Monday, September 24, 2012


Yes indeed, today marks the 46th anniversary for my mom and dad......and that is quite remarkable!!!

Happy Anniversary to you both..... may there be very many more in your future together as well.  :-)

We have been busy around here since my last post.  Evan has played two weekends of really great football in a row now.  In his game on the 15th, his team was victorious by a score of 39-0.  Evan had a fantastic game, and scored 39 points for his team!!!  Yes, you read that correctly..... the kid is good, and he is gifted, and he is talented.  He loves the game of football, and it showed!!!  :-)

Then, this last Saturday, his team won again, by a score of 27-6.  Evan managed to score 21 of his teams 27 points, again playing really great football.  It was so much fun to watch... not only Evan, but to see how the whole team has improved so much, and has come together as a football team!!!  Lots of fun for sure.  :-)  Grammy and Papa came to visit for four days, and got to watch Evan in this game.  That was fun for them, and for him.  :-)

Grammy and Papa came to visit and to celebrate Sierra's upcoming 9th birthday with us, as they will leave for deer hunting camp on her actual birthday.  So, they were here with us over the weekend, and we had some fun together as  a family.

Bad and good news also.... our refrigerator stopped working on us, and it was going to cost around $800 to repair it.  We found one, instead, at Dewaard & Bode, a return item in great shape, for $399!!!  So, we now have a new refrigerator, and I think we are going to like it much better than the one that died!!!  :-)

I started work at Westside Pizza last week.  Worked only two shifts, first for 2 hours, and then for 3 hours.  I am a fish out of water, and have no idea what I am doing.   There is a huge learning curve, and I have a long ways to go.  I only planned on being a delivery driver, but the owner really wanted me to be an in-store guy for him at the new Everson store when it opens in the near future.  It turns out that this is hard work, dirty work, and a lot of work.....all for only minimum wage.  I am really not all that sure if this is going to be worth it or not just yet..... I am going to have to work a whole lot of time and days here in order to make the kind of money that we need to try and start getting out of the mountain of debt that we are currently in.  On the other hand, I don't really have any other options falling at my feet right now.  So, I will keep on trying to learn what I need to learn, and hopefully things will get a bit better each day I put in. 

One thing for certain...... I have a huge appreciation for my regular, career job as a firefighter.  I love my job, and am blessed to have it!!!  :-)

Brad and I will head to Portland this upcoming weekend, to ride in the Harvest Century ride, with Scott Taube.  :-)  Very excited about this event, and looking like we may actually get good weather for a change!!!  :-)

Grandma and Grandpa are heading up to visit and celebrate Sierra's birthday this Wednesday.  They will be here through the weekend.  So, we are trying to get ready around here for our next set of guests, and I am trying to get ready to head out of town for the ride.  In addition, just trying to get some things done around the farm before the weather turns on us soon.

So, gotta get out now and plant some trees..... see ya!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Times they are a changing.....

Yes, there is some real truth behind the title of today's post.  Time's are changing for me, personally, and for my family..... very soon.

I went in today to Westside Pizza in Lynden and spoke with the owner.  As of next week, I will begin working my second job.  I have some real mixed feelings over this, and am not sure how to deal with them just yet.  I never thought I would be in a position to where this is what I would have to do, in order to help sustain my family..... and yet, here I am, in that very position.

After going through the Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace course, I know that this is what must be done now, in order to work the steps towards financial peace.  And yet, I am already dreading that I will no longer be around my kids regularly, and that I will be missing out on so many important things in their lives that I never wanted to, or thought  I would have to. 

I am asking for prayers, that God will help me to have the strength, courage, and stamina..... to deal with this new chapter in my life.  I know it isn't going to be easy, and I know it is going to be very difficult on my children...... and that is the hardest thing for me to take.  After being away from them for the past 48 hours, it really stinks to even think of just how much I am going to be away from them on a regular basis very soon now.  My heart aches over this.

