Home Sweet Home!

August 31st, 2007

My parents’ house
Rachel’s parents’ house
TJ’s house
Camp

These are all the places I’ve referred to with the name “home” in the span of the last three or four months. Well NO MORE!!!

As of one week ago today, Rachel and I have a new home! A home all to ourselves, that has all of our stuff in it (as opposed to living out of a suitcase, or using someone elses closet), and from which we will not leave in the next few months.

Although it is amazing to have a place to ourselves, I gotta say unpacking isn’t very much fun. Both Rachel and I are working full time already, so we haven’t had much time and we’ve been unpacking only what we need/want right away.

I’m working with my dad doing hardwood flooring, and it’s nice to have something familiar… although we have a new work truck (The Ambulance), so I don’t know where everything goes yet. My dad and brother (Who was working for dad during the internship) have also come up with some new methods that are better/faster than how we used to do it, so I’ve had to learn some new stuff. But all in all, it’s still the same ol’ work, which is good and bad.

Rachel got a job at Renewal by Andersen. They’re a more expensive branch of Andersen Windows. It’s a temp job that (according to the boss there) may turn permanent. HAH! That’s what she thinks! Rachel hates the job, and is currently pursuing a job at Compassion International. She’s had an interview, and my sister-in-law who works there is very optomistic about her chances of getting the job. So am I. 🙂

In other news, I’m on the internet… on my computer… in my house. Yessiree bob, we are officially online! But don’t worry, we still have plenty of excuses for not updating regularly 😛

There’s your update, folks! Thanks for tuning in, and drop me a line on E-mail/facebook/xanga/stevish if you want.

Peath out, yo!

Cobwebs

August 8th, 2007

Thanks, Lorelei, for clearing out some of the cobwebs in here. I have a few minutes so I’ll drop you a quick update.

Rachel and I are moving to CO soon, and in a matter of about 9 or 10 days, we will be staying at my parents house with high speed internet, and maybe even the time to use it. After a week of that, expect another drought on here because We’ll be moving into our new (rental) house, which does not currently have any internet. All in good time though.

Well, that’s about all I have time for. I’m off to check on my wife’s progress on the CD pictures.

When Life Hands You a Lemmon

June 18th, 2007

My internship here at Ao-Wa-Kiya seems to be drawing to a close as the busy summer approaches. As I think back on all the good and bad times the opportunity has afforded, I can’t help but be drawn to this phrase: Life really handed me a Lemmon. Three of them, actually. And no, it’s not a typo.

My first run-in with the Lemmon family was with my now-good-friend T (I don’t usually call him that, but for the purpose of not listing his full name on the worldwide stalkernet, I’ll leave it at that), about 4 years ago. Since then, we have grown to be friends, and I have learned first-hand about his generosity and helpfulness.

About 10 months ago, I moved into T’s Duplex (He rents his side from his parents, who live in the other side). This was a huge blessing since I hadn’t brought in the support I needed, and he let me stay there free of charge. This meant that I could live close to Rachel during the week, and still have enough money to eat and buy gas. But beyond that, it opened up another great opportunity.

Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon own a business and, knowing my situation, offered me all the hours I needed, whenever I was able to work (which was generally Monday – Wednesday, with plenty of last-minute changes). This allowed me to have enough money to eat like a human being, and even save up money for the wedding and honeymoon. But the blessings don’t stop there.

The Lemmons found out that I knew a good deal about installing hardwood floors, and before I knew it, I was getting paid handsomely for 3 wood floors and an in-floor heating system, all of which T and I installed.

Now, if you think this isn’t amazing enough of a story, let me add that I burnt down the kitchen. Did that stop their generosity and hospitality? Most certainly not! In fact, one of my flooring jobs came from that fire (Just sit back and think about hiring the kid that burnt down your kitchen to install a new floor, and then paying him well for it)!

Interspersed in all of these events was T and his truck, always coming to the rescue. Rachel moved twice, we had to move a trailer, I needed a ride from the mechanic, I felt like I couldn’t afford gas money… He drove for all of that. And don’t get me started about the wedding! Even a while before the big day he was helping any way he could. Then on the day of the rehearsal, here comes T with his truck, bringing the chairs, 2 bridesmaids, a sound tech (aka himself), an usher and luggage for all of them. Then before, during, and after the wedding he ran truckloads of stuff from camp to the barn and vice-versa, ran sound, watched the weather (taking the pressure off me by practically making the call about going ahead with the outdoor wedding), made sure the getaway vehicle (Oh yeah, Mrs. Lemmon lent me her BMW Z4) was all taken care of, cleaned up and set up who knows what, etc… When I talked to my dad, I mentioned his name and he said “Oh yeah, that guy was everywhere!”

