Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer is Almost Here

The year goes by fast and it seems like just yesterday we were hoping for snow and not getting any. Such is life in Washington, warmer winters with rain and colder summers with, you guessed it, rain. Even though this has been one of our coldest springs ever we are finally getting a break with some good spring weather, I heard we may even reach 80 degrees this weekend.

I just took this picture off of my back porch to prove that there are days when we don't have to deal with rain.

I do enjoy the summer. It isn't my favorite season but it has its perks. I like food so that means BBQ's are always a good thing that comes often with summer time. I also enjoy swimming and boating which I plan on doing much of this summer.

In the midst of my busy schedule I am hoping to find some rest this summer. My job (which I love) is one that keeps me busy almost everyday of my life. When I am not at work I am constantly thinking about work and thinking about what I am forgetting to do at work. My job also requires me to wear many hats with what I do. My title is Director of Student Ministries, but I just go by Youth Pastor. Fridays are my days off but I spent much of today making calls and sending text messages as well as planning some stuff for the summer time. So while I still have much on my plate I am going to do my best to find some time to just relax and forget about work and read some good books and try to rejuvenate before the fall hits so that I am prepared to jump into another busy ministry year.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Books, books, and more books

Books have been my life as of recent. Immediately after launching this blog page I started a Seminary class that ended up taking over my life with reading, papers, and a presentation on teaching the family. While it was a great class I am happy that I can go back to normal life again. Looking back I really should have launched this page after the class so that I would have started off with frequent consistency.

The class that I took was different than any other college course I have taken in the past. This one was a module and consisted of pre-residency reading and assignments, followed by a week long set of classes from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.. And now I am finishing my post-residency paper. I am always wanting to go back to school and continue with education, but I have a hard time with due dates and assignments. I wish I could just read and show up to class and discuss. This is my ideal version of education.

I finally got Portal 2 a week and a half ago. Portal 2 is by far the greatest puzzle video game ever made. While I was attending my week long class I used this as a reward when I got home and finished homework. Its filled with constant puzzles that consist of your character lost in a room with portal guns needing to use your portals to get out of the room and advance to the next room (more exciting than it sounds). I finished all of the rooms and am now escaping from the test center. I thought I had beaten the game, but then realized there is still a third left, which is for the better. More game equals more fun. I also had a chance to play the online multi-player mode which is also a blast. My wife even enjoys this game and she rarely plays XBOX 360, she usually keeps grounded to the Wii. I highly recommend this game to anybody who enjoys video games.

Back to the topic of books I must say I love books. I love reading. I just love getting to choose the reading that I do. I am currently building a summer reading list that I will start on June 22nd - Sept 21st. So far the list includes:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Tolkien
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Pastor - Eugene Peterson
Walt Disney - Bob Thomas
Almost Christian - Kendra Dean

And of course other reading for work.

If you have other suggestions feel free to leave a comment.

One last thing: It is my goal to post on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule from now on.