Monday, November 9, 2009

Pike Lake Hiking

We had a wonderful afternoon of hiking at Pike Lake on Sunday, November 8th.

What a beautiful start to our hike.







We climbed the Powder Hill tower that took us up 1350 feet in the air.










Here is the view from the top (facing south-west) we could see Holy Hill



Our adventure team had to stop for a drink and a look at the map.



Daddy and Adam enjoyed the leaves as they crunched under their feet. We had a wonderful afternoon exploring nature, enjoying the weather, and soaking up some good quality family time. We ended up walking up and down some steep hills. It totaled a hike of about 1.5 miles and a great workout along with lots of laughs.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some of Gary's Work


Check this out! This is an ad that Gary created for one of their Clients at Scott Advertising. All of this stuff is created in his 3D program at work. It is incredible the detail of what he can do in this program from the depth to the the shapes of the box to the reflection and lighting. The fire was also created by him. AWESOME!!! He has learned alot by playing with tutorials and has been able to use it more and more at the office for their clients.

Funny! This was a work in progress! I sent a screenshot to chris and she posted it... the headline is weird! -G

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Operation Christmas Child 2009


 Grace Lutheran Church was involved in a campaign called "Faith in Action - Be the Church". We were challenged to step outside of the church and help someone else in need by being involved in some service project. Our Deconness and I had decided that we were was going to set-up an Operation Christmas Child mission as an option for our members to get involved in. Operation Christmas Child is in coordination with Samaritian's Purse - who present filled shoeboxes to children around the world who would otherwise not have anything for Christmas. I felt a drive in my heart to make this project a reality. Saturday, October 24, 2009 was the date that I had scheduled to have the Operation Christmas Child pack-n-wrap date. I had requested from our congregation donations of items, such as, toothbrushes and toothpaste, small toys, socks, candy, school supplies, soap and washclothes, small stuffed animals amd many other "simple" items that would bring joy to a childs heart this Christmas. I had two weeks to gather items. It all began at a very slow pace. I went to puchase the boxes to be used that day and felt that if we filled 20 boxes then we were doing good. The following week I took inventory of all of the items that we had donated by the loving folks of Grace Lutheran and I felt that I needed another 30 boxes to make a total of 50 filled. Saturday the 24th of October came around and as I was putting everything out on tables for all of my volunteers to use to fill the boxes, I was overwhelmed with the generousity. We had about 30 members from young children to older folks that were helping fill and wrap these boxes. There was joy in these volunteers faces because they felt that they were doing something wonderful for someone else. That is what it is all about. We were nearing the end of my box supply, but yet we had some many more items left. One member decided to go and get more boxes so we could continue filling more. We were able to fill a total of 70 boxes (that you see above). We will be able to have our love and prayers sent to 70 different children on the other side of the world that we may never know. That is what "service" is.... This is what "Christmas" is.... sharing the love of Lord with another. It was a wonderful day! I can't thank the members of Grace Lutheran Church enough for there love and generority throughout this entire mission project - they really know what it means to "Give this Christmas Away". God Bless you - Chris

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hurst Halloween Characters

We had fun this Halloween trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins. Here is a peek at our Characters.....

Here is the Storm Trooper - Commander Adam!!!


Our cheerleader! Give me a G-R-A-C-E


















Don't forget the 3 blind mice - Kasey and her friends Erika and Angie.













Creative pumpkin carvings.....

Sir Shrek...













SpongeBob...













and don't forget the CANDY!!!