Monday, October 29, 2007

2007 GCC Men's Retreat

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This weekend I attended my first GCC Men's Retreat. It was at Epworth Forrest Conference Center in North Webster. We listened to Mark Beeson and Dr. Bob. We had small group discussions. And one breakout session to focus on a specific area of our lives. I had a good time. Met a few new people, and took steps to be closer to Christ. This retreat provided a great time to unplug from life and refocus on what is important. I do not want to give the impression that it was relaxing, because the schedule kept us busy, but it was an event where you could relate with other guys and receive encouragement, guidance, and leadership. The theme of the weekend was "Rise Up". Become the man that God has called us to be.

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Ok I just drove through Nappanee. All I can say is WOW!!! Pictures do not do it justice. The Taco Bell literally looks like a bomb went off. You do not truely understand the power of a tornado unless you have seen the destruction first hand. Click here to a link to Stacy's Blog with pictures: Click Here

more airport pics

USC vs. ND Airshow?

The USC vs. ND game brings in the most private jets to South Bend Regional Airport. For a little while on Saturday before the game starts SBRA becomes one of the busiest airports in the world. There are well over 100 Private Jets that fly into SBRA, this is a whole different kind of tailgating. Anyways I took Jacob to see all the jets or "airpane daddy,,,,daddy airpane". Everytime they would land he would go "whoooaa". In the one spot that we were standing there were six gulfstream jets. This is like the top of the line jet serious money. These jets can go in the 60 million range.....can you say big bankroll??? Jacob and I had fun....there was anothor guy there with his kid.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Jacob Helps Daddy

It was beautiful out Sunday. Jacob decided he was going to help me mow. We had fun and the front yard is looking nice. I can't believe how fast he is growing.

Friday, October 19, 2007

O'Hana On WNDU

Here is the WNDU news coverage of the groundbreaking for O'Hana. Look towards the end there is a close up of Jacob and Jami.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

O'Hana Ground Breaking

Today Jami, Jacob, and I were able to attend the O'Hana Heritage Foundation's ground breaking ceremony for O'Hana House. This is the organization that Jami and I organized the golf outing fund raiser for. This is a huge step forward for this organization in providing respite care for families of medically fragile children. It will be awesome to watch the house be built in the next year. You can find more out about this organization by visiting the link on my sidebar. Also look for this event on the news tonight. I think News22 and News16 were there.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cold Season?

OK I am fighting my second cold within 2 months. I don't think cold season is even here yet, this can not be a good sign. I've been drinking plenty of juices my vitamin C levels should be good??? Anyways this really sucks.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Love Supreme

So here is the deal. I am addicted to A Love Supreme. It's true. During the day, at work, I listen to John Coltrane's studio version of it. Then in my car I listen to the Brandford Marsalis Quartet performing it live.

Obviously Coltrane wrote the piece so his studio album is the original version of the song. The song is made of four movements: I. Acknowledgement, II. Resolution, III. Pursuance, IV. Psalm. In total each version is around 45 min. Movements I. and IV. are based on a modal scale and are formless. They are based more on a melodic idea rather than a constructed song formulation. Movement II. is based on three 8 measure lines. The 3rd movement opens with an unmeatered drum solo and the goes into a 12 bar blues in Bb minor. What I love about Coltrane's version is the raw emotion convied in the music. At times it sounds like what people have identified with Coltrane "Sheets of Sound".

Branford's version is equally impressive and unique, while still holding on to the original concepts of Coltrane. Branford's tone is more rounded then Coltrane's sound. If there is a saxophone sound that I would want to emulate it would be Branford's. To me it is very interesting how different the two versions are and at the same time the ear goes "this is definatly A Love Supreme". Anyways I just had to share my love of this music with all of you.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Weekend Recap

Well I'll Start by talking about the end of my weekend. Scott and I drove down to Indy and watch the Colts play. They played Tampa Bay which forgot to show up. This seemed like one of the fastest games I have ever seen. It was over with in what seemed like no time at all. All of a sudden the players were leaving the field and I am like wow it is half time all ready???? It just felt like we were not there long enough for a football game. Anyways Scott and I had a great time and thanks to my Uncle Ed for hooking us up with the tickets.

This weekend also presented another opportunity to serve in the Heir Force Room at GCC. This always fills me with energy. After I leave the weekend after serving at GCC I feel reenergized and refocused on what is important in life. It was also a weekend that Brent was serving....he has a great review over at his blog. Check out the link on the sidebar.