Archive for March, 2010

Live show!!  What is this?  I’m needing a good show tonight for my own inspiration!

Going to singles.  No more black and blue team.

All the eliminated players came back to weigh in, and then one will get “voted” back in by the present contestants.

  • Darrell:  lost – 104 lbs.
  • Sherry:  lost -62 lbs.
  • Miggy:  lost -49 lbs.
  • Victoria:  lost – 73 lbs. (does anyone remember her?)  I’d pick her.  She didn’t even get a day.  Give her a chance!!
  • Melissa:  lost – 51 lbs.
  • Lance:  lost -91 lbs.
  • Cheryl:  lost -51 lbs.
  • John:  lost -85 lbs. (he doesn’t look that different…ouch)
  • Patti:  lost -46 lbs.
  • Maria:  lost – 57 lbs.
  • James:  lost – 72 lbs.
  • Cherita:  lost – 47 lbs.  (totally rooting for Victoria!!  Good job mom.)

VICTORIA IS COMING BACK!!!  Right on!!  (good job Mike).  Hey Helen (season 7 winner), did you see Victoria’s mother?  Yea…just wanted you to note what a mother does.  You’re awesome Cherita.

Challenge between eliminated contestants to determine ONE more eliminated player to return to show.  Please don’t be Melissa.  Please!!  NOOOO not Melissa.  Dang it.  Melissa is back.

Stephanie is TOTALLY getting a raw deal on this.


  • Victoria:  – 2 lbs.  (strange…not very much) .70% lost (she has immunity this week)
  • Melissa:  – 4 lbs. (she is definitely looking thinner) 2.2% lost (she too has immunity this week)
  • O’Neal:  (walked up the stairs…never seen such excitement about walking upstairs) – 4 lbs. (1.36%)
  • Ashley:  – 5 lbs. (1.81%)
  • Michael:  – 8 lbs. (2.06%)
  • Koli:  – 6 lbs. (2.09%)
  • Andrea:  – 5 lbs. (2.16%)
  • Daris:  – 7 lbs. (2.87%)
  • Sam:  – 2 lbs. (.76%)
  • Sunshine:  – 6 lbs. (2.88%)
  • Stephanie:  – 1 lb. (.5%)

Sam & Stephanie below the yellow line.  Bummer.  I don’t want either of them to go home.

I had to think of myself for the first time.”  I hate that line.  Overused and totally untrue.  Nice job Ashley *sarcasm*.  “Game” won.  Friendships lost.

Stephanie going home.

Aftershot:  She looks good (lost 96 lbs.)  She fell in love.  Rumor is it is with Sam.  Any validation out there?

Wayne (some dude who watches Biggest Loser) :  starting weigh-in at 674 lbs.  Biggest Loser inspired him to lose weight.  Holy cow that dude lost a TON of weight.  418 lbs.!!!  How do you lose 418 lbs.!!

Some of My Heroes

Posted: March 30, 2010 in Family, Living Stones Church

I want to recommend a blog read to you.  It is Melissa Holstein’s blog.  It is called, “Yes, They Are All Mine.”  Her and Ed have seven kids!!  They face more in one day with grace, humor, honesty, and resolve, than most people do in an entire year (or longer).  From Autism, houses burning down (while they were buying their Pastor a Hallmark card…seriously 🙂 ), lead poisoning, etc. they have walked through a ton.  They have been at Living Stones Church for almost two years now.  I know their story and what they have overcome in just the two years I’ve known them.  I just need to say they are heroes to me.  I love them.   In fact, if any of them were to go to jail, they could call on me for bail money – anytime. 🙂   Melissa is a great writer too.  If you or anyone in your circle of relationships is dealing with a child with autism – send them to Melissa’s blog.  Her humor and honesty will inspire you.  You can read her blog here.

It Could Be Worse

Posted: March 30, 2010 in Family

Sometimes when you are living in a terrible reality, you can’t imagine it being worse.

I have seen this often when it comes to those growing up without a father.  Those who have had to walk this path will often contend with pain and woundedness on a massive scale.  And in the pain, it is hard to imagine it could be worse.

But it can.

