Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I praise thee Lord for your many blessings and misfortunes; for my loving family and the special relationships you have given us, for a warm home with heat that is available during our season of cold, for the challenges of broken appliances that help me realize how much I take these marvelous tools for granted day in and day out, for your wonderful variety of creation that often puts me in awe of your majesty and yet at other times makes me wonder why did you create these things Lord? Yes I will praise thee O Lord my God with all of my heart I will glorify thou name forever! Our Thanksgiving celebration has some unique twists this year. First of all we slept in a bit then prepared to go the Applebees' to serve Thanksgiving dinner hosted by our local Salvation Army for anyone who desires a home-cooked meal for the day. All of the preparations and servers are volunteers from the community. Meals are also delivered for any who are unable to come to the restaurant. It was an enjoyable time for all. Later we got together with friends for snacks and games. We celebrated again later on Saturday with worship and fellowship and of course the full feast again with the Reilly/Tieman families which was a great time of fun and fellowship
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
What a breathtaking sight!
The Lincoln Memorial
The capitol from a view on the bus.
The statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Capitol
The ceiling of the dome of the capitol.
My Uncle Frank, Grandmother, Granddad, Auntie Sherri, and Aunt Jessie
Washington's D.C.s national harbor.
Baltimore harbor on Sunday.
My grandparents and I at the Dallas airport at 4:30 in the morning! We look pretty good for that time.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bright and early Monday we set out to see the sights. The American History museum was simply amazing and I definitely want to go back to finish seeing all of it. A highlight was seeing the original Star Spangled Banner which flew over Ft. McHenry sparking our national anthem. We also saw the Air and Space museum. You could barely see the ceiling of the building there were so many planes hanging from it!
Tuesday was my favorite day because we finally got to sleep in. Then we took an excellent tour of the nation's capitol and took a bus tour of the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. These two tours let me see what our nation was made of when we started. The monuments were awe inspiring, gigantic, beautiful, thought provoking... I could go on and on.
For a grand finale on Wednesday we (drum roll please) took a tour of the White House. Need I say more? In the afternoon we went to Arlington national cemetery which was full of interesting things. I know what you're all waiting for: pictures. Well as it so happens I did take over 200. Please place your ordrs here and each picture sent to you will be $15 a piece(just kidding) Pictures will be posted on a later blog. You see in order to transfer pictures on a computer you need a little magic cord to help you. I left the magic cord in Kansas so you'll have to wait at least a week. But don't worry, they are coming so be prepared for the blizzard.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
After jumping through a few hoops which another member of the family might elucidate on, our entire family loaded in to DW and made the eight hour drive to the Horn Creek family camp in CO. We left at five so when we crossed the border at eleven we had quite a welcome. Almost as soon as we entered CO a enormous lightning and rain storm washed down on us. We could see pretty well because of the lightning but the pounding rain kind of blurred everything. Welcome to Colorado!! We met some great families at the Lodge where we stayed and boy was the food good. Our speaker talked about how God's love should be shown through us as Christians and he used excellent illustrations to show that. Now comes the series of pictures showing what we did which you can decipher yourself. My favorite activity I will let someone else blog about
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Grace had worked this year for the purpose of going to Good News Camp. She saved $80 and sent in her application only to find out that the week she could go was full and our family would be out of town the other week. We did not have a happy camper at that point. We encouraged her to give thanks in order to acknowledge that God was in control. On Sunday Michaela and Joshua left to be counselors at this camp. On Monday, some of Grace's friends left to be campers. We were proud of the fact that after a fair amount of tears initially, she help up really well. Especially since others around her were talking about the week with excited anticipation. Mid-morning on Monday we received a call from Good News Camp telling us to bring Grace. There was an opening for her because of a cancellation. I would show you a happy Grace picture but she was such a blur getting ready and leaving that you will just have to imagine the look of our happy camper after she heard the good news. This now leaves Velda and I home alone. I have a choral directors state convention Thursday through Saturday leaving Velda by herself a couple of days. Finally we painted our porch. I'm the painter in the red shirt. Velda got a great deal on some high quality paint for the deck. She got it without taking regard for the color. She would best describe it as plum. It is glossy and shows dirt immediately. In the last picture you can see a faint reflection of Grace and Velda on the porch deck. We will be providing a shoe/foot cleaning station for use before entering the porch.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I have just finished my fourth year of Christian Youth in Action camp. I cannot even begin to tell you all the countless stories, answers to prayers, lessons, and frustrations that happened there, so give me a minute...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
So you may be wondering why I have a picture of cats considering the title of this blog. To take it further, I am allergic to cats. I have a daughter (or two) who love animals. We conceded to cats and banished them to the outside after some unpleasant episodes indoors. Well I was working outside and I noticed the mom cat had finished nursing the kittens and they were all bundled together asleep. At this point I will interject that I took a class in college that included instruction in basic photography and developed an enjoyment of photography. I still use my Pentax 35mm SLR ME Super with the zoom lens at times. So as I passed the cats, the lure of a good picture overwhelmed my aversion to cats.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I am nearly recovered from my trip to Boston with The New Dawn Singers. I have included some pictures of interest. One is of the old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. The State House stills bears the symbols of Great Britain. If you look closely at the corners of the roof you will see a lion (England) and a unicorn (Scotland). The site of the massacre is in the median of the street in front of the building. Being with students who are involved in theatre we had to reenact the incident. I played the part of Crispus Attucks. OK history buffs why do you think I was cast in that role? Also is the tower of the Old North Church. Question #2: What important part of the revolution did it play? That is a really tall tower and can be seen way out in the harbor. Another shot was an impromptu performance for Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill aka Brother Blue. He specializes in the African-American tradition of storytelling and oral history. We sang him a Negro Spiritual which, as you can see, he greatly appreciated. Lastly as I was walking through Cambridge (Yes I went to Harvard, so to speak) I saw a display of root beer bottles. This is my beverage of choice. This picture is 1/5 of the display, all root beer drinks unopened from antiquity! The highlight of my trip.