Thursday, December 04, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Yesterday I had the glucose screening and then also the shot for the RH factor stuff. So I had to get a bunch of blood drawn and then stabbed and what not. Not to mention that the drink for the glucose stuff was gross. Today my back is a little sore but I'm doing ok. Now we wait to find out the results. Well really the Dr's office goes on no news is good news. So I will most likely end up calling Thursday or so. It was a long day of waiting yesterday. And now today I have to make cookies for the LWML cookie sale.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Don't Normally Do This

I'm shocked by this article. I found it while searching online at other things and I guess in the D.C. area busses are going to have ads from the American Humanist Association on them that say "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake." They claim that its a way of advertising to "non-theists" because they are lonely during the Christmas season. 

Well yeah, I mean what's the point of celebrating a day of the year that is all about the birth of Jesus? Oh and the AHA also adds that they are "trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds." So because I believe in God that means I'm stupid?  I don't have critical thinking skills???  Also that got me thinking too...because I'm not a "humanist" does that mean I'm against humans? How can humanists be all about humans but yet slam humans who believe in God and call them stupid. Thats not showing "responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."

All this talk reminds me of Expelled. Its frustrating.... GAH.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Silly Kitties

This is just too funny.... enjoy

Friday, September 12, 2008


Nick's ordination was about 3 weeks ago now.  I was just able to edit and post the video of the sermon preached by Pastor Shoup.  So its in three parts down below.  The total length of the sermon is about 23 min.  But because of youtubes rules I had to split it up.  I made sure that you wouldn't miss anything so it should all be there for you.  Just start with the video on top and work your way down.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Brace Yourselves We've Got A Lot Of News

Sorry for the hiatus.  We had a very busy summer.  So Nick got a call sometime in July and then ordination was two weeks ago.  We moved just this past friday and installation is this sunday.  We are in Cleveland, OH.  Nick got a call to Our Savior Lutheran Church.  He's the sole pastor and has a lot of work coming up but I know that God will take care of Nick, the congregation and me.   We are working on getting settled so far we have found the grocery store and target. 

In other news, our family will be growing!  We found out in June that I was pregnant and baby is due in Feb.  So far things are going good.  Its been an interesting experience.  I'm past the morning sickness and now I'm just kinda tired most of the time.  I think that some of that has to do with moving and stuff.  I'll include pictures once we get everything settled.    

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We're Baaack.

We are back from our vacation. It was crazy. Nick ended up having a phone interview and we went only to Kings Island and Cedar Point. We had a car problem as we were driving from OH to IL. We just passed Gary, IN and when I push the gas pedal the battery light goes on. I let off the gas and then it goes off. So we stop in Hammond, IN and stop at a garage and they look at it and it turns out to be the alternator. Stupid car. But they were able to fix it in an hour and its back to new.

Now its back to work. The weather has cooled down a bunch and its pretty nice. We don't need to run the air yet. I'm not sure whats going on with the flooding here. They are predicting some for St. Louis but we are far enough away to not have to worry. I hope its not as bad as they are saying.

That's pretty much all thats going on here. I would put up some pictures but the camera isn't working with the computer right now. I need to work on that.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


That's right folks we are offically on vacation! We are going to Kings Island, Cedar Point, and maybe Great America. So we'll be MIA for a while. Check back later.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Its official. Nick is a graduate from Concordia Seminary. We are still waiting for a call. At least he's done with school now! YEAH!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Waiting it out....

I wish I had some big news but I don't. Still no word about a call...we'll still be getting one but we have to be patient. I think that is what God is teaching me right now. Patience...not my best virtue but I am trying my best. Last night we had the 4th year banquet which was a lot of fun. Its surreal to think that graduation is in two weeks from Friday and then its a matter of time before people are leaving to go their separate ways to start their ministries. Its an exciting time but bittersweet too. Its so comfortable to be here and in the seminary community. We won't have that anymore and there are some wonderful people here that I will miss. But until then we wait to hear God's plans for us and try to enjoy the time left with our friends.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today's the day....sort of.

