Archive for December, 2008
Paul Scott Scandrett
October 24, 1978- December 31, 1994
14 years. I will never, ever forget…
After more than 2000 miles we drove into snowy, cold Mason County about 8pm. It was amazing to see all of the snow piled up and people still not able to get out and move around very well if at all. It is raining now but still quite cold. A typical NW winter. I noticed it was in the mid 60′s in Western Oklahoma today!
Item one. Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and finally Washington. Nine states in all, over the last week. A 3 day stop in Colorado for Christmas and then a two day, 1500+ trip into Washington. About Twin Falls, in a blizzard I was asking myself, “what was I thinking?” We have done it several times before, but never this fast. Not sure we will do this again in the winter. On January 7th I will drive to Idaho Falls to see Todd and Leslie for a few days and Linda will fly to Salt Lake City, where I will pick her up. But until then it will be grandkids and kids!
Item two. Enjoyed Christmas with my Dad, brother and his family. It was fun but strange. We didn’t exchange gifts and our immediate family wasn’t there so that was kind of strange. Christmas is just a date on the calendar, right? So we had a Colorado Christmas and we are going to do a New Years Day Christmas with the family out here so we will have a two state, two day celebration. Sage’s first Christmas and the boys all able to get into it, should be fun!
Item three. Traci, Brandon and the three boys moved into their new house after several months in a small space graciously given to them by some good friends and they are thrilled! Thrilled but tired. They did most of it themselves and it was a hard move, given the weather but they are now really enjoying lots of space and the warmth of a wood stove. It is a very nice house, perfect for their needs. The boys are having a great time. Thank you Father!
Item four. NC State, Missouri, Maryland, Rice, Oklahoma State, Air Force, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, USC, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Alabama, Buffalo, Texas, Tulsa, OKLAHOMA. What, you say are all those names? My picks for the rest of the bowls which begin today. I predict I will be wrong more than I am right. So don’t use my picks to bet your food money.
Item five. Spending most of the year in places with clear skies, I have been enjoying learning about stars and planets and looking for meteor showers and other kinds of fun things in the atmosphere. They will even send you alerts so you won’t miss things as they occur. Want to know what will be happening New Years Eve? Find out HERE.
Have a great New Year Celebration and I will see you again in 2009!
Knowing what family and friends in the Northwest are going through, related to weather, I really can’t complain about here. It has been really cold but no snow to speak of and the wind has been mostly under 20mph, for the last couple of days, which is nice. The best thing about out here weather wise is that the sun almost always shines. Sun does make things better.
Item one. Speaking of weather. This article from the Seattle PI caught my eye this morning with these fun facts about Seattle weather:
• The biggest snowstorm of the last century was in 1916, when 33 inches fell between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3. That storm holds the record for the most snow falling in 24 hours, at 21.5 inches between 5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 5 p.m. the next day.
• During an unexpected storm that began on Jan. 13, 1950, the Puget Sound area was choked by almost 2 feet of snow that fell in 24 hours. Winds whipped the snow into drifts 6 feet high and blinded those caught out and about, making it the area’s only snowfall on record to be considered an actual blizzard. The storm left 13 people dead and caused $1 million in damage.
• Seattle’s snowiest winter on record was in 1968-69, with a total of 67.5 inches.
• A storm beginning on Dec. 18, 1990, dumped a foot of snow in and around Seattle. Teachers stayed overnight with 2,600 stranded pupils at 37 schoolhouses around King County rather than send them off into the hazardous elements.
• A series of snow, ice and rainstorms beginning on Dec. 26, 1996, caused 16 deaths in the state and $57 million in damages in Seattle and King County. Two storms — one dumping 6-12 inches and another of 10 inches of wet snow — followed by heavy rain collapsed carports and covered boat moorings and snapped power lines.
The full article can be found HERE. Hopefully no records will be broken this week!
Item two. We are into the third year of living full time in our RV and the last couple of weeks have been the most trying, that I can remember. We like most things about it; little maintenance, can be cleaned in a few minutes, not much stuff to store or take care of, we can live anywhere… But what isn’t good about it is severe weather. We have been really fortunate for most of the time we have lived on wheels to be in places where the weather is warm most of the time. Last year we were in Arizona at this point. We are still planning to be in Arizona for most of the winter but we really miscalculated the time to head out this year. We have frozen up a couple of times, go through the propane like we never have before, which fogs up the windows and I find I worry more about what might happen to the rig than I like. I guess that is the trade off for living this lifestyle.
