Thursday, August 30, 2007

They Are Not AGAINST Christianity

Brittany and her mom need to learn to follow the rules or get out of their school district. The school is not against Christianity and your daughter is not being punished because she is wearing "christian t-shirts". She is getting punished because she is breaking school rules and you as a mom are not doing a thing about it. GET OVER IT.

These things upset me .. here is the story. I will let you read.

The mother of a student who was suspended for violating her school system's dress code says the rules unfairly target religion, WRTV in Indianapolis reported.

Tracy Prochnow said Highland High School in Indiana suspended her daughter, Brittany Brown, on Monday because the junior wore a Christian-themed T-shirt.

Monday was the fourth time Brittany violated the code, which the city's school board implemented this year and requires students to wear khakis and polo shirts.

Prochnow said the school may be violating her daughter's rights, and she has asked the school board to change the code.

"I don't believe it matters what she's wearing -- whether it be a T-shirt and jeans or polo and khakis -- as to what she's going to learn," Prochnow told WRTV.

The front of Brittany's T-shirt features a cross and the words "This Shirt Is Illegal In 51 Countries." The back quotes the Bible's Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God ... the salvation of everyone who believes."

"The school is basically saying I can't wear a shirt that talks about Jesus or Christ or God or any religious type of T-shirt because we have to wear a polo," Brittany said.

The school's principal, Mark Finger, said the dress code doesn't target religious beliefs.

"The policy states there are to be no logos or slogans on a shirt," Finger said.

A city council member, Ollie Dixon, said he would work to change the policy. It wasn't clear what changes he would favor.


On the bold .. no Brittany, you are breaking the polo rule ...

Bethany & The Docs

Bethany went to the specialist today for her brace. She (for those who do not know) has scoliosis. It is pretty severe - her curvage is 41%. HOWEVER, we caught it early and we are in the Cleveland Clinic Hospital setting; so we are comfortable with the care.

She most likely will have to wear the brace 16-20 hours aday. This will be for many, many years to come. At the present time; she seems to be a real trooper. We will take our first step on September 12th when we pick up the brace. I put a few of the pics up from the docs.

Bethany & Me

Doc Preparing Bethany for the Body Mold

Mom Cleaning up the Paste


Words That Speak .....

These are the words from "Song of Hope" by Robbie Seay Band

you are my greatest friend
you are my deepest need
you are my loudest cry
you are my everything
you are my only hope (3x)
you are my forgiveness
you are my every breath
you are my comfort here
you are my everything
you are my only hope (3x)
the maker of the earth
the giver of my life
the healer of my heart
forgiver of my soul
you are my only hope (4x)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

You Are Fired !!

No, Donald Trump did not get to him. The poor fellow was trying to be a good samaritan but in doing so; he broke company policy. Here it is ....

Dustin Chester is job hunting this week, after The Home Depot fired him and the general manager for thwarting a thief from running away with a pocket full of stolen cash.

Last week, the 24-year-old department manager confronted a man who was standing by a soda machine in front of the Murfreesboro store off Old Fort Parkway holding a crowbar and a wad of cash. When the suspect started running, Chester said his instincts took over.

He was fired Monday for violations of company policy in the incident.

"When he ran, I ran after him," he said. Chester caught the thief and restrained him in the parking lot until police arrived.

Chester was shocked to find out that for managers and most employees, catching and detaining thieves is against company policy.

"The district manager told me that we are supposed to let thieves walk away; it blew my mind," said Chester, a one-time employee of the year.

The Home Depot said its policy, which directs workers to notify loss prevention specialists or police to handle criminal situations, is in place to protect its employees and customers.

"The associates involved were not following company policy, resulting in this disciplinary action," said Don Harrison, spokesman for the Atlanta-based company. "Safety is a primary focus for our company."

The former general manager could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Chester said there was no loss prevention officer on duty during the Aug. 20 incident and that in his seven years, he'd never heard of the company's policy.

But even if he had known how the company wanted him to act, it wouldn't have made a difference.

"He had a crowbar, and what if he had come inside and gone after customers or the employees working at the registers?" Chester asked. "I'd rather have him coming at me than going after any of the customers."

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. It was unknown Tuesday if he was charged.

So for protecting his "work family" and loyal customers, Chester, an MTSU graduate, finds himself unemployed.

Chester said he wouldn't pursue any legal recourse. Considering how the corporate managers handled the situation, he doesn't want his job back.

