Sunday, January 15, 2017

12 of 12 January 2017

12 of 12 Basic Idea - 12 pictures from your life on the 12th of every month. This month, the 12th was on a Thursday.

6:02 am - This is what I woke up to this morning. Brooke gets up about 20 minutes before me so Samson wakes up. When my alarm goes off, he let's me know he is ready for the day.

6:30 am - A little time with Jesus to start off my morning. I use Professor Horner's Bible reading plan. 

6:54 am - Doggies in their spot waiting for me to get their breakfast ready. 

 6:59 am - Thursday is head and beard trimming day.

7:33 am - Yeah, we stopped to pose at the light for this picture. There are not usually this many smiles on the way to school. 

10:50 am - Lawn guys filled bags and bags and bags of leaves...too many to fit in the dumpster. They stacked the bags behind the dumpster and I've been filling the dumpster, getting and extra pick-up an filling it again this week

1:12 pm - Meeting with Pastor Steve 

5:19 pm - Came home from work to a house that was smelling good! 

5:36 pm - Chicken, rice and broccoli (for those who like broccoli). Yum! 

7:21 pm - A spontaneous nap happened. 

8:35 pm - I'm a big fan of Amazon's customer service, but this was a rather frustrating conversation trying to figure out how to get Alexa to find/play Michael W Smith's I 2 (Eye) album on Amazon Music Unlimited. The weird spelling keeps Alexa from being able to find it and the app does not allow the user to browse the Music Unlimited library. Somehow the overseas associate did not seem to understand what I was asking. 

11:17 am - Sammy has gotten pretty shaggy with his winter coat so I trimmed him up a little bit. He doesn't mind haircuts at all...just more attention for him.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

12 of 12 March 2014

12 of 12 Basic Idea - 12 pictures from your life on the 12th of every month. This month, the 12th was on a Wednesday.

9:18am - Started out the morning going by the vet to check on some lab work for Sully. Fortunately I was able to check in and 3 hour wait this time!

10:02am - Next headed to Carrollton to visit George. Lots of construction going on between here and there.

12:47pm - George wanted to get a Facebook page, so that was one of our projects for the day.

1:30pm - After our hard work on the Facebook page, George treated me to lunch. He even picked the nice restaurant.

3:00pm - The dogs needed a bath, but it wasn't until halfway through their bath that I remembered Brooke had the hair dryer with her in New Orleans. When Boo is fluffy like she is now, she gets cold when she's wet and I usually use the hairdryer on her. When she came to sit by me on the couch, she was almost convulsing because she was shaking from being cold. I wrapped her in this blanket and set her on top of the heat pad and she quit shaking soon thereafter. She stayed in the blanket for about 30 minutes.

6:51pm - Been going to the Silver Edition connect group this quarter. They always have a good dinner before Bible study.

7:23pm - Harry leading the group in discussion.

8:47pm - Stopped by the church to see Woody's handy work...he put casters on the communion table today.

8:57pm - Chilling with the puppies after connect group.

9:05pm - Reading on my Galaxy Tab 3. Puppies also chilling in the background.

9:30pm - Craig sporting his new headset during our Skype chat.

10:27pm - Brooke and Amanda were in New Orleans during this week of Spring Break. This is a picture from Brooke's Facebook page of the block party their group hosted this evening.

12 of 12 February 2014

12 of 12 Basic Idea - 12 pictures from your life on the 12th of every month. This month, the 12th was on a Wednesday.

9:18am - This is what "Me, hard at work" often looks like. I am multi-tasking (working on the computer while taking a selfie).

11:53am - Trip to Foster Hardware

12:17pm - Freckles the gecko and her crickets for lunch

12:54pm - A little Daddy/Sully time at lunch.

1:49pm - Pastor Scott disrespecting the hat again (he likes to take it and hide it).

1:51pm - Pastor Scott changing the marquee in preparation for the New Orleans missions team fundraiser.

5:10pm - Me stopping in to say "hey" to my best friend.

5:42pm - Me and "some random guy off the street". Somehow the youth never got to see Pastor Scott dressed like this.

6:33pm - Studio Grill serving kiddos before Kidz Live and Rooted Student Ministries.

7:38pm - Just out of camera view is Barbara, who is watching the little ones on Wednesday night. The kids were obviously having a blast.

7:48pm - This is what the kids at Kidz Live came up with during Mrs. Brooke's Olympic Games series.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

12 of 12 January 2014

12 of 12 Basic Idea - 12 pictures from your life on the 12th of every month. This month, the 12th was on a Sunday.

7:16am - Starting the day off right with some alone time in the Word. Studying James chapter 5 to discuss in men's Bible study tomorrow night.

7:25am - In 2013 I finished putting back on all the weight I lost in 2011. I tried a couple times to get back to my 30 Day Shred and Weight Watchers in 2013, but it was a failure to launch. Back at it in 2014. Hopefully Skinny Rob will be making a return by this summer.

8:00am - Fixing breakfast and lunch at the same time. On the right, Fit & Active meal replacement shake with a bit of crushed ice and a couple bananas (zero Weight Watcher points for bananas) added for flavor. On the left, frozen chicken breasts in the Crock Pot covered with marinade, cooked on high, ready for lunch after church.

8:20am - THIS is the reason I am back on the 30 Day Shred and Weight Watchers. Hoping by posting this each month on my 12 of 12 will motivate me to keep on track. Nope, not a proud moment.

