merry christmas eve

you know, most of this christmas season, it hasn’t felt like christmas yet.  weather in the 80’s, lots of and bussel.  a funeral.  loads of work.  just not the normal christmas season.  so yesterday morning i decided, you know, it’s the eve before christmas eve and i’m not even in the spirit yet.  i mean we had pleanty of christmas music running on all of our stations, we had a tree up, i had decorations all over, but i just didn’t feel christmasey.

 so i broke out my music collection and made a compilation of some of my favorite christmas music. 


put it on the car on my way to the office.   yeah, i’m on vacation but i had work to do there anyway so i got there around 10 and started working on a project.  mr meek wanted to get together on wednesday to install this new EAS equitpment on our HD2 channels that needs to be in place before 07.  The equiptment finally got here and i figured i’d get a head start on it so i dont’ have to spend more time in the office than i have to.  So after i installed the 1st one, i thought- you know Ken is going to wonder how i hooked it up let me put together some instructions and while i’m at it.. i can share it with the other engineers in the company.  So while i was hooking all those up, we had a show start at 3pm on KHKZ.  A christmas special from Disney.  Well the audio was there but we were not getting the network commands like, comercial break, and legal id and stuff.  so i started scratching my head, ended up i never finished the installation.  Well i did, but i had left the wiring open so that i woudln’t accidently make something go on the air that wasn’t sopoused to while i was setting up and testing.  So i plugged the final connectors in and vola!  I got in my car and headed to chruch to work on a video for  The weather was a crisp 49 degrees, the rain was falling, my christmas music was playing.  NOW it feels like christmas.  We got the video done and i headed to HEB to get some stuff.  Just some last minute things for christmas lunch and some stuff for the house.  I also neede some supplies to finish off my proposal.  I know this relationship timeline has been a bit backwards but it’s getting done. 

I’m not going to go into details about the proposal.  I wanted it to be special for her and all for her, but in the end she said Yes!!!

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wow, alot has been going on.  let me start with the most recent and work backwards.

  • Tuesday Morning – Pastor Jim called.  Richard Brumley past away early this morning around 3am.  His father had been i’ll and they went up to Colorado to go see him.  While up there, Richard had a stroke and left him with partial paralisys.  Shortly after that, his dad past away.  Yesterday the word was Richard had gotten worse, and was on a respirator and in a coma.  Now he’s finaly at peace.

Richard was one of those persons who was always there early and always there late.  One of the hard working behind the scene kind of person you never really realize, but you see what they do.  He took care of the security and ushers.  He held classes and headed up the prison ministry.  You could always recongize his laugh.  He would always tell Patti and I what a good couple we made, even before we knew it.  They are going to have the service here on saturday at 3.

  • Monday evening- We had the staff dinner for church last night.  It was nice to hang out with everyone.  Pastor even had me announce to everyone the engagment.  I figured everyone already knew, but now it was from the horses mouth.  Although much of the night i was in a daze, all these numbers kept running through my head.  BIG numbers, lots of years, and i just needed some time to let it all soak in.  I’m not the kind of person to make decisions in haste or quickly for that matter.  I mean, it took me two years to finally get the exact camera that i wanted.  Seriously, i can remember telling people two years ago about the rebel.  ok, well- patti said that when this thing would happen, God would just lay everything out at once.  That apperently is the way He does thing with her.  My encounters are not always as obvious.  Acutally usualy i need a huge neon sign to convince me.  Just give me some time to come to realization of all of this.  I never would have though this time a week ago i would have even found a house. 
  • Monday Morning we got approved for the loan.  It was a bit shocking at first.  When i first got the call i was thinking, what are you talking about.  but then it all started to come together.  Then it all started to hit me.  After i saw the truth in lending thing.  It’s funny how people who deal with this numbers all the time make it seam like such a small deal.  Oh it’s only a downpayment of 11, or other small factors like this and a quarter, it all seams so miniscual.  We both had been real excited about the house, but the possibility of not getting approved would have been pretty discourging.  Especially how everything ended up comming to gether.
  • Saturday Afternoon- we were running some errands getting some final christmas shopping done and patti had mentioned that the realator would be able to show the house if we wanted to see it.  Well, i hadn’t seen the inside of it yet so sure!  So we setup a time and brought the kids along.  I had already seen the website so i had a good idea of what i was looking at, but i spent more time paying attention to the kids and there take on it.  We had already chosen in our heads the rooms best suited for them, and as soon as they walked in and thru the house, they picked those exact same rooms, and everyone got what they wanted.  They also feel in love with the house at that moment.  This place is amazing.  Everything we could have asked for.  It’s in great condition and getting to see in in person complelty sold me on this house.  If we don’t get the financing for this, any other house we look at won’t be a nice as this place. 
  • Saturday AM- Patti took me to drive by the house.  We drove up two the huge carport.  It had a room attached to it as well that would be perfect for storage or tori’s drums.  I knew all this was here, but it didn’t really strike me untill i got to see it for myself.  Then we peered over the fence into the enormus back yard.  And the trees, ah the oaks were amazing.  The front even had some landscaping to it.  It’s not just he normal front lawn, but actaully multi leveled.  And so much grass, we are going to need a riding lawn mower for it all.  NO JOKE!
  • Friday Afternoon – The mortage company called, they need some more info for me.  I guess they are working on it. Probably wont be till monday untill we hear whats up. 
  • Friday-  Things just keep comming together with this house.  We are going to see if it’s even a posibilty.  No sense getting all worked up if we can’t afford it.  Patti’s goign to talk to the mortage company and see if we can get approved. 
  • Thursday Afternoon – Oh wow, this place is amazing.  Patti said it best when she said it’s everything we have been asking God for.  We needed a circular drive, it has it, we needed 5 bed rooms, it has it, we need two baths, it has it.  We need a room for tori’s drums, it has it, we need storage room for pattis’ drama stuff, it has it.  We wanted to keep Tori and Hannah in the same schools, we can.  I wanted trees and a big yard, oh wow.. it has it.  I wanted to wake up and step my feet into carpet, (wierd fetish of mine) and I can!, I wanted to have a view with lots of windows, the master bedroom has a wall of windows facing the back yard.  It’s like God took our wish list and said, “sure” what color. 
  • Thurday, Dec 7 11:26AM – Just got a voice message from Patti, she wants me to check out this realitors website to see a house.  I wonder what all this is about.