Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Loving it

Well we picked up Chad early and got to Lakewood a little after lunch. Chad just had to rent a golf cart, so we rode around a little. After a simple supper we headed to the indoor pool and the hot tub. Man I am so relaxed right now. I'll have some pics tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

We are close to Fort Bragg, at a walmart of course, and will hang out here until tomorrow. Chad gets off at 12:00 and we will pick him up and head to the beach. Having fun....

Monday, December 29, 2008

Much Doings Around Here

I find myself up during the night again. There is many things going around here such as transitions and kids coming back from break. Yesterday we enjoyed church very much, went shopping afterward and came back home to watch the panthers win. Today I have to ride up across the border to NC and renew my driver license. CDL for 8 years is $120.00 plus the cost of endorsements. That's ridiculous. We are getting ready to start our 6 day vacation. We are gong to pick up chad at noon on Wednesday and head to Myrtle Beach. We will stay at Lakewood with indoor pool and hot tub, can't wait. The kids this past week have been hard to handle, especially the last few days. I can't mention which ones and what the behaviour is but it is constant. When we go on break it always throws things into a spin so the two additional days will not help that. Well all is well cause all of that is just stuff. We enjoyed our home group last night and it helped to talk to some other adults our age about some stuff. Surprisingly, we all pretty much felt the same, we see the world deteriorating around us. Glad to be a Believer because I know the end, victory has already been established.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sadness and Overcoming

Late yesterday I began to feel sad. Why I do not know, yet its that feeling that if you've felt it, it just can't be explained. My mind was wandering too much and it seems everything I saw I pondered on it as it related to my life. This is common with someone of my personality, a dreamer. I was sad when I thought of this world, this country, our troops, my kids, aging gracefully and many other things. We took the boys to eat Chinese last night, TC's choice not mine, and just watching them (being boys) frustrated me until I thought about and decided it was good. Sometimes I just get sad around these boys knowing their situation and how doubtful it is for some that wants to return home but will probably never see that happen. Then, TC and I sit down together and watched a movie called "The Notebook". OMG We cried like babies and the movie made me think of Grandparents and of TC parents. My Grandfather out lived his mind and that was sad, but he was so devoted to my grandma. Everyday he would stay with her and I knew he loved her. She was his sweetheart. TC's Mom Ethel said when Ernie, TC's Dad, passed that she just couldn't go on. She could not see a future without him. I highly recommend that movie. I looked at TC and realized I knew exactly what Ethel meant, I can't imagine life without her.
Psa 42:5 Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-- my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness--
Psa 119:143 As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

YUCK-The Clean up

Today we have to take the tree down and all the decorations. We hate to take it down before New Years, but this year we will not be here so, we have do it today. Actually there are several things to do today to prepare for our extended leave. A whole two additional days, but I'm not complaining. We will be off from Next Tuesday until the following Sunday, six days. I think we are gonna hit Lakewood Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach and then head to Fort Bragg to see Chad. But, there are tons to do before that can happen, so I'm gonna get a early start this morning.

Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Pictures




















Blessed indeed.......What a great Christmas Day








Thursday, December 25, 2008

Connecting

Well there is not much to do this morning while I wait on everyone to wake up. In the mean time I will share that over the last few weeks I have gotten more involved on trying to connect with others. That being said I have done this in several area
1. Try and post on the blog each day
2. Created our own web page that will communicate to others what our ministry is. Work in progress.
3. Link this to my facebook page. I was not going to do this, but once I got started an learned how to so the wall, I have talked to people that I have not seen in years. A fast way to keep in touch.
4. Of course my MySpace page has been there for a while.
5. Another way I have connected is through our small group. TC and I host one here at Collins through Foothills Community Church. I even made a webpage for that.

So as you an tell I have made it a point to connect with more people in the coming years. Beginning in January there are two things that we will be focusing our attention on. That being of course our ministry here at Collins, but secondly to engage opportunities to speak on behalf of Christ to any church or group that will have me and or us come and preach, teach or describe life as a houseparent. Enough for now.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You did what?

