Archive for September, 2008
No it is not Monday and yes I am running behind. The best of intentions and all that… There is something about this blogging deal, that if you write everyday or nearly everyday you do better than if you are just hit and miss. It seems, to me a little like preaching, preaching all the time is easier than just preaching now and again, because there is always something peculating in your brain. Seems the less I write or preach the less I have to say. Does that make sense?
Item one. The weather here in Western Oklahoma is just terrific! Highs in the low 80′s and lows in the mid 50′s. This may be the best weather anywhere in the country but nobody I know moves here for the weather or comes here for vacation. It really is beautiful out here. Being back with this good Family is always so refreshing. They are accepting, glad to have us here and make us feel as if we are the most important link in the chain, while at the same time making everyone else feel the same way. It is a “peaceful, easy feeling…” I am still trying to figure out how to best use my time and learning to roll with the way things are done here. This is a very laid back, “it will get done when it gets done,” kind of approach to life and work. Sure there are deadlines and we meet most of them but that intense, driven, franetic pace I have experienced elsewhere is not here. It is frustrating sometimes but it is good for me to learn to take life as it comes, not forcing things or timetables but enjoying the moment with people who I care about and care about me. It just takes a little getting used to every time we get back in here.
Item two. Found a fun site last night. It is called the World Names Profiler. You put in your surname (that’s your last name boys) and then see where people with that surname are congregated all over the world. The largest concentration of Scandretts is in New Zealand where there are 27.9 Scandretts per million in population. There are only 1.41 per million in the USA but Brad and Summer are working on that. You can find the site here.
Item three. I haven’t driven a truck since I graduated from truck driving school and got my CDL until yesterday! I went out to the yard where our truck is parked when it is in town and drove one of the other trucks. The truck I drove has it’s best miles way behind it but none the less, I got behind the wheel and soloed for the first time. That is I drove a semi tractor by myself for the very first time! After I figured out the shift pattern, things went pretty well. Our Peterbilt is at the yard today, so I am going to go and drive it. I am pretty excited about it. Out here in Western Oklahoma the roads are straight, you can see forever and there is almost no traffic. Perfect place for me to get comfortable. Did I say I was pretty stoked about driving our truck!
Item four. Here is another post from Stuff Christians Like. Find it here. If you have gone to church most of your life, like I have or have watched the way Christians do “stuff” then you will find this blog a good laugh. There is a name for those of us who have grown up in church-we are GUBAs, Growing Up Born Again. Not sure it is totally a good thing to be a GUBA but there are ways to escape it’s clutches and just be a follower of Jesus and one of those ways is to read Stuff Christians Like and laugh at yourself a little. (read the comments too, they are really good.)
Item five. I started this post writing about the great weather and the beauty of Western Oklahoma and so will conclude it with today’s Nouwen devo. Trust me, it fits: How do we live in creation? Do we relate to it as a place full of “things” we can use for whatever need we want to fulfill and whatever goal we wish to accomplish? Or do we see creation first of all as a sacramental reality, a sacred space where God reveals to us the immense beauty of the Divine? As long as we only use creation, we cannot recognise its sacredness because we are approaching it as if we are its owners. But when we relate to all that surrounds us as created by the same God who created us and as the place where God appears to us and calls us to worship and adoration, then we are able to recognise the sacred quality of all God’s handiwork.
Have a great week and stay in touch! I am going to get in a groove, I really am.
This will no doubt be the last post from Grapeview. We are so appreciative of Bill and Leslee sharing their driveway with us for the last 2 months. The time has been full. So full that we have not really spent the kind of time we would have liked with friends in the area. Truck driving school took a month, Sage Olivia’s birth was the main focus for several days and just getting quality time with our children and grand children was a high priority. There has been little down time, which was not what we expected, but we have really had some good time with our family. Linda already has her tickets purchased for a return trip mid October. Not sure when I will return. I apologize to all of you who we didn’t get to see, but that does not lessen our love for you and our gratefulness for you being in our lives.
Item one. So we will pull out of here Thursday morning and frankly, at this point, I do not know what our route back to Oklahoma will be. We have several options and I guess will choose them as we go. Traci and family are going to Disneyland tomorrow for a week. I will drive them to the airport, Linda will go up and spend the day with Summer, Canyon and Sage. I will join them later in the day. Wednesday will be spent getting things ready to roll. It will be hard to leave our ever growing family here, but I am anticipating some great days with our family in OK.
Item two. While we were here we made an offer on a house that is in the process of foreclosure. While I feel sympathy for the folks who are losing this house and have major concerns, as we all do for the housing market, it is a great time to buy real estate. This house will be our “residence,” as in our physical address but will only be there a small part of the year, at least for the foreseeable future. Everything we can do is done, related to the property, we have the loan in place, renters ready to move in and we are just waiting for the bank that owns the property to get to our deal and agree to the terms we have offered. I am optimistic it will all come together and be a good investment for us, long term.
Item three. Brad has some great posts on his blog about his new daughter and other interesting writing. He hasn’t posted in a long time but with time home caring for Summer and his little family he has posted some good stuff including this one featuring a poem by my Dad and this one on the prez election. Check it out.
Item four. It seems I learn more slowly as I get older but the things I am learning seem to be more important. The things I used to learn seemed to be more about having something to give to others, now they are more about just living life so as to please the Father. Here are a couple of simple things I seem to be called to learn these days: I can not provide for others, (no matter how much I love the “others”) that which God alone can provide. Happiness, wholeness, completeness, contentment are all things I long to give to those around me but I can’t. Another thing I am learning is that forgiveness may be the most important of all actions we are responsible for in life. Contentment, wholeness, happiness, completeness, not to mention freedom, hope, security, peace all seem to flow out of a commitment to forgive at all levels of relationships. Simple but important stuff.
Item five. Ever wonder if God really does forgive the junk you have done in the past? Prodigal John has a good word on this subject. Read it here. If you are a fan of Washington Husky football, Saturday night in Eugene had to be really painful. Good analysis of what happened can be found here. For the view from Duckville look here. Here is one that might make you think about why we are so fascinated by events like Hurricane Gustav. Find it here. A young friend and reader has a neat quote on her blog that caught my attention: People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but…they will never forget how you made them feel.
I will leave you with that thought and will see you down the road.