Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I Have a Future Bride!!!!

Today I asked the most beautiful girl to be the love of my life; she said "Um-hm-yes!!!" I am the most blessed man ever!! More details to come!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Green Christmas at Eatonwood in 78'

Perry and I stumbled across this together one night, from a Christmas concert from last year. If you like CCM, Irish, acoustic, music listen to this.
Goofy title I know. Cause it's related to the song.

Writing Challenge

Don't think your that interested in writing, try again by trying this!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

God's Steadfast Love Manifested

Yes, today is thanksgiving, and I am thankful; but actually I have been thinking about thankfulness the past couple of weeks, (not necessarily because of Thanksgiving) and it has been a huge blessing in my day to day walk. Even though maybe I am not where I would really like to be; which would include having 'the' job, and thus being engaged or married, I'm still was finding myself very thankful. Knowing that God has a plan, and he is making good use of this time to grow me, and Perry together in and to Him.

I've been finding myself being very appreciative of my salvation which God has graciously bestowed upon me. The more I understand his steadfast love to me, the more humble and thankful I've become. God does have a steadfast love for me, which is so incredible when I think of it. My problem though is not meditating/thinking on it enough.

Also I've been thankful for my immediate family, having one, and just appreciating what God has given me. For him providing a house, and so many things in life, meaning spiritual things in life like a faith and a church. For values I've been taught by my family, their dedication through the years.

I'm thankful for God providing fairly constant work for me this year, in this economy. And the experience I gained when working at Intel, and possibly what that experience is leading to. I'm honored about a very real job prospect that I'm currently waiting for, and that I've been selected. Just the possibility of earning a wage more than two times than what I've hoped is amazing. Even if it happens to not be God's ultimate will for me. (BTW, if God gave me this particular job I would need to go to AZ for training!).

And then there is Perry. I don't even know where to start with her. I am so thankful for her! Her friendship, her encouragement, her heart, music, laughter and smile... I am so honored to pursue such a girl who is so beautiful in so many ways. She is blessed by God, and such a blessing to me. I am so overwhelmed and 'fascinated' by her.

God has indeed shown a steadfast love to me this year!

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

Isaiah 61:10-11

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Andrew Peterson Concert Video

From the 'date' I took Perry on. "The Reckoning" song. With Steven Curtis Chapman doing backups. Vancouver Wa, Oct 28, 2011.

Date with Perry=AP Concert

So Friday night I took Perry on a 'date' (not the first, but at least the longest most officially planned), don't worry we had Mr. W as a chaperone. Andrew Peterson was in concert in Vancouver WA, so I got off early from work drove to Birkenfeld and then all the way to Vancouver and back again. It was actually a Steven Curtis Chapman concert with AP and Josh Wilson. But we were there for AP (who BTW we found out homeschools!), it was so much fun! I think there isn't anything else we could've enjoyed more than being TOGETHER seeing AP play some of our favorite songs (like Dancing in the Minefields,The Reckoning, World Traveler, ect...).

We did enjoy Josh Wilson doing his amazing Amazing Grace and a couple of Stevens' songs like 'Cinderella' maybe, or 'The Great Adventure' (saddle up your horses).
What was really fun was hearing AP talking and telling the stories behind the songs (he has quite the sense of humor). Or agreeing with AP that seeing Steven C. Chapman 'rocking' out on ukulele is quite the sight. Is was also really cool being at a CCM concert that had a Hammered Dulcimer on stage, (RM influence on AP) even though it only played on one song.

We did finally get to meet AP personally afterwards, Yay! We talked about Rich Mullins a little and we did get him to sign my 'Liturgy' Songbook as well as the "The Book of Us", which is a scrapbook Perry made where we basically tell each other what we like about each other (grammar okay??). AP mentioned he's always trying to write a song half as good as Rich could. :)

Perry also made a fabulous dinner (stuffed pita bread) and dessert (peanut butter-chocolate-chip-cookie-pudding cake). It was also cool to be able to drive with Perry in the vehicle after midnight drinking milkshakes! Weird i know. I got video of many of the songs too that I'll try to post.

