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A Quick Blog Nap

December 11, 2009

Today I am letting the blog take a quick blog nap. I am moving from using WordPress.com to WordPress.org and hosting my own site and stuff. I’m pretty excited about all the things it frees me up to do (potentially…once I figure it out). So, if you are seeing this, I might not be awake yet since it is my day off. Also, it might be because the blog didn’t actually need to be “down for scheduled maintenance” after all. I’m still holding out hope for that one. Hopefully it won’t be down for long. So, if you aren’t seeing this then…well…you aren’t seeing this and we will see you soon!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

December 10, 2009

With the coming of our Christmas gifts to each other, KK and I are going to be redoing our blogs.  I want to be able to create a blog that is very user friendly, creative and unique.  Unfortunately with my lack of coding skills I don’t know that the last one will be very possible.  At least it won’t be the 20 cookie cutter templates that WordPress offers on their site.  So here are my questions to you!

  • What blogs have you seen or read recently that had something really cool I should consider incorporating into my new blog?  (Of course all of it is contingent on me being able to figure out what the heck I’m doing!)
  • What parts of my current blog are annoying (other than the blog posts themselves)?
  • What parts do you like?

Comments here would be beneficial for your own sake!

Do You Really Love Him More?

December 9, 2009

As many of you know Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, recently had a seizure and had to have surgery to remove a tumor on his brain.  As of right now, he is still in recovery but has been moved out of the ICU.  Before he went in for his surgery he recorded a video message for everyone that, true to form, had some great thoughts in it.  He sees this situation as an opportunity to show that even in the difficult times, God is still more enough.  But the biggest thing that hammered me is that as this surgery is taking place and his life could easily end.  He would miss out on so much, but still, he loves God more.

That is an amazing thought.  It’s a tough question.  Do you love God more than everything else?  The easy answer is yes, but is that really true?  It made me sit back and think.  And if I’m being truly honest with God,

  • Do I love Him more than I do my wife who I can’t imagine being without?
  • Do I love Him more than growing old with her?
  • Do I love Him more than I do my baby girl who despite not having met her yet, I would quickly give my life for?
  • Do I love Him more than my desire to see her grow up and walk her down the isle one day?

I love my wife.  I love my baby girl.  And I love God.  But sometimes it hurts to be honest.  I wanna love Him more than anything and everything.  My own selfishness holds me back from that.  So be honest.  Take some time today and ask yourself that question.  Do you love Him more than ______?

Santa: A Christmas Nightmare

December 8, 2009

There is just something about Santa.  When you are little you are terrified of the really large guy with a weird red suit and way too much white hair.  So you are mad at your parents for making you sit on the weird guy’s lap.  Then you get older and you find out he supplies you will presents once a year.  Now you love him.  Then you grow up a little more and find out everyone has been lying to you all your life and now you are mad at your parents again!  It seems like parents would get much farther if they started all the Santa conversations with “once upon a time” and then tell the kids that just like that Santa thing, you are either on the Naughty List or the Nice List and anything we give you as a celebration of Jesus’ birth will be from real people.  But no.  Let’s go with the elaborate scheme that automatically chalks one up against us.

I don’t understand.  Why do we put our kids through this obvious torture?  Tradition?  If it was tradition for me to punch your kid in the face and your kid didn’t like it would you keep putting your kid through that just because the pictures were funny?  Doubtful.  (Some of you are thinking deep down inside that it might just be worth it for those pictures.)  And really who wants to let the random dude that got cut from ZZ Top, missed out on Halloween and has to wait a couple more months to weird his costume?  Hey kids!  Let’s all get dressed up and go take pictures with the fat guy in red that rules an entire race of elves (that look an awful lot like you) and forces them to work year ’round for him in the North Pole Sweat Shop!  It’ll be great!

Look at the faces of theses kids!  They aren’t hoping to be on the Nice List.  They are hoping to not be on the Dead List!  This year let’s give the kids a break!  Let them see the “beloved” Santa from a distance this year!

For those of you that still haven’t had enough of the faces, check out Sketchysantas.

Blog Plastic Surgery

December 7, 2009

The wife and I have decided that for Christmas we are going to give each other the gift of blog freedom and facelifts!  Yeah, that might sound lame, but we are also trying out this saving money for a baby thing.  So what we are planning on doing is taking our blogs off of the WordPress.com site and start using the WordPress.org self hosting software.  We don’t really know what we are doing, but we know that we will have more control over our blogs which is a good thing!

What I understand right now is that I have to have the ability to host on my domain.  Check.  What we are giving each other for Christmas is the gift of doing this without the dumb ads from GoDaddy.  So now if there are ads on the page it will be because we chose for them to be there.  But there are a few things that I don’t understand.

  • Does self hosting HAVE to happen through the place you purchased the domain name?
  • Will I be able to work on my new blog template without it changing up my page or will I have to basically shut down the blog while I work on it?
  • Where is a good place to get really good WordPress templates for free or cheap?

Help!

Sunday Expectations

December 6, 2009

Well we are back from vacation and back to normal life again!  After playing catch up all week, Sunday has arrived and we are looking forward to some great things this week!

  • I dislocated my pinky finger on my left hand 12 days ago and I am expecting the guitar playing to be good and painful.  (Ok, that one’s not a great thing to expect but it’s true.)
  • I am excited about the setlist for the day.  Awesome Is The Lord Most High, Jesus Paid It All, From The Inside Out, and Jesus Saves.  Can’t wait to worship through them all morning!
  • We dug through a ton of junk yesterday (still moving in a year later) and pulled out the Christmas decorations.  I am definitely expecting those to go up today.
  • I know that God is going to work in some awesome ways tomorrow through all of our volunteer team!  They seriously rock!

This is gonna be a great week.  Follow His path and expect the Lord to do some great things in your life this week too!