Copy of a post that my lovely wife posted on our family site:
It is absolutely amazing to think about the significance of the month of March for us over the past few years. In March 2010, God spoke clearly to us while we were on vacation that we were to embark on the journey of adoption. One year later almost to the day, we were meeting Julia for the first time. And now, here we are one year later – celebrating our Forever Family. In between, it has been a series of highs, lows, and frankly, the darkest moments of my life. Let’s break it down…
Opening our hearts to a precious child born physically outside our family – EASY. Flying halfway around the world, adjusting to the 12-hour time difference, and spending 2.5 weeks away from our other children – NOT HORRIBLE. Loving a little girl as she howls over the loss of everything she has ever known?…Teaching her the rules of the home while still giving her the extra care she needs to work through her grief?…Living nearly an entire year of your life in a sleep-deprived state, waking up every one to two hours and hoping that prolonged screaming won’t be involved?…well, you get the idea. Adoption is HARD.
But then, somewhere along the way the days become marked by more joy than sorrow. The grieving becomes an occasional occurrence rather than a daily event. Crawling gives way to first steps, followed by running. First smiles turn to tentative giggles, which evolve into quick smiles and belly laughs. And stress and tension give way to familiarity and love. But I think pictures speak louder than words…to me this picture of Julia is a perfect, adorable representation of how far she has come in the past year.
(Special thanks to Warner Photography for capturing the moment and allowing us to share it here!)
I could spend paragraphs telling you all the milestones that Julia has achieved already – and maybe I will at some point. But for now, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you for your support over the last year while we adjusted to our new family. Thank you to Julia’s birth parents for bringing her into the world. And thank you to Our Heavenly Father, who led us to Julia and shows us all the ultimate model of adoption through His love for us.
And to our precious Julia – sweetheart, it has been a very long year in so many ways yet I also can’t believe it has already been a year since you were placed in our arms. I am constantly amazed by your resilience, amused by your antics, and in awe of the progress we have all made together in the past year. We love you forever.
(Originally posted on March 7, 2012)
So I am not going to get into the over use of the term “cloud” in the computing world today but I would like to look at an idea that has been rolling around in my head for the last few days. With the launch of Google Drive there is yet another major player in the online storage space. There are a large number of them and The Verge did a nice comparison over here. That is all well and good and there are several place online to get free “cloud” storage. Users can now select the one that they desire to use. Once you have hit the limit of the free space for a provider what do you do then? You can select to pay for their services and increase the storage space or select an additional service and go down the same path… but what if there was another solution. So the idea rolling around in my head would be “cloud storage” aggregation. The idea is to have one service running on your device (computer/mobile device/…) that you authenticate with several cloud storage providers. The aggregator then takes care of synchronizing your files up to one or more of your cloud storage provider spread the load and storage. Based on some rough calculations there is 50+ GB of free online cloud storage.
Today in worship I was singing along the lyrics and right after I joyfull sang the following I was struck and had to stop.
Lord use us (me) as You want, whatever the test
I was struck by the power and responsibility to that statement. As I was standing their silently reflecting on this I was convicted that I dont believe that I could sing that wih full truth. I have said yes to the Lord in many places and callings not knowing what would come of it… spreading the Gospel, world travel, unemployment, sleepless nights…
But am I ready to stand before the creator of the universe, my Savior, my God, my redemption, my Lord, my all and say; use me as You want, no matter the test!?!
Here is far more than I could capture already written about disk alignment for both physical and virtual machines so I will not attempt to recount the reason, theories and proofs for having aligned drives. So you know that you need to have your drives aligned but you have 2000+ virtual machines and you find that your drive alignment is off… now what? You (and your team) continue to search for a solution that is the most effective use of technology to help bring the world into alignment. Enter finally one simple amazing tool from Nicholas Weaver, UBERalign.
UBERalign allows for fast and if setup to concurrent VM drive alignment correction. There are some caveats that are pointed that need to be taken into account so before testing please read the details through. Test it out and then get on UBERaligning your virtual world away.