It was quite the honor to take my pretty, best friend out on a 'date' (even though we don't 'date'). Sorry, I probably just made her turn pink. :) Thank you.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Should I? Could I?

From Perry's and mine courtship blog.

In response to David's questions:

#1. What main preliminary questions did you first work through to establish a ground floor to work off of?
The purpose of these questions is to determine, "Should I (or should I not) marry this person?" In other words, to find out whether the person is Biblically qualified and compatibly like-minded, and if being married to them fits within God's will.
These are examples of main preliminary questions we worked through. Obvious firsts include: whether the person a Christian and is growing in the Lord, discussing views of husband/wife roles, family vision, child education, worldview, financial issues, etc... (Note: worldviews can vary family to family even in a tight-knit community like HBC.)

#2. After you establish that you have the same worldview, and are making good progress forward, what next?
Once you have determined that it would be within God's will for you to marry the person, you can consider and answer the question, "Could I marry this person?" and "Do I want to marry this person?" At this point you are learning one another's personalities, likes/dislikes, growing and maturing together in the Lord through various difficulties, working together, creating a friendship, and learning how to be best friends.
In our experience, this one wasn't too hard to answer because we already knew each other for 7 years before the courtship began. Nevertheless, the months we have spent doing these things have been a huge blessing and, we believe, are laying an excellent foundation for marriage.

To sum it up,
The main preliminary questions we worked through were those which answered "Should I (or should I not) marry this person?" and after we were making good progress forward we did things to answer the questions, "Could I marry this person?" and "Do I want to marry this person?"

Any other questions out there?

Be God's and follow Him step by step...
Tyler & Perry

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 24, One Year of Courtship

The pictures are taken from the 24th, we did a photo shoot for our upcoming blog. It was also part of taking Perry out to lunch and ice cream. :)
It's been a very challenging year and a time of lot's of growing and learning. But it's also been one of the best years of my life. Truly blessed by God. Also, my thanks to Perry for being such a wonderful, fun, person to get to know.
Anyways, we enjoyed riding in my truck (while listening to Rising Gael, especially to "The Weatherman"),talking together until midnight, and going out to eat and Wed night church.
See for our Journey, step by step.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Joy of Music-Making

Is you get to play your own songs. We played this at the B's picnic a couple of weeks ago. It was terribly fun, and maybe it's not the best time we played it, but it turned out fairly good (despite hearing your voice back quite loud in the monitors). Perry will comment with her opinion of it.... :)
"Hail the Word".
Perry: Vocal and Guitar.
Tyler: Hammered Dulcimer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Andrew Peterson "Calling out Your name"

My favorite 'alive' musician doing my favorite 'dead' musicians' song. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Courtship Questions

From the beginning of our courtship, we have desired that it be a blessing and encouragement to others. One of the ways we wanted to accomplish this was to blog about our courtship for everyone who can't observe it firsthand. Unfortunately--and surprisingly--we have found it puzzling to know what to write, and we realize this is why we have written so few inside-look posts. We would love for you to ask your questions about our courtship, because answering them will solve our problem of knowing what to say. It will give us crystal-clear ideas of what would be most interesting, helpful, and encouraging to read.

You can direct your questions to both of us or specifically to either Tyler or Perry. We will post our answers on our respective blogs and on, our courtship blog.

So, what do you want to know??

Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Celtic Concerts!

Last week my family and I went to a Robin Mark Concert in Silverton. He even had his band from Ireland with him, so that was fun!
And on the 11th I went with the W's and my intended to see "State and Standard" a Celtic & Irish Dance band in WA. It was alot of fun too, composed of: Fiddle, Whistle/Flutes, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, bass, & Drums with vocals.
Here are some videos from the concerts.

Tradition Reels by State And Standard (These are upbeat with a slightly modern twist, very fun). Interesting fiddle part in the second tune.

"I'm Gonna Be" Classic Scottish song.