Headed down the road and someone pulled out from behind another vehicle and BAM. Even though it was his fault and his insurance will pay for it I still hate it. My chest hurts a little where the seat belt stopped me but no one was hurt and that's the main thing. Honey, I wrecked the van.


Christmas Eve

Wednesday morning and it's Christmas Eve. The boys are getting so excited they can hardly contain themselves. It's gonna be a great Christmas as we have not had small kids like this in a while. As they get older they want money. TC has done such a great job at decorating and she will be the one cooking for our big meal. Even some of the kids that went home is coming by on Christmas day and receive their gifts the home provides. Yesterday I had a boy who went home last June call and talked for a while. What a great job we have.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cub Scouts Pack 24

Here is what we won for the best dessert.
The pack meeting, along with a potluck supper and the desserts prepared by Father/Son Teams and judges for competion. That is not TC helping the boys, it just looks like her. It's actually me the, Father helping them.




Monday, December 22, 2008

Back home tonight and everything went well. The Dinner was so nice and the owner each year gives this meal to the home at no charge. We are exhausted so its off to bed we go.

A No Coffee Morning Sucks

It's 4:30 AM and I am up. not that I want to be but I just am. What's worse, because of some blood work I've recently had, the doc wants a ultra sound of my kidneys and liver. I said hey get your own darn scan, but he wanted mine. So, for me there is no breakfast, NO COFFEE, not even water. This is a one shot deal. The Doc also wants me to have a sleep study because of my breathing at night. TC says she listens to me sometimes and its like I quit breathing. Well things are as they are; I'll go and do it all but I will not like it and will go kicking and screaming.
As usual the transition for us back into the house is always somewhat rocky. Our relief staff just does things different. It took a few hours to tell the kids, "that's not how we do it"!!! So, today after one of our boys goes "shopping with a hero" we have a Christmas party to attend at 3:00 PM at Westminster Baptist Church Youth Ministry and then at 5:30 PM we have a supper at a local restaurant where they will give out $25.00 gift certificates from Belks. Lot's of stuff going on today. My Drivers license expires on the 30th, so I gotta do that too!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Breaking Camp

Sunday morning and our last day camping. It was bueatiful this morning. About 59 with the sun shining; however that is the high today and by tomorrow I think the highs will be at least 20 degrees colder. Sorry Ruth, you should come south. Our friends Sonny and Bobby just left Montana and came to NC, so I am sure they feel the difference. Back to Collins today and I will be teaching at Bounty Land tonight. Moday will come as a whirlwind as we only have a few days left to get ready for Christmas, although we have lots of help.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Born to Play

It's raining here at the lake. I took my good blanket and sit a while under thw awning. I was watching the fisherman in thrir boats. It mattered not that it was raining, they had come to fish and fish is what they were doing;rain or shine. After coming inside and getting back online I came across this commercial that I had seen before. It made me think reading the blog that it was posted on that indeed I am doing what God wants me to do. I am in my sweet spot, living with 8 boys and my wife. I love this video;

Choices

Last night we went to a place called Mountain View Steak and Seafood. Very good I would say. It's way out in the middle of nowhere and the locals packed it on Friday night mostly for the seafood. There is a somber feeling that is here because both TC and I are hurting because of our son. Even thought Chad is in the Army he has not turned his life or choices around. You raise them and it is just so hard to let go. Because of choices he has made he will not be home for Christmas. I am saddened by the thousands of men and women that would be home if they could be but they can't and our son has made choices that will not allow him to come, although we are not sure if he even wants to come. Choices are a part of our everyday life. We make them sometimes with no thought whatsoever, yet those choices could have serious effects. But then again who am I to say anything about choices? For now I'll just sit and look at the water.

