Archive for March, 2009
March 30th, 2009 | Comments Off | Posted in » In the News..., Worth Reading
It’s widely known that Trey Hillman, manager of the Kansas City Royals, is a devout Christian. Given his position, we know a lot about his life as manager of the Royals… but his faith is something of which the media rarely gives us a glimpse.
This morning, that’s changed. I love stories like this one, entitled “Faith in the Skipper”.
Check it out when you get a chance.
March 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in » My Life / Family, Pictures
Time for Friday photos (even if it is late on Friday)… a few photos of the kids fishing on our recent mini-vacation!
As you can see, they had a GREAT time. I didn’t get a lot of fishing in myself that day, but I absolutely LOVED seeing my kids have such a great time!
March 20th, 2009 | Comments Off | Posted in » My Life / Family
Gone fishin’! Need I say more?
Here’s hoping I catch a WHOLE bunch of trout like this one…
March 19th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in » My Life / Family
I visited the doctor again yesterday in follow up to my December ear surgery, and now have a bit more detail about what’s upcoming.
The scoop? Things are healing well. Hearing capacity in the formerly tumor-filled ear has actually improved relative to things pre-surgery, but it’s still in the realm of 50% of normal. So yes… if you’re talking to me, you’ll want to be sure you’re hollering in the RIGHT ear. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to hear with only one good ear…
I’ve got another follow-up visit in September. At that point, the reconstructive surgery to replace the bones in my ear will be scheduled (probably November or December). It’s another fun surgery… about same procedure as the first, opening everything up again to inspect for regrowth of the tumor, then installation of prosthetic bones. So I’ll look at lot like that guy to the right again late this year.
The good news is the doctor thinks he’ll get my hearing back very close to normal levels. Which will be AWESOME… I would have never dreamed having even partial hearing loss would be such a pain in the rear. I’m SO sick of having to ask people to repeat themselves over and over… so tired of not really truly being able to enjoy music the way it’s intended to be heard… frustrated at not being able to tell where certain sounds are coming from.
But it’s still eight or nine months out until surgery, longer until everything heals properly again.
So bear with me until sometime in 2010. Yell if you have to. I’m not completely deaf… it just seems that way.
March 16th, 2009 | 4 Comments | Posted in » Christian Living, Devotions / Bible Studies, My Life / Family
Stress? I’ve usually got some. After today? That “some” has multiplied. Exponentially, it seems.
I sure could use a bit of the peace Scripture references, couldn’t you?
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Here’s praying that God will provide some of that transcendent peace to all of us dealing with stress running through our lives right now.
March 10th, 2009 | Comments Off | Posted in » In the News...
Check this out… at a recent meeting between our newly elected President, Barack Obama, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the two exchanged gifts.
For Barack? The British PM brought a hand-crafted pen holder, created from wood timbers from the 19th century warship HMS President. This ship was instrumental in combatting the slave trade, and was sister ship to the HMS Resolute, from which a desk that has sat in the Oval Office since 1880 was made.
For Prime Minister Brown? Our oh-so-thoughtful president gave a 25-DVD set of American movies. A DVD set. For a person who is BLIND in one eye! And wait… it gets better… American DVDs don’t usually work in British players!
And I thought I was bad at giving gifts…
Check out the story here.
March 3rd, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in » In the News..., Just For Fun...
There are a lot of great mysteries in life… “Why are we here?”, “How did we get here?”, “What is my purpose?”, “Just what are our government officials thinking?”…
Of course, all pale in comparison to a question newly answered by scientists:
“How in the world does all that lint accumulate in our belly buttons?”
In all seriousness (as hard as it is to be serious about this!), a scientist in Austria has studied this for THREE YEARS and now has an answer.
And I thought I was weird…