Friday, February 23, 2007

A Concert

We were fortunate to be able to see one of our favorite musicians tonight. Shaun Groves was performing in Lebanon, TN.

http://www.shaungroves.com

Finding the place was not easy. It seems the church that was hosting the event has at least a couple of addresses on their website, neither of which are actually where they meet. Sadly, it was almost as if they had gone out of their way to keep people from coming to the show.

Despite the "opening act" that consisted of the church worship leader who went into a frank discussion about his divorce and struggles with porn... (thanks for the disclaimer! My 3 year old really needed that!)... The Shaun Groves performance was great.

Shaun also shared his experience with a group called Compassion International.

http://www.compassion.com

After the show, we were able to speak with him for a little while. Gloria walked around and grabbed his pants legs. He kicked her gently. Just kidding.

We shared how God is working in our lives and he shared with us some of the same. He is also taking the "road less traveled". You know, I tend to think that you're not really doing God's work, unless most of your family and friends think you are crazy. It is very reassuring to see someone who God is working through like Shaun.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Happiness


I love this picture. This is my grandmother and namesake with 3 of her 9 children. My dad is the really happy looking kid on her lap, and the other 2 are my aunt Wilma and Uncle Bill. My son Noah looks a lot like my dad in this picture.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A New Baby!

Not for us, though. My brother Jake and his wife Rebekah have just found out that baby number 2 is on the way. I'm so happy for them! Their son is only 6 months old, so these 2 will probably be inseparable as they grow up. Already people have made rude remarks to them about having another baby. Our society is so anti-family...
Our youth group attendance usually runs between 45 and 60 kids on Wednesdays. Of these kids, we have fewer than 5 with married parents. I am sure that is the root of many of their problems. I know that things happen and it is sometimes a very good thing that couples split up. It is just a shame that there are so many kids hanging in the balance.
And still when a young, happy couple proudly announces to their friends and family members that they are expecting a new baby, people have the audacity to make degrading remarks. Life is beautiful in all its forms, but none so breath-taking as a newly formed baby. I, for one, am thrilled. I only wish that we lived closer together.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Valentine Dinner

Well, tonight was the Valentine's dinner at church. It was a nice evening. The youth served the dinner, babysat children, and helped out in other ways. There was already some snow on the ground, but ice began to really come down during the dinner.

Scott drove one of the church vans last Wednesday, because another driver was not able to. He said it was quite an experience. Maybe he'll elaborate another time.

We are buying a part of a cow with another family. We will pick it up in a little over a week. If you've never bought part of a cow before, there are a lot of questions that one might ask. How is the cow killed? What was it's last meal? Where was it raised? Did it enjoy long walks on the beach? We have become more acquainted with this bovine than in any other animal we have ever eaten.

We went to look at a piece of land today. It was 46 acres. It was about 1/3 of an acre of flat land and the rest was practically vertical. There were carcasses of mountain goats that had fallen to their death at the bottom of this land. It was scenic.

Noah bought Pearl (Grandma's dog) a bone. It was a huge bone from a cow. Did you know that you could buy huge cow bones at Wal-Mart? It still had pieces of meat on the bone. Yum. The dog was beside herself. She looked at us expectantly. I think she believed that this had to be her last meal.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Servants

We had 56 people in the youth service at our church tonight. I am impressed at how many adults from the church put so much of their time, money, and effort into supporting the youth. Most of the kids ride vans to church. They are from families that do not attend church.

Scott doesn't usually have an invitation during the Wednesday night youth service, but he felt strangely led to do so tonight. Two young men accepted Christ and one young lady made a public profession of faith and chose to be Baptized! How great it is to be used of God.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Facing the Giants

We watched a movie called "Facing the Giants", last night. Now, we are not "movie people", so you can take our advice having been forewarned. That being said, we really liked the movie. The message is that with God, all things are possible. This is a Christian movie made by a Baptist church in Georgia. The cast was all volunteer. It was very refreshing to see a movie that promoted the power of prayer. I find it strange how so many people will place value in the occult or in "luck", but they find the things of God difficult to believe.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this movie. It is a film about football, but not. Here is the "official" description:

From the award-winning producers of FLYWHEEL comes a new, action-packed, family-friendly drama about a high school football coach who draws up a new game plan for his team … and himself.
In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.

However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field … and off.

With God, all things are possible …

Check it out at: www.facingthegiants.com

Friday, February 2, 2007

The Long, Cold Winter...


It was starting to feel that way. Since November the kids had been anxiously awaiting snow. Elijah will be 4 this spring and has never had enough snow to even make a snowball. After only a week and a half of snowy weather and single digit low temperatures, Noah woke up to ask dreamily, "When will it be spring?"

On our last day in KC, I blew a fuse in the RV. I checked the breaker box, the fuses, the plugs outside, and everything else I could think of. I text messaged Scott during his meeting to ask for suggestions. He told me to do all of the things I had already done and I dutifully repeated the tasks. Still no luck. I called the RV Park office to ask if they were having a power problem and they were not. The owner of the park came out and took a look at our breaker box for me. Turns out I really didn't know how to reset a breaker. Who knew there was more to it than just flipping the switch back to "on"?

The snow started coming down and the roads were immediately coated. Everything was frozen. When the rental car was returned (a fiasco as well) and Scott came back to us, we immediately left. We had no desire to be snowed in. The roads were very slick. We barely missed a 37 car pile-up on I-35 in Overland Park. We saw so many accidents on the road that we were very nervous about driving our 20,000 pound home on wheels.

Along an icy stretch of I-70 near Boonville, Missouri, we heard such a loud POP that the only thing I can compare it to is a gun shot. Scott pulled off the interstate and I got up to investigate. It was my determination that the only thing that could have made such a noise was the bedroom door slamming shut. I promptly buckled up and shared that bit of information with hubby. He shot me a disbelieving look and went outside to do an investigation of his own. Turns out we had blown a tire. Oops, my bad. The folks at Good Sam (short for Good Samaritan) took care of it. We spent a short 45 minutes waiting for a guy to come replace the tire (with our own spare). He did good work and it wasn't long before we were ready to roll again.

Shortly before reaching St. Louis, we stopped for snacks, coffee, and a movie for the kids to watch. I will forever remember the blinding snow, dimly lit interstate, and the screaching sounds of Elmo and Oscar the Grouch singing about sharing. How my ears ached! I exchanged text messages with a young lady from our youth group while Scott drove. It was nice to hear from her and catch up a little on what was going on at church. The kids were awake to see the Arch as we drove past it. They were quite impressed. I remember going there once long ago with my college roommate. It was very different to see it on a dark and snowy night.

We made our final stop for the night in a Wal-mart parking lot in Mt. Vernon, IL. We joined 3 other RVs already parked there. The kids were sound asleep, so we just laid them down wherever we could without unbuckling their car seats. We had a pretty restful night there and headed out early the next morning.