I must admit… I am now addicted to the free personalized radio player, Pandora. If you have internet access, and can listen to music while working, then you should probably be listening to this station. My personal favorite station right now is John Foreman (who has both Switchfoot stuff, and solo stuff). It introduced me to Alli Rogers’ Who is this God, Shawn McDonald’s Captivated, and much more. I am liking it.
Hello World, this is Andy, and I am re-activating the blog… this time with Pictures!!!
Maybe… I am just trying to find a way for my wife and I to add pics without taking 15.6 billion years and I know have fotoshop so hopefully I can compress and add pictures faster. Funny how you buy amazing cameras for more money because they have better pixalige and then you have to buy some new fancy photo-editing program so you can downgrade your pictures to put them on the internet… don’t really understand all that but here goes. Edited picture #1
Andy held down the fort at home and passed out candy to all the neighborhood kids while Tori, excuse me, PIZZA WOMAN went to work and used her super powers to make and serve the best pizzas EVER. We had a blast working as we were all able to dress up however we wanted. Enjoy:
This past Saturday evening we had friends come over to have a “Fall Ball” and enjoy fellowship with one another as well as pumpkin carving, campire w/ s’mores, food, games and just overall fun! We are so thankful we have so many great friends and we were grateful to be able to gather together and just enjoy each other for an evening. We had the fire outside, pumpkin carving in the garage, game playing in the front room and babies playing in the living room as well as some SNL watching. Here’s some random pictures:
First off, I have to tell you how blessed I was by all my wonderful and loving family and friends who helped celebrate my birthday with me! Some live close and some far away but I was moved to tears by some of you – you know who you are, and felt so incredibly loved and appreciated and I thank you so much for that! On a day that I was beginning to feel pretty old and life was pretty mundane you blessed my socks off! I love you!
Andy and I have been able to enjoy two wonderful days of hiking in the past couple of weeks. One for my birthday where we went to an Apple Orchard/Pumpkin Patch and then just drove out to Southeastway Park and hiked for a few hours. That day was in the high 80’s which was unusual for my birthday!
We also took advantage of Andy’s school fall break and drove out to Rockville and spent last Wednesday night with Fred and Judy Nuetzel, enjoyed sleeping in and going out to breakfast with Judy and then went to Turkey Run where we hiked some great trails and then put down a blanket and read/slept for awhile. It was a beautiful fall day and we loved spending it with each other in God’s amazing creation. We didn’t bring the camera that day but saw some great sights that we’ll just have to remember in our heads. FYI I’m going to do a bunch of little posts today instead of one huge one so I don’t risk losing the pictures or a long post…stay tuned!
We had a great sermon last Sunday from Pastor Paul and wanted to share the main points:
Here are four things scripture addresses regarding our relationship to government:
* 1 Timothy 2 says that we should pray for Kings and all those in authority.
* Romans 13 says that government is ordained by God because it is established by God.
* Titus 3 says that we are to be subject to rulers and authorities, obedient, peaceable, considerate and show true humility toward all men.
* Acts 5:27-29 says that we are always to obey God’s laws over man’s laws if they are ever in conflict.
We are to pledge our first allegiance to Christ because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God and belong to the body of Christ first and foremost as believers. We have a King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords and some day all nations and governments will bow before Jesus Christ when he returns. Our primary identity as a Christian comes BEFORE our identity as an American. We are NOT American’s that happen to be Christians, we are Christians that happen to be Americans.
Andy and I really enjoyed this teaching and the peace of knowing that Christ is our head and we are so grateful for that. Both Obama and John are imperfect human beings that sin and neither one of them is going to make this nation or the world perfect as they like to think they will. Only Christ can truly transform not only each and every individual but nations and governments. This sermon was first in a series of three, this Sunday the sermon is called “Democrat…Republican…or Christian? and the last one is called “What If Jesus Were President?” which is also a book by Shane Clayborn that Andy has read and now our pastor is reading.
I just find so much comfort knowing that God already knows who will win this election and what the future holds because HE is already there. Gotta love that. God bless you.
I have recently started biking. After looking in stores, online, and on Craigslist, I finally got myself a bike from a guy on the North-side. So far, with the help of Ken Kjeldsen, I am loving this bike. I have got to ride it a couple times last week, but then the rains started coming. Here’s some pictures…
I am pretty psyched with it. I am actually going to go out riding now. See ya
Andy’s birthday was Friday, August 22 and we got to spend the evening at a concert including Switchfoot, Jays of Clay, Randolph Family band and Third Day. We had a great time going with about 30 other people from our church family. In an attempt to make Andy’s birthday celebration last longer, I planned a little surprise party for him with some good friends. Taking an idea my mom did for my brother, Ethan back in junior high or so I had everyone come over Saturday morning the 23rd and we surprised him with a birthday party in the morning with doughnuts. The good thing about our garage door being broken is it gave the perfect “in” for his dad to wake him up. Al went in to wake him up telling him he came over to work in the garage door and it was stuck and to come out to the garage fast. We were all out in the garage waiting for him, thankfully Al told him to put on some shorts or the surprise would have been on everyone else!
And here’s the day-belated birthday boy who exclaimed, “It’s not my birthday anymore, what are you doing? Can I go back to bed?”
Thank you to everybody that came and helped make him be surprised!
Later that night there was a celebration for Andy’s grandpa for his 80th birthday. All the grandkids crashed his ‘adult and elderly” party walking in with helium balloons and adding a fun mix to the otherwise gray-haired party!
Savannah has started walking and it was fun to see her going all over the place. Then continuing on with the festivities we had the celebration of all the August birthdays in the family the following day, Sunday and here’s some cute pictures from that day.
August 22-24th was definitely a great few days to celebrate lots of birthdays with family.
Last night we had a blast playing in the championship game of our sand volleyball league. It was a rainy day and we got to play in the rain and get real dirty. Unfortunately Cousin Abby wasn’t able to make the game and one of our other players, James, twisted his knee during the beginning of the 1st game so it was just the three of us, Andy, Angie and me, that played against 4 on the other team. The dreaded “blue” team is the only team that beat us throughout the season, twice. Both previous matches against them were so close, we play total points after 3 games wins and we were only down 1 point the 1st time we played them and 2 points the last time we played. Last night wasn’t quite as close, 18-21, 14-21, 19-21 so we lost but we played hard and had a blast! Hopefully we can play again together next year! I wanted to get a team picture all summer and we finally took it last night but Abby’s not in it…