Pictures from our trip to NM, TX, & CO

In no order…

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A flower….

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Beth’s cousin…

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Beth’s other cousin…

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On the river walk in San Antonio…

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We all made these cool stepping stones for my grandparents garden (Daniels is the very left one, ours is not in this picture)…

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My cousins.

A Good Trip…

So much for frequent updates…

We just got back from a week long trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. It was a really good time away from normal life and doing something different for a while. The main reason for the trip was my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. We had a big family reunion kind of thing also, There were about 30 of us, including all my aunts, uncles, and cousins on my Dad’s side of the family. It was really good to see all of my family, particularly those that I don’t get to see very often. Beth finally got to meet everybody, I got to play soccer with my cousins…it was a good time. (by the way, if you’re interested in going on a little cruise check out my aunt and uncle’s little business they have at www.sailqwest.com)

We made a little side trip up to Denver to visit my brother and some of Beth’s family. Daniel is doing well, it was fun to see his apartment, and get to hang out with him for a while. We didn’t really get to spend any time in the mountains…next time…

Then on to San Antonio and Grace House. The dinner for Grace House went really well. They had around 600 people who came, and they made a lot of really good connections with people for the future, as well as raising a good amount of money for their new place. It was an honor to help out in some small way with the ministry they have. I spent the night doing tech stuff, and Beth helped out with registration and stuff like that.

We got to spend Friday as tourists. We went to the San Antonio Art Museum, the river walk, ate good food, hung out with fun people (including the very funny Kathy Law), and had a really good time….

Now its back to work….Ill get some pictures up sometime for you to see of our trip.

Crazy opportunities

I think that working at a camp brings a lot of opportunities that I would not otherwise have. It has something to do with meeting lots of people I think. So, this weekend I will be flying to San Antonio Texas to start working on a video for a fund raising event for a ministry called Grace House. This one is going to be crazy because it is long distance, and there is not a lot of time to get it all done. But it will be fun, and I get to travel a bit. The second opportunity that has come up is the possibility of doing some “teaching” at Grove A-schools in graphic design. Basically they are looking for a grant to do some graphic design instruction with their students. If they get the grant I will be doing 10 or so 4 hours classes with them over a semester, as well as some time here at the Ranch on the challenge course. I am excited about the idea of all of this…we will have to see how it turns out!

Week8

It’s week8 at camp! The last week is always exciting, and hard at the same time. Be praying for our staff as they are tired and have been working hard all summer. I am kind of ready for summer to be over so I can start working on some big long term projects instead of lots of little stuff.  Here is a quick little picture tour of summer camp at NLR for those of you who have never come to visit.

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Photo credit goes to Monica.

Marketing

Recently I have started developing more of an interest in marketing. I think it is very interesting to try and understand how all the aspects of a business play into the success or failure of your product and your brand, and trying to understand how to leverage these things to your business advantage. In the end though I think it is very odd that I am interested in this kind of stuff because I tend to be kind of anti-media, anti-consumerism, and anti-stuff you don’t need. But at the same time I see a lot of power in the market place as a way to influence for good, and if you are going to use the economy we live in for good you have to understand it.

And in other news….we sold the Rodeo last night. I hope the new owners enjoy it!

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“Secret Ambition”

I read a little passage in Relevant Magazine:

Your educated, your well-read, you’re postmodern – and you speak negatively of everything. Big shocker. Welcome to the elite everybody. There are literally dozens of reasons not to do any given thing. If you obsess hard enough, I’m quite certain you can devalue another’s career, the Church throughout history, fans of Michael W. Smith, the Bible, and your mother’s claim to have birthed you, but that doesn’t make anything you do productive. You have been placed on this planet to add something. Expend some energy on that. Yes, the world needs critics in order to expel as much hot air as the rest of us need to breathe, but a lifestyle of criticism will lead absolutely nowhere. If you disagree with the way something has been done in history, how about attempting to change a new way instead of knocking down those attempting the old? And here’s a buzzword for you: perspective. As in, yours isn’t the only one. Believe me, in its day Smitty’s “Secret Ambition” rocked the Casbah.

I so often find myself drifting into a critical mindset. I hope that I will be somebody who changes things, and that I will not be somebody who is critical and devaluing of people…from the waiter at the restaurant (no matter if they do a good job or a poor job), to the president of the world (whoever that is…) I hope I lift them up and am positive in their life, in public and in private. And I still like “Secret Ambition”.

Picture Me Studio

I went to the ribbon cutting of Picture Me Studio today. Picture Me Studio is a new photography studio in Siloam Springs owned by some friends of ours. If you live in Siloam and have a chance you should check it out. The studio is next to Radio Shack, and is a part of Color Mate.