Saturday, June 27, 2009

The last few weeks!

I could blog for hours about what has been going on in our lives over the past few weeks but I'll spare you. I'm a very detailed person so its normal for me to want fill you in on all the details but I'll restrain, you would be yawning at the end of my post.

Wayne has been away on a work assignment in Texas and Caleb and I have been chalking up the baseball games, we managed to include a family vacation during this time as well to the beautiful Colorado Rockies. This vacation was planned to celebrate our nephew's graduation from high school- Congratulations, Christopher as you embark on your new journey.

I'm going to include some of the vacation pictures but I took a couple of hundred photos so there is no way I can post all of them. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Random Photos

The face of a champion! Caleb's team won the league championship. We are All-Star bound!!

Savannah, my niece posing for a picture.
Spencer, my nephew enjoying his hotdog.

My aunt Linda and Doris and cousin Randy.

My dad with his three sisters, Doris, Linda and Annette.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some rambling thoughts!

I'm feeling a sense of excitement and sadness all at the same time.

Tonight, I've listened to my little boy/pre-teen/bubby/baseball lover/whatever name fits at the time tell excitedly about his introduction to the Jr./Sr. High School. Caleb and about 50 other 6th graders got to go and tour their 7th grade classrooms. He tells me that he will have 9 class periods, 2 different locker combinations, 3 minutes to change classrooms, and lunch will be at 12:50 so no snack when he gets picked up. He is like mom, I'm sure I'll forget which classroom to go into for the right period, how will I ever remember my locker combinations and I hope that I get study hall for the last period. He is excited and nervous about the change from elementary to junior high but he will do fine.

I never had to deal with this in the 7th grade, I attended a private school where there might be 20-30 kids in a classroom and that would be 7-12 grades. I've dealt with new situations and circumstances many times since the 7th grade, some have been handled much better than others. Life is all about the journey.

Caleb will adapt well, I'm very confident of that but I'm reminded every day that my little man is growing up so very quickly.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Motorcycle riding!

Wayne and Caleb were trying out my brother's bike that he had just recently gotten out of the shop.

This is Wayne and Caleb with our friends, Bear and Jason.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Weather was perfect in the high 70's and sun was shining, so what better day to get on the motorcycle and ride. Caleb rode with a friend of ours and Wayne and I enjoyed the ride with quite a large group of local abate riders.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spring Schedule

A sure sign of spring for us is getting the baseball schedule. This schedule dictates our life for the next few months. Caleb has been practicing for the past month but the games will be starting on Monday. Fun times!

I can't get over how quickly my little guy is turning into a young man. The baseball pants that fit so well last year, literally look like he is poured into them. The cleats we just bought last fall, are now 2 sizes bigger this spring. Whew! The only thing that was salvagable from last season is the socks and belt, Hibbetts and Dicks definately enjoy my money.

Caleb has now decided that he enjoys being the catcher, he also is a pitcher but it is not as fun for him. (psst... I'll tell you a secret- I'm just as happy that he is not crazy about pitching, I worry about his rotator cuff and I get all nervous for him when he has the pressure of pitching.) This weekend he gets to go and watch the Louisville Cardinal Baseball team practice, so he is so pumped about this.

Another exciting thing we did a couple of weekend's ago was take a trip to TN. We had the wonderful priviledge of being with some dear friends and we celebrated my friend, LaDonna's birthday. It was a surprise party but we also got to fellowship with friends that we had not seen for a very long while. True friendships are a blessing and my life is richer because of friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring has arrived!

I'm so excited for spring to arrive, it seems like it has been such a long winter. The ice storm that we had in January probably contributed to my feelings but I'm excited about spring. These are a few of my thoughts on spring.
  1. I love being able to open my windows and air out the house.
  2. The fresh buds on the trees start peeking their heads out.
  3. The grass starts getting greener.
  4. No more winter coats.
  5. The smell of grilling.
  6. Taking walks through the neighborhood.
  7. Children playing in the yard.
  8. Family trips in the boat.
  9. The sight of daffodils brighten my day.
  10. I get to enjoy the wonderful gifts that God placed on this earth.

