Friday, April 29, 2011

Show & Tell

It's been almost two weeks since I last updated my blog!  I hate that!  I don't have a lot of time to put one together right now, but I have some thoughts twisting around in my head for one coming up.

Here are some pictures that recap my last two weeks.  I only took a few of these, the rest I stole borrowed from online sources.  Sorry it's so short, I've been busy--life happens!

This is my work truck.  The oversize load led to...
Apparently I didn't have the correct permit with me (we do have a permit for oversize), so I was cited
This was a bad day... to say the least. But, no one was hurt! Also, wasn't my fault.
I love it when they wear red!! Absolutely love it!!
Me and Alana (great friend of mine) at our first Rangers game!
In case you don't recognize the significance, let me refer you to the commercialized version below...
You've been warned!!
I didn't take this, but I wish I had.  Then again, I'm glad I didn't!

Oh how I love your Law!  It is my meditation all the day! - Psalm 119:97

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tentative Scheduling

Tonight my beloved Texas Rangers played the hated Yankees.  And they won!!  Woohoo!!  It was also Jackie Robinson Day, which I particularly love every year.  Jackie Robinson played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers (that's why I wear a Brooklyn Dodgers cap sometimes), just as Ian Kinsler does for the Rangers.  Kinsler wears his pants up high and shows a lot of sock in his uniform because that's how Jackie Robinson did it.  Very cool.

I would have loved to have seen the Yankees lose in a growing rivalry with the Rangers, however I had a meeting with the rest of the Tanzania Mission Trip team.  The game was definitely worth missing, I had such a great time tonight getting to meet everyone!  I met a lot of people and I hope I can learn all their names... Mix a horrible memory with a lot of new faces and they'll be lucky if I guess a gender-correct name!

Tonight in the meeting we discussed the our day-to-day schedule for the duration of the trip.  To be safe, Scott said we should arrive at the airport three hours before our flight.  I'd be surprised if I'm not there four or five hours before takeoff.  I love airports.  They have an excited energy that you can't see anywhere else.  There are people coming and going.  Some leaving loved ones and others greeting those they haven't seen in years.  I love it.  I could sit in a terminal and people-watch all day.  We depart June 15 from DFW and fly to Amsterdam.
DFW Airport (International Terminal)

We will have about a two hour layover in Amsterdam.  I was kinda hoping for a longer one, but that's ok.  After boarding for Africa we fly to Entebbe, Uganda then bus to a Guest House in Kampala.
Emmaus Guest House
The following day (Friday), we travel to Karagwe.  Karagwe is a region in Northwest Tanzania, I put arrows on the map to indicate the general area.
Karagwe, Tanzania
The group will be staying at the Lutheran Guest House from June 17 to June 28.  I tried, to no avail, to find a picture of this house.  That's ok, I bet I come back with one!  By the time we arrive at the Lutheran Guest House, we will have been traveling, save for one night's sleep, almost non stop for two full days.  We will use Saturday as a day for R&R and to meet with translators and plan our week.

Sunday we will be divided into two teams and visit churches and give our testimonies.  The pastors that are going will be preaching as well.  I hope they've been studying their Swahili! (I'm kidding... That's what the translators are there for).

The rest of the week will include a Leadership Conference and visiting schools, villages and lead Revival services.  We will be doing other things, but I'm not real sure what those things are yet.

Monday, June 27, we are to travel three hours to Bukoba.  Here we will shop, relax, and cross Lake Victoria.  If you will refer to the above map, the top right arrow is in the middle of Lake Victoria.  Bukoba is on the West side of the lake, South of the Uganda border.  Tuesday through Thursday consist of a Safari in the Serengeti.  Check out the link, it's really cool.  I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda looking forward to this.  I'm not into game hunting so I hope I don't see any of that.  It's just not my thing.  However, I think I could stand to see a "cheetah take down a gazelle" (with a British guy narrating like on the National Geographic Channel).

On Thursday we depart from Kilimanjaro for Amsterdam.  A three hour layover this time, then home to bring in the new month.

It's been a long day, good night!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Dash

January 30, 1882-April 12, 1945
What is the most significant thing about the two dates listed above?  It's the dash between the dates.  The dates on either side of the dash are significant because they are when Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and when he died.  This isn't a about President Roosevelt, I just decided to use him as an example.  The dash between the dates represent everything he did in life, therefore it is most important.  After your death has come and gone, what's your dash going to represent?  You only get one dash, so you better make it worthwhile!

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Robert Eugene Meyer

May 7, 1930 - March 14, 2011

Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. - Matthew 5:4

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rollin' Rangers!

Sometimes things happen and after immediate diagnosis, seem to be a bad thing. However, God has his eye on everything. Last night and leading into this morning is definitely one of those times.

Little Sister stayed a couple nights at my house early this week because Mom went to Arizona for Grandpa's funeral services (this may seem like random information, but it's vital to this story).

I went to another Rangers (who are 4-0!!) game yesterday. You're shocked, I know. Haha. I typically don't go to weekday games because I get up so early. But, last night the team was giving away replica American League Championship rings... I had to have one! I had a great time at the game! I met a Twitter friend, Rachel, which was awesome!

I got home about 1130ish and got into bed about midnight.  I set TWO alarms for 4am.  About 730 this morning I woke up and noticed sunlight outside.  That's not good.  If I wake up and there's sunlight, I've done something wrong!  I have no idea if my alarms even went off.  So I got up, called my boss and told him I'd just woken up.  He wasn't mad.  But he did call me the name of the guy who was just fired because he couldn't show up on time... Now I'm THAT guy.  I went into the other bedroom in my house to make sure Little Sister has already gone to school.  Still asleep! I woke her up and asked if she has to go to school.  She started flippin' out.  She got up and called a friend for a ride and was able to make it to school on time.

Let's think about it.  If I hadn't gone to a game last night I wouldn't have overslept this morning.  If I hadn't overslept this morning, Little Sister would've missed school altogether.  Her attending class is a lot more important than me making it to work.  Moral of the story: God works in mysterious ways.

Rudolph (I got the red nose Sunday at the game) & Rachel

The rings they gave out were a LOT nicer than I had imagined they would be. I guess this is pewter? I don't know. I know it fits my pinky finger. So now I have pinky jewelry!
The new bling!
Derek Holland pitched last night.  This guy has good stuff, he's just gotta keep his cool on the mound.  I think he lets his emotions get the best of him when he gets into a little trouble.  Derek did pretty well last night, can't wait to see how he follows last night's performance.
Lefties do it right!
Josh getting ready to let loose on that poor, unsuspecting baseball!
Elvis hit his first HR last night since the '09 season!
O'Daaay! O'Day O'Day O'Day!!
Sidearm! That just looks like it hurts!
Feliz came in to seal the 'W'
I'm making this guy's walk-up music my ringtone-wicked awesome!
This guy thought he had a chance! Ha!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, April 3, 2011

First game (this year)

Today I went to my first game of the season.  It was so awesome.  I had been anticipating this moment since the Giants closed out the 2010 season here.  What made it even better is that the Red Sox have been picked by very many to make & win the World Series this year.  Well... My beloved Texas Rangers have something to say about that...

My first pic - Home Sweet Home

Matt Harrison was DEALING!!

The new HD video board - Robin Venture takin one to the face from Nolan Ryan is wicked awesome in HD.

Between the Coke bottles is a new HD video board.  But, the Texas Flags is what I wanted to capture most here.

Feliz - doin' his thang!

Three up, three down.  Bring on Seattle.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord - Romans 12:11