August 17, 2010

Roscoe Update

Filed under: Roscoe — Neil @ 2:00 pm

Summers are tough on Roscoe.  At least as tough as something can be for a dog that has everything & does nothing (sleeping & eating excluded).  My lack of routine really throws him off.  This summer has been extra difficult for him w/ Amanda being in summer school.

No doubt that his favorite week of the summer though was when we were on vacation for a week.  Matt the Intern house sat for us.  On a typical night we move his bed into our bedroom next to our bed.  He’ll last there a few minutes before moving his bed back into the kitchen. He ends up in the kitchen most every night, but he must start out next to our bed.  He’ll then sleep until the morning in the kitchen.

Well, while we are away Matt gives us a call to check on a couple of items.  In the conversation he asks us “Does Roscoe normally move his bed over to Neil’s side of the bed (Matt was sleeping in our bed & on my side) during the night & want to sleep there all night?” He loves Matt like no one else.

He’s picked up a few bad habits & gone back to some old ones as a way to punish us for being away so much, but he’s getting better.

On Monday he couldn’t have been happier.  He got his favorite brand of food, a shower (1st 1 in 4 weeks!) & a new bed.  Now if Matt would just come back his life would be perfect.



Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

This past weekend our student ministry’s summer came to a conclusion w/ Disciple Now.  It was a busy time.  In 11 weeks we had 2 camps, 1 mission trip, 1 retreat for upcoming 6th graders, Vacation Bible School, Disciple Now + all of the usual summer youth ministry events.

I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward as much to my school year routine as I have this year.

This time of the year I just about do the same thing at the same time each week.  It’s a nice change of pace from the summer.  Come next May though I’ll be anxious for the craziness of another summer.

August 16, 2010

Peacocks in MS?

Filed under: Pictures — Neil @ 9:18 pm

This peacock was in our neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.  Strange.

August 6, 2010

Andy Stanley & Jim Collins

Filed under: leadership,Videos — Neil @ 5:40 pm

this video was posted by Brad Lomenick; it’s from Catalyst Conference 2008

August 4, 2010

How Smart Are Your Parents?

Filed under: parenting,Parents — Neil @ 7:00 am

from This Is Indexed

August 3, 2010

1 of the problems of vacationing by yourself…

Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 2:00 pm

is you have no one to take pictures for you.

Vacation Food

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 11:00 am

If you’ve read this blog for very long than you know 1 of my favorite things about traveling is food.  Here’s the list of places we ate in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Perdido.

Ginny Lane
Cafe Grazie
Tacky Jack’s
Villagio Grille

Anyone have a different place that’s among your favorites on the Alabama coast?


Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 6:00 am

The above picture was the worst of the oil that we saw along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  It was taken in the bay just behind the bridge over Perdido Pass.

Early last week there was almost no sign of oil.  We saw just a single tar ball on Monday (that one was found on my leg) & Tuesday.  It was signficiantly worse on Wednesday.  I had my 1st experience showering w/ Dawn.  As the week went on it got better.  You cold see a slight sheen on the water’s surface & would notice it slightly on you when you got out of the water.  If you weren’t looking for it, you probably would not have noticed except for the slight stains on your swimsuit.

The crowds on the beach were maybe 1/3 of what’s typical during the summer.  The crowd was more like you were visiting in September than July. It was sad (but also kind of nice to not have long waits at the restaurants).

August 2, 2010

Vacation Reading List

Filed under: Book Reviews — Neil @ 8:00 pm

The Shack by William Young
Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears
Simple Student Ministry by Eric Geiger & Jeff Borton
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg

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