Archive for June, 2008

Video Blog: 2008 Anniversary Trip!

Okay…so here is a video of mostly raw footage from our trip this past week.We got in the car and started driving. We went north to Plattsburgh, across Lake Champlain, and then down through Vermont and back into New York!

Unless you are my mom, or Leah’s mom, there might be a slight chance you could get bored half way through! Just try watching it though! I dare you!

Here we go:

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts

- Do doctors clean their stethoscopes between patients? They put new paper on the exam table, wash their hands in front of you, use alcohol wipes on everything, but I’ve never seen them wipe the end of their stethoscopes between patients. When a doctor lifts my shirt to check my breathing, how do I know that he didn’t just come from some sweaty hairy dirty guy in the next room? Hmmmm. 

- Leah and I celebrated out 30th wedding anniversary!

- I know I promised to post a video blog about our adventure, but I got distracted. :) I will post it later today!

- Tons of work got done at our Clifton Park campus!I can’t believe the countless extra hours that so many staff and volunteers put in! It looks great!

- It was very interesting having our first Saturday night service in Clifton Park! It went very well!

- It was great hanging out with Jason, Kristy and William the other night! William is such a cool baby!

- I will be posting an extended Question From a Student this week about self-injury. It is a serious matter, and this will help me learn more about it.

- I can’t believe Middle School camp is already next week!

- How about we just have “chance of thunderstorms” everyday this summer.

- I’m not a big fan of “jokes”. Some are pretty funny though, but the ones below are kind of dumb if they are really some of the most popular jokes.

catlaugh.jpgTHE TOP JOKE IN THE WORLD:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other man pulls out his cell phone and calls emergency services.  He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator in a calm, soothing voice replies: “Take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard.  Back on the phone, the hunter says, “OK, now what?” 

THE TOP JOKE IN GERMANY:

A dog went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.” The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, “There are only nine words here. You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.” The dog replied, “But that would make no sense at all!” (I don’t get it)

THE TOP JOKE IN THE UK:

71_1_b.jpg71_1_b.jpgA woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!” The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: “The driver just insulted me!” The man says: “You go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”

THE TOP JOKE IN THE US: (Go figure)

A man and a friend are playing golf one day. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in prayer. His friend says: “Wow! That is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You are truly a kind man.”

The other man replies, “Yeah, well, we were married 35 years.”

AND MY FAVORITE: (Not really)

Why did the little strawberry cry? Because his parents were in a jam! Haha!

Self Injury Among Teenagers (1 of 6)

r174979_663925.jpgSomeone, somewhere, commits suicide every 18 minutes!

There is an approximate THREE MILLION teenagers, ages 12-17,  each year that think seriously about suicide. Roughly one third, 37 percent, actual tried to do it. Many succeeded.

Good news: Suicide rates among teenagers are dropping each year.

Bad news: Self-Injury among teenagers is on the rise! 

What is self-injury? It is when someone deliberately hurts/injures themselves without the intent of suicide.

I always thought that this was too rare of a thing to make a big deal out of. I was wrong! Over the years, I have heard so many stories about the secret lives of teenagers that hurt themselves (most often in the form of cutting). This is a very serious issue, and is very difficult to detect. Most teenagers that are involved in this are from middle to upper class families, and often have loving parents. Guys and girls both are affected by this, but it is primarily affecting girls. Often, by the time that someone involved in this gets help, they are in there mid to upper twenties, and have been hurting themselves since they were a teenager.

This next week, I will be blogging about self-injury, and specifically about “cutting”. I am doing this in order to help educate myself, and also just to do my part in making people aware of what is going on, and WHY so many people choose to do this. My goal is to inform people about the signs of it, the seriousness of it, and how to get help. I have been studying this for a while now after several people have approached me about someone they knew that was hurting themselves.

I will post resources, links etc…

(As to not be too depressing on here this weekend, I will be posting a video blog about our anniversary trip later) :)

Northway Church Camp’s

God has blessed us with over 100 students coming to our two camps this year! The number keeps growing and growing each weekend! That is important because it represents the number of lives that will be changed this summer!

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survivor6.jpgI can’t believe that our Middle School camp is already just a little over a week away! It seems like we have been planning non-stop to create the best experience possible for every student and their family. I am so excited to see what God is going to do with this week of camp!

If you are a parent of student, here are a few things for you to be reminded of:

- The mandatory parent/student meeting is this coming Tuesday (July 1st) at 7:00pm at our MALTA CAMPUS!  At the meeting, we will discuss some of the camp rules, what to bring, and any other information that you will need to know. There will be a handout.

- If you have not yet turned in your camp registration from, please make sure you get it in this weekend. There will be an information kiosk with camp folders this weekend in Clifton Park.

- Also, all remaining payments will be due by Tuesday night’s meeting. (Unless we have already worked something else out)

- The drop-off location on Monday, July 7th will be at the Clifton Park Campus. We will go over the drop-off times and pick-up times on Tuesday.

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IF YOU STILL NEED THE CAMP FROMS, PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW: 

The Rock Middle School Camp – July 7-11  

CLICK HERE to view and print out the Middle School registration files!

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Lift High School Camp – July 28 – August 1

CLICK HERE to view and print out the High School registration files.

If you are in need of a potential scholarship to help with the camp fee, then make sure you pick up a “scholarship application” at guest services at one of this weekend’s services. We are also still looking for people that would like to sponsor a student to go to camp!

Video Blog: Malta Celebration Event

Here is my amature video of the Celebration Event. You had to of been there to have experienced the miracle of it all, but I’ll try to give you a minor glimpse of some of the stuff that took place.

***DISCLAIMER*** – This video is in no way an “official video” of Northway Church (as with any of my videos), and was made only for this blog site. Any use of this video without notarized written permission from Mr. Twistee (refer to video below) will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, which means nothing will probably happen, but should scare you.

