Ten Cents' Worth

The jumbled thoughts(read: often completely unrelated) of a husband and father trying to make sense of it all. For those who care, I love Jesus, my wife, and my daughters--they are my life.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Family Portraits

Recently, Naomi got together with her cousins Coleen and Katina for an amateur photoshoot. She wanted some 3-month pictures of Chloe, and some pictures of the girls, who are growing up so fast. I managed to talk my way out of being there, as I needed to go thrift store shopping for some shirts. Good thing, too, as it took them all day. When I got back, they still weren't done! Anyway, some of the pictures turned out really well. I chose a few to resize and email, and then I thought I should post a few here. Enjoy!

I still am in awe at the blessings God has entrusted to me!

Cyber-cafe Evangelism-- An Out-of-the-Box Ministry Idea

This is a post that I had put on MennoDiscuss a good while back. I realize that some readers here don't go to MD, so I wanted to throw this out here for discussion.

For the last year or so, I have been increasingly aware of a need in the
community where I live. I live in a county that has nothing to offer Junior High
School, High School, and College students in regards to extracurricular
activities. I mean other than normal sports during the seasons. They have
nowhere to go. No movie theaters, no gym, no places of any kind that provide any
entertainment for teens. The kids in my town hang out in a few places, and move
back and forth, as encouraged by the police patrols through the community. The
kids get told to break up their informal parking lot party and move on, and they
go to the other spot, where, eventually, they are told the same thing, and they
go back to the other.

Alcohol is a HUGE problem in my community. Underage kids get it from older
siblings, or parents who don't care, or don't pay attention. Drugs is an
increasingly scary situation. We have teens pulling mushrooms off cowpatties in
pastures, and brewing them into hallucinogenic teas. Recently, our local paper
published an article stating the teen pregnancy situation in our county. 60 out
of 1000 of teens ages 15-17 have become pregnant, as compared to the 40.1 out of
1000 average for the state. That is 49.6% more pregnancies than the state
average. The article further stated that in our county 30.6% of the babies born
were to mothers with less than 12 years of education, as compared to 23.5%
across the state.

Girls want to be Brittney Spears. Boys want to be Eminem, or whoever is the
bad boy of rap currently. Schools realize the problem, but are limited to
secular methods to deal with it. Our schools CIS program (Communities In
Schools), which is spearheading the public school abstinence program, recently
was awarded a 3-year, $82,000 abstinence grant to start an after-school program
that provides a safe "Teen Scene" for children ages 10-18 who are unsupervised
when they get home from school. While the main focus would be abstinence, the
students would also receive academic assistance, mentoring, exposure to the
arts, and teaching in the areas of team building, leadership, motivation,
socialization, and recreation. This program starts at 3:30 with tutoring and
homework help until 6:00, after which will follow a couple hours of recreational
sports and fun.

Sounds great, right. I am glad something is being done. But I have real
reservations regarding its effectiveness. A need like the one I have described
needs more than an after-school program. It needs a Christ-centered ministry to
bring God to these teens, and get to the "heart" of the problems.

We need a "Whit's End"!

Ok, maybe not that exactly. I have no idea how to build an Imagination
Station, or a Room of Discovery, and I am not sure I want to sell ice cream. But
I really feel like God has given me an idea of what could be, if I just followed
His direction in this. But where to start? Imagine, if you will, a Youth Center,
with a coffee/soda/snack counter, filtered wireless Internet access, couches,
chairs, tables, pool table, table tennis, a few unassuming video game machines,
a book-swap section, Christian music (read that how you wish), adult supervision
with volunteer Christian youth as mentors and assistants, maybe a place outside
for volleyball or basketball, a few picnic tables.

A partnership program with local churches, local law enforcement, and
parents that would prohibit the presence and use of alcohol, drugs, or sex. A
strict adherence to the rules as set by the Youth Center administration, with
accountability by the teens built-in to the rule system. An effective
communication system between the adult supervisors and parents that enables fast
and effective resolution of issues. A place kids would like and feel safe in. A
place parents would be thrilled to send their kids to. A place troubled teens
could turn to for help or advice, or more importantly, friendship and an
introduction to Jesus Christ.

This program I envision would be unapologetically Christ-centered, and
would likely be ignored by some. However, if the kids think that the volunteers
and administrators really care about them, they'll want to bring their friends.
Word would get around, and curious teens would swing into the parking lot to see
what's going on.

