Please pray for Charlie! **5/21 Update below**

Many of you know Charlie Gant. He is our dear friend and a tireless worker for the Lord. He suffered a terrible accident today, and is in Scott & White hospital here in Temple.

Charlie & Kay's daughter Honey posted this a few minutes ago on Facebook:

"This is Honey, Kay's daughter. My mom has asked me to post this for her. Today Charlie fell 45-50 feet out of a tree while doing a job in Rockdale. They believe he landed feet first. His T9 vertebrae was completely shattered(exploded was the term the doctors used) causing a piece of bone to sever the nerves in his spinal cord. He has no sensation below his waist.

He also suffered massive bruising and concussion to his left side, fracturing several ribs and causing blood to pool in the area between his lung and rib cage. A chest tube was inserted, drained approx 1/2 liters of blood, and relieved the pressure created allowing him to breathe easier. They blood flow has eased up considerably now. Wednesday they will perform thoracic spinal surgery to remove any bone fragments and insert rods to stabilize the spinal column. He should be able to sit up and move around a little after that. The prognosis was poor from the doctors on whether he would gain mobility but I remain very hopeful because Charlie is in excellent health and he has such strong faith in God. Thank you all for your prayers because we really need them... My mother is in good spirits and remains strong and courageous."

Please pray for Charlie & Kay!!

**Update**
Charlie is scheduled for surgery Wednesday at noon. According to Kay, they will know more about his long term prognosis after the surgery.

Scott & White Hospital has an online service to send messages and greetings to patients. If you want to wish Charlie well, go here: https://www-secure.sw.org/secure/forms/patient-greeting
He is in room 518.

**Update 5/21**
Charlie's surgery went well on Wednesday. However, he remains paralyzed from the waist down, and his prognosis for recovering use of his legs is poor.

Charlie and Kay spent many years doing the Lord's work in Russia and then several more years in Kazakhstan. Moses was blessed to have the opportunity to spend a summer working with Charlie and Kay in Russia in 2001. Charlie is currently evangelist with the church in Rockdale, TX.

For the time being, Charlie remains in the hospital here in Temple, and messages can still be sent to him at the website I linked above.

Folks have established an account at Chase bank to collect funds to help Charlie and Kay out with medical expenses, as well as all the expenses involved in Kay traveling and being away from home, the impact of lost income, etc. If you are interested in contributing, leave me a message and I will PM you the Chase account number. I can also send Charlie & Kay's mailing address, if you would prefer to send a card and/or contribution that way.

Thanks for your prayers!!!
  • aleta
    Oh no! Note to Charlie, "You are in our prayers for a return to the most possible phase of recovery and for Kay and the family as they take care of you. God's strength and blessings on you all!"

