Friday, December 26, 2008

My Boys are old school...

I have to say that there is not much on TV that I really want my kids with that said we watch a lot of TV sometimes...HUH!

Like Batman...from the 1960's not to sure what to make of myself but I just don't want my kidos feeding on all that junk!

Kelly and I where talking tonight with some friends about the stuff we grew up watching like the "Smurfs" and someone made the point that smurfett was actually a spell that gargomel cast on her...weird!

Then one of the ladies pointed out that Smurfett would make comments like "so do you like what you see there boys"...just not sure I want my boy starting to think that way?

Maybe I am weird...I dont can say well you watched it and turned out just fine! True but I also dealt with a lot of junk growing up...oh well just trying to protect my kidos! Maybe I am being a little over protective...?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I was told not to...but you know me!

My sister in law gave Kelly and I a good laugh today...she pulled a muscle in her foot working out at a hip-hop class (this is not the funny part) this is the part that I really feel for her on!

So we pickup what she needs from Walgreens and bring it to her along with some food. She writes us a check for what we picked up for her and off we go! Then we go do some running around with the other fools that are out shopping today.

Stop at the bank to deposit a few checks to which the teller says she cannot deposit one of the checks cause it is not made out to us...what? Kelly and I are trying to figure out what she is talking about...until we get the whole deposit back we see that Leslie has made the check out to Walgreens instead of us...this is what we laughed at.

Yes we laughed pretty hard...not at her pain...but just a silly mistake! At this point I knew how much pain she was really in...sorry wessie!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jake this is for you...

This could be long and hard...

Saw this pic today and all I could think of was riding out west...going to have to focus on having fun in this wintertime mess!

I took chayse skiing a year or two ago...probably time to do that again! We also have an awesome hill to go sledding on by the house...the boys will eat that sucka up fo sho!

So instead of standing next to my bike at 7000 feet in California taking pictures...I will be enjoying the snowy mess!

And having fun!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I love it when mornings look like God is good!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

just dont get it!

I grew up down south in the great state of Arkansas...yes i know insert jokes here...and really never dealt with the cold weather like I have since living up north.

But what I don't get after 15 years of living up here (yep still feels like yesterday) is how you can wear a jacket in to church because it is sooooo cold out...then leave it at church when you leave?

Did the cold air not hit you the same? Are you just so covered by the glory of God that you feel no evil (aka: -4 below). Or where you in such a rush to leave you just forgot?

Ohh well one of the mysteries of the universe...yes I did just blame the coat epidemic on the universe!!!

Maybe its global warming?

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Not to sure about the accuracy of this below...but it still rings true!

Bill Gates Advice For Kids

Bill Gates recently dished out at a high school speech about 11 things that he did not learn at school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teaching was created to a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.


Life is not fair – get used to it.


The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.


You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t have a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.


If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.


Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it opportunity.


If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.


Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.


Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.


Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself… Do that on your own time.

RULE 10:

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11:

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

all in all it makes more sense in this day and age to quit the whining and just get after it!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

made me cry

Driving to an event tonight with Kelly (my smoking hot wife) and my son colton. We are listening to some praise and worship and colton asks for one of his favorite songs from his favorite albums. We start with these songs...Take It All, From God Above, and From The Inside Out
Take it all is a fast moving song and so is From God Above to which he loves to "rock" out and play air guitar to. Then comes the song From The Inside Out...a nice slow song to worship God to! These words are what I hear coming out of his mouth...with his little hands raised worshiping God.

I tell you all I could do was worship God with him and cry...

A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Chorus 2x
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out Lord, my soul cries out

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Good Food...

So last night I got to go out to eat with 1 person I absolutely love and adore (yes God was with me...but He is always with me)(think a little more fleshly) yep you tagged it my wife. I also got to hang out with a couple of just plain old fun folks...Dustin and Chrissy!

Chrissy saw this Italian joint featured on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show and wanted to make the treck! So from our neck of the woods (St. Michael / Rogers) we made our way over to White Bear to eat at:
When we got there it was nice and busy (good sign) and we immediately ran into a few folks we knew (Bryce and Lonaiah) so I knew the food would be good. Lets just say good place to eat and will be visiting it again!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Came home to this...

This little fella is my youngest boy...his name is Connor.

This goober smile is what I came home to tonight. I love him with all my heart and thank God for him everyday...he is a blessing!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Great Trip

Had a great time this weekend got to see new family, old family, new brothers, good drive and some awesome college football!

