Monday, December 19, 2011
Here it is, the LIFE 100.3 version of the 12 Days Of Christmas
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
You are now 4 days old. It’s hard to believe it’s only been 4 days, but when you don’t sleep I guess you lose track of time.
People told me my life would change once you arrived. It actually changed a lot even before you got here. Your mom carried you around for 9 months, and despite her loss of energy, limited mobility and swelling feet, never complained once. We would be sitting on the couch watching a movie and she’d grab my hand and put it just under her ribs where you were kicking.
I couldn’t believe there was a little person inside of her!
You grew inside of your mom and your room inside her started to get a little tight, so you’d squirm and kick a little harder trying to find some more space. I guess you liked it in there, because the day the doctor told us you’d arrive came and went without any action.
One week later we went to the hospital to see if the doctors could encourage you to give up the soft, warm bubble you were living in and come meet your mom and me. This was when I discovered just how tough your mom is. She walked around for a couple hours even though she was in a lot of pain. (We’d take frequent breaks so she could bend over and try to catch her breath after the wave of pain hit)
After the doctor said we can stop walking, your mom’s body started to get ready to let you come out. This is very painful, and because you are a boy (like me), you’ll never have to feel pain like this. She asked for some medication to help the pain go down, but the doctor was very busy and couldn’t come give her the medication for a long time. But your mom never complained, never got mad, never said anything bad. She did her breathing just like she was taught and fought her way through it.
The doctor came later that night with the medication and it made a big difference. Instead of making a scrunchy face because it hurt, your mom was laughing and joking and playing a game with Scraps and me.
The doctor said you were going to be a big baby, but no one knew just how big you were going to be. (11lbs is very big!) Your mom pushed for about and hour before the doctor had to leave for an emergency, so we took a break for about an hour.
One more (big) push and out you came! You looked like an alien. You were purple, covered in goo and kind of floppy. The doctor’s grabbed you and rushed you over to their baby station to clean you off. You had already had your first poop, and they wanted to clean you off before we started taking pictures.
After the doctors cleaned you and your mom up, Grandma, Grandpa, Grand-dad, Scraps and even aunt Sandra came in to see you. You were so cute!
We stayed in the hospital for another 2 nights, just to make sure you and your mom were ok before they sent us home.
You seem to like your new room. You’ve been opening your eyes and looking around at the giraffes, monkeys, elephants and tigers on your wall. We’ve still got some schedule problems, you like to sleep during the day when I want to play, and at night when I want to sleep, you’re awake. That’s okay though, we’ll get used to each other soon.
She’ll never tell you this because she doesn’t like to brag, but your mom is amazing. She was so tough on the day you were born, and she loves you so much. You’re going to get to spend the next year home with her, and I’m kind of jealous I don’t get to hang out with you guys.
Your dog Snax isn’t sure about you yet, but she’ll love you once you start to play with her.
I’m glad you’re finally here buddy. I can’t wait to watch you grow up and discover all the wonder this world holds.
I love you little buddy.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
It's funny how he reacted to the news that his baby was sick. I think we all tend to do that. We think if we give more, serve more, read the Bible more, then God has to give us what we're looking for. It doesn't work like that does it?
I don't know why God chooses to heal some people and not others. I don't know how hard you have to pray/fast/give to change God's mind, I don't know if you can change God's mind.
It's just another series of questions I have when I finally meet God.
Check out the interview with Rev Run...
Friday, June 10, 2011
I loved it.
I saw a lot of myself in Don, and remember finishing the book thinking "I can do this Jesus thing."
The book has become a movie, and I've added it to my "must-see" list. Check out the trailer and tell me what you think. (of the book or the movie)
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Actually that's a lie. I stumbled across Dan Haseltine's blog, where he has been writing about the stories/inspiration behind a number of Jars Of Clay songs. Reading these posts reminded me of how much I loved (and still love) Jars Of Clay.
WORLDS APART was probably one of my favourite songs off Jars Of Clay. I love it even more after reading Dan's post about the song.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
I've assembled the crib, change table, playpen, stroller and we have a car seat ready to go. The baby's room is painted and decorated, we've been through the lamaze/getting ready for baby classes and last night we went on our hospital tour. Pretty good right?
Almost... One roadblock stands in our way.
We haven't decided on diapers yet.
I'm a cloth diaper fanboy, while Crystal wants whatever is easiest. The idea of having to clean poop out of a diaper before you put it in the bucket was not something Crystal found appealing. She'd rather just fold it up and toss it in the garbage. Much easier.
