Jul
03

SCARIEST MOMENT

I have been told that as a parent I will experience times of great joy, sadness, happiness, and a whole range of other emotions. This past weekend I faced the emotion of “fear”.

I have never been more scared as a parent or as an individual as I did this past Sunday afternoon. We were at our church BBQ and my 3 year old son, [R]uebin, was hanging around the in-ground swimming pool. I was watching him pretty closely and saw that he was walking near the deep end of the pool watching the “bigger” kids play.

I walked over to him and just asked him to go back to the other end by the stairs because he could accidentally fall in. Now [R]uebin usually obeys immediately when he is asked to do something, so I didn’t think much about it and took my eyes off him for just a brief moment.

All of the sudden there was commotion taking place behind me and as I turn around I see that a man had jumped into the water to save a drowning child. Then I realized that drowning child was mine! [R]uebin had gotten to close too the edge of the pool and had fallen in!

My heart was racing, and I rushed over to my son and helped him out of the water. He was conscious and crying, but when we turned him over, he began to spit up a bunch of water. He was obviously shaken up, but seemed okay. I took him away from everyone and just held him closely making sure that he was okay.

When we returned home that evening I told [R]uebin that we are going to pray to Jesus and thank him for his protection and for the man that saved his life. [R]uebin then stated that he was trying to talk under the water. I asked him what he was trying to say, and he simply responded “I was calling for you, I was saying “daddy, daddy”.

My heart broke a little when I heard this, and needless to say I started crying with my son in my arms. In a time when my son was most in danger and helpless he was calling out for me, his daddy. And even though I couldn’t hear his cries, another daddy did, our Heavenly Daddy.

I’m thankful for God’s awesome protection for my family. I’m thankful for the man, Pat Goetz, who didn’t hesitate and jumped right into the water to save my son. I’m thankful that even during one of the most “scariest” moments of not just my “parenthood”, but in my entire life, God was there.

I’m thankful that we have a Heavenly Father who is just waiting for us to call out to him, “Daddy, Daddy”…

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

May
31

3 MONTH REVIEW

Wow, today is the last day of May, 2012… where does the time go? A lot has happen in the Switzer family in the past couple of months, so here is a quick recap of some of the highlights!

HIGHLIGHTS
- Had my first ever radio interview for The [R] Project
- Baby “SWAG(et)” was born! God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl named “Genevieve Raphaela-Hope Switzer”
- [R]uebin celebrated his 3rd birthday!
- We finally closed on our house, and are property owners once again!
- Moved into our new home
- Had a record breaking Easter Weekend at Cornerstone Church
- Went to Kenya as part of the [R]estoration 2012 team
- Had hundreds of thousands of people be a part of Wear a Star Day on April 12. (wearastar.com)
- Turned 33 (ugh…)