    Thank you for sharing this Aimee. We would appreciate your updates.
    by aleta at 05/17/11 7:47AM
  • crazy_mama
    Wow this is horrible. Frederic said he met him when he was doing a meeting there a couple months ago. This just sounds so painful and it sounds like God was watching him and we will be praying that He will continue to do so.
    by crazy_mama at 05/17/11 1:02PM
  • anne
    We are so sorry to hear about Charlie's accident! Our prayers will be with him and Kay. Thank you for posting this, Aimee.
    by anne at 05/17/11 1:54PM
  • marmee
    We've met them one time at Alief and my daughter called to tell us of this as soon as they heard. I'm keeping him/them in prayer.
    by marmee at 05/17/11 11:12PM
  • misssonja
    I appreciate the updates -- a good reminder to keep praying for him
    by misssonja at 05/18/11 11:40AM
  • anne
    Thank you for posting the website for messages. We have so many ways to communicate these days, but having been in the hospital for extended stays (actually, they followed two brief visits to the ER at Temple Scott and White during a gospel meeting), I enjoyed receiving notes in that format, too. We are praying often for Charlie.
    by anne at 05/18/11 11:57AM
  • sallyanne
    I'm so sorry to hear this Aimee. I'll pray for this family!
    by sallyanne at 05/21/11 1:48PM
  • anne
    Thank you for the information. I look forward to receiving their home address. Sure hope things are looking up for his recovery!
    by anne at 05/27/11 9:41AM
  • aleta
    Aimee, please send me their address, too. Thank you!
    by aleta at 05/28/11 8:24AM
  • aleta
    Thank you!
    by aleta at 05/28/11 8:39PM
  • magnolia
    Oh, cool! I hope you enjoy it! :) Thanks for your comment!
    by magnolia at 06/26/11 12:23AM
  • crazy_mama
    I know! I can't believe it either. I have been doing some shopping for his birthday and it feels like I just did that a couple weeks ago. Did you hear that we are having a baby girl? I teased Frederic about how we should just make a deal with you guys and we can set up 3 weddings with you guys!! That would make things so easy wouldn't it?!?!
    by crazy_mama at 07/15/11 7:47AM
  • crazy_mama
    Well I would love it if you are right Aimee! This little one is just a crazy mover. It kinda scares me!!!! I have an appt with my midwife tomorrow so I guess we'll see if she's moved or not. I also have an appt with my chiropractor tomorrow too so we're all working toward moving this little girl around.
    by crazy_mama at 07/21/11 11:21AM

I Need to Update!

  • marmee
    Oh ... so, how are you?
    by marmee at 04/26/10 3:54PM
  • ethantweedie14
    umm.. usually people say how they're doing, etc.. :)
    by ethantweedie14 at 04/26/10 8:05PM
  • ethantweedie14
    umm.. usually people say how they're doing, etc.. :)
    by ethantweedie14 at 04/26/10 8:06PM
  • aleta
    Miss you!
    by aleta at 04/26/10 10:10PM
  • anne
    It is possible for mothers of several small children to be so busy they lose the ability to have a deliberate, well-thought-out, conscious thought. Which, as we all know, is what Pleonast requires. (insert sarcasm here). So we will excuse you for now. But don't make silence a habit! We miss you.
    by anne at 04/26/10 10:25PM
  • crazy_mama
    YIPPY!!! It's great to kinda be back on pleo. Good to see you on here too!
    by crazy_mama at 04/27/10 1:34AM
  • heatheronthehill
    I bumped the GARLIC thread on Practical Herbalism. I put my hummus recipe there, and several people made great suggestions for variations on it. HTH! :)
    by heatheronthehill at 05/26/10 11:38AM
  • curlie
    Hey... Thank you SO MUCH for sending me that book. That was so sweet of you. :)
    by curlie at 06/01/10 2:19PM
  • crazy_mama
    HA HA! You know I would love to help my girls plan a wedding for them and one of your boys. Oh hey why not both of my girls to two of your boys. The only thing is...their weddings are already planned! We have 3 weddings this summer that Frederic is officiating and one of them is this Friday so weddings are on their minds like crazy. Two days ago I was cooking and heard them planning their weddings. Whatever Noelani would say she was going to have or do, Maleia would say, "Me have that too Noelani!" Right now all I know is that Maleia's wedding is going to be green and Noelani's wedding is going to be purple and that they both are going to have the biggest dresses they can find and that they are going to marry Frederic. We'll see how those plans change over the years!
    by crazy_mama at 06/01/10 9:44PM
  • magnolia
    Hi Mrs. Barget! =) Thanks for coming over to my Pleo - it was really nice to meet you too! =) May I add you? (By the way, I *think* it was Titus that I got to hold for a bit one night at camp -- he is such a darling little boy. ºÜº)
    by magnolia at 06/03/10 11:23PM
  • grandmadiane
    Hello, I was reading your gracious invitation to your gospel meeting below and clicked on the link to listen to the sermons but they don't seem to be posted. Do you know when or if they will be? There are many on there I plan on listening to though.
    I don't think I would have made the meeting even if I had known about it when it occurred because I am Tennessee.
    by grandmadiane at 03/21/11 1:43PM

Is There Scientific Evidence for Creation?

