Not dead yet...

...Just crazy busy with life.

If pleo had an iPhone app, it would be a little easier to stay on top of things (^_^)

God is taking care of us, and I'm sorry I haven't read your deeper thoughts here... I'm having trouble keeping up with the shallowness on FB! But I'm busy with cool things at work, getting our family ready for another year of homeschooling and catching up from the craziness of a summer that almost wasn't.

Be well, do good things, and keep loving God!
  • justg
    I'm finding out that it ALL doesn't have to be 'deep thoughts.' :) Happy to see your name light up!
    by justg at 08/05/12 9:38AM
  • whipsmile
    A busy life is a good one!
    by whipsmile at 08/05/12 1:45PM
  • mjintexas
    I want a pleo app. A lot.
    by mjintexas at 08/05/12 11:31PM

Q:What is the best day in history?

A: Today

Believe it. Live it.
Have a great day!
  • justg
    Love this.
    by justg at 01/27/12 1:53PM
  • justg
    Love this.
    by justg at 01/27/12 1:54PM
  • misssonja
    Clearly you do not have my job today.
    by misssonja at 01/27/12 2:05PM
  • mockinbird
    Thank you
    by mockinbird at 01/27/12 2:09PM
  • whipsmile
    by whipsmile at 01/27/12 3:36PM
  • madtomkidd
    Oh, my job wasn't so hot today.

    It's all about attitude!
    by madtomkidd at 01/27/12 6:23PM
  • iamyourfather
    Oh, I don't know, I might pick a certain Sunday circa A.D. 30 as the best day in history.

    But your point is well taken.
    by iamyourfather at 01/27/12 6:59PM
  • curlie
    by curlie at 01/27/12 10:37PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    The Viet Nam war is a very interesting discussion. I was draft age and in college. It was only the "luck of the draw" that I was not called. Looking back now--hind sight is always 20 20--our military and civilian leadership is responsible for more deaths than the N. Vietnamese. Firstly, there was no vital U.S. interest there and the rest is a black spot on our history. I honor the Viet Nam Vets. They carried out their orders and defeated the enemy many times, but were never allowed to win.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 02/08/12 2:42PM
  • nickkrumrei
    What is your source for this information? ;~)
    by nickkrumrei at 02/09/12 6:38AM
  • srching4trth
    I'm planning on taking the older girls out next week. Working my way up to all four ;)
    by srching4trth at 02/10/12 9:40AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    Wasn't disagreeing. Just the opinion of someone who came of age during that time and has read many writings from veterans of the war. Retired General Hal Moore who fought the first battle--We Were Soldiers--with the N. Vietnamese in 1965 said in an interview that after that battle he knew we would not win that war.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 02/12/12 5:17AM
  • justg
    64 would be nice. :)
    I'm thinking my next purchase is going to be iPhone 5
    Whenever THAT is.
    My BlackBerry is a dinosaur.
    by justg at 03/16/12 6:24PM

Checking Out

Work before vacation always stinks - my brain starts to check out.

Regrettably, with the new job (did I tell you I got it? Hey, I got that job!) I actually have some important stuff due the day after I get back, so I've had to work pretty hard the last couple of weeks, but I'm not done, and my brain is!

I'm SO ready to spend 11 days with my wonderful wife and family.
I'm VERY excited to visit with our FL family and friends for a couple of days. I'm also REALLY looking forward to visiting EPCOT and the other Disney sites (but ESPECIALLY Epcot!).

We leave early Saturday - please keep the travels and health of my family in your prayers!
  • heatheronthehill
    Congratulations on the new job! Have fun in Florida!
    by heatheronthehill at 01/05/12 2:49PM
  • justg
    hugs are waiting!!!
    by justg at 01/05/12 3:09PM
  • mjintexas
    Congrats re: job! Woohoo!!
    Still anxiously awaiting your previous post. :)
    by mjintexas at 01/05/12 3:31PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    I enjoy EPCOT too but the Rock n Rollacoaster is at Hollywood Studios.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 01/05/12 3:51PM
  • mockinbird
    Yea for new jobs and vacations. You are truly blessed. Safe travels
    by mockinbird at 01/05/12 3:58PM
  • mjintexas
    Haha! Well if you don't get around to it, I can wait! Enjoy your trip!!
    by mjintexas at 01/05/12 11:55PM
  • iamyourfather
    Have fun and be safe.
    by iamyourfather at 01/06/12 11:52AM
  • whipsmile
    woohoo for new employment. :-)
    by whipsmile at 01/07/12 9:20PM

Done and The End?

4 days of Christmas!
23rd - 2 year anniversary of our expanded family! God blessed us tremendously by bringing Naomi & Theo into our care and we had a good time enjoying our family unit.
23th - Most "low key" Christmas eve I can remember - since my sis was not in town until late Sunday, we just did our family christmas celebration. Then we went to the mall and gave random shoppers homemade ornaments. That definitely brought smiles to the faces of many!
24th - Taught class, and two of the three lessons were mine. My throat was dead by lunch. We headed to the in-laws for the afternoon (after collecting Stacey, Rosie & Theo - Rosie was REALLY sick Saturday night), then running around with that family
25th - Breakfast with Tommy and Angel as they prepared for their journey to Memphis. Then to my parents for celebrating with my side of the family.

