Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Above all our wonderful family traditions of the season,

above the fun and food and festivity of the holiday,

may you all know the peace, love, joy, and hope

of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Week of Training

Greg spent the past week at the Boeing Leadership Center, getting more training in how to be a better mid-level manager. Which is a little funny since he's never been a mid-level manager, but the training was quite good and the facility is world-class. It may seem strange to spend four nights at a place that's only about 3 miles from home, but of course the idea is get in some networking time (meeting other managers from around the company).

This really is a first-class place from the hotel and dining area to the fitness center and training facilities to the staff to the grounds, which are built on the site of an old and famous (in this area) mansion of the Desloge family. The mansion, or chateau, still stands with its carriage house and underground ballroom and scenic view from the bluffs over the Missouri River. Boeing added the hi-tech leadership development center in 1999 and has been remodeling the mansion and other historic buildings for use as offices and classrooms while maintaining the historic charm and elegance.

For more info about the Desloge "Vouziers" Mansion click here.

Click here for an overview of the Boeing Leadership Center or a gallery of BLC photos.

So did the training do any good? Well, that assessment will be up to Greg's team and his management. But it did provide some new contacts within the company, and somewhat surprisingly some tools for better leading the church. So we thank God for the continued seminary education and leadership training and management experience Greg is getting through his employment at Boeing.

Friday, December 01, 2006


Well, it was about as bad as they said, but we came through it fairly well. We ended up with a little more than a half-inch of ice covered with about 2-3" of wet snow. The driving is bad, but the real problem is the loss of power! We were out for 8 hours overnight and it's been on and off all day so far.

So we're okay; the house stayed warm enough and no other problems (except the cable is out). There are others in the area who haven't had power since last evening, or who have trees down on their cars or homes, or live wires down on their property, and worse. It isn't as bad as last Summer yet, but it ain't a pretty situation.

Still, from these pics it does look pretty ...

We may have lost at least part of one of the front bushes, but that's the worst for us.

The sun is supposed to come out tomorrow and the whole place will probably look like an ice castle glistening in the sunshine. For today, we're staying in and keeping as warm as we can.