TWITTER MEMORIES
“My brother was totally checking me out at the gym… #feellikeapieceofmeat”
“Doing my first @the_R_project radio interview tomorrow! #woohoo #GodisGood!”
“Am I “excited” about the arrival of #BABYSWAG? Is the pope catholic? Do boogers taste salty? Does a one legged duck swim in circles? #pumped”
“You know that feeling you got when you were a kid waking up on Christmas morning? I’ve got that right now #babyswag”
“#babyswag is here!”
“Okay, got to go shotgun shopping, we got a little girl in da house! #BABYSWAGET”
“With [R]uebin we only had to watch out for 1 boy, now with Genevieve, we have to watch out for a million of them… #ohboy”
“Happy St. Patty’s Day and a very happy birthday to my 3 year old!! Love you [R]uebin… #march17″
“Admit, no matter how cool you think you are, if a 3 year old hands you a fake phone, you’re going to answer it”
“KA-CHING! We got a closing date for our house! Looks like we are going to be homeowners again by next Thursday!! #whoopwhoop”
“Dear Satan, get ready for the smack down. Sincerely, God worshipers everywhere”
“There are a million reasons why it’s a blessing to have a daughter, 1 being that there is now 2 peeps in the house to make me a sandwich. <3″ “Love/humbled/amazed how God is using a boy who never took a breath outside of the womb to reach thousands of peeps with the message of HOPE!” “We are officially in debt for the next 15 years! #homeowners” “Here’s a joke for my blind friends. ,””,…” “‘:: ;.:::;.,,;; ;;:…, :;;; ;:.. .;::’”‘:.” “Cleaning and painting our new house… Have found 47 cents in the process, love that we are already getting a return in our investment!” “Just invited the dude who made my sandwiches to church… I hope he comes b/c he makes the BEST blt’s! #cbctoday.com” “Oh the MANLY feeling of holding a power tool in my hands!…only to hear, “Ummm, honey, that’s my hair dryer” #smh” “Go me, it’s my birthday #april7″ “My God’s not dead, He’s surely alive! #hope” “Leaving for Kenya in about 8 hours… Maybe I should start packing? # justthinkin” “Getting ready to board.. First stop London then Kenya!” “Hello America! Can’t wait to hug and kiss my wife and kids… And then have some bacon #whoopwhoop” “I sprayed mosquito repellent on a mosquito. Now he’ll never have any friends.” “You compliment your friend on their mustache and suddenly she won’t talk to you. #whatsupwiththat” “My wife smelled like bacon when she came out of the deli, I have never been more attracted to her…” “”Ruebin why is the stick inside the house?” ummm… Because its not outside? #wellplayed” “I don’t think I could ever stab anyone; I can barely get the straw into a capri sun… #justsayin” “I gave my wife a gluestick instead of chapstick yesterday. She’s still not talking to me. #yep” “I’ve always wanted to walk up to a stranger and hand him a briefcase and whisper “you know what to do” and walk away” “Hey Motels, you can take the “Color TV” signs down now. We know…” “Your call is very important to us. Please enjoy this 45 minute flute solo.” “I can’t get over the fact of how much I LOVE my family… #blessed” “”hey Rue, let’s go inside for a water break… Okay dad, but I’m taking a ball break” #lifeofa3yearold” “Just saw a guy getting jumped. I was going to help him out, but he was wearing Crocs. #haha” “”Dad, please tell mom to stop using your iPad so I can play with it… thanks” – [R]uebin #lovethatkid”

Mar
17

INTRODUCING #BABYSWAG(et)

Well, #BABYSWAG is a SWAGET! I’m a proud daddy of a beautiful baby girl named “Genevieve Hope”!

She came in the world weighing in at 7lb. 7oz. standing (okay laying) at 21.5 inches.

I can’t believe I have a little girl in da house… I am already pricing shotguns, so you little boys better beware!

I’m just completely taken back on how blessed I am. God has given me 2 amazing sons and now a little girl to put them in their place.

I’m already looking forward to some daddy/daughter dates!

Mar
09

#BABYSWAG CONTEST

#BABYSWAG is due to make his/her appearance next Friday, March 16! Now this is a scheduled C-section, so for the most part we know that is the date for sure (He/She could always decide to come earlier of course…).

Even though we may know the date, there still is some elements that we don’t know… like one being IS IT A BOY OR A GIRL? So we are running this #BABYSWAG CONTEST and the winner will receive some of their very own SWAG from The [R] Project.

THE DETAILS:
The person who is the closest with the following details will be the winner:
- Boy or Girl?
- Weight?
- Height?

PLUS! We will give out an additional PRIZE PACKAGE to anyone who guesses #BABYSWAG’s name correctly (Just the first name will do…).

THE PRIZE PACKAGE:
- 1 HOPE (EPH. 3:20) T-Shirt
- 2 HOPE Bracelets
- 3 HOPE Buttons
- 1 [R] Window Sticker

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!

Feb
12

WORDS OF HOPE

We are in the process of writing a book/booklet for The [R] Project. This will be a book filled with stories of child loss, verses of hope & comfort, and steps to healing.

Here are some scripture verses that have given us hope. If you have a verse, story, or inspiration quote you would like to share, please comment here.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” - Romans 12:!2

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” – Psalm 27:4-5

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

“LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.” – Psalm 10:17

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” – Psalm 34:18

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8:24-25

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or hope. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” – Revelation 21:4

Jan
27

WEAR A STAR – APRIL 12

Our 2nd annual Wear a Star event is taking place this April 12! Last year we were blown away by the response of those who committed to participating. We were looking to reach a goal of 1,000 and more than doubled that with over 2,000 responses!

So this year we are shooting for 10,000 commitments, and with about 11 weeks to go, we already have almost 3,000 commitments! (that’s 30% of our goal!!!)

