here goes nothin’

Yesterday afternoon my manager walked in and asked me if I’d like to become a software lead for an upcoming project. It’s a move up, of sorts, though probably without a pay increase.

For the past 6 years, I’ve been just a software engineer, which means that I just get assignments to do software changes, and I do them. It’s been a fine job, I’ve learned a lot. As software lead, I would basically be responsible for making sure all of the software changes get done for the project, making sure they are done correctly, solving any of the difficult technical problems, setting up the development environment, creating the releaseable software… wait, I guess that’s stuff I’ve been doing at least a bit of in my current position. I guess my last few years have served me well. 🙂

The one thing I am not looking forward to is moving from a Windows-based development environment to a VAX-based environment. Not that I’m scared of moving away from GUI to command-line – heck, I prefer command-line; but I hate having to learn a whole new tool set. Oh well, it’s the one development environment I haven’t worked with yet in 6 years, so it will broaden my knowledge. Or something like that.

It’s a little scary moving up to this position, but not too bad. I had originally been told that I was going to be the project engineer, which would entail a lot more document-writing and paperwork. That was much scarier. This will just be a good move up the chain. I think I’m starting to look forward to it…

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

she’s graduated!

This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 kids, and the only girl, which means she’s spoiled just a little. 🙂 She graduated in a class of 8 students from her christian school, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t quite proud of her. Anyway, here’s Rebecca the graduate.

Rebecca the graduate

Rebecca is normally quite a goofball and lots of fun; here she’s showing her more ornery side…

Rebecca with her tongue out

Andrew (our brother) is only 16 months older than Rebecca and they have always been best buddies. And they’re so cute! 🙂 (Andrew’s gonna bring the smackdown on me for that comment…)

Rebecca and Andrew

This next one is all of us Hubbs kids except for Aaron, who is in Panama working with YWAM there. Sure wish he could’ve made it back! We do miss him. (l-r is Ryan, Rebecca, me, and Andrew)

The Hubbs kids... only missing Aaron.

This last one is from the party on Sunday – we had over 100 people at our house for a big party. At one point, we had volleyball, football, and soccer games all going on at the same point. It was a blast. Actually, there’s no games being played in this picture, but Rebecca is having fun with her niece (my daughter) Laura. That’s Rebecca’s friend April trying to duck out of the picture there in the background.

Rebecca and Laura

The one person I didn’t manage to get a picture of was Andrew’s girlfriend Amber. I did get to meet her, and I should say some nice things about her since she’ll probably be reading this post eventually. This is the first time I’ve met her, but she seems really nice, and for a girl who’s all of about 5’1″, she plays a mean game of volleyball. I only spiked on her a couple times. 🙂

Well that’s enough photos for now… hope you enjoyed them. It was a wonderful weekend.

Music, family style… for real.

Well, the long-awaited Sunday finally got here and I got to play keyboards in the worship team at my family’s church with my brother Andrew leading. It was awesome. It was his first time leading a worship band but he did a very good job. The set list was something like this:

  • Blessed Be Your Name
  • Be Glorified In Me
  • Unfailing Love (a new Chris Tomlin song… very good, very singable)
  • Draw Me Close
  • Knowing You
  • I Will Praise Him Still

Somewhere in there Andrew and Ryan (another of my brothers) and I did a special number, the old Steve Camp song Love That Will Not Let Me Go. It was fantastic.

I really enjoyed getting to play keys and sing backup on the team; I’ve been leading my own team for so long, it was fun to play second-fiddle. It was also really neat to see my brother pursue a dream of his, to lead the team. I’m sure he’ll be doing it again… and maybe one of these days I’ll get him to come down here and play on my team. 🙂

the role of science

This little blurb caught my eye today while reading Opinion Journal’s Best of the Web… They’re talking about scientists’ studies on homosexuality, and how they impact our views of it…. and here’s the quote:

“[Science] deals in the realm of observable facts, not values. Science can inform moral judgments, but it can never resolve them.”

Bingo.

Call me Mr. Fix-it

No, this isn’t a home-improvement post… It’s more of a dealing-with-being-a-man-and-an-engineer post. 🙂

One of the things I’ve had to learn over the past almost 7 years of marriage is to resist my instinctual impulse to “fix” everything. It’s different than at work. At work, my job is being presented with problems and designing solutions. At home, it’s not so much that way. When my wife comes to me with a problem, most of the time she doesn’t want me to design an elegant solution to her problem… most of the time she just wants me to shut up and listen, sympathize with her pain/frustration/whatever, and give her a hug. Once the emotional part is over then she’s enough of an engineer, too, that we can both work out a good solution to the problem. Still, it’s dang hard to shut my mouth sometimes.

Another one lately that has prompted this internal “you don’t have to fix it” reminder has been observing a recent brouhaha played out at least a bit over the blogs and comments of my sister, my brother, his girlfriend, and some other assorted players. The big brother and engineer part of me wants to dive right in, take sides, give lots of advice, try to fix everything up so that they’re happy again. But then I think back to my high-school years… I had undue amounts of girl-anguish, people that I really disliked, frustrations with life, and the like. But nobody needed to come fix them for me… I needed to live through them, learn from them. God used them to work in my life.

I was reading in Lamentations this morning (kinda painful to read, to be honest) and I was struck by how the prophet says God allowed all this pain and anguish of His people so that they would learn a lesson and repent. Read it again sometime. It’s a short book, but there’s a lot of painful descriptions there. Life would not have been fun for the Israelites who lived through the fulfillment of that prophecy. But then in the same little book, we get the reminder – God’s mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness.

So Andrew, Rebecca, Amber, if you’re reading this – I’ll give my two cents’ worth of advice right here, and be done with it. 🙂 Love God and pursue Him above all else. As far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Live life one day at a time, and remember that today is only one day of maybe 30,000 in your whole life. There’s plenty left to be lived.

I’ve been replaced by a machine!

At least for Sunday, that is… I was unable to wrangle up a musician for the Sunday service, so my next option is to record my piano-playing on the electronic keyboard, so they can just play it back on Sunday. How lame is that? (I am humongously opposed to using recorded music in a church service, pretty much just because it can cause so much trouble for anyone who loses their place, it seems artificial, etc. Live accompaniment is always better.) Anyhow, it’s a nice Roland keyboard with a disk drive built in, so I’ll be recording the tracks and then they can play them back live… it’s at least better than recording on audio tape and playing it back. 🙂

I’m sure it’ll end up uncoordinated and kind of lame on Sunday, but unfortunately I can’t really help that. We need more musicians!

I’ve been replaced by a machine!

At least for Sunday, that is… I was unable to wrangle up a musician for the Sunday service, so my next option is to record my piano-playing on the electronic keyboard, so they can just play it back on Sunday. How lame is that? (I am humongously opposed to using recorded music in a church service, pretty much just because it can cause so much trouble for anyone who loses their place, it seems artificial, etc. Live accompaniment is always better.) Anyhow, it’s a nice Roland keyboard with a disk drive built in, so I’ll be recording the tracks and then they can play them back live… it’s at least better than recording on audio tape and playing it back. 🙂

I’m sure it’ll end up uncoordinated and kind of lame on Sunday, but unfortunately I can’t really help that. We need more musicians!