Thursday, December 21, 2006

Niagara Falls vacation video

Here is the video that I made of our trip to Niagara Falls:

O Canada

Jami and I are back from our vacation to Canada and Niagara Falls. We had a great time eh! Jami has started to put pictures from our trip on her flickr site. I will have a video of the trip up here soon. The falls are amazing. I can't imagine those loneys that go over them in barrels. Anyways we had a great time!!! Check out pictures here:

Trip Pictures

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Men's Leadership Breakfast Week 2

Sorry I am late posting this, but here are my notes for week two of the Men's Leadership Breakfast:

- Do you see opportunities as seed or harvest
- Don't insulate yourself from adversity
- Opportunities often look like insurmountable obstacles. So if we want to take advantage of these opportunities, we have to learn to see problems in a new way--God's way. Then our biggest problems may just start looking like our greatest opportunities.
- I think we'd be amazed at the percentage of prayers aimed at problem reduction.
- It's our past problems that prepare us for future opportunities.
- Maybe prayer is less about changing our circumstances than it is changing our perspective.
- Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God.
- The most important choice you make everyday is your attitude.
- Lion chasers are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary uncertainty.
- There will always be an element of uncertainty.
- The reward for good work is more work.
- Tiny differences in input can quickly become overwhelming differences in output.
- Good is often the enemy of great
- One courageous choice may be the only thing between you and your dream becoming reality.

There are so many more quotes I could have added, but I didn't want the list to get too long. Next week is the last week, so I will add chapters 7,8,and 9 notes next week.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Reading List

Over the last two years I have tried to read more. I have done this for several reasons, the main one is just primarily for personal growth. It is imperative that we continue to constantly improve ourselves and one of those ways is by constantly learning. College obviously provides for some of that, but I feel the need to read more about personal growth and leadership. I have decided to write down here the books that I can remember reading over the last two years. This way I have a record of what I have accomplished. I have also put the last 4 books and the one that I am currently reading in a recommended books on the sidebar to the right of this blog. I will always try to keep it updated with book 1. being the current book that I am reading and the follow them with the order that I have read the other 4 books. So here is the list:

1. The Tipping Point; by Malcom Gladwell (Currently Reading)
2. In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day; by Mark Batterson
3. Often Wrong, Never In Doubt; by Donny Deutsch
4. Today Matters; by John C. Maxwell
5. Life @ Work; by John C. Maxwell
6. Nine Things You Simply Must Do; by Henry Cloud
7. Black Box; by Larry Jones
8. The Heart of Worship Files; by Matt Redmen
9. It's Not the Big that eat the Small, but the fast that eat the slow; by Jason Jennings
10. Trump Strategies for Real Estate; by George Ross
11. The Goal; by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
12. He-Motions; by T.D. Jakes
13. Jack: Straight from the Gut; by Jack Welch
14. Trump: How to Get Rich; by Donald Trump
15. Trump: The Art of the Deal; by Donald Trump

I think this is it, but if I remember more I will add them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

In the kitchen

Last night I made this wonderful meal. New York Strip steak w/garlic whipped potatoes. The steak is seasoned and then seared in olive oil. Once the sides are cooked I put more olive oil and garlic on top in put it in the oven. The potatoes are boiled until fork tender then drained. Add butter, garlic, and a little milk, whip them with (as Emeril calls it) the boat motor thing...add parsley to everything and serve!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

2006 GCC Food Drop

Saturday Dec 9 was the annual GCC food drop. Every year our church teams up with Feed The Children. This year we were able to provide 7 truck loads (over 150,000 pounds) of food to the michiana area. Talk about a church that makes an impact on it own community!!! I love this church. Here is the video that Corey Mann produced for to capture the event:

Food Drop Video

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Men's Leadership Breakfast Week 1

I am participating for the next 3 Wednesdays in the Men's leadership breakfast at Granger Community Church. We are Studying a book by Mark Batterson called "In a Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". Pastor Mark Beeson is leading the discussions. The book is about Benaiah who kills a Lion in a pit on a snowy day.

20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men. 23 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard. 2 Samuel 23 20-23

Who better to put in charge of your bodyguard than a man who has killed a lion? This book illustrates how we all have obstacles that cross our path, and it is how we deal with these obstacles that make the difference. This first week we covered the first three chapters of the book. Here are some of my notes:

- Normal people run away from Lions
- God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time
- God is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities
- the biggest risks are the greatest opportunities
- Goodness is not the absence of badness
- Do the best you can with what you have where you are
- Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities
- Lion chasers grab life by the mane
- Sometimes God won't intervene until something is humanly impossible
- one of the most exhilarating things in the world is doing something that no one thinks you can do
- most of our problems are not circumstantial they are perceptual
- God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.
- Don't accumulate possessions accumulate experiences
- Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive
- The cure for fear of failure is not success, but it is failure.
- Jesus never ran away from his detractors or persecutors, he chased them.
- We are in a world that says "you can't do it"
- Somebody has to take responsibility
- The more responsibility you have the less freedom you have

Monday, November 13, 2006

Life is Good

I read an article about these guys in inc. magazine a couple of months ago.

read article here

$80 million selling merchandise with postive sayings??? Well some people amaze me on what they can do with such simple stuff. I have to admit I'm hooked, I now own a "Life is good" hat and a coffe mug that on one side says "life is good" and on the other says, "do what you like, like what you do" I'm now part of the "life is good" trend.

life is good website

Thursday, November 09, 2006

New Flickr Account

Hey I just opened a Flickr account. You can view my photos here:


or by clicking the Flickr badge link at the bottom right.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How to be interesting???