8:40am - This is where Sully likes to lay while I take a shower. Sully loves his heater. The bathroom was an add-on after the house was built and has no heat or AC duct work...a little chilly in the winter without a space heater.

9:56am - It is my week to run Easy Worship at church. Getting everything set up for service.

10:44am - Daniel Hammersley is sharing briefly about getting back to Russia for his February wedding. Daniel was at the church when Brooke and I first started attending in 1991. He has been a missionary in Russia for 17 years now.

11:34am - A few folks lining up for pictures. Getting ready to put together our 2014 church directory.

3:35pm - It got up to 70 degrees today, so I thought I'd try to get outside for a bit and read. My phone said it was 70 degrees out, but I still needed a sweat shirt. It was windy and cool. Of course the dogs wanted to enjoy the nice weather, too.

4:18pm - Dinner time for Freckles, the Leopard Gecko I got right before Christmas. She is going after that cricket in the corner of the cage. Leopard Gecko tails usually come to a point. It seems at some time in the past, she lost/dropped her tail and this is how it grew back. Looks a little different, but it gives her personality.

8:21pm - Back from a not-so-successful trip. Tried two Dollar Tree stores to find storage containers for Amanda. First one didn't have the right kind. Second one closed just before we drove up. Guess it was not a total loss, though. Picked up some Super Glue and light bulbs. How can you go to Dollar Tree and not pick up something?

8:38pm - Little boys and their toys. I got this remote control helicopter for Christmas. It is a bit harder to fly that the other ones I have had. It is a hardy little thing, but it still is requiring a bit of super glue after just 5 or 6 flights. It seems zooming up to the ceiling followed by a sudden and speedy descent is not what's best for it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bulletin Cover 09-01-13

Dear Vine Family,

If you had to guess which one ministry touches the most families outside our church, which would you pick? Here are some numbers of individuals/families reached by the Vine so far in 2013. 14 = number of guests at Rooted Student Ministries. 28 = number of families who filled out a guest card on a Sunday morning. 58 = number of families who filled out a card at Operation Backpack. 248 = individuals registered through our food pantry.

When an individual comes to the food pantry, they fill out a form, get a bag of groceries and are asked if there is anything they need prayer for. If they share a request, we pray with them. Many of our guests are touched when they return to the pantry two weeks later and workers remember their names and ask about their prayer request. We have had a number of testimonies from these prayer times!

We are spotlighting our food pantry in September and we all have an opportunity to support this ministry. The staff worked hard to find creative and FUN ways for all of us to participate. Please see the Feed Our Pantry/Feed a Family insert in today’s bulletin .

I thank God for a church whose vision is to reach those outside our four walls and to be a part of a church family that runs with that vision! How much/how many spaghetti, six dollar offerings, sandwich stuff and sponsorships do you think we can supply in September (see insert)? Let’s see!      

Serving With You, 
Pastor Rob

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Celebrating 20 Years

This June 12, I will be married to the love of my life for 20 years. It's hard to believe 20 years can fly by so fast. I am thankful for the life the Lord has given me and for the life partner I get to journey with. We went away Thursday-Saturday to celebrate.

Started packing on Tuesday night to leave Thursday morning. Could not wait to get away just Brooke and me.

Our first night, we stayed at the Bunkhouse at River Road Ranch. We (literally) had the property to ourselves...except for all the wonderful animals that kept us company! 

This was the view from our front porch of the Bunkhouse.

This was our room. The Bunkhouse had two full bedrooms and bathrooms, full kitchen and living room.

Us in the living room area on Friday morning wishing we could stay longer.

This was another part of the property where we stayed Thursday night. All of the buildings had been moved onto the property and restored.

Here's the friendly horse that came up into the car port to share the shade with our car.

The llamas were not particularly friendly. The darker one (you can only see its head here) put its ears back every time we got close, so we left them alone.

Here's the long horn that greeted us at the entrance of the property.

And perhaps the most fun animals (for me) were the turkeys. You can go here and see a video of us "talking" to the turkeys.

We went into Fredericksburg on Thursday afternoon and I think our favorite store was Rustlin Rob's.  They had every sort of sauce, salsa, jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, rubs, name it. And what made it so fun was the cracker bins (seen here) so you could try samples. And we're not talking 10 or 20 samples. There had to be over 100 samples to try. We had to wait another hour for dinner after stopping in there.

I am thankful Thursday night was so great because THIS was our accommodations for Friday night. Before you think I am a terrible husband, trust me, there was NOTHING on the web site that looked like this. I knew we were going to have a "luxury tent" with carpet, beds, AC, etc, but none of the pictures looked like this!. I'm not even going to post a link for can look it up if you really want to. Needless to say, this was a huge disappointment. If were were Spring Break camping, this would have been OK, but we were not. And even if we were, we would NEVER have paid that much for what we got.

But Friday was not a total loss. We had plenty of time, so we headed a little further south and visited the River Walk in San Antonio. Spent a couple hours there and had a great time.

Brooke and I on the River Walk. 

The weekend came and went WAY too quickly. River Road Ranch was better than we could have hoped and Serengeti was a big disappointment, but we still got to spend 2 1/2 days together and it was great. Brooke was already hinting that our 25th anniversary should be spent in Hawaii. I'm gonna start looking for that second job now!

Here's a link to all 70 pictures from the weekend.