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End of a Chapter…

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We’re coming down to the end of a chapter in our life. This will be our last week in Pensacola, as God has called us to Minnesota and we will be moving next weekend. In many ways it’s kind of sad and a little scary. For instance, there are a lot of things we are going to miss about Pensacola: we love our new pastor; we have great friends; I keep seeing restaurants I want to try (or try again); we have a wonderful babysitter that loves our kids and goes out of her way to help us; and of course we have the best beaches in the country! It’s scary because as of now our house hasn’t sold, I don’t have a job (though I may have a couple interviews — pray for me!), and it seems like there are so many things that are still left to do in the next week.

On the other hand, there is a great deal of excitement as well. For one thing, it’s good to know that we are following God’s will. If He wants us there, then what blessings does he have planned for us? Read the rest of this entry

Update 2006

Wow, and I thought I’d gone a long time before without a post. To be fair, I did make a post when Andrew was born, but that one was lost when we switched hosting providers. Still, I’m amazed that people still visit our site with such stale content. And yet they do, because occasionally when I update I’ll get comments about the new pictures or whatever. So thank you, all of you friends and family that keep this site alive! Read the rest of this entry

November 2005

The temperatures have cooled off these past weeks, and we’ve taken advantage of the beautiful weather to get away. Last weekend Rachel surprised me with a weekend getaway to Marianna, about 2 hours east of here. We stayed at a Bed & Breakfast, did a little antiquing at an extraordinary old Victorian-era hotel, and went canoeing down the Chipola River. Apparently Marianna was a popular place, because I know of at least 2 other families from PCC that were there on the same weekend! Read the rest of this entry

Back to Normal

Well, for the most part life here in Pensacola is back to normal, though people still get tense when they hear the word “tropical.” The gasoline supply was very tight for a while, but has improved considerably (I don’t nervously check the gas gauge and every filling station I pass to see if they have gas and if I should jump in line). It’s a good thing, too, because our church is organizing work trips on Saturdays to go over to Mississippi to help with the cleanup and show Christ’s love.

I won’t be going the next couple of weeks, however, because Sep. 17-23 I’ll be in San Francisco at this year’s Oracle Openworld conference. I’m going with my friend David from work, and we’re looking forward to everything that we’re going to learn. In fact, the conference just isn’t long enough for me to attend all the sessions that I’m interested in! I’m also going to attempt to upgrade my certification for the latest version of Oracle, so pray for me if you think about it! I’ll be updating the new Openworld 05 blog daily while I’m there.

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Hurricane Katrina

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It’s about 3:30 in the afternoon now. The rain has stopped as the center of Katrina moves north through Mississippi. We even had a hint of sunshine a couple hours ago, but it didn’t last and the wind still hasn’t died down. So we’re continuing to wait for conditions to improve, and watching TV (sort of) through a web stream from one of the stations in Mobile. Speaking of Mobile, their downtown has been flooded by a record storm surge in Mobile bay which still isn’t subsiding. And New Orleans and the Mississippi coast are even worse. It looks like we here in the Panhandle of Florida will have the opportunity to repay all the kindness that we received from those areas after Ivan.

Hurricane Katrina

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Well, here we are Monday morning and we still have power and internet, so things are going well in Pensacola at least. I can’t vouch anyone west of us, and we can’t see any TV coverage from over there since our satellite TV is out (imagine that). Currently it’s pretty windy outside, but we don’t have any leaks or anything. Judging by the radar images, this looks like the worst part of the storm, and we’ve seen a lot worse. Still, it’s rather impressive considering that the core of this storm is about 150 miles away. I’ll post more later.

Hurricane Katrina

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Well, another month, another storm. We had Tropical Storm Arlene in June, Hurricane Dennis in July, and now Hurricane Katrina squeezing in before the end of August. Fortunately for us, this amazing storm is headed well west of us, toward New Orleans. We’ll probably get tropical storm-force winds, but nothing like Ivan last year. Of course, this isn’t good news for those in New Orleans, which is actually below sea level.

It’s been breezy all day today, and currently we are having some rain and lightning. I’ve brought all the loose items inside the garage to be safe. I’ll post periodically over the next day to keep everyone apprised of our situation here on the Gulf coast. In the meantime, don’t forget the weather.com box at the bottom of the home page for up-to-the-minute weather information here in Pensacola.

Hurricane Dennis

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I don’t know how many people checked our website during Hurricane Dennis, but I apologize for not having updates during the storm like I did for Ivan last year. The fact is, we evacuated for this storm and headed to our closest relatives: Rachel’s parents in Minnesota. I tried to update the site while we were there, but couldn’t access it for some reason. Anyway, we were safe, and the Lord protected Pensacola by calming the storm a bit and pushing it east so we would get the weaker side of the storm. Read the rest of this entry

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Life here has been very busy. We just got back from our trip to Minnesota. We had a great time visiting with Mom and Dad. Jason and I were able to get away for a couple days without the girls. We went to Duluth and Jason surprised me by taking me to a bed and breakfast at this old victorian home. It was a lot of fun. Toward the end of the week we took the girls to Como Park and Zoo. They had a blast. Melissa stills talks about going to Minnesota to go to the zoo and the rides. We also went to the Children’s Museum. The girls had a lot of fun there. Melissa really enjoyed the little grocery store set up just for kids with the real carts just their size, the pretend food, and the real cash registers that they could play on. Melody liked the area that had the water exhibits set up. She had fun putting ping pong balls in the water tubes and watching them go. The drive to and from Minnesota was very long, and we were glad to finally get back home. Read the rest of this entry

It’s a Boy!

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Introducing Ethan Richard Heinrich!

At 11:14am today Ethan was born. He was 7 pounds 10 ounces, and 18 1/2 inches long. Mother and son are doing fine; I’ll have pictures as soon as I get them back, probably tomorrow.

[Update]
The pictures are up! Check them out in the Ethan Richard photo album. Our newest little bundle is as cute as can be; if viewing his pictures online just isn’t enough, you can get a print of any of them through the drop-down list at the top of the image page: just select the service that you want to do the printing. Or, if you’d prefer to use a different service, feel free to copy the image to your computer and send or take it wherever you’d like! Tip: click the “View images: Full” link at the top of the image page to get the highest resolution version of the picture for printing!

You can also view and order his hospital pictures online as well, at the Growing Family web site. Enjoy!