Thursday, May 29, 2008

Kicked My Son Out

Last night I thought I felt the dog on my legs. He kept moving. I am done with the dog being on the bed. He has a bed he can lay on of his own. So I kicked from under my covers (more like pushed). He crawled back. I kept pushing and pushing until he was off the bed. Then I heard a, "Pappa!!!" I jumped out of bed. I had kicked my own son off the bed and onto the floor. Worse, there was a suitcase from the weekend there that he hit his head on. Poor boy.

I carried him to his bed and he asked if I would nuggle with him for a bit. So I did. Several hours later I hit something in my dream and at the same time hit a bowl he had made with my hand. I thought, "He must have brought this into our room when he came in last night." So I opened the top drawer of "my nightstand" and noticed it was smaller than normal. So I reached for the lower drawer. It wasn't there. My brain could not compute what was going on. I searched my mind for what was going on. It took about 20 seconds or so for me to figure out. I was still in his bed. haha. Oh well. Back to bed for another 3 hours of sleep. Yes!

Today I have BBQs at our kids' school and appointments here in Salem. So here I sit at *$ drinking my refresh tea as I work on work stuff.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What if Peter used Twitter

Just read this guy, Perry Noble's, blog. Great thoughts. Funny stuff. He has one on David too. If you don't know what twitter is, check this video out.

* Just met this guy named Jesus–He changed my name, interesting…wonder what else He’s going to try and change?
* Holy smoke…just landed a HUGE catch of fish by doing what this Rabbi said.
* Just left the family business to follow Jesus–this guy captivates me.
* Today Jesus fed over 5,000 men with a kids happy meal…and even multiplied the surprise!
* Walked on water today for a little while–Thomas doubted whether or not I could and Judas was giving four to one odds on me drowning.
* YEAH…I got it right! Jesus is the Messiah…He encouraged me.
* Jesus just called me satan…I am thinking I got something wrong.
* Trying to sleep…I think Jesus is praying over there…
* Just cut a guys ear off, Jesus fixed it–no problem.
* I think it’s over–He’s dead.
* I think we’re next!
* I think somethings happening…He’s not in the tomb.
* He’s alive–he just walked through a flippin’ wall!
* It’s ON–He just did that fish catching thing again!
* He just said something about having all authority–after what I just saw…I believe it!
* Just preached my first public sermon, 3,000 people received Christ…was waterlogged after the baptism service.
* Two people lied about the offering today - God killed them for it - giving increase 462% afterwards.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hot air balloon, races, parades and more

This weekend was a VERY full one. Friday I got home and we headed off to Karston’s baseball game. It is fun to be part of coaching this team. I have rarely missed a game or practice and I love that! The game was kept to an hour as it hit 99 DEGREES!!! We broke all the old records as we did on Saturday when it hit 95! Didn’t it just snow a few weekends ago?
Before I went to bed on Friday I got a call to go crew with our hot air balloon. When I say “our” I am referring to Jim Desch’s balloon. I have been crewing with him for over 10 years now. Because of the heat he wants to get up earlier than normal. So we have to meet in West Salem at 5:15AM!! Which means I am up at 4:30AM for a quick shower and the drive over. It is a great flight and we land at Keizer Elementary. You can read all about that flight and see pics at and check out recent flights.
I then head home and we get on our way to go to Karston’s Salem JC Relays. The fastest 4 kids from each class (1st – 5th grade) in all the area schools compete. There are about 40 schools represented. I was blown away! His team picks up a white ribbon for 3rd (he was 3rd leg and took them from 3rd to 2nd…yes, I am a proud Pappa) and then we rush over to the Keizer Iris Festival Parade.

This is us with Kevin Mannix

the pizza guy

Kynzi is in the parade this year because she made the Jumping Stars. This is a jump rope club that has to learn about 100 different jump rope moves. My kids are WAY better at jumping rope than I am already! Amazing! We get there just in time to follow her for a little bit and enjoy her and her group. They are AWEsome!

We then join our friends the Condellos and Unwins for the rest of the parade and tradition fashion (2 years running now) we cheer for every single person as they pass by. If they had a name anywhere visible, you can be sure it was cheered loudly for. We even cheered for the horse pooper scoopers. “Yay pooper scooper! You rock!” One of them was clearly not amused that we would point out what they were doing. Oh well, can’t please everyone.
After the parade was all over we went home for a little break, a short nap and then Karston had another game. We finished the day with a little fishing trip to the St. Louis ponds. No love from the fish this weekend. Next time. We didn’t even have “the one that got away.”

After a good night’s rest we head off for church and then we finish the night with a BBQ at the Unwins and Patrick makes us the most amazing BBQ chicken! Mmmm…I had left over’s 2 days in a row.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Steve Curtis & Mary Chapman's Daughter Dies

What sad news I heard on the radio yesterday and then online. His 5 year old daughter Maria was hit by a car driven by her older brother. You can read the whole article over here. There is a link to a blog you can leave the family your condolences if you want and a beautiful video of Steven and Maria. They have begun a fantastic ministry helping people in adopting children.