But how to start? I have no idea how to implement this vision. I know that
many of the features of this ministry would be difficult and/or complicated to
accomplish. Some of my ideas would even be considered "risque" by fellow church
members (like Christian music, or video games, or internet, or all of it, for
that matter). Ok, I have opened up and made myself vulnerable. Now you can
comment and tell me how crazy I am, and how I need to get some sleep. Or you
could offer ideas, encouragement, (money) , or whatever, to create a discussion
on this subject.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Introducing.....(drum roll, please)....

Chloe Alison Yates!

She was born Wednesday afternoon, weighed 5 lb, 10 1/2 oz, and was 18 1/2 inches long. Naomi, Chloe, and I came home around 12:30 today, and are looking forward to some rest, (and our own bed). Why can't manufacturers make hospital beds and pullout beds more comfortable?

This is Chloe, sucking her thumb, on Wednesday evening. Gonna have to break that habit, but right now it's cute!

Here's the very proud daddy on Thursday evening, while Md-Hopeful and his wife, my sister, Lezlie, were visiting. (Incidentally, one of my wife's nurses helped us find a nickname for Chloe. Brenna is "Punkinhead", and Olivia is "Little Bit". The nurse looked at Chloe and said, "You ain't no bigger'n a butterbean!" And there it was...."Butterbean!")

Chloe on the left, Kaylie on the right; Kaylie has a month on her first cousin, and it shows!

Grandma is getting Chloe out of her sleeper, preparing her to leave the hospital.

My beautiful wife and daughter, just before we leave the hospital.

Thank you, God, for all these blessings! I am a rich man, for, while possessing little, my heart is full to overflowing for the joys of my beautiful family.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A New Skidlid (and other unimportant developments)

I recently won this LAS Kripton helmet on Ebay. The fit is great, it's definitely more visible, and the quality is much better than my old Walmart lid! The shades are cheap ones from Dollar General. I figure I'll probably sit on them at some point, so why buy good ones?

And, I think Olivia may be destined to be a hair stylist. She just needs to work on her methods a little. That and get a brush with soft bristles!

And here is a picture I snapped of the 2006 Tour de Georgia winner Floyd Landis, aka "The Mennonite Rider", during the signin period before Stage 1 of said race. No, I did not meet him, but he seemed like a very nice guy. One thing I did observe....while he may no longer be a Mennonite and lives in California, he still sounds like he's from Lancaster County, PA!

Monday, April 03, 2006

I'm Stunned!

Got my May '06 Bicycling magazine today. Of course, I have been looking forward to reading it, but I was unprepared for what I found within its glossy pages. Observe the circled item.....

This is a really big deal to me, as I have tried to get quoted here many times!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Minivan Man

That's right. I'm a soccer dad....whatever that is. Naomi, the girls, and I made a rush trip to Virginia to buy a 2002 Chevy Venture Warner Bros. edition minivan from my friend, and 2-time cousin-in-law Linford Berry, who is the proprietor of Pleasant Valley Auto Sales. He is currently involved in moving his family and business over to Dayton, VA, so he is taking a brief sabbatical from auto sales. However, I will encourage you to look him up later, as he did a wonderful job finding a minivan meeting our "stringent" requirements. (Naomi had a very detailed list of what she wanted. She had to sacrifice her color preference, but at the price, it was worth it.)

We drove north on Sunday morning, March 26, and got to my parents' place about 2 pm. We had lunch, took naps, and then went to church at Ebenezer Mennonite that evening. The next morning, Naomi and I got up early enough to leave by 6:00, leaving the girls with their grandmother for the day. Yay for her, and yay for us! We reached the Shenandoah Valley after a beautiful drive, and handed the keys to our car to Naomi's cousin, Jason, who would be following his folks home to GA that morning. It was amazing to me how God worked all that out for us, so that we wouldn't have to drive two vehicles home on Tuesday.

Then we got to see "our" minivan. Linford was cleaning and doing some touchup on the exterior when we got there, so we got our stuff out of the car so Jason could leave, and began putting everything in the van. We didn't even own the van yet and it was already messy and cluttered with our stuff! Then we went for a test drive. Smooth, stable, comfortable (so far), with plenty of room....we were LIKING this!

When we got back to Linford's office, his wife, Judith, who is my first cousin, Judith was there with their daughter, Lanette. They walked me through paperwork, I signed beside a bunch of X'es, signed a check, and that Chevy was now ours. I also bought a 2-year/25k mile warranty...after all, I have been a Mopar and Ford man all my life, I don't know what might happen!

