Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is one of those things that you never really hear about. I learned about it through my job as a claims specialist. But you never think it'll happen to you, especially after a friendly game of pick up soccer. But it did.
2 surgeries and 4 days in the hospital later, God has humbled me again. It's so easy to take life for granted. To take walking for granted. To take work and going to church and everything for granted. To take sitting in a chair and driving a car for granted. But God reminded me again that everything is a gift from him. The Lord gives and takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

I'm almost 4 weeks out from my injury. I've just started to get back to my regular routine. It still's hard to walk, to drive, to sit for periods of time. But I'm so thankful that I can do those things. I went to church for the first time last Sunday in 3 weeks. What a blessing it is to sing praise with His church. To hear His Word preached. To serve and be with the saints.

I'm also thankful for my hard working wife. She did a lot while I was down. The boys and girl stepped up too. They showed a lot of maturity and were servants. God is good, always.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Emery!

Last month, Emery turned 11. It was a perfect time to enjoy free slurpees from 7-11.
Then it was off to Jump Highway where there are trampolines everywhere. Kids were running everywhere. And she was re-living her gymnastics glory days!
Thankfully, Sandy and I weren't permanently injured but we barely survived! This place is not for the middle aged! Happy birthday Emery!

Monday, August 7, 2017

John 1:1-2

John 1:1-2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July 4

July 4 in Benicia is so easy. We leave about an hour before sunset. Park a few blocks from our spot and get set up with our chairs, cocoa, games and snacks.
This year Andrew and mom decided to stay home. But Emery, Matt and I had some good bonding time while we waited for the fireworks over the water. I'm still the master of Connect 4, for now. Thankfully, the weather wasn't as freezing cold as in past years. We felt fine with four layers on top, two layers on bottom and our blanket!
It IS better in Benicia!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ephesians 1:3-4

It's easy to forget that we have every spiritual blessing possible in Christ. Every single one. We can' t be any more blessed, being in Christ. If only I could remember that every day and every moment. What joy and contentment would be mine.
Ephesians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Proverbs 15:3

Even though I haven't posted a single verse for this year, we have been memorizing and reviewing verses. Really. We have. Here's proof:
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good." If only we could live, remembering that reality. What comfort that would bring. What peace. And what accountability and incentive to avoid sin. I remind the boys and girl constantly that the Lord is with them no matter where they go and what they do. May they never forget it, for their good.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


I don't know why it's so hard for me to keep up with the blogging these days. But the last few years, I'm always months behind! Well, even though we're in the middle of summer, I have to make note of Andrew's first year of track.
He ran on the frosh / soph team and had a blast. He ran the 100, 200, 4x100 and sometimes even the 4x400. I think he really did start getting fast this year. He had a PR for the 200 at 25.63 which is still his best and fastest race. I think he finished 3rd at league championships. Last year, he was in the 27-28 range. But more important than the times, he had a ton of fun and worked hard. Great job Andrew!