Monthly Archives: October 2006

Cookie’s Birthday


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Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

Karson ahd another birthday. Man he’s getting bigger. And cuter. And, thank goodness, snugglier. We were privileged to spend some moments with the Durocher family to celebrate Karson’s big day. Not only did we get some cool photo ops with Aunt Micki, but I got some snuggle time with my buddy. Later that week when I was over at their house for a production meeting for Eureka with Sam, he had just gotten up from his nap. With his Cookie Monster t-shirt on, he came staggering down into the dining room. Eventually he hopped up on my lap to show me some toys he was playing with. As I left, Sam said, “You got some love for Uncle J?” He gave me this huge hug and kiss. I always tell him that I love him when we leave their house. This day, I whispered it in his ear. “I love you, Karson.” His response? “I love you Unca J.” Made my day. Probably my week.

U2 by U2


U2 by U2
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

I love U2. I really believe that they are the modern-day equivalent of the Beatles. I know it’s blasphemy, but I’ve gotta belive 20 years from now, I’ll be able to look back and say, “I saw U2 live.” Not Chicago, James Taylor, Journey, Bob Dylan, or even Petra. This band has not only been influencing culture for the past 25 years, it makes damn good music. And it’s doing something with it’s music to influence change in the world. Bono and the Edge especially.

Well, for our little anniversary date, I got Micki a high-end coat from the Gap. The Audrey Hepburn coat. It’s pretty cool. I know Gap. But it beat her tired old Wal-Mart coat that was turned inside out because of kid stains. Micki bought me a gift that i would never buy for myself. U2 by U2. The new coffee table book written by the band. So far it’s pretty cool. I brought it to work for Sherry and Joel to enjoy.

Lately my soul has been rekindled to ask questions like “What is my life really about? Am I doing and living the way God wants me to? Am I fulfilling my calling on life? What is my call?” It’s kind of serendipitous for these and other things like finishing up the Katrina trip with resources and visio for others, Dr. Campbell asking for help for his one chance to talk in Chapel and choosing to talk about the missional life and our Katrina trip, lunch with Scott Hayworth (that always messes me up :) and time to simply listen and be attentive to what’s going on around me. Even the Red campaign and One campaign. People are out there doing stuff above just going to work and buying stuff. More than going to church. More. That yearning is beginning to rear it’s ugly head again.

I love it when that happens. Let happen in your life too.

12th Anniversary


12th Anniversary
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

Yes this was fun to do. I wanted to take a pic of us on our anniversary. Micki suggested we do it in front of the fireplace. As you can see from the other photos in the gallery, we tried a couple of times. She really wanted to get the fireplace in the shot. So we were practically laying on the ground trying to do the “self portrait” pose, get both of us in the frame as well as the fireplace. A fun memory. Enjoy the pics.

Yes, Sunday we celebrated. We celebrated the richness of what we have together. We celebrated life. Love. Commitment. Friendship. Each other. We celebrated twelve years of marriage. Wedded bliss. Twelve years of a lifelong journey we are sharing. We’ve done some cool stuff on our anniversary, but this year was pretty laid back. We’re taking this year and maybe a half to pay off debt and have a year of jubilee. So, we simply went out for dinner and exchnaged one card and gift.

Later that night, Mick had rented some chick flick (the one where the guy won’t move out of the house….Failure to Launch). We jumped into the hot tub, warmed up, talked, and then snuggled up on the couch. As we turned on the TV, the World Series was on. Micki quickly said, “We can watch this instead. How often will we get to watch the World Series. Especially with Detroit playing.”

Now guys, let’s stop and think about that statement. How amazing is that. I love my wife. I know she’s a keeper. To choose baseball over a chick flick and be genuinely interested more in the game than the movie is, well, awesome. So we watched Kenny Rogers pitch a gem and enjoyed some great time chilling.

We were talking later, and I was saying in the Hot Tub that I think the anniversary should be the most significant holiday of the year. More than Christmas, Easter, birthdays, even Valentines day ( I know, I’m extreme). Why? Because it’s a celebration of the most significant relationship you will have on planet earth aside from Jesus. The most important. The most cherished. So, why wouldn’t you? Maybe even take the week. The month? I think we should. Next year it’s going to be “Anniversary Week”. I think we need to celebrate these milestones. Marriage isn’t a gurantee. Ever. It’s my belief we need to take each milestone and celebrate to drive the stakes deeper.

Later this week we were talking about this past year, how we’ve grown, what we’ve learned about each other, the hard and good times. And I said, “I’m starting to believe that saying that marriage gets better with time.” I think we’re really living that now. Perfect? Not by a long shot. But our souls are continuing to intersect and merge. And to me that’s a beautiful thing. Something to celebrate.