Then we went with Linford's out for lunch at Pano's, a restaurant that seemed very popular with the law enforcement crowd. When I saw all the police officers, I knew the food was good! It was, too. I would say it was one of the best, most reasonably priced places I have been in. Pano's has my stamp of approval! After that, we drove back to my parents, had supper with them, and went to bed. Tuesday would be a long day!

On Tuesday morning, we got up, dressed and ate breakfast, then went to the Windmill Farm Bake Shop, owned by Nathan and Mildred Good. I wanted to get the latest Voice of Praise album, "Deliverance", but I also stumbled across the new Tapestry recording, and AHQ's "Purpose". I bought a copy of each. Then I had to get one of the Bake Shop's massive cinnamon rolls, and some cookies, and a chocolate brownie, and some more cookies, and some sandwiches.

Hey, it was for lunch! And we still had stuff left on Wednesday... so there!

Anyway, we drove back to GA, getting home before too late. I am glad I don't have to take fast trips like that very often, as I spent a good portion of 3 days driving. I was tired!

So, current opinion of the Venture? Excellent gas mileage and range (25.5 mpg and climbing, 600+ miles range), excellent sound system (6-cd changer,....ahem...dvd player, AV jacks for my mp3 player), good ride (Michelin tires with 70% tread left, air suspension), fair seating (I bought a back pad for myself, and now the seating is great), and good mechanical condition ( I will have to have the A/C repaired, as the condenser has a leak, and we noticed that one of the dash lights is out, and one of the backup lights is out. The A/C is under the warranty I bought (see, I did need it!), and I think I can fix the backup light myself. The dash light is the one I am concerned about, although it illuminates the gas gauge, so no big deal if I don't fix it right away.) We like it. It will take some getting used to, as sometimes the minivan seems smarter than me, and I have to figure out the right combination of switches to do what I want. We'll get the hang of it.


I thought since my illustrious fellow blogger, ITF, posted a review of VOP's new album, "Deliverance", I would share a few thoughts about a cd that was handed to me by a co-worker. Admittedly, I don't know any of the singer/musicians, but I still feel led to recommend this group and their work.

The cd I heard was "In His Presence" by Adopted, a quartet of instrument-playing young ladies. While the songs were accompanied by violin, keyboard, guitar, and bass, I did not feel that the accompaniment in any way detracted from the message of the songs. I love acappella, but I also enjoy good accompanied music, and this definitely qualifies. I enjoyed the poignant strains of the violin, and the flourishes of sound on the keyboard.

The vocalists were talented, as well. I generally prefer male quartets, simply because these allow me to sing along in a comfortable range. These ladies harmonize well, and simply. There are no complex chordings that lean on the instrumentation to make them work. These songs could be sung acappella without a hitch. The only thing that really stood out to me was some of the extremely high pitches of the harmony parts.

One song I especially appreciated was "The Air I Breathe", written by Marie Barnett in 1995. I have heard this song sung by a big name Christian Contemporary artist, and enjoyed it, but this was WAY better. The piano accompaniment was excellent, and the vocal harmony was tight, worshipful....I got chills. All my favorite worship songs do that to me.

Adopted now has a new album out, entitled "Love So Amazing", and I hope to get a copy sometime in the future. Check them out, and listen to the song clips. The download time is very short, and I think you will be impressed.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Sharing the Stage at the Purvis Community Center

Last Saturday, Eternal Revenue had the privilege to share the stage with a veteran gospel quartet, the New Jerusalem Singers of Hephzibah, GA. This group has been around for almost fifteen years, giving programs mostly in the southern states in churches and other public locations. How we both ended up on the same stage the same night closing the program together with "Amazing Grace", is quite a story.

It seems that their first tenor, "Skip", is a deacon in his congregation, and he and his wife were visiting a sick member at University Hospital. While Skip was in the room with his sick friend, his wife waited outside and began speaking with the nurse/assistant nurse, and somehow, Skip's love for the Lord and music was mentioned. The nurse shared how he enjoyed good music, and that he, too, was in an all-male group, a quintet, that had been singing together for about 10 months.

You can probably guess who the nurse was!

Anyway, that was the initial point that led to ER and NJS being in Thomson, GA at the Purvis Community Center.

