Archive for December, 2007

Sunday Reflections

December 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Had a great day.

Visited our old church, did a little shopping, picked-up some pizza and ate w/ old friends, played about 2 hours of the Xbox 360 Rockband game, had a birthday burger at Red Robin, grabbed some clearance Christmas items at Target, and wrestled with my kids before bed.

Yep, it was a great day.

Categories: Family

Piper Quotes

December 30, 2007 Leave a comment

John Piper on the need to have a BIG view of a glorious, unfathomable God based on the truths of Scripture…

“A wimpy world view produces wimpy Christians. And wimpy Christians will not be able to stand in the last days.”

Also, Piper on the reality of sin’s horrific effects in the world…

“History is a conveyor belt of corpses.”

Categories: Piper


December 27, 2007 Leave a comment

My brother Jeff introduced me to a wonderful time-killing application on Facebook called Jetman. It is an addicting game that is simple to learn and fun to play. Once you get a feel for the game you can begin challenging your Facebook friends to try and beat your scores. Check it out here.

Categories: Fun

VH1’s Top 100 Songs of the 90’s

December 26, 2007 1 comment

Last night Stephanie and I watched some of the VH1 special Top 100 Songs of the 90’s. It was pretty fun remembering all the songs that in many ways defined our teenage years.

The top 5 songs were…
01. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02. U2 “One”
03. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”
04. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”
05. Madonna “Vogue”

Some other notables are…
07. Britney Spears “…Baby One More Time”
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge”
29. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby”
35. Oasis “Wonderwall”
44. The Fugees “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
45. Hootie & the Blowfish “Only Wanna Be With You”
56. L.L. Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out”
59. Weezer “Buddy Holly”
75. Kris Kross “Jump”
80. Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy”
93. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay”

You can view the entire list here. I’d love to know some of your favorites.

Categories: Uncategorized

Merry Christmas from the Balvin’s 2007

December 25, 2007 Leave a comment

Christ – Greek – Savior
Mas – Latin – Worship

Christmas – Worship of the Savior

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

Categories: Family

I Hate Afternoon Naps

December 23, 2007 1 comment

Jacob and Izzy climbed into bed around 8:45 tonight. It is 10:31 and Jacob is still whimpering and Izzy is talking away. They have come downstairs for hugs and kisses numerous times, had drinks, been tucked and re-tucked in, and have even tried sleeping in the same bed until they got into a fight over a stuffed animal.

I am trying very hard not to FREAK OUT! I hate afternoon naps. They jack up the whole sleeping routine.

They are now standing next to me. I am ignoring them. Jacob is saying, “Can’t you hear us Daddy? He can’t hear us (to Izzy). Daddy can you hear us?” “Dad, Dad, Dad!” “Can’t you hear us?,” both kids at least 88 times in a row.

OMGosh, seriously? Now 10:35. I’m bring them back upstairs.

My advice: Use contraception. Always!

Categories: Parenting

2008 Goals

December 22, 2007 1 comment

Have you started thinking about your goals for 2008?

I am beginning to formulate a few thoughts. I am working to develop a some goals in the following areas…

– spiritual growth
– things to start doing
– things to stop doing
– my role as a father
– my role as husband
– my role as a leader/manager
– personal accomplishments and interests

We have all heard the saying, “If you shoot at nothing you will hit nothing.” I don’t want to hit nothing and be the same dude at the start of 2009 that I was at the start of 2008.

How about you?

Categories: Goals, Thoughts