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Sunday, 30 May 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Late Again - It's the Story of My Life!
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

I suppose to have a real, live, honest to goodness, meme, I need to be more disciplined than this...but I'm not. We are visiting "The Grandmas" for a couple of days - Sarah's widowed mom and grandma who live together. Mom bought the boys season tickets to Dollywood so we tagged along. Tomorrow is a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Today is a rest day and I'm trying to get caught up with some things. Until I saw that someone from Dave's Home School Dad blog had been visiting my blog and realized I hadn't put up a new meme question for this week. So, to make it easy on everyone, I'm leaving the same question up for this week as well. Only one person has answered it so far, so it is still wide open for new answers. Sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday I'll post a new question for next week. Thanks for you understanding. For the link to the other question - just click here.


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Saturday, 29 May 2010
Conquering My Fears!
Mood:  hug me
Topic: Family
Anybody that knows me very well knows some of my weaknesses. Since I'm about to tell you how I kind of conquered one of them, I guess I may as well tell you what it is. So, here goes...I have a terrible fear of heights! So, how did I "kind of" overcome my fear? I went on Adventure Mountain with John Allen today! Adventure Mountain is a really cool ropes course that just opened up this year at Dollywood. You can choose between three levels, but one of the workers said that there really is no difference in the skill level, they were just higher. We chose level one to start, but, let me tell you, it was plenty high enough. Our level had approximately 20 challenges in it. Some were walking across things while holding on to hanging ropes or rails, while others you just had to rely on your balance. The pictures below and the video above give you some idea of what it's like. Of course your harnessed in and attached to an above cable. It was really fun. There is a cheat, where if you don't want to do any of the challenges you can skip it by walking across short bridge to the next obstacle. I did all of the challenges but about 3. John Allen did them all. How did I do it? Well, one way was that I just refused to look down. Another reason was that I felt like I needed to be brave because John Allen was a little nervous. Still, another reason was that the whole thing was very safe and you felt fairly secure. But, probably the big reason was that someone was wearing a t-shirt that had Philippians 4:13 on it.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
That was really the key to it all. I was able to overcome my fear through just trusting God. I feel like I can do anything now. I wonder if Dollywood has a ride to cure claustrophobia?
PS. Joshua went on it with Uncle Franklin the night before and did level two. So I still have a little catching up to do.
PSS. They have a really neat youngster ropes course called "Camp Teachittome" that Jacob loved. There really is something for everyone!

The Adventure Begins

That's a Level 2 Challenge - I didn't do that one.

This one I did do - And got wet in the process!


They had something similar to this on our level, but I chose another way to cross over. There were usually about three choices as to how you could get to the next platform. I usually chose the less terrifying looking ones.

An artist rendering of Adventure Mountain. Usually the artistic drawings are usually elaborated to make it look more fantastic than it really is. This drawing, however, is not far off the mark. It was cool!





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Friday, 28 May 2010
Surprise Anniversary Party Pics - Thanks Ladies!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Family

The surprise anniversary party pictures are in. Thanks, again, ladies!

The Cake

The Silliness

The Fun

The Gift

What a fun time and what a Blessing!


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Thursday, 27 May 2010
What a Strange Feeling!
Mood:  not sure
Topic: General

What a strange feeling! I'm almost done with my homeschool Crew reviews for this year (one more to finish up), and I've written quite a bit about ministry and Compassion lately, so I thought that I would just write. You know. Write something that was on my mind. Just a typical blog post. But I can't think of anything! Nothing! Nada! Nil! Zilch! Nothing is coming to mind to talk about.



Do I talk about what is going on tomorrow or do I wait until tomorrow night to write about it? We're going to Dollywood by the way. The kids are excited. Here's a synopsis of what they have been talking about.

  • The last time Jacob couldn't ride on the bumper cars at all. This time he will probably be tall enough, but not to drive. Will that be a battle? Me thinks yes! Pray for us.
  • Joshua has already asked if I would ride the Ferris wheel with him. Hmmm...I'm afraid of heights, but I used to when I was little. That's a maybe. Pray for me.
  • John Allen has mentioned that he wants to ride on all of the roller coasters. He wants me to ride as well. That's a definite no! Pray for him.


Should I blog about what happened today? A pastor/missionary friend of ours called and said that their dog was missing. They had just moved back into the area about 6 months ago. Sarah and I have been friends with them for years. We worked at camp together probably 17 years ago or so. Tim and Karen have been missionaries in two different countries and are now back with their family of 7 children and pastor a church a few blocks away from the mission.

Anyway, back to the dog. He mentioned that it was an English Bulldog with a red collar and the name of  "Moogie". Someone had seen it around our house. So I went out looking. The neighbor across the street just said that he had seen him walking down the road. So down the street I went. Sure enough there was a bull dog with a red collar in a yard. I had never seen Moogie before. He was living with another family until my friends got settled and they had just brought him home. So, I asked the people on the porch if that was their dog. When they said "No", I called for him. Immediately Moogie came with tongue sticking out.

Now, if you have never seen an English Bull dog, they are big, even at only a year old. And, Moogie was no exception. I came unprepared with a leash, so I grabbed his collar to try to get him home. He wouldn't budge! I tried again. He moved a few steps then sat down again. I looked into his face and said "Moogie, let's go! Tim and Karen are waiting for you." He gave me a big slobbery kiss and just looked at me. Finally I called Sarah. When she pulled up in the van he jumped up to greet her (he'd never seen her so I it must have been her irresistible beauty - Saturday's our anniversary.), but decided to stop before we got to the door. The only problem was he stopped in front of the van and there was a car behind her wanting to get by. Thankfully we live on a not very heavily traveled street. Finally, I had to physically pick of the hunk and put him in the van myself. He took up the whole passenger seat. I had to squeeze in beside him!

But, when we pulled up and Sarah knocked on the door it was all worth while. The joy on the kids faces was priceless. They were so excited to see him. There oldest boy was at soccer practice. He just happened to be the one that took Moogie's disappearance the hardest. So, Karen loaded up the kids and took Moogie to the soccer field to show him. She said that he would be overjoyed. We were happy to help out.


Or, should I tell you the story of what happened yesterday. We were surprised by Sarah's ladies at the mission...What?...I've already blogged about that? Oh I guess I did.


Oh well, I guess I really don't have anything to talk about. Can't think of a thing. Sorry. I guess you'll just have to go without reading anything interesting tonight. I just don't know what's wrong with me. How strange.



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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Surprise! Surprise!
Mood:  happy
Topic: General

The ladies of the mission that we direct just surprised us with a special  dinner in honor of our 17th anniversary! Thanks wonderful ladies. You are a joy to my wife and I. Pictures will be coming soon.

Sarah with one of her lady's newborn baby.
Happy Anniversary Princess!



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