Leon Valley church of Christ in Temple, TX invites you to hear:
Speaker: Don Patton
January 24-29, 2010

Sunday
9:30 am Bible Class Lesson: Noah's Ark
10:30 am Worship Assembly: The Nature of Faith
6:00 pm Worship Assembly: Stones of Israel

Monday
7:30 pm Lesson: What is Creation Science?

Tuesday
7:30 pm Lesson: Evolution and Laws of Science

Wednesday
7:30 pm Lesson: Scientific Age of the Earth

Thursday
7:30 pm Lesson: The Record of the Rocks

Friday
7:30 pm Lesson: The Record of the Fossils

Meeting Flyer
Doesn't this look AMAZING?? Come on down/up/over and join us!! If you need a place to stay, we can hook you up!! :)
  • scrappyhappymama
    ^^Yes, I believe we'll actually have the audio on our website afterwards. :) However, we're in TX, not FL. :) Does that make the drive easier? :P
    by scrappyhappymama at 01/17/10 11:15PM
  • scrappyhappymama
    And by "our" website, I should clarify that I mean the website of the Leon Valley congregation. If you are looking for some great sermons to listen to in the meantime, links to our last gospel meeting by Jimmy Stevens are there. Including a sermon that should be required listening for all women who are concerned about modesty in our modern times and all men who care about protecting their hearts and eyes, and the men and women who care about them. :) "Let My Eyes Help My Heart: Developing Moral Character in an Immoral World." Seriously, an incredible awesome lesson.

    Not to mention of course, mp3s and podcasts from our own Warren King. Enjoy!
    by scrappyhappymama at 01/17/10 11:24PM
  • carolattheriver
    My husband became interested in the truth because of Don Patton, and was later baptized!
    by carolattheriver at 01/18/10 6:05AM
  • aleta
    I heard Don preach those lessons back in the very early 80's in Kentucky and would love to hear them again. And I've heard Jimmy's lesson on modesty. It's great. ;)
    by aleta at 01/18/10 8:03AM
  • anne
    I will show your recommendation for Jimmy's lessons to him, because it helps so much to know that, while some resent having immodesty pointed out to them, hearts like yours are so open to the truth, and desire it. Thank you for that.

    After we had studied Evidences in the teenage classes years ago, we took the kids and their families on a camping trip to Glen Rose, TX. Don Patton met us there and showed us many interesting things outside Dinosaur Park, including dinosaur tracks. His grandmother was a very dear friend of our family. We called her "Pat-Pat."
    by anne at 01/18/10 3:56PM
  • marmee
    I like Mr. Patton. Enjoy!
    by marmee at 01/18/10 6:50PM
  • crazy_mama
    Not fair. Not fair at all. I SOOO want to come. We have been talking about this with Noelani and she's so into it right now. We will need to get our hands on some of this info.
    by crazy_mama at 01/18/10 9:20PM
  • ccmom
    Wow! What a wonderful series! I would love to be there and be hooked up with a place to stay at the home of a family that I really want to see!
    by ccmom at 01/19/10 8:32AM
  • scrappyhappymama
    Sounds like you guys need to plan a road trip. :D
    by scrappyhappymama at 01/19/10 10:39PM
  • aleta
    Thank you! If you see my name lit up again today, it's just because I added at the bottom the name of the next chapter.

