Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I miss my family!

About two weeks ago now, we took our trusty 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue in for some simple repairs. Sadly, a near $2,000 repair estimate came back. We ran around in circles for two days, but in the end decided to purchase a newer car. God provided, but the car-to-be needed to be picked up in our home state of Iowa.

So, my amazing mother-in-law took the train out to CO. Then about one day later, Carrie, Samuel, and Peg (she's the fabulous mother-in-law) took off for IA to trade-in our old vehicle for the new. That was Saturday morning, and I am still alone in CO.

Today I got an email from my father-in-law. His wife has taken a lot of pictures since this is the first time Samuel has got to be in that grandparent home. I teared up looking at those pictures. My precious family 500+ miles away!

They get back Friday, and I can't wait!

For those who may be wondering what in the world I have been doing . . . I've been writing my paper for Dr. Blomberg's "Gospels and Acts" class, working, and staying on top of the normal seminary duties.

Isn't my family cute??

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Little Leprechauns!

Last Tuesday (October 2), my wife and I were sitting in our home minding our own business. It was 10PMish and we were getting close to our normal routine of preparing for bed. All of a sudden, we heard this freakish noise coming from our front door (which just so happens to be near our living room where we were seated). The noise was our screen door opening and shutting; needless to say, we were a bit freaked out. There was no knock and no other noises. The most scary part was that I realize our front door was unlocked! I slipped over very carefully and locked the door (ahh . . . now were safe, right?). About 2 minutes after I locked the door, there was a loud knocking on the door; I pictured a 6'5'' man with a mask on other side of the door. Carrie slipped upstairs with our infant, and I went to open the door to the very big intruder . . .

There was no one there. This at first scared me and made me very angry. I took a few steps outside to see a car pealing away. We used to call this behavior in high school the "ding dong ditch." But when I turned around to go inside I notice a traditional white envelope on the ground with "Proctors" written on the outside. I opened to find a few things. First a note that read, "Proctors: Rejoice in God's provision. He brought you here for a reason, and will provide for all your needs. Love in Christ. Friends." Also, inside were $150 in gift certificates to a grocery store and Target. They say it's hard to catch a leprechaun, but if they are going to leave envelopes like that on your doorstep, why would you ever want to catch them?

To be honest the last 2 months have been a bit hard for us. I've tracked down numerous job opportunities, but sadly several have fallen through. We've been getting the very nice bills from the hospital and doctors who participated in Samuel's birth, and spent quite a bit just making the necessary transitions to a new state. We were blown away by this gift from the Lord. Father in heaven, thank you for using your people to display Your glory!

I don't have time to share with you the dozens of other ways God has provided for us over the past 2 months, but let's just say, it's been very cool! I have my first scheduled shift at my new job this Tuesday at 1:30PM. Praise the Lord for His great provision

Monday, October 08, 2007

employment update

Thanks to all who have been in prayer. I signed all the paper work and took my drug test to work at Phone Zone today. Phone Zone is a nationwide company that sells T-Mobile cellular service and all the best brands of cellular technology. I start training tomorrow. If anyone has any cellular needs that I could work on for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Phone Zone carries all the best PDAs, cell phones, Bluetooth accessories, and other valuable products.

Now I need to get back to the books, but here are some upcoming posts:
1. I performed my sister's wedding on Oct. 5.
2. Carrie and I visited our home state of Iowa Oct. 3-7 to visit friends and be a part of my sister's big day.
3. Midterms are next week for two of my Denver Seminary classes. I'm looking forward to my Biblical Exegesis midterm (taught by Dr. Klein) and my Gospels midterm (taught by Dr. Craig Blomberg).