Friday, December 19, 2008

I Reckon

Wound up staying at the house until lunch, ate at the plentiful platter for lunch, settled in for a afternoon nap and enjoyed some warmed up chicken with fresh potatoes, fried crispy with some onions added. A nice campfire later in the evening, a game of cards, some reading and to bed. This morning I watched the fishermen as they put their boats in the water and respectfully floated slowly outside the range of this cove and took off to their favorite fishing spot I reckon. Another day is upon us and many things to be thankful for.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cleaning and Camping

Thursday finds us getting ready for our break. We are so tired this time we are just going right down the road to South Cove Campground. I intend to do nothing but cook and eat, think and read, walk and sleep for the next four days.
One of our boys brought home a ginger bread house and it was very nice, although Benji thought it to be very delicious or at least half of it. Something happened this morning, I woke to a cleaning spirit and have been organizing files and cleaning in my room for since 4:30 AM. Boy, did it need it. Well we continue to prepare for Christmas here and there are a few thing still to do; but that will come later. For now it's break time.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Integrity and Grandparents

Today being Wednesday we have a pretty big meeting this morning. I am not sure how things will go as there are some staff, including myself, who does not like the way management is going about some things. If we don't have integrity and even all the appearance thereof I think we will lose. There is an old saying that we only have one reputation and if you lose it, it is gone. Anyway, here is a video of a great song but what is cool is these are my Grandparents once again done beautifully by my daughter with pictures collected by my sister.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Video of Mom and Dad

Here is a small video of my Dad and Mom dancing at their 50th wedding anniversary. I did not realize how southern and country I sound until I said, "Don't dip her"


50th Wedding Anniversary

Rushing and Relating

What a rush. The last few day have been busy. Mom and Dads 50th Wedding Anniversary was awesome. Lots of old friends and stuff. My sister Cathy really did a good job, as with our 25th party. We got back to Mom for supper and to watch the Panthers win!!! Monday morning found us at the doctors office with some good results for me and both TC and I got a flu shot along with some blood work. Racing back to SC in time to pick up the boys from school and a total of four round trips to the church for Upward basketball practice. The Kids got their uniforms last night so they were excited. Now, if we can just get them to leave them where we put them they may not get lost before the first game.

Last night I had one of the best talks with my son ever!!!!!! He was really broken about his lack of relationship with God. TC had prayed that God would send him someone who would be a positive influence on Chad and God did, but Chad rejected him. Now, we pray that he will come back around cause Chad would like to to talk to him more. Chad said, Daddy, I know if I don't get it right with me and God, won't nothing be right! Amen.....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lesson learned from another....

In a weekly E-Newsletter I get from a friend in California, I received this today and from it I take this phrase and highlight it. First, let me say that Keith Giles was talking about his feeling of unrest and how things seem to change for him every three years or so and that he was at that point. Consider his feeling as a void you feel. You know that feeling; Feel like traveling on, hanging you hat elsewhere, throwing your hat on a new peg, you get the drift. I highlight this from his email,
"Maybe I've been looking for people, or experiences, or activities to feed my soul when I should have found my sustenance in Christ alone?

The more I meditated on this the more it seemed to resonate. In fact, it was the only thought that brought me any sense of hope or comfort or relief. The empty feeling inside me is God.

Or better yet, the emptiness I feel is the gaping hole where God longs to find His home and settle within.

Very good Keith, and well put! To that end I offer this scripture that spoke to me heart,

Jhn 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.

He is my God because He gave Himself for me and because He loves me!!!! Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

To Mom and Dad

Saturday and we are down to four boys. I've been getting the blazer ready a little. We have not drove it in about two months it seems, of course its been in the shop a few times. Anyway, after a Caseworker visit in a bit we are going the mall in Anderson SC, where TC is going to let the boys shop for some of their own family members. I believe we will probably be gong to Golden Corral for supper. Tomorrow is the big day for Mom and Dad, 50 years of wedded bliss. What a blessing to see them celebrate this great occasion. This video while not completely accurate is such a good one and it goes out to them. I love you Mom and Dad!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dreams and other stuff

