Midnight SilflayPhotography

Close to midnight one night, I was leaving General Mills and chatting with my sweetheart on the phone. I saw this raccoon helping himself to the garbage at the station outside the ramp I was parked in and happened to have my camera along. So... CAUGHT! Red-handed.
5/23/2006 5:43:36 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (3)


Alas! I spent my last winnowing breath procuring this custom bouquet for some young ladies and 'twas tossed out at my feet.... BUT!..... There are no cats in america and the streets... OOPS. Wrong segue... and the picture shows otherwise. So, what do you all think?

In reality, I did pick this bouquet for some young ladies assisted by their brothers. The ratio of dandelions to other flowers was too much for their refined collective taste so, the bouquet was given to the cats. So much for chivalry!
5/15/2006 5:40:10 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (4)

He is risen!Scripture

He is risen indeed!
4/16/2006 1:22:54 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (2)

To Live...Discussion Points

Hey everyone, try filling in the blank here: To live is ___________. Be honest. What is it that you live for? There can be more than one thing. Give it a shot. Then, for each of the things you live for, fill in the next blank: To die is __________. How would your perspective on living affect your perspective of dying. I'll give an example to get everyone started:

To live is (1) mountain biking (2) having my own family (3) becoming a leader

If that is the case, to die is (1) unsure (2) a task master to keep me moving in that direction (3) leaving a legacy (that may die as well).

Give it a try. Paul said "For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain." In the context of the above, what does that really mean?...
4/11/2006 7:30:00 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (13)


"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13.

God is a God of hope - the most blessed of which is that hope of the return of Christ and the glorification of the saints. Yet, there are also things hoped for in this life. Some have been expressed on this blog - hope for communication, jobs, relationships, friendships. Notice, that hope is married to believing - and hope and believing are possible because of the power of the Holy Spirit. Along with hope comes the petitioning of God and as James says in James 1:6, "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." So, it is worthless to hope without believing.

These verses have sustained me in the last three weeks. I hope you, reader, can gain sustenance from them too from the same Spirit.
4/6/2006 7:03:36 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (5)


I recently traveled to Atlanta and Cuthbert, Georgia with Mike Watters to visit the McClendons. We visited the CNN headquarters. This is the lobby showing the 8-story escalator which is the beginning of the tour. The tour excited me about being a reporter but I may have to wait for that mid-life crisis before I try that occupation... and a lawyer, and a preacher, and a statesman, and a business man, and everything else I want to be... (Maybe that vision will be fulfilled in my children... so much to do and so little time...)
3/3/2006 9:18:36 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (7)

Working ManChat

Preparing for the missions meeting at church, I was reclining on the carpet. I noticed all the items on the floor with me and thought it would make an interesting picture. So, here it is. The top left has my little known TODO list I have with me at all times. Then, there is hydration, my appendage (also called a computer), a communication device, living hydration, a book about starting a business in MN, and a letter from my girl, Sarah. The notepad with the pen are my preparations for leading the missions meeting that evening.

All those things can go hand-in-hand - from work to the sacred as Jesus is the common thread and unifier of all of life.

And, it's Valentines day today - make your sweethearts extra special today... and then tomorrow... and then the next...
2/14/2006 6:33:01 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (26)


The gorgeous brunette and tag-along in the picture started courting on October 14th, 2005 - uh... that's Sarah and me... respectively. She is a girl that evades description but suffice it to say, she is wonderful. She lives in Texas so, we are carrying on a long distance relationship using letters, phone calls, visits, and other forms of communication in this technological society. If you have not been getting me on my phone, well, now you know why. My time is consumed with her... :). But, don't give up! Try leaving voicemail or sending 10000 emails... ok, maybe not. Just one. I check email more often than anything else.