Red Sox are Blowing it Up!

Holy Cow. It's a good week to be a Red Sox fan!

"A no-hitter, two grand slams in a game and two pitchers coming up from Triple-A to get wins—it couldn’t have gone much better in a four-game sweep of Kansas City."

Jon Lester, who is a cancer survivor, pitched a no hitter the other day and now 2 grand slams in one game! Love it. We are headed to Seattle and will catch a game against the Red Sox on Monday night!!! I am so PUMPED!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Me On Survivor?

OK, So many of you have been asking. "Did you get called back to go on Survivor?"
Well, if I did, I don't think I would be able to tell you. I would have to just reply, "No," or evade your questions. I don't like to lie, unless I am playing a game like Bull or poker, etc. Of course Survivor is all about Outwit, Outlast and Outplay!, in reality, what I say you can either choose to believe or not believe and find out the truth this summer.
So, they are supposed to call you in March if they want you for the next round. I didn't get a call...or did I. My friend Steve got an email asking for a picture. He did not get a call either...or did he. He can't tell me if he did.

What I can tell you is that I am headed to West Africa this summer...wait. Can I tell you that? Hmmm...I will have to read up on that and get back to you.

Thanx for asking me and checking in on me.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Went to the Doctor

Wednesday I finally went to the doctor to find out what is going on with my knee. As you probably know I have been training for a half marathon and I have found that after 2-3 miles something on the right side of my leg causes me not to be able to take another step without waiting a little bit. It has been very frustrating as I feel like I have the stamina to go further.

The furthest I have run is 5.9 miles! That is the longest run I have ever done in my entire life! You can see the running routes I have been taking here. The pics are 2.9, 5.5 and 5.9 miles respectively.

Anyhow, the doctor said I started out running too hard too fast and that I need to ease into it. What I hear him saying is, "Erik, you're no spring chicken." Although he did say, "Erik, you are plenty young and should have no problems as long as you take care of yourself. I started running marathons at 42!" He also gave me a referral to get an x-ray if I felt like it was really bothering me.

Doctors orders: take it easy. Do the elliptical. Swim. The whole reason I started this deal was to hang out with my buddy Steve. Hmmm...I went running Sunday and yesterday. I took it pretty easy, but ran a 7:49 mile pace yesterday, so I guess that's not taking it too easy. I didn't hurt though. I guess we will just have to see if I run that half marathon or drive it and cheer Steve on. I only have a month left. gulp.

2.9 miles

5.5 miles

5.9 miles

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Japanese Can Always Get our Attention

Amazing Pitch. He actually pitches a strike with it!

They can actually breathe underwater. It's all that fish they eat.

Anyone wanna go swimming?

Finally, my team dished out an awful lot of money to get Dice-K. He's the man. Undefeated so far in the 2008 season. This is a funny moment I am sure he loves his friends bringing up over and over.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Romo is the worst singer ever!

Poor guy. What was he thinking? Maybe he should held on to Jessica a little tighter.
Makes me happy to listen the finalists on American Idol so I can get this terrible tune out of my head. Come on Cook and Archuleta! (ok, I don't dislike Syesha, just not my pick).

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What's the Longest You Have Ever...

What's the longest you have ever done anything? Have you ever tried to break a world record? This kid wore a Brett Favre jersey for 1,561 days! What? I love the Red Sox, but I don't know about 4+ years of ONLY a David Ortiz jersey.

The longest I have ever...
...gone without "going" is 5 days in Mexico in a competition with a friend. (dumb competition, I know)
...I have ever drank? water without stopping to breathe was a 1.5 liter bottle. (also happened in part of a bet...hmmm)
...stayed up without sleeping is 39 hours (once in college and once after an all night party for our youth ministry)

How about you? You got a personal best?
Hit me back in the comments with your "records."

Read the full story here.


"David Witthoft, the youngster who had been wearing the same Brett Favre jersey every day for more than four years, has finally taken it off.

The timing of Favre's retirement actually works out pretty well for the young fellow. He was turning 12, and as 12-year-olds often do, he was growing quickly. The jersey he was given on his 7th birthday barely covered his torso these days."

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Winner Ladies and Gentemen

In February I held a contest through and SYM for the person with the best reply to my blogs while I was at the SYM/Group Conference in Cincinnati. I did not, however, post a winner.
So, without further ado, our winner is..."known to us all right after these announcements." Haha...yes, I am a Seacrest wannabe.

Our winner is ... going to get this really cool prize.
"Jr High What's Next? from Simply Youth Ministry

It’s one of life’s biggest questions—What happens to me when I die? In this two-week series, Kurt Johnston lays out the two options, what we know of each, and emphasizes the importance of salvation through Christ.
Using ample illustrations and his usual humor, Kurt takes on a tough one and gives you the tools you need to do the same.

This one sets up pretty easily:

* Week 1 — Hell
* Week 2 — Heaven

This digital download will be given away to the person who has the best comment on any of my Group/Simply Youth Ministry Conference blog posts. So fire away!"

and the person getting that is...brace yourselves...

This person. :)
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