Tuesday, March 15, 2011

They're Roaming About

Sheen and I spent some time on Saturday doing a little yard work and getting the garden spot tilled. It was great, because for the first time ever, we were able to watch the boys play together outside. By themselves. Happily.

My favorite part was watching Isaiah roam the yard, playground equipment, motorized toys, etc. I get to first see him figure stuff out. Discover how things work. He's becoming rather independent. It's going to be a great summer.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Today, I feel ALIVE.

Can you remember a time that you felt the most alive, passionate, and energetic? What were you doing, thinking, and feeling at that moment?
It's been said that this is one of the most impactful questions you can be asked in career counseling or exploration. The idea is that the answer to this question is ultimately what you should be doing, or on a path to be doing. In life, we should generally pursue our God given passions, gifts, graces that He has placed on the inside of us. If we look at people in this world that seem to stand out, have an unmatched drive and determination, and are excelling, it is most often true that they are doing something that they love, and are passionate about.
Well, in response to the opening question, I think that today is a day I can mark as "that time" to look back and remember the drive, excitement, and passion I had. Right now, there is a great level of this on the inside of me and what is going on in my life. I feel alive, vibrant, and determined. I am so invigorated by the things that God is doing at and through our church. I'm also excited about the work that God is providing for me and bringing me in to. Instead of going into a ton of detail, I will keep it vague, and turn the question back to you. If you can remember such a time as described above, and you are not doing it, or you're not on a path to be doing it later, why aren't you?
And if you ARE, then I would love to hear what some of those passionate things are!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What do you get

...when you lock five Schlegel boys in a room full of balls for a couple of hours?

I had the privilege of watching my boys in addition to my brother's three boys for a couple of hours last night in one of the kids church rooms. Despite the never ending sounds of crashing things together and out loud laughing, rubber balls flying from every direction, I couldn't help but dream about what these five powerful boys would be like in 5-10 years from now. More specifically, I had thoughts of them playing sports together on the same team and DOMINATING. I had the privilege of playing on the same team as my bros in a couple of sports growing up, and I'm hoping our little fellers will get a similar opportunity.

Either way, I know they'll be playing on the same team that matters. And that team is the body of Christ, winning souls for the kingdom! Amen. Selah.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dirty Snowmen

It's becoming a tradition!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Roses are Red, Grinches are Green

Do you find it exciting that I am related to the person inside this costume? What is it with Schlegels and their costumes?

My Kids Are a Bunch of Fruit

The joys of parenting are many. Take Isaiah, child number two for example. He's one year old and has a very distinguished personality. Constantly happy and willing to be held by almost anyone. Smiles are freely given, and so are friendly head-butts. Hungry often. Perhaps best described in a Southern tone: "he's a mess" or "what a ham".

He also knows how to throw a first class fit. This was after I looked deeply into his chocolate chip brown eyes and deep tonely said, "NO ISAIAH". Snapping a photo mid-fit was probably not the nicest thing to do in that moment, but maybe he'll thank me later?
My kids are fruity. If I try to compare them, it's like taking an apple to an orange.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Swagger Wagon

If you've ever considered buying a min van, this will easily convince you.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Weekend of Relaxfulness

This weekend was probably one of the most relaxing that we've had in months. Saturday was "chill" day which meant almost no obligations. I had some quality time with Isaiah on Saturday morning while Sheen and JJ caught up on their much needed rest. Later we went to the park and then came home to have a backyard picnic. LOVED it. Family time = happy time.

Busted out the D5000 for a few snapshots at the park. My beautiful fam:

Love this angle. JJ is becoming such a big, little boy:

Our House

I thought it would be fun to post pics of our home since I don't think I've ever done that. We are proud and blessed to call this home. Bought in August 2007:

View of front yard

View of back yard

Thursday, April 22, 2010


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Click click!

I've taken over 1000 pictures already. Most of them have been just messing around, but it's seriously addicting. I want to bring this camera everywhere I go.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I. Hate. Flies.

And because I hate them, I often make myself look like a psycho maniac when going ALL OUT to kill them inside my home.

Take this morning for instance: there was this nasty creature buzzing through my kitchen. I grabbed the nearest fly swatting item (kitchen towel) and lassoed that little sucker. Only thing is, he just happened to land near a glass jar of jelly before I pulled the trigger. When he was struck, so was the jelly, sending them both airborne to the other side of my house.

 I want my jelly back.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Making High Quality Memories

Not much of a blog update here, but at least I have a few cool pictures to share. We finally bought a new camera; we've been in the market to get one for quite some time now.

It's the Nikon D5000. We got an awesome deal on it by buying it refurbished. It takes professional looking pictures, and HD video too. Here are just a few of the 90-some pictures I took tonight. It's addicting since it takes them so fast and crisply:

(click on the picture for the full detail effect)


Monday, March 22, 2010

Tiling Countertops

We finally completed the project that has only been talked about in our home for the last 18 months. We tiled our counter tops and back splash, and installed new sinks and faucets throughout the home. I’d like to send a huge thank you to our Arky Schlegel family for providing all of the tile, grout, tools, and advice for free! My friend at work for loaning his tile saw. And my beautiful wife for putting up with gallons of dust, dirt, and slivers, 3:00AM hammering, banging, and sawing, no water, no counter space, and shoe tracks and crumbs everywhere.

We started demo on a Tuesday night and still managed to finish the job 100% by Sunday night, on top of everything else going on at the church, including two services, LWTV filming and editing, prayer school, and a Youth Ministry meeting. We are more than conquerors!

Original was the look when we bought the home. Phase 1 was what we did before moving in. Phase 2 was last weekend (click to see more detail).

Staying Out of Trouble

I grew up with 5 siblings, and loved it. I loved playing with them, going to school with them, eating out with them, playing sports with them, hanging out with them…enjoy even more the next phases of life in growing older with them, raising families with them, etc etc.

I don’t think we were the type to fight and bicker with each other a lot (interjections from parents are welcome here) and I have always appreciated that. I’m not saying we’ve never fought, but we were friends. We were all really close in age, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sheena and I expect the same for these two little guys. Not sure how many more kids we will have, if any, but these two are already best of buds. No one can make Isaiah smile like Jeremiah can.

I saw Isaiah become legitimately sad for the first time two days ago. It was when I was disciplining Jeremiah. I remember looking at Isaiah’s face, and he had puckered his lower lip and began to cry. Sheena was telling me that Isaiah seems to notice when Jeremiah is getting disciplined lately and doesn’t like it.

That’s a good thing! They will help each other stay out of trouble….. right?