God is amazing, and he is using The [R] Project in ways that I couldn’t even imagine! I’m looking forward to seeing where God takes us in the coming months.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for the event, you can do so here

Also, check out wearastar.com for more info about Wear a Star Day and to purchase “Star Swag” to help support The [R] Project and spread the message of HOPE!

the [R]evolution continues…

Jan
23

20 “little things” that could change your marriage


We are often looking for that one “BIG IDEA” that is going to “save” our marriage. You know, that magical spell that is just going to make everything be “alright”. The thing is, marriage is more than just that one “incredible experience”, it’s a lifelong process that takes lots of “little things” to make it work.

I found this posted over at dougfields.com
Here are 20 “little thing” ideas that a friend of his stated that he could be doing to change his marriage:

1. Clean up my dishes
2. Not leave clothes on the side of my bed
3. Put the toothpaste in the drawer (I usually leave it out)
4. To hug/kiss her right when I come in the house
5. Fill-up the gas in her car
6. Not watch TV in bed when she’s trying to sleep
7. Write her a short note and put in her briefcase
8. Don’t read the mail and leave the envelopes out
9. Put stuff back in the refrigerator
10. Walk the dog at night so she doesn’t have to
11. Be more affectionate
12. Listen to music instead of sports’ radio while we’re getting ready
13. Turn the lights off when I leave a room
14. Offer to help the kids with their homework
15. Comment and affirm her more often
16. Ask her if I could do the shopping this week
17. Don’t bring my phone to the dinner table
18. Care more deeply about her day
19. Make the bed
20. Bring home flowers/dessert/gift one night a week

Now this is his list, but I’m sure most of us can easily relate to his ideas. In fact, I’m sure we could add even more “little things” to the list that we neglect to think about, but could truly CHANGE our marriage!

What are somethings you could/would add to the list?

Don’t FORGET about the #1 thing you can do for your Marriage… PRAY!

Jan
18

END PIRACY. NOT LIBERTY.

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Go here to sign petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Jan
14

TIME WASTERS

If there was one thing that people would say they wish they had more of (besides money) it would most likely be “time”. It just never seems that we ever have enough of it!

In fact, if we had more “time”, there would be more things we would love to do with that time. Like take a person who is trying to be a “better” Christian. They would say, “If I had more time, I would tell more peeps about Jesus”, or “I would get plugged into a ministry at my church”, etc…

There is a lot of good things we would like to do if we had more “time”. Like spending more time with our families, taking some time to exercise for better health, spending some time organizing our stuff to help us be more efficient with our…. yea, “time”.

The problem is this. We only have 24 hours in a day and only 7 days in a week (in case you didn’t know). So our “time” is already limited to what is put in place. We can’t create more time! Or can we?…

We may not be able to add more hours to the day or more days to the week, but it is possible to add more “time” to our life. Follow me here for a second. It’s like trying to put on your favorite pair of jeans that no longer fit. Instead of trying to make the jeans bigger, you must make yourself smaller. So you must get rid of the “fat” that you don’t need, allowing yourself to fit in those jeans that you dearly love so much.

Now what does jeans and time have in common? Probably not too much, but for the sake of illustration, they both require us to get rid of the “fat” that we don’t need in our lives so we can “fit” into them better.

If we want/need more time, we need to get rid of the “fat” time wasters that are in our lives. Now a lot of these time wasters are not necessary bad things, but if not used in the right way they can easily hinder us from what we really want to/should be doing.

Some of big time wasters are (but not limited to): video games, TV, facebook (yea, I went there), texting, hobbies, shopping, and pretty much anything else that we can easily spend countless hours doing, but really have no substantial value.

LET’S BE CLEAR! I’m not saying that it’s bad to do these things! But, if we are not careful, these things can easily become “time wasters”, keeping us from doing things that we should be doing.

Can you identify a “time waster” in your life?

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity” – Ephesians 5:15-16

Jan
07

RESTORATION 2012

About 2 years ago I had a life changing experience while on a mission’s trip to Kenya, Africa. Well, I’m going back!

I have the honor and privilege of being a part of Restoration 2012! We will be going to Nairobi, Kenya in April and will be headed outside the city to reach out to various villages and communities.

I’m SUPER PUMPED about being able to be a part of this amazing opportunity, looking forward to what God is going to teach me this time around!

“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:35-40

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