"I'm probably better off not working for a company like that," Chester said. "It seems like the company is being run by lawyers, who are worried more about lawsuits than employees.

"A situation like this really shows what this corporation believes in — it's sad that they would do this to two people who were just trying to help out."

Legal problems

But experts say vigilante justice, or making a citizen's arrest, is a legal minefield and that dealing with a suspect's lawyers is often more dangerous than apprehending the suspect.

By making a citizen's arrest, you're exposing yourself to a litany of possible lawsuits or criminal charges, including impersonating police, false imprisonment, kidnapping and wrongful arrest.

Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans said the best thing for employees or citizens to do is to be a good witness by making observations about the suspect to help in identifying them.

"Property isn't worth getting hurt over — merchandise can be replaced and people can't," he said.

Painting The House

A lady is getting introuble for painting messages on her house. Here is the pic of her house ....

BELMONT, Calif. -- A woman being sued by the city of San Mateo for painting what she called messages from God on her house spent Friday painting new messages on a second home.

Estrella Benavides, who owns homes in San Mateo and Belmont, was fined $5,000 for violating the city's sign ordinance by painting her San Mateo home, located on Cottage Grove Avenue.

The city filed suit after it said Benavides did not pay the fine. She has yet to respond to the lawsuit, which has a deadline next week. If she does not take action, she could be found in contempt of court.

Before painting on the front of the home Friday, Benavides painted messages on the first floor windows and the side of the Belmont residence, located on the 3700 block of Beresford Avenue.


I will have to go through the slide show and see the wisdom that she is teaching the world.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The iPhone

The story has been floating around about the unlocking of the iPhone. Well the phone has been traded in. Here is the story:

SAN FRANCISCO - The teenage hacker who managed to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with cellular networks other than AT&T will be trading his reworked gadget for a new car.

George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky. based mobile phone repair company.

Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for "a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones."

"This has been a great end to a great summer," Hotz wrote.

The 17-year-old Hotz said he will be sending the three new iPhones to the three online collaborators who helped him divorce Apple Inc's popular product from AT&T's network. The job took 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone's June 29 launch.

Hotz made the deal with Terry Daidone, co-founder of CertiCell, who also promised the teen a paid consulting job.

"We do not have any plans on the table right now to commercialize Mr. Hotz' discovery," Daidone said in a statement.
What a summer indeed for him He definitely has an interesting answer to the questions that fly at school ... So George, what did you do this summer

Monday, August 27, 2007

Miss Teen Explains

Well, since I did the post, I should have not done. I will give a follow up on it and then there should be a final installment on wednesday after her tv appearences.

Here is what happened ( if you have not watched the video, watch it so you can follow this story ).

Don't know much about ... geography?

Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, whose mangled response to a pageant question has become an Internet sensation, will have a second chance to answer it on Tuesday morning's Today show.

"I didn't do anything wrong," she told South Carolina's The State newspaper. "I wasn't expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought."

She added she "completely misunderstood" the question, which she'll get a second stab at on Today.

The show's host, Mario Lopez, tells PEOPLE he wanted to help her, but was told that he couldn't talk to the contestants while they were answering questions.

"It was a very intense moment. It's live TV. You don't know what the question is until you get up there. And I believe that she misunderstood it. She went down the wrong road and couldn't figure out how to get back to the right one," he says. "I felt really badly for her."

The beauty contestant's video on YouTube has received more than 2 million hits thanks to her amazingly off-the-mark answer at Friday night's pageant, when she was queried about why Americans are so bad at geography.

Specifically, she was asked why one-fifth of Americans can't find the United States on a map.

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps," she ventured.

During her meandering response, she also tossed in out-of-the-blue references to "the Iraq" and "Asian countries" and their need for the support of the American educational system in identifying the United States on the map.

Upton is described as a varsity athlete and student leader at Lexington High School, where she graduated in June with a 3.5 GPA.

Despite the on-camera gaffe, Upton finished as third runner-up.


Hmmm, my take is this. This was a complete ploy on her part knowing that she would get more views on YouTube with a horrendous answer than in "live" with the ratings of Miss Teen

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I Shouldn't Post This .....

I am going to be honest with you, I really should not post this video. She had a hard time answering a question in the Miss Teen USA pageant. I have not seen or read if she has reflected on her statement and tried to clarify what she was wanting or meaning to say. However, after watching the question / answer; I was left with " what was she saying "

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Time With The Family

Today ws a great day. We, the family, spent the whole day together doing various activities and did it very leisurly.

