Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Really Matters

For those who have noticed I haven't posted anything in a while. Before this little hiatus, I had posted on my blog at least once a month since its creation in 2004. At times I had felt that if I didn't give something to the people reading this that I was somehow failing. Anxiety would set in at the feeling that I needed to produce something in order to keep my friends fulfilled. But then I spend all day at work to come home to precious few hours with my family until I go to sleep and do it again. Weekends are the time where I get to know my son, raising him the best I can, and cherish every moment with my wife while trying to recover to go back to work the next week.

And then I think of Ryan Woods who is dying of cancer while medical bills rack up and his family falls into debt with the knowledge that their husband and father will soon be gone.

It makes me not feel so bad about slacking off on the blogging. The lack of posts on Facebook don't feel so far apart. The desire to create isn't anywhere as compelling as the desire to be a good husband, father, and person who shares his faith with honesty. It makes me want to do whatever I can to share the love of God with every single person I come in contact with and make my actions a testament to my desire to live by the example of Jesus. I implore everyone who reads this to put down the gadgets, unplug from the internet more often, connect with real people in person, and make your family a priority. Engage people in ways that will make a difference in your community. Find local places to volunteer that really need the help. Share your talents and gifts in ways that will inspire without the expectation of payment. Live a life that points to God instead of you.

Now go give to Ryan Woods' family to alleviate the crushing medical bills. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office) has a website called SoulPancake to share inspiring things and talk about spiritual topics. He has taken up Ryan's story to encourage others facing death and is giving his influence to try to help ease the Woods' financial burden. Go here and give what you can.

Through Soul Pancake, Justin Baldoni has created this little documentary to share Ryan's story:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 24

The theme for day 24 of 30 Days of Creativity is coffee. I don't drink very much coffee anymore. Instead, I drink a lot more tea. This is a cup of tea made from mint grown in a container in my backyard. I cut a bundle off and dried it over the past week, and today I chopped it up finely and brewed some tea. It is quite a refreshing beverage.

Friday, June 22, 2012

30 days of Creativity - Day 22

The theme for day 22 of 30 Days of Creativity is bird. I used to design yellow page ads for a living, and back in 2003, on learning the division was being shut down, I spent the last two weeks of that job doing ridiculous things like this. Drawn with Photoshop.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 20

The theme for day 20 of 30 Days of Creativity is plaid. I almost drew a picture of Rowdy Roddy Piper, but instead opted for the MacLeod of Lewis tartan. Drawn with Crayola crayons (I threw the terrible Red Robin crayons out) in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 19

The theme for day 19 of 30 Days of Creativity is question mark. For this one I have another hat tip to Shakespeare with a haiku.

What is the Question?
This is the question:
Not "to be or not to be"
But how to get there.

Monday, June 18, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 18

The theme for day 18 of 30 Days of Creativity is yellow. The first thing that came to mind is The Simpsons. The second thing that I thought of is those little plastic blocks with friendly yellow people that go by the name of Lego. Drawn with terrible crayons I got free at Red Robin in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 17

The theme for day 17 of 30 Days of Creativity is pop. I have been in many an argument about what to call this tasty drink. Is it pop? Is it soda? Or perhaps just Coke? Here is the correct answer. Drawn in Photoshop.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 16

The theme for day 16 of 30 Days of Creativity is sting. I have heard and seen this before and thought it was funny, so I wanted to illustrate it. It is a ZOMBEE! Drawn in Photoshop.

Friday, June 15, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 15

The theme for day 15 of 30 Days of Creativity is monster. This idea came from a short story I wrote and submitted for publication last year. I'm still waiting to hear from the last place I submitted. Drawn with Crayola crayons in Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 14

The theme for day 14 of 30 Days of Creativity is quotation marks. In a battle of wits between Shakespeare and Aristotle, I show how quotes can be used against each other, especially if taken out of context. Entitled: to wit. Made in Photoshop.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 13

The theme for day 13 of 30 Days of Creativity is bicycle. This one was convenient because my niece just learned how to ride without training wheels. Perhaps getting a Razor scooter for her birthday was enough to make her brave enough to try. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 12

The theme for day 12 of 30 Days of Creativity is string. I just had to draw another cat because they usually can't resist a piece of string. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Monday, June 11, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 11

The theme for day 11 of 30 Days of Creativity is orange. My dad used to have a bunch of tropical fish that were fun to watch, especially at night when you turn the light on and you could see neon stripes and shimmering scales darting around the tank. This one is for my dad. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 10

The theme for day 10 of 30 Days of Creativity is 8 bit. This is one drawn from memory. I have spent so many hours making Mario jump and Link search for Zelda that I formed callouses on my thumbs. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 9

