Monthly Archives: December 2006

Christmas Newsletter


Christmas Newsletter
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

It’s a few days before Christmas and I wanted to do a quick post to let you know how thankful I am for this past year. I guess this is more of a New Year’s post too. Many of you may be stopping by for the first time after getting our Christmas Newsletter and clicking around. Welcome! Feel free to forward our site to friends and family that you believe would like to keep track of. One thing I’d love to see more of is comments. You can easily post a comment either on a picture or my posts. That way we can get more interactivity with each other. It’s simply a way for you to let me know what you think. So, enjoy browsing through the site and enjoying the pictures. We didn’t send out too many newsletters, so if you want a copy, I can be your huckleberry. Simply download the PDF, print it out and enjoy. | Download

That’s kind of why I am thankful for this past year. As I was going through through the pictures of this year to put together the Christmas Newsletter, I enjoyed looking through the images and really reflecting on how truly blessed we are. We were able to go on a cruise, go to Disneyworld, lead a Katrina Relief missions trip, go camping, take Micki on a surprise trip to NYC, and much more. As you look through the images of this past year online, you’ll see the granularity of our blessing. It’s in our relationships with people. Friends, family, and friends that are family. We’re truly blessed.

One thing Micki and I realized after we printed the newsletter is that we didn’t really talk much about how thankful we are for the gift of Jesus and how he is the glue that holds our family together. Without Him and our church family, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s because of Jesus we are blessed. It’s because of his grace and mercy that we get to list off so many of these things that we were able to do, see, and experience. We truly are blessed. Not necessarily because of the things we have, but because of who we are and to whom we belong to. That’s where the true blessing is. It’s our hope that you experience the blessing and true meaning of Christmas this season.

Christmas is Coming


Ornament 1
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

We did our Christmas decorating a little while ago and it was pretty fun. We put up two trees upstairs and enjoyed decorating not only our traditional tree with all the family ornaments as well as the theme tree from John and Lissa. They gave us a bunch of beach/surf ornaments and lights last year for a surprise present. So, we pimped out a tree for the entry room that looks awesome.

It was fun, being the end of a busy week to skip Hanging of the Greens on campus and listen to it on the radio. Lots of great Christmas music live on campus over radio while we unpacked and decorated the house. It was a fun night. Great to spend together. Pretty laid back. And helped us get our home ready for Christmas. We’d love for you to come on over! If not, I took some pics to catch a glimpse. Enjoy!

Rocky


Rocky
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

If you’ve been watching the pics the last week or so, you probably noticed pics of someone who looked like Sylvester Stallone. Well, it was him. We got to attend a private screening of Rocky Balboa and head over to the Ritz Carlton in Detroit to meet Sly.

He was over two hours late for the meeting, so I left early with Reed and Joel for meetings back in Spring Arbor. The rest of UCOM met him and got their picture taken with him. They said he was really cool and approachable.

From a pure movie perspective, I can’t say how good this movie is. It’s the second best Rocky movie next to the original. Go buy the new Rocky DVD watch it, then see this movie. It’s not really about boxing much. More about people, Rocky’s family, and closure. It’s a good story, and that is what I love about it. There will not be another Rocky, so say goodbye and enjoy this movie. Cause Sly is finishing Rambo 4. Yes, it’s coming.