We woke up in the morning nd had donughts. We lounched around the house. The kids played some computer games, I read the paper and we just vegged for an hour or so.

We then walked downtown to the square for the famer's market and picked up some nice items. I grabbed me some plumbs which I am enjoying.

We then gathered around for lunch and then it was 45-minutes of quiet time and nap time. After nap / rest tim; we went to the sprayground and the pool. We were out and about for about 3 hours.

Bethany took off all floating devices and hit the pool and swam and went under water ... very sweet. Too bad it occured on the last day the pool opened.

hen we got home, mom did dinner prep and Bethany and Jacob hung around the house as I took Isaiah to the skate park. After about 30 minutes we went home.

We had dinner, house clean up, baths .. etc. We then had dessert, hour of tv and then bed time.

What a great day and it was noce to just relax.

What Time Did It End ??

Some fans could not make it; no wonder.

Detroit Tigers fans have a hard time staying awake to watch the Tigers' play the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of the baseball game early Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 in Detroit. The game was delayed 4-hours and 1-minute by rain and finished at 3:30 AM. The Tigers beat the Yankees 9-6 in 11 innings.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Go Woo !!!

Wooster had their home opener tonight in football. It was a very good game. However, Wooster came on the short side of the stick. They lost 40-37 in 4 OVERTIMES. They had opportunities to win in regulations and overtime; but they blew some plays and the coach made some bad decisions (in my opinion).

However, it was fun to be there with boys and sit with Ron and see some of the students play in the band.

I do not think this will be any "insider" secrets - not that anyone would find and read it anyway; but I think you could blow Wooster away if you have a good qb / wr and go deep. Our DB's look a little out-matched.

Alright, we are 0-1; let's see if we can turn it around. Since I am new to the area and do not know much about the competition; I will say that we will go 4 and 6.

My Wife / My Daughter

I am in my office working on the website that needs to be ready by the end of the day. I have sent a letter to the confirmation students and told them to check the schedule out on line - so it needs to be up. HOWEVER, I had to take 5 minutes and place these lyrics on my blog. Everyday, I hear this song and everyday it reminds me of wife wife and words that she would speak to our daughter. The lyrics are below. I wish I had a video or audio link; but I don't.

In My Arms by Plumb

your baby blues
so full of wonder
your curley cues
your contageous smile
and as i watch
you start to grow up
all I can do is hold you tight

knowing clouds will raise up
storms will race in
but you will be safe in my arms
rains will pour down
waves will crash all around
but you will be safe in my arms

story books full of fairy tales
kings and queens and the bluest skies
My heart is torn just in knowing
you'll someday see the truth from lies

knowing clouds will raise up
storms will race in
but you will be safe in my arms
rains will pour down
waves will crash all around
but you will be safe in my arms

Castles they might crumble
dreams may not come true
but you are never all alone
because I will always
always love you

clouds will raise up
storms will race in
but you will be safe in my arms
rains will pour down
waves will crash all around
but you will be safe in my arms

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

School Time

My wonderful wife did a fantastic job again capturing the memories of our children and important days in their lives. I grabbed one of her pics to put up on my blog. Isaiah and Jacob began 3rd grade today.

This is the first time in their schooling career that we were able to walk to school. It was nice to get up, walk over to the school and drop them off and then to walk to the church.

I do have to admit, especially since my wife caught me, after I dropped them off at school; I passed the church and walked to Seattle's. I grabbed me an iced mocha mudslide with a splash of peanut butter and whipped cream on top (to go) and then waled back to the church. Hey, I had to celebrate their accomplishment :)

School starts very late here ....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ummm, Yea For Les ???

Here is a news story for you ...

It's official, Les Stewart has done something very bizarre.

In fact, he has done something so strange that nine years after the Mudjimba resident finished doing it, he is still getting notoriety.

A website which tracks odd happenings around the world, Oddee, has listed Les’ entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, as the third most bizarre world record of all time.

He spent 15 years, from 1983 to 1998, typing out all of the numbers from one to one million (in letters not numerals), simply because he “wanted something to do.”

And as far as Les is concerned, his recent recognition on the Oddee website could be his ticket to the big time.

“This is going to go all around the world,” he said.