The WatchMan by Robin Mark.

Days of Elijah with Penny Whistle. Missed the Whistle intro but have it recorded on my mp3 player. In this video the whistle is mixed to the front, whict is good.
Just before they did 'Lion of Judah', (which we did not get a video of) in which, they sped the instrumental jig up really fast. Terribly fun!

Monday, July 4, 2011

It's Been Nice!

Just a few from a bunch of beautiful pictures.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I will Call Upon the Lord Fiddle Style!

Last Sunday night there was a music/hymn play-sing along at church. Afterwards, Perry and I were jamming and I starting playing this, but as usual, changed it up a bit; to Celtic fiddle style. It was SOOO much fun! Still working out the bugs though, we just were figuring it out when the video was taken.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How Rich Mullins Left a Legacy in My Life

So the film that is being worked on is asking people how RM has left a Legacy in their lives. So I wrote this for them a month or two ago...

How Rich Mullins Left a Legacy in My Life
Where do I begin? Those are the words I hear from so many who have come in contact with the music, life, and legacy of Rich Mullins. I echo those same words. I am now only nineteen years old, but I have listened to his music since age three. I grew up in Arizona; he grew up in Indiana. Quite the distance, but I always feel so close. I vaguely remember seeing him in concert, bare feet and jeans; I was only four years old then. I remember the Sunday after he died, we read it in the paper like many did. I was saddened, but didn’t fully comprehend it since I was seven.

There are two major events in my life that Rich’s legacy help shaped. The first was motivating me to take more seriously the music I played. When I was 16, my mom received a hammered dulcimer; she didn’t have time to learn it, but I did. I already played a couple of instruments, so one more couldn’t hurt, especially if it was a dulcimer. I quickly learned, playing it multiple times a day. I wanted to play “Creed” and the Celtic “78 Eatonwood Green.” But I didn’t know anybody else who even played a dulcimer. Well, I eventually learned the songs through trial and error, by ear, some songbooks, and a helpful You-Tube instructional video. Now the easiest songs that I play are his; I so enjoy playing them. I also like to write songs, although I am still an amateur at it. I commonly use hammered dulcimer in them, using rhythmic patterns that Rich made famous. I call it the “Ragamuffin Style.” Eventually, I bought my own dulcimer off EBay with money I had saved for years. I got a Dusty Strings D25 dulcimer, the exact same model that Rich played from 1992-97. Also everyone knows that Rich is my favorite musician. I kind of rubbed off on the kids at my church. Whenever we were together, we always played Rich’s songs, or, should I say, tried too, since his talent was way better than all of our talent put together. But we had fun anyway. We commonly played them for the congregation.

There was one family at my church that also listened to Rich’s music for years, but I didn’t know that until one time [when?] I was visiting them. This was before I learned the dulcimer, and before everyone knew I liked Rich so much. We were jamming away at some hymns, when their oldest daughter pulled out this songbook, simply titled “The Greatest Songs of Rich Mullins.” I was shocked! I never knew there was a songbook for his music! Her dad led music in our church, and frequently sang “Step by Step,” but I didn’t know she knew who Rich was. Well, this is the second event Rich helped shap]. That songbook helped bring two Mullins fans together. I am now courting her, and hope to marry her, Lord willing, here down the road soon. I always knew Rich was a musician, songwriter, poet, and theologian, but a matchmaker? We now play his songs together on the handful of instruments we play. We also write songs, sometimes reminiscent of his style. I plan on having my future children listen to his songs, and carry the legacy on.

Our family has taken multiple road trips through the Midwest, and every time we do, we listen to songs like “Calling out Your Name” while driving through the prairie. Last time we were in the Badlands, I wrote a song about Rich:

In the endless hills
Of prairie grass,
I can still hear your voice.
It’s a singing, singing,
Loud and clear;
Forever in my heart.
In heaven, heaven;
You’re a singing, singing,
Making music once again.
We miss you, Rich,
Forever more;
But I’ll carry on.

