1 06 2009

We are excited about our summer-

2 Camps (Hume San Diego)

1 Youth Conference (DCLA 09)

1 Service Project (Back to San Diego)

1 YFC Regional Conference

1 Trip back to SoCal to retrieve our kids

It is going to be a crazy, wonderful, wild, full, busy, hectic, fun, incredible summer.  I’m excited about all of it…

Except for the driving.

I just added up the mileage that I’ll cover between now and the end of July.


Yup. Five thousand, two hundred miles.  In under 60 days.  Some People Call Me Mom (my hot wife) will cover every bit of that minus 700 miles.

My butt hurts just thinking about it.  Thank you, Lord for iPods, coffee, and sunflower seeds.


Remember that scene in Scanners…

27 05 2009

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little bit like Garth:

I’ve been dealing with so many moving details about our summer… I feel like my head is going to explode.  I couldn’t sleep last night, because I kept thinking about all the people I needed to call today, what forms I need to fill out, what emails need to be sent.

Thankfully, weeks like this don’t come around very often.  I should have most details nailed down by Friday, and then I can finalize details as they come up.

Do you ever over schedule yourself?  I know none of my fellow Youth Pastors have ever intentionally scheduled a week that  left them wondering when they found time to sleep.  I’m glad I only do it to myself once in a while. (NOT once a month!)

However, times like this make me think of this quote:

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body—but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ ” Melvin Trotter 1924-2006

Granola Head

21 05 2009

If you didn’t know already, cooking is one of my loves in life.  Unfortunately, so is eating.

I’m not the heaviest I’ve ever been… that was back when Janelle was pregnant with Lachlan, and I was pushing 290+.  Now that I no longer wear the green suit, I’m not “encouraged” to do PT every morning.  Plus, as I’ve passed Thirty, the ol’ metabolism isn’t what it used to be.  That, coupled with some high cholesterol and Blood Pressure, and it’s time to get serious about watching what I eat, regular exercise, etc.

The point of all of that is that I’ve been trying to figure out a “healthy” breakfast that I could eat every morning that doesn’t taste like shredded cardboard.

I know there’s stuff in a box out there that fits the bill. (Kashi, Granola, etc)  The problem is simple though- eating healthy is expensive, and I’m a little cheap when it comes to spending money on myself at the grocery store.

I remember Mom making granola from scratch when I was a kid.  Of course back then I was always jonesin’ for Rice Krispies & Frosted Flakes, so in comparison granola DID taste like shredded cardboard.  Now that my tastebuds have matured a little, I can appreciate some things I didn’t when I was little.

This morning I made my first batch of granola, based loosely on a recipe I found on the interweb.  If I hadn’t left it in five minutes too long, it would have turned out awesome!  So tonight I made two more batches, assisted by #2. One is a honey/cinnamon recipe Liam can eat (no nuts).  The other has slivered almonds, dried fruit, and a little extra brown sugar.  That one’s for my yogurt in the morning.

They’re both tasty, and cost way less to make than a bag from the store that’s only half the size.

Tomorrow- “30 Day Shred”… stay tuned!

I’m in love…

13 05 2009

I’m in love with my wife.

We’ve been married for 12 1/2 years- pretty amazing, right?  If you’ve known us the entire time, you know that we’ve been through a wild ride.  When Janelle said “I do” I don’t think she could even begin to imagine the adventure that life would take us on over the next decade plus:





More kids

Spiritual valleys

Financial stupidity on my part difficulties



SIXTEEN different cars (it’s genetic)

Some tough times

Lots more great times

Finally surrendering to OUR calling in life

I’m so grateful to have Janelle in my life.  She truly is my best friend.  I try to love her a little better every day.  Some days I do a great job.  Some days, not so much.  But I’m thrilled to say that at the end of the day, I’m still IN LOVE WITH MY WIFE.

Ok, a serious one…

6 05 2009

Ok, I’ll admit that the last few posts haven’t really been deep (or appropriate).  But hey- I’m Just a Youth Guy, right?

So a couple of weeks ago, some of our HS girls had some serious “friend drama.”  Three of my hot wife’s small group girls were pretty heavily involved.

One of them has really been trying to take the whole “following Christ” thing really seriously.

Following is a transcript of our text conversation one night: (verbatim so you get the feel for it!)

C:Ok i opened up my bible and it turned to leviticus 15 i read to lev. 17 and i no what i have to do! it says correct your neighbor and do not hold a grudge

C: So i’m gunna correct her nicely and get over it!

Justayouthguy: Good stuff!  That Bible thing is pretty neat, eh?!?

C: Yup 🙂 like sometimes i just open it up and read and its preety cool and sometime i open it up and its like ‘he had 30 lambs’ and it doesn’t really help much. lol

jayg: Yeah that’s true for me too!

C: Lol awesome!

C: So i’m gunna correct her nicely and get over it!

jayg: That’s good advice!  That God guy is pretty smart?

C: Yeah! and maybe if I ever come across a herd of sheep ill use the 30 lambs thing to lol 🙂

C: So im gunna correct her nicely and get over it!

jayg: Nice.  Gonna go read Leviticus now.

C: K 🙂 tell me if ya find anything

C: I told C and P ther psyced! this is awesome!

It’s incredible to see a student wrestle through how God’s word applies to their life!

An Ode/Lament

30 04 2009

Ode to Taco Bell

In Three Farts Parts

Part I

Volcano Taco, why have you left us?

My friends say that you still exist in other markets… was I not good enough?

Did I not eat enough of you?

With your spicy red shell, and just enough zing to make my lips burn.

In the immortal words of John Mellencamp, “Hurt So Good!”

I miss you, VT.

Part II

Chili Cheese Burrito, why won’t they make you anymore?

I know they have chili, cheese, and tortillas back there…

I also know the button is still on the computer.

You were extra good with a dab of cool sour cream.

I miss you, CCB.

Part III

Cheesy Double Beef Burrito- we’re still friend, right?

I know why they call you “Double Beef” and I can relate!

The rice and nacho cheese add just the right touch-

Two of you fill me up.

The problem is, it’s just a matter of time, right?

They will decide to take you off the menu.

All of the ingredients will be still be there on the line.

Can we stay friends?

Swine Flu

29 04 2009

This post is NOT about Swine Flu.  However, it seems to be the buzzword these days.  I’m just curious as to what kind of response I’d get via any search engine if I wrote a post that included phrases like:

Swine Flu

Treatment of Swine Flu

Prevention of Swine Flu

Symptoms of Swine Flu

I actually had a student skip an event that was in a public place because, according to him, “since there are people from different states there, there is a 16% chance that I could get swine flu.”

I don’t mean to be callous, cold, or flippant about this.  I understand that people have lost their lives, and people are scared.  However, no one makes this big a deal about Human Flu, which kills about 36,000 people a year, even with vaccines and treatments available.  That’s 3000 people a month.  100 a day.  But we don’t read about this much on the news.

I hate the MainStream Media!