The picture was taken in Oklahoma City where I traveled with her and her family after their visit here in Minnesota. And just for Nich's sake, Sarah hears well and sees well :).
1/24/2006 4:32:14 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (35)

Holidazzle ParadePhotography

This is one of the pictures I took at the Holidazzle parade 2005. I saw a calendar recently of the Holidazzle and I thought most of the pictures weren't all that great compared to some that I took. Maybe I should start doing photography more.

Canon 20D 1/80s f/3.2 ISO1600
1/2/2006 12:45:51 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (1)

Stop Sign ParadeFall Picture Contest

This is an entry of mine. I haven't been taking many pictures because of those borrowing my camera but i snapped this one. It has been touched so, if you want to see the original, let me know.

I'll get an application developed eventually. Too many things going on right now...
11/9/2005 5:59:36 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (2)

Joe... I thinkIdiocy

Well, Storybook came and went. It was relaxing and invigorating. Here is a representative picture that proves it...

Actually, Joe was showing off while i took pictures. It is not a candid shot :)
10/13/2005 7:40:38 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (10)

Adam and TedTrips

Adam and Ted on top of Pike's Peak. We travel lots of places together. I was told there were some dying to see this image on the blog. So, here it is. Click on the Trips category to see other trips.
9/23/2005 11:32:53 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (7)

We Survived!!News

Tornados and straight line winds tore through the Twin Cities metro area uprooting trees and dropping golf-ball size hail. From 7:30PM to at least 9:00AM we were without power and reverted to pre-cambrian lifestyles using feathers and candles (amazing how electricity makes real pens and pencils work). Adam was grading homework, I was planning our church's Storybook Lodge retreat, and Mama was re-ruining her eyes reading a book by the light of a single candle (she's got to go chasing more squirrels). Needless to say, it had all the potential for a romantic evening... keyword: potential... hmm

Elizabeth called half way through the storm, stranded in the basement of some U of MN building with only a bike for transportation. So, this knight in shining armour braved torrential rain while avoiding other steeds and fording massive rivers that had once been roads simply to rescue one poor damsel in distress... my sister... isn't it supposed to have some other ending? Oh well... She is a wonderful girl and worth saving 100 times!

Reality: The fallout included our web server going down and the DNS on our cable modem changing. So, after tenuous waits and nail biting suspense, we are finally all back up for your viewing pleasure!

Oh! And the worst of it all was... <drum roll> ... we didn't have any internet during the outage... maybe that was the best of it...
9/22/2005 12:50:59 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (16)

Pike's Peak and CO TripNews

Hey everyone! I recently returned from a trip to Colorado that was most refreshing. THe picture is of most of the group that i met there. I drove out there on a harrowing 16 hour straight-thru trip - drowsy for much of the way. It was punctuated by moments of hilarity mixed with terror. In the end, I survived and spent a wonderful week with friends and family. Oh to be able to do that all the time but other things call.
9/5/2005 11:32:19 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (16)

Happy Anniversary!News

To Bec & Lucas and Joe & Kristine, Happy Anniversary! One year for the former and four for the latter!! I'll be joining you someday :).
9/1/2005 9:26:54 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (2)

Suicide BombingsDiscussion Points

Here is a good posting on the mindset of a suicide bomber. If you think about it, the bomber has to be so convinced of his or her afterlife that this life ceases to matter. Is that possible? The article talks of the material vs the spiritual lives where the one pulls down and the other releases, respectively.

As a parallel thought, the martyrs of Christianity had the same perspective: they were so convinced of the afterlife that this life ceased to matter. Yet, it was not them who deliberatly took their lives in order to attain paradise. Rather, it was their opposition that killed them.

So, the million dollar question is this: what is the proper balance between the concerns of this world and the anticipation of the next? As one acquaintance put it, "If we got rid of all idea of the afterlife, we humans could finally live in peace." Is this so?