Here we go, but make sure you watch it all the way to the end: :)

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Peech Imspediment / Pictures

When I used to talk about something that excites me, like if I was going to Dunkin Donuts to order a jelly donut, I seemed to suffer from a slight “speech impediment”! When I talked, I might mix around some of the letters in my words.

I’d say stuff like:

- Delly Jonut

- Weep Jrangler

- etc…

Well, back in the day when Leah and I were first dating in college (circa 1999), we were driving home from the mall. I was getting excited about something and I started to slip up some of my letters. Honest mistake. Leah stopped me and while she was laughing ever so nicely at me, she said, “KEVIN! YOU HAVE SUCH A PEECH IMSPEDIMENT!” She meant to say “SPEECH IMPEDIMENT”.

Anyway, to this day, she doesn’t poke fun at me anymore. My “speech impediment” is gone (I didn’t really technically have one to begin with), but every once in a while, such as yesterday, I make sure that I remind Leah of HER “peech imspediment”! :)

That may not seem funny, but it is one of those great memories that we talked about yesterday after thirty…I mean two years of marriage.

A couple pics from THIRTY years ago:

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And…a couple pics from yesterday (Aging has been kind to us):

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Yep! We visited Stowe, VT and the church that we got married in! Many months before we got married, we were driving around and we came across this church that is in just about every Vermont postcard. So, we went in and booked a date. Talk about spontaneous!

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Celebrating Our 30th Wedding Anniversary!

kevin-and-leah-wedding.jpgNope! That’s not a typo! Leah and I are officially celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary today!

We got married on June 24th, 1978 in the wonderful town of Stowe, VT.

I was -2 years old!

Leah was -4 years old!

We got married eight months after Leah’s parents got married!

Okay…Okay…Let me explain!

Technically, we got married on June 24, 2006, but thanks to the wonderful state of Vermont, and their clerical error, we legally got married in 1978!

You see, Ron Foster, who did our ceremony, signed the wedding certificate and sent it to the Vermont clerk for us. When they got it, somehow (I have no idea why or how) they put 1978 as the official year! Good old Vermont! Apparently, we have to “jump through a bunch of hoops”, like get married again, in order to get it fixed. I love Vermont! I’m sure that Leah would be all about another wedding!

(Didn’t I tell you that weird things just happen to me sometimes?) :)

So, in honor of 30 years of wonderful marriage, we will be registering at Tiffany & Co, Nordstrom’s, Liberty Travel, and Saratoga Jeep and Dodge. Please feel free to send your gifts to….Okay! I’m just kidding, but if for some reason you feel led to…okay…still kidding.

Anyway, the great thing is that whether it’s 30 years or 2 years, I would marry Leah all over again! She is awesome! It’s been a great “two” years!

I will be posting more about her later this week!

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Video Blog: Engagement Video

Tomorrow’s our 30th wedding anniversary!!!!! I still need to explain that later…

So…In October of 2005, I asked Leah to marry me. It was one of the best days ever!

Her mom, sister, aunt’s, and grandmother were there. We were “supposedly” just checking out a restaurant that was connected to the hotel where we were hoping to have our wedding reception at in Vermont. I surprised her and slipped away “to wash my hands for lunch”, but really put on a suit (which I hate) and came back to propose! All of a sudden the song “Falling Even More In Love With You” by Lifehouse was played (per my request), and I came back in behind her with a surprise!

As you can see, it was not the most extravagant or well-plotted proposal, but the moment was right. It was perfect for us!

Check it out:

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts

- Awesome stuff going on!

- We had our Malta Celebration Weekend! Pastor Buddy had an awesome message about faith! Make sure you check it out later this week here. I can relate to his running out of gas stories. (Click here and here)

- Chad did an incredible job putting together the celebration event on Sunday afternoon! 

- It looked like it was going to rain all day…We all got there and it was still cloudy. After baptizing about 90 people, we sang. When we sang “Blessed Be Your Name”, the second verse says “with the sun shining down on us”, and at that moment the sun came through the clouds! It was amazing and sunny after that until it was over.

- There were ponies! Ponies! “They” wouldn’t let me ride them.

- I’ll have a video blog post later this week about the event.

We got home that afternoon to find that there was a tornado around our town. I looked out the windows and the trees were pretty much at a 90 degree angle. Our grill blew over and down the yard.

- Leah and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow!  (I’ll explain tomorrow) :)

I have some video posts and pics that I will be posting  all of this week, including the video of Leah asking for my hand in marriage…I mean of me asking her to marry me ( I’ll prob post that later today). Aaaaaahhhhhhhh! haha

-  Leah and I took off (I can’t say where we ended up yet) last night. We were driving north on 87 in the Adirondacks when a State Trooper flew by us at at least 100 mph if not more. It was raining. About five miles later we found his cruiser upside down in the median and on fire. He had obviously lost control. There was already a couple people pulled over and helping him. After we realized that none of us had cell phone service, we sped ahead to the emergency call box and reported it. We just had to keep driving after that, but it’s been bugging me. I haven’t heard anything on the news or online! I am going to call the State Police office later today to find out how he is. Please pray for him, though.

- See you later!

Crazy Stuff…

There was/is some crazy stuff going on this weekend and week!

- Leah and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage! (That’s not a typo…I’ll explain later)

- We just had an awesome celebration weekend at Northway!

- There was a funnel cloud spotted in our town. Ooooooh.

This week, I have some videos…pictures…and other stuff about about all of it for my blog!

 For now, Leah and I are getting in a car and just driving to who knows where to get away for a couple of days. I’ll be blogging while I’m away!

See you back on here tomorrow!