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May 12, 2008

Dad

Thanks to everyone for your kind words... its great to see the many lives my dad touched. I know tomorrow and Wednesday will be a great time of reunion, reminiscing and celebration. He has passed on a legacy to us all... of faith and hope placed in Jesus Christ. That same faith has been instilled in us and I know…
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May 11, 2008

Dad’s Memorial and Visitation

Tuesday, May 13 from 3-9pm Visitation at Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Home, 36900 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 (16 & Scheonherr) Wednesday, May 14 Memorial Service at 10am at Warren Woods Church of the Nazarene, 14300 13 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48088. We ask that in lieu of flowers you send donations to either Life Challenge of Detroit or the American…
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May 10, 2008

Paul Reed

May 10, 2008. It's roughly 5:50 AM. Paul Reed, Matt's dad, is gone. Matt was with him when he died, and said it was peaceful. It's strange to me how life, a soul, can be there one second and gone the very next. It's a mysterious event. The sun is just about to rise. Light, faint and gray, is on…
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May 9, 2008

Update on Dad

It's 4:44pm on Friday here in Michigan. My dad is sleeping right now in the Critical Care Unit. Tomorrow he will be moved to Hospice a couple floors up. This morning the doctor filled us in on what happened. It seems that he had pneumonia that helped feed a blood infection and bacteria in the blood. Coupled with an already…
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May 7, 2008

Sports Moments

Thanks to a rain delay I've been able to watch the Twins play in Chicago. Carlos Gomez just hit an infield single to complete the cycle. The last Twin to hit for the cycle was Kirby Puckett in 1986... 22 years ago! I tend to unintentionally catch a lot of these sports moments live on TV. I saw Bonds hit…
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May 5, 2008

Shoe Horn Dependency

I'll admit it. I am shoe-horn dependent. But only with one pair of shoes. They're the kind that fit great once they're on (and are even a little too big) but getting them on is hard. When I put them on my feet don't slip in easily, so I have to work each foot in holding the back of the…
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May 5, 2008

Tragedy

I normally don't do commentary on current events, but this story really irked me. The father and son pictured here went turkey hunting together and the young boy was told to stay near to this father. The son wandered off and his father mistook him for a turkey and shot him. He died in the woods. I heard people talking…
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May 4, 2008

Spring’s demise

I have this strange feeling that spring will be missing this year from the scheduled seasons in Minnesota.  This past weekend we were at an event in Willmar, MN, and the temperature dropped once again in the 30's.  There were rumors of snow, but we didn't see any.  At any rate, it's already May and spring has yet to make…
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April 30, 2008

Where They Dump the Bodies

I recently discovered a room to the side of one of my nursing classes, never spoken of, in which were the piled bodies of mannequins I can only assume were killed by overdoses and abuse of practicing nursing students. After all, it's the mannequins who are the first to receive our trach care, wound care, and medication administration. Their risk…
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April 30, 2008

Life Imitating Art

Someone drew this on a corner at my school. Sometimes it's life imitating art, but I guess this is art imitating life.
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April 27, 2008

Cleaning House

When I was younger and my family would be getting ready for a trip, I can remember my mom always cleaning things around the house in the last few moments before we'd leave.  Like any smart-alec kid, I would always make some teasing remark. Ten minutes before leaving for church this morning I found myself in my mother's shoes as…
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April 25, 2008

What’s in a Name?

Okay, so this was a little disturbing to me. I went to a resource we use to find pictures and typed in "camp" looking for a pic. I was surprised when Auschwitz pictures came up. I guess my "campy" image of lakes, cabins, etc left me a little unprepared to find a concentration "camp" on the screen. Odd, really, how…
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April 22, 2008

All Will Drive

The Assemblies of God has a program for teenagers called Speed the Light. STL provides vehicles and equipment for US and foreign missionaries to help them in their ministries around the world. In fact, Jill's brother, Peter, is actually driving an SUV in Mexico City provided by American youth - as are our good friends, the Zarns, in Sweden and…
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April 19, 2008

Birthday Tone

Normally when I get birthday money, I already have something in mind to purchase and I get it right away. This year I started saving money for a new guitar. After some research, I had my sights on a Gibson Les Paul. Those run around $1500 and at the current birthday rate, I wouldn't be getting it until 2014. So…
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April 19, 2008

North

Last night we went to see some friends of ours play at a local club. The band is called North.  (2012 update: The band is now Greycoats and has release one album with another in the works.. Check them out)
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April 14, 2008

Tonight’s sky

Tonight we saw peculiar things in the nighttime sky.  First, we saw a flock of ghost birds.  Yes, I said ghost.  There were about 20 of them - all pure white and 100% visible in the sky.  They flew low, but made no sound.  Believe them to be whatever you imagine. We also saw a jet high in the sky…
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April 14, 2008

Scene Two Take One

I can't begin to tell you how busy we've been the last two weeks. We've probably only been home a handful of nights over that time. Although tiring, it's all been done with no regrets. We've had events from work, dates with friends and family, school, and church fill our days and nights. The most interesting development in these last…
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April 8, 2008

Cat got your tongue?

On this last Saturday Matt and I spent part of our day cleaning out our garage for the first time since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago. We also got rid of our truck (a story on its own). While the man running the tow truck waited for Matt to find the title inside the house, I continued cleaning…
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April 3, 2008

5 for 5

Tonight we went to a concert with 5 bands all on tour raising money for worldvision. Not only was it a good cause, but it was good music. Children 18:3 definitely puts on one of the best shows I've seen... great punk rock. Cayerio was tight with their mix of rock and rap. It had been a while since the…
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March 31, 2008

Opening Day

We went to the Twins opener tonight and they beat the Angels 3-2. What a funny day - 4 inches of snow! How on earth will this work in 2010 when the new stadium is open? Anyhoo, it was a fun night hanging out with TJ, Doug, Pamela, and Peter all the way from Mexico City. We took this picture…
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March 28, 2008

Evil Genius

So yesterday at 2pm Jill came by work and plopped her Macbook on my desk. It wouldn't boot up. We have Applecare warranty so I went online and scheduled an appointment at their "Genius Bar" for 4pm. Upon arrival, their tech diagnosed the problem and replaced the failed hard drive at no charge (cuz of previous purchased Applecare) all in…
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March 27, 2008

Dent

Recently someone hit our parked car and took off. We woke up one morning and noticed it. The dent was small but expensive and we're still trying to figure out how they hit us. The location and lightness of the dent was baffling. Was someone trying to turn around in the middle of the street? Or were they trying to…
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March 24, 2008

Easter

Easter had begun to be a tradition with me and my Grandma, and whoever else would be there that year.  For many years (since my mom moved to California) this was the time I'd go to Hibbing, decorate eggs, staining my poor fingers for days, eat more than I should, and just generally enjoy the tradition -especially the egg cracking contest,…
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March 22, 2008

Duffman wins the can!

Mark Choiniere has once again conquered the skips in Phase 10. Congratulations Mark... you are  the best! Watch your back... cuz next time its mine!!
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