Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well, then I drove back to Nick's and we played a little bit of [VIDEO GAMES], and then left on our adventure. We drove and drove, and mostly headed East because we wanted to get the HECK out of Indiana. LOL. Here is a live action driving shot of yours truly. Yes, this is a G.I. Joe helmet, and YES, I did wear it the hole night, even when I stopped for directions and went in the gas station to use the restroom and the truckers looked at me like I was some kind of AliEN. So, we drove and drove and talked and talked and ended up in Van Wert. Probably only 45-50 minutes from Fort Wayne, but it probably took us 2.5-3 hours because we were just lost in the country side. Nick and I came to the conclusion that Fort Wayne is not so bad compared to much of what we saw in Ohio. THEN I FOUND THE SPOT!!! It was time and I told Nick to grab the flashlight and put on his coat. We proceeded to the trunk of my car, and he he he, I got out the bird feeder. Ya see, I put all the fireworks in the card board box that my dad's x-mas bird feeder came in. I told Nick that I wanted to set it up and maybe some birds would come and we could watch them and talk for New Year's. Nick's eyes got kind of big, and I asked him to help me set it up. MUCH TO HIS SURPRISE, there was no bird feeder, BUT FIREWORKS!!! This is what happened next.... It was so much fun. I couldn't have had a better New Year's!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Well, after that I went with my friend George to a Christian book store. George is trying to get his life back together from 3 or so years of heaving drinking and drug use and knows I made that change, so I try to be as much as possible an encouragement and helper next to him. Anyways, he wanted to get a devotional after I explained to him how vitally important it is to be in the word. So I told him I would go with him to help him pick one out. We did, and we will see how he likes it.
Then we went back to his house to babysit his niece Kieran.Then we went to Best Buy because he wanted to get a video. Then we watched the video. Then I went to hang out with Nicky. I got Nicky to agree to agree to leave his house and trust me for his New Years Eve. I have got something planned that is very unique. It could fail miserably, or he could remember it for the rest of his life. Hummm, it will be interesting. :-)I love this shot of Nick and video game in the back ground. Captures the essence of the scene. I'm just grateful I can experience Nick's life with him. And you will just have to tune in to see how the New Years Plan pans out.
Monday, December 29, 2008
This picture does a very good job of showing exactly where all my pain is coming from.
After I caused the yucky ouchy, I went to meet my friend George at the theater. I have been hanging out with George lately. He has had somewhat of a change of heart concerning his ways. Well, I told him I want to be there to be a friend and just attempt to influence him in whatever ways I can. I took him to Dave church 2 Sundays ago, and he really liked that.So we watched the movie and it was pretty funny....except for one part that was extremely inappropriate and down right disgusting and out of place. When the movie was over we were chatting a bit in the parking lot. I shared with him the story of my feelings about the party yesterday. He said that it hit pretty close to home and that it really meant something to him. Later on he texted me and wondered if I would go with him to help him pick out a devotional. Of course I said YES! After the movie I got a pizza and went to my friend Chris's house. He got some new games and I told him I would check them out and bring over a pizza. On my way to pick up the pizza, I had to go to the bathroom real bad. I knew the pizza place didn't have a bathroom for public use, so I stopped at a near by Dairy Queen. There were 2 ladies working, and after I got out of the restroom I approached one of them. I don't know exactly why, but I looked at one of them right in the eye smiled, and told her she was beautiful (the other girl was on her headset) and that I hoped she would have a very excellent evening. She looked up with this look of humble appreciation, and I smiled one last time and left to pick up the pizza. Maybe she needed to hear that, I really don't know.
My back hurts like crazy, I hope I can fall asleep tonight.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Today started off slow, and that is not a complaint. I love that my winter break has been very laid back and chill. It is a nice change. The freedom to roam and do as I wish is quite nice. So, before school got over, my English professor Tom had invited me to a house party. I have much of Tom in my BLOGG, if you don't remember who he is, then just follow this link to a ~PAST POST~. Anyways, I was feeling very anxious to go to this party. It was very strange, ever sense I woke up this morning, I had this little voice inside me telling me not to go. It was totally bizarre because I couldn't understand why. I love going to parties, and I love TOM. It only seemed natural that I go. I mean, I love people, and I knew that the people that would be at a party that Tom would have would be of the highest quality of people, so I just couldn't figure out WHY I had inner tension about going. Well, I didn't have an answer until after I left. It was all clear as I walked from Tom's front door to my car. Check out these pictures, and I will share why.
