December 27, 2004
things... update  

The wedding of Danielle (Sweede) and Brian on the 18th was beautiful. Danielle is a good friend of mine from my church (BJ grad ’00 and ’02). Her family moved to VA Beach before mine, but since we moved here in 1987, we have gone to the same church.
So it wasn't just a friend that got married last weekend, it was one with whom I had grown up. Brian is a Cedarville grad, and a really good guy. The wedding was beautiful. Sarah C. (a grad of BJU) and I played together (she on the piano, I on the organ). It was great fun.
And Danielle and Brian both said that they believed the wedding was God honoring and a good witness to family members and friends there who aren't Christians. They are heading to Ohio on Tuesday. Brian works at Cederville as a Residence Hall director.

It took me a while to recover from the exertion, but it was well worth it. In the middle of the week, I went to Duke. And it turns out my doctor wasn't even there. So I didn't have an appointment; I just got my prescription and went on to my Aunt's house. It was really great to see her and my cousins and my cousins' children. I miss them so much. They are the closest of my cousins and in the past years it has been the hardest to see them it seems.

We returned from NC on Thursday night. It was a long trip--well it really wasn't, it just felt like it to me. Christa and I watched a movie on her laptop while my Mom drove. Then Christa took over for the home stretch. I like be chauffeured, you see.

Christmas was wonderful. Our family read the Christmas story together and exchanged gifts. For all you artists out there, who know me, listen to this: I got an introductory art set (colored pencils, watercolor paints, poster paints, oil pastels, etc.). It comes with a book that introduces everything. I'll post my creations for a good laugh posterity.
Christa gave me a calligraphy set with the same premise (i.e. to introduce the art form). My parents and sister really surprised me with these gifts. I had no idea. And I love them. Oh, I should add my brother got me a set of colored (black, red, green and blue) Pilot g-2 pens. I love Pilot gel pens. They are the best. I think I have only written one time in my church notes with a different kind of pen. And that was because I dropped my g-2! Kyle knew exactly what I'd like.

Finally, on recommendation of David, my parents bought me A Handbook for New Testament Greek. That's the book that BJU produces for its students.

I hope everyone is doing well. I have been reading Psalm 145 over and over. I set a goal to meditate on these two attributes of God today, like David said.

5On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

Well, it turns out today, everything going on in my life caught up to me. I had fever and I had my tissue box next to me and I was under the covers almost all day. But...even feeling so bad, I could never get away from His wonderful works. In my life. In my family's. In our church. In the world. God is so good.

It snowed. We got two inches...the day after Christmas. But it was wonderful.
Oh, and this is better. Texas (Alvin--where my family is from, and Kingsville--where we used to live) got snow. It hadn't snowed there since 1989 (I think that's what my mom said.) Anyway, my grandmother loved it. She went outside and built a snowman.

Posted by micah at 11:42 PM
December 17, 2004
RSS blogging  

I was playing around with this morning. I couldn't sleep. The covers hurt my foot. The cold too. What's a guy to do? Anyway, I was playing around with If you don't have a Yahoo! acount let me explain. Yahoo! provides page(s) where you can choose your content. So it is like having your own little news, entertainment room on the web.

Well I was adding content (for instance I added World Magazine's Weblog) and I typed in Bensfriends. And it came up! I guess this must be Ben's doing. Anyway, jbo came up too, and e-ink.

It's pretty cool. Of course, I hadn't blogged in so long, it didn't have any content. Hence my telling you this.
It's not like I don't want to blog. I haven't had my computer since Tuesday. And I haven't really been feeling that well. Plus the wedding is on Saturday.
But God is so good; I am so underserving of his grace.

Posted by micah at 05:39 AM
December 13, 2004
Present RSDS  

Duke called. They scheduled me for the spinal cord procedure this weekend. They were supposed to call me and talk to me. Now, you might think, so what. You've got your appointment. But...of all the weekends...of the the whole month...or year...they chose this one.

My friends Danielle and Brian are getting married on Saturday. I am playing the piano.

Okay, don't worry. They rescheduled it for January 21st (9 days after my birthday...hint...hint). So this is it. This is the test. From what I've heard (the doctor hasn't given me the final instructions) I'll have to be there on the 20th for pre-op, then they do their thing on the 21st, then I go home for a few days. Try out my new super power, and see if it helps. If it eliminates 50% of the pain, the trial is considered a success. Then they take out the leads from my spine. I have to heal for two weeks. Then I come back and they put in the permanent version.

I've had things stuck into my spine before and it wasn't fun. Please pray that I'll have God's grace to bear it...oh and that it will work too.
In the mean time, I have the wedding. And then my next appointment (the regular kind for medication and good prodding fun) on December 22nd.

Posted by micah at 03:38 PM
December 06, 2004
noisome behavior wacky  

SCENE: Micah's room; Kyle, his brother, sitting in a computer chair facing away from the monitors. He is drinking slowly from a small green cup.

Micah enters the room. As he attempts to close programs on his computer without sitting in his chair, he smells something.

Micah: Are you drinking eggnog?


Micah: That's like blasphemy in my nose.

Kyle: Can you have a smell that's blasphemous?

Posted by micah at 11:18 PM
Happy Birthday special days  

Happy Birthday David.
Hope your day is stress free and joyful.
grace and peace!

Posted by micah at 04:07 PM
December 03, 2004
Living in 2004 wacky  

You know you're living in 2004 when...

I found this wandering around the Internet...

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.

7. You make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.

8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.

10. You learn about your redundancy on the 11 o'clocknews.

11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job.

12. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.

13. Every commercial on television has a website at the bottom of the screen.

14. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

15. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

16. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)

17. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

18. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

19. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

20. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

Posted by micah at 12:16 PM
December 02, 2004
Insurance is a go RSDS  

Duke called to give us a thumbs up for insurance. That means logistically speaking, all we have to do is schedule with the doctor and OR. We are hoping for sometime in January.

God is so good!
Now we have to pray that this procedure works. It does work for a lot of RSDS patients.

Posted by micah at 02:35 PM