Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Finally I exited the ranch to find myself behind the Humane Society, far from where I had started this trek. I walked for almost 3 hours, so going the way I came would lead me right up into the brushy hillside and steep, rocky trails right about dusk.
So, I called my lovely wife, who is Googling the address of the Humane Society on her Droid and coming to get me as I text this post from my phone.
So now, I won't have to be eaten alive by a mountain lion!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Supposed to have internet after tomorrow morning. I'm not holding my breath.
- Praying to find a job soon.
- Went taste testing at Orfila Vineyard. It was a blast!
- Kimberly has a nasty cough. She sounds like a smoker!
- My car has an unpleasant odor in it.
- Looking forward to establishing some sort of routine.
- Kimberly is a beast! She put together 4 chairs, a table, and a tall cabinet all in just 2 days!
- Its annoying that some people feel the need to defend Indiana when I express positive things about California. I mean, really people, just because I like it here doesn't mean I immediately hate where I came from! I've got enough love for 2 states!
- I've gotta list of people I'm really missing already! I've also gotta list of people I'm really NOT missing. I guess it all balances out. Although, the people on the MISS list are pretty awesome . . . (sigh).
- I love the oceanside pier! I can't wait to build a fire on the beach this fall!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
- Today we went to Dixon Lake and chatted with some fishermen, saw an enormous fish, and watched diving ducks catch minnows.
- The unpacking of our apartment is going well. I imagine we'll be all done within just a few more days!
- My mom made the trip with us and is staying to visit for a while. We are so glad she's here!
- Tomorrow we're heading to the IKEA in San Diego. It'll be Kimberly and Mom's first time there. Maybe I'll take them to see Sea Port Village, too. I know they'll love it!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday- Hit the road bright and early. Made our way to Haviland, KY and stayed in the Barclay dormitory.
Wednesday- Met up with Kris (happy birthday!!!). Hadn't seen him in a while, so its great to have him join the convoy! Reached Holbrook, AZ. Beautiful country out here!
Tomorrow- ESCONDIDO!!! Woot! Woot!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Its been a whirlwind of happiness, sadness, excitement, anxiousness, thankfulness . . . pretty much a little bit of most emotions imaginable.
But most of all, I feel joyful.
I am so blessed, and have been reminded of that nearly every other minute this past week.
In about four hours we'll be hitting the road hard, making our way out to Escondido permanently and hopefully reaching Kansas before calling it a day.
Prayers for travel safety are appreciated!
Thank you to those of you who made this week so special!
I love all you guys and can't wait to see you again in California!!!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I pray for the day we can speak to him as a young adult, explain to him how wonderful his mother was, and how beautiful her faith in Christ was.
And I'm confident that one day we'll have that conversation.
Friday, June 18, 2010
- Made it to Indy from San Diego safely!
- So stoked to be with my lovely wife again!
- Still can't believe how amazing the past month has been!
- Visiting with great people who we'll miss SOOOO much!
- Good meeting at work today!
- Finishing up some minor packing!
- Still have so many people to say goodbye to!
- Leaving again soon!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Suddenly, she points at a cloud and says, “Look! That one is shaped like a long-haired kitten playing on its back!”
Marilyn is eccentric.
- She’s also a 2nd time widow.
- Her first husband, father of her daughters, died of cancer.
- Her second husband died a long, drawn-out death. Marilyn served her husband for seven years as his primary caregiver, tending to him as he slowly wasted away.
- Marilyn lost nearly everything she owned in hurricane Katrina, when her home was engulfed in fourteen feet of floodwater.
- She’s isolated and lonely. Marilyn is the only person within all her family and close friends living in Mississippi. Her children and grandchildren live far away, and her dog has died, pummeled to death with onions by over-zealous parade goers. (Seriously)
Reading her life in bullet points, it seems her story is a glum one, but hearing the tale from the storyteller’s mouth lends a different twist.
A silver lining.
- Marilyn remembers loving both of her husbands very much, and she still holds them dear in her heart.
- She remembers what a good father her daughters had.
- She smiles as she speaks of caring for her second husband as he suffered from illness. “I loved taking care of him. I babied him, and he loved it,” she says.
- Marilyn is grateful to be a survivor of Katrina, when so many lives were lost. She has rebuilt her home and maintains an appreciation for life without the complications that come with a love and greed for stuff.
- Marilyn enjoys visiting family and friends, and is proud her children chased their dreams as adults and ventured far from the nest. Although saddened by the loss of her dog, she beams in her ability to travel burden free.
Marilyn looks at the world through a different lens than most be people.
I got to take a peak through that lens today.
And I liked what I saw.
And it triggers the insatiable perfectionist in me.
Perhaps three times is a charm.
And perhaps I'll learn to sit on a project for a week or two before I declare it finished, as I always seem to revise a time or two anyway.
manipulator - 3 from Nathan Harris on Vimeo.
We all enjoy having status and most of us would like to use that status to enhance the work of the Lord. Unfortunately, many of us think we are not significant enough to be used by God for great things. We might say, "Oh, I'm only a janitor, or only a repairman, or only a housewife." We think that if only we had a more prestigious title - such as doctor or professional athlete...or even Brownie...God could use us to do mighty things.
Perhaps the prophet Amos thought that way when God called him to serve. "After all," he could have said, "I am only a shepherd. Who will listen to me?" But instead of questioning his status, he obeyed and became a powerful voice for God.
Remember, with God there is no "I am only this or that," when it comes to His children. No matter how you perceive yourself, God sees you as having potential for great service and as the old saying goes, "He's not through with me yet!"
