So I have this cold which has caused my head to feel like its going to explode which results in little to no sleep. I DID take NyQuil which helped, but I hate feeling groggy in the morning. Anyway, I got up this morning at 0450 and started my day. I actually LIKE getting up that early because I feel like I have plenty of time to read the things that get pushed aside during the day due to time constraints.

I read about the ObamaCare abortion fight in the supreme court, I read about Peter admonishing the gentiles to be Godly (1 Peter), I read about a baptist preacher warning against Rick Warren’s “Purpose driven Church”. I read about Appalachian State football playing at Clemson in 2015. I watched a video of some mountain bikers riding this EXTREME trail on the side of a cliff in China.

Then I put the iPad down and thought about what is REALLY gnawing at me at 0530 in the morning. It isn’t politics, it isn’t sports, it isn’t even finances. Its the thought of making sure I serve the Lord today. I just want to please my Father in heaven today, no more, no less. Yes, I miss my two daughters, yes, I miss my brothers and sisters. Yes, I’m worried about our church and the turmoil its going through at the moment.

I am starting my day, resting on these words: Psalms 5:11,12 NASB “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.”

Nothing can separate, even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages, Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage, I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water's deep, But I'm not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide, I never thought I'd reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make, all things, work together for my good.

What a crazy weekend! My great nephew Matt Edholm turned 21 and we got to celebrate with him, we got pounded with snow, went to see the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, AND was able to witness the thumping Denver took from Seattle in the Superbowl.

30 Jan 2014

30 Jan 2014

The snow: It started snowing Thursday afternoon and literally, did not stop until Sunday morning. we ended up with close to 11 inches (as measured from the patio table on the back deck). The temperature hovered around 20 ~ 23 the whole time and very little wind if any. It makes for a manageable snow event. There were accidents on the road, but no one got stranded, there was a power outage, but not in our area. It made going to see the Hobbit movie on Friday night quite enjoyable as you didn’t have the throngs of people; there were very few people there and we got to pick our seats.

Matt turned 21 on Friday, and came to the house Saturday morning for a southern breakfast (grits, eggs, biscuits, bacon, etc.) cooked by Robin. Matt brought over a few board games that he wanted to play, so we got started on setting up Axis and Allies 1914 (WWI). We only got through 1.5 turns (they take a long time) before Skip came by and we headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings to meet some of Matt’s buddies from Carson. We had a really good lunch/supper there, then came home to play the board game of civilization. It was 0100 before we finished up, so Matt and company crashed at the house, then got up for church the next morning. We all met at Chad’s for the superbowl party/disaster (I was rooting for Denver).

All in all, it was a jam packed weekend, but a good one. I am proud of my nephew, he is representing our family quite well.


 Hebrews 10: 24-25 state: “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” NASB Updated Version

I can truly say I am blessed with GREAT friendship. They come in different ages, different careers, but all have one thing in common: They love the Lord. To my friends, I want to say thank you for being men of God and giving me an honest, down to earth example of how to live for Him!


I read where J.C. Penney said, “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”. I don’t want to be a stock clerk; I want to change history, so here are my goals listed in no particular order, but I am categorizing them in the following: Life Goals, Family Goals, Personal Goals.


  • Leave an inheritance to my children
  • Leave a legacy for my grandchildren
  • See my entire family come to know Christ
  • Celebrate 50 years being married to Robin
  • Become financially independent


  • Have ALL my children and their spouses and grandchildren celebrate at least one Christmas at my house
  • Take my future son-in-laws on a one week camping/jeeping trip before they marry my daughters
  • Hold my grandchildren when they are born
  • Take my children on a mission trip


  • Climb El Capitan
  • Visit Mt. McKinley
  • Scuba dive in the Turks
  • Take my wife on a cruise
  • Invent something

(added) I also want to include goals for this year…

  • Touch 50 families positively for Christ from our Life Group
  • Have a successful year both financially and spiritually that culminates in a WONDERFUL family Christmas that has all my children and other family members with us at that time
  • Help Robin complete her goal of summit-ting a 14′er this summer
  • Go on another missions trip this summer
  • Visit a natural wonder outside of Colorado