Well today is Call Day. About a year ago I put up the countdown and today we won't have a call. Nick will be "Call Pending." Its not the end of the world or anything. A little disappointing to not have a call on call day but it won't be taking away anything from the call that he does receive. We will be joyful when we do get one. We've heard that there is one district that with in the next few weeks that will have 11 calls to it. And then a smattering of other places across the country. Nick is not the only person who will be call pending. There are 17 other guys from St. Louis and 13 from Fort Wayne. So we are not alone which is also a nice feeling. We find comfort in Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord . . . plans to give you hope and a future.” As soon as we hear anything we will let you all know. Please keep the other 30 candidates in your prayers and I am hopeful to have us all placed by graduation.

Friday, April 18, 2008

He's Certifiable...wait no CERTIFIED!!!

Its official. Nick is certified!

Dear Nicholas, Brother in Christ:

I am very happy to let you know that the faculty of Concordia Seminary has ( to use the formal language) now expressed its satisfaction that you will meet all personal, professional, and theological requirements for the office of ordained minister, declare you to be of entry level competency and qualified for a first call, and recommend you, subject to the satisfactory completion of the appropriate course of studies, your receipt of a Theological Diploma or Certificate, and your receipt and acceptance of a call assigned to you by the Board of Assignments.

We praise God for his work in your life, and we rejoice with you as you move closer to service as a pastor in our church. May the Lord keep you safe and joyful as you complete your studies and prepare to serve.

Cordially in the Risen Christ,

Dr. Jeff Gibbs

Only 4 more days till call day. Still no word on a call or even if we'll still be call pending. Its an exciting time though either way. We can't wait to find out God's plan for our ministry!

I'm Starting to Think St. Louis Wants Us to Leave!

Back in July of 2006...actually on July 19th 2006 there was a bad storm that came through St. Louis and knocked the power out for like the entire city and some people were with out power for a week. There were a number of tornadoes. Then on my birthday(July 20th) it was like 103 (before the heat index) and not having power made for a crappy birthday. So we fled to Chicago for that weekend.

This winter in St. Louis was more active than the other winter we spent here. LHM closed a total of 3 days and most schools in the area used all their snow days and have to stay later into the summer this year. Very unexpected for us since the winter of 06 was very mild...and maybe it snowed once that year.

I am starting to suspect that St. Louis wants us out.

So at 4:30 this morning I woke up. Initially I thought it was just because the last 3 days I've been opening at Starbucks but then I heard the windows rattling and the bed was moving. An earthquake wasn't the thought on my mind. I thought a train was going by. But what is funny about that is that we don't live anywhere near a train track. The windows have never rattled before because of a "train." What was I thinking? Meanwhile Nick is snoring away unaware that anything had occurred.

So if anything goes wrong today or in the next couple days the entire city of St. Louis has the earthquake to blame it on. I also hope that we don't get a call to St. Louis because I would hate to see what the city would do next. It must know that I'm a Cubs fan.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

You Know You're a Seminarian If..

This was one of the articles in the seminary's student paper. Some of them were pretty funny and I thought I'd share.

* You ask for your vicarage location to be based on where you want to go on vacation.
* You used vicarage to justify a new car purchase
* You have more than three brands of beer in your refrigerator.
* You do not complete you assigned readings but you pick up free books by the mail boxes
* Last year, you read thousands of pages, memorized hundreds of facts, wrote dozens of papers, translated ancient Greek and Hebrew text, and you still feel dumb.
* You know at least ten couple expecting a baby this year.
* Part of your attraction to your wife/girlfriend is the fact that she knows how to differentiate between the two types of righteousness.
* You think a leather-bound copy of Luther's Small Catechism would make a great gift.
And my most favorite....
* Conception suddenly becomes a result of "something in the water."

Well with knowing AT LEAST 10 couples expecting this year there must be!

Friday, April 11, 2008

I've Got Something For You!

Well it must be Eagle Man. This is a commercial from my childhood. This makes me laugh still.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Call Day Update...

Well these last few weeks have been pretty tough. We are coming to the culmination of a long 4 years (or 8 if you include undergrad) and as of right now we don't have a placement. As of Sunday (4/6) 22 guys from St. Louis and 21 from Fort Wayne are call pending. This is a stressful time for everyone. So please keep all of the people involved in your prayers. We know that this will all happen in God's time. Its just hard to remember that when things are so stressful.