A couple weeks ago we hung out with friends who are very "green" and they gave us a quick demo on the cloth diapers they use. It looks so easy! They even have a water-gun that attaches to the toilet so you don't have to touch the poop! That night Crystal left thinking cloth was an option. #winning
We took a trip over to Serenity in the south end of Barrie to take a look at cloth diaper options, and I think we left more confused than we entered. So many different options! Do we want bamboo, stay dry or organic? Do we want an all-in-one or linered? Do we want Bum Genius, FuzziBuns or Mother-Eaze? Snaps or Velcro? It was overwhelming.
Crystal looked up cloth diapers on Kijiji, but the idea of someone else's diapers is kinda weird to me. Would you buy someone else's used underwear? So we're still trying to figure out what to do, but I think Crystal is leaning towards the cloth.
They are cheaper (especially if you have more than one kid).
They are better for the environment.
They work better than disposables. (Don't believe me? Read THIS)
Seems like a no-brainer to me.
So let's hear from you, have you used cloth? What do you recommend?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
This guy is easily my favourite artist, and I'm feeling this next album could be fantastic! I'm pumped for the June 21 show where he'll give us our first look at his new material.
Until then... enjoy.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I know Easter Sunday is the fun one, with the bright colours and happy music, but there's something about Good Friday that moves me.
I think Good Friday allows for more creativity in the service presentation. It's more than just the pastor preaching on stage. Good Friday usually means a video message, and that allows for a more dynamic message. The service programming deaprtment can be more creative in their approach and (in my opinion) makes the service that much better.
Last year the band performed True Love, and it moved me to tears. Musically, they nailed it, and the video playing in the background added that extra "umph".
This isn't the video they used, but it was something similar. Check it out!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Why not? It was sunny, warm and I felt like being outside.
After a couple hours of raking, here's what I was left with:
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Yesterday we decided to use one of them. We had some gift certificates to the downtown theatre in Barrie. We had thought of going in the past, but they usually didn't have anything we wanted to see. When we checked on Friday, we discovered TWO movies we wanted to see, but how do we decide?
We heard about the seats in theatre one being the best seats anywhere in Central Ontario, so we decided we'd see whatever was playing in theatre one. Sunday, after cghurch, Crystal called the theatre and the choice was made... The Adjustment Bureau.
***SPOILERS TO FOLLOW***
I really enjoyed it. The film is about a group of people/agents (the Adjustment Bureau) whose job is to make sure you stay "on plan". Can't find your keys? Could be the work of the agents, making sure you miss that train and stay on the plan the "chairman" has for your life.
It's an interesting idea. The film is loaded with spiritual ideas, fate vs free will, God's plan for your life, etc. I think it's a film that would be a great discussion starter, regardless of your spiritual knowledge, religious views or thoughts on God.
So go to the theatre (downtown Barrie has La-Z-Boys in theatre one), take a friend from work or school, and go for a coffee afterwards to discuss and digest.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So? What did you think?
I understand why some people are upset. He asks some hard questions, and presents some uncomfortable thoughts. I'll admit I cringed a little when he talks about Jesus rescuing us from God.
But after watching the video again I don't think that's what this book is about. I think it's about us adding extra requirements to the Christian faith, and how as a result of these extra items on the "checklist of faith" we miss the point. I doubt a christian publishing company would put out a book that claims there is no hell, or that everyone gets to heaven; ideas that go against what we read in the Bible.
Keep in mind the purpose of this video is to make people talk, and to sell more books. In that case: mission accomplished.
I think we should wait before we crucify Rob Bell... at least until March 29th and we read the book.
Friday, February 25, 2011
The room slowly filled with couples in our age group, most due around the same time (end of June). The night began with the 3 ladies who run the event explaining to us what a doula is and why everyone should have one.
We then went around the room, and the men introduced their partner and read their "affirmation" (read: cheesy inspirational saying) and share what your affirmation meant to you. Most of the men seemed to be a little skeptical of the awkward, share-your-feelings start to the night.
Once everyone was sufficiently introduced, three fathers (the doulas brought in) shared their stories. I felt like we were at one of those bait-and-switch, free weekend if you listen to our time-share pitch events. The fathers shared about how much easier the labour/delivery was with a doula, and how much better their doula-delivered kids are.
Next we broke up into groups (fathers and mothers) and took 20 minutes to make a list of things we'll need for the labour/delivery/aftermath. This part of the night was very useful. I now have an extensive list of things I need to pack for our stay at RVH. Once our 20 minutes was up we re-convened and compared lists. The guys' list was more practical, while the ladies' list included more abstract things like "patience", "support" and "listening ears".
Once we completed the practical part of the evening, we moved on to a list of encouraging things you can say to your wife during those times she wants to rip your face off. Classic lines every wife wants to hear... like "Ride the wave, it'll only take you higher." and "It's pain for a purpose. You are giving life to your baby." The goofy lines, combined with the easy listening Delilah-esque delivery, was almost more than I could handle. I had a hard time containing my laughter. I felt like it was a Saturday Night Live sketch, or maybe some hidden camera gag for Just For Laughs.