But this weekend was this little fellas B-Day...5 years old. He has grown up so much over the last few years but this picture is how I will always remember him, cause this is what he does the best!

His mom did a great job of telling her side
...I really like her!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heading out for Thanksgiving

Get to take the family down to KC for Thanksgiving...should be a good time!

Wish I was riding my motorcycle instead of a 3/4 ton suburban :(

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dinner and a Movie...

Sunday night at the Shirley's a little dinner a little movie, man my wife is awesome!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christ Is The Treasure In You

This from Joseph Prince...just thought what he had to say was good.

2 Corinthians 4:7
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

The verse tells us that we have “this treasure” in earthen vessels. Who is the treasure? Christ! Who are the earthen vessels here? You and I! Thank God the treasure is in the earthen vessels.

My friend, Christ the treasure is in you. So don’t get frustrated when you see your “earthiness”. You will always be “earthen” as long as you are in your mortal body, but remember that Christ the treasure is in you.

Should you lose your cool with your spouse or children, remember that Christ in you is your patience. When I feel impatient, I don’t pray, “Lord Jesus, give me patience... now!” No, I look to Jesus and I say, “Lord Jesus, I thank You that You are my patience.”

When family members can see the patience of Christ manifesting through a naturally impatient person, God gets the glory.

Perhaps you are frustrated with your smoking and drinking habits. Or maybe you are discouraged by your feelings of jealousy, distrust, bitterness, depression and defeat. Don’t condemn yourself for being earthen. Don’t try to “cast out” your earthiness. Just realize that you have Christ the treasure in you.

The more you see that treasure in you, the more Christ’s brilliance shines forth in you. And in the midst of your earthiness, God gets the glory as you yourself are transformed from glory to glory! (2 Corinthians 3:18)

- keep thinking as I read this "it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance"! Thank you Father that you are in charge and are my strength in every area of my life!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lets Leave the Food...

Lets talk about something a little more manly! Here is what I want to do with the two bikes I have sitting in my garage...

More food related theme...

I now feel the need to get through this list...100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before You Die.

I found this at the best blog site to give credit to whom it is due!

I do not plan on dying however the food sounds awesome. Here is the plan...hop on the bike maybe take a few friends or pick up some on the way and eat my way through the south!

Any takers?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sticking with the food theme...

This was my dinner for the evening...thanks to my beautiful wife. As you can tell it is all gone!
This is Connors take on dinner eat a lot and wear a little!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

the snake

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Just noticed...

I just noticed how many posts that are out there about food. I know Kelly has one and so does Evan and Nate and theirs is not even nice cause it points out what we all are looking forward to...THANKSGIVING!

Wonder who else and how many more posts will be out there about food before and on thanks giving day?

Saturday Morning Breakfast...

Woke up this morning thinking about french it has been awhile since I have made it. So I rolled out of bed headed to the store and got the Hawaiian Sweet bread and made the best french toast ever!

Well maybe not ever...but it sure hit the spot this morning!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Crazy Coffee...

This animal helped make my coffee...I know just follow along with me, or him I guess!

This animal eats the ripe coffee cherry and then produces this...

Yes it is the poop from said animal and this makes the most expensive coffee in the world and this was where my coffee came from...anyone want to name it?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Sorry Jake...

35 - 40

Don't worry he gets does anyone in Alma.

Sorry guys.

Mrs Maril saves the day...

Ahhh... Miss Maril, Kelly's aunt that lives down south...and is ever faithful to send birthday and Christmas presents in the form of gravy mix. I have a great love for this woman...and yes I am trying to butter her up for more later on in life!

At any rate it is always nice to have something that takes you back to the times you grew up!

soooo thanks to Miss Maril!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Welcome back...

Ladies and Gentlemen the great Jake Schlegel is back after a little leave of absence. So make sure to post on his site give him the love he deserves!

Jake...Kelly and I have been married since 1995 that doesn't make 20 years its only 13 years! we however have know one another a lot longer than that!

And for some odd reason I cannot get a certain memory out of my head. The time I stuck you out in center field on the last game of the year for a sub-section game (it was a big deal we win we move on...we loose we don't move on). All I was worried about was you then in the middle of the game you tracked down a fly ball that was well out of your reach...but somehow you caught it!

Good to see you obeying God!

Ladies and Gentlemen...Jake Schlegel he is a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a man who loves God with all his heart, and a man who passes out after giving blood...hehehe, sorry i still laugh at that!

It was totally Wicked...

