A Silent Musician

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Almost home

Hello my friends.
Last weekend Krissy and I went up to a different church than "normal". Krissy and Gary were invited up there by the pastor for a "techie" potluck. The pastor has been trying to start a group of members that will help with the tech side of worship and community. The idea is to get people that are good at, say digital photography, videography, Graphic Arts things, and Powerpoint. Upon creation of these groups, oh and Web mastery, people in these groups would document what activities both recreational and outreaching are happening. They have this really cool thing between Sabbath school and Church called "Scrapbook". It is a collage of activities that have happening with the church and surrounding, literally surrounding- Adventist grade school on 1 side of the church and a day academy on the other, schools. Also they are wanting to create an e-newsletter/e-magazine on their website, which needs help keeping recent and relevant. There is only one kink in this plan- THE CHURCH IS EXTREMELY ACTIVE. I know you're thinking "thats not a kink" but in a way it is. This church community has so many things going on weekly and on the weekend that they don't have enough people to cover everything.
That is why they are trying to get people in these groups and activities to document with video or photos. They want people that are already participating to know and understand that the church wants to know what is going on and share with the rest of the church community. It is so cool what this church wants to do. The road ahead is very hard due to the extent of activities that go on any given week. There is another hiccup in the road- youth/young adult activities.
The blessing and curse of living in a part of the country with mountains and ocean so close together is so many choices. Thankfully there are alot of young adults in this area and they are active. The problem that arises is that so many groups don't know what other groups are doing for activities. Slowly but surely this mayhem called young adult activities is coming together. The groups are conversing back and forth to see what everyone is doing. Some are evening making web pages. Ok... slow down... breathe Jeremy... breathe.
This is really exciting for me because since coming out here, Krissy and I have felt lost in the sea of churches. There are over 30-40 churches in the greater Portland area. That may also include the Vancouver WA area too, I am not sure. Either way there are alot of churches in a relatively small area. Small being within 30-45 minutes surrounding Portland. Finally at this church, Meadow Glade, Krissy and I finally feel something close to what we left back in Lincoln. Maybe cause it is similar to the College View setup- Church and church schools within a close proximity. We finally felt welcome. One of the funny things is that we were invited to go hang out with another young adult group from the Vancouver church, no kidding less than 6 miles down the road from Meadow Glade, Saturday night. Turns out that the house we drove to is where one of Krissy's co-workers lives. Also this is the group that does Ultimate Frisbee most Sundays, rain or shine. So for all you ultimate Frisbee fans back in Lincoln- head out this way and we'll play on Sundays.
So to all those in Lincolnland- we miss you and at the same time we found people pretty similar out here. Its not the same without you guys and gals, but it feels a little more like home. Instead of an extended vacation. Come out and visit some time. Or maybe we'll simply have to transport a few more Licolnites out this ways so it'll feel even more like home. Fake it till you make.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wedding Blog

Okay so the wedding blog link should be over there under the IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!! And the heading should be a nice burnt orange color. If not I appologize, try to refresh your page, empty the cache or something. Obviously you are able to read my blogs since you are able to comment on them so if your web browser still does not like my page click on wedding and you should be transported to the wedding blog. My apologizes for my page being dumb.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Getting to the Wedding blog*

*This information is now not relevant. You will find the Wedding Blog link directly below my profile*
For those of you "anonymous" people that read my blog, here is the way you can get to our ("our" being me and my wife, I know weddings usually precede being married. Long story. Find your answers on the wedding blog) wedding blog. As you are reading this, take a moment and glance down and to the right about 3 inches. There will be something in caps that says IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!! The link directly below this exclamation says WEDDING STUFF. Move your cursor over there and click it. *Pause* Wait for page to load and then read my random blog about going to the post office in the drizzle on my bike in me glasses. Enjoy

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Wedding Blog

Hey y'all!! I just wanted to let you know that I posted a new blog on the wedding blog. I know there aren't many blogs over there but I put one up today. Also Invitations will be in the mail tomorrow. I know the RSVP by date is the 25th of this month which is like 3 days after you probably get them but don't fret. We want you at the wedding and send the RSVP as soon as you get a chance. Come and enjoy friends and family and unity and food. Love ya all. Now go check out the other blog. Do it... Do it NOW.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Being the best House-husband I can

Lonestar did a song about being a house-husband: Mr. Mom. Thankfully there are no little munchkins running around the our house but I still understand the song much better now that I am a house-husband.(credit of house-husband goes to brother Ben) When people ask me how my days are going, my general response is "same old same old". Yes my life is the same pretty much every day: Wake up, get Krissy moving towards a shower, either heat water for tea or make coffee, pop in and ask Krissy what she wants for breakfast (lately it has been smoothies, we still have to find a good protein easier than tofu). I then help Krissy maker her lunch or decide what she wants for lunch and once she is out the door I take my own shower and then find stuff to do.
The past couple days I have asked Krissy to give me a Honey-do list. This week it consists of getting the wedding invitations out in the mail. Yes we know that our RSVP by date is the 25 of September and it is the 11 of but we aren't worried. Simply annoyed with the invitation place that it took longer than they said it would to get our invitations. Oh well we have them now and they will be headed your way soon. The other thing I do to occupy my time is surf the web and ride to the local Library to check out books. For being a smaller big city library it isn't too bad. I prefer the layout of Lincoln's libraries but thats what happens when you go from a large Midwest town to Suburban sprawl of the Northwest. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying Oregon and I like our section of Portland. The way their library is set up just doesn't do it for me, a little too chaotic for my tastes.
Well enough rambling for today. I am off to put postcard stamps on the RSVP cards, all 90ish of them. "This is Jeremy signing off as the best darned house-husband I can be"

Monday, September 10, 2007

Word to the wise

Don't sit on a Styrofoam cooler. Even if it says that its heavy duty and has a drawing of feet on top of the cooler. I should sue for false advertising and embarrassment and a wet butt.