Ben Sayin’s on Facebook!

Ben —  February 16, 2011 — 23 Comments

Just created this the other day, hoping to be able to extend the reach of this blog. Once I get more updates in regards to our mission trip to Venezuela, as well as our journey into adoption we’ll probably add video and pictures there too.

So come on, Click here to “Like” my page and join in on the fun!

A Fool’s God

Ben —  February 16, 2011 — 26 Comments

Everybody has a story, big or small and I love hearing and reading about them. What I’ve not read or heard recently in the blogging community is about miracles. I’m not talking about “Oh, I had my electric bill that was past due and they were ready to shut it off but then a miracle happened where I won a scratcher at Circle-K” kind of miracle. I’m talking about seeing, hearing or reading about a real, true-life miracle.

I guess one can say that the actual word “miracle” can be subjective, for instance here is a story that could be looked at as a possible miracle or maybe just a mere coincidence. Here’s Tim telling it from his perspective: Continue Reading…

The 10 Types of Soccer Parents

Ben —  February 14, 2011 — 34 Comments

2nd place for both of them, which is a first for both of them as well.

This weekend marked the first soccer tournament we, as well as many other parents will be hauling their children to on the weekends. For the Nunes fam, we had our Madi make it to her first final in a tournament, and we had our Kiss lose her first final in a tournament. Both, by the way, are very important learning opportunities in the competitive soccer world.

In setting up our chairs and getting all ready for the first game, it took me all but 2 minutes to remember some different “types” of parents who grace their presence on the sidelines while their son/daughter play 60 to 90 minutes of soccer. Many recreational soccer teams will have maybe 2-3 of these types of parents show up, but you will without a shadow of a doubt see at least 8, if not 10 of these parenting types show up to each game fielded by competitive club teams. These parents take sideline coaching to the HNL.

Please keep in mind, I can say that I have definitely had bits and pieces of each one of these parenting types (except #5, but I don’t judge) make an appearance once or twice in the past 5 years. I will also say that most of these parents described below show themselves on the other sideline. *ahem*

So, without further ado. Here are The 10 types of Soccer Parents: Continue Reading…

The Process Begins

Ben —  February 11, 2011 — 40 Comments

Last week Kim and I shared with you how we would love to begin the adoption process, over here we wanted to give you as much detail as we progress (or regress). I have to tell you, these last few weeks have been most exhilarating since we’ve finally decided that we should move forward.

We have learned a lot so far, but I feel we’re just barely at the tip of the iceberg. To be honest, I feel the weekend couldn’t come soon enough. It will be a good time to relax, and reflect upon everything we’ve learned. It will also be a good time for us to repeat to each other, what we were told by some good friends. I believe just hearing us say it out loud will definitely paint a clearer picture of just how much we’ve understood.

We have had so many questions, and will have a ton more as we move forward in this journey, here are just a few that I wanted to share:

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To Xoom or Not To Xoom

Ben —  February 10, 2011 — 23 Comments

One of my goals for the year was to be able publish as a guest on a blog. Well, in my 2nd month I’ve been given the opportunity just to do so over at Geek Rev. Here’s an exerpt:

So you’re in the market to purchase a tablet to help you, you know, with your sermons. You’ve decided you would rather go Android than iOS (gasp!). The next question you have is, do you spend the 6 to 7 bills needed to purchase the flagship XOOM, or do you forgo waiting until it releases later this month, and settle for a lesser tablet now?

Here are some (very) quick thoughts before making your purchase:

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