Thursday, May 29, 2008


After much deliberation, I got a pair of chacos. I tried some on at a store in Ruidoso but they said I needed size 12 wide which they did not have. I finally ordered some online. I got them in last night and was concerned that they were too big. But, I double checked the sizing chart at the chaco website, chatted online with a rep from Rock Creek where I bought the chacos, and I spoke on the phone with Joe from the Chaco store and they all assured me that the fit is right and 12 Wide is indeed the size for me. Joe from the Chaco store also wears 12 wide and also had some extra sandal at the end of his toes and also thought they looked kinda big when he first tried them on. He said he likes them now. Lucas from Rock Creek said that would keep my toes from getting stubbed.

I might have to send them to Chaco to adjust the length of the straps but I'm going to wear them for a few days and see what happens. I'm hoping to try them out on a hike in the Big Bend this weekend.

If all shopping were this difficult, I think that I'd become a nudist.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Before the Haircut

Your prayers, please

If you would, please pray for my brother and his wife. She is 5 months pregnant with their first baby and has been having contractions. Right now she is in the hospital, where they are watching her closely and giving her medications to stop the contractions. This is her second pregnancy. Please pray for both of them and for baby Addilyn.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Radio, Blog, New Tunes

I just thought I’d update our faithful blog readers on the latest news in my musical endeavors.

I was interviewed on Ralph’s Back Porch, an online radio program. You can listen to the archived show here.

A new friend of mine, who came to visit me in Lubbock, recently wrote a blog about me and my music which you can read here.

I recently recorded some new tunes. You can hear a couple of them on my myspace site here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

"The Call"

This fall I will be helping to coordinate another Perspectives class here in Lubbock. I had spent the last several months booking speakers for our class, contacting people at different organizations, promoting the class, and so on. I am ecstatic about the speaker line-up we have for the fall! In my opinion, it will be a stellar class. While I was in the process of booking our Perspectives speakers, my friend Drew, who is on staff at my church asked me who I would want to teach at our church if I could have any missions speaker. The first person that came to mind is Brad Buser. Brad is my favorite Perspectives speaker. He spent around 20 years in Papua New Guinea, taking the gospel to the Iteri people - an unreached people group of cannibals and serial rapists. The gospel completely transformed this culture and there is now an Iteri church in Papua New Guinea.

This weekend we had the privilege of having Brad come to fill in for our pastor's first Sunday off. Andy and I went with some good friends of ours to eat dinner with him Saturday evening, carted him around to his hotel and the airport, listened to him teach Sunday morning, and had lunch with him after church. We were like sponges, soaking up everything he had to say. Even though we were expecting Brad to be intense, his message Sunday morning overwhelmed us, inspired us, and caused us to rethink how we can strategically live to bring the gospel to people who have never heard the name of Jesus before. I think his message did the same thing to everyone who heard it; when he was done speaking the auditorium was silent. He shared his story, how he never felt a "call" to be a missionary, and how we are commanded to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Rather than waiting for "the call" to be a missionary, we should only stay if we are distinctively called to stay. And if we stay, we should know for sure why we are staying and should be living radically and intentionally with the goal of the gospel be preached to those who don't have access to it. This was a priority to Jesus. It is not an option, it is obedience. And it is not something that He is not familiar with; He left His home and paved the way by taking the gospel to us.

As Andy and I are discussing our life goals (as I know many in our church are as well), I pray that our hearts would be the good soil that Jesus talked about in Matthew 13, that we would hear the Word and our hearts would receive it and that the Lord would grant us the grace to live radically different from even the Christian culture in America and to make sacrifices so that Jesus would be known and exalted in all the earth.

I highly recommend listening to this message. You can download it here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

I absolutely love Cinco de Mayo! It's one of my favorite holidays. So, in celebration we had some of our friends over for a party. It was a blast, and was celebrated appropriately - complete with Tejano music, fajitas, margaritas, mexican beer, and a pinata!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Beautiful Piece of the Puzzle

Last week I was delighted to find a package in the mail from my sister. Enclosed was a little jewelry box with this inside - a puzzle piece:
This is what her note said:

"Dear Sissy, I know it's a little late, but I got this for you in remembrance of our daddy - 10 years later. It can remind you of our heritage and the role our father played in helping shape our lives. I love you! Love your skister, Amy"

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Apparently Lubbockites have bad teeth.

In July this coming summer I will be able to say that I have officially lived in Lubbock for four years! Quite a feat if you know me, because that's coming close to the longest I've ever lived anywhere in my life (6 years in Sweeny, TX). I've never noticed it, but apparently Lubbock has the nation's worst teeth.