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TJ Hill – A New Years Laugh!!

Happy New Year!
In a moment of brilliance I was able to capture something FOR YOU that might just change your life. I want to introduce you to one of my friends, TJ Hill. He’s a band mate of my brother Ben. They both play together in a band called Future of Forestry out of Southern California. TJ has many talents and some of his best ones have been caught in this video (Air Popping and Whistle Trills). I can promise that if you will watch this video it will put a BIG smile on your face at the VERY LEAST!

Be sure to re-post this video on your sites or tell all your friends about it. Seriously, you’ll understand after you watch the video. Make sure to leave a comment about how hard you laughed. Happy New Year.

To follow TJ click below:

TJ’s TWITTER

TJ’s BLOG

Also, if you have two more minutes, check out one more of TJ’s very unique talents…THE MUSICAL SAW!!! NO JOKE!

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THANKSGIVING 2008

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These are the kind ladies serving us here in Washington for our Turkey dinner. We have Betty Anne, Loretta Lynne, Marjorie Adel and Sarah Lee. They’ve prepared some GREAT hot dishes and will serve us shortly. As you can see they are EAGER to serve us.

JUST KIDDING.

I’m actually in Silverdale, Washington for this Thanksgiving break. It’s been a beautiful few days here in Washington State and this perfect November Thursday is no exception. I’m up here spending my first, EVER, Thanksgiving away from my family. I miss them, but, I’m very glad to embark on the journey of sharing in new family with my soon to be bride Promise.

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We’ve had a fantastic couple of days just enjoying friendship and family in stunning weather for this time of the year in Seattle. Just perfect!

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Today, Troy Grover (check out his photography) who is the boyfriend of Aimee, Papa Gary (my soon to be Father-In-Law) and myself smoked us a Turkey. I would say we were pretty successful in that it was the first time any of us had ever done it. There will be a video coming soon to show you our journey…it started at 3am this morning! All in all it was a great experience for all involved.img_0552

As I think about the amazing blessings of my life and what I’m thankful for, these things come to mind:

I’m thankful that the God of the universe would want a relationship with me and that He has made it possible through Jesus. I could not imagine my life a part from my journey and quest to know Christ more deeply and find ways to let His love manifest itself in me! This is the essence of my life and I’m so grateful for my life in Christ!

I’m thankful for my wonderful, beautiful, stunning, life-giving bride to be, Promise! She has become my best friend and I cannot wait to grow old with this woman of God. Her passion for Jesus, her love for me, her uncanny humor, her sensitive spirit, her much needed touch in my life, her love for people and her unpredictbale creativity WOW ME DAILY!!! She is the joy of my life.

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I’m thankful for my family. What an amazing legacy of Jesus they have passed on to my life. I’m forever indebted to parents that trusted me deeply and lovingly committed to do their part in laying a foundation of faith in my life. I’m so grateful for their encouragement, support and help along the way of life’s journey. My brother Ben, a loyal brother. He is kind-hearted and knows me well. He’s my best man! My sister Bonnie, she’s a beautiful gem of love and fun.

For my church! Never forget that buildings don’t make a church…YOU are the church. I know we’re a large community, but, the growth in my young life over the past seven years has lasting significance. I’ve grown in my leadership, my heart for people, my love for Worship, my hope for the local church and have been challenged by the way we risk together. I’ve got miles of possibilities to learn and grow and in this season YOU are the people that will challenge me to become. Let’s keep pushing each other to become more like Jesus, reach out in to our city in a brand new way, shine in the Phoenix Valley like no one else and stretch our arms across the world into Kenya to bless the widow and the orphan.

Lastly, I’m indebted, in ways I cannot understand, to those of you that advocate for the freedom that I enjoy daily in this country. Thank you to those of you that serve as in our military and government. Your commitment to making this country free and beautiful is so appreciated. From the gal deep in the sea on a submarine that’s away from her family for months on end. To the mayors, police, fire and local people…you are appreciated. Thank you for what you do. We live in the most amazing place in all of the world.