Happy Spring to you'll!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The biggest loser!

These are the photos from my recent adventure with my friend Tricia. I found out that the Biggest Loser TV show was going to hold auditions in a town very near to ours and I love the Biggest Loser show. I decided to participate and invited Tricia to come along and audition with me. We had a great time sitting out in the cold, watching the sun come up together along with about 500 others. We were told we'd receive a call back within 5 business days if we were chosen to do a second audition. Our phones never rang, but the lady in the blue in the group photo, she received a call back for a second audition. We are anxiously awaiting to see if she makes to the show.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Band Competition

These are the many facial expressions that we saw yesterday from Caleb. He had a trumpet solo at the band competition. You can tell from his expression that he was having butterflies and then the elated smile that it was over. He won a gold medal for his performance. When I asked him if it was worth all the time that he had to practice, his comment was yes but I still don't like to practice.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A blast of wintery mix!

What a week this has been.........

I had received a call from a friend of mine last Sunday who tells me we are going to be getting the worst winter storm yet for the Kentuckiana area. We were up in northern Indiana visiting my parents, where they had lots of snow and cold temps, so I'm thinking, surely, it won't be that bad. Well, was I ever wrong.

Let me just say, I was so much more blessed than some, we did at least have water- cold it was but it was water. The news is saying it maybe weeks before some get power restored. I'm very thankful, because the situation could have been so much worse.

Our electricity went out on Tuesday evening, Jan. 27th and didn't come on until Friday evening, Jan. 30th. We stayed at home during this frigid week, but we relived the scene of last fall when Hurricane Ike came through. The concern last fall was of your food in the fridge and freezer going bad, in the winter it is a matter of survival to keep warm. We piled quilts and layers of blankets on. Wayne was able to purchase a generator and that gave us a few lights but it doesn't have power to heat the house. We kept warm with a heating device that hooked up to our propane tank from the grill, but you could only burn it for a few hours. The carbon monoxide is a huge concern with propane so we had to be very careful.

I'm very happy to say, the power is back on but they are warning that another storm maybe headed our direction next week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

God vs. Science

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, 'Let me explain the problem science has with religion.' The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. 'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?' 'Yes sir,' the student says. 'So you believe in God?' 'Absolutely.' 'Is God good?' 'Sure! God's good.' 'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?' 'Yes.' 'Are you good or evil?' 'The Bible says I'm evil.' The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible!' He considers for a moment. 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?' 'Yes sir, I would.' 'So you're good...!' 'I wouldn't say that.' 'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.' The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?' The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. 'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?' 'Er...yes,' the student says. 'Is Satan good?' The student doesn't hesitate on this one. 'No.' 'Then where does Satan come from?' The student falters. 'From God' 'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?' 'Yes, sir.' 'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?' 'Yes.' 'So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.' Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?' The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.' 'So who created them?' The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. 'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. 'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?' The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.' The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?' 'No sir. I've never seen Him.' 'Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?' 'No, sir, I have not.' 'Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?' 'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.' 'Yet you still believe in him?' 'Yes.' 'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?' 'Nothing,' the student replies. 'I only have my faith.' 'Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.'

At the back of the room another student stands quietly for a moment before asking a question of His own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat?' 'Yes,' the professor replies. 'There's heat.' 'And is there such a thing as cold?' 'Yes, son, there's cold too.' 'No sir, there isn't.' The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. 'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.' 'Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.' Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer. 'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?' 'Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't darkness?' 'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word.' 'In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?' The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. 'So what point are you making, young man?' 'Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.' The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. 'Flawed? Can you explain how?' 'You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains. 'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.' 'It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.' 'Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?' 'If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.' 'Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?' The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed. 'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?' The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. 'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.' The student looks around the room. 'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter. 'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.' 'So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?' Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I guess you'll have to take them on faith.' 'Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,' the student continues. 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?' Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.' To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.'

The professor sat down.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Some more Christmas photos

Caleb and Savannah were having a great time on Caleb's air mattress.

Wayne and I on Christmas Day.

My brother Nathan shooting a game of pool.

Dad is aiming for the perfect shot.

Spencer was having a great time riding on his uncle Wayne's shoulders.