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Probation Officer and Adult Volunteer Leader for the High School Ministry of Granger Community Church.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Every year at this time, my family and I travel an hour away to cut down our Christmas Trees. By family, I mean my father, mother, Jami, two brothers, my brother's wife and my brother's girlfriend, and now, Carter. It's a big day. It's a big tradition that spans back as far as I can remember. And this year is no different. Rather than giving you the details in words, here are some pictures to tell some of the story.

Alright. I know it's cold. I'm ready... let's go get our tree!

Hey grandpa, can this binky freeze to my face?

Our horse/hay ride out to get our trees.

Look at all these trees mommy.

This is my brother's tree. Isn't it perfect?

Unfortunately, here's the bottom half. He got his tree by cutting half of it off.

Carter and Santa... why is he dressed like that? That's not normal, is it?

I love this place daddy!

Whoa, that's kind of close donkey!

I'm a stocking. I'm a stocking!

I love trains!

Here's my crazy uncles. I love them so much!

Hi. We're the snow family. How are you?

The kids. Pat, Valorie, Katie, Tim, Jami, Todd and Carter

The Ruths... Pat, Tim, Dana (Momma Ruth), Jim (Pappa Ruth) the ones who started this tradition, Todd and Carter.

Hey, I'm just over two feet tall. I can't wait to measure myself next year.

That's me and mommy putting up my first ornament.

And here I am, enjoying my first Christmas tree at home. And yup, mommy and daddy have to keep watching me so I don't pull it over on myself... I love Christmas!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Two things... well, three actually. First, I'm sicker than a dog. I could get all mellow dramatic and tell you that I feel like something has crawled up inside my stomach and died. Or, I could tell you that I feel like I've been hit in the head by a ton of bricks. Or, I could tell you that the off and on chills I'm experiencing feels like I'm standing out in the middle of 30 below weather with just my underwear on... I could tell you that. But I won't. I'm just sick. Second, I've also just watched 7 hours of Breaking Bonaduce on VH1. This is also probably sick and unhealthy. But I can't seem to stop watching with naps in between. And third, the Christmas Tree experience will be up tomorrow sometime... ok, I have to run to the bathroom.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Soooooo Big

Carter JUST picked this up. We haven't even done this with him that much. Now we know for sure that he's just being stubborn when he doesn't say (sign) please or more.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

It's Batman

I don't remember Batman every sucking on a binky... but this one does! I found this mask while Carter and I tried to find creative things to do as we waited for two hours at Walmart while I had new tires put on my car... no, he didn't really like being Batman. But give him a couple of years and I'm sure he will.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Travel to Mars

Today we went to Mars. Not the planet. The church... Mars Hill You know the small church in Grandville, Michigan. The one Rob Bell pastors. This dude is my all-time favorite. He takes the historical, cultural and personal contexts of scripture and communicates them with passion and practical application. He's goofy and cool all at the same time. And he loves Jesus with a radical, revolutionary lifestyle that is normal to him. He's one of my long distance spiritual mentors... and how cool is this... he served us communion. If you don't know anything about him or his church, you need to check it out... he's live'n the revolution.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Date Night

Wow, here's a whole new dimension to the "Date Night" concept... Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Friday that four Iraqis, including a husband and wife, carried out the suicide bombings against three Amman hotels... although not confirmed yet, this would be the first husband/wife team to carry out a suicide attack.

"Don't Turn to God"

Conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them on Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck.
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected Him from your city."
(Story by Reuters)Hopefully there's more to this story, but even if there is, shouldn't someone who knows the love of God encourage people to turn to God even if disaster should strike this community? And as Christians, what do we do when other Christians make these sorts of comments?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Gated Community

Well, we finally had to do it. Carter is so mobile, we had to buy a gate for our kitchen. It just wouldn't be good if he fell down the stairs or drank a container of dish soap. So here's our new gate. Yes, I put it up. And yes, it's not straight. It slides out at a slight angle... which proves I put it up.

If you look closely, you can see the little monster as we look from where he can no longer go.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Leaves Everywhere!!!

I wasn't home when this was taken, but jami said he loved them. So much that he tried to eat them. Do leaves have protein?

Friday, November 04, 2005

I'm Stuck On You

Customer glued to toilet seat sues Home Depot. According to the Associate Press, a shopper claims he got stuck to a restroom toilet seat because someone smeared it with glue. Apparently he yelled for help for 15 minutes before someone came to help him. Ok, I have two questions... did he, or didn't he make his deposit in that toilet... and if he did, did he courtesy flush?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I'm the Great Pumpkin

Sssssspppp. It's really me... Carter.

That's my trick or treat bucket. I wonder if I'll get any, or if mommy and daddy will eat it all?

That's my pal Dawson... uh, I mean Ralph. Um, dogs don't eat pumpkins, do they?

My mommy's nice for taking me trick or treating.

I love wagon rides!

Aren't their costumes scary... especially their masks!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!