As some of you as friends and family know, our youngest daughter is currently in a stage where she does not sleep well at night. This is a heavy weight on my wife and myself as we help comfort her for what seems like endless hours night after night. This morning in worship this song was spoken from God’s heart to mine as I sat there in tears trying to listen. So I sat there thinking: What if my healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights? What if those are what it takes to know God is near? What if trials of this life are God’s mercies in disguise? What am I really praying for? What are you really praying for? The song is titled: Blessings, by Laura Story.
We pray for blessings We pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom Your voice to hear And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love As if every promise from Your Word is not enough All the while, You hear each desperate plea And long that we’d have faith to believe
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
When friends betray us When darkness seems to win We know that pain reminds this heart That this is not, this is not our home It’s not our home
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears And what if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near What if my greatest disappointments Or the aching of this life Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy And what if trials of this life The rain, the storms, the hardest nights Are Your mercies in disguise
To add to the ongoing online recipe collection I bring to you Buffalo Chicken Dip. This recipe originally came to us from our friends the Hansen’s.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Season and bake the chicken in a shallow backing at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I generally bake the chicken in advance a day or two. After the chicken i cool, shred the chicken and layer into a 9x13 pan. Cover with the hot sauce. Melt together the cream cheese and blue cheese dressing in a pot or a double boiler. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the chicken and hot sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and bake for 30 - 40 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and top with chopped celery. I serve it with corn tortilla chip scoops.
In fixing a PC for a friend this week I noticed that the free version of Malwarbytes had not been updated of run in a long time. As noted, the free version will not auto update or auto run. So then for the non-parinoid person Malwarebytes is simply installed and doing nothing… well that does no good. After updating the software and removing the crud that had infected it I had a realization; why not just use Windows Scheduled Tasks to update and run Malwarebytes? So a quick expereriment using the command line showed that it will take command line aruguments and run the update and full scan. Over to the Windows task scheduler, drop in two new tasks to run the update command and then run the full scan. There you have it, a more automated and hopefully sooner catch to nasty software that someone might get
Just another step in automating the world one task at a time. I kick myself over not thinking of this sooner to help fend of nasty stuff from friends PCs.
Pastor Thomas I would like to share my thoughts on your post and journeys coffeehouse on main street.
When journeys coffeehouse was formed over three years ago inside the of the walls of Messiah it was known that is was only a place to grow and cultivate the idea of using a third place to help share the Gospel to the world. As much as one will try the fact is that journeys coffeehouse in it’s current location is stuck within the confines of a traditional church building. Folks who don’t yet know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior don’t want to walk into the walls of a traditional church, most churches buildings freak them out. As I recall from what I read, Jesus did not do the majority of His ministry and outreach in the temple but out where the people are. journeys coffeehouse goal is to create a ministry venue in which the gospel can be shared and lived out. journeys coffeehouse is not intending to be “a church” on main street but instead and more powerful to be “the Church” on main street. We can continue to build traditional church buildings and asking the world to come to Him, or we can take Him to the world.
I would rather pour my life into someone while sharing the gospel instead of polishing the pretty bricks on a traditional church building. Jesus did not come to the world to have us make members in church clubs but instead to have His creation cross from death to life through believing in Him.
Update to the post. I do understand and believe in the local church so please don’t misunderstand that through my strong statements above. What I do have a problem with are the traditional church settings are so inwardly focused that they are not evangelizing to the world and tightening in on the “club” mentality if even unconsciously.
I recently received the Chapadao de Ferro, Brazil from MadCap Coffee Company for this months shipment in the Direct Trade Coffee Club. So far, I have had a chance to try this via a chemex, espresso and in an americano. The dark chocolate comes out in the slow brew while I get a lot more of the caramel in the espresso. Makes for a well rounded and versatile roast. Amazing flavors!
I was asked to tape a message to place on the website of Messiah as a thank you for all of those that had joined us for the Christmas season and events. The script was fairly straight forward… after two days of taping of which the first day I was feeling dreadfully ill we ended up with a good video "thank you" message as seen below.