And the song goes on after that. I think I will always hear his voice, his music, his insights, and his example of being a ragamuffin. My life has a permanent indention that was made by him, and that will always be there. So, if Rich were here I would have to tell him “thank you” for all he’s done, but I guess I’ll have to wait until heaven.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Intel! Where I will be Working Soon

This is a video of an Intel clean room, where I've been hired for a project. The video is just a video by Intel; but I don't care for the music too much, but that's easily fixed. :) It gives a good visual of the environment I'll be in.

I'm actually been hired by a sub-contractor of a sub-contractor, which is hired by Intel. In the video, you see automated machine-cars on tracks on the ceiling. We are to take those tracks down and put updated newer, better, faster ones. In reality, it's just a general labor/construction job. Oh, and I do get to wear one of those white "Bunny suits" you see everybody has on.

Oh, a 'clean room' is 1000-10000 times cleaner than an open heart hospital surgical room (they make wafers, computer chips, processors and stuff). It's football fields big.
I've spent the last three days doing safety training and, more safety training. It doesn't pay great, but it's a job. Many of the guys in the class have been looking for work since 09!
Anyways, we'll see how it works out. :)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legacy Teaser Trailer

Second Trailer for the upcoming full length feature film, "Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legacy". Go to: for more info. Footage from their researching and interviews.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Courtship Encouragement Part II, Patience

If there's anything that a courtship will grow you in is patience. I know that's one of biggest things Perry and I are growing in. For those who aren't in a courtship and think you have patience, think again and just wait. :) Obviously, a courtship is a time when one really seeks and finds out if the other person is the right person to marry. Or maybe just check 10 times over if you knew before.
And if things seem to be going in a favorable direction, you always end up being best friends with the other person (Think about how many things/topics there is to talk about, and then think if you've ever talked about all that to anyone else besides a parent/mentor?). And in most courtships I think there's a time (it has to happen, part of the process) when you know it's Gods will that, he/she is the one.
But where does patience comes in??
Well, under the conditions listed above, you might for example...

-Want to talk about anything and everything but, some things should wait till engagement or marriage.

-Want to say something (like complimenting the other person) but have to say it in a particular way that's wholesome and good (discretion), or not say it at all.

-Want to do things together (even if it's just a hike or something) but can't always do them all the time/right away. Sometimes because you need someone(a parent) to go with you. Also Meaning wanting to be being alone, out of sight, etc... intentionally or not. (This doesn't necessarily mean I struggle with this, but just some general ideas).

-Just wanting to be married already because you so enjoy being around the other person. Example, wanting to talk very frequently, seeing one other very frequently, etc..

These are just examples, some of them we have experienced, some we haven't.
Different people will have different things, but the main issue is having patience.
It doesn't automatically mean you're sinning if you have some struggles with patience, or growing in it. Talk it over with a parent; especially for girls, they need someone to talk to and share these things with, other than the one who's courting them.

Hopefully these will be helpful to somebody sometime and make sense, and if not, who isn't interested in reading about courtship?

Courtship Encouragement Part 1

Throughout the courtship Perry and I have realized how much influence our courtship has upon others. As well as how many are watching it, awaiting it's outcome, but maybe more importantly, what we and our families do throughout the process. Also, God has used it so that people I don't even know are wondering what 'courtship' is, and asking questions/talking about it. Anyways, I've been throwing around a couple ideas in my head for awhile now to blog about. And, Perry and I decided that we would both blog about our courtship, or courtship related topics on our blogs now and then. Especially for our Arizona people, who aren't here to see it firsthand. If by chance you have a question relating to what are doing, feel free to comment. Also, for a disclaimer: Just because we are in a courtship, does not automatically makes us the "Courtship Gurus", but rather, we just like to talk about what God's been doing in our lives.

