"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Big news is we have an offer on the house. Now, if you're thinking it's off the market, think again -- it's contingent on the sale of the buyer's house in California, so at best it's a maybe ('cause who knows what the housing market is like in Sacramento!). But a maybe is better than nothing. If this one falls through, I'm not too concerned. It really is a great house and someone is going to buy it. Waiting is no fun, but we're willing to wait.
As for the new place, it is slowly starting to come together. Instead of going to the gym, every morning, I've been getting up and over to the house at 6 for two hours of wallpaper stripping (yes, I have a second career as a stripper ... don't tell the bishop!). The master bedroom literally has five layers of wallpaper, most of which probably predates the Truman administration. But ... it's coming along.
Robin and Schroedter finished the boys' room. Schroedter chose the design and the colors. It's made up to look like the surface of the moon ... and looks pretty cool (I'll take a picture and post it). It's pretty much ready to move in, and some of the kids' toys are in there so they can play in there already.
Robin pried up some of the carpet at the base of the stairs and found some nice wood floor -- in pretty good shape. We're hoping the stairs are the same way.
This Saturday, we're holding "Habitat for Kinmanity" -- inviting all the ECM folk (and anyone else who wants to!) who are in town to come help us fix the place up. Come on over anytime from 10 am to 6 pm. We'll provide food and drink!
Tomorrow, I'm driving to Indianapolis for the Global Episcopal Mission Network Meeting (www.gemn.org) It's a good chance to network for EGR with people who are already doing a lot of global mission. I'll be staying with Peggy and Jerry (Robin's aunt and uncle), which will be nice. Back Friday night.
EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.
Want to find out more ... check our our website at www.e4gr.org.
"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."