Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Wednesday is amazing!

I haven’t ridden my bike to work yet.

We still have boxes to unpack.

I need to pick up The Knowledge of the Holy and finish reading it.

Looking forward to bible study tonight with Will.

Only three and a half hours of work left.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Move

Rewind to last week…

The anticipation that comes with a move might be near torture. Thoughts cross my mind such as, “What will we break,” “How are we going to move that couch,” and “Will anyone show up to help” (to name only a few). At the last minute, I decided to take off Friday, to begin the task. Kari’s sister, Ashley, and her husband James, arrived Thursday evening to continue the “boxing” processes with us. We made new boxes (that were broken down), reinforced boxes and did some patchwork on a few boxes. (Side note: Instead of purchasing boxes, see your local liquor store a month prior to your move, those are the best and cheapest boxes). My buddy Warren showed up on Friday, and we moved many boxes. At this point we realized we would need to empty out the boxes we had just moved, in order to pack up the remaining items…so we did. Empty boxes and a little dinner, we got more stuff packed, a game of Apples to Apples with the Salinas family and some good sleep, we were ready for Saturday. With the help of many friends, (more than expected) we made one big push on Saturday; successfully completing our transition from Pflugerville to Austin.

Today…(the “thank you” part)

We want to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” to each and everyone who came out to help us in the move. We were blessed by your positive attitudes, mostly encouraging words (cause I think Warren made fun of my weight), and strong backs. Each of you had an “impact role” in the move; and we couldn’t have done it without you in the time that we did. We were and are truly blessed by wonderful friends.


With the move behind us, we are looking forward and excited about more opportunities to make new friends in our area. In addition, we look forward to having many of you, family and friends over to our new place. May God bless you this week.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What Do You Do When Your Cell Phone Dies?

How dramatic, my cell phone battery died! So, I asked myself the question, "What do you do when your cell phone dies?"

A) Plug it into your wall or car charger.

B) Enjoy a bit of peace with your wife and dogs.

C) Blog about it.

D) Just go to bed and worry about it in the morning.

I chose C! Yes, the other three options seemed very reasonable, but I felt like posting twice this week and amid everything going on, the cell phone dying makes the blog. It is interesting that cell phones are attached to everyone's heads these days (I would also like to note, ear-phones attached to an ipod are too!) I do remember ten years ago, when only a few people had cell phone and they weren't slick, shinny and "cool," rather they were either "brick phones" or "bag phones." My dad had both.

The "brick phone" reminds me of Zack Morris from Saved By the Bell. He would walk about Bayside with his "new" cell phone making plans for a date, I'm sure. We are now living in times when you can just about call anyone you know, where ever you are and just talk away, or text.

I was going to make a point, but really, it is getting late, the screen is beginning to look fuzzy, and my head...


Monday, April 21, 2008

A Few Things to Share

I began this blog a week or so ago, but did not complete it. I have edited and added a few more things since than…

Thursday evening (April 10th) I received a phone call from a good friend. He informed me of dire situation that had occurred earlier that afternoon. Herb said, “Man, Larry had an accident today and it doesn’t look good, you and Kari pray for him and the kids.” This news took my breath because the thought of losing one parent is bad, but to consider losing both parents in such a short time would be horrible. You see, in August of last year, the children lost their mother, and he lost his spouse. On Friday I received the e mail that contained the news that Larry didn’t make it through the night. My appreciation and awareness that “you never know the time,” became evident. I did not know him that well, but from what I saw, this man reflected Christ and His many attributes. He loved on students and so desperately desired to see them come to a saving knowledge through Christ Jesus, he did just about whatever it took. A couple of months ago, I watched this man play broomball with young people on the ice. More than a few months ago, I watched this father of two, dress up as a lady to get the kids interested and cause a roar of laughter! He will be greatly missed by family, friends and many many students. Please continue to pray for the family and kids.

On Friday, April 11th, Kari, her mother, sister and I attended the home opener for the Round Rock Express. It was delightful to be back at the ballpark for another season of baseball. It was either some great pitching or some bad hitting from both teams, but the ninth inning was worth the wait. New Orleans scored their first run in the top of the ninth. The Express held them to the one run, but the pressure was now on to at least score one run. With two out and two men on, the Express delivered with a base-hit scoring the tying run. Now even, the scoreboard guaranteed extra innings, but the Express weren’t done. Two outs, base loaded, no pressure…the New Orleans pitcher throws four balls and walks the winning run home. It was a great ending to Home Opener 2008for the Round Rock Express.

It’s a boy! Kari and I are the proud parents of a new toy poodle. Canton Parks Hellums joined the family on Sunday, April 6th. He is about 7 weeks old and a fluffy black puppy. He and Carter are getting along fine now. It is neat to watch Carter take care of the little one, I just wish he would potty train him for us.

As mentioned in a previous blog, Kari and I are moving. We are moving about 10 miles from where are now to Austin. We have never lived in Austin and are both excited about our new place. We have taken a few items over and it already feels like home. Kari spent one afternoon hanging up all the pictures, we just need the important the couch! Saturday is the "big move" day and hopefully we will be out of the place in Pflugerville and settled.

I hope that each of you is doing well and may God Bless you. Check you soon...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kaleo Lodge: Peace

News from Crown Films

Crown Films is delivering new and exciting films to the world wide web in 2008; as seen below…The first quarter of 2008 was spent working out deals and setting up production schedules.

With an April 1, 2008 release of a new commercial shot for Kaleo Lodge; Crown Films is ready to get 2008 underway. Kaleo Lodge is a retreat ran by my sister and brother in law in NE Texas. I was blessed to have opportunity to get some great footage and will be able to put together more than one commercial; so what was released today, is the first in a few that will be released in the coming month. Also this month, a film for Kari’s school put together by her and my sister in law will be released after I polish it up a bit. It was received with great appreciation by Kari and Katie’s fellow classmates and her professor was excited to watch the film.

Crown Films is proud to announce two new associations…With this new relationships, Crown Films hopes to bring you more exciting films for 2008, hopefully keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Crown Films is currently working in conjunction with Phoenix Films on a few productions. These guys are doing spur of the moment brainstorming and quick shots to create some excellent and entertaining films. There most recent film is a political comedy and worth the time.

The company would also like to announce its new association with Well Entertainment. Well Entertainment is a newly founded film company that is an arm of a local church in South Austin called The Well. Currently in pre-production are a series of short Pulp Films. These films are due out in the middle of the second quarter.

Keep watching, and we love to hear from you, so drop us a line.