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I thought I’d get pictures on the blog before Halloween, so here goes…

This Saturday is the final day of soccer in the Lefto home. It’s been a great run. Last week Asher finally got to play goalie. After he stopped one of the shots, he threw the ball to his teammates, turned to the referee, and exclaimed… “This is too easy!”

Next week’s devotional focus: humility.

 

 

 Eli did his first attempt at rock climbing. I thought he did pretty well for a three-year old. My guess is he (with help) got up to about seven feet at one time.

(I was practically lying on the floor to give this picture better perspective.)

 

 

 

Our son (I wrote that for those who weren’t sure by just looking at the picture) Jakin discovered long hair can be useful for more than flopping it around to look cool. Here he is getting ready for Crazy Hair Day at school.

 

 

 

 

Finally, a picture of my beautiful bride next to the man of her dreams. His name is “Wushock,” the mascot of the Wichita State Shockers. A shocker, for those scoring at home, signifies a shock of wheat.

Apparently all the cool names of animals on the great plain were already taken.

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This information today comes from www.timschmoyer.com. It’s hard to turn down a free video.

Although originally posted at YouthMinistryIdeas.net earlier this month, I have permission from both BlueFishTV.com and Steve Blanchard to share with you this special coupon code for a free video download. Choose from a variety of different $1.99 videos that illustrate Biblical truths and concepts that you can use in your teaching at BlueFishTV.com. Then use the coupon code BF199 at checkout to get the video absolutely free. Cool! Thanks Steve and BlueFishTV.com!

I’ve had some people ask me about Facebook lately. Well, here’s a quick video that gives people the basics.

MTV knows who and what is “hot.” Jonathan McKee is a youth worker who evaluates the list. Check it out.

Talk about a great trip down memory lane. This is a website that looks at some internet superstars of the past 15 years and where they are today.

Askaninja made it, but Homestar Runner did not. How can that be? Check it out.

It appears that Halloween is bigger than ever. According to the following article, we are expected to spend $5.77 billion on Halloween this year. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? People are complaining about the stock market, the price of gas (although that’s getting better) and groceries, but we’re more than willing to buy costumes and candy that will be used for one day, eaten in one day, or cause a lifetime of tooth problems.

Alright, I’ll get off my soap box. Here’s the article.

Here’s a video I was asked to do.  It’s about 4 minutes and is meant to lead into a discussion on what is connected to our names and the name “Christian.”  Use it.  Ignore it.  Make fun of it.  It’s up to you.

Hey people checking this site out. I’m doing a survey with youth workers in Kansas West to find out what they think they need to learn about. If you’re interested, please take the survey as well.

Click Here to take survey

We went to Minnesota for a four-day weekend. We had a great time seeing family and friends. If we decided on one thing, it’s that four days is NOT enough. Below are some pics.

It seems that wherever we go these days, Asher finds a sword (make sure to pronounce the “w”). I think Asher wishes he grew up in medieval times and sometimes imagines he’s there.

 

 

 

 

We went to an apple orchard where we had to pay extra money for our kids to do things like ride on tricycles. Well worth it for Eli since HE HASN’T RIDDEN ONE FOR MONTHS THANKS TO TRAINING WHEELS!

 

 

 

 

Oh, and they also had hay to play in (extra cost as well). Here Jakin had squeezed into a hole between some bales. You know, when I was younger a “roll in the hay” used to have a whole different meaning.

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s a picture of the three boys with two of their good friends. Yes, they did try to get us to take a kitten home with us. And no, I did not oblige.

Are you having a “Fall Carnival” or “Trunk or Treat”? Or do you just not have time to come up with a costume idea? Here are some great ideas that are quick and fit a Youth Minister’s budget!

(1) Melted Snow Man
Drench yourself in water and carry around two sticks, a scarf and a carrot.

(2) Piece of Gum Stuck to Your Shoe
Dress in all pink and attach a shoe to the top of your head.

(3) Chia Pet
Wrap yourself in duct tape so the sticky part is facing out, then roll around on the lawn.

(4) Ceiling Fan
Write “Go Ceilings!” on the front of your shirt. Add other gear if you want (pom poms, big foam finger, etc.) And don’t forget to cheer!

(5) iPod Commercial
Dress completely in black clothing, wear a black wig or hat, and use black make-up to cover your face, hands and any exposed skin. Carry around an iPod and dance wildly.

(6) Tornado
Dress in all black or grey. Attach small play figures (like a barnyard set that has animals, tractors, fence, etc) to you with string and safety pins. Spin around so they figures fly out and spin around you.

(7) Kissing Booth
Decorate a large box, cut so that it fits around your chest. Make duct tape suspenders to hold it to you. Attach wrapping paper rolls to the top and connect with a piece of cardboard over the top of your head. Offer free kisses. (not appropriate for most youth ministry events)

(8) Candy Cane
Wear all white. Wrap red or green duct tape around you for stripes.

(9) Black-eyed Pea
Wear black pants and a white shirt. Get some black makeup cream or black eyeliner and draw a circle around one eye to look like a black eye. With a fat permanent marker or some black felt, make a huge black “P” on your chest.

(10) Don’t like any of these? A simple search of “Homemade halloween costume ideas” will give you plenty of websites to research.