Not really sure what the Community Center used to be, but the building has been there a while! The stage is located in line with the door on the right, behind the car. "Behind the scenes" doesn't nearly describe what is going on in the wing behind the stage. There is a makeshift lunch counter where several ladies will sell you hamburgers or hotdogs until they run out..... which they did, just before I got there! However, my wonderful wife shared some of her snack with me, so I was able to last until we got to Wendy's late that evening.

After we arrived, the fellows of both groups began preparing the stage and equipment. My part of that involved opening and assembling the music stands ER uses. NJS had to set up their sound system, and hook in their laptop with the canned music. After the program was over, they were jealously looking at the small pile of folded stands in my arm and muttering about the "simplicity of acappella singing". We, on the other hand very much enjoyed the treat of not having to "push" our voices so hard to reach the back of the room!

The New Jerusalem Singers opened the program, singing for about 15 minutes, until Skip, who had been suffering bronchitis-like symptoms for about three weeks, had to stop. Then he introduced us as we took our places and picked up our microphones. We started with "Highest Place", which some of you may have heard from one of Voice of Praise's more recent albums, "Resting in His Grace." We sang quite a few songs in the first standing, one of them being an arrangement of "Just a Closer Walk" , as arranged by my co-baritone/pinch-hitter brother-in-law, Kenneth Barnhart. He is the one in the very center, right beside me.

A funny thing about that solo.... When we got to it, I dove in as I was accustomed to, not even noticing until nearly the end of that stanza that Kenneth was singing along. Thinking that he had just forgotten, I shrugged it off and we finished the song. The next song, "Old Time Religion", was where I realized what had actually happened. I reached the third verse and began the baritone lead, and...BAM!...I was singing alone, as I was supposed to. The other solo wasn't supposed to be mine, I was the one who forgot! Kenneth was very gracious about it, though, when I apologized later.

Soon it was time for NJS to do their second standing. I am not sure where this clip came in, but you should listen to them, anyway. Poor Skip was doing all he could to hold those high notes, or the "purty part", as Titus describes it. Bill, the bass, did a very nice job hitting those low notes, and he didn't need to stick the mike in his mouth to reach a note as I have seen some basses do. Ken and Ken did a very nice job of swapping the lead and baritone parts. No, I didn't stutter, two of the guys have the same first name.

Next, we had our second standing, and following that, both the New Jerusalem Singers and Eternal Revenue stood side by side, singing "Amazing Grace", accompanied by all the fine people that came to hear some good music. A fitting end to a wonderful time!

I would encourage you to visit the New Jerusalem Singers' website. Their sound man and manager, Larry, who also happens to be one of the Ken's dad, has posted pictures in their photo gallery. His shots are much better, as the flash on his digital camera reached on out there. Just click on the top entry. Be sure to look for the white hanging veil! That would be my lovely wife! I have almost decided to hire Olivia and Brenna as Eternal Revenue's PR team, especially Olivia. She was all over the room, making friends, climbing up in old ladies' laps, you name it.

Effusive expressions of gratitude go out to my good buddy, Tom, for his technical advisory role in creating and posting the video clips of our program. When you come to Georgia, man, I'm buying the first iced tea!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Fed Up with FedEx

Something came up at work today. My boss thinks I am paranoid about shipping companies. He may be right. Whenever I win something on Ebay or order something online, I always request a tracking number so I can check on my package's progress at least once if not multiple times. Partly because I cannot stand the suspense of waiting to see when it would arrive, and partly because I know what shipping companies can do with a package.

Take Monday for example: I waited at work, filling my time by doing some stuff on the computer that I have been trying to get done, figuring that Fedex would be a little late. No one shows, so I leave a note to leave my package next door, which has been standard practice for years. However, I know it's on the truck, because the scan said so. When I checked later, the tracking site said that the truck came through while I was there! Our business was closed, but my car was in the parking lot. I was miffed, to say the least.

So on Tuesday, I came in to work midafternoon, finished some other projects, and managed to catch the driver this time. Finally got a 1gb SD card for this Dell I am writing on! For $25 bucks with the mail-in rebate, at that!

Now I am waiting for a carrying case for my Dell, and a special edible ink printer for the bakery. And I check the status on those regularly!

One thing I do know, after dealing with Fedex, UPS, and the USPS, I would pick UPS first every time. And the USPS second, with Fedex coming far behind the Pony Express of the 1800's. The sad thing is that more companies seem to be using Fedex as their default carrier. At least if I put it on a brown truck, I can be fairly confident that what I shipped will arrive on time, in one piece.

But I would still check the status of my shipment.

