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Saturday, April 10, 2004

I may or may not be coming back...

Friday, September 26, 2003


A very wise leader and someone who I aspire to be more like, spoke incredible words that had a real impact on me. Well, I guess it was not necessarily the exact words, but the meaning and timing behind the words.

"IT IS FINISHED!!!" (because He knew it was time)

Friday, August 01, 2003

when it rains, it pours...


I wanted to let you know that I will be out of pocket for the next week or so.
My Grandmother (who has been a mentor to me, and one of my biggest prayer warriors) graduated to heaven today. It is a really weird feeling to be sad and excited at the same time. I will miss her greatly - yet I must admit I am a little jealous of where she is and who she is partying with right now.

Kristina and I will be driving to Florida tonight and hope to be with the rest of my family by this time tomorrow.

Please keep us in your prayers.
1. That we would get there safely - and that I won't fall asleep (we're driving).
2. That Kristina will be able to rest and will not have any complications from her recent surgery while we travel.
3. That God would use this time to draw others to himself.

I will miss you guys - We love you guys!
Bob & Kristina out...

final thought...
This has been a real reminder to me of how important it is to make every "good-bye" count. You never think that when you just run out to the grocery store it could have been your last chance to say how you feel. I am thankful that the last words I spoke to my grandmother last night were, "Grandma - I love you very, very much - good night".

Thursday, July 24, 2003

We are home now!!!
Kristina is doing great.
She is so awesome.

I've spent the last 2 nights on a cot by her feet. I never thought I could miss someone who was in the same room. I am looking forward to being able to hold my wife again tonight.
Please continue to pray for her, and for her rapid recovery. My prayer is that God would also use this time to build her up, encourage her, and hold her in his loving arms.
I also pray that He would use the next 6 weeks to give us some of our life back - pray for lots of snuggle time.

Thanks again for all your prayers. Some people have asked for our address to send her cards and stuff so...
Kristina Carlton
1310 Radam Circle
Austin, TX 78745

Good night all
Bob out...

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Kristina began running a fever today so she will not be coming home yet.
One more night in the KRANKENHAUSE (german for hospital).
She is feeling great though.
We walked around the hospital today for about 15 minutes. Hopefully she will be able to come home tomorrow AM. I am headed back there as soon as I feed the doggies.
Goodnight everyone!

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Hello everyone -
Thanks so much for all your support, prayers, and encouragement.
I just left Kristina's side to come home, feed the dogs, give you all an update, take a shower, and head back. They are going to let me spend the night with her.

God is Good!!!

Surgery was a complete and total success.
Everything was perfect, and our best case scenario (being able to keep one ovary) was God's best scenario as well.
Kristina is recovering well.
Hardly any pain up until about 9:00 tonight. Nurse gave her some pain meds that she had a pretty harsh reaction to, but she is feeling better now - and sleeping quite well.

I am heading back there now.
Thanks again for all your calls, prayers, flowers, cards, gifts, and love. She sends you all her love and I send you my warmest thanks.

Did I mention that God is good?!

Peace -
Bob out...
Here is the info on Kristina's surgery.

As most of you know Kristina has been sick for over a year now.
I don't know about you, but I cannot handle it when I have a cold more than three days - I can't imagine having pain every single day (I'm such a wimp). The doctor assures us that this procedure (Total Hysterectomy) will be the end to her suffering.
Her being able to have a life - a normal one - enjoyable and painfree - is our #1 goal. We are looking forward to starting over. We wonder what our first year of marriage would have been like if things were different. The truth is - I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything! I am so blessed!

I'm sure most of you know this as well, but this procedure will make us unable to have kids - naturally.
As you can imagine, the reality of us not being able to have our own children is pretty devastating to us both.

Her surgery will take place at The Women's Center located within the Round Rock Medical Center (on FM 620 in Round Rock Texas).
She goes in at 6am - surgery will start at 7:30. It should take 2 - 3 hours.