God threw me three Lemmons, and I can’t imagine a more perfect situation than that. I’ve tried to think of what the internship would have been without them, and I can’t picture it. I really think that I would have had to simply pack up and go home, if not for their support. It still amazes me how they played such a huge part in my support without ever giving me a dime. Food, lodging, work… It turned out to be priceless.

And as for T, basically, he did all a human could do for me (and Rachel), without ever asking anything in return.

He is the definition of a friend.

Thank you, Lemmons, and especially T… from the bottom of my heart. God used you in a way that was unimaginable. I hope that sometime, some way, I can repay you… but I also know that God will let no deed go unrecognized. I think you’re far more wealthy than we’ll ever know.

So when life hands you a Lemmon, I pray it’s one of these.

Wed

June 9th, 2007

For those of you who may be lacking in powers of observation, I just got married, and between that and camp, my internet access will be quite limited, so don’t expect quick responses. There will be several honeymoon posts to come though, fear not (And not about that you pervert).

Calling all Golf Carts

May 21st, 2007

I just bought 2 Midland GXT635 Radios for camp this summer! And then, just in case I hadn’t been loose enough with my money, I ordered 2 headsets for them! I’m pretty excited. Hopefully these will work better than the last ones I got excited about (At least this time I can return them if I need to).

I was really tempted to get the surveillance (AKA Secret service style) headsets, so as to do Pastor Bill’s security or something, but they were just too expensive. But if anyone needs a good idea for a wedding gift…

Ugh, why do they make you charge them for 24 hours before using them for the first time… The wait is killing me!

Ok, I’m gonna go watch the “charging” light for a while.

Oh yeah!

May 9th, 2007

You are looking at the new debtor of Amazon.com. Well… you’re not really looking at me… you’re kinda just reading what… you know, nevermind. What I’m trying to say is that Amazon owes me 36 cents! All because someone followed one of my links to Amazon and then bought something! So I put a search box over in my sidebar to encourage people to go to Amazon and buy stuff, ’cause it makes me money. 🙂

Toothpaste

May 8th, 2007

So I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of flavored toothpaste (by recently, I mean within the last 3 years). I was using Cinnamon Crest 2 in 1 stuff, and really liked it. The reason I was so pleased, was that I’ve never liked mint, so I had never experienced brushing my teeth without a nasty taste in my mouth.

Well eventually, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics, the law of conservation of mass and energy, and of course the atiobatic rate (which sometimes enters into it, they tell me), I ran out of toothpaste. So of course I had to buy more. Since I am always interested in trying new things, I decided to check out another brand. I bought Colegate Cinnamint. Apparently, they’re really serious about that “mint” part. And now I’m stuck with a whole tube of nastiness.

Some time later, I was walking through some store and decided to look at Colegate’s other flavors. Here’s what I found: Colegate sells an assortment of flavored toothpastes, but they all are based on a mint taste! Would someone please explain to me the point of offering a bunch of different flavors that all taste the same? What about those of us who don’t like mint? Do the people at Colegate care about us? I would argue that “No, indeed they do not.”

So goodbye, Colegate… you are officially banished from my heart. Please do not come crawling back, trying to seduce me… I know your evil ways, and will not again fall in to your wretched trap. Goodbye… forever.

Ps. I changed the locks, so don’t even think about it.

And it Wained… (3x)

April 26th, 2007

Boy it’s wet.

It’s so wet, that it’s early afternoon here at camp, and I have nothing to do. We got all the inside stuff done, and all that’s left to do is… out there. We didn’t quit raking until hypothermia became a real possibility. I think we just want to be done with leaves, so we’re working hard on the last few spots. That’s right, we’re almost done with leaves! I’m so excited.

While I’m on the topic of rain… I’d just like to let you all know, that I am desperately in love with my Rachel, and miss her horribly.

37 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes and 12 seconds… I love you, Angel.

Roof

April 23rd, 2007

10,000 square feet of shingles: About a million dollars
Nails, staples, and other supplies: Probably a hundred dollars
480 hours in volunteer labor: Free
Actually finishing a 10,000 square foot roof in 1 weekend: Priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else… you hope you win the lottery.

February 26th

April 13th, 2007

I’d like you to know that today is April 13th, and I just drank a half-pint carton of milk that was supposed to expire on February 26th. It was fine.

Those folks at Country Fresh really don’t mess around.