McGregor Elementary Field Day 2008

Andrew had a blast. First he ran anchor leg on their 440 yard relay team. They were way behind, but he did a good job catching at least one kid. See the pics:

Relay 1, pic 1

Relay 1, pic 2

Relay 1, pic 3

Relay 1, pic 4 (my favorite)

Then he ran the 75 yard dash and won. Here is the video (watch the yellow shirt):

Here are some photos:

75 yard dash, pic 1

75 yard dash, pic 2

75 yard dash, pic 3

75 yard dash, pic 4

75 yard dash, pic 5

Then he ran 3rd leg (next to last) on the 220 yard relay. Got got the baton in dead last but was able to move them up to 2nd. Here is the video (yellow shirt):

Then he competed in and won the long jump. He jumped 12′ 2”. Pics:

Long jump, pic 1

Long jump, pic 2

Long jump, pic 3

Their class competed in the tug-o-war too. I love this shot:

Determination

The college graduate

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Wow. Last night was really amazing. Amy began her long journey back in 2001 while we still lived in the Dallas area. She wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence, but she really felt this call on her life. Little by little her confidence grew. I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point in the next couple of years she woke up and realized that yes, she could do it with God’s help. And she did. Boy, did she!

Last night she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has passed all of her state certification tests. She is ready to be a teacher and fulfill the call on her life! Anyone that knows her, knows that she will excel at that just like she has excelled at everything else.

We certainly hope that she can get a job here in our hometown, but she is going to touch many young lives no matter where God puts her.

Click here to see the photo album!

Updated with video:

Slate article on “Christian culture”

This article about “Christian culture” is worth reading in my opinion. Some might take offense and some might agree with many of the sentiments. Regardless, it is a worthwhile read. Here are some of the more thought-provoking quotes:

A Christian can now buy books, movies, music—and anything else lowbrow to middlebrow—tailor-made for his or her sensibilities.”

“The problem is that purity boundaries are hard to police in the Internet age. Show a kid a Christian comedian, and soon he’s likely to discover that the guy is a pale imitation of this much funnier guy…”

“At a Christian retail show…there are rip-off trinkets of every kind—a Christian version of My Little Pony and the mood ring and the boardwalk T-shirt (“Friends don’t let friends go to hell”). There is Christian Harlequin and Christian chick lit and Bibleman, hero of spiritual warfare. There are Christian raves and Christian rappers and Christian techno, which is somehow more Christian even though there are no words.”

“Didn’t Jesus chase the money changers out of the temple? In other words, isn’t there something wrong with so thoroughly commercializing all aspects of faith?”

The article in its entirety:
http://www.slate.com/id/2190482