    Yes, I am so grateful that Daddy got to meet Gene!

    by aleta at 02/04/10 8:32AM
  • grannywriter
    I'm glad you all liked the books! I love you all!
    by grannywriter at 02/08/10 10:23PM
  • whosyourdaddy
    by whosyourdaddy at 02/12/10 12:30PM
  • mom_to_5_in_brazil
    So pretty soon, your boys may be sharing clothes!
    by mom_to_5_in_brazil at 02/16/10 1:38PM
  • laughing_eyes
    not until April
    by laughing_eyes at 03/10/10 12:29AM
  • anne
    There have been lots of foul-ups with turkey, I suppose because it is cooked so seldom. I heard of someone who asked for the bag of "innards" so they could make "Goblet Gravy."
    by anne at 03/13/10 9:33AM
  • txwhittlec
    Thank you so much! :) We are excited! Hope you all are doing well!
    by txwhittlec at 04/08/10 9:15PM

Have We No Shame?

Something has been irritating my mind for the past few days, ever since watching the news accounts of the horrific shootings at Fort Hood. Early reports stated that the gunman- a Muslim man serving in the US Army- had come to the attention of federal officials at least six months ago for inflammatory and disturbing statements comparing suicide bombers favorably to a soldier throwing his body over a grenade, sacrificing his life to save the lives of others. One account related him stating that just as the death of someone willingly and knowingly sacrificing his life to save others would not be considered to be “committing suicide”, neither should the death of a bomber, sacrificing his life for a cause, be considered suicide.

How is it that a man who has repeatedly expressed his distaste for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, openly told others that he was reluctant to fight for his native country against fellow Muslims, and posts messages online justifying the actions of homicidal bombers- how is it that this man was allowed continued, intimate access to soldiers, some of whom may have been in a fragile mental state themselves? I am not castigating the US military, because I don’t think the issue lies with them specifically. I believe the issue lies with the extreme political correctness of our modern society- one which renders common sense discrimination and discretion and caution as racism.

I appreciate that this country was established on a foundation of religious freedom for all. And I realize that part of the protection of my own freedom to worship as I choose is accepting that others have the freedom to worship how they choose as well. I don’t believe that simply because an American follows a non-Christian faith that they should be barred from serving in the US military. But, once an individual reveals themselves to be a potential threat to the safety and security of our country or is about to be deployed overseas, despite having expressed sympathies for the brutal tactics of our enemies, I think we’ve crossed the line of reasonable tolerance.

In mulling this over, I think this situation reflects a larger problem of society- the dearth of shame. Employers, even in sensitive areas, are afraid to exercise reasonable judgment for fear of shaming someone and being accused of unfair discrimination. One cannot speak out against the actions of a Homicidal Terrorist, because it might reflect poorly on others of the same religious belief. We are afraid to speak out boldly against religious philosophies that, without apology, call for the destruction of our way of life. Newscasters spent long minutes debating whether this action would be considered a ‘terrorist’ attack. People go into a public area and shoot many people in front of countless witnesses and are still referred to as the ‘alleged’ shooter. I’m all for due process, but we are talking about blatant acts in front of many others, and this kind of evil is softened by refusing to call it terrorism, but rather a ‘lone wolf’ and stating that the gunman shot in the very act is ‘alleged’ to have committed the crime.

Not only has society softened its stance on homicidal actions, but other blatant sins are now referred to in a positive light- like ‘cohabitation’ and ‘love comes in many fashions’ and ‘we can’t help who we love.’ There is no shame in fornication or homosexuality or putting away a spouse. In fact, those who speak against such things are very, very close to being accused of a hate crime themselves. Recently, a father shot a young man he found in bed with his daughter. Now, I’m not necessarily justifying the father’s response, but in all the news accounts of this story, there is not one mention of the shame of these young, unmarried folks having sexual relations. The father understandably felt this shame on his daughter’s behalf. There’s historical reason behind the caricature of a shotgun wedding. Somehow, I suspect that most young people today, where births outside of wedlock are commonplace and often intentional, have never heard of such a thing, or would be unaware of the origins of a shotgun wedding.

