Thursday, March 27, 2008

Weedin' the garden

In preparation for our Easter sunrise service, I was pulling some weeds up on the hillside to clear an area for people sit. Most of the vegetation and trees were burnt out by the fires or removed since then. This has dramatically decreased the number of people who used this area to indulge in their various libations and narcotic activities.

We have received our fair share of rain in the last 2 months here in San Diego, and new life has been emerging from our scorched earth. So as I'm clearing the area up on the hillside I all of a sudden find myself faced with this...

Now, I'm not sure what processes in the whole pot smoking preparation went on up on that hill, but this guy was growing there, plain as day. So I quickly went from pulling weeds to harvesting weed. I don't know if someones 'secret stash' was un-earthed, or if our hillside is soon to be graced by a 'forbidden garden', but whatever the case, it made me laugh...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Book Quiz...

This makes me happy...

You're Babar the King!

by Jean de Brunhoff

Though your life has been filled with struggle and sadness of late,
you're personally doing quite well for yourself. All this success brings responsibility,
though, and should not be taken lightly. Life has turned from war to peace, from damage
to reconstruction, and this brings a bright new hope for everyone you know. These hopeful
people look to you for guidance, and your best advice to them is to watch out for snakes.
You're quite fond of the name "Celeste".

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Best Week Ever!

I love spring break camping trips. I have incredible memories of times at Leo Carrillo, but the work it takes to put on a trip like this is astronomical. So this Spring break we are trying something new. We are having 4 separate events over the week and are calling it "The best week ever"!

Event #1 - Friday - Saturday
We are driving up to Orange County for a student lead worship night at calvary church. We are going to spend the night up there at different peoples houses, and are going to have a Downtown Disney scavenger hunt in the morning.

Event #2 - Monday
Guys are going paint balling, girls are shopping at Cabazon.

Event #3 - Wednesday
Beach day with bonfire and worship/guest speaker at night.

Event #4 - Friday
late night pizza and broom hockey

Kids can go to whatever they want according to their schedule, but if they go to every event they get a sweet discount. Is this going to be more or less work than a trip? I have no idea. But hopefully it will be "The best week ever!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


God is ridiculous! For some reason he decided to put it on our friends hearts to help us replace our 94 toyota camry. They invited us out to lunch the other day and handed us a check for $5000! We had mentioned that we probably would be looking for a newer car sometime this year, and before you know it... bada-bing! So all of a sudden the market we were looking in dramatically changed! This along with the $1200 gift that the government is giving all of us couples this year, we were able to buy an 08' Honda Accord! It is awesome! 30mpg... need I say more. Why God did this, I don't know, but He is good, and sometimes ridiculous!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


My grandma is dying right now. She has anywhere from a few hours to a few days to live. Last week one of Natalie's co-workers who was married and had two kids (7 and 9 years old) died of cancer. Then two days later one of Nat's friends had her mom die unexpectedly.
I'm not to sure about where I stand on the whole death topic. I know what I believe happens after we die, but I don't know what I think about death right now.

I've always felt as if I would die at a relatively young age (some time before 50yrs), and thats never really bothered me. There's nothing in life that I desperately want to experience before I die. It would be cool to be a dad I guess, but I'm satisfied with what God has allowed me to experience until now.

I've started to adopt this attitude that treats anything I get to experience in this life, other than what I already have, as a 'Bonus', instead of what I "should" get to experience. It has made a lot of the little things I used to take for granted seem like blessings, and things that used to seem like blessings become incredible acts of grace from my God. It's been pretty cool.

I guess I find myself holding life loosely, and in turn have started to hold death loosely. Maybe this is me starting to embrace the inevitable, or maybe it's me in denial... or maybe a little bit of both.

About Me

I'm a follower of Jesus, Husband to a beautiful wife, father to an amazing boy, and Pastor to wonderful people. I live in Alameda with my wife Natalie. I love food and have secret aspirations of being a chef. I would also love to live in the mountains some day, and have a closet full of flannels.