Random Life Updates

life has been very full these days, and as a result, my blogging time has been empty.  here’s a few random updates – 2 are big, and 1 is just fun to me.

baby number two is about to debut

any day now we should be racing to the hospital to welcome our little man into the world.  we are so thankful for this gift from God. i don’t know where you’re at or what you believe, but after seeing one new life come into the world, i don’t know how you can get to a place where you don’t believe in an intelligent designer who intentionally crafts and creates each of us. (but that’s for a different post)  i’m so excited to see who this little boy becomes and how God will use him to shape shanna, adelina, and myself.
when will it be??? who knows… God continues to teach me that i should give up trying to plan.  shanna does want this baby out though, that’s for sure!

ministry is all about transitions right now

this past fall lakeshore announced that we’re looking for a new youth pastor to replace me. i’ll be transitioning to the discipleship pastor role on staff once the hire is made to oversee our small group ministry and other discipleship/assimilation strategies.  i’m very excited about the move and i truly feel God’s call in that direction, although i hope i’ll always be a youth pastor at heart. i hope to never stop being a champion for students and hold to the belief that they are not the church of the future but the church of today.

Job Opening Graphic jpg

it has been so fun watching God build the team at lakeshore over the last 6 months, and i’m beyond excited to see who he puts in place in this position.  i’m looking forward to really being able to build into and do life with the next guy.  we are hoping and praying to have him in place by easter.
goodbye moleskine, hello ecosystem 
i love paper journals, but not just any. with these in particular i’m pretty picky. for the last few years i’ve been using moleskine. i love the simple design, their durability, the pocket in the back, and the enclosure strap.  but i’ve been using evernote more and more to try to go more paperless and save more notes electronically in the cloud.  moleskine doesn’t have any journals with perforated pages, which would be really nice for the journal notes that i want to make sure gets scanned and entered into evernote.  i totally drank michael hyatt’s koolaide on this, and am now using the ecosystem journals.  they have all the same features of the moleskines, but with perforated pages.  if you use evernote or want to have the freedom to tear out some of your journal pages, you should check them out!
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Mariska & Baby Girl

people have been asking a lot from time to time how the dog is doing with the new baby.  now you can see for yourself!  she does so so well, and then…

Randomness

what a ride it’s been lately… here’s some random things popping around my head lately:

1. i could stare at her all day. and i kinda have been, actually. it’s been so nice today having our first full day with Adelina at home. it’s crazy to think that she’s here after all this time, and we’re so thankful to God for bringing her safely into our world. because it took so long to get pregnant, i think we both just assumed there’d be major issues with the pregnancy, labor, and delivery… and so when there wasn’t, we’ve been reeling with excitement and joy.

2. i feel so overwhelmed and grateful. the outpouring of love and support this week has been so encouraging. house cleaning flash mobs, lots of food deliveries, family making delicious meals to just throw in the oven, flowers, visits, prayers, and random gifts that have blown us away. it was moving to see a couple friends from the church stop by the hospital, hold our little girl, and tear up as they prayed for her and for us. true community in action, and we feel super loved on!

3. another special surprise at the hospital. moments before leaving the hospital, we bumped into a familiar face in the hallway – our social worker from the adoption! she “happened” to be there at that time visiting someone just down the hall, and it was so great to catch up and introduce her to Adelina. adoption still beats heavy in our hearts, and we can’t wait to be able to get back into that world soon!

4. ‘You Own The Sunday’ series. tomorrow we kick off a brand new series with the students where each week students from a specific school unite together to “own” all elements of the service… from the greeting to the tech and worship to the preaching. the goal is not just to put on a quality service, but to do so specifically for the rest of the people at their school that don’t attend church. i’ll blog about it more, but the coolest thing to see has been our connected teens’ enthusiasm in inviting their friends to church, a step that for many has been a big one. here’s one facebook post i just saw that put a smile to my face!

5. Shari’s Berries and Edible Arrangements. we received a delivery from each since we’ve been home… and they are SOOOOOO good! the chocolate covered strawberries are incredible, and the flower-bouquet-looking fruit pile is super creative.

Adjectives For Adelina

she’s here…Adelina Grace Hunneyman!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 1:39pm

6lbs. 8 oz. 

21.5 inches

beautiful, complex, fascinating, intricate, adorable, funny, cute, exhausting, energetic, wild, scared, tired, fun, alluring, charming, loud, classy, peaceful, sleepy, delicate, fragile, dependent, adventurous, silly, wonderful, exciting, amazing, exquisite, courageous, and drop dead gorgeous.

to all the other newborn boys out there, this is under my bed:

I Want A Roomba

forget vacuuming…after seeing this, i SOOOOO want a roomba!