Out of the mouths of babes....


We are all familiar with how frantic life can get.  Crazy busy is the American way.  Don't we feel a little guilty if we are not busy all of the time?  It is a way of life that I try to fight but I find myself getting sucked in over and over.  The trouble with living life at such a fast pace is that we don't find the time or space to let God in and to let Him lead us.  We scurry around in an aimless furry like a bunch of fire ants after someone just kicked our ant hill.

Recently that is how life has been feeling for me.  We closed the end of the year at work and things haven't worked out as well as we planned.  Now we are reacting to try and make next year more profitable.  Cost saving studies, closer management of what happens, try to control cost increases, cutting back where we can, exploring new ways to grow the business and on and on.  The days go by so quickly and the to-do lists never get any shorter.

I've got two kids playing youth basketball right now and most nights we have practices or games and tournaments on the weekend.

Chores around the house need to get done as well.  The dishwasher is on it's last legs.  Last week the microwave quit working out of the blue.  Our Golden Retriever had puppies that are making a mess out of my barn!  (Hoping to get them sold off soon)

So all this has been going down and then to top it off, my wife went in to get her wisdom teeth pulled a couple of weeks ago.  Now you probably will understand that when a mother of three kids goes out of comission for a few days, things can get pretty out of hand.  My wife, bless her, cannot handle pain medication.  She took one of those pills they gave her and she slept for like 2 days!  I was missing her help.  You know, laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting the kids where they need to go...stuff like that.

And that brings me to the moment.  It was a Thursday morning and I was taking my two year old daughter to my in-laws house to drop her off for the day.  As my mother-in-law opened the door Reese turned to me to say her good byes.  She blew me a kiss and said, "Bye daddy, God misses you."  Now what she meant to say was "God bless you."  She has said it before.  But for whatever reason on this morning, she got her words mixed up and it came out "God misses you."  And her words could not have been more accurate!

In all of the hustle and bustle somehow I lost track of my relationship with God.  Just totally forgot about Him really.  It is embarrassing to say that.  But I think it happens to all of us far too often. 

As I walked back to my truck and started off to work I knew I had been busted and I had to confess to God....again....for losing sight of what is most important in my life.  Then I thanked him for my little girl and for her words of wisdom.



Seeking the One 10 - DVD and song!


Here's a sneak peak at our new DVD coming out soon...with our new hit single, "Seeking the One" :) Let us know what you think!


Photo Contest Winners


Well we recieved some great photos in this years contest. Thank you to all of you who entered! Without further ado here are your winners:

1st Place-

Jared and his son Chance from Independence, OR won first place for this terrific photo of Chance's first deer. What made this picture and story so cool (aside from the beaver hat Chance is displaying) is that Jared, a cancer patient who had been battling serious fatigue fought through all of that to take his son hunting this season. Finally on the last day of the season they spotted this nice buck but he was 300 yards away and down in a steep canyon. Jared knew it would be the ultimate challenge for him to get down there and help Chance field dress and pack out his first deer but he wasn't about to let that prevent Chance from taking an opportunity he had worked for all season. Chance made a fantastic 300 yard shot and the father and son team made their way down to the buck. During the pack out Jared pushed himself as far as he possibly could but he was physically unable to proceed. They left the deer and slowly made their way out to get some help. When they hit the road they ran into 3 men who were out just looking around in the woods. After hearing the story they volunteered to march down the hill and they helped get that buck out in record time. Praise God for his provision! That is a father and son and Heavenly Father moment that should never be forgotten! And that is why we felt it was such a cool photo!

2nd Place-

Second place honors go to Eric from McMinnville, OR for this great photo of his friend and next door neighbor, Noah. This was Noah's first hunt and Eric gave up his tag to allow Noah an early hunting opportunity through the mentored youth hunting program here in Oregon. On the second day of the hunt, while sitting on the edge of deer travel lanes, this doe came drifting along. With some coaching from Eric and Noah's dad Tom, Noah was able to bag his first deer with one shot. I think the smile says it all! Congratulations to Noah!  And Eric, we think it is so cool that you gave up your tag and helped show a boy the wonders of God's creation and introduce him to the adventure. Way to go!

3rd Place-

Third Place goes to Joel from Soldotna, AK for this photo of his beastly moose.  Joel was hunting with a good friend, Matt, in a place they call "moose marsh."  After 14 days of hunting hard, Joel and Matt had to push through the discouragement and kept hunting.  On day 15 Joel caught a glimpse of this monster as he snuck away into the timber.  Joel put a stalk on to catch up to this bull, and from 50 yards, he sent 180 grains right into the boiler room.  Nice work Joel and way to stay after it!