Ya see, it was a great party. The people were past student's of Tom, and some of his close friends. A great bunch would be a massive understatement. I got to talking with a couple. He was a past high school student of Tom's. A very nice pair. Anyways, I shared a little bit of my story. How M/S impacted my life, and how Jesus has become the central focal point for me. Well, Tom overheard me speaking, and quickly came and asked if I would be willing to share in front of everyone. I agreed and before ya know it, everyone was gathered around the table. I started talking, and told about how M/S kind of brought me into who I am today. I talked about how through struggles I realized that I had to SURRENDER and allow Christ to take the steering wheel. It is not what Mikey wants, but what HE wants. This is why I was attacked before the party (Satan will poke at you). I am so thankful for Tom. I believe everyone in that room would agree that Tom is the definition of sincere love. It just pours out of him, and he is a true living inspiration to me. An example of what it looks like to genuinely care about people from all walks of life.After the party, I went over to my sister's house. Her fiance is going to be selling Kirby's and wanted to know if he could give me his line of bull....I mean he wanted to test out his salesmen skills on me. I agreed, and the whole time I thought to myself, "no one is going to buy one of these when the economy is good, why in the heck would they buy it now??" But, I listened and we will see. Good thing he is going back to school though. ;-)
Also, a really really good thing happened today. I am going to be taking a kid to so sking on the 3rd, and well my car is not the best choice for a trip to Michigan. It doesn't have cruise, my ski's won't fit in it, and it get's really bumpy when you go over 65MPH. Well, TOM, a Young Life staff member agreed to let me use his car for the trip. I AM SO EXCITED!! If anyone wants to pray for the trip, it is on the 3rd, and his name is Brandin.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We got back, ate, and nick and I filled the rest of the day and evening with the video game. I have an action shot from it.
The game is intense, and old school PS1 graphics. BUT, it is amazing and we both rock at it and were determined to win the season. WE DID, but it took forever. The video above was when the ball some how got stuck in the wall, so all the guys were just standing around while we waited for time to run out for the half. We got plenty of free shot's in and took full advantage of it.
So, we recently had this horrible ice storm and snow and all this stuff, well everything has melted because today it got up to like 64 degrees. Then, today it rained like crazy. SO MUCH RAIN. I have this video of me going over a flooded bridge in my neighborhood, but because it takes forever to load videos up on BLOGGER, and it takes up space that I want to be careful with, I decided to upload it onto YouTube. Check um out.
It was a really good day today. I enjoyed hanging out with Nicky thoroughly and I believe it went both ways. Just forming trust and relational know hows. God is good, He is soo good. :-) I'm also glad the bridge didn't collapse when I not only drove over it, but stopped to catch some footage. Sometimes I really love technology.
After that got over, I dropped off a car CD player, ya see, I got my mom this really nice one, but accidently purchased two by accident, so instead of shipping the other one back, I sold it to one of my friends, because I am a good sales men, and my buddy was looking for one. THEN, I went to a Bro's Night out at my friends house (fellow YL leaders). It was a good time. The end of the day/evening landed me at Nicky's house. Ya see, my best friend (Jared) got his little brother (Nicky) a PS2, with a bunch of awesome PS1 and PS2 titles, because Nicky has wanted to start a sweet collection. Well, we found this classic called League of Pain, and it is an awesome futuristic sports game, and we found we can dominate at. It is so sweet, and a serioius bonding experience.Nicky also had a friend over, so I got to meet him, and merge my way into another needing life. It is sweet how God opens doors into people's lives. I love watching it play out in my own life.
I give Him all the glory, and am very thankful for my life.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Once the day wound down, and all was good to go, I was informed by my sister that my Biological Grandma got me a remote control helicopter. It is awesome, and well, if I can "not destroy" it while learning how to fly it, then I will be good to go.It is a micro-remote control copter. It charges from the remote, and will hold a charge for 6 minutes. It is really pretty darn fun to play with.