Growing up without a father is not the worst thing that can happen.  There is something even worse.  And that is growing up with a father that is physically and/or sexually abusive.

Mothers…don’t let the reality of your own pain growing up without a father cloud your judgment when it comes to the fact that it CAN be worse.  You must act in defense of your children!  Remaining in the situation so your children don’t live your experience of an absentee father is not the more benevolent course.  Absentee is to be preferred over abusive.

It was at critical stages.  The sinkhole going into our driveway here at the Living Stones Church was about to give way.  So this week we had to put out “the orange cone” and call in the professionals to prevent anyone from coming into the church and saying, “Hey, my car went through your driveway!!!”

It is a temporary fix, and then next month, they come out and finally put in a new PARKING LOT (years overdue…yea…that’s how we roll 🙂 )!!!

And on that note, it is possible because of the great generosity of the Living Stones Church.  Seriously.  I am so appreciative of your response to our call to invest in the vision here at Living Stones Church and what we could make possible through our $5 / $9 / and $12.  More on that to come!

In the News

Posted: March 26, 2010 in Family, Schools, South Bend

Well…Caleb believes he is a celebrity right now.  He  AND KELLY made the news last night from Caleb’s play.  Caleb is the kid in the orange shirt.  You can see it here (click on the video icon on the news story).

Happy Birthday Chuck

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Family

This is my dad.  He is smiling in this picture.  He doesn’t smile.  Today is his birthday.

I love my dad.  And I have a blog (unlike my sister).  Which means in regards to points earned, I win. 🙂

For instructing and modeling the ways of Jesus for me; for your consistent love, presence, and support; and for being the best humanly possible reflection of my Heavenly Father…thank you.

Happy birthday.  I love you.

Breakfast Conversation with Caleb

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Family

[Took Caleb & Alex to McDonald’s before school today.  Today is a big day for Caleb.  Tonight is his dramatic debut as Thomas O’Malley (The Aristocats) for his school play.  As we drive to the school we pray together and I ask them what they want to pray about.  Here is the conversation that took place.]

Me:  Anything you want to pray about.

Caleb:  Normal stuff.

Me:  Really?  Nothing else?  Nothing else going on tonight that you would want to pray about?

Caleb.  Oh.  That I do good in the play.

Me:  O.K.  What would “good” look like for you in the play (I thought this could be a coaching moment)?

Caleb:  sexy.

Contestants going home for the week.  When they arrive they have a “package” waiting for them – an exercise bike – and CUPCAKES!!!  Good combo.

The challenge – In front of their friends and family they have to bike 26.2 miles.  The winner of the challenge gets $10,000. Temptation…for every cupcake they eat, they can give a 5 minute penalty to any contestant they want.

Lance…dude!!!?  He ate 17 cupcakes.  Of course egged on by his game-playing wife – Melissa.

Nice job Sam’s mom…make a fattening breakfast while he is trying to lose wait and then…oh wait a minute…wait for it…YES…A BL VERIZON APPLICATION COMMERCIAL.

Daris got himself a girlfriend.  I like that dude.  He is losing some serious weight.

The bike challenge is far too dramatic and taking WAY too long.  Feels like manufactured hype.

Sam won the time, but had the most cupcakes.  Koli was the winner!  The reason I’m so happy about this is because if he didn’t, then Lance would have.


Blue Team

  • O’Neal: -7 lbs.
  • Sunshine: – 8 lbs.
  • Lance: – 8 lbs.
  • Michael:  – 8 lbs.
  • Koli: – 10 lbs.
  • Daris:  – 4 lbs. (lost 102 lbs. in 10 weeks)

Black Team

  • Andrea:  – 6 lbs.
  • Stephanie:  – 9 lbs. (wow)
  • Ashley:  – 10 lbs.
  • Sam:  – 14 lbs.!!! Snap!!!  (110 lbs. in 10 weeks)

Lance is going home.  Take that cupcake. 🙂

Source:  MMI

Most Unhelpful Phrase

Posted: March 18, 2010 in faith

If you are actually trying to relate to someone in a real way (and not as some abstract and ethereal concept) you will quickly realize:

“Love the sinner; hate the sin” is a ridiculous and unhelpful phrase.  If you don’t believe me, ask the sinner.