Got totally blessed last night and got to go to the theater with my wife. It was awesome...I like movies like "The Incredible's", "HoodWinked", "Bugs Life", "Toy Story" and you get the picture. This story proved just as good, I had been told it was a good story but after seeing it...I am impressed!

However it has been a while since I have been blessed to go to the theater and see a good show...the last very impressive thing I have seen was in 1994 while I was in St. Petersburg, Russia I got to see "Swan Lake" by the Russian Ballet that was impressive!

So last night Kelly and I got to go (shout out to Nate and Leslie for giving us the tickets) I knew Kelly was a little apprehensive from the get go but she is always a good sport and ended up having a great time.

If you get the chance to go...go!

Read Kelly's experience here:

Monday, November 03, 2008

Good day for a ride

Got to go out and take all of today off!!! Woohoo for me...put on about 400 miles and left the house at 8:00 AM and got home at 6:00 PM.

Friday, October 31, 2008

My sleepy buddy!

So this is what happened the first time...i was sitting and my buddy Colton crawls under the table and lays down on my crossed legs. A few minutes later I notice the I get up and leave him there to nap. It was a pretty funny thing to see


Then a day later he does it again...I love my little sleepy buddy!

Birth Days...

In a few days its this little fellas B-Day...

Man I love this little fella!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Old pictures...

AAhh...the old egg on the spoon game, being played by one Katie Ferdig (aka: Smith) who is now a Leader in Driven Jr. High. It is so cool to watch people grow! Had a great conversation with her tonight and found out she ran a half marathon a few days ago and is planning on running in the Twin Cities Marathon next year!
She has grown into an amazing woman...i know Kelly and I are proud of her!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The love of my wifes life...

Here it is...i know i bet you where thinking you would see a picture of me or one of the kids maybe even one of her siblings or a dog...but no it is 32 ounces of Diet Coke.

I know it says diet pepsi...but she loathes diet pepsi!

wow i just realized that i come in second place to a liquid!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This is what I married...

I showed you the other day what my lovely wife had to put up with in the man that God brought her way...well here is the beautiful site I got to see each morning!

Man that was awhile ago!

I still have to find the picture of when my hair was really long!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Its this little girls B-Day!!

Today she is 9 years old...where did the first nine years go?

with mom

with dad

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This is what Kelly married...

My wife
...bless her heart...married this however many years ago!

Man you have to love that hair!

And now that I think of it thank God Mac Hammond, Kevin Fletcher and Susan Fletcher looked past the hair and gave me a job!

oh yeah by the way this was when it was short! LOL!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Parts Are On The Way...

OOHH the joy of it all parts are on the way...woohoo. I am really happy for this stuff to all get here...everything from lifters to cams to headers...(insert Tim Allen Tool Man grunt).

by the way anyone know what this is?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Good Friends...

Got to spend the day with some good friends Dima and Anya...all I can say is we are all blessed!

Really cannot get off of how blessed we all really are. You know we tend to forget the little things that God does sometimes cause we are looking for the big!

The sun rose and the sun set...God is faithful!

Have Fun...Fred

Monday, October 06, 2008

Filled Full...

I figured that my postings have lacked a little I am going to post this before my wife can (yep I am a post thief)! Dinner made by my amazing wife was awesome! This meal was filling warm and full of love.

I will let her tell of what she did...if she wants. But I am constantly impressed at her. It takes a lot of work to do all she does and does it all with such grace and poise!

Thanks Kelly...I Love You so much!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Going for a ride...

yep I leave here in about 45 minutes (8:15) to go for a ride today and it is 33 degrees out right you ask are you NUTS...nope just love riding and know how to dress for it!

Friday, October 03, 2008

I love this devotion from the other day...

Not Satisfied With Just Being Saved

Genesis 12:7

7Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

I don’t know about you, but I am not satisfied with just knowing that I am righteous by faith. I also want to get to know the One who made me righteous. I want to have an intimate relationship with my Savior!

Abraham was such a man. He was righteous by faith, but he also had a close walk with God and was blessed by God in all things. (Genesis 24:1) His nephew Lot, on the other hand, although righteous too (2 Peter 2:7–8), had no heart for God. He ended up losing a lot when Sodom, the city he dwelt in, was destroyed along with Gomorrah. He was saved by the skin of his teeth!

My friend, do you want to be a Christian like Lot, righteous but always finding yourself in trouble, or do you want to be a righteous-and-blessed Christian like Abraham? Then, like Abraham, have a heart for God.