The placement director Pastor Hoehner said if we don't have a call on call day that he is confident that we would have one by graduation or early summer. I know that if we don't have one on the 22nd that at some point we will. I know I just have to be patient...something that I've been working on for a while. Pastor Hoehner had this scripture in his email to the "call pending candidates" from 2 Peter:
“make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So that's really all the info we have. Hopefully we will have more very soon. Keep us and all the calling candidates in your prayers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Crap I need a Napkin!

No one ever offered me coffee before!

So CA has made a ruling on tips that Starbucks baristas recieve. And Howard had this to say about the ruling. So as a "shift supervisor" this is what I have to say. In all reality I am just a barista that counts money. There are many baristas that make more than I do right now because they have been with the company longer. Tips vary from store to store. My old store averaged about 50 cents an hour for tips per week. At my new store we get almost $2 an hour per week. I need any extra money that I get with the cost of gas going up and what not. And as far as being a "supervisor" that is a very loose term. I am responsible for more but I'm not paid that much more than the baristas (in fact its only a whopping $1 an hour more). I have no athority. I would imagine that most baristas would agree that shifts deserve that money too. We are only there to help out our partners and taking that little extra away would really hurt us. I am sure the courts don't realize what shifts acutally do. We are just glorified baristas.

Monday, March 24, 2008


We are now down to the daily count for call day. Its crazy that its only 29 days away. It felt like it would take forever and now its almost here. This weekend we even went shopping for call day outfits. I have a very cute dress! I am getting nervous about it though. I mean the excited sort of nervous. I am looking forward to settling down and staying somewhere. I am also looking forward to not working 800 hours. I've never looked forward to a move so much. The only bad part is we have to start packing. I am a little concerned that we'll find out on the 22nd that we need to be there like May 30th or something. It will be a fast pack up for us so I want to start a little earlier then.

Our Easter was pretty uneventful. We went to church at St. James in University City then we went out for brunch...then we came home Nick played video games while I worked on crocheting a blanket...Its almost finished. OH and we had snow! Its nuts. It didn't stick or anything but there were some pretty big flakes coming down. That was pretty much it.

Now its downhill to call day! I am so excited.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Its not about baking cookies

I am taking a class at the seminary. Well its a "women's class" so to speak. They offer free classes (some do have fees) to the women (staff, students wives, or deaconess students) during the quarter. Some classes are more intellectual than others. Like one of the more popular classes with the sem guys is a class on Revelations with Dr. Gibbs. He offers that class for the women on tuesday nights.

Well this being the last quarter one of the classes that is being offered that I am taking is called Partnership in the Gospel. Its a class for wives/fiances of the MDiv guys and mostly we talk about what to expect and how do deal with stress and what not. On the first day we talked about how many people thought the class was on making sure that your house was spotless at all times and that you have cookies ready if anyone visits. And how unrealistic that is. Its just good to network and talk with people who are going through similar things. Tonight is another class. It should be fun.

So in other news, I just wanted to share this video. Maron was a friend of mine from grade school. She's now a Christian Artist. Its pretty cool.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day....

As if you couldn't tell that I love these comics. I am sharing them with you. At least the good ones. This one is in honor of St. Patty's Day. We didn't make it to the parade on Saturday. It was supposed to rain so we visited friends instead. So since I don't have pictures from the parade I'll share this comic.

Savage Chickens - Leprechaun

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Doug Savage

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pi DAY!!!

Savage Chickens - Pi

Happy Pi Day!

This one's dedicated to Ellie T.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Made This!

the sweater that is....not the baby. Heh....Not my best work but it is fun. He's obviously loving it.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

A sad starbucks story

Its sad to say what some people do for an easy fix in life. I'm sad to say that this story is true. A man gave his life for some Starbucks Partner's tip jar. I am asking everyone to keep this family and the people who did this in your prayers. I just don't know what else to say.

You gotta know when to fold em, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM!

So this might only be funny to Nick and I but I wanted to share it with everyone!

Poker Tips
Savage Chickens - Poker Tips

More Kenny.

