Monday, October 30, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Visiting my old college friends in Ohio, my sons enjoy time outdoors jumping on the trampoline and a great fishing outing. Mike Bonham, Matthew, Everett and I combined to catch a total of 9 fish in this tiny pond in rural Ohio. Fishing is one of my boys' favorite past times. This was the beginning to what would become one of our family's more memorable vacations as we stopped in Dayton first to visit my friends and then traveled to Wakarusa, Indiana to visit my former in-laws.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
What does one do when his/her child refuses to eat? This was the predicament my wife and I found ourselves in with our youngest son, Everett. His pediatrician assured us that physically he was fine and there was no need to worry. It still concerned us that he would not eat what was placed on his plate, so one day my wife decided she would teach him to cook his own food, hoping that this would encourage him to eat better. While it has not been a silver bullet that would cure all ills, it has seemed to encourage him to eat better.
The interesting thing is that he absolutely loved cooking and baking, and it really strengthened the bond between Everett and Tess. Together they cooked and baked, producing everything from doughnuts to pancakes to pasta dishes. Everett has learned to make his own toasted cheese sandwiches among other things. It has been a while since he and his mother have cooked together and he still refuses to eat any meat except the occasional chicken, but I have a feeling that this is an interest that he will continue to develop as he grows. As you can see, we all enjoyed the fruits of his labors in the kitchen.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
A warm summer morning turned into a sweltering afternoon this July Fourth. During the morning, my elder son and I spent some time tuning up his baseball skills. His plan is to try out for the middle school baseball team this year, so I spent some time in the morning pitching to him and then hitting him some fly balls. My first few swings really made me realize how long it had been since I had last hit fungoes. It is scary to realize how much age has eroded skills that I had always taken for granted. Age is definitely taking its toll. Matthew enjoyed this workout immensely although he eventually grew tired and decided it was time to quit. Undaunted by the sweltering heat of the afternoon, both of my boys took to the pool with their cousins for a time of refreshing and cooling down. There is not much they love more than to spend time in the pool, so they made the most of this opportunity. Here they can be seen hauling their cousin around on an inflatable alligator in the pool. Days like this are always greatly enjoyed by Matthew and Everett, and I enjoy spending the time with them.
Friday, September 22, 2017
It has been a long time since I last posted to this blog, and I am committed to renewing what I had been doing previously although I will be going back in time to hit some high points in our lives which have not made it into this blog. In the summer of 2016, our family took a trip to Niagara Falls. That was a great experience for the boys who had never seen the falls before. They marveled at the majesty of the falls as we stood near the thundering waters. When viewing Niagara Falls, the trip is never complete without an excursion on the Maid of the Mist. We enjoyed our trip up close to the falls even if we did get soaked. I was reminded of the passage in Psalms where the Psalmist had this to say.
In the roar of Your waterfalls,
ancient depths surge, calling out to the deep.
All Your waves break over me;
am I drowning?
8 Yet in the light of day, the Eternal shows me His love.
When night settles in and all is dark, He keeps me company—
His soothing song, a prayerful melody to the True God of my life.
Experiencing extreme difficulties in life may cause us to feel as though we are drowning, yet we are reminded once again of the power and love of a God who cares for us. As a family we were fortunate enough to see another result of an all powerful and loving God's great acts of creation.