Monday, October 24, 2005

Comment section down

Well, I got an email from Jim Walton letting me know that my comment section is not working. I am using Haloscan for my comments and there appears to be a problem on their end. Their forum is full comments from users this morning talking about the problem and it seems that they know about it. They posted in reply back to one user asking some questions, but nothing else.
So, if you are commenting on any of my post, either give it some time to come back up or you can go ahead and email me your comments and I will post them when it comes back online. Thanks and Sorry :(

UPDATE: I may have found a workaround so go ahead and try to post a comment.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Three-year-old and Communion

Let me ask you a question and see what you think of this. How much does a three-year-old know about what Jesus did for us? With Misty working part time at church and me working as a greeter on the Sunday mornings I am now working technical services, we are at church for three services. For a three-year-old, that’s a long time. So, we have started bringing Colby into main service with us for the last service which is the service we attend on a regular basis.
The last two weeks, Colby has wanted to Take Communion. Really he wants to do what we are doing. At first I think he just wanted to eat with us. The first week, Misty allowed him to have a piece of the bread we use. Just the little wafer squares. Afterwards, Misty explained to him that we do that because Jesus is in our hearts and we do it to remember Him.
This weekend, I was not in service, but Misty told me later that he wanted to do it again and this time he wanted to do both. Bread and juice. Misty asked him why and he told her that because Jesus is in our hearts and we are remembering him.
How can you argue with that? She decided then to allow him. We talked and I pretty much said the same thing, how can you argue with that. We talked and decided that we don’t want to stop him. We don’t want to make it a bad experience. People around us in the next several weeks may think we are crazy, but we don’t want it to be something he gets mad at us about. Especially since he knows why we do it. At least part of it anyway.
Yea, I know he doesn’t fully understand that Jesus died for us on the cross and what He went through for our sins. But I have to think that he has a really good start and wants to be a part of it at such a young age.
I just hope we can continue to teach him exactly what it means.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Heaven just got a little bit bigger

I’ve been waiting on posting this to get more accurate numbers, but here it is. The weekend of Oct. 7th and 8th was decision weekend for us at Southland. Our Sr. Pastor Jon Weece opened up the baptistery to anyone who wanted to accept Christ as their savior and be baptized. Well, the final number for the weekend. 132 including over 50 at our college aged service on Sunday night which went over 2 hours. On weekends I don’t work a camera for technical services, I work our first two services on Sunday mornings as a greeter along the side hallway which leads to our baptistery. It was amazing to see people come back and walk down the hallway knowing they were really walking to Heaven. I seen people walking their friends back with their arms wrapped over their shoulders. It was great to see couples going through baptism together. To see families and friends embrace each other afterwards, you just know that God is at work. To see perfect strangers congratulate each other knowing they just had a family reunion was amazing.
You just couldn’t help but feel God at work as you just kept seeing people making those life decisions. One guy walked past me when I was at one of the back doors and out into the hallway. He came back in a minute later and asked me where do they go for the baptisms and I asked him if he wanted to be baptized and he said yes. I walked with him down the hallway and lead him to one of our decision counselors and she took him from there. For me to meet a perfect stranger and watch him become my brother in Christ was simply amazing. dj

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Email subscription

Feedburner has added a new email service for their feeds for email subscriptions. Just enter your email address in the blank in this post or in the side bar and anytime I post,it will email you the post.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Leaf collection

The preschool program Misty teaches at and the boys attend is out of our church and is really a Mother Day Out program. Colby’s class gets “homework” once a week and when they complete it, they get a small toy out of a “treasure box”. This week, he was assigned a science project where he had to collect pairs of leaves and one leaf just on it’s own. They are going to take the leaves and make an Old Maid game out of them. The purpose is to show the different styles, shapes and colors of the leaves. Now, we just have to figure out where to get the leaves. He had to have 10 pair.
Off to the Arboretum at the University of Kentucky. It’s a pretty cool place with the different trees and plants growing there. They have a huge walking track with all the different trees growing around it.
Where was places like this when I was in high school and doing leaf collections?
Colby had a blast. It was cool to see him with his bag picking up leaves and putting them in the bag. We kept a separate folder for his project and Misty is going to make him a leaf book of the ones he collected. He ran from tree to tree picking up leaves and looking at them.
I also showed him some of the different nuts which grow on trees and we seen some squirrels collecting them. He took a couple of Walnuts and threw them into a wooded area for the squirrels to get. Of course he didn’t want to leave, but the twins were getting restless. It was well past their bedtime so we had to get them home.
I hope Colby always loves learning like he does now. He was having so much fun just taking it all in. We are going to have to come back in the spring when we have more time. We are going to take him to Boyd’s Orchard this weekend for a pumpkin and some apples.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Colby's night out

Every so often, Misty and I try to take Colby, our oldest son, out without his brothers so he gets our undivided attention. We did this last night for pizza, books and ice cream. It’s always fun when we do this as Colby is always coming up with something interesting to say or do. At the pizza place last night somehow or other, he got pizza sauce on the back of his shirt. Don’t ask me how, he just did it. After one slice of pizza, he decided he wanted a brownie like him mom had. He told me he wanted five in fact. Ahh, I don’t think so. So, I took one big brownie and split it into five pieces.
After the pizza, we went to the book store where they have a pond in the back and some ducks and fish. I had some crackers and Colby loved throwing the crackers in for the ducks and fish. I think he wanted to feed the fish more than the ducks, but the ducks were getting before the fish most of the time.
Inside the bookstore, they have a Thomas the Train table set up so he could play trains while Misty and I looked at some books. He didn’t want to look at any books. Misty tried to get him to look at a couple, but he was more interested in the trains and the castle. I guess the best part was when he asked me to get in the floor and play with the castle. I didn’t really do anything but just sit with him, which is really what he wants. I move a figure around here and there so he could knock them off of the castle.
Then off for some ice cream. He will only eat vanilla ice cream. No “pink” or “brown” as he says it. It took him forever and Misty finally had to make him stop as he was just barely eating it to take longer.
We then took a chance and took him to a pet store. Colby will not get around any animal if it’s loose. No pet at all which can drive you crazy. Misty found a book last night about sensitive children and you would think the person wrote the book about Colby, but more on that later after I get a chance to look at it. He did great in the store. We explained to him that the animals were locked up and couldn’t get to him. He was a little tentative at times, but made it through. We stopped before leaving to look at some cats the local shelter had there and one little white one came up to the window to Colby and was just playing away with him through the window. He said as we were leaving that he wanted a kitten.  I think we will try one where he can touch it first.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Confusing feed issues

Ok, maybe I’m confused a bit. I created a Feedburner feed for my page and it shows me how many people are using that feed. Everything shows that three people are using it. Thanks to public blogs with bloglines, I know the three people. Or at least I thought I did. Lurking through some public blogs on bloglines, I have ran across a fourth person. Is it just they haven’t logged into bloglines in a while or what?
I think that is how Feedburner works that the numbers are who have pinged your feed in the last 24 hours. Just one more thing about how the web and blogs work.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Date night

Just got back from a date night with Misty. My parents watched the boys while we went out and had dinner just the two of us. Nothing special, Ruby Tuesdays and the shopping at Dollar Tree and Walmart. Funny, it just doesn't get any better.