{End of rant}

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Once again posting from my Axim, which can be tedious, but kinda fun, I am slowly learning how to use this thing. Right now, I am using the letter recognizer input method, which seems faster than the virtual keyboard. Slowly but surely, I am getting this thing customized and configured to my preferences . I have changed all the hot keys to programs I use regularly, and have loaded several freeware applications that I downloaded off the internet, Pocketblog being one of them. This program works by caching posts, and when I plug my Dell into its cradle and connect my desktop to the internet, the post is sent to Blogger when I click update. Cool, huh?

I am attempting to post this from my Pocket PC. I have a post about a recent ER program that I will share in the near future.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Valentine's Day--A Redneck Perspective

Someone brought an email printout of this poem to work last week. I thought I would share it, although I changed a few lines to make better sense. Who says rednecks ain't romantic?

Redneck Love

Collards is green,
My dog’s name is Blue
And I’m so lucky to have
A sweet thang like you!
Yore hair is like corn silk
a-flappin in the breeze,
Softer than Blue’s
An’ widout all them fleas.

You move like the bass,
Which excite me in May.
You ain’t go no scales
But I luv you anyway.
Yo’re as satisfy’n as okry
Jist a-fry’n in the pan.
Yo’re as fragrant as snuff
Right out of the can.

You have some a yore teeth
For which I am right proud;
I hol’ my head high
When we’re in a crowd.
On speshul occasions
When you shave under yore arms,
Well, I’m in hawg heaven
And awed by yore charms.

Still them fellers at work,
They all want to know,
What I did to deserve
Such a Purdy young doe.
Like a good roll of duck tape,
Yo’re there for yore man,
To patch up life’s trubbles
An fix whut you can.

Yo’re as cute as a June bug
a-buzzin’ overhead
Y’ain’t mean like them far aints
I found in my bed.
Cut from the best cloth
Like a plaid flannel shirt
If you was a food
You’d be the dessert.

When you hold me real tight
Like a padded gun rack,
My life is complete,
Ain’t nuttin’ I lack.
Yore compecksiun, it’s purfexion,
Like the best vinyl sidin’.
Despite all the years
Yore age, it keeps hidin’.

Me-n-you’s like a Moon Pie
With a RC cole drank,
We go together
Like a skunk goes with stank.
Some men,
They buy choclit for Valentimes day
They git it in Walmart
Its romantic that way.

Some men git roses
On that speshul day
From the cooler at Kroger
That’s impressive, I say.
Some men buy fine dimonds
From a flea market booth.
“Dimonds are forever”
With them bills, it’s the truth!

But for this man, honey,
These just won’t do.
Cause yore too speshul,
You sweet thang, you!
I got you a gift,
Without taste ner odor,
More useful than dimonds
--Author unknown

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

It Was My Turn To Plan Valentine's, So I....

...really went overboard!

(but it has always been worth it!)

Naomi and I have had a practice of taking turns planning our Valentine's Day celebration, and this year was my opportunity to really pull all the stops and really spoil her. I rarely get to give Naomi the "royal treatment" because of financial limitations, but I decided to allocate a small portion of our income tax return to treating her to some pretty nice experiences. It kinda went like this...

I like to surprise her with gifts and treats, but she has never been one to like BIG surprises. Matter of fact, when I took her to her bridal shower without telling her what was going on, I almost got in trouble with her. So, as I was planning our "Event", I let her know that I was planning something pretty special, and spiced it up by telling her about the responses of others to whom I had revealed my plans. This way, it wouldn't come out of nowhere. Besides, I like teasing her, just to see how she tries fishing for info before the "Big Event"!

In addition, since I am off work on Mondays and Tuesdays, I decided to do everything on February 13, since I make a half-hearted attempt to be in bed early on Tuesday nights before work on Wednesday. So....

...on Monday morning, I got up and fixed breakfast and coffee, finished packing a few necessary items for our special day, and got the family in the car by almost 11 AM. Naomi knew we were dropping the girls off at a babysitter, she just didn't know who, or for how long. (hint, hint!) So, we dropped Brenna and Olivia off at Mdhopeful's with my sister, and we went to lunch at O'Charley's, where Naomi finally had the Black and Bleu Steak Caesar Salad she had been craving, and I had the catfish and fries from the lunch menu. We really like this restaurant, and, judging by the crowd, we aren't the only ones.