Bonus Fun! Godzilla in Spring

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Monday, March 03, 2008

In Memory of Grandpa Arnie

Arnold Feldt
Born 9/29/1924 Died 2/27/2008

"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24

Grandpa's Obituary

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nobody's Ever Offered ME Coffee!

Well since most of my readers know that I am a barista...and seeing how the media is playing up all this change at the Sbux, I figured I should put in my two cents.
I've been with the company for about a year and a half now. I still love working there. And many people I know really hate Sbux. And thats fine. I'm not here to change everyone's or really anyone's ideas about the company. I do believe that we have an awesome product. I do love working there and its not for the coffee. I really love the people I work with (both parners and customers). It seems that when ever I tell some one I work for Sbux I get the response "Oh, I don't like the coffee." Thats fine. I'm not forcing you to drink it. I detest pepsi products but when some one tells me "I work for Pepsi" I don't say "Oh I'm a coke drinker." Ok moving on now.
I don't know why so many people out there think that as an employee we can't acknowledge that our customers would go anywhere else. It would be like a McDonald's customer not going anywhere else for a burger. That is just not the case. I do love what I make. I believe its the best. I feel the same way about the drinks I make as the papers I wrote in college. Its hard not to take it personal when someone doesn't like it or doesn't agree with your topic.
That being said there was this article on CBS. Sure we closed for three hours and sure we lost business but from our "re-training" its not about making money. Its about improving ourselves and the team and also improving quality of our product. And I think it was sucessful in doing so. We are able to refocus and relearn the basics and have a change of pace. So over all I think it was good for our team. And especially at the store I am at now.
So I am happy with the changes and I am looking forward to everything. People are always going to hate Sbux because they are "corporationy and make money" but thats just how it is. Its not about making tons of money its about giving our customers what they pay for. So thats my two cents, for what its worth.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

In Less Than Two Months...

...I'll be using this ticket to find out where I will be living in less than 4 months or so. CRAZY!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Welcome Baby AJ

Congratulations Donna and Paul! Baby AJ was born at 1:45 am on Feb 5th 7lbs and 19 inches long. Isn't he a peanut? Donna is amazing, 26 hours of labor and no drugs! God's blessing's to you guys!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WI Politics

Well not that I live in WI or could even vote for Dr. Burkee but I am encouraging those of you that do to vote for Jim Burkee. He was a prof of mine at CUW and a pretty awesome one too. It seems that Sensenbrenner is trying to push around Burkee. So yeah, thats all I have to say about that.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

More on Expelled....

Not that I am home from work and jacked up on caffeine...I am just trying to find out more information on Ben Stein's New movie Expelled. This is so interesting. I just want to know more. So I went back to the website and found Ben Stein's blog. Here is what he had to say on Oct. 31

Let’s make this short and sweet. It would be taken for granted by any serious historian that any ideology or worldview would partake of the culture in which it grew up and would also be largely influenced by the personality of the writer of the theory.

No less a genius than the evil Karl Marx noted that even after capitalism succumbed to Communism, society would still be imbued with the class artifacts and cultural values of the system that preceded it. Much smarter analysts than I have noted that the whole system of Marxism, especially its sharp attacks on capitalists as a class, was motivated by Karl Marx’s envy of the much wealthier industrialist/capitalist members of the Marx family.

In other words, major theories do not arise out of thin air. They come from the era in which they arose and are influenced greatly by the personality and background of the writer. (In law, this theory is known as “legal realism”. Judges make up their minds on the basis of their prejudices and then rationalize their decisions by pretending to be bound by prior case law. One might call what happens with ideologies “political realism.” Persons make up their ideologies based on their times and their life situations.)

Darwinism, the notion that the history of organisms was the story of the survival of the fittest and most hardy, and that organisms evolve because they are stronger and more dominant than others, is a perfect example of the age from which it came: the age of Imperialism. When Darwin wrote, it was received wisdom that the white, northern European man was destined to rule the world. This could have been rationalized as greed–i.e., Europeans simply taking the resources of nations and tribes less well organized than they were. It could have been worked out as a form of amusement of the upper classes and a place for them to realize their martial fantasies. (Was it Shaw who called Imperialism “…outdoor relief for the upper classes?”)