Lots of presents, good food, and fun, but I am SO tired. I'm glad christmas isn't for another year!

The End:
I (foolishly) offered comments this weekend on g+ about the value in remembering Christ in Christmas (I'll post notes from my lesson later). What blows my mind is the argument about the logical conclusion (The End) of ANY choice.

Why do we do this?!?! Taking things to their "logical conclusion" rarely ever happens outside of philosophical discussion - at least where responsible training and understanding exist. The bigger frustration to me is that - almost universally - these arguments are made to invoke institutional and individual paralysis. When we fear where one action might _eventually_ lead, we never go anywhere.

Should we count the cost and consider long-term consequences of our choices and decisions? Certainly! But just because someone somewhere sometime might take your idea and head off the path with it doesn't mean it should be avoided at all costs!! James records for us that faith without works is dead. Works isn't wholly summarized by assembling a couple of times per week. There is SO MUCH MORE to work than that. What would your employer say if you just showed up and sat in your place for you allotted time period - "Good job" or "Don't come back"? Why then, would we expect a different response from God when we have nothing to show Him except a long list of things we avoided potentially ever doing?

The End of the Rant.
  • curlie
    Nice rant. :)
    by curlie at 12/27/11 12:55PM
  • mjintexas
    Oooh, I want to read your lesson notes! :)
    by mjintexas at 12/27/11 1:56PM
  • mjintexas
    PS: I can't see your g+ comments on Christ in Christmas for some reason. Maybe because I have no idea how to navigate it.
    by mjintexas at 12/27/11 1:58PM
  • madtomkidd
    For those like MJ, I was in the process of preparing my brief lesson (we have a shorter lesson before the Lord's Supper), and commented on someone else's post in G+, so that might be why you don't see it on my page over there.
    by madtomkidd at 12/27/11 2:26PM
  • whipsmile
    we too had a low key Christmas Eve. Mom and I played Scrabble then we watched X-Men: First Class
    by whipsmile at 12/27/11 6:57PM
  • figpicker
    More and more, I think of the passage "Who art thou that judges the servant of another" I must make some judgments to know what to teach, but the other is a servant of God, just as I am. What does it say of my attitude and who do I think I am if I begin to judge the standing of others with God.

    I teach the truth to them to the best of my understanding and urge them to do as it says. Sincerely doing their best is
    not good enough or it would be bad to teach the truth!

    But, I can hope for all those who seem to be so sincerely loyally serving God/Jesus but who do not see the same things I do all the while I try to teach as many as I can.

    I believe we have projected to the religious world a strong sense of satisfaction that they are lost. That hurts truth and conversion
    by figpicker at 12/28/11 5:43PM

Here we come!

Lord willing, a month from tomorrow, my tribe will be flying into Orlando. From there, we'll drive to spend a couple of days with our southern family and visit with the good brethren at GSR. Then, we'll drive back to Orlando and enjoy family time at Disney.

I'm pretty excited that it's coming together, and the tickets HAVE been purchased - so we're leaving one way or the other!

Do you have any favorite Disney experiences or don't-miss-opportunities at any of the parks? We'll be in that area for most of a week and intend to hit most of the parks at least once, probably two days each for Epcot & Magic Kingdom.

I read about the "first haircut" at the Harmony Barbershop. I think I might get my hair cut and get Theo's first barbershop hair cut (I've given him a couple at home) - seems like a neat idea!
  • 23_bravo_7
    Rock n Rollacoaster. Been on it several times. 5 4 3 2 1 and into the long black tunnel. 0-50 in 2 seconds.

    Would very much like to visit GRS someday.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 12/06/11 3:53PM
  • figpicker
    I found the bailing twine so useful that I bought a spool at the farm center. At that time, we strung barb wire on high posts and ran the twine up and over it to the ground on each side where there were rows of pole beans. It became very annoying to be constantly cutting and tying to have the right lengths for this. It was very cool between the rows in the "puptent" made by the beans. Easy picking too for boys, not so good for too tall adults.

    Be sure to grab me when you get to GSR. Look for the old coot with a beard and a beautiful young wife.
    by figpicker at 12/06/11 7:05PM
  • srching4trth
    Wish I could tag along as the nanny that week ;) You all are going to have a blast!!! :)
    by srching4trth at 12/06/11 7:12PM
  • mjintexas
    Ohhhh I love Disney!!

    I always really enjoy the Lady & the Tramp restaurant. I don't remember the proper name, but it's not hard to find. Also the Norway ride at Epcot is fun!
    by mjintexas at 12/07/11 4:04PM
  • whipsmile
    we plan on going on a similar type trip next June. Lord willing, it will be me, alex, mom, dad, josh and his fam.
    by whipsmile at 12/07/11 4:14PM
  • auntjennywren
    Looking forward to seeing your sweet family and meeting the newest little Hastings!
    by auntjennywren at 12/08/11 7:08AM
  • 71lespaulcustom
    Anytime we go to Orlando it's pretty much a day trip.
    by 71lespaulcustom at 12/12/11 5:02PM