“The (latest) Guinness Book of World Records will come out in the next month or two, so there’s going to be enormous publicity.”

But why on earth would anyone want to do what he’s done?

“It just came naturally to me,” he said.

“I got the record in 1983 for typing one to one million in numerals, but I kept on typing for 15 years after that.”

He typed for 20 minutes, “every waking hour”, on the hour until the mammoth task he had set himself was done.

But perhaps more bizarre than his world record achievement, is the fact that Les threw out all but two of the 19,890 pages he typed over those fifteen years.

“I just put them in the recycling bin, we’ve got too many things in the house,” he said.

“But I kept the first and the last page.”

Les was also named in the Guinness Book of World Records for putting the most number of stamps on a single envelope, three thousand- four hundred, to be exact.

He said he would like to continue attempting world records, but said the judging regime had become much stricter than it had been in the past.

“Any athlete will tell you, they’re getting harder every year,” he said.

But as Les said, he had probably already done his bit for the Guinness Book of World Records.

“I got my first world record in 1983 for typing, which is nearly 25 years ago, and not many Australians have done that,” he said.

“I’m a bit of a one of a kind.”

Interview With God

I came across this reading that I found very interesting. It spoke to me and as I read it; a few people popped into my head as well. Hopefully, it will touch a heart string. The author is unknown. I wish I knew who wrote it, I would love to read more of her / his thoughts.

"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview me?" "If you have the time," I said. God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything. What questions do you have in mind to ask me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered: "That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such as they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die and they die as if they never lived .... "

God's hand took mine and we were silent for awhile, and then I asked ...

"As a parent, what are some of the life's lesson you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile:

"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis! To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but it is the one who needs the least. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to pen up profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it completely different. To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them .. and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgive by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

I sat there for awhile and enjoyed the moment.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Dick Cheyney in '94

I thought this was very interesting. I know alot can change over time HOWEVER .. listen to his take on Sadaam and Iraq back then and see the parallels

Addicted ??

I was over on Mark-O blog today and he had a quiz on there; so I decided to take it. It only takes about 2 mins. Go ahead; take it. See if you are addicted and how much you are addicted to the blog world.

61%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Mingle2 - Dating Site

Hurricane Dean

It is almost there ... you are in my prayers.

*** UPDATE ***

Good News, so far ...

Dean's eye passed some 100 miles south of the Caymans, and the islands were spared hurricane-force winds, which extended outward up to 60 miles from the center.

Early Monday, Dean had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, up from 145 mph Sunday, and could dump up to 20 inches of rain. Even if the hurricane continues a steady westward course toward Mexico, parts of Texas could be flooded by the storm's outer bands.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Picture Caption

What caption would you give ?

Who Am I ?

A few of my fellow bloggers are taking the personality test and posting their results. I decided to join the party. I am going to list my results and then their print out of what "makes me tick". I will then highlight and share some of the points that I think really reflect me and cause people to either love me or not want to be around me ....

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Here is the quick summary ...

ENTJs are strategic, organized and possess natural leadership qualities. They are master coordinators that can effectively give direction to groups. They are able to understand complicated organizational situations and quick to develop intelligent solutions. ENTJs are outspoken and will not hesitate to speak of their plans for improvement. They are decisive and value knowledge, efficiency and competence.

My Take on the Summary

I think this sums me up pretty well. I like to organize, plan and develop a vision and make thoste strategies come to light. Even though I do not "speak" much; I will not hesitate to speak regarding plans for improvement.

Statements that Ring True

Here are some statements in the reading that ring true .. the good, the bad and the ugly ...

1. The ENTJ needs to consciously work on recognizing the value of other people's opinions, as well as the value of being sensitive towards people's feelings.

2. ENTJs are very career-focused, and fit into the corporate world quite naturally. They are constantly scanning their environment for potential problems which they can turn into solutions. They generally see things from a long-range perspective, and are usually successful at identifying plans to turn problems around - especially problems of a corporate nature.

3. Although ENTJs are not naturally tuned into other people's feelings, these individuals frequently have very strong sentimental streaks. Often these sentiments are very powerful to the ENTJ, although they will likely hide it from general knowledge, believing the feelings to be a weakness.

4. They especially respect people who are able to stand up to the ENTJ, and argue persuasively for their point of view. There aren't too many people who will do so. Even the most confident individuals may experience moments of self-doubt when debating a point with an ENTJ.