But it fell to a true Imperialist, from a wealthy British family on both sides, married to a wealthy British woman, writing at the height of Imperialism in the UK, when a huge hunk of Africa and Asia was “owned” (literally, owned, by Great Britain) to create a scientific theory that rationalized Imperialism. By explaining that Imperialism worked from the level of the most modest organic life up to man, and that in every organic situation, the strong dominated the weak and eventually wiped them out,

Darwin offered the most compelling argument yet for Imperialism. It was neither good nor bad, neither Liberal nor Conservative, but simply a fact of nature. In dominating Africa and Asia, Britain was simply acting in accordance with the dictates of life itself. He was the ultimate pitchman for Imperialism.

Now, we know that Imperialism had a short life span. Imperialism was a system that took no account of the realities of the human condition. Human beings do not like to have their countries owned by people far away in ermine robes. They like to be in charge of themselves.

Imperialism had a short but hideous history–of repression and murder.

But its day is done.

Darwinism is still very much alive, utterly dominating biology. Despite the fact that no one has ever been able to prove the creation of a single distinct species by Darwinist means, Darwinism dominates the academy and the media. Darwinism also has not one meaningful word to say on the origins of organic life, a striking lacuna in a theory supposedly explaining life.

Alas, Darwinism has had a far bloodier life span than Imperialism. Darwinism, perhaps mixed with Imperialism, gave us Social Darwinism, a form of racism so vicious that it countenanced the Holocaust against the Jews and mass murder of many other groups in the name of speeding along the evolutionary process.

Now, a few scientists are questioning Darwinism on many fronts. I wonder how long Darwinism’s life span will be. Marxism, another theory which, in true Victorian style, sought to explain everything, is dead everywhere but on university campuses and in the minds of psychotic dictators. Maybe Darwinism will be different. Maybe it will last. But it’s difficult to believe it will. Theories that presume to explain everything without much evidence rarely do. Theories that outlive their era of conception and cannot be verified rarely last unless they are faith based. And Darwinism has been such a painful, bloody chapter in the history of ideologies, maybe we would be better off without it as a dominant force.

Maybe we would have a new theory: We are just pitiful humans. Life is unimaginably complex. We are still trying to figure it out. We need every bit of input we can get. Let’s be humble about what we know and what we don’t know, and maybe in time, some answers will come.

By Ben Stein

Another thing I found on this blog page was a quote...against the film.

"It's (EXPELLED) going to appeal strongly to the religious, the paranoid, the conspiracy theorists, and the ignorant –– which means they're going to draw in about 90% of the American market."
-Atheist blogger and fabulist PZ Myers, on a film he has not yet seen.

I just can't stop thinking about all of this. I am very interested in this film...I will be there opening day to see it. If it plays in St. Louis.


So just a quick note before I leave for work. Check out the preview for Ben Stein's new movie Expelled. This looks like it could be good. See it for your self.

Friday, January 18, 2008


So I'm working part time at LHM again. I have to cover the front desk on fridays for an hour. Boo...its just really boring. So I figured it was time for an update. So I am picking up more hours at LHM. D$ is going to have a baby and I'm filling in for her for a bit. So that's exciting. I'm doing new things that I didn't do before and some things that I had. Sbux is crazy as usual. One day its slow the next we can't keep up. I do love it. It keeps me on my toes.
School is going good for Nick. He's almost done with this winter quarter and soon he will be signing up for the last quarter of classes. I am really excited about that. Only 3 months till call day. Not that I am counting. I am ready to settle and start a normal schedule and stuff. Sem life is tough and fun. Its sort of a bittersweet time here.
Other than that not much else is going on. I can't believe that lent is just around the corner. Um..we saw some good movies recently. Talk to me is out on DVD. I really liked it. Runway Girl was also out and as many of you know I am very much in to the 60's and stuff...but this movie is a major skip. I am also working on a new baby blanket for someone I work with. So yeah thats all...

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy 2008!!

Our last Christmas home was a good one. We had a lot of people to see and we got everyone in. It was a fun time but very busy. Now Nick and I are sick and we are resting these last few days off. So this next year will be a big year for us with Call day in April and then graduation in May. We'll keep you posted as to what we find out.