Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thawing Out

The great ice storm of '09 was fun to look at, hard to walk in, and gave the students a day off. The last two days were filled with looking up wherever you walk so that you weren't killed by chunks of ice falling from the sky (all the trees & roofs). I think today will melt the rest of what is left on the ground. Fortunately we never lost power here on campus. Some people outside of town are still without.

Yesterday Carolyn, Elisa, and I went for a little walk in the park. Elisa had fun on the swings but seems to be scared of the snow/ice. She doesn't want to walk on it and when presented with a snowball she's very hesitant to touch it. It made for a fun afternoon and today is shaping up to be a great Saturday. Elisa didn't get up until 8:45 and it's been a lazy morning since then. I was going to go play paintball with the J. Alvin guys, but the place is shut down due to ice damage.

In other news, Elisa has three teeth! We noticed yesterday that the top middle-right tooth has made it's way through. Her teeth are still a little behind her appetite. Lately she's been asking for huge chunks of food. She'll grab the roll or big piece of banana in her hand eat off of it. Whenever we give her a large piece she gets a big smile and very happy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Right after the announcement that classes were canceled....


We're in the middle of an ice storm today. There are plenty of branches broken around town and I have a feeling the power could go out at any time. So far so good though.

Friday, January 23, 2009


We're about halfway through the season and the Blazers have the same record at this point as they did last year. I feel much better about this year than last, because their play has been much more consistent (the Dec. 13 game streak inflated the record last year), and everyone is gaining much needed experience. Two Blazers are listed in ESPN's top 10 (Oden & Rudy) rookies and Batum is 20th out of the top 50. To commemorate this mid-year point of the NBA season I'd like to take a little survey. Here is all the Blazers logos since the beginning. Which is your favorite?
The original that lasted from 1970-1991
This is the one I remember the most and was used from 1991-2002
This had the shortest tenure yet and lasted only the 2002-2003 season.

The Blazers current logo that has been in use since 2003.

I don't want to influence your decision, so I'll tell you my favorite/least favorite in the comments.

Quote of the day

...Every time fear, isolation, or despair begins to invade the human soul, this is not something that comes from God. This sounds very simple and maybe even trite, but very few people know that they are loved without any conditions or limits.

-Henri Nouwen (In the Name of Jesus)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Latest

Who would've thought that I'd be back in Portland only 5 days after we left after Christmas break? It wasn't even in the realm of possibility for me, but that's what happened. I'm happy to say that the emergency trip back to PDX ended with incredibly good news. After a major stroke, it looks like my Gramma is going to be making a almost full recovery. She's in a rehab center as of today to get her left side working properly again. There is some trouble with her sight out of her left eye, so we'll keep praying about that.

My time in Portland last weekend was fast and mostly spent at the hospital. It was very encouraging to see Gramma improve each day I there. Once I got back home I found it to be a little bit chaotic, though once seeing Carolyn & Elisa I realized just how much I missed them. Carolyn wrote about all the things that have caused the chaos here and here. We have our living room again, no car yet, and I'm just now figuring out how far behind I am with work stuff. At least I know what I have to do now and have a plan of attack (suprisingly reassuring). As I was flying back on Monday night I gained a renewed sense of excitement and motivation that just hadn't come yet this semester. I'm glad it's here and excited about what God will do in J. Alvin this semester.