Friday, April 05, 2013

Peeking out from under the table after using the table legs as a jungle gym.  Love this boy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's a big, big world

Lord, help him make a difference!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In & Out and A Few More People

This is the second year we've had a team from LeTourneau University in our office for Spring Break Code-a-Thon.  It's fun seeing the changes between the two pictures.

March 2012
(Note the baby still "in.")

March 2013
Just a few more people... and the baby hanging out on the back instead of the front.

So blessed to be able to work with great teams each year!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baby J and Molly the Cat

Yay! Petting the kitty is fun!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

My Two Guys

At Cedarville's Missions Week

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Road Trip Stop #2: Taylor University

Road-tripping we will go, road-tripping we will go...

Stop two of our recent road trip was a LightSys stop through Taylor University in Indiana.  We were busy recruiting missions IT interns and talking to Spring Break code-a-thon peoples.  Of course, hanging out with friends and seeing the new Euler Science Complex were added benefits.  This was Baby J's first visit to Taylor!

Baby J manning the LightSys booth outside the new CSE department.
"Yes, may I help you?"
P.S. Yes, the diaper bag, which he is unpacking, is an ICCM backpack.

Mr. A checking out the new server racks in the old Dungeon.
Baby J and his favorite prof with the award-winning CSE Christmas Tree.
Cutting teeth on floppy disk (well, except he doesn't have any teeth yet).

Pray for a Taylor student to join us as a summer intern this coming year!
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Road Trip Stop #1: Thanksgiving in Kansas

Road-tripping we will go, road-tripping we will go...

Our first stop was seeing family in Kansas for Thanksgiving.  I need to grab family dinner pictures from a cousin, but we did have some rural-style recreation the day after Thanksgiving.

Simply put: We had fun. :)

This last picture? This is just a crazy Shriner car in the "Santa Comes to Town" parade. :)
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How to Make Chicken Nuggets

I decided to make chicken nuggets for our supper on the go.  Here's how the process went...

1) Grab the recipie.
2) Realize I'm out of homemade "Bisquick."
3) Pull out the Bosch mixer - fastest way to make bisquick.
4) Realize that the butter and sugar is still in there from the attempt to make cookies two days ago.
5) Decide to finish making the cookie dough
6) Dump all ingredients together before realizing that I used the full amount of flour, but only half amount of the other ingredients.
7) Decide to double the cookie recipie.
8) Realize that additional butter is in the freezer.
9) *sigh* and rescue the baby that just woke up from the nap.
10)   ... umm... I haven't decided yet.  But I'm running out of time.

Part II
11) Grab plastic container to put unfinished cookie dough into. Find fake bird and bird nest inside.
12) Wash said container.  Transfer cookie dough. Insert into fridge.
13) Decide to mix Bisquick and extra nugget flavorings as one process.
14) Add paprika to other ingredients already measured.  Discover I don't have enough.
15) Say, "Oh well."
16) Finish mix and grab chicken tenders from fridge where I put them to thaw yesterday.
17) Dump meat out and realize that the bag contains not chicken tenders, but the bones and scraps from the chicken breasts from which the tenders had previously been cut.
18) Extract crock-pot from the cupboard. Dump chicken bones and scraps in crock-pot for cooking.
19) Grab chicken thighs from the Sprouts sale.
20) Finish assembling nuggets and insert into oven.

Hopefully that's the final part to this adventure and the rest will be uneventful.
Ah, if there were only a nugget of truth to that.  When is life ever uneventful?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Visiting Missions

Baby J playing with Doug Nichols- ACTION Int'l Ministries founder and getting his toes counted. :) (GFA friends- see the intro to No Longer A Slumdog.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

First Bubble Tea

Baby J attempted to get his first taste of Bubble Tea while visiting with "Auntie" Cherry and "Uncle" Jason tonight in Seattle.
Wait, Mama!  I want to get my hands on it!

Now how does this work?

Oh, right!  Shove this round thing in my mouth just like I see Mama do!

 Baby J doesn't use a straw yet, so Mama got all the tea (and bubbles) instead.  But he tried!

Ooh! A New Toy!

I was sorting out some things in the van during a stop on our recent road trip. A loaf of bread got dropped onto Baby J's seat while I rearranged food items.  I snapped this series of photos...
Ohh... what's this?

Maybe I can pummel it with my foot...

Oh! Squishy!  This is fun!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Two Favorite Guys

Sent from my iPod

Baby Fast Food

Yes, I'd like my meal to-go, please. Thank you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Quiet Day

It's late.  I know.  I should be asleep.  But I just had to take time to blog for the first time in a really long time.  The house is quiet except for Greg and I on our computers.  Mother and Dad G. are asleep in the basement, L is asleep upstairs.  Baby J is sleeping too.  The conference has ended.  LightSys staff have finished team retreat and are heading to their next ministry stops.

And we had a quiet day here for the first time in a long time.  Mother and Dad watched Baby J this morning while Mr. A and I slept in.  We lounged until noon when we decided to use a gift card and visit Red Lobster.   Back to the house for a nap.  Afternoon thunder shower.  Mother G. made BLTs for supper.  Evening hanging out, watching Baby J smile, laundry washing...  After working 18+ hours days for the last four weeks, today was a nice rest.

There are more things that need to be done, but it's nice just to have a day to breathe after a marathon schedule.  And a nice lunch date.  And conversations in the rain.  Time to give Baby J a bath and sing Music Machine songs without rushing off to the next to-do item.  Ahh....
Baby J laughing with Grandpa

Meanwhile, prayer is needed for this missions leader who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. It makes things a whole lot more real when you've met someone personally.

Monday, July 16, 2012

ICCM Introductions

Greg and  I are hosting the International Conference on Computing (ICCM) this week.  It's been a long time preparing.  Monday (today) night is when all the attendees introduce themselves to each other.   Here's the explanation I wrote as to "why?"

Executive summary: Introduction time on Monday night is a critical time for networking and discovering people who are working on the same types of projects you are.  Bring the directory from your registration packet and take notes!  You'll have one minute (no more!) to introduce yourself and share what you do and if there's a particular answer you're looking for.

Cool story version:
"A conference where everyone introduces themselves on opening night?  You've got to be kidding!"  That was my response when my boss told me about opening night introductions at ICCM.  I was incredulous!  How boring and just... why?????

It was my first ICCM.  I dutifully brought my directory and introduced myself when it was my turn.  "Hi, my name is Dorinda. I work with Gospel for Asia doing helpdesk and training and I'm trying to figure out what to use for helpdesk software."  Next person.

And as introductions continued, I found myself paying more and more attention.  Hey - that person is a helpdesk person!  I wonder what they use for their helpdesk software.  I quickly put a star next to their name in the directory.  By the end of the introductions, I had quite a list of people that I wanted to talk to and I spent the next four days tracking them down at lunches and break times and BOFs.  That was the start of networking relationships that have continued for years.  (I met my husband at ICCM that year, but that's another story...)

Many of you (especially first-timers) may have similar questions and astonishment when you see on the schedule that Monday evening is devoted to introductions.  (  Some people are tempted to skip that time and come for the "good stuff" in the keynotes or the sessions in following days.  But yet the introduction time can create valuable networking opportunities.  There may not be a session on, "What to do when your Asterisk server drives you crazy."  But when you hear the guy in the blue shirt say he oversees Asterisk at his office, you may have found someone who knows the answer to your problems."

So summary?  Come enjoy Monday evening!  Eat more chicken with the Chick-Fil-A cows, bring your directories, and get ready for a fun time of sharing, videos, introductions, and networking.

We can't wait to see you!