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    One down; Four to go

    Vacation update from Day 1: laundry done; dishes done; yard (jungle) mowed; cell phone fixed; checks cashed; kitchen cabinets emptied; NCD report written; and two movies watched. Fairly productive day, don’t ya think? I saw Princess Diaries 2 – cute flick (better rental) and The Notebook – beautiful work of art based on the story by Nicholas Sparks. I wish I had his writing gift. Very powerful film – bring tissues. Tremendous story about real and lasting love which overcomes all things. I was thinking about my youth a lot today – for most their first day back to school. I wondered how it went; how they are doing; what…

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    Summer is Officially Over

    My youth kids returned to school today thus marking the official end of summer. In honor of their return, I have taken the week off!! I’m staying in town and using the town to get my house in order and to redo my kitchen. It needs to happen now before we get into full swing with our fall programs. I’ve enlisted the help of my dad to get the kitchen projects done before Saturday! (hopefully) NEW BLAKE pictures in the “Blake Pics” photo album. Check them out. He’s so cute. I’m sure I’ll see him over the break as well. It was a busy week and weekend so I didn’t…

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    Where is the Love?

    Tonight was our last night of Elevation – our summer youth program. Each week this summer our talks have been based on hit mainstream songs from secular musical groups such as Hoobastank; Audio Slave; Black-Eyed Peas. Tonight one of my senior boys (who is going into youth ministry) brought the message based on the song “Where is the Love?” by Black-Eyed Peas. Let me tell you – it is pretty powerful to have a 17-year old boy be the one to bring the challenge of “where is the love”. He used Romans 12:9-21 passage to challenge us to know what sincere love is and to “practice what we preach” (lyrics…

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    Vintage Mullins

    I’m chilling to some vintage Rich Mullins tonight as I clean up from having Common Ground friends over for a bbq and meeting. I took all of my Rich Mullins’s cds and loaded them into my cd player. Hit “shuffle” and savor the classic stories that Rich forever tells through music. Many of the songs bring back memories – places; people; smells. Lots of college memories when I was really into Rich Mullins. I can remember cranking Rich up in Leslie Hall at SBU. I had lunch with a friend today (hey A!) that was just introduced to my site due to sharing pictures of Blake. She said she was…

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    Life Goals

    Blake Update: He and mommy went home today. All are doing well and adjusting to the beautiful changes in their family. Thanks for all the nice notes and comments. Some of our young singles group, Common Ground, helped with move-in day at Lincoln University here in Jefferson City. It is a step forward in realizing one of our goals of reaching out to the college students in the community. It was a fun day and we enjoyed helping out – mostly at the girl’s dorm because the girls brought the most stuff. It was amazing. I forgot all about that process and how crazy move-in day is for families and…