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With the All Star Game over, we are now heading into the most exciting part of the baseball season. The divisional races are heating up and the trade deadline is upon us. Here’s the thing, as much as I hate to see some of the current Yankees win (namely A-Rod), their second half surges over the past few years have been compelling to watch, and as much as I try to walk away, they just keep pulling me back in!

Honestly, I don’t have much of a choice when it comes to watching this or not. I’m married to one of the biggest Yankee fans ever and for those of you who know us, you know Evie and I will be watching the Yankees vs Red Sox later tonight.

The question is, will the Empire Strike Back… again? I’m not sure. But I am sure Evie will comment either way!

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Anna Brooke is loved…

…and she knows it. Check out our dialog from the other night.

Me: Anna Brooke who loves you?

Anna Brooke: Mommy, Daddy and Bubba (Blake)…. and… God, Jesus, and MEEEEE!

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Things have been a bit hectic the past few weeks (therefore fewer blog entries). I’ve spoke at two camps, taken on some new responsibilities and am gearing up for an exciting fall ministry season. In times like these, I’m in need of some excellent ‘chill’ music. Thought I’d share part of my current playlist with you:

Enjoy! Hopefully some more posts will soon follow.

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Last night when I got home (from an awesome time of prayer with some of my brothers from GC.TV) I sat down with my wife to watch the Home Run Derby.

What a show! Josh Hamilton set a new record for a single round by hitting 28 dingers in the opening round! And 3 of them were for more than 500 feet!!

To make it even more interesting was his story that the commentators kept eluding to. Hamilton recently put his faith in Jesus and overcame a life of addiction that was tearing his life apart and put his baseball career on hold for a number of years. But that was all BEFORE last night! Last night… well, he was in the house that Ruth built, banging in a record setting performance and sharing his faith every chance he got!

During one of Hamilton’s many long bombs, Rick Reilly put it well, “It’s certainly a lousy night go be an atheist!”

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My family went to the movies yesterday and as expected, the genuis of Pixar shined through once again. The makers of some of the best animated films ever… including The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Monster’s Inc… once again showed why they are the best. They are MASTER story tellers!

Sure, they always have amazing, new graphics, perfect soundtracks, and the best voice overs in the business. With Pixar though, all these elements are there to support (and never overpower) the reason for their movies… to tell a GREAT story!

With their most recent release, WALL-E, in addition to telling a great story, the folks at Pixar humanized their insentient characters like only they can. One of the coolest moments in the movie for my family was at the climax. Without giving too much away… Blake (my seven-year-old) got it! He was telling me why things weren’t working and was providing me with the technical solution. However, I new this plan wouldn’t work, but I didn’t know how they were going to resolve it. Well, let’s just say they did it perfectly… even with a gesture of respect to some of the Disney classics.

Way to go Pixar!

Anybody else see the movie? What were your thoughts?

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