The past two/three weeks have been very hectic. I’m working my job, taking a class for my Master’s, building a Web site on the side, making several video projects as “special surprises”, and helping build a Habitat for Humanity house in Jackson.
We did a Habitat House three years ago, but I wasn’t as involved as this year. I’ve spent quite a few hours working on this house for CJ and Amber and their three kids. Some pics I’ve posted. The greatest reward for me is simply doing something for someone I don’t know with no benefit for myself. It’s really funny how when we decide to make our lives not about ourselves that at that point, life really begins. It’s hard for me. But working at this house has helped me really see the beauty in giving myself away.
I’ve wanted to participate with Micki and Grace on this, but really have been on my own. Building the last two weeks of school are bad. But I did get to take Grace with me last week. And she was awesome. We filled in nail holes in the trim together, cleaned, and then we hung kitchen cabinets. Grace was a great helper. Wanting to engage as much as she could. And having a great heart about it. I love when her heart gears toward others. When she gets focused there, she’s pretty amazing. I wish we could have spent more time together working on it. I took some pics before we left after a hard working night. A night spent on others. A night well spent.
Just before school ended, Micki and Grace went on a 3 day 2 night trip to Mackinac Island with the 4th grade class. It’s funny the temps were in the 40′s while at home they were in the 80′s. Despite Micki getting food poisoning at the Grand Hotel, the group had a great time learning about Michigan’s really cool history, having fun, and spending time together. Check out the rest of the pics in the Photo Album. Maybe as the summer gets going, Mick and/or Grace will share some more of their adventure together.
So we’re making some changes in the Archer family this week. We’ve been trying to drink water regularly. We do a pretty good job. I’ve been trying to keep up on my 64 oz per day, but haven’t been doing too well this year. We’ve been buying bottled water for years. This year we started recycling. Trying to do our part to be as green as we can. Today we take the next step.
It started with the Nalgene argument. Apparently, there is some evidence that the chemical make up of a certain Nalgene, #7, could be harmful. Studies showed it to be true. However, the EPA did not validate the studies, therefore invalidating the scare. But the damage was done. Everyone was trading in their Nalgenes for a new one that was “safe”.
As we were making our transition to trade in our old Nal’s, I did some research on filtered water. Turns out the bottled water phenomenon is now so popular, that water bottles are now the second-largest item in land fills. Next to diapers.
So I went out today and bought a PUR water filter for our faucet. Also a pitcher that will fit in the door of the fridge. For $25, I can filter 100 gallons of water. 100 gallons! And no trash. No recycling. So, we got some new water bottles to go in our new filter. Saving money. Better for the environment. Better for our bodies. Everyone wins. Quality of life going up, Arch-tastic style.
So, if you’re interested in getting good water, saving money, and doing the environment good, think about a water filter for your home and cut out the disposable water bottles. Jesus would. You should too.