Faith In The OC

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Blog Is Moving!!

Hello all! I know it's been forever. I'm sorry for that. We've been sorting out quite a bit in the last month or so. We've come to some new places and realizations. It's time I share that again and it's all going to happen at a new blog. It's time to put this one to rest. It will still be up and available for viewng but this will be my last post on this site. Here is a link to the new one:

In Search Of Myself

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Every 10 Seconds Someone is infected with HIV/AIDS

Every Minute 6 people are infected with HIV/AIDS

Every Hour 360 People are infected with HIV/AIDS

8640 people will be infected with HIV/AIDS TODAY!

Today is about education.
Know the facts and then act.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas vs. The Holidays

Thanks to Mike for this great picture. These shirts believe it or not are for sale (along with others like it). You can pick them up at: If you can't read the caption on the shirt it says: "Christmas is not a 'Holiday', It's God's Birthday". While I agree with main idea here for the most part I wonder what the point of the shirt is. A quote from the website: "Christmas Is Under Attack - Now we're fighting back...and you can too." I have a hard time with this approach. Also take a look at this article in the San Francisco Gate. This artical is taking a look at a "campaign" waging war against those whe refuse to use the words "Merry Christmas". And who is at the helm? None other than Mr. Jerry Falwell. Is this how we spread the good news? Is it really good news anymore? I'd love to hear all of your thoughts on this. At least this is some food for thought as we head into the holidays. There seems to be a lot of people in need of love and hope and peace during this time and I think our energy could be better spent spreading that. How can we bring that?

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Raid

This morning I was awoken by a knock on our door. It took me a while to get some clothes on and get down the stairs but by the time I got there the knocking had become violent and the person on the other end was also ringing the door bell incessantly. I was a little concerned about who in their right mind would be knocking on my door so early in the morning (I guess not too early.......6:30am). I tried to look out the peep hole but all I could make out was the outline of a man's face so I peaked out the side window. Lined up along our walk way is a bunch of cops. They all have their hands on their guns and they looked like they meant business. Kinda scary to say the least. I open the door as fast as I can not wanting to irritate a bunch of guys ready to draw their weapons. The sheriff at the door had a bunch of papers in his hand and one had a picture of someone. He asked me if this man lived at this house and of course he didn't so I said no, we just moved in a month ago. They wanted to see my I.D. and wanted to know why I didn't have a change of address form yet. I wasn't sure how to answer but it didn't seem important to them anymore. By this point they had all filed into our house and were shining their flash lights around maybe thinking that I was trying to hide whoever it was they were looking for. After the sheriff verified I was who I said I was they all left very apologetically and trying to explain themselves by telling me this man has a warrant out for his arrest. I'm not sure but they seemed pretty bummed that they didn't find who they were looking for which is also a little concerning. Cops don't come looking for you if you had a traffic citation that wasn't paid. I imagine they would only come looking for someone at 6:30 in the morning if it was pretty serious. Anyway - happy Monday morning!!!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Kids With No Homes.............

We were recently asked to help out with this thing called the Heart Gallery. The Heart Gallery is a photo exhibition of kids in the foster care program that need to be adopted into permanet homes. At the very least go check out their website. It really rocked me thinking about these kids. It made me want to bring one home! Anyway this coming Thursday we will be playing a little music at this show. We'd love to see any of you that are close enough to make it out. The invitation is to anyone that wants so just call and RSVP. Here's the flyer:

If you can't read the number to call here it is: (714) 940-3376
We also get the chance to meet the kids before so I will surely be telling those stories!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Modern Technology and Worlds Apart

On my drive in to work this morning I was thinking about the amount of miles it travel everyday to get to work. Then I got to thinking that back in the days where there were no cars or busses or trains or airplanes this trip would have more than likely taken all day long. At least many hours. That got me thinking about the move from Portland down here to So Cal. If we had made a move like this back then we may never see our friends and family again. All communication would be reduced to a very slow mail service.

