Friday, March 28, 2008

Love Is In The Air

On Monday, I flew out to Arkansas to be in Kent Engle's wedding. Kent is my best friend (after my wife, of course), so it was a priviledge to be able to share in his special day. Laura and he make a very nice couple; I wish them the best.

I used to think that the best part of a wedding was the kiss. Now, I think that I have changed my mind. I might end up being an artist when I grow up.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cheese Curls, Anyone?

When is the last time that you enjoyed a cheese curl this much?

It is hard to believe that a whole week has passed since my last post; time sure does fly! I trust that each of you had a blessed Easter weekend. On Friday, Missy and I went to a youth rally. Nathan Purdy, a Penn View student from Ireland, preached a wonderful message on the cross. At this time of year, I especially like to think about the sacrifice the Jesus paid so that I could be free from my sins.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

This, That, and the Other

-We had a two-service mission's emphasis day at a small church in McKeansburg, PA today, and God blessed us with excellent services. The people and atmosphere were wonderful. Approximately forty-five people attended the two services and gave an offering of close to $2,000 for EFM!

-I am proud to announce that my youngest brother Jeffrey has qualified for state finals in the "National Geographics" geography bee; only one hundred students from the whole state make it that far. It would be great to see him go to nationals.

-I took the mission van that we are using for deputation to Wal-Mart yesterday to get the oil changed. After I checked the van in, I discovered that I had left my wallet at home. My dear wife had to take an hour out of her day just to run my wallet to me.

-I flew my helicopter 1261 feet (see previous post) on my second try; let me know if you can beat that.

-Devin is still as cute as ever. He has started walking, and life is just that much more interesting.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Saying Good-bye

One of the hardest aspects of being a missionary is having to say good-bye to family and friends. Today I had to say good-bye to a good friend, my dog Chance. Now for those of you who are not dog lovers, you might not think that parting with a pet is that big of a deal. However, I do love dogs, and it was hard for me to give him up. I would have liked to take Chance with us to Costa Rica, but it would have been pretty expensive and unpractical. With us traveling so much with deputation, I figured that it would be best to go ahead and give him away now. Hopefully the people who took him will give him a good home.

Monday, March 10, 2008

We Made It

I want to thank the Lord for helping us to make it home from Ohio safely last Friday. We were scheduled to have a deputation service in Glouster, OH on Friday and a mission's convention in Canton on Sunday, but these were all canceled due to a major snow storm (we heard that Canton got 17 inches).

We left Ohio on Friday to try to beat the storm, but we hit a good bit of it. Cars were sliding off the road all over the place; at one point we counted around a dozen vehicles off the road in a two mile stretch. Things were pretty nasty, but thankfully we made it home without any problems.

The west-bound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed because of this accident, and traffic was backed up for miles. I'm just glad that we were heading east.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Deputation Update

Deputation has been going well. We are having good services, and spending some nice time with family as well.

Devin playing with my cousin Caroline

Shooting skeet at my Uncle Paul's place

Devin playing with my cousin Tara

West Virginia state capital

Two of Scott's (Missy's brother) deer

Our new nephew, Ethan Scott Susan