Interestingly enough, the very societies that consider themselves enemies of the American way of life retain a sense of shame in their own countries. Sins of immorality and covetousness are ruthlessly punished. It is considered shameful for a woman to dress or behave immodestly. Homosexuality is not proclaimed as normal and loving, but rather shameful and worthy of death. I don’t support these folks in their rejection of the one true and living God and of our Savior. But I do appreciate their sense of shame.

Even as Christians, I fear we have absorbed much of this lack of shame into our daily lives. I’m not saying that women daring to bare their ankles in this day is sinful, but the attire of many women who wear the name of Christ doesn’t always do justice to the name. Many stomachs turn at the thought of homosexual acts, but are friendly with the sweet co-worker living with her boyfriend, never mentioning the sin to her. Sometimes, we immerse ourselves in the culture and media and activities of the day, without stopping to question the influences they have on our lives. Some raise their children to be popular and to get along, rather than to be a peculiar people. We are counseled to build up the self esteem of our little ones, eschewing dated concepts like shame and foolishness and Godly sorrow. Often, we are afraid to call sin, sin and to put to the shame the shameful.

Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Php 3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
  • matermagistra
    this is a great post, Aimee. You are right about Christians subtly and not-so subtly being desensitized to sin. Great, great post.
    by matermagistra at 11/07/09 8:36AM
  • firebolt
    This is so very, very true.
    by firebolt at 11/07/09 9:06AM
  • missy
    Such a good post.
    by missy at 11/07/09 10:12AM
  • scline
    So true!
    by scline at 11/07/09 8:45PM
  • mommakeeb
    Everything you said is sad but true. All I can say is let us pray for all the ones who lost
    their loved ones. May God bless us and keep us all in his hands.
    by mommakeeb at 11/07/09 8:48PM
  • tsarmo
    Once again my love you have proclaimed truth boldly and courageously. You are a blessing to me. You are a blessing to our sons. You are a blessing to our brethren. I give God glory and thanks for blessing us through you. I only say this becasue it is true, many daughters have done well, but you excel them all!
    by tsarmo at 11/07/09 9:27PM
  • sallyanne
    Amen. Great thoughts.
    by sallyanne at 11/07/09 11:49PM
  • babyelephant
    Great thoughts, Aimee. Although the condition of our country is discouraging, it is nice to have a "support group" that realizes it isn't okay. Sometimes I think that there are a lot of people who don't really agree with all the sin...but they are just quiet about it. Then the people who are practicing it are very vocal about love and tolerance...so it seems like the whole world feels that way. Thanks for having the courage to speak up.
    by babyelephant at 11/08/09 3:03PM
  • delinn
    I love this Aimee. Well written and every bit of it is true. I was sitting in the lunch room the other day with girl and we were talking about homosexuality and then I realized, she is also living in sin. She lives with a guy out of wedlock and they have a little girl. Where do you begin in todays society, its crazy and sad altogether.
    by delinn at 11/09/09 12:16PM
  • redkoala
    Last week as I was bringing Roree to her gymnastics class I turned the corner in the car and saw a guy wearing camos and a gun squatting and peeking out from behind a tree. It didn’t even startle me. Then there were 50 more guys with guns in the field maybe 50 feet from the gym door. I was actually going to blog about how you know you’re a military wife when you see that and don’t blink an eye. Now, that would seem a little scarier than before.
    by redkoala at 11/10/09 5:13AM
  • redkoala
    Interesting post. Oh, I could go on and on.
    by redkoala at 11/10/09 5:14AM
  • grannywriter
    Amen. Thank you for saying it.
    by grannywriter at 11/11/09 4:05PM
  • crazy_mama
    I know that you aren't kidding! I'm happy about that! It really was an amazing look into her little heart. She's got big things going on in their and big plans for herself!
    by crazy_mama at 11/13/09 2:42AM
  • marmee
    Amen. So true.
    by marmee at 11/15/09 2:35PM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Superbly written!
    by phyllisophical_mom at 11/21/09 10:15AM
  • grannywriter
    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the call. I love you all.
    by grannywriter at 11/25/09 12:59AM
  • ginasitter
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    by ginasitter at 11/25/09 10:45AM
  • laughing_eyes
    It is a great name! Todd & Rae's first. :)
    by laughing_eyes at 11/28/09 7:18AM
  • sallyanne
    Amen. Thanks for writing this!
    by sallyanne at 12/02/09 5:41PM
  • emilylankford
    It was very nice to see you last night! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello. Hope to run into again before long :)
    by emilylankford at 01/09/10 9:18PM