Item three. We are leaving in the morning sometime, (Tuesday) to drive to Washington via Colorado. We will spend Christmas with my father, brother and his family and then start driving toward the NW. My father will be 85 in March so wanted to spend some time with him during the holidays. This will be the first Christmas not spent with our children, ever. But given the state of the weather out there and the airport closures we probably made a good choice for travel. We don’t mind long drives and we don’t have to be in a hurry so we will get there when we get there. Our goal is around the 29th-30th. We are excited to see Traci and Brandon’s new home. After several months of close quarters they are enjoying their own place, especially a wood burning stove for these inclement days. Can’t wait to see our four kids and 5 grandkids! Want to see some videos of Canyon Paul? HERE.
Item four. I realize that most of you don’t hit the links I put in here that direct you to things I think are worth reading. Did you know I can tell what people read and don’t read on this site? However I want to point you to something very valuable I read this morning from the Seattle PI. The times are changing, whether we want to acknowledge them or not. It seems most people expect our new President to fix things, as quickly as possible, so as to get us back to the the way things were. Is it not possible and probable that the Father wants things in our world to be the way they are in order to get us to live in a Kingdom way. Most of the problems we face in this country were caused by us-we are greedy, selfish, and overly focused on acquisition and consumption at levels far beyond what is right, ethically or morally. We cannot continue to live as we have the last 25 years and expect any other result than the one we are experiencing right now. We need this wake up call to get back to what is important and what it really means to live with Kingdom values and lifestyle. The following link is not written by a follower of King Jesus, as far as I know, but what he writes is about Kingdom values and the need we all have to stop and realize who and what we have become. I encourage you to read it. Find it HERE.
Item five. Here are a few other links you might find valuable is you have the time. HERE on the Rick Warren prayer flap, HERE on church growth during hard times, HERE is one that says, under the old model you dated a few times and if you really liked the person you had sex, now the model is you hook up a few times and if you really like the person you might consider going on a date, and finally HERE, a post on why I miss the NW and fly fishing for steelhead and chums on the OP (Olympic Peninsula).
Item six. In my recent recapping of our Convergence School of Ministry Summit I have focused on Bob Mumford’s teaching. I suspect many of my readers who were not at the school have passed over reading these posts but I don’t want you to miss this. As we approach the day of celebrating the birth of our Savior and King I want to leave you with two things Bob said repeatedly while he was with us here. The two most expensive attributes of the Kingdom are unqualified love and unlimited forgiveness. There is nothing more Kingdom related, nothing more Biblically true, and nothing harder to do, yet more important than living out these two attributes. Living with no restrictions on how much and who we love and who we are willing to forgive were intended by our Father to change the world. Is there any doubt He is right?
Have a wonderful celebration of Jesus birthday. I appreciate your visits here to The View From the Juniper Tree. The fact that several hundred of you visit every week blesses me a lot. Thank you. See you down the road!
Wow, talk about cold. Washington (all of the NW actually) is in a deep freeze, with snow, rain and wind. The east coast is a mess and here in the Heartland it is as cold as we have seen it during our time here. What makes it cold here is wind chill. We are in the minus temps because of 20-30 mph winds. The trailer has been surprisingly warm but we are running the furnace non stop, which we have never done before. We also have to keep water running to keep from freezing up. No real end quick end in sight anywhere that I can see. Arizona is even cold!
Item one. I am certainly no cowboy but I know a bunch of them and have grown to appreciate the culture and relationships we have with these men and women who have lived their lives in the rodeo and western world. Some of you know that the National Finals Rodeo just completed its 10 day run in Las Vegas. The NFR is the pinnacle for any professional cowboy or cowgirl. The top 15 in each of the events, as judged by their winnings, is invited to the NFR where they participate 10 straight nights to win the World Championship buckle. A year ago our friend Charlie took us out to the local truck stop to meet Stran and Jennifer Smith. Stran and Jennifer are Charlie and Lorissa’s great friends and they wanted us to meet them. We had no idea who they were or what they were. Over the last year or so we not only know who they are we know what they are–world class tie down roper (Stran) and ESPN commentator (Jennifer). Saturday night it was fun to watch Stran win his first world championship and be interviewed by Jennifer. What is even better is they are both Kingdom people, determined to use the platform they have been given to change the world. Find out about Stran and Jennifer HERE and HERE and HERE .
