cc cake 3(1)- I guess something untoward could be said about churches that “self-report,” but I found this list of Largest Churches in SBC really interesting.

- I love Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. This one with Sarah Jessica Parker was pretty great.

- Great reminder for worship leaders about training up the next generation of leaders.

- I know almost nothing about photography, but this new camera intrigued me.

- This is a fresh take on the “cardboard” videos that churches did a couple years ago. In this video, homeless people share one thing about themselves that might surprise you.

- Spray cake. Let me say this again. SPRAY CAKE.

FRIDAY: 7/18/14


Kristen kept trying to wake me up, but I wasn’t having it. Eventually woke up, laid in bed for a bit while Finley played on the laptop. We’re lazy, baby!

Kristen watched back through yesterday’s vlog, then Jonah finally woke up. Told him to get some exercise clothes on so we could go run. I’ve got to help him put in some conditioning work before his next cross-country practice, which he is not into.

We opted to just do a mile, since running is so new to him. He quite half-a-mile in, which was frustrating. We’re really trying to work on the whole “finish what you start” thing with him, so I was disappointed he left me out there running by myself. In such great weather, too! The rain made it a beautiful morning.

I finished up, grabbed a shower and then sat down to have a heart-to-heart with him. He doesn’t want to do the running thing, but I’m making him give it a try – at least more than one day’s try. Ate some lunch and then we jumped into house cleaning. (House showing tonight at 6:45pm. We’ll see.)

Since we had plenty of time, we didn’t rush the cleaning too much. We cleaned a little, too breaks, goofed off and such. (I’m super good at this day-off thing.) Surprisingly, Jonah went back outside to try the run again. He did it without me, and took some walk breaks, but he put in his 1.2 miles and I was very proud of him for doing it.

We left the house around 6pm and drove over to Andy’s for frozen custard. Since we were killing time, the kids wanted to go play on the computers in Best Buy. Finley just wanted to goof off, but Jonah would really like to buy his own computer. Need to find a way to encourage him to start saving. We came home, made up some quesadillas and chilled the rest of the night.

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THURSDAY: 7/17/14

Another wake-up-early day. What gives? I’m like a grown-man or something.

2014-07-17 09.04.46-3Met my pal, Toby, up at the church for one of our remaining recording sessions. The past couple of months, I’ve been recording a new worship tune called Changed Everything to be released over at I’m really excited to share the song and hope it’s an encouragement to local churches.

We tracked acoustic rhythm and lead vocals, then attempted to do a tambourine track. Turns out the tambourine at the church is terrible for that sort of thing. (Weird shape or some such.)

After tracking, we grabbed an early lunch at Smashburger. Relatively pleasant experience (Oreo shake) if you don’t count the shift manager so severely inconvenienced when I mentioned it looked like someone had thrown up in their bathroom and then ran out of the building. Customer service ain’t what it used to be, kids…

After lunch, headed back to the church to setup for the Whitehouse campus worship rehearsal. Some of the musicians headed to our new campus have been practicing on Thursdays. I sat up a bunch of monitors and keyboards and waited for one of the team to walk over to the sanctuary so I could give her a quick tutorial on how-to-run-the-sound board.

I’ve been at the previous practices, but had a dinner with friends and wanted to make sure the team could survive rehearsal without me. Kristen and Finley picked me up from the church and we ran a few errands. For dinner, we met our friends, Charles and Angie Long, for supper at Julian’s. I had never been before. It was a fun night – nice to have a rehearsal night free once in a while!

After supper, I drove the family back home, then headed up to the church to power everything down and lock the church up. Texted a couple of the Whitehouse campus team to see how practice went and got a great report. We lounged around a bit that evening, finally getting everyone in bed around 10 or so. I did some work, edited a vlog and worked on some scheduling stuff for church.

WEDNESDAY: 7/16/14

Another (slightly) early morning for me. I’m speaking here on July 26 so I met the conference founder for coffee.

(I do not drink coffee, as it is vile and pretentious. Instead, I got a hot chocolate bigger than my face. So there.)

As I left the house, Kristen reminded me that she had scheduled another set of houses to look at. Our house is on the market and not drawing much attention, but still we go look at houses just in case we’re able to ever get a new one.

The conference guy (named Boogie, by the way) and I met for a couple hours to do more planning for the conference and then I headed to meet up with the family. We all got into my car and looked at houses. Nothing mind blowing, but some nice little places that might be a good fit for us.

We decided to grab lunch at Chick-Fil-A and opted to eat inside for a change. Bad idea. Place was really crowded and I sat by a trash can, which meant I had to keep getting up to avoid getting splattered with trash as people tossed it. We left lunch and headed home. I had some stuff to do, one of them being working on getting some ideas for a Skype cowrite I had scheduled for Thursday.

We get home, I kick back to do a little work on the computer when BAM! My phone beeps. The cowrite is today.

In ten minutes.

I normally do cowrites at the church so my kids don’t have to stay away from a part of the house while I’m working. But since I knew I couldn’t get to the church in time, I headed back to our game room and jumped online. The cowrite started off good – mostly just catching up.

I finally admitted to the guy that I had the wrong day on my calendar. He laughed and said he had almost forgotten about it, as well. As we were chatting, he called out of his office and came back sheepish:

“I gotta’ call you back in a little bit.”

Turns out his new boss was wanting a tour of the office building, which meant my friend’s whole afternoon was shot. We decided to reschedule for next week.

I had just enough time to get dressed and loaded for Jonah’s cross-country tryout. We drove over to Rose Rudman trail to let Jonah meet the coach of the Tyler homeschool running team. Jonah 100% DID NOT want to do it, but it turns out he did great.

He did hate it, of course. But we’re trying to encourage him to keep at it. I felt bad because we had a Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 11.55.53 PMdinner with friends immediately after and made him wash up and change clothes in the Chuy’s bathroom. He must not have been feeling too bad, however, as he was able to take a selfie for his Instagram. There is a silver lining. Since I’ve been trying to jog again, I can now do some running with Jonah as he works on his conditioning. (No doubt he will lap me many many times.)

We hung out with our friends the Benedettis over chips and queso and enjoyed ourselves despite the protests of a very sore, very worn out 12-year old boy. After dinner, Kristen ran into Target and then we all headed home. Finley bathed and went to bed, Jonah showered and played some video games. I stayed up awhile doing a little more work to get ready for tomorrow.