I put the last sentence in italics for my wife.

The Population

Only 3% of the population are ENTJ's

Who I Roll With

Individuals you may know that have the same personality:

Al Gore, Bill Gates, Harrison Ford and Richard Nixon

Take The Test

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Oh, What a Difference ....

...... a few months makes and having insurance that will actually benefit my family.

Stacey's med bills came in from her recent trips to the Cleveland Clinic. The total bill was $ 12,521.57. What we owe is $ 622.00

This amount is sooooo much more manageable than the previous insurance. It is so nice being able to go to one of the best hospitals in the world and know that we will receive the ultimate care and we do not have much financial worry because of insurance that will cover the procedures that need to be covered.

This now though makes me wrestle with "injustice".

I am so greatful to have health insurance and live in an area of the world where at our finger tips, we can call any specialtist that we need and with a very leisurely drive; we can get the best health coverage the world may have to offer. A few months ago; that was not the case. We did not have the insurance, our doctors would good but not great and I think we did not receive the "true care" we needed because we did not have insurance.

Is it fair ?

What does God think about our society and our world and how there is such a disparity in care that individuals can and do receive ?

I am just thinking out loud. There is some reading and research that I want to do before I begin to tackle those questions. But for the time being, I am just thankful for the stage of life we are at where we have health insurance and have the specialist that will help my wife get better.

Details on my wife, isaiah and bethany coming soon. Each one of them was up at the Clinic this week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

An Update ....

I am alive. I know that it has been about a week since my last post. It has been kind of busy and I have not had much to share in a sense even though a ton of things has occurred over the last 6 days.

There has been church, staff retreat, doctors appointments, finshed reading two more books, looked into various distant-learning programs, church meetings, dreaming about ministry and playing with the family.

Maybe next week, I will get a few posts in. This upcoming 4 days will be very long as well. We have doctors appointments, horse back riding camp celebration, church baseball game, in-laws coming in, blink music festival, church and more need to read material and planning for the fall kick-off.

I could announce here that I have finally put the finishing touches on the ministry name, colors / schemes and ministry format that will flow out of our name and mission. I will definitely share that next week ...

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Confessions .....

This week, I read the following book:

Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons From An Emerging Missional Church

I enjoyed the book and learning about Mark's journey as he led and developed Mars Hill in Seatle was amazing. There are things that he did and does that I do not fully agree with but the book was challenging.

The chapter titles were what caught my attention; here are three chapter titles that made me laugh. If they are wrong to laugh at them God; I am sorry.

Chapter 1: Jesus, our Offering was $137 and I want to Use It to Buy Bullets.

Chapter 2: Jesus, If Anyone Else Calls My house, I may Be Seeing You Real Soon.

Chapter 4: Jesus, Could You Please Rapture the Charismatic Lady Who Brings Her Tambourine to Church ?

In the book, he is very transpearant on his thoughts and ideas and shares about the individuals that he met with that helped / hurt and hindered the church process. If you are unfamliar with the church he leads; they went from a handful of individuals to 4,000+ a week in their first 10 years of existence. They overcame many obstacles including becoming homeless as a church.

At times, I think that my favorite part of the book was his thought provoking questions at the end of the chapters called " Reformission Reflection ".

Some of the q's that I digged:

1. Does your church exist for the mission or reaching lost people or primarily for itself ?

2. What ministry are you currently doing to help serve Jesus' mission in your culture through your church ?

3. What agendas and missions that differ from that of your church have people tried to bring in ?

4. What is the biggest hardship your church has faced ?

5. Is your church currently in the creative, management, defensive justification or blamming stage ?

That is a little glimpse. Maybe some day, I will dive into more of it here on the blog; but I am not sure. I have two books that I am reading and need to finish before Tuesday.

More on those later in the week.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Record Is His

Tonight, almost at midnight, Bonds hit 756 and goes in the book as the all time home run king. I placed a pic of him hugging his son at home plate. To me, that was the special part of "the chase"; seeing his family there supporting him.

Isaiah and Jacob were watching Disney but they wanted to see Bonds at bat. So, each of the 3x that he came to the plate; they came in an watched the abat. They were able to witness history.

The question is will they see it again, will they have to wait another 33 years. Most people think A-Rod lurking in the background will eclipse it in about 6-7 years. We shall see.

Once again, congrats Bonds.

