Nine12 Serves

Yesterday afternoon our crew, including one person from Ontario, left the church for a missions trip to Staten Island, NY, where they’ll be serving in a soup kitchen, a home for battered women and their children, and other related ministries. We are not with them, although we wish we were, but we did have the privilege of being part of the team that dreamt this up, trained the students, planned for the trip, and saw them off yesterday.

Missions is a passion of ours, and we are very proud of all of them, and totally confident that God has something to show each of them while they serve. We’re looking forward to hearing all the stories of life-change when they get back.

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More Marriage News

This past weekend was our 6th anniversary as a married couple. We didn’t celebrate, because we had a house guest, but we took ourselves away for a weekend in July to celebrate our birthday’s and anniversary combined. We did, however, go up to Howe Cavern’s this weekend, which was mildly interesting, and I’ll probably post a few pictures.

Also, speaking of being hitched. Our good friend Jon recently proposed to our good friend Brooke’s cousin, Virginia, with a very large ring and a promise to see her at least every 3-4 months when he’s not on a submarine. Congrats to you both!

The system is down… and then up… and then down again

commodore64.jpgRecent changes in our lives have dictated changes in our technology infrastructure. Last year I decided I had outgrown the part of my life where I should have a webserver in the bedroom to tinker with, so I moved it to a new location with a proper network infrastructure that I led the development of. I built the best system I knew how, by building up and around the technology I’d put into place for our family, and expanding those principles and leveraging those systems for a larger organization. I’m proud of what I built, but now I’m leaving that part of my life and need to leave that work behind as well. So unfortunately, the webserver that started it all — and that a half-dozen of us, or so, are using, will be orphaned.

I have been very busy over the past couple evenings, moving jonandnic.com and the associated technology and tools, such as e-mail, to a new managed host. I’m trying out a company called WestHost for a few months, because their rates are good, their tech support is very accommodating of my weird requests, and the service will allow us to (eventually) move over our other users.

If you’ve sent us an e-mail in the past couple days, I’ve recently become aware that it probably wasn’t working. It is now, but it might still be flaky for the next week or so. If you’ve come to the website and found it down… well, I can’t promise that won’t happen again either. Those of you who are depending on us for hosting — especially for e-mail — once I figure out how to move ourselves safely, I’ll be ready to move you over as well.
If you live in Asia, I’ll take care of everything for you, and send you updated instructions for accessing your mail. If you live in the States… I’ll help, but you’re going to need to move yourselves somewhere else.
Its been fun providing free hosting and learning through that experience, but all good things must come to an end. I’m quite familiar with HostRocket, and would generally recommend them as a provider for e-mail and WordPress blogs.

I’m not sure what will happen to the archives of jonandnic.com. It looks as if they’ll have to be pulled offline for now. Its been a tremendously frustrating week, moving our online lives (which, for me, is a pretty significant part of my whole life) into a new infrastructure, but in the end, it will be worth it to have our resources managed by someone who is not dependent on our location or the state of our lives.

A productive evening

Tonite I: moved a website, re-routed our mail, went for a walk with Nic and Ben, helped a friend mod his suspension in his new truck, and cleaned the bathtub.
Maybe having just one job isn’t so bad…

Musical Notes

One sanity-maintaining tool we used on our 12 hour road trip was (as usual) music. I’ve recently discovered Sufjan Stevens, and managed to obtain 9 tracks to listen to on the road. We played them almost on repeat the whole trip, and did not get sick of them.

He uses so many different instruments and pays tribute to so many different musical styles, that you can hear a song differently each time it plays.

Longest trip home evar!!!1

So that drive took just minutes shy of 12 hours. By contrast, the drive typically takes between 7-8, but has been done in less than 7.

The border was backed up for an hour, and there was the mysterious, disappearing car accident when we were about 60 miles from home that cost us nearly 2 hours — by the time we got to the accident that was slowing everything down, there didn’t appear to have been an accident at all.

We did also stop at Kelsey’s in Canada for some spinach dip, but the rest of the delays weren’t our fault!

Nuptials

So we have two weddings to go to this weekend, but as they’re in two different countries, we had to chose. Family wins, of course, and we’ll be driving home tonite for the wedding, but we’re still very happy for our friends here in the States who are getting hitched.

Congratulations to Cindy and Jeremy who will be wed tomorrow afternoon. And to Jeremy and Shelly (obviously a different Jeremy) who tie the knot on Sunday afternoon!