Today seems to be an auspicious* day...

to have a baby! We'll update when we can...


*no birds were injured in the creation of this announcement :)
  • lyryk
    You know, today was my secong guess, but I went with the second. What was I thinking? Hehehehe...... I am so excited. May God bless this new little guy.
    by lyryk at 07/21/09 1:18PM
  • stitchinmom
    Yay!
    by stitchinmom at 07/21/09 1:23PM
  • tigerrita
    Patiently waiting & praying "the Abuela"
    by tigerrita at 07/21/09 1:31PM
  • marmee
    Praying for you as you labor ... blessings to you.
    by marmee at 07/21/09 2:08PM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Okay, I predict your baby will be born TODAY!!! Wow, Amee, you are fast...can't wait till hear all about the NEXT TOO CUTE FOR WORDS Barget Baby! (I'm going for Judah!

    This is exciting!
    by phyllisophical_mom at 07/21/09 2:40PM
  • sallyanne
    Exciting. I can't wait to see your new cutie!!
    by sallyanne at 07/21/09 3:01PM
  • redkoala
    Oh boy!!!
    by redkoala at 07/21/09 3:20PM
  • firebolt
    Man...I didn't get t guess on the other post. My guess was going to be wrong anyway if today is the day!!!

    Good luck...praying for you!
    by firebolt at 07/21/09 3:38PM
  • lauriw1030
    Yea! Praying for a fast, easy and safe delivery...
    by lauriw1030 at 07/21/09 4:46PM
  • serenity
    I was only two days off on the date! now if only you named him one of the names I guessed :) Now we are going to have to "pass through" town again to get a glimpse of your new sweet baby :)!
    by serenity at 07/21/09 5:53PM
  • babyelephant
    We are praying for you and the baby....if only we could pray for him by name.....hmm....? ;)
    Can't wait to hear more! We love you all!
    by babyelephant at 07/21/09 7:19PM
  • silvia
    Praying...............and also can't wait to hear his name announced!
    by silvia at 07/21/09 9:42PM
  • karenbaize
    keeping you in my prayers
    by karenbaize at 07/21/09 9:42PM
  • crazy_mama
    Oh boy how exciting! I will say a pray for you right now. Can't wait to hear all about it. And hear the name. And see pictures!!!!
    by crazy_mama at 07/21/09 9:59PM
  • mom_to_5_in_brazil
    Good birth! Praying
    by mom_to_5_in_brazil at 07/21/09 11:42PM
  • grannywriter
    Praise be to God for our newest little boy. I love his name and I am so glad that both Aimee and the baby are fine. I know daddy is so proud and the boys must be so happy with their little brother. I love you all!
    by grannywriter at 07/22/09 12:00AM
  • ethantweedie14
    Praying!!
    by ethantweedie14 at 07/22/09 7:43AM
  • a_soldiers_wife
    do we know his name yet?!
    by a_soldiers_wife at 07/22/09 8:58AM
  • kaceyatthebat
    That is fabulous! I'm about to sell all the rest of my gear in our city-wide consignment sale this weekend. Bye-bye baby stuff!
    by kaceyatthebat at 09/02/09 8:18PM
  • mom2reese
    I saw your question on our Singing School in Silsbee, on Diana's blog...oops we need to update the webpage. The School will be 9-12 from 9-??. We would love to have you all!
    by mom2reese at 09/10/09 11:10AM