If you want to be interesting read this:


If you don't want to be interesting, then don't read it!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Jacob's first Halloween and 1 more pic from chi-town

This is a pic from Jacob's first Halloween. He dressed up as Tigger.
The staff at the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe was dressed up in costumes. Here Jacob is wearing the genies hat in the Hard Rock Store.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Chicago Trip 10/28/2006

On Saturday I did something I have never done before. Jami, Jacob and I, along with Jami's aunt and uncle, Lola and Mike, took the South Shore to Chicago.

The train stop just short of the Chicago river on Michigan Street. So we had to cross the bridge over the river to get to the shopping area of Michigan street. When crossing the bridge, and me being a fan of "The Apprentice" I had to take a pictue of Trump's new building being built, it has a long way to go yet.

After going a couple of blocks west to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe we went back to Michigan Street and went to Water Tower Place. This is a picture from across the street from Water Tower Place looking up at the John Hancock building.

After some more shopping we went to the Weber Grill and had supper. This is fast becoming one of my favorite places to eat in Chicago. This was the third time Jami and I have ate there. I had the beer can chicken and garlic mashed potatos (YUMMY). Anyways after that we had to head back to the station to catch the last train back to South Bend. Here is Jacob playing with Mike's new "Life is Good" hat while waiting for the train.

Just a guess, but I think we wore Mike out!!!

Overall it was a fun day and I would recomend trying the South Shore sometime. I found it very on time and enjoyed not having to drive to Chicago for once.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Branford Marsalis Quartet Concert Review

Well it has been awhile since I have went to a jazz concert. But last friday I went to see the Branford Marsalis quartet at the Chicago Symphony Hall. I went with my good friend Brent Kattau. Now if you have never seen modern jazz before this concert would be a little different for you, but I thought it was one of the best all around bands I have seen. This group builds an idea, puts you on the edge of your seat and then starts the next idea. Now I have been on the floor of the cso before, but never before have I sit in the top balcony. I new I was in trouble when they offered shoulder harnesses (just kidding)....here are a couple of pictures, but they don't really show you how high up this balcony is, or how steep it is.
Here is my member breakdown:

Branford Marsalis (tenor & soprano saxophones): Whimsical, outstanding saxophonist and leader. Very comfortable with letting his quartet and not himself be the star of the show.

Joey Calderazzo (piano): Fast, Best jazz pianist I have ever seen. I normally could care less about the piano player, but let me tell you....THIS GUY IS AMAZING. Normally (me being a saxophone player) I would go away from a show like this talking about the sax player....this show for me the piano player was incredible....go buy Joey Calderazzo CDs I am sure you won't be dissapointed....sidenote: Branford produces Joey's CDs
Eric Revis (bass): Steady foundation. Honestly for me it was a little hard to hear the bass, as fast as his fingers were moving I'm sure they have to hurt.

Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums): Mountain of thunderous sound. This guy isn't the time keeper. He adds such depth when he plays. Almost as if he were the canvas for the other members of the band. I have never seen anyone set people up for entrances like he did....CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR...so clear that even a bigging band student would come in on time..DRUMMERS: GO LISTEN TO "Tain"...learn how the drums don't have to be a time keeper, but a true sonic part of the band.

In summary these guys were amazing. Blistering fast speeds....Slow eloquent ballads....there were times when Brent asked me where's one?....I politely said I have no clue, but I'm sure they do. They played such fast and different time signatures it was truely amazing... so to the Branford Marsalis Quartet I say...thanks for reminding me why I love jazz...it has been awhile but thanks!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Baby Dedication

Thursday night 9/28/2006 was a great night for us as we attended the baby dedication at GCC. Jami and I were able to make a great commitment to raise our son to know Christ.
Many other families were able to make that commitment too. It was a great night to see and celebrate all of these wonderful families in our church.
It was great to have pastor Beeson and his wife pray with us for our family as we commited to raising our child to know Jesus.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

1 year blogging anniversary!!!

2 entries in one day....I know...WOW....anyways this is a special entry as it marks 1 year since I have started blogging!!!