-Encouragement for the Young Men- (which also will encourage the Young Ladies) :)
So for us young men, we have the big question of when am I ready? A lot of times, we are afraid to being the topic up, or even (gulp) ask a Father about courting his daughter. Obviously, there is a season where we are preparing (like, our whole childhood and teen years, especially the latter) to be a Priest, Prophet, Provider, and Protector to a young lady and a future Family. I'm not going to necessarily tell you when you're ready, or give you a check list right now. But more of an encouragement, that when you are ready, don't be afraid to ask (even if you don't have the 50k job or are 'young') a father of someone you're interested in (God leading you to that person). Fathers can seem intimidating, but in one sense, they're on your side. What I mean is, they would love to have their daughter's' court and marry in life. Of course the big question fathers have is who and what makes him worthy? Making initial contact is the scariest thing of the whole process, but when you are to that point of being ready, be yourself, stay humble, and be bold. I wasn't to nervous when I did this, but I did lose some sleep over it, fortunately Mr. W was very gracious, lighthearted in a way, and just about as excited as I was. Fathers should be very careful and serious, but also not be so intimidating to potential young men that they're afraid to even ask.
Always strive to be an approved workman who is not despised because of his youth. Meaning not despised because he is an approved workman (or suitor). :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Snow Pictures

Pictures of the first week we were here, (there's no snow anymore of course). Notice the picture of where the moving truck got stuck the first time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Where do I start??!!

Everyone's been telling I haven't blogged in forever, and it's true...
I have tons of topics and stuff to blog, but not as much time or....
So we had quite the adventure moving, where do I start!!?? My 4runner broke down twice on the way here, (yes, the second time happened cause we think the dealer didn't find what was wrong with it the first time), I don't have it yet because it's still being worked on 200 miles away, which is as far as it made it. I'm very thankful though that it's being fixed and made it that far. :)

When we first arrived here (after dark), there was about 7-11 inches of snow piled on our driveway so..., mom stopped on the gravel road right in front of it while I checked to see if we could get through the snow. Long story short, we stopped right on top of a big ice sheet and all we did was slip and slide backwards (we were on a incline with an angle). On top of that we were pulling a trailer, so we got pretty close to sliding in the ditch but we decided to meet our neighbors up the road, and ask them to pull us out. So 45 minutes later, and two diesel ford trucks, we were home... with frozen water lines and a frozen heater (it was in the 20's outside). So that first night we stayed in a hotel cause we also had a sick little one.

Now if us getting stuck was bad, wait until the moving trucks (semi's with 28ft trailers) came a few days later (along with another foot of snow). Um-Hm... that took a few hours (just a few, right?) , a few shovels, a few people, and another diesel pickup truck (yes, pulling the semi that had chains on!).

But we are pretty much settled in now, I think most all the boxes are unpacked, and now I'm blogging. Oh, and sending in applications and job searching like crazy! Which I pray has turned up some leads.

I do have many more things to blog about that I hope to get to soon, but there, I got one post done!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Amazing Instrumental of Amazing Grace

By some guy called Josh Wilson. It is an acoustic instrumental solo that is really cool. He uses a live recording loop and layers tracks down live and plays along with himself. The best part starts at about 53 seconds, then he does a fancy guitar bridge (gets into the music a little bit there) and then goes back to Amazing Grace. I'm not crazy about his hair....

Josh Wilson - Amazing Grace from nicholsmgmt on Vimeo.

I am done!!

With College!!

Took my last final today, so I have nothing left to do!!! I am finished with my Bachelors Degree in History!

Amen, Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!

Did you notice every sentence ends with an Exclamation mark?!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Toyota 4Runner

So here is the vehicle that God provided for me, a 96 'Limited' Toyota 4Runner with relatively low miles. I believe I got a great deal.
This is also my first car, so hopefully it should last fairly long being a Toyota.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Last Test Taken!

Today I passed my last test, (world conflicts since 1900) with an 'A'. I am so thankful for passing this one, and for all the others I have done the past two years.
I only have two weeks left of a 12 week on-line course left, and then I will be completely done! I guess I'll do another post, but longer when I'm am done.

I am also in full swing in looking for a Toyota 4Runner, (or a Nissan Pathfinder). Also am looking for some some temporary work as well.