From place to place, Abraham would build an altar to the Lord. And in between altars, he grew very rich! (Genesis 13:2) There is no biblical record, however, of Lot ever building an altar to the Lord.

What is an “altar” in today’s context? It is a place where you know that you have a close relationship with God. For example, when my late father was in the hospital, I was worried and did not know what to do. I remember driving down the road and crying. After a while, I just threw my cares to the Lord. When I reached the hospital, I just laid my hands on my father and said, “Be healed in Jesus’ name.” And he was healed!

Till today, I can remember the place where I had cast my cares to the Lord and leaned on His love for me. That is my “altar”. And it is not the only one.

We have got to have this kind of relationship with God, one full of “altars” that remind us of His love, goodness and faithfulness. Let’s not live the Christian life like Lot, saved by the skin of our teeth. Let’s walk closely with God as Abraham did, and be richly blessed in every area of our lives!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sqwak...Sqwak...feeling like a parrot!

Read this article from Mac (my pastor) this morning and felt it needed repeating...thus the parrot thing...i mean come on haven't you ever been around a kid and said that he is a parrot because he repeats everything!

Enough with me here it is:

Skills of Outstanding Leaders

Perseverance & Persistence

by Mac Hammond

Perseverance is all too rare a commodity these days. Theodore Giesel's first children's book was rejected by twenty-three publishers. The 24th publisher sold six million copies. Years later, "Dr. Suess" died knowing his perseverance resulted in entertaining and educating millions of children.

The value of perseverance is highlighted in many places in the Bible. For example, Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Persistence is a vital quality for leaders today.

My question for you is, "Are you being tempted to quit where you need to persevere?"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Singing again...

Last week I woke up singing the song "Overcome" that the crew from the 5th Service did on there album..."we will overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony"! First off Susan no comments on me singing...I know it makes people ill but God likes it!

Today I woke up singing the "Holy Holy is the Lord God almighty"...I have to say I love times like this!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I have been tagged...

I guess i got tagged so here it goes 6 random things:

1. i love my job...I really do there is no way around it, I love what God has called me to do. I love that He saw fit to put me where I am.

2. no matter what the weather is i love riding my bike.

3. like working with my hands...big example is the tearing apart and putting these two bikes back together, i also enjoy getting things to work that haven't!

4. i hate having nothing to do

5. i really do not like watching baseball (i know shocker) i do like playing baseball...just have a hard time not being apart of it

6. i do not like the way i get to focused and forget that there are people around really bugs me that i do this

Monday, September 22, 2008

Here It Begins...

Here is the 650 will get bobbed with some crazy forward looking apes...however it will be the last one to get fixed up and running!

And the SR500...this bad boy will be Ratted out and LOUD!

The SR is what I will start on first. Still gathering ideas about what I will do. However the first thing I get to do is rebuild the engine...and yes I am truly excited for this process! Have most of the parts found online all i need to do is order and get to work on them!

Yes they look torn apart right now...and thats the way I want them!

Here comes the Ratting and the Bobbing

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I am bad at surprises...

I really stink when it comes to christmas and birthdays ask my wife...I always buy the gift and then give it a day later cause I hate lying and holding things here is the answer to the question I poised yesterday!

I got blessed with two...not one but two motorcycles yesterday!

One will be bobbed and the other will be chopped! I am so stinking excited! As I get time I will post pics...but for now just be blessed with me!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Change Of Days...

I put yesterday as a cool day...but that is going to need to change to today! Because today started out and finished "Super Crazy Cool"! I know you are totally wondering what it is that has transpired and I will be willing to pass on the info in a day or two but not now...lets just say that God is faithful BIG TIME!!!

and no Kelly and I are not having more children...!

then again maybe?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thursday...a really cool day!

The Twin Cities gets to return to a little more normal driving...the 35W bridge opens tomorrow at 5:00AM.

Wow that is impressive...what a quick turn around!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Man he looks good...

The Colty man sporting the tux...and looking gooooood I might add.

Yeah I know it is a picture from awhile ago but I love the way he looks!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Nightly Rituals...

Letting the kidos sit on the bed and read...aahh ya got to love it!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dave and Kat Hitchcock 9.12.08

Had the privilege of being apart of Dave and Kats wedding on Friday. Talk about two people who love and care for one I am so proud of them and there walk with God.

It was a fun day!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wook Dad I Jump...

Yep we found a puddle and it NEEDED to be jumped in! So we gave that puddle all the jumping it could handle!
Big fun