Sunday, February 19

3 months

I'm surprised at how long it's been since I last posted any words. In December 05' I showed you some pics, but my writing didn't contain much information or thought. Writing here has been an incredibly low priority over the last few months...don't look for a's just been near the bottom of many.

Late winter is always a unique season for me. My thought time is almost always directed towards what I would call "evaluation questions"...questions about what I'm doing...what I'm a part of. Questions like:
  • "Why am I doing what I'm doing?" (vocationally speaking)
  • "Is 'fulfilling' the word my heart would use in describing what I am doing?"
  • "Do my wife and son feel love from me?"
  • "Am I doing everything I possibly can do in order to be as effective as I can be?"
  • "Does 'life' get my best effort?"
Do you ask yourself those questions? Am I too contemplative or analytical? I do want to enjoy life and allow it to "unroll" naturally as God would design it, but I want to be confident that I am engaging all that I need to engage. Am I speaking up when I need to speak up? Am I reading as much as I could/should be? Am I equipping everyone I have an opportunity to equip?

I know Katy's answers to a lot of those questions. She has always been the supportive voice whispering in my ear that makes my palms warm up and heart settle to a healthy beat. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a worrier. In fact, usually I'm over-confident which sometimes minimalizes the emotional rush I get when God works in my life or the lives of others. My dad always has a card-stock table tent on his desk which says, "Expect a Miracle"...that's a good expectation to have.

So, as I ask my "evaluation questions," sometimes I get overwhelmed and communicating them seems impossible...thus, my absence from the blogging world. With that said, I certainly don't lose sleep when my questions have answers I don't like or no answers at all.


At home
, we're loving our time together. It satisfies me to be at home and do nothing while Katy sits next to me and Hayden plays with his toys. We are with each other a lot and I'm taking a lot of mental pictures.

At church (job #1),
we've just begun a 10 week message series: "The Life of Christ". If I can figure out how, I'll share the video teaser and trailers made to advertise the series. I'm preaching next week on "Jesus: The Teacher". The series is more about who Christ was/is rather than hightlighted teachings of His. It's a an exciting topic (obviously) to dissect and communicate.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters (job #2), we just finished up the most stressful week of the year...our annual audit. In this line of work, we gather an incredible amount of paperwork on the volunteers, children and their parents. Once we connect a volunteer with a child, we supervise them on a monthly basis...documenting everything. The files we create are audited five times a year and this last audit was by the "Mother Ship" which elevated the importance of having things in place. We got in trouble for the size of my caseload (caseload = amount of matches I supervise). Our max caseload is 65...I have 185 cases...yeah, that's a "1" in front of the 85. I'll leave it at that even though my mind is trying to possess my fingers to add a commentary.

We're also in the "fund-raising" season at BBBS...our events are the first and second weekends of March. My lack of posting seems seems to have provided an explanation which wasn't offered at the top of this post.

In guy world
, we have our annual basketball tournament coming up which takes place in the middle of nowhere in a gym reminiscent of one found in the movie Hoosiers. It's a great time w/ the guys...two days of basketball...two days of making "noises" w/out a care...two days of mental relaxation...AND...this tournament always marks the beginning of softball season prep: getting a sign-up team or two? I enjoy it so much!

And of course, in Jayhawk world...what a turnaround! Enough said.


Asking questions,

Friday, February 17

Our Little Baker-man

It's been such an exciting and constantly changing few weeks ... Hayden is as eager as he's ever been to be a "big boy" and help out. This included his persistance about helping to make Valentine's Day cookies! I had the dough (store bought - I'm awful!) and the icing, and the sprinkles for several days ... and Hayden has been ready and waiting to bake them. On Monday evening we decided that it was time! Here are just a few pictures our baking adventure ...

1. The Cookie Cutting
Positioning the cookie cutter just so ... (as you can see from those on the baking sheet, some cookies were harmed in the making of this baker's dozen).

2. Bring on the Sugar!
One of Hayden's favorite things was putting the sprinkles on!

3. The Clean-up
But he liked "cleaning" the frosting off of the spreader even more!

4. Reflection

Here is the finished product ... missing those that were either eaten by our little cook, or were fed to the dog.

5. Sharing the Wealth
Hayden's most excited time of the baking experience was letting Daddy sample his cooking! He was ecstatic about sharing his treat with Mommy and Daddy!

6. Telling Grandma's All About It!
Later that evening he got to talk to two of the most important women in his life, Grandma's Kinnan and Kerby! This picture is when Hayden was having the longest conversation in the history of his phone-career, and was chuckling like "Ma-ma" Kerby was telling him the funniest joke ever! I'm not sure what they were talking about, but whatever it was, it was hilarious! He has been very chatty on the phone, too, and we're loving it ... I don't think the grandma's mind too much either! :)

We pray that this Valentine's Day, and every day you are filled to the fullest with the love of the Lord and love for the Lord!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13


Tuesday evening we were preparing our Valentine's dinner ... David was grilling steaks out back, and Hayden and I were making a salad and side dish when there was a knock at the door ... and a delivery for HAYDEN! Great Grandma and Grandpa Wolf surprised him with a Balloon Bouquet for Valentine's Day! After hours of playing with them Tuesday night (pulling them, chasing them, hitting them, and just staring at them), they have provided nearly a week's worth of entertainment for our little guy, and they're still floating and helping him with his vertical jump ... he's finding all types of creative ways to have fun with balloons!

Thank you so much, Papa and Gigi!

Friday, February 10

All Better!

After a week of absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the worst flu our family has ever seen, our little guy was up and around ... and even ready for some painting! We made some Valentine's Day works of art for some very special people! After writing out his Veggie Tales notes, we put everything in envelopes ... Hayden helped me stamp the packages and we'll mail them tomorrow.

He has really insisted on doing "big boy" things lately ... washing off his plate after dinner, throwing trash (and even stuff that's not trash) away to help clean up, watering Abby (not only in her little dish, but also at times, dousing her with some H2O), and has even helped make dinner and pack his lunches. His favorite is putting shredded cheese on everything, because he likes to snack as we go ... a true cook! :) He's also wowed us with his ingenuity ... at nap time and bed time we put the Bible on cd on for him to listen to ... but he enjoys it so much that he has begun to bring his little desk chair over to his dresser so that he can reach the "Power" and then "Play" button on the cd player!

Thursday, February 2

We'll Miss You!

One of my two favorite brothers is leaving this afternoon for Scotland. Kurt will be trading in his Jayhawk gear to study at Stirling University this semester. Although we're incredibly excited for him, it's bittersweet ... we'll really miss him!

Check out his school: University of Sterling

Kurt came down to visit last weekend and this past Sunday, and Hayden had a blast with him! Please keep him in your prayers; that he would have safe travel and a fruitful time there! Also, that the Lord will use him in sharing his faith with those he encounters on this four-month journey!

We Love You, Kurt!

Six More Weeks of Winter

Since the weather forecast for Manhattan is 55 today, it's hard to believe that the world's most famous weather "man" was roused from his little home this morning and saw his shadow, a sign that there'll be six more weeks of winter.