Despite the cult-ish feel of the night, I did take away some practical information. I feel like I have a better grasp on what the delivery process will be like, and what to pack for the hospital.
Would I do it again? Probably. My stress/anxiety level when thinking about the labour has decreased, so I think I'd do it again. I mean, what do you expect for free?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Quote from Rework:
“When you stick with your current customers come hell or high water, you wind up cutting yourself off from new ones. Your product or service becomes so tailored to your current customers that it stops appealing to fresh blood. And that’s how your company starts to die.”
So what are you doing to attract new people to your business/church/ministry that might tick off your existing customer?
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
That's how I would describe the latest film from Taylor Steele. I love travel, film, surfing and surf culture. Combine all these things into one and I'm hooked.
Maybe a Valentine's gift?
Are guys supposed to get gifts on Valentine's Day?
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Connexus has a simple mission: "To create a church that unchurched people love to attend." I think that's why I love serving at Connexus.
I think it comes down to what makes you tick. Some people love going deep into scripture and stuidying with other people who have been believers for much of their lives. Others love to debate and discuss various aspects of the Christian life.
I love the excitement and enthusiasm of people who are experiencing God for the first time, or the first time in a long time. They don't know all the "rules" that are suddenly put in place once you say the sinner's prayer. They are rough around the edges. Their faith is a little more raw.
I got home late last night and even though I was so very tired, I couldn't sleep because I was so excited for what the next couple of months holds for the Connexus community. I don't want to give anything away, but I think we're on the brink of something HUGE!
I'm so glad/fortunate/stoked to be a part of what God is doing at Connexus. I love my church!
So... (your turn). What makes you tick?
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I was listening to my "Sunday Mix" on iTunes this morning and a song came on that made me stop what I was doing, and listen for a couple minutes. Gungor's "Cannot Keep You" off their Beautiful Things album.
A lot of Praise & Worship songs are... umm... fluffy, "Jesus is my boyfriend" tunes or cliche, "let's take a verse of scripture and sing it over and over" songs. The songs on Beautiful Things are not those types of songs.
I love this song because I have experienced God outside of the Christian/Church sub-culture, as much (maybe more) than inside the "Christian bubble."
We cannot keep God in a box. We cannot keep God in our church. We cannot keep God in our Bible. God is alive and at work in the world around us, using the sacred and the secular to reach people, show himself, and draw them closer to him.
Cannot Keep You
they could not keep you in a tent
they could not keep you in a temple
or any of their idols, to see and understand
we cannot keep you in a church
we cannot keep you in a Bible
or it’s just another idol to box you in
they could not keep you in their box
we cannot keep you in ours either
you are so much greater
who is like the Lord
the maker of the Heavens
who dwells with the poor
and he lifts them from the ashes
and he makes them sit with princes
who is like the Lord
We’ve tried to keep you in our tents
We’ve tried to keep you in our temples
We’ve worshiped all our idols, we want all that to end
We will find you in the streets
We will find you in the prisons
and even in our Bibles and churches
who is like the lord
the maker of the heavens
lover of my soul
who takes me from the ashes
who heals me of my blindness
who is like the Lord
Friday, January 21, 2011
I got up this morning and it was -30. Last Friday morning we had a blizzard, dumping around 10cm on us. I'm not a big fan of snow.
I'd be ok with it if we were out west on a ski vacation, but not for normal living. Your feet get wet and cold if you're not wearing knee high boots. If you are wearing knee high boots, good luck driving a compact japanese car in this weather.
Winter is not in my top 3 favourite seasons. Which is why I found this video so funny!
For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on her crotch and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her thighs while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S.
Here are the Stellas for the year 2010:
* SEVENTH PLACE *
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was Kathleen's own son.
* SIXTH PLACE *
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California, won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
* FIFTH PLACE *
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.
* FOURTH PLACE *
Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.
* THIRD PLACE *
Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
* SECOND PLACE *
Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware , sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 ...... oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.
* FIRST PLACE *
This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her -- are you sitting down? --- $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
LosWhit often posts videos from his personal life, and earlier in 2010 he happened to film his kids, dancing to their favourite song. His son (Losiah) joined in on the revelry and that's when Los pointed out the obvious contradiction.
That video was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the "Best Viral Video" category, and last night the Whittakers went home the proud victors!
So congrats Carlos and family, your authenticity and willingness to show us a less-than-perfect image of yourself is refreshing.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
(I may not have the typical voice, I have been blessed with a face for radio.)
Since you usually just hear the DJ, it amazes me this guy doesn't have a job somewhere.