Archive for December, 2005

AFTER EFFECTS…

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

The ice storm really wrecked havoc with our days. We lost power on Thursday afternoon around 3pm and didn’t get it back for about 12 hours. But our cable television didn’t get restored until just a few hours ago. Our high speed internet connection still isn’t functioning. I’m updating the “old fashioned way” – phone line connection at a whopping 56k!

I mention all of this to say that, sometimes, I allow myself to get too busy – piles of projects, paperwork and proposals. And all of them have a deadline that I’ve determined. Incidents like this force me to sit back, take a look at everything and just be thankful. As we head toward 2006, I’ve been doing just that – reviewing our accomplishments and being very, very grateful.

As a child, I can remember learning in church to “give God thanks for everything.” Life isn’t always easy and things don’t go the way I think they should. But when I really give God thanks in everything, I am acknowledging that He is sovereign and that I trust Him. And I find that it changes me and my attitude about things. Few of us really want to get comfortable with the fact that most often God changes us in the process of our ordinary day-to-day dependence on Him (if we make that decision). I know that I change most NOT in the great dramas of my life, but in the small acts of obedience and submission that no one sees but Him.

ICE STORM!

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

I know it’s winter but I’m never ready for the arrival of cold weather! When I woke up this morning, it was clear. I looked out my office window around 7:30am and noticed large, floating snow flakes falling fast. Within minutes, they had turned into those dangerous little icy flakes and it sounded like sand falling through the trees – ice storm! That’s what they’ve been predicting for us today and the weatherman was right on this one.

Normally a little snow and/or ice wouldn’t bother me. I grew up in northwestern Indiana where winter really is winter. But when you live at the top of a small mountain? Ice and snow take on a new meaning…trying to get off the “hill” can be treacherous!

I guess we will throw on a pot of coffee and see how far along we can get on the remaining projects.

GEARING UP AND GEARING DOWN

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

The holidays are coming at us like a freight train. We’re trying to gear up for the festivities and gear down in the office. New Year’s Eve and our “surprise event” for WINTERFEST will be here before you know it. On top of everything else, we’re working diligently to put that together.

David and I have finished the new Healing of Magic DVD and are just minutes from completing the marketing DVD for Australia and the U.S. We’ve actually knocked out quite a few projects in the last few days.

I know the one thing that I have not done yet is post the 2006 Spring Tour! I promise – in spite of my past promises – that I’m working on getting that done. My own team would like to know where we’ll be touring this spring! I just haven’t taken the time to do it. I will – soon.

EDITING – A NEVER ENDING THING

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

I have a tendency to under estimate just how long it takes to actually COMPLETE an editing project! That’s especially true when life goes on and events happen around you while you’re in the process. That’s not a complaint; just an acknowledgement.

David and I are crazy busy putting together the new Healing of Magic DVD. We’re also working on the Australian Project that has to be in the mail by December 20 AND our new Performing Arts DVD that must be completed by the end of the year. And somehow I thought we could get these done in just a matter of days! What was I thinking?

WINTER HAS ARRIVED

Monday, December 5th, 2005

It is December and I guess it’s time for winter to finally make it’s way to Virginia. Our normal temps this time of year should be around 45 – 50 degrees F. But, today, we have a winter storm warning posted from 6am until midnight with an expectation of some heavy snow – as much as 6-10 inches! And yesterday it was 60 degrees!

I love to watch the snow fall when it’s those big fluffy flakes. The window in my office looks out into the yard with a great view of the woods. Problem with fluffy flakes is there’s not much you can do with them. The moisture is really heavy in the air so I would imagine it’s going to be one of those wet snows (great for snowball fights though).

We hope to have several projects completed this week. David and I haven’t even begun to edit the US 2005 Tour. We are working on the new Healing of Magic dvd release and an Australian project that has to be done asap. THEN we’ll start the US 2005 Tour edit…

THANKSGIVING

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

We are enjoying our “down time” off the road but things are incredibly busy around the office. Cindy and I made the trip to Little Rock to spend Thanksgiving with my family. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and it was great to have all the children and their spouses there for the event. In a time when commitment to marriage is so superficial, it’s inspiring to see my Mom and Dad celebrate 50 years!

We were in the TV studio yesterday finishing up the taping for the new Healing of Magic DVD. We are beginning to work on that now, along with the 2005 US TOUR DVD.

I also want to say thank you to those who continue to email with great comments about the ASIA DVD. We’re continuing to receive orders and great reviews on that project. THANKS!