A Few pics from last Sunday. Today is Friday and we will have at least three boys go home and that will leave around five. Allan has a boy scout even so he has to be at the scout hut by 7:30 AM in the morning. So yesterday TC sent me to Walmart for some things. God I hate that place. I hate the way people act in a place as such, but they do have the lower prices. I hoping that after we take the kids to school this morning it will be nice and quiet as I slept very little and had some weird dreams. Off we go.
Me and Allan just waiting patiently to rush to the front of the line when the preacher prays. We don't mess around when it comes to eating time.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rain and Revelation

Thursday and it is still raining. The older kids went to a production last night of "It's A Wonderful Life". They said they liked it but our boys said the best thing was one girl fell off stage and twisted her ankle. How twisted is that? This morning I've been us since 4:30 and have had my quiet time and I feel ready for the day. I am meeting with my friend Scott this morning for breakfast. Hopefully the rest of the day will be kinda of slow. I found this morning a great website for a newer minded evangelist. I don't know much about him right now but this is what I gleaned from this morning.....

Possibilities…
The possibility of : winning the lottery…1 in 147 million
getting struck by lightning… 1 in 244,000
catching a ball at a baseball game… 1 in 563
The possibility of having a relationship with God…every 1


In the beginning, the human race was created to be friends with God. With love he crafted each person, desiring to walk with them in a close alliance. That is true of you also. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He still wants to be close to you. He wants to walk with you through this life, talk you through the difficult moments that our society lobs your way, and direct you to the paths that are going to provide protection, fulfillment, and purpose.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday

Today it has been rainy all day. I watched a movie called "In the valley of Elah" with Tommy Lee Jones. It was one of those movies that really made you think. I picked up the blazer from getting a new fuel pump, "ouch" and have done some Boy Scouts stuff and now we are getting ready to go to church. All for now

Monday, December 08, 2008

Yes it's Monday

Today I winterized the camper, had the blazer picked up again by a wrecker and taken to a local shop to have the fuel pump replaced. There has been lots of little busy things like replacing light bulbs, straightening out some shelves, and of course some computer work. I just got our all in one printer working and so I was able to scan a report card, make a copy and email it to the office as they have to keep all paperwork. Tonight we have three different practice schedules for Upwards Basketball and hopefully all will be done in time to watch my Panthers play tonight. All for now!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday, A busy day!

Sunday morning and we are back at Collins. This weekend we left Thursday and went shopping for clothes, no comment, even though I did get me some good stuff. Then, we went to Oconee State Park and camped over night where there were only one other camper there. We left there on Friday and went to Christie's house and hooked up in there back yard. That was cool, cause we had power and everything else was self contained. Anyway, we ate at a great Mexican Restaurant in downtown Brevard and then hung out with them until late Saturday afternoon. We have cut this break short so we can be off next Sunday.
Today is very busy as the entire childrens home is going first to firts Baptist Church in Pendleton SC for church and a special lunch. Then this afternoon we are going to Westminster Baptist Church for their children's christmas play and then supper afterwards. A busy day indeed but a good one as well.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Time off is coming

We made it through Monday and Tuesday with all of the practices, scouts and such. Today should be a little more relaxing. We are tired as we end our 10 day tour. On Thursday we are going to a campground and then on Friday we are going to visit our daughter and camp near their house. We are looking forward to a break and boy do we need it! Several of the boys have been sick and their behavior shows it so, here's to the break. Did I mention we are ready for a break!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Can Dogs have Favorites?


You Betcha they can. So, this morning I am up at exactly 4:00 AM. As I drink my morning first cup and watch a little news I notice that Benji is not in his normal spot. So, I go and look for him and this is what i find. It's about 5:45 AM when I snapped this and he is up in the bed with Drake. We can tell that Drake loves him the most and Benji can sense that. What a cool dog!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Life Group and Basketball


We had our Life Group meeting last night for the first time at the office. Things went well. Today we got all the kids off to school including our new boy, Dylan. Of course he started throwing up at school so we had to go and pick him up. It's cold here so the boys are having to stay inside. Tonight basketball practice starts. We have boys going both Monday and Tuesday nights. This is the time that we all start running around like crazy. The games start in janueay and are played on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Fun Fun Fun. We have three boys coughing up a storm. All is good here though.