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My daughter’s big day!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

On Tuesday of this week, my daughter turned 4 years old! It’s amazing to me that she is growing up so fast, but it’s a joy to watch! At this stage, it seems like weekly I am amazed at the new thing she can do or the way she will phrase something that just sounds so grown up.

Today, we have the whole family coming in for a birthday celebration, so the house is going to be filled with energy. I’ll share some pictures later of Anna’s big day.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts…

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Presents

Wrapping up before Christmas

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Today I finished my last major project before the end of the year. I had to preach all four services again this weekend which was my last sermon on 2007. I find myself tonight with a heart full of gratitude. 2007 has been a great year for me personally, professionally, and in pretty much every other category I can think of. I feel a great sense of blessing this Christmas to have a wonderful family, a great job, and I get to share life with a great group of church members, staff, and friends. I’ll be away for a few days next week, but I probably try to blog some while I’m out. Thank you to each of you who enrich my life in ways beyond explanation.

Merry Christmas everyone!

thirty by thirty

Friday, December 14th, 2007

In exactly three months from today, a big event is happening in my life. I’m leaving my 20’s behind, and turning the big 3-0! Inspired by a good friend who committed to a similar goal, I’m going to try to lose 30 pounds in preparation for that big day. Don’t worry. I definitely have 30 to lose, and this is the best time to do it.

A few years ago, I lost a little over 20, but I was younger then. I’m not sure how easy it’s going to be this time. One thing I do know is that over the next three months, my diet will not include what I had for dinner tonight.

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That’s my homemade Chicken Fettucini which I adore. Unfortunately, pasta is my downfall. I’m miss you, my carbohydrate goodness.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress, but if you see me around, don’t feed me.

My daughter is allergic to peanuts…

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

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Fortunately, her father is a big fan.

For more pics of the Alexander Halloween activities, visit our family photo album.

Anna at the Pumpkin Patch

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Tonight, we made our annual trip to the Pumpkin patch to pick out our family of pumpkins. We came home with one big mama pumpkin to carve and four little babies. Here’s some pics of our little girl @ the patch. .

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Heritage

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I’m home alone tonight. My wife and daughter are in Houston celebrating a family birthday. I’m here because I have to preach at all of our services this weekend. I’m working on the sermon tonight, and thought I would get my brain up and running by sharing. A few weeks ago, I rushed out of our 11:00 a.m. worship service because my Dad was preaching at his home church on the occasion of their 70th anniversary. It was quite a big deal for my family as my Grandfather is one of the few living charter members of that church. My Dad’s newsletter article last week was about that experience. He wrote:

I have a personal word to share with you today but it is a word that pertains to all of us who seek to live the Christian life. I had the honor to preach in my home church where i was raised, River Oaks UMC, in Ft. Worth last Sunday on the occasion of their 70th anniversary. My father is one of the few living charter members of that church which holds great significance for me. I also discovered in my research of their history there was an original group of nine Methodists that wanted to form a Sunday School in River Oaks which included my grandparents, John G. and Oca Cola Alexander, whom I never knew.

The service last Sunday was an amazing service of worship and deeply personal for my family. Both my brothers, Randy and Jim and their wives, Pat and Pat, were in attendance along with my father, Jack Alexander, Kathy, and our children, Susan, Brad, David, Stephanie, and Anna. My father has been living with Alzheimer’s Disease for probably 15 years. The disease has taken away so much of my father’s memory, but as he walked into that sanctuary he had tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. Many people wanted to greet him and, although he did not seem to know them, he hugged them with tears of joy. Even with his disease, he knew where he was and how much this place and these people meant to him.

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My brothers told me after the service that my father said the words of Scripture along with me as I read them, and he sang the words to the hymns. His eyesight is not clear enough to read the words but somewhere deep inside of him he has not lost his love of God’s Word and the music that remains in his soul. My father was the oldest person present along with having the largest family present. In terms of his family and his church it has always been that way. There was never a discussion in my home growing up about what we did on Sunday. We were in Sunday School and worship every Sunday of the year and most every Sunday night as well. IT has always been a way of life that we learned from my father. My father taught the same Sunday School class for 60 years. My father lived out his Christian commitment by serving in his church in many capacities. My father always supported his pastor. Surely there were some that tested this commitment, but he always stood firm. He did not always agree with the decisions of his church but he never withdrew his support from his church in any way; prayers, presence, gifts and service were a vow he took seriously. Without question, when my father meets his lord, Jesus will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

I share this with you for two reasons. The first is to give you an excellent example of Christian living. The second is to tell you who I am and why I preach as I do. I preach often about church attendance and commitment to the ministry of your church. I feel I am one of the most fortunate people in the world to have been raised in the Christian family who lived it on Sunday and throughout the week. I want others to know that blessing. We all deserved to be nurtured in the Christian life, to know the love of Christ down deep inside our souls, to know what really counts in life, and “to know the power of His resurrection.” (Phil 3:10) I know one of the best ways is to live in relationship with Jesus Christ, to love his church, and to be a witness of Jesus’ love.

See you Sunday!

Mike

As you can tell from his words, my Dad’s pretty proud of his father. I hope you can sense from this post, I have a lot of pride in my Dad as well.

Finally home for a week!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

We are finally home from our High School mission trip. It was a great trip that went fairly smoothly. A few bumps and bruises, a broken thumb (not mine) and a few kids and adults who were under the weather during the trip, but besides that, it went great. I left hoping it wasn’t my last opportunity to serve in the role I filled for this year’s trip even though I will no longer be working in youth ministry. There are few things more exciting that watching young kids passionate about serving.

I also got a great Father’s Day present this past Sunday. After being away from my daughter for 13 days, my little girl came home. It made my day to see her again. I’m home now for the week before High School camp next week and then my summer travel is over. I’m looking forward to being home with the family throughout July.

Destined for greatness

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Leaders have to manage distractions, and overcome adversity. A leader must be faithful to the vision. Leadership takes endurance, it takes character, and most importantly, it takes creativity. My daughter is destined to be a great leader. See ex. #1.

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This morning, the mission was the biscuit, and the distraction was the evil sun. Did my daughter quit? Did she simply say, “this is too hard. I can’t go on.” No, she wen to her room and got her sunglasses. She apapted to the new paradigm. That’s what leaders do.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Click here if you want to see some Christmas pictures. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season.