*Borrowed from HERE.
- I can't wait to see my wife
- I've never flown alone before, hope I can find my gate and all that stuff
- it'd be nice to hear back from the school I interviewed at, whether I got the job or not, I'd kinda like to know
- lots to accomplish this week, hope it all goes well
- standing in our new apartment today I got a chill and thought, "we're gonna be so happy here!"
- there is a bird outside singing loudly and it doesn't exactly sound like a lullabye
- I hate typos
- still sticking to the diet really well, but I've slacked off on exercizing this week
- I have learned that I like NCIS
- thinking about 'big dreams' vs 'reality.' I can dream big, but at the end of the day, I'm chicken
- need job
- wondering where we'll put that darn freezer
- and how do you place a chaise lounge in a room shaped liked this!?
- excited to see my kitties soon
- need job
- need job
- not checking luggage at the airport
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
manipulator from Nathan Harris on Vimeo.
Monday, June 14, 2010
They are such kind people, and so genuine.
Initially, the idea of staying with someone I had only been acquainted with made me a little nervous.
"Will it be awkward?" I worried.
But not only have they made me feel like a guest; I've felt very much like I'm with family.
I've grown to love them very much, and am so appreciative of the opportunity they've given me. I've been able to find a great home while staying with them, and I think I'm very close to getting a job, too. These things would have just been so difficult to achieve remotely. Building relationships with such warm people has also relieved many moving jitters.
Thank you, Dan and Susan. You both are so great! I can't thank you enough!
You have been a blessing to me!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
And to my delight, my posse of guides has grown! I’ve been living on the northeast side of Escondido for about four weeks now and am becoming somewhat familiar with it, but our new home will be on the exact opposite end of town. So Susan, Alice, and Nathan put me behind the wheel this afternoon to give me hands-on training on the “how-to’s” and “where at’s” of the southwest side of Escondido.
It’s a lot to cram into this brain, but I think I’m starting to kinda get a it!
I bypassed the temptation of ‘all-things-fried’ and ate a chicken kabob, however, I did stray from my diet and ate an entire bag of cotton candy. And it was the best cotton candy I could ever even imagine!
It was a great time taking in all the sights, smells, and sounds; and of course, the company was great too!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
NIV - Jeremiah 29:11
Clarity of purpose is a key to successful living:
* It guides us in our decision-making.
* It helps us to know when to say yes and when to say no.
* It determines where we will go in life. It's the difference between just existing and making a difference.
* Only through our Creator can we find our ultimate purpose; He created us for a purpose. No one is here by accident. God has a plan for every life - a destiny to fulfill.
So, what's yours? What's your purpose?
I can't answer that question for you, but the One who created you can. Get to know Him through His Son Jesus, and His ever-insightful Word in Scripture. You'll be taking the first and most important step in discovering your life's purpose.
*Borrowed from HERE
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Momma Bird's eggs have hatched! At the moment, they look more like black fuzzy bugs than humming birds, but I'm sure within the next couple weeks, they'll be adorable. Momma is protective of her little ones; she'll only feed them when I'm at a distance. I waited and waited to get a shot of her feeding her babies yesterday, but she would only lay on them, feeding them when I'm across the yard and too far to get a good picture.
Watching these little humming birds grow is going to be awesome!
Father God, I want to want You more.
More than anything else.
Please help me to desire You alone.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
While you remain the same
Mighty One, so humble
To accept this trader’s praise
Jesus, to You I stumble
From my idolatry
My hands are red with Your blood
How could you forgive me?
I sing to You now, broken
Wholeness is in You
Amidst the world’s deception
I’ve fallen from the truth
Joy is oneness with You
And love is You alone
Peace is at Your feet, Lord
Face down before Your throne
Oh, Father, can I come home?
Oh, Father, can I come home?
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Yesterday I booked a flight back to Indy, scheduled on June 16th, coincidentally exactly a month after leaving. I’ll spend about five days in Indiana helping Kimberly with whatever packing is left, wrapping up things with my current job, and spending a little more time with friends and family before loading up the moving truck and caravaning back to Escondido with Pink, Kris, Kimberly, and my mom (who we are very excited to have making the trip with us!).
*Back home again, in Indiana . . .
Not only did I hear it; I felt it.
I hesitantly looked beneath my right foot, which was just outside the door, and there I saw, with much disgust, that I had step on a huge snail.
The shell was smashed to pieces, and the snail . . . well, it was gross.
Very, very gross.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Not sure how I feel about GarageBand yet. I need practice! All the pre-recorded loops and such! I can't quite get the feel and melody that's in my head and in the lyrics to come through in the music. But it was fun trying!
Actually, no it wasn't.
It was very frustrating trying, and the end result is disappointing . . .
I can't even sing the whole song in-key because not all the chords are where they should be. Gr!
Music is one of those things I'm just so drawn towards, driven to create but not really skilled or equipped for. Its incredibly aggravating and can really get depressing at times.
Its like . . . um, like when you're a child, laying in bed so tired. As exhausted as you are, you're legs are restless as though you could run for miles, but its 9:00pm and you're six years old, so all you can do is stir.
I did that from time to time as a kid anyway. And that's how I feel now when there's all these lyrics and melodies, harmonies and runs in my head with nowhere else to go.
No brilliant voice to unleash them with. No fantastic compositional skills to document them. No beautiful instrumentation to bring them to life.
Just my head for them to echo in, driving me crazy.
Eh, oh well.
Such is art ;o)
So here it is. My mess.
This Mess from Nathan Harris on Vimeo.