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My Kid is Cuter Than Yours

Monday, July 28, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Addison Pics

Sunday, July 27, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Check out Addison's blog or my facebook page for some pictures


Hospital Art

Saturday, July 26, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Looks like we had the same hospital room as Casey did with her baby!


Addie Pics

by Mike Lovato

Here she is! We're trying to adjust to the new schedule of a baby. Everyone warned us about it, but you just don't know until you experience it. Not much sleep. By the way, if you're interested in stopping by to see the baby, we're going to let some people come by today from 1 to 5. Call me or shoot me an email if you'd like to come by.


Adddie is Here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 by Mike Lovato

World, meet my daughter. She arrived at 5:28 this morning and weighed 9 pounds 13 ounces....20 inches long. We are pretty wiped since we have been awake since 7:30 yesterday morning. Super glad she is here!

Any Day Now

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Baby Addison is due in 6 days. And my lovely pregnant wife is VERY ready to have this baby. Car's packed and I'm ready for the call.



Monday, July 21, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Wanted to give you a heads-up on new social networking site designed specifically for those of us working in student ministry. Take a couple minutes to check out SMconnect.org and look me up on there when you get there.



by Mike Lovato

So I totally saw the batmobile on the back of a truck on my way to work this morning on the 91 freeway. I was very excited. Had to slow down to 40 to try and get a second picture of it. At least one other driver was not very amused with me.


Vbs worship rally

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by Mike Lovato


Monday, July 14, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Can you tell its vbs at our church?

Mystery Road Trip

Sunday, July 13, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Yesterday was our Mystery Road Trip. This is our second year doing this event and it's a pretty cool deal. A couple people have asked what the details were, so here's the deal. First off, you should know that most (but not all) of our summer events are geared around connecting people together. So there is a disproportionate amount of seemingly just for fun events during the summer than the rest of the year. Ok, disclaimer done.

For our Mystery Road Trip, we have students meet at the church at 10am and then we're back at 10pm. They don't know any of the locations we're heading to. We had some volunteers driving and a set of parents driving. Here's the itinerary from yesterday:

Check-in and hang out at The Loft (high school room at church)
Mini Golf at Castle Park
Lunch at Shakey's Pizza
Scavenger Hunt at Downtown Disney
Judged pics and gave out prizes at a church in the OC
Dinner at In-N-Out
Racing and arcade games at SpeedZone


Tony Steward - Simplifying Digital Life

Friday, July 11, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Tony has a great post on simplifying your digital life. I'm not a super organized person, but am always wanting to figure out how to be. Nicole and I had an interesting discussion on organization that I will have to post later. Anyways, here's a clip:

1. Reduce your Distraction by Planning Your Inputs. This is not original to me at all, but I am saying a little different intentionally. David Allen would say that you need to only have as many inputs (or inboxes) of information as you need. Timothy Ferris is all about wildly reducing your inputs beyond the bare minimum - with a focus on only allowing yourself to interact with “results based information.” My middle ground is that there are inputs that are the connection to online communities I value, so I need to interact with them, but not at the whim of a notification or new message. Here is what I’ve done:

  • Email 3 times a day: I check email at 12pm, 5pm and 9pm. This is extremely difficult but it is where you will find one of the most significant boosts in simplicity and concentration in your work day. I have to say this has actually irritated me because I have the terrible habit of letting email distract me into random (and lazy) action.

Check out the whole post here.

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3 More Weeks

Sunday, July 06, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Our baby's due date is just 3 weeks away from tomorrow. Pretty exciting stuff. I now have a house full of things like pink blankets, baby monitors, LOTS of diapers, onesies, and loads of other baby stuff. There's a car seat base in the back of my car. And another in Nicole's. Then we have bags in the car ready to head to the hospital. I think we're about as ready as we're going to be.

My life is about to radically change (in a very good way).


Homeless Dinner

Thursday, July 03, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Two of our students are doing a drama right now.

Worship this morning

by Mike Lovato

Ben Likes Camp

by Mike Lovato


Wednesday, July 02, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Yep our girls built that cow.....one of our counselors said it cost about $100.


Mike Lovato is a follower of Jesus, husband to Nicole, daddy to Addison, and pastor to teenagers in Riverside, CA.


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