Thursday, January 29, 2009
I wanted to show you some pictures of my favorite Christmas gift. Yes, it is a bit indulgent and more expensive than a regular coffee maker, but...I LOVE IT! The Keurig coffee maker. Becky has one and we loved using it at their house. Makes perfect one cup mugs of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. The best Christmas present in a long time. Thanks guys!
On a sad note, my friend Mitzi passed away last week. Her funeral is tonight. She was only 49 years old. She loved the Lord and loved people. She would do anything for you. Wes often went with her and her son Taylor for lunch when he was in school with Taylor. He loved her too. Please pray for her family. I know that they are wondering if they can make it without her. I am so thankful that God's children will see each other again some day. What a joyful reunion that will be.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
'Never borrow from the future.
doesn't happen, you have worried in vain.
Monday, January 26, 2009
You might need to turn the blog music down to hear this video. Just push the pause button on the playlist. Thanks!
Will has decided to go to Harding for college and to play football. They have offered him a partial scholarship. He is thrilled and so are we. Here is a video clip of a Harding basketball game like the one we went to on Saturday night. They sing the Star Spangled Banner acappella. It was so cool. You just don't hear it sung this way very often.. if ever. It was great.
Thanks so much Nathan and Mackenzie for letting us stay with you! Your home is sweet and we loved being there with you. Thanks for putting up with us! Jay, or J. or Jividen... thanks for keeping Will and showing him a good time! You guys are the best!
Will is going to be 11 hours away from home and his loved ones and that will be hard but we are thankful for these wonderful coaches and family that he will be with and that will further mold him into the godly man he is becoming.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Speaking of football, we are heading to Searcy tomorrow to talk to the coaches about him playing next year. They have said that he will get a little scholarship money that could increase every year. So, off to Arkansas we go!
I pray that your day is a blessed one!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Reverend Joseph E. Lowery just delivered the benediction following President Obama’s speech, and finished with a slap in the face to white folk with his plea that “white will embrace what is right.”
Wow, that’s the way to bring about the racial healing that the civil rights leaders keep lecturing us about, to speak nobly of people of each race as Reverend Lowery did, then finish with the snickering “white will learn what is right.”
Where has it been established that in 2009 we Caucasians haven’t learned what is right? What if a white pastor finished off a prayer with the plea that “black will learn what is right?”
The actual quote was “We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”
His plea for the white people of America to “embrace what is right” really stole the show. And I thought Barack Obama was the post-racial candidate. The Reverend Lowery obviously does not see it that way.
Yep, that was a bit tough to swallow. Disappointed? Yes.
Offended? I have to say yes.
My prayer is still that God will guide President Obama. I also pray that Obama is not listening to Rev. Lowery.
We are toying with the idea of trying to downsize houses a bit. With the cost of college for Will and several others factors, it is sounding like a good idea. It is not the best time to try and sell a house, but we will see how it goes. Below are some pictures. Sorry, I was half asleep this morning and put the order in backwards. oops. Have a blessed day!
But I will sing of Your strength,
in the morning I will sing of Your love
for You are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
O my Strength. I sing praise to You;
You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
Father, I pray that all of the proceedings of the day that surround the Presidential Inauguration will be blessed by You. I pray that our nation will remember that this country was founded on Your word and the foundation of Your salvation. Please guide our next President to walk in the way You would have him to walk. Please place people in his life that will point him toward You, and renew in Your children a fire to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus name amen.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
CBH will provide only ON-LINE Registrations. CBH will not accept any postal registrations. Registration opens at 8:00 P.M US Central Time. on January 15th, 2009!New campers should stay up and register immediately as it opens. Last years' campers have from January 15th until February 15th to register, claiming their spot held for them from the previous year. If last years' campers do not register by February 15th they could lose their spot at camp.
If you have registration questions or concerns please contact:
Jan McCoy using the contact information location at :
IF YOU DID NOT ATTEND CAMP IN 2008
It is vital that you register immediately when registration opens on January 15th, 2009.
Returning campers will be placed first.
Open spots are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The earlier you register, the higher your name will be on the wait list.
"New" campers (anyone who did not attend the previous summer) will not pay until they have been confirmed as a camper. This will not occur until mid to late February. If you have not heard from Camp Blue Haven by late February either by email or a packet in the U.S. mail, please feel free to contact us.