So it's interesting that we have all of this technology that puts us right at the fingertips of all of our friends and family but we're still so far apart. I guess as I was thinking about it I felt the challenge to make more effort to be closer to the people that I love and that love me. Not only that but to be closer to the people that I am with all day and the people that live right in my neighborhood. We have the means to be at a friends house in moments in comparison to what it would take without the technology of today. Even the small things like a phone call can make a difference in someone's day or even an email that is so much more instant than sending mail through some crazy guy that has to hike for days to get your mail to where it's going.

It is sad to me that with so much advancements in communications and travel technology we are all still worlds apart............

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Car Is In The Garage!

I guess every move has it's own unique story. I'm not sure where to start except to say this has been harder than we expected. So I'll start the story now. Sit down for a bit and enjoy........

T H U R S D A Y six o'clock p.m.
I rushed home from work to pick up the truck from Uhaul. When I got there I was surprised to be in a very short line and got right to the front. The man helping me had a tag that read : "Store Manager". He pulled up my information in the computer system hitting one key at a time on the keyboard. He took my credit card and my License and asked the obligatory question, "would you like to purchase our insurance for 14 dollars?" I think he saw the look on my face at the start of the question that already stated a clear he started his sales pitch about how it will cover the vehicle and the contents.....blah blah blah. I of course held strong no matter how strong the pitch. Then he said, "so you will have this back at 7am tomorrow correct?" "Uhhhh......7am........that is not nearly enough time! I thought I had the truck for 24 hours!" He responded, "well I can see that is your preference but that does not mean that we can make it happen for you." He proceeded to print out some sort of disclosure with obscure references to exactly what was happening to me. The plan was to get the truck tonight and then pack it up. Then take off Friday morning and unpack at our pace here at the new house then use the truck to pick up the appliances that we had procured. Instead the Uhaul Store Manager changed all of that! Instead we would be loading a truck and unpacking it all in one night. o'clock p.m.
I arrived at the apartment where some of our small group from South County United had already showed up to start loading up. Now you know that I don't usually drop names here but I will this time.........First of all Rich was absolutely amazing and helped with the worst of it all. 3 flights of stairs are never fun. But everyone sacrificed, Ashley came by early and helped pack some last minute things and brought a fabulous cheese cake. Jo (Rich's wife who is also pregnant) also helped pack all the last minute stuff (which seemed to be a lot) and helped a very distraught Adalie fall asleep. Another amazing person: Jamie who we don't know all that well showed up and was incredible (amazing what people will do for others they don't even know.....AMAZING) here's to getting to know you better by packing all your junk!! Mike and Jamie and their kids were there and without their directing and pushing and comforting the job would never have gotten done like it did. Their kids helped watch ours and I think for the most part had a great time and stayed out of at least some of the trouble they would have gotten themselves in! Leo and his brother came over right away after hearing what we were up against and really pushed it all up a notch as Rich and started loosing some momentum. I think I was loosing the most. I'm really not in all that great of shape evidently.

.........30 min. after 11 p.m.
Mike and I arrive at the new house and begin to unpack the truck into the garage. We're both pretty spent at this point and had already made a fatal mistake of downing a cold beer before starting the unpacking. Not to mention the fact that Mike seemed to have eaten something that didn't agree with his digestive system and without saying to much his system was letting us both know!! We finished unpacking at 12:45 and called it a night.

F R I D A Y 7:30 AM
I dropped the truck off at Uhaul without any issues. I was kinda scared something would come up and I'd be charged some un-godly rate but was not so that is good. Jamie (Mike's wife) met me at the apartment and helped clean up the last bits. Also Andy Q. Came by with Santiago. Santiago was one of those guys that stands outside of hardware stores looking for labor type work. He was an amazing worker and made the project so much more smooth. It was amazing.

So there is always more to the story than what is told here but for now that is all. Thanks for reading and praying. A HUGE shout out to the people that helped us move. It could not have been done without you!! THANK YOU!!!