It was kind of cool to watch some of the NFR with Yandy and Bobbi, a young couple who we are friends with. Yandy is Stran’s nephew and knows most of the people we were watching. We are so blessed to have so many friends here who are our kids age. It isn’t the same as being with our natural children but our Spiritual kids are pretty great!
Item two. Our friend Maggie out in Washington posted a comment to my post about the Summit. Maggie’s comment was the 1000th on the Juniper Tree. Linda suggested there should be a prize for such a huge feat so Maggie we are working on a special prize for being the 1000th comment on this blog. I bet, if you all would have known there was a prize you would have worked harder to be number 1000. Start lining up for the big 2000.
Item three. I was reading a book review on one of the blogs I frequent when I realized I had not read one new Christian book in the last months, at least that I could remember. I have reread some of my favorites recently, like Abba’s Child but nothing new. Why is this an item on the weekly meanderings? Because I cannot remember another period of time this long when I have not read anything new of substance. (I have read a lot of novels, probably too many) What is substance? Something with no pictures or plot. Something that makes me think, something that makes me wonder if I have it right, something that makes me say, “now that is interesting”, something that makes me want to tell my friends or family that they just have to read this book. The last book I can remember that made me think any of those things was Agape Road by Bob Mumford and that was a year ago. (Bob was one of the speakers at our recent Summit and I will be doing a recap on Bob’s teaching this week)
So as we get ready to enter another new year, how about some of you recommending some books, without pictures or plots, that will make me think, wonder if I have it right, say “now that’s interesting”, something to tell my friends they have to read. Help me out here. I need to get my brain back on active. Include them in a comment and then others can benefit too.
Item four. I have posted some of Christine Sine’s poetry before and many of you appreciated it. Today (actually tonight) I leave you with her latest Advent Meditation. Usually I would type it here but instead I provide the link HERE. Enjoy and while you listen, invite the Christ to come and visit you in a new way this season.
Bless you all.
High today is supposed to be near 70 and the high tomorrow 30 degrees cooler. Better enjoy today. Last year at this time we are about ready to head to Arizona but we are planning that for later this year. May be sorry!
Been pretty busy the last few weeks so the meanderings have been either not written or short so will do a little more today, maybe…
Item one. Travelled to Wichita, Kansas on Friday to visit Willow Elizabeth Lovingfoss for the first time (find pics HERE). She was 15 days old and looking really good. Parents Royal and Rachel were looking good too and we had a really nice 24 hours with them in their beautiful new home in suburban Wichita. Wichita is a very nice little city and a nice place to live and work. Royal works HERE and enjoys it. Grandparents Bill and Leslee were there as well so it was fun to see our good friends. It is a four hour drive, almost exactly 300 miles.
Item two. For those of you who love Jesus and love sports I offer this link to the best of both. The site is called prayersforblowouts. Give it a look, it is right HERE.
Item three. Looking for a good place to donate some cash that makes a difference? You might try this creative site, that is trying to do some good during the holiday season. This link is dedicated to my shoe loving son and daughter in law. Find 50000shoes right HERE.
Item four. Any one else have a dog? One that you take with you when you go visiting? Anyone know how to handle the struggle between the attitude that says “he’s our dog and if you want us then you want our dog” and the obvious reality that some people don’t want your dog in their house? (which is their right) Because we travel so much we can’t just put Jake in a kennel all the time or ask others to care for him, but leaving him in the truck or outside while we visit someone doesn’t really work either. Some people have no problem with it, while others do. Not sure what the difference is. Anyone know? I’m serious, anyone know how to handle this world changing issue?
Item five. I have been doing more texting with my cell phone and though my phone is not all that easy to text on, I am doing it more all the time. But I am wondering what the point is. For those of you who don’t text, texting is when people use their phones, and, in mere minutes, are able to send a message that otherwise, in normal conversation, may have required seconds. I need to get the texting dictionary so that I can use all the shortcuts the culture under 35 knows by heart. Anyone know why texting is so popular?
Item six. Football out here is big, that is BIG. With Oklahoma playing for the mythical national championship and the Dallas Cowboys only a few miles south and high school football still seeking state champions, the pigskin is flying. After driving from Wichita to Sayre Saturday night arriving ,back here about 11pm, what did I do? I watched the DVR of the Big Twelve Championship. I watched every play, no commercials and it took about an hour to see OU crush Missouri 62-21. My brother in law Bob is a columnist at the Eugene (Oregon) Register Guard newspaper and an avid sports fan. I thought you might like to read his recent column on football in Texas. Find the article HERE.
Well that is enough for one Monday. Enjoy your week and remember to make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas season.