During our meal, I finally revealed part of my plan for Naomi when I gave her a nice, sentimental, gushy Valentine's card. Inside was a gift certificate to Paradise Island Day Spa for a Relax and Restore Spa Package, which included a 30-min. massage, a manicure, and a pedicure. Talk about surprised! And, incidentally, the spa was only a quarter mile down the road. So, after the paperwork was filled out, I left her at the spa, and departed to finalize preparations she had yet to learn about!

I had to find a long-stemmed red rose. There was a Winn-Dixie across the shopping center parking lot, but it was out of business. Michael's was next door, and I managed to find a rosebud that wouldn't wilt...yeah, it's artificial, but so what! It can be the gift that keeps on giving, or something. Then I drove over to our next destination, Augusta Suites Inn, to do some decorating prior to bringing Naomi there. I had made reservations for a Jacuzzi Suite, which we had used a couple of years ago, but this time with my own touch.

I had bought a 500-piece box of Wilton's Red Flower Petals a week before, and stashed it in my dove-hunting bucket in the garage. Those got scattered on the carpet, on the bed, around the jacuzzi, and the long-stem rose was placed on the pillow. I checked the thermostats, and then went to look for some food and refreshments.

Just so happens, a couple hundred yards down the street is a Dunkin' Donuts, right next to a Starbucks, actually. So I stocked up on an iced coffee roll, an apple fritter, and two butternut-coated cake donuts. Yeah, yeah, I work in a bakery, where's my company loyalty, right? Hey, we were closed! Call it "industrial espionage", if you like, or "market research", if that was too "Tom Clancy-ish" for you. Then I went a little further and found a Publix Supermarket, where I bought both red and white Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice. Then I carried my goodies back to the hotel, and went to pick up Naomi.

She was done being massaged, clipped, buffed, polished, and otherwise pampered, and was glowing. I should have done this years ago! Anyway, while she ecstatically described her relaxing experience, I drove her to one of the fabric shops which we had discussed on our way into town. Did I mention it was just a jog down the street from our hotel? When we left the shop, I asked her if she wanted any Dunkin' Donuts, since it was just down the street. She didn't want any donuts, but was quite shocked when I turned into the hotel parking lot.

Anyway, to finally bring this tale to a close, we dined that evening at the Snug, which is the first restaurant we went to together when we started dating. Romantic, yes, but Naomi's stomach was a little unsettled, so she ended up ordering a side order of mashed potatoes, and I had the "Cajun Canoe", a wonderful mix of Italian sausage, shrimp, and chicken on fettucini. Naomi then ordered a small steak and steamed vegetables for take-out.

Afterwards, we returned to our hotel. This morning we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, and dawdled until the 11:00 checkout time. Then we left and did some shopping and finally picked up the girls around 3. A wonderful time, but I am glad to be home. Naomi said the hotel bed was too hard, which kept her from sleeping well, so she is looking forward to sleeping in our own bed tonight.

The only really bummer thing was that the jacuzzi in our room didn't work. That really wasn't cool, but we were too tired to make an issue of it. The management said that they would give us a discount the next time we wanted to stay there. Not holding my breath, right?

Well, for those of you that were despairing of my writing another post, hopefully there won't be quite such a long gap between posts in the future. Hopefully...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Friday is the 13th!

Does that scare you?

I have never been the superstitious type, but for some reason, this one is unnerving. I don't suppose the fact that it is also my birthday on Friday, or that I am taking the seemingly momentous step into my thirties.

Let's face it: I will be thirty years old, and what have I accomplished? I have a wonderful wife, and two beautiful daughters, and we are anticipating another child in June. It is exciting to see where God has directed my life, but what have I done for Him?

I feel a midlife crisis approaching...10 years too early.

I remember another momentous birthday WAY back when. It also was Friday the 13th. That was the year I turned 13! It was also the day we moved from NC to VA. At the time, having to leave my friends and school seemed pretty unlucky, but looking back, I realize that it was a GOOD thing.

Maybe turning 30 will look different from the perspective of looking back.

Incidentally, Happy Belated New Year! Go share Christ's love with someone, for time is running out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Guess What?

My wonderful wife has been queasy for the last 15 weeks. Hopefully the next 25 won't be quite so bad.


God is SO GOOD!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Give 'Em a Cow!

I received an email today that included this thought. I am not sure what prompted it, but it is interesting.

"Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our
government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago,
right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington. They
also tracked her calves to their stalls ... but they are unable to locate
11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should
give them all a cow."

"Hello, Onstar. How may I help you?"

"This is the federal gubment. We need a location on Joe Nobody's cow."