I thank Christ for what this day stands for, and what He did for us. Truly a blessing to be able to realize all the things I have in my life.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
If I was one of the cows in this picture, I would be all, "you think that
fence can hold me in? You have got to be kidding me man, I could
take out that fence like it was nothing, that fence might as well not be
there." Yea, if only I were cow, that is what I would say.
I cannot justify the title of this BLOG post. I think that a part of me just wanted to have a title that was interesting and wills you to read the post.... It is sad conversely, because now I am using words that I probably should not be using. It won’t stop there either, soon odd nouns will join in just because they can be used, not because they should be or because they have any logical place. The word BECAUSE will be used far too much, just because (SEE!) I can. If only I had a salsify (a long earth-colored edible root of a plant of the daisy family, which is said to have a taste resembling oysters, cooked as a vegetable) to suck on. Then I would be able to keep my taste buds busy. WOW, mind is racing, thoughts are meaningless, what is happening?? Ohh, I know, I am having fun being myself on my BLOG. Something I often take too seriously. Well, this is me, and maybe I will come along more often. But, what if people don't like the wondering Mikey?? What if they think I am strange? Well, I suppose that is just a risk I am willing to take. Yes, hello there.
Anyways, today at work, we took the kids for a walk. We took them for a walk down the streets of Fort Wayne, to Headwaters Park. It was cold, it was windy, it was cold, and cold, but I have noticed that little kids are incredibly resilient, and FOR SOME, it takes a lot to bother them. Here is a picture of the walk. You better believe that yours truly was the leader!! A lot of trust in that position. Good thing I am not crazy....
We got to Headwaters Park, and they had a blast. I really like being in charge. I know it is not a big position, and it is not like I am in charge of a group in an organization, but I enjoy the position of gaining respect, setting guidelines, and watching over a group of little kids. I like the responsibility that comes with the job, and love to play with little kids. It's good stuff.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I spent time at the YMCA near my house and worked out like crazy, and read this book I am working on. It is really good, and opening my eyes to new and awesome things about God.
Then, when I was at home I took a picture of myself that I want to share, because, well I just think I ought to.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I thought about a really neat parable or metaphor to equate pine tree's and their short root systems to that of a new Christian. BUT, for the sake of not sounding like a pompous ass, I decided not to share it (it was good, but possibly just bad timing). Farewell good tree's, you served well to the forest creatures that used you to eat in and poop from.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So, he was going to have a guy from the car lot pick him up. But, I told him I would take him.I sat in there and listened to this guy take advantage of Matt. And watch a guy who can't save a penny blow everything he has worked so hard to get. It was painful to watch. It didn't have anything to do with all the time I have put into Matt, it had everything to do with me seeing that he is beginning to walk back down the road of destruction. One might say, "well it's only a car," but in Matt's case, it is so much more. It got to the point where I was so extremely frustrated and sad that I told him, "Matt, I am intensely disappointed, if you need me, please call." And that was that, he didn't come back home, and that is that.The day ended and it finally came down to this. I said, "well, what step do we take with Matt now?" We discussed that we need to love him. Love him unconditionally, and realize that we did everything that we could to impact him in Christ. That God is in control, and no matter where Matt's life goes from here, we are continue to impact him in love. That we are not to stand as individuals who will enable him to make or continue in bad decisions, but that we musn't ever give up, or just write him off. It kind of makes you "GULP" in your throat, because if you know Matt how I know Matt, you know the likely outcome. But, God is bigger than any of my preconceived notions of how things will go. I trust that this happened for a reason, and that I did everything I could. I am frustrated and sad, but that's okay. God is good, ohh yes, God is good.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Yes, Yes, Ice was on everything. Tree's are falling on power lines all over the city. I heard a statement that there are 70,000+ homes in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas with no power. My brother Travis is one of them. I texted him today, and he said it may be Christmas Eve till he has power again. Ughhh, that sucks so much.
