Archive for January, 2007

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Disneyland, day 2

January 31, 2007

www.allimckenney.blogspot.com            

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Disneyland, day 1

January 30, 2007

http://www.allimckenney.blogspot.com/

Thanks to my wife…you can read her blog for day 1!  Just follow the link.

Jay

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2 weeks to Disneyland

January 16, 2007

11607_snow_043d_1   As I played in the snow today with Macy and Allison…making a pathetic snowman and sledding down basically a flat street with no decline, I realized that in just two short weeks I’ll be in sunshine (hopefully)  and riding down space mountain.   And it made me happy.  As happy as this snowman that Macy named Concho.

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2 weeks to Disneyland

January 16, 2007

11607_snow_043d_1   As I played in the snow today with Macy and Allison…making a pathetic snowman and sledding down basically a flat street with no decline, I realized that in just two short weeks I’ll be in sunshine (hopefully)  and riding down space mountain.   And it made me happy.  As happy as this snowman that Macy named Concho.

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Finding my life

January 12, 2007

  If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

I have always struggled with this passage. (found in Matthew chapter 10 verse 39) Struggled because sometimes it seems so vague….on the whole, how to know if I’m clinging to my life or not…or giving it up to God.  As I was reflecting this morning on it…I have a hunch is has to do with hundreds of decisions I make constantly.  At times I make a decision, and if I’m honest I would have to admit it was a decision to cling to my life, my routine, my convenience.

For example, I have a friend who has gone through the ringer in life in ways that I can’t begin to relate to.  Abused, mistreated and messed with are understatements to describe his circumstances.  It is hard to get together with him.  He lives far, doesn’t have consistent transportation.  When we get together its awkward, we don’t have a lot in common, we’re very different.  But I can tell you without a doubt I know God has brought him into my life for me to be an encouragement to him. 

So where does this intersect with clinging to my life or giving it up?  It means for me personally stepping out of my precious “routine” to be there for someone who needs me.  It’s not easy, it’s not convenient, but it is absolutely the right thing to do if I take this verse seriously.  And life is so much more adventurous when we follow those promptings.  Not easy, not convenient,  but definitely adventurous and purposeful.

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MESSAGE FROM GOD

January 5, 2007

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Can God communitcate directly today? I believe strongly that God’s primary means of speaking to us in this day and age is His living and active Word, the Bible, but can He speak directly to us as well?

It has been four years since Allison and I have had a child.  At this point it looks as if we aren’t going to make it to five years. (Yes…this means we are having another!!)  What is amazing about this as if new life itself isn’t amazing enough, is that before I even knew, my daughter Macy told my wife that she had a baby in her tummy.  She had never said anything like this…and she said it…one hour after the new baby was conceived!!  Allison for a host of reasons did not think there was any possibility of truth to that statement.  Well, day after day went by..and Macy kept saying the same thing…until finally Allison asked, “Macy…why do you keep saying that?”  Macy replied, “Because I got a message from God”.  Well..whatever it was, it was right, and sometime in August Macy will officially become a big sister.  Ultra_sound  

She’s sketchy on the details.  Yes…of course I probed to see if God had told her anything else!  Apparently Allison will have this package in about eight hours and her “sister” will be going with us on our trip to Disneyland at the end of the month.  (I guess part of that is true, the baby will ride along with us to California!) We’ll see if she’s right on the sister part.

p.s. The hint on the previous post was to throw you off…although celebrating with Cold Stone is not a bad idea.  And that ultra sound picture is not ours…I got it off the internet.  For all I know it could be an ultra sound of a Duck-billed Platypus. 

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Mystery blog

January 5, 2007

   Images                 Coming later today

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Mystery blog

January 5, 2007

   Images                 Coming later today

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100 things in 1000 days

January 1, 2007

My friend Matt has listed on his site 100 things to accomplish in 1000 days.  So I’m following suit…making some cool attainable goals to think about to start this year. I’ll write approx 50 now and 50 later cuz Matt only made it to 50 today and I have a feeling coming up with 100 at one sitting will be tough.

1) Go to Disneyland with my family.

2) Teach Macy to ride a bike.

3) Surprise my wife with a gift that she likes…and I kept it a surprise.

4) Weigh less than 200 pounds.

5) Get my knee fixed whatever that will mean.

6) Convince my wife to get laser eye surgery.

7) Stay ahead of Matt in guitar lessons. 

8) Put new grass on both lawns.

9) Invite at least three neighbors over for dinner.

10) Reconnect on a meaningful level with some of my life long best friends.

11) Read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

12) Read a John Grisham book.

13) Become a licensed concealed weapons owner of a cool hand gun. 

14) Catch a steel head.

15) Rock jump with a current friend from the place I used to jump from inn high school.

16) Go four wheeling.

17) Be able successfully identify my brothers triplets by name.

18) Be able to say I went one year without soda. (Going on four months now)

19) Have Macy catch a fish by herself.

20) Learn how to delineate pitch with my hand fart noises, so I can play a song.

21) Talk about Christ and what He has done for me with someone outside of my church walls.

22) Go to Mexico to build houses for people.

23) Convince my wife to get my motorcycle permit.

24) Get my motorcycle permit.

25) Get a motorcycle.

26) Complete a devotional book.

27) Attempt to drink a gallon of milk in an hour with Dallas.

28) Take Macy to Mt. Hood with Allison.

29) Rearrange my office for no reason.

30) Stretch to the point I’m actually flexible.

31) Go hunting for the first time.

32) Take a camping trip by myself to somewhere I’ve never been just to connect with God.

33) Give something I treasure away to someone who needs it more than me.

34) Start an accappella group for fun.

35) Get a book on back rub techniques so I can do a better job on my wife’s back. (she’s gonna love this one)

36) Go to Disney World with my family.

37) Go body surfing again even with my fairly recent shark phobia (as in the last eight years) I gained from Shark Week on discovery.

38) Successfully trim our bushes in our yard some year without making my wife cry.

39) Learn how to successfully put my daughters hair in at least two styles.

40) Remain tattoo free…

41) Visit Mike in Georgia

42) Visit Matty in Cali

43) Go to Magic Mountain again and ride on the front car of Goliath and the back car.

44) Get bikes for the whole family and go on a bike ride.

45) Run some type of official running race.

46) Begin vocal lessons again.

47) Write at least one new song that I like.

48) Successfully prank a friend and remain anonymous for at least a month.

49) Shave my head.  Hopefully I won’t procrastinate on this one and do it fairly early on.  Just sounds fun.  Though I do have a mole and last time I did this I learned the hard way where it was.  Hopefully there are no new ones.

50)  Go outdoor paint balling with friends.

51) Teach Macy how to sing in harmony.

52) Begin a random collection like rocks or pennies or something.

53) Own my own bobble head.

54) Have my tonsils removed.