IF YOU ATTENDED CAMP IN 2008
Your spot for 2009 is guaranteed. However, you must complete registration by February 15, 2009.
If you do not register by February 15, your spot will be considered open, and new campers will be placed in it.
We look forward to our time with you this summer!
All sessions are open to all age groups from 5th through high school.
What is the cost? One-week sessions: $180 Two-week sessions: $330
This cost includes room and board, curriculum, and activity costs: everything that campers do at camp EXCEPT for purchases made at our Trading Post, a camp fishing license, and certain projects they may elect to purchase in crafts.
CHECK OUT THE CAMP BLUE HAVEN VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Random thought number one:
As I looked around and listened to everything at the Fiesta Bowl a week or so ago, I had the thought , I wonder why we can get so worked up and excited about a ballgame and why we are not allowed to or not motivated enough to get just that excited about the Good News and about telling people about Jesus? Any thoughts? Let me know. I have plenty of opinions on the subject but would love to know yours.
Random thought number two:
As you can see if you are reading this blog, a lot of my entries are about Will getting ready to leave for college and his last year here at home. Well, I have to say that trend will probably continue for a while. ha. We are now thinking about taking senior pictures, debit cards, FAFSA applications, football scholarship money, registering for the draft, and a million other things to do before he drives off from here. We are heading to Harding in a few weeks for his official football recruiting visit. The boy is so excited that he cannot see straight. I am happy for him. Life is moving on.
Random thought number three:
How do you waste your time? I am sorry to say that I am a grand waster of time. It is one of my biggest problems. I usually start out with great intentions. List of to do things, etc. I have found though that if I do not get the big and important things done first that I am not disciplined enough to get them done later in the day. I have a HUGE struggle with staying off the computer. It is an eater of my time and I get lost in it. Here is what I am focusing on in order.
Get up...Bible study, make breakfast, 5 min. devo. with boys, WALK- I feel so much better when I do this one, laundry, THEN computer time and everything else on the list. I have to start with the Bible study first or I just don't get it done. And what a blessing it is to start the day with God. My days just don't go good when I don't listen to Him and talk to Him first. I then have something of worth to say to my children. (Now, the days I have to go to work are are a REAL challenge. My hat is off to you wonderful women that have to work everyday and still get it all done!) Blessings on you!!
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
I love this scripture. He is telling me that HE hears my voice. Awesome.
I had a conversation this morning with Will about the difference in serving God because you just want to so you won't get in trouble and just trying to follow the rules or... serving God because you want to glorify and please him as King David did. Being in love with God and knowing Him versus just trying to do what your parents tell you to do spiritually but not knowing Him.
One works and the other does not. Our biggest challenge as Christan parents is to teach them to have their own faith in God and not to just know Him through us. I pray that we can all be led by God to instill in them that longing to be after His heart and to know Him intimately. Thoughts anyone?
Random thought number four:
How to help two very different and in some ways alike, wonderful young men see their gifts. Wes compares himself to Will all of the time and it is a struggle for this Mamma. For now we are just letting them fight it all out. (Need to fix that broken molding on the door coming into the kitchen that Will busted running from Wes. Also...thanks Uncle Bill for fixing Will's bed that broke when Wes form tackled him on top of it a few months ago.) On going challenge... not to scream at them all of the time. Oh well.
Now...just some random pictures to go along with the random thoughts. I love you guys.
The grandkids last July in the Bahamas for GrandJan and Daddyburl's 50th Anniversary. We were full of getting ready plans this time last year for that trip. What fun we had.
Will helping to teach class in Zambia on the medical mission trip three years ago. My how time has flown. That trip changed Will's life. His desire since then has been to be a vocational missionary. Larry Henderson has also had a huge empact on Will's life. Being a missionary like Larry and his example of living has also inspired Will.
New Orleans stop on the way to cruise last summer. The mighty Mississippi.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Wow. What a whirlwind trip. We left on Sunday morning and arrived in Scottsdale around noon on Monday. We slept about 6 hours in Wilcox, Arizona on Sunday night. We had a wonderful time seeing beautiful Arizona. The palm trees and flowers and sunsets were lovely. We stayed in an old mission style resort and it was gorgeous. I guess because of the slow economy the rates were very reasonable. When we drove in to check in we thought that we just must have reserved the wrong hotel. It was absolutely beautiful. What a treat.