father’s day bragging

on father’s day i bragged about my dad (and mom) for a second or two. today i would like to brag about my wife and kids. they are wonderfully challenging and cool in general but what i desire to brag about right now is how they made my father’s day great. since we were still getting the house ready to go on the market pam and the boys had been joking that this past sunday would be the least restful father’s day ever. the plan was that i would arrived back from church, eat a father’s day lunch, and then get back to work on the house until we had a college bible study at our house at 7 p.m. once the college kids left pam and i would start work on the house again. it was going to be a busy day. allot of stuff needed to be done around the house and i was just the guy to do it.

well i didn’t get to skip the house work but my wife and kids did make my lunch great. when i started to walk in from finishing our second church service i was stopped at the door by my kids with a present. they told me that i wasn’t allowed to enter the house until i had opened the present. i opened it and was greeted by some cool shorts and a pullover that my oldest son said would make me look almost as good as he does (high praise from a 13 year old). along with the clothes was a poem which said something like:

he stood up against the church
but was smashed by blaine (a reference to a kid in the youth who smashed my last francis statue – though the kids didn’t realize that it wasn’t actually blaine who killed frank)
you’ll find him in the garden
where your dogs have lane

i was then allowed to walk to our backyard porch where i was met with a wonderful st. frank statue (i am enamored with francis of assisi) and a poem underneath his 25 lbs. self. i don’t remember what it exactly said so i’ll have to repost it later but basically it was a hint combining a quilt (a blanket made of lots of different scraps) and the name of our future church “tapestry” (a community made of lots of different people). i walked to the bedroom to find a pencil cup that had been made for me with the name faux-logo of the church and tons of alantis pens and accent liquid highlighters (these pens and highlighters are the best in the world and everyone should go out and buy some). there was also another poem (that i will have to post later when i get home). the point of this poem pointed to our freezer where i had my very own pack of klondike bars. the fam even went so far as to make sure these were hersey and almond klondike bars because i am the only one in the family that likes almonds (there’s no way i can share even if i wanted to).

the day got even better when pam announced that the chocolate chip pound cake she was making for my father’s day lunch wouldn’t be ready till that afternoon so she was pushing my father’s day meal (fried chicken covered in broccoli and cheese with wildrice – a personal favorite) to dinner and she would bring home general tso’s chicken for lunch (another personal favorite). TWO FAVORITE MEALS IN ONE DAY.

even with all the work around the house it was an amazing day.

i have great parents

yes it is father’s day but i thought i would praise both my parents. they are both great and have been wonderful examples for me for what it means to be a good parent. if i weren’t so stinking tired from getting the house in order i would type out a list of what has been great about them but i am really tired so i will limit it to generic bragging. they’re great.

i hope your parents are just as great and that you honored at least one of them today (whether they are still with you or not).

it’s a little less painful

thanks to our insurance (gieco) we get a rental car while they are fixing our window. i went to pickup the rental car and on a whim i asked how much over the insurance amount it would be to have a mustang convertible. they told me it was a whooping $10. i figured we would only be out of our caravan for a day or two and therefore it would be fun to see pam drive around in a convertible. i’m not real big on the whole hot car thing but i do have a soft spot for mustangs. they are just cool (especially a cherry red 1967 convertible stang with a 289 in it). i was right. she looks even cuter than normal when seen in a red stang convertible. of course, the collision center called back and said it would take two to three business days to get one part so it now looks like we’ll have the mustang for six day but still $60 isn’t a bad deal for seeing my wife in a car that looks almost as hot as she does. 🙂

what a pain

i took some of the youth to baton rouge laser tag last night and of course pam went with us (if you know pam then you probably know that she has this weird obsession with laser tag). while we were in the facility someone decided it would be a good idea to bust in our passenger side front window and steal pam’s purse. they didn’t take anything else, not the ipod that was right beside it, not the other girls’ purses that were in the back of the vehicle, nothing. they took pam’s purse which had a credit card, a debit card, 2 gas cards, her checkbook, cellphone, and $1.09. pam and i started calling all the card companies last night to make sure that they were canceled and we have continued today. it has been a real pain. according to the officer who worked up our case there have been a lot of such auto break ins recently, all of them looking for cash. i guess it sucks to risk getting caught and get $1.09. i hope it ticked those guys off.

it really stinks.

megachurch article

josh c sent this article to me earlier today. it’s an interesting review of a book on megachurches. my favorite quote from the article is:

“after a week of working in a major corporation, shopping in a food warehouse and megamall, viewing movies at a multiplex theater, and having children who attend a regional high school, it seems incongruous that this family would feel comfortable in a forty-person church,” wrote the authors. “so the force of cultural conditioning is on the side of megachurches.”

megachurches aren’t really my thing (said the guy who is youth minister at a church that ran 1,800 in average weekly attendance awhile back) but they are for some people and i’m glad they are there for them (i guess).

here’s the link to the article.

the continued progress of the house

i haven’t blogged in awhile because the whole family has been working on our house. we had some great help that arrived various times throughout the weekend. we couldn’t have completed near as much work without these wonderful people. so to give thanks where thanks is due i want to say a big “THANK YOU” to:

  • debbie haltom
  • evelyn terrell (my mom)
  • floyd terrell (my dad)
  • rachel walters
  • sharron walters
  • norm warren

pam and i are very appreciative of the work these wonderful friends accomplished around our home. because of them we are much closer to having our house on the market. this should happen within the next week.

SIDE NOTE – pam’s best friend in life (outside of me of course) emailed the other day to say that the domain name tapestrychurch.com was available and should probably be picked up quickly. i checked and even though there is no website the domain name is unfortunately unavailable. i’ve been considering domain names for awhile and i thought i would check a few of these domain names out with you guys. here are the ones i am considering:

  • stevenspointtapestry.org – i worry this is too long BUT it’s easy to remember
  • sptapestry.org – shorter but not as easy to remember
  • tapestry-sp.org – i worry about the dash BUT it looks weird to me without a dash
  • mychurchcanbeatupyourchurch.org – i’m not sure if this send the right message or not but it makes me laugh to think of it


if anyone is interested we are painting the trim of our house friday and saturday and we would welcome any help we can get. if you want to come and help send me an email or give me a call and i’ll tell you when to come.

pam and i are presently watching “12 angry men“. what an incredible movie. i wonder if any of the major movie companies would have the guts nowadays to produce a movie that spends 95% of it’s time in one from with 12 people arguing. it was great.

[tags]12 angry men, movies, painting[/tags]