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.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
This Thanksgiving has been a very special day for us. always have so much for which to thank the Lord, but this year has been special in many different ways. As I reminisced over the last eleven months, I realized that we as a family have seen God at work in so many different ways. We saw our boys take the next step in their faith by asking to be baptized.We thank the Lord and praise him for his work in their lives. Then we saw him at work again as he turned a seeming disaster into good when our car needed major repairs. We were able to purchase a new Honda CRV which has been better on gas and should give us a reliable car for years to come. Then we were struck again by major expenses to fix a large section of the back of our house which I felt we could not afford. The Lord provided the funds and the person to complete the repairs. Again we saw God's hand at work in Tess's schooling as she continues to work towards her degree in nursing. We have seen God's hand at work in our family as he has allowed us another year of safety and health. Finally, God has brought our family together this fall providing an opportunity for our boys to meet their grandparents from the Philippines for the first time in many years, in Matthew's case the first time ever. These are just a few of the many things for which I am thankful. To make a comprehensive list would be virtually impossible, but for all these blessings and many more, I say "Thank you, Lord!"
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Sometimes kids come up with little pearls that can be both true and extremely humorous. My wife has been studying nursing which is a rigorous program with basic requirements that are being raised almost every semester, probably due to a glut in the profession right now. A passing grade right now is an 80%. For someone who wants and has had a 3.7 average through her prerequisites, getting a B is now a struggle, so we hear quite a bit at home about her struggles. The other day my sons' grades at school when we noticed a significant drop in my younger son's grades due to negligence in regards to his homework. On the other hand, my older son had noticeably improved his grades. My wife, in an attempt to encourage our younger son, said, "Everett, you can do so much better. You need to get your grades up like Matthew has his." Matthew very seriously joined in and said, "Yes, and Mommy, you should too." My wife and I looked at each other and could not help it. We both burst into laughter, enjoying the moment. Had he not been so serious when he said that, it would not have been so funny. Sometimes our children can turn our words against us without really meaning to do that.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
I just allowed my son to read this blog and asked him if he knew why Daddy got a good laugh out of that. He was puzzled and replied "No." I explained to him that if he had been murdered, then he would be dead, thus unable to forgive. He looked at me and with no change of expression answered, "No, I was talking about you getting murdered." I was certain he said "me" when he mentioned getting murdered. Guess Daddy has to sharpen his hearing!