Let's sound off on this. (Anyone can post comments - not just family. The login is to add new postings, not comments.)
7/15/2005 10:41:22 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (8)

Frederic. Isn't he the cutest?Babies

This was Frederic's first out of country experience - a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico. I think it may have gone to his head :). Looks a bit pentecostal to me!
7/9/2005 8:55:19 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (8)

Laptops Anonymous (LA)News

I left my laptop in Texas after the mission trip last week. I will keep you all posted on whether or not I go thru withdrawal symptoms. I will be back down there to pick it up next weekend.

Hopefully, after this harrowing ordeal, I will be a shining beacon of example to Anders that it is possible to live without the pizzabox.
6/27/2005 12:36:03 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (15)

Mt. RainierTrips

Adam and I just returned from Washington State. Adam Jarvis is now a married man and we have now seen Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. I was so relieved that Adam never fell into a crevasse or any such similar hole because, most of the time, he carried all the gear. I would miss that gear so much!
5/30/2005 6:53:08 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (8)

The dilemma: Do what you love or love what you do...Work

Hey all! I have been working for General Mills for the last 4 weeks. I left the University of Minnesota because I wanted to take more risk and prevent my life becoming habitual. Well, it's been great thus far but, I don't love programming. It pays the bills and then some. On a normal day, I stare down a computer and 4 cubicle walls for 9 hours. Normally, a stare down is fun because you can laugh and joke with the opponent and covertly attempt to make them blink. In this case, I always lose and so look forward to getting off work. Weekends are also an oasis in a busy world.

So, do I want to stay in programming for the rest of my life? No. To be a side job to bring in money while I do something more fulfilling with more human interaction would be ideal.

Then, at lunch today, Elizabeth reminded me that whatever I do, let it be done as unto God and not unto men. Therein lies purpose and transcendence.
5/26/2005 8:56:40 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (6)

Marmot/Canon Man (or was it Marlboro)Photography

Well, except for the lack of chaps, boots, hat, and the ubiquitous white poker hanging from the mouth, I think he could pass. Probably could take the shots for Marlboro. That's me, by the way.
5/12/2005 5:12:16 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (1)

New Job with Betty CrockerNews

I have been hired at a new job! I will be working for General Mills rewriting www.BettyCrocker.com. This is a venture out into unknown territory, spurred partially by reading the book "In, but not of" by Hugh Hewitt. I am both excited and tentitive as I move forward with the next step. It is a four month contract at which time it could be extended or I could be back on the street looking for the next contract.

My co-workers gave me some advice: Get married so I could have my wife's benefits package. (A contractor pays for his own benefits.) Well, when I marry, that won't even be a consideration but how I work and what I will do for work will certainly be. Speaking of marriage, I should think about that more than I do and maybe act on it. Anyone have any suggestions?
4/25/2005 5:35:52 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (3)

My New CameraNews

I got a new camera! It's a Canon 20D. I will be doing more and more photography with time and I will show you, Bec, that digital is more than comparable to 35mm.

I tried to take a picture of my camera so you all could see what it looks like and this is my attempt. I figured if I click the shutter and whirl the camera around to point at the place the camera was, it would be a good picture. But, after myriad attempts, I couldn't manage it. I suppose I'd have to go faster than the speed of light and, alas, my reflexes aren't that fine tuned... yet.
3/16/2005 9:01:39 AM by Ted Sands | Comments (2)

Krista is marriedTrips

Krista Jarvis got married on February 19th. So, now she is no longer a Jarvis. Adam, mom, and I drove down for the wedding and came back through CO and the Black Hills, SD.

These are friends that we stayed with for a day and a half. This picture is taken at the top of Harney Peak - the tallest point in the Black Hills.
3/9/2005 10:26:10 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (1)


Welcome to the brand new Sands Family message board. This is the place to keep ourselves up-to-date, post pictures, whatever. Be sure to send me feedback about the site so it can improve

For family, I will be sending an email about how to start adding pictures, quotes, memories, messages, etc. Visit frequently and comment!
3/8/2005 6:15:09 PM by Ted Sands | Comments (0)