I've been thinking a lot about risks here lately. Not the kind of risks that the skiier in the picture is taking, but personal life decision risks. How many times are we just sitting back in our comfort zone and 10 years down the road wishing we would have taken a risk that would carry us out of that zone and on to greater personal life success? I'm not talking about money success, but what I am talking about is the success of feeling that you have done in life what you were meant to do. I think one of the many things that keeps us from taking those kinds of risks is the fear of failure. What will people think if we try something and fail? If you experience personal gowth from that failure have you really failed? Maybe that risk attempt is one the best personal growth things that you could have done. Externally it may appear to have been a failure, but internally it is setting you up for success in the future. Maybe we don't take risks because we are in such a good position that people will ridicule us for leaving something that they consider great. What these people fail to realize is the presence of where that risk taker is in their life. Maybe the risk taker can leave their comfort zone, take a risk, and then come back later in their life to make a positive change on their comfort zone. All of this is running through my head....I see so many people that want to take risks, but are so afraid to to leave their comfort zone, and then I see people who take risks to improve their personal well being...both groups seem to have their positives and negitives. What are we willing to risk for personal growth?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Random thoughts of the afternoon

When will it stop raining? I think fall is upon us. I'm tired. Could it rain dollar bills? I'm going to have to mow. It is 3pm. 1 hour of work left and then off to school. I hope it stops raining while I walk to class. What should I have for supper?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ferrari In Elkhart?

Well as you know I love Ferrari's. So I was very surprised yesterday when one passed me on CR6. It's not often we get to see that kind of car around here. It was a very nice 360 spyder in silver. This was the best pic I could get with my cell phone.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Update from Jacob himself

Dear Friends and Family... I'm 5 months old now and ready to take on the world. I can roll over from my back to my tummy but most of the time I get mad because I've not mastered rolling from front to back yet. I am reaching for toys and I want whatever you have.I am able to get my knees up under me but have not yet mastered crawling... however, I think I should be able to get where I want when I want. And... I let you know I CAN'T !
And Finally... I have 2 teeth on the bottom : ) Aren't I the cutest? Mommy & Daddy think so. Love to all.

Jacob Kamp

Friday, July 21, 2006

Vegas 06

Well as many of you know, I love Las Vegas. My wife, Jacob, Jami's mom and friend Mike, and Jami's cousin Tiffany went from July 9-14. As always this city inspires me to get creative (refer to previous post here)
It was diffenatly different this time going with a baby, but he did wonderful and we all had a blast. This year we stayed at the Excaliber. Mike did a wonderful job of watching the rates and we ended up only paying $47 a night for the rooms!!! At that price I was very happy with Excaliber and the convience of staying there.
The highlight of the week for me was visiting Wynn's new casino and the Ferrari dealership that is located inside. I have included a picture of the type of Ferrari I got to sit in and get my picture taken with (unfortunatly I was not able to get that picture on here)...anyways it is a 360 spider worth around $245,000....AWESOME. We also got to see all the typical sites like the volcano and the fountains which I will never grow tired of. Jami and I took her Mom and Mike to see Mystere at TI....it was just as impressive as the first time we saw it....I was also impressed that they had switched up the show a little from last time too which was a nice treat for repeat customers. Another highlight was lunch at the Stratosphere. There are now two rides up there that people are crazy to be riding....remember this thing is 1000 feet in the air (108 stories).

Monday, June 26, 2006


More Than Song had our first summer gig of the year. Overall it went pretty well. We still have to work out some bugs in the performance, but you'll have that. The performance was on the radio an hour after we played on one of South Bend's Spanish Stations. The mix is weak but hey, how often do you get to say you were on the radio?!? Anyway here are some pics:

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Jacob's First Cereal

Well here is Jacob's first attempt at eating rice cereal. It was fun..he is growing up so fast. 4 months old all ready!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

New Band

Well I am officially in a new band. It is a Christian band, that will play mostly Christian covers and some origianals. I was to be a part of this band a couple of years ago, but things didn't work out. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. I'm sure God has a hand in putting this group back together. You can check out the bands website by clicking here: http://www.tmgproductions.net/morethansong

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jacob's Video

Well its been awhile since I have posted. So as promised here is Jacob's video that I made. Being a dad has definatly been a learning experience. Well anyway here it is enjoy.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Jacob is here

I am pleased to announce that Jacob was born on 2/28/2006. I will have more pictures later on. He was 7lbs and 9oz. He was born at 5:57pm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Inside Construction is Finished!!!!

This is a big Thank YOU post for everyone that has worked on the addition to our house. Thank you so much for the hours and hours of work that you have done. It looks awesome. Here is a video of the pictures we took during construction

Friday, February 03, 2006

Thursday, February 02, 2006

2nd Annual O'hana Golf Outing

Many of you know that last year Jami and I organized a charity golf outing for the O'Hana Heritage Foundation. Well it was a great success and we have been asked to help make the 2nd annual golf outing happen. We are hoping to grow our hole sponsorship and the number of teams participating in it this year. As like last year there will also be a silent auction. We have all ready confirmed that this event will take place on Thursday August 3 at Bent Oak Golf Course in Elkhart. If anyone would like to have more information on this great event please send me a email and I will be happy to give you more information. You can also check out O'Hana's website for more information about the organization.