We were reminded tonight, by Papa Tangeman, on what the deal was with this whole Thanksgiving thing. He reminded us of how it came to be and, contextually, the need for Americans had for a time to be thankful. He read this to us and I thought it was brilliant. Abraham Lincoln clearly bore a Kingdom heart. A heart rooted in Covenant, Worship and Justice (as my friend Dr. Hubley would say). I know this is a bit long, but, I REALLY encourage you to read this and if you get the chance, after you read, I’d love to hear what you thought about it. Comment away and Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Declaration of Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln Manifesto of Gratitude

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

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cleaning, sick, graduation, mustache…

well…

after a good, hard and long few days i hit the blog world again! hahaha. how radically addicting blogging is, are you with me? i kept thinking about all the different things i could ‘blog’ about over the last few days and i had millions of ideas. do you find yourself like taking a lot of situations and trying to figure out how you could ‘blog it’? hahah.

anyways…this past weekend was fantastic. my older brother, Ben (who plays in a band called Future of Forestry – check them out if you get the chance), graduated from the University of Phoenix (yes, people actually do graduate from there it’s not just and add or corporate buildings in your city). i was looking forward to the weekend as a handful of family was coming out to Phoenix to celebrate bens achievement. 

one of the things that remained lingering was that i needed to get my house cleaned. being that i’m not at home a lot, things can tend to go a bit unattended and in the case of this week…well, let’s just say it needed cleaning.

here is the before pic:

so promise and i got cranking in the morning…promise is my girl…and she made a list and gave us time goals to finish and stuff! hahaha…it was awesome, but, by midday i was not doing well. i got really sick started throwing up, meantime, my family is on the road and the clock is ticking to get things cleaned.

i was ordered to get in bed, and was assured everything would be taken care of for me. 🙂 thus, this is merely one of the reasons i love Promise – she truly did show me love in a tangible way and transformed my house and probably faster than it would have gotten done with me helping! she’s the best (i love you prom)! look at what she did for me:

i am still very grateful! my house looks amazing, plus, she hung a bunch of her art (yes, this is one of the perks of having such an outstanding artist for a girlfriend) in my house. it looks better on walls than in closets in between her shows. i am one lucky guy, i really do love you promise!

anyways…i recovered and ended up going to the graduation out at the Cardinals stadium on Saturday. one thing that never fails to amaze me is the consistency of graduations. i’ll let the pictures tell the story, but, let’s be sure to note that we were and are all incredibly proud of ben and all his long hours of work/study to get his degree finished. this has nothing to do with Ben and everything to do with…well…graduation ceremonies:

oh this is fun….we love you Ben!!!! YAY!!!

Oh is that ‘pomp and circumstance’ that i hear?! wow, this is fantastic!

wow that’s a lot of graduates that are gonna be down there soon! HI BEN, i think we see you and we’ll wave at you even though you were just with us 5 minutes ago, but, now you’re over there and we’re gonna wave to you like it’s your pre-school Christmas play. HAHAHHAHAHA…seriously though…you know this is how it goes…

oh, wow, PS did i mention Stedman Freeman was the Keynote Speaker!? man, for being Oprah’s man he could use some serious tips on personability, engaging a crowd and laughing. so freekin serious like he knew these people or something. long and tiring to listen too and then all these people have to get THEIR NAMES CALLED, INDIVIDUALLY…

out goes Aunt Jackie and Uncle Ray

out goes my sister, bonnie…

out goes me and my girl…

Bonnie is dreaming, my mom is fading and my dad is barely hanging on, wiping his eyes and face like a baby ready for bed…it ended, we left and then…

WHERE DID HE COME FROM?!?! WOW! okay, i must confess, all i could think of was you who read this blog…whoever you are… as i left the University of Phoenix Stadium and took this picture. i actually asked him if could get a picture of that great ‘stache’ like he was some animal at the Zoo! hahaha. the things i’d do for a blog entry. can i just say, however, that this great, strapping, middle-aged man brought joy to my heart. what if i to could one day achieve in this regard? it may not be a college degree for me, but, a ‘stache’ like that i might could do!

good to be blogging again. more on church today later. Mark Connelly from Superstitions Springs Community Church brought down the house! promise has a good stab at it first though…check out her entry from today about ‘thread’.