The theme for day 9 of 30 Days of Creativity is water. One of my favorite places in the world is walking on the beach in Oregon, especially at sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is the perfect place to meditate and contemplate and yet is also the perfect place and time to be with loved ones. This is an interpretation of a photograph of myself walking on the beach in Gold Beach. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Friday, June 08, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 8

The theme for day 8 of 30 Days of Creativity is bonsai. I have made two attempts at bonsai and both died the same year in extreme cold weather. I might try again someday, but for now I have other creative endeavors to engage in and messier and more active life forms to care for. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 7

The theme for day 7 of 30 Days of Creativity is friends. Ethan loves to cuddle with two different blankets with a stuffed teddy bear head or a monkey head. The bear is light blue as drawn in the picture. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 6

The theme for day 6 of 30 Days of Creativity is pinball. The first thing that came to mind is a hamster in an exercise ball. I must have a sick mind because now I want to play hamster pinball. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

30 Days of Creativity 2012 - Day 5

The theme for day 5 of 30 Days of Creativity is clouds. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Monday, June 04, 2012

30 Days of Creativity 2012 - Day 4

This one is quick. The theme for day 4 of 30 Days of Creativity is pants. I know that one of the important things for being a writer is that you treat it like a real job if you are serious about it. A simple way you can do this is to make sure you put on pants every day. So for today my creation is a haiku:

Pants
Putting on some pants
Step number one for writing
Then you have to write.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

30 Days of Creativity 2012 - Day 3

The theme for day 3 of 30 Days of Creativity is corn. For some reason, the first thing I thought of was a cat staring at candy corn. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

New Lawn / 30 Days of Creativity - Day 2

Today we finally finished our yard that we have been trying to figure out what to do with for a while and working on the last few weeks. We needed a place for Ethan to play outside, and the back yard is smaller and has a concrete slab that makes it difficult to do anything with. This was the perfect area to create a grassy area but without the knowledge to do it we were kind of stuck. Luckily, one of my coworkers is married to a landscaper who happened to need a website.

The before picture is what our yard looked like in the spring. The trees were torn out over the last couple weekends. The after picture is the fruits of nine hours of labor today. Now our family has a place that we hope to be able to enjoy for a while, as long as we are able to keep the grass alive.

Today's 30 Days of Creativity theme is fire. While this has nothing to do with the theme, my back now feels like it is on fire.

Friday, June 01, 2012

30 Days of Creativity 2012 - Day 1

Something I participated in last year is 30 Days of Creativity, which happens in June. The goal is to practice being creative by creating things every day. I didn't create something every day last year just because of time constraints, but the experience was positive because I made things I normally might not have taken the time to do. The theme for this day was Friday. This is something I drew for National Doughnut Day, which is the first Friday of June every year. The falling cat has nothing to do with it. I just thought it was funny. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with black Uniball Vision pen.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Twins

Kori had already dressed Ethan in these clothes, so I had to do this just for fun to wear to church. He obviously didn't mind too much. We even had the same socks and shoes on until they were taken off when we got home.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

Did the Easter bunny visit your house?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Braces: 16 Months

I'm over the halfway point of my time wearing braces and in the home stretch. Speaking of stretch, I now have to wear a rubber band on both sides. I'm getting some nice blisters on the inside of my mouth, but they're going away and it will soon all be over and I'll have nice, straight teeth.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Making Some Changes

Yesterday was Kori's last day at her job. She will now be doing the much more difficult job of raising our son by being a stay at home mom. We are grateful that we are even able to have her stay home because we feel it is important to have a parent raising kids instead of sending them to child care. We will most likely be doing homeschooling anyway, so this is a good first step to making that possible.

The ironic part is that, because we are now a single income family, we actually qualify for some state assistance programs even though I still work for the government. Whether or not we will take advantage of that is yet to be seen. The next few days will be time for us all to spend together before my paternity leave is over and I have to return to my job. I am thankful that I have had this time to be home with Ethan to get to know him.

Just so you know and if you need any makeup, Kori sells Mary Kay and you can support a single income family by making purchases from her.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Tim's Book Reviews

In order to do something with all those free books I won (and keep winning and collecting) I decided to review some of them and create yet another blog. Not only has one of my reviews earned me a gift card at Powell's Books, it has also put me in a place to get even more books, with the potential to make a little money on the side. I also will do occasional giveaways, as I have already given one book away to one lucky reader.

So go read my reviews, and if you are moved to purchase a book there are links to Amazon on the bottom of each review that will earn me a small commission. If it helps your purchasing decision, we are looking at possibly becoming a single income family soon.