Well, eventually I went out and did some looking/shopping. I found what I didn't want. I decided online was going to be the way to go this year. My mom is the most important to buy for. If I please her, all is well. That's just the way it is. :-)
When I was driving home through my neighborhood I saw many people attempting to clear the ice off their driveway. There was one little old'er lady who really looked like she was struggling. She was working on one little corner of her huge driveway, but wasn't making much leeway. I decided as I drove by that I would take care of her driveway for her. It was a steep one so it took importance. I went home, changed clothes and headed to her house. Without even informing her, I started clearing away. She found out I was clearing when the mail lady had to deliever a piece of mail to her door. Half way through the clearing she called me up to her door. She said that she would pay me, and I politely turned it down. After much debate, she informed me that I had to at least accept $10.oo, so I took it. She seemed very thankful, and that was that. Well, I had it put on my heart to keep looking around the neighborhood for anyone else who was in need of help. I found a guy. His name turned out to be Ray Harrison. I had no idea who he was when I drove up on him. All I knew was that he was a gentlemen older than my parents who had one hand on a scraper, and the other on his back. He looked like he was in pain, so I knew what I was going to do. I started helping, and we started talking. Turns out he is an associate pastor for the Church I grew up in (Grabill Missionary). It was such an awesome blessing. We had more in common than I thought possible. He had a stem cell therapy not too long ago for a rare bone cancer he was diagnosed with. We knew so many of the same people, it was awesome. Also, he had a sweet English accent which made talking to a really cool dude even cooler!! He blessed me by giving me some sound advice on a minor struggle, and then praying for me when we were all done. His wife also gave me some X-Mas cookies which were THE BOMB!! It was very unique and awesome.
The day ended with me taking the $10 bucks I got from that lady and buying a pizza at Za-Time Pizza which is a new pizza place that I am connected to in a pretty cool way (not cool enough for me to say). I bought it, and took it over to Chris's house to share. We watched The Dark Knight and it was cool. THE END.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My day started off by me picking my sister up from her girl friends house, and taking her to work. She has no car right now because it is getting fixed. I wanted to take a picture of her in my car, but I totally forgot to do so. SO, I snapped a picture of her seat right after the fact.Once I dropped her off I went to school to my parking garage of choice. I spent some time reading this book I started yesterday. I really like it a lot.When 11:00AM rolled around I headed over to Snider for some contact work. It was real good.
Back to work, then after work I went to Dave Church where Dave was having an open house of sorts. He put a column in the local newspaper for a couple small towns, and told people to come on out for food, and talk, and fun. It was all that and more. I got to see some old friends, and enjoyed it quite heavily. My birthday was, well pretty freaking average, but I suppose I forced that. Goodbye
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
After the jam session a.k.a. study session, I had to go to the dentist to get a filling. I so wish I would have had my phone, because there are no pictures better than dentist pictures than I like to share. When I left the dentist, my eye looked like this>>>I don't know why the heck it does this every once and a while. It just gets extremely bloodshot in one confined area, and stays that way for an extended period of time. Doesn't hurt, isn't dry or anything like that. Just gets really really bloodshot...very strange Also, my friggin mouth hurt like crazy. Silly filling had me feeling numb and enlarged, although one couldn't tell just by outward appearance. I took 2 pictures to illustrate what I am talking about.
This one is how I looked>>This one depicts how I felt>>>
After dentist, I went back home for a little bit more study time. And then headed back to work. At work we got some snow finally. I stayed an hour later than I am supposed to because it took so long for parents to get to school ta pick up their kids. I had to get home because I agreed to be a servor for my moms Christmas party for her *stitch group*(group of ladies/close friends that have been meeting for "ages" to talk, eat, and do crafts and what not). They all get each other X-Mas gifts, and instead of my mom getting the gal's physical gifts, she made them one amazing dinner. I served the food, wine, and was just a very handsome gentlemen to enjoy looking at. ;o)I snuck this picture while my mom was praying over dinner. They had a grand~ole~time tonight.
And of course, the SERVER!! Yes, literally feet away from the room where my mom and her friends were having dinner, I sat my phone down, struck a pose, and snapped a picture of myself to share with the world. SOAK IT UP!! Kidding, but seriously, just lap this up because it is filling. I'm just playing, but in all honesty, immensely enjoy this.
When I was dismissed I went over to Chris's new apartment. I did this for a couple of reasons.