She may be up for visitors later in the evening, but asks for privacy until she has been stabilized in her room for a while after surgery.
You are more than welcome to come pace the floor with me during her surgery, but after they send her to the room - she asks that you hold off.
Call me ahead of time if you are thinking of coming and I can let you know if she is up for seeing people - room #'s and all that stuff.

My cell # is 512.771.4406

Please pray for her.
We believe wholeheartedly in the power of God's people coming before Him, interceding for one another.
We are praying for His will in this surgery - no matter what that means. We believe that He is God and we are not - so that means He is in charge - we will go with Him.

Peace to all of you -
************The preceding was an email i sent out last night****************

We are now on out way to the hospital - aka the Castle where the Princess will be staying for a couple of days.
I will update as soon as I can get connected. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Spent the day in meetings - good ones.

Been thinking about how cool it was to hang out late last night with Josh - "seeing visions and dreaming dreams".
Had a great morning with God, my wife, and the Rudd family. Nothing like a hot cup of coffe and people that I love to share it with.
Kristina and I are hanging out tonight - reflecting on the days events - thinking about the future - playing with the dogs. Interviewing for a job - Mourning a major loss - celebrating a great hope for a new life.

Our lives are about to radically change - 4 days and a wakeup.
I look forward to pampering her for the next six weeks while she recovers. Must treat her like the princess that she is. I am so blessed.

Thank you God - Your mercy, grace, and blessings are new everyday. Alleluia!
I don't deserve your love, but you give it anyway.

Mind mind is wandering, or should I say "journey"ing, to those in Sheffeild and those on their way.
I pray that today - God would surprise you.
I pray for you who need to cry and be held by your Father.

God - heal my wife - please - we need you. She means so much to me - I know she means more to You. I trust her to You. I lift her to You - for you are the only one who can heal her body. Let my wife live - really live! - whatever that means to You. I trust you.

So far it has been a really great week...

Monday night I went to a bar and church broke out.
I have been hanging out at a new place (Waterloo) and praying for the people there and getting to know the regulars and the staff. What I didn't know is that God has been hanging out there much longer than me. Don't worry - I still go to Spiderhouse - notice I said Monday - Spiderhouse is Tuesday night.
In one night I met 5 new people, communed with them over wings and the coldest tap brew in town, and then we commited to one another to meet every monday night for purposes of exploring our faith.
On a side rant...
I had someone (actually a large group of christian leaders)recently try to argue with me saying it is not *church* unless you meet with a group of christians (of course their method of proof was a passage in the bible that was twisted by adding their own opinions to it [a big "no-no" according to God]).
Let me just say I think that is total BS. In one night at Waterloo - the 9 of us at that table had more *church* than I experienced in a 2 year period at the "biggest and best church in the world". Those of us at that table (and the three other tables that eventually joined us) experienced God in a real and life-altering way. "Real" and "Life-Altering" are typically two missing key components in *church*.


Tuesday morning I had coffe with one of my guys who told me about a similar experience he had on Saturday at a book signing. While standing in line he...
met a guy
got to know the guy
earned the trust of the guy
and will now be hanging out with the guy (and his 5 other friends) every week. Maybe they will talk baseball, maybe life, or maybe even God. Pray for Gary and his new *church*.

Wednesday was a good day too!
Met Josh, Kristen, and Judah for lunch. Went to hangout/learn/pray with other likeminded community leaders in the afternoon. Spent my evening with some of my closest peeps my beautiful wife, my buddy Keri, and my other buddy John (not a blogger).
Later, The Rudds showed up(they were staying with us). Our dogs tried to make them feel welcome by crashing in on them in the middle of the night.

Today is a great day so far.
I awoke at 5:30 - joined My Sexy Schnookems and Kristen(Josh's Sexy Schnookems) for coffee, took the dogs into my office and we are now talking to you...

Good Morning!