So, time to head outside and get busy taking care of as much as I can around here the rest of this week and weekend, because I have a feeling that my time around here is going to become significantly less real soon.

I long to see the results of following Dave Ramsey's steps to financial peace!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 - Eleven Years Ago Today.....

Eleven years ago this morning, our world changed forever.  Attacked by completely misguided people, who do NOT know God, who do NOT appreciate life, who do NOT know the love that Jesus has for them....... and it has caused horrible loss of life, destruction of property, and changed the way we all live forever!

Today, as I head to work for the next 48 hours at the Bellingham Fire Department...... I am proud to be a firefighter, proud to be an American, and most proud to be a follower of the Lord, Jesus Christ!!!

To my brothers who gave all this day eleven years ago..... 343...... I will never forget!!!

To all of the innocent victims who perished this day eleven years ago.... I will never forget!!!

In the words of Alan Jackson, "Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?"

Saturday, September 8, 2012

FALL.... Football and Bicycling, Oh My!!!

School is back in full swing now for our kids, with this next week going to be their first full five days stretch.  Our school system here starts school before Labor Day weekend, so our kids have a three day week, followed by a four day week, and then finally a full five day week.....I suppose to break them in slowly. 

Along with school starting comes the arrival of the football season!!!  We attended the Nooksack Valley High school home opener last Friday, and had a blast....along with a great win!!!  :-)

Today, Evan's team plays their season opener, against a very tough Ferndale team, in Ferndale.  It is a beautiful Fall day today, and the weather will be quite warm at game time, 1:45pm.  Evan is very excited to get out and get playing, rather than just all practice.  He wants to put all of the may weeks of hard work into action on the field today, and that makes me happy and proud!!!  I am also looking forward to the big game this afternoon.  I have watched for weeks now, as this team has practiced and learned and conditioned..... and it will be great to see how we work together as a team, come game time.  :-)

Today also marks the big day for the OSU Beavers to kick off their season..... GO BEAVS!!!!!  :-)

Last month was a great month of cycling for me, and I posted a really good number of rides, as well as miles.  September is shaping up so far to be another big month of cycling for me.  I have been riding longer rides, and am getting geared up for back to back weekend century rides, starting next weekend with the Chuckanut Century, and then the following weekend in Oregon for the Harvest Century.  Brad and myself are heading out tomorrow for an 85 mile training and preparation ride for these upcoming weekends, to see how we are doing with our fitness levels and cycling legs and seat bones!!!  Should be a great day, as we head south to Skagit county, along Clear Lake, then back up along Colony Mountain and Lake Sammish, on into Fairhaven.  We will meet up with Tracie and the kids at BFD station 2, and then head on over to Mambo Italiano for a wonderful dinner together to finish off the day.  :-)

Scott Taube will be joining Brad and myself this next weekend here for the Chuckanut Century.  I was really hoping to have him here for a couple two or three days, so we could show him our place, and where we live, maybe take him to our church with us, and out to one or two of our favorite places...... but, he won't be able to make it up here until late Saturday night as it turns out.  We will be up early to ride all day on Sunday, and will get home fairly late that evening I am sure.... dead dog tired and sore as well.  Then, Scott will head back to Oregon on Monday.  Bummer for us, and yet, we are so happy to at least have him finally able to make it up this way!!!  :-)

Brad and I will be off to Oregon the next weekend, just the two of us, to joins Scott Taube for the Harvest Century.  This ride has been moved up a couple of weeks from years past, and we are very hopeful that we will get much better weather this year!!!  :-)

The rest of our month looks something like this..... school, football practice, football games, work, bicycling, church, yard work!!!

However, there is ONE other big event that we will have this month...........  Sierra's 9th birthday!!!!!  :-)

Grammy & Papa will come to visit for s few days, and then Grandma & Grandpa will come the next week to visit...... and we will celebrate Sierra's birthday twice this year!!!  :-)

That's about it for now...... more to follow as I get it all straightened out, in my head, and on my calendar!!!  :-)