I thought the tribute from Aaron was great and Bonds giving thanks was very appropriate. I am glad that I got to see it.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bethany's Turn

Words can't begin to explain ... look at the pic

We had a date last week. I wish she would have went like this :)

Rotten, I Tell You

Here are my boys at camp.

They are so rotten and I love them so dearly for it.

They are the best 9 and 8 year olds around in my book.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

755 !

Bonds hit number 755 about 5 minutes ago. I was sitting in the chair next to the tv doing reading while the game was on. I placed the book down to watch the abat from him and B O O M.

Congrats Bonds. I know there are a lot that did not want to see you do it. What a joy though as a dad to have your son waiting at home plate. Maybe since it is still early in the game, you can hit # 756 tonight and everyone can leave you alone.

BTW, loved your reaction Commish.

BTW, this does NOT take away from Aaron and his career and what he accomplished. Aaron was a great player and has much to celebrate about his playing days.

Here is the swing that tied history ...

Friday, August 03, 2007

Little Bit of Everything ...

This post is going to cover a multitude of things and they will be completely random. It has been a very odd 24+ hours.

1. Last night, we got locked out of our house. We were eating outside and I went in to begin clean up and the door was shut. I knew this was trouble. One of our kids who shall remain nameless shut the door and "forgot" that by doing this - locks the door. All of our keys and cell phones were inside. After debating about breaking windows, we settled on a locksmith and it cost us dearly.

2. My wife and kids went to grandma and papa's house this afternoon. On the way there , the front left tire went "kaboom". After she called me, I tried to get a number of tow companies to go out and resuce her - but they would only take cash - so that was a no go. My sis and bil came and bailed her out. THANKS. So, tomorrow new tires are gonna be ordered.

3. It was total CHAOS trying to get Stacey's meds filled today. It took 2 1/2 + hours of run around and it ended with a call to drug store near my parents house. I will not even try to explaine what occurred. THE BAD PART was after sitting in STORE # 1 for 90 minutes, they came over and said, " ohhhh, we do not have this strength, we will not be able to fill it. " Ummmm, and you could not figure that out before 90 mins ?? And, I will not even explaine store 2 ... enough of that

4. 2 new books are on my reading list and in my hands. They are the following: Confessions of a Reformission Rev AND They Like Jesus But Not The Church.

5. I have no idea about this milk commerical below but here it is .. very odd, maybe pointless but ...

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Belly-Flop

Yesterday, we went to the pool. The boys were excited to having the freedom of going off the diving board and jumped at the chance to go off the high dive. They never had gone off the high dive.

Jacob went first and jumped off. Isaiah went up and dove off. He did very good diving off. HOWEVER, he messed up once. He did a belly-flop. The oohhhh, the aaahhhhs and the OUCH !!!!! rang from the crowd.

Here is a pic of the incident ... well the pic of him up and then the redness after. We did not get the flop or any of his perfect dives.

Isaiah on the High Dive

Isaiah After the Flop

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What Happens After ........


ROWLING finally had an interview. Fans were still wanting to know what happened to the individuals who survived. She sat down for a chat to discuss what they may have done.

Kinda interesting .....

Rowling said the world was a sunnier, happier place after the seventh book and the death of Voldemort.

Harry Potter, who always voiced a desire to become an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, was named head of the Auror Department under the new wizarding government headed by his friend and ally, Kingsley Shacklebolt.

His wife, Ginny Weasley, stuck with her athletic career, playing for the Holyhead Harpies, the all-female Quidditch team. Eventually, Ginny left the team to raise their three children — James, Albus and Lily — while writing as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the wizarding newspaper, the Daily Prophet.

Harry's best friend Ron Weasley joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.

Hermione Granger, Ron's wife and the third person of the series' dark wizard fighting trio, furthered the rights of subjugated creatures, such as house elves, in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before joining the magical law enforcement squad. The couple had two children — Rose and Hugo.

Luna Lovegood, Harry's airily distracted friend with a love for imaginary animals who joins the fight against Voldemort in the Order of the Phoenix, becomes a famous wizarding naturalist who eventually marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

And what Muggle, or non-wizard, song would have been played at the funeral of Albus Dumbledore, the most brilliant and talented wizard the world had ever known?

"Surely 'I Did It My Way' by Frank Sinatra," Rowling told her fans, referring to the song "My Way," written by Paul Anka but popularized by Sinatra, among other singers.