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Nine Years

July 29, 2009

Jaime pointed out in the comments on my 500th post (which I posted about an hour ago) that today is also our anniversary.  One of the reasons for biting the bullet on the 500th post is to get an anniversary post up. 🙂

So today marks nine years of married life together for us.  It’s been a wonderful ride for us so far and we look forward to many more in the future.  I’ve now spent 28% of my life married to Jaime and another 11% dating.  That’s almost 40% of our life together.  It’s amazing to think about.

There are so many things I’m thankful for about Jaime that they are too numerous to go into here.  Just a small sampling of those include:

  • She understands me (and still likes me!).
  • She moved to Texas with me when it meant seeing our family only a couple times a year at best.
  • She laughs and jokes with me.
  • She makes me a better person.
  • She encourages me.
  • She sacrifices for me.
  • She gave up her teaching career to follow me to Buffalo, where we weren’t able to find a teaching position.
  • She gives her all to being a great Mom to Addison.
  • She walks with me in ministry.
  • She helps me keep my priorities straight.

I could keep going on, but I won’t.  It’s enough to say that I’m so thankful to God for giving me Jaime. What a wonderful blessing she has been to me and so many others over her lifetime. Addison and I are better for having Jaime as Mom and Wife.

500th Post

July 29, 2009

You may or may not have noticed, but I haven’t been blogging much recently.  Part of the reason for that is that I’ve been coming up on my 500th post and I wasn’t sure what to do to mark it.  So I slowed down my blogging to figure out an idea.  Turns out, I never came up with one.  🙂

So this marks my 500th post.  Unlike the 200th post, I won’t be redesigning my blog.  I will leave you with the updated stats and how they compare to the 200th.

General Stats

Top Posts

So, now that this hurdle is behind me, I may start blogging more regularly again. 🙂

Happy Birthday Jaime

May 12, 2009

Today is Jaime’s birthday.  I’m so glad that God made her and brought us together.  She’s an excellent wife to me and an even better mother to our little Addison. 

She has no “Happy Birthday to Me” post on her own blog, so you can leave birthday wishes in the comments here until she fesses up to having a birthday.

So thankful for Jaime today!

Fantasy Update

April 6, 2009

So I forgot to post the Fantasy Idol stats the last two weeks.  Here’s how we stand after 4 people have been eliminated:

Addie’s Auntie Jen 24
Kat 24
Kelsey 24
Lisa Criste 24
Phyllis 24
Zach Attack 24
Tracy Bramwell 23
Caroline Criste 21
Jaime 21
Kathy 21
Kristina Beras 21
Suzer Steege 21
Mark Bramwell 20
Jason Christ 18

Yes, that’s me at the bottom. 

My prospects are looking much better in our First Trinity bracket challenge.  At worst, I finish 2nd this evening behind Kathy Figini if Michigan State wins.  At best, I finish 1st if North Carolina wins.  Here’s hoping the Tarheels win!

Town Hall For Hope

March 31, 2009

Town Hall For Hope

I’ve enjoyed Dave Ramsey ever since we saw him at the Catalyst conference.  After taking the Good Sense budgeting course with Susan Whited, I’ve taken a much more proactive approach to finances, and Dave has been a great companion for that.

If you’re like the typical person, this economy may be freaking you out.  First Trinity is going to be hosting a live streaming event with Dave Ramsey in partnership with churches all across the country.  Here’s what they say about it:

Tired of hearing the fear, doom and gloom that’s filling the airwaves? Join Dave Ramsey for a nationwide town hall meeting and discover what’s happening with the economy, how we got here, and where we’re going.

I’d encourage you to come be a part of the event.  If you’d like to promote it, here are a couple of resources for you:

If you’d like to get either print pieces to hang in a local business, we’d be happy to print one up for you.  Just let me know which you want and when you’d like to come get it and we’ll have it ready for you.

Here’s the promotional video for the event:

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Blast From the Past

March 18, 2009

One of my favorite Gmail extensions is Xoopit.  It sits on top of Gmail and scans for file attachments, then makes them easily searchable at their site or within Gmail.  One of my favorite features is the summary email each week.  It shows you what you’ve received that week, but it also shows you something from this week a year ago.

Here’s what came to me this week last year, from Darcy:

Teen Poster

Made me chuckle.

Well, we have our Top 12 13 contestants finally!  I felt bad for Anoop getting his chain yanked again, feeling the complete disappointment of not making it, only to be told he’d actually made it because they were upping the number of contestants.  That’s just brutal.

But enough about the Top 13; It’s time to play Fantasy Idol!  Here are the rules:

  • You can pick up to six contestants for your team.
  • You can divide a total of 6 points among your team. (You are responsible for correctly adding your points.  In the event that you assign too many points total for your team, one point will be deducted starting with the first contestant you selected and moving through each of your team members until it reaches six total points.)
  • Each week your contestant survives, you will receive the number of points you’ve assigned to that contestant added to your total score.
  • The person with the most points at the end of the season gets a free copy of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  (In the event that I win, 2nd place will receive the prize.)

Here’s an example of how it works:

You choose Anoop, Kris and Jasmine for your team.  You decide Anoop is worth 3 points, Kris is worth 1, and Jasmine, 2.  Each week Anoop survives, you’ll get 3 points added to your total score.  Each week Kris survives, you’d get 1 point.

The deadline to sign up will be 7:55 EDT (Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!) on Wednesday, March 11, which is 5 minutes before the results show starts.  This gives you the opportunity to see everyone sing one more time before deciding.  If you wish to change your picks, simply fill out the form again.  Your latest valid entry will count as your official team.

Also, the name you enter on the form will be what’s displayed on the blog standings.

To sign up, click here.

Feel free to invite as many people as you want to join in on the fun.  Please point them to this post for the rules and to sign up.

40 Days

February 25, 2009

Today is Ash Wednesday.  We begin the countdown to the celebration of Easter today, but first we reflect on our own sinfulness and our need for a Savior as we approach Good Friday.  It’s a great time of the church year, leading to my favorite Sunday of the year, Easter Sunday.

Of course, Easter Sunday will be even more special this year (scroll to the bottom of the post).

Threaded Comments Are Here

February 21, 2009

WordPress recently upgraded their comment system so that we can have threaded comments.  You can see an example of it in their announcement.  I’ve turned it on for this blog, which should help for replying to comments.  Enjoy!

Fantasy Idol 2009

February 12, 2009

It’s almost time to start our Fantasy Idol season again.  It seems the process for choosing a Top 12 is different yet again.  There seem to be 3 weeks of 12 singers each (the Final 36).  Each week, three winners will be chosen.  There will then presumably be some method for getting the extra 3 singers back into the mix to round out the top 12. 

Our rules will be a little different this time, however.  Each player in the pool will be given 6 points to distribute among the finalists as you see fit.  For example, you could take 6 different finalists and give each person one point.  Or you could pick 3 people and give each 2 points.  You get the number of points you’ve assigned to each contestant added to your score each week they survive.  For example:

My picks are:

  • John Doe: 2 points
  • Jane Smith: 3 points
  • Jimmy Johnson: 1 point

Now, John makes it 3 weeks, Jimmy 5 and Jane only 1.  My point total would now be:

  • John Doe: 2 points X 3 weeks = 6
  • Jane Smith: 3 points X 1 week = 3
  • Jimmy Johnson: 1 point x 5 weeks = 5
  • Total Score: 14 points

At the end of the season, the person with the most points wins.

I’ll release the details for how to give me your picks once we get a little farther along, including when the deadline to pick will be.