is the best! this year for Christmas, etc she is letting me go to an amazing tournament for my favorite game Star Wars X-Wing.
This tournament is called Worlds and it is Fantasy Flight’s World Championship for many of it’s games.
It’s open to anyone who wants to make the trip up to their headquarters in Minnesota. Since I have many friends up there and know an amazing couple just north of FFG (thanks Scot & Kristina Eaton!!), I begged and pleaded to my wife to let me go. and so this afternoon (after Midland’s monthly staff meeting) I am making the trek up to Minnesota! I am super stoked! I don’t expect to win but I plan on getting pretty far in it. I will be posting here on my blog hopefully everyday with pictures of my opponents, my squad I’m “flying” (the ships and pilots I will be using) and everything else Star Wars and gaming related. keep an eye on my instagram feed (in the left column of this page) and check out my blog from time to time for all the updates. Fantasy Flight is also streaming the event live online! I will get a link for everyone later, but chances are I will never be on it.
Thanks again Cassie! love you!
Spring is very busy for me every year. In March every weekend is full with work events (Bible Quizzing, Rallies, etc). and April is worse because of Bible Quiz Nationals (where I am gone for an entire week). I get back from Nationals and I have 2 weeks to finalize everything and get ready for Bible Quiz Fellowship’s annual meeting (where I am gone for another 3 days). So when I finally get back from “absent dad”I am in need for some quality family time 😉 . This year Cassie and I (and James) were talking about getting away for awhile and spending some time together before the baby gets here and we get too busy. James wanted to go camping really bad and we’ve been wanting to see the Omaha Zoo for a long time now so we looked into doing both. With camping we saved a lot of money over a hotel and it just added to the “adventure” that was out vacation. I looked around for a good, cheap camp ground and found Lake Manawa State Park in Iowa, just across the river from Omaha.
We had a blast!! James loved camping! we setup our site with a “living room” (the camp chairs around the fire pit), the “kitchen” (a small portable table with a camp stove we borrowed from a friend next to our red cooler), the “dining room” (a screen canopy around the picnic table), and of course the bedrooms (our tent with divider in the middle). it was a really nice campground and we’d stay there again.
The highlight of the trip though was of course the zoo! I’ve been to several zoos and I was really impressed with the Omaha Zoo. They had a rain forest building full of animals from all over the globe that live in that kind of hot humid climate, and a giant desert dome filled with a maze of caves and swamps full of nocturnal creatures and even more animals who call those climates home. I will be posting several pictures of our trip on facebook later but if you haven’t gone there and you should take a day and bring the family. James’ favorite part was the aquarium full of sharks, stingrays and penguins.
All in all it was a great time together as a family. and we made some good memories that will stick with James the rest of his life.
I’ll try to keep this brief. I have been praying a lot about what teenagers need spiritually & what I can do to help that. And after talking to other youth workers I have found that teenagers just don’t know the Bible. they don’t understand it, study it, or read it. And after praying over this issue God showed me a devotional book that I think will help solve the problem. It’s called the 1 Minute Bible for Students. The idea is that everyday you spend 1 minute reading a couple verses, and a quick devo that goes along with it as well as a prayer or something else. The concept is that can you spare just one minute with God? And it’s ok if you miss a couple of days that means it’ll take you 3 minutes to catch up.
So I am starting this with anyone who is interested in starting a habit of spending time with God on a daily basis. All you need to do is get the book by clicking here. you can get the paperback or the Kindle version and read it on your Kindle or iPhone, or Android, or iPod touch, or tablet. If you want to save on shipping talk to me (via email, facebook, twitter, or in person) and I can do a mass order for you. I am going to start this January 1st but if your late it won’t take you long to get caught up. I will also be hosting weekly meetings too. both in person at the Midland Center & online via Google+ Hangout. It’ll be a way to keep us accountable & dig a little deeper into what we are reading and studying.
If your interested please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and any of the links on the left. this is not only for Midland people but anyone who wants to have a better relationship with God.
wow I am really bad at blogging… oh well things have been crazy and busy as usual. the past 2 or 3 weeks I have been transferring websites from one online server to another, for most of you that’s boring and you don’t get it. For some of you, you’ll know why I have a splitting headache right now and look like I haven’t slept in a couple of days (and have a few bald spots where I pulled my hair out in frustration). Honestly it hasn’t been that bad, just tedious. but it’s done! so moving on
Here is my latest newsletter. I haven’t been putting them online recently & I have been behind in them in general this summer… Can I just say I have no idea where summer went! I remember April and Bible Quiz Nationals, but camp is a blur & now it’s NOVEMBER?!?!?!?!?!? WOW! though here in Missouri, the weather can’t make up it’s mind what time of year it is. it has ltertally been in the upper 20′s to the mid 80′s & everywhere in between the past couple of weeks. But thankfully, no snow.
Anyways, Thursday Cassie, James and I are heading up north to the in-laws house where Cassie & I will leave James and go on a much needed vacation! We are going on a 7 day cruise to Mexico. I am very VERY excited!! there are a few stops on the cruise where we will have wifi, & I plan on blogging & posting pics then so stay tuned. The plan is also to get into the habit of blogging again so I can keep this site updated.
well that’s it for now,