|July 4th cookout with the grandkids|
Saturday, July 27, 2013
YKSIOW... the laundry from the last church camp trip is done. YKSIOW... the canning is all done. YKSIOW... you start attending classes again and/or you start teaching students again for I am both a student and a teacher.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
|Late lunch with the grandkids at the cottage|
|Power from the Sun or from coal take your pick|
|Getting the door ready for the facing|
|No more crossing the room to turn on the light|
|Elisabeth trying to figure Papa out|
|Janie cleaning up after we had lunch at church with her mother|
|Painting, rained on me a little before it was finished|
|Rested each evening with a good movie|
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|James is all smiles|
James is growing up so fast. Justin and Sarah have already started him on cereal. He is such as sweet boy. Naomi, his sister, is a sweetie as well. Janie and I went over to see them and to help out with some plumbing work in their kitchen remodeling effort. As I lay down on the floor working on the pipes under the new sink Naomi leaned over on me and just jabbered away as if telling me just exactly how to do it. Later Janie told me to take a look at Naomi as she was standing with Janie's cell phone up to her ear and again just jabbering away. We took a tour of the farm while we were there and sat for a while in their back yard enjoying James and Naomi. Naomi seems to like her backyard play house.
|Naomi about to give us a tour of her play house|
Spanish lessons are going very well. Art, our teacher, is a really good teacher. When we got to class this Monday I asked him in Spanish "Would you preach for me this Sunday night?" He corrected both my pronunciation and my syntax but seemed pleased that I was making sentences of my own. I then asked him in English and he was shocked that I was asking him to fill in for me on Sunday night while I was on vacation. He said yes and I wish I could be there to hear him teach God's word. I know he will do an outstanding job. Spanish is not a hard language to learn. I have even dreamed that I was making up sentences in Spanish and they actually made sense. I am going to really apply myself to this task.
My piano lessons are coming along slowly. I have made good progress in the book our oldest daughter gave me to learn by. After I finish this blog I am going to practice the piano.
I learned today an interesting fact about about legal marriage in Texas. It seems that according to the Law it does not matter where the wedding ceremony is held. You can get your marriage license in the county of your residence and have the ceremony out of state so as long as you turn in the certificate of marriage to the same county clerk's office your marriage is legal in the state of Texas. In about 2 weeks I will be officiating at a wedding in Shreveport but the license will be from Shelby County Texas.
|Hooking up a sink, dishwasher, and ice maker|
Monday, April 8, 2013
|Me and our newest grandson, James|
School has consumed most of my life. I seem to be addicted to it. I am presently taking piano lessons and Spanish lessons both of which I am enjoying "grandemente." Janie is teaching me to play the piano. I try to practice every day both the piano and my Spanish. The only way I am going to learn them is to put in the time. Can a 60 year old learn such things? I plan to prove to myself that it can be done. So if you hear me playing the piano and singing "La Bamba" you'll know I have arrived.
|My piano teacher with a much younger student, Naomi|
The new carpet and flooring in the parsonage here in Hillsboro is really nice. The new shower is way better than the old one. The wall cracks still need to be repaired and the walls painted in the bedrooms. The place is going to look really nice when we are through.
Taxes are due this week. I have them all filled out except for the check I have to send with it. We have not been to Henderson in the past 2 weeks. This has saved us at least $170 so far in gas and will make paying the IRS a little less painful in the pocketbook.
I have 40 picture frames I need to make, I need to repair our riding lawnmower, and clean out the garage. I need to see if I can get this all done before our vacation in May.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
|Piers installed under the parsonage|
It would have been right handy to have been able to understand the Spanish language. I would love to know what these men are saying to each other as they work. One of them sings while he works. He has a good voice and sings very quietly.
God confounded the languages of men but He did give man the ability to learn new languages. The language barrier keeps us apart but in Christ we are all one for God is not a respecter of persons.
|The back door stands open as they bring wheelbarrows of dirt out and piers in.|
|One hole in the hallway and one in the back bedroom|
|The crack in our bedroom wall BEFORE the lifting of the foundation|
|The same crack AFTER the lifting of the foundation.|
|The driveway is now 3 inches lower than the garage after the lift.|
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
|Foundation work at the parsonage continues|
It is a blessing to be able to stay inside a warm house when the weather outside is cold, wet, and windy. God is such a good provider. He keeps us safe and warm at times. On those occasions when we have had to be out in the storm God has been with us there and seen us through. God is so good!
Monday, January 14, 2013
|Foundation work at the Parsonage 1-14-13|
We had to leave the house for it was our turn for the worship services at the nursing home. Janie played and I led the singing then brought a sermon from the text containing the model prayer. There were 15 in attendance which was good due to there being so much sickness going around. We asked a friend to come over and watch the house while we were away. We spent most of the day at our computers working. We are winding down our day by watching a movie together. It was a version of "Pride and Prejudice" which we had not seen before. It was a good movie but we prefer overall the original BBC's mini series version.
Wise men build their houses upon rocks. Jesus likened those who hear His words and do them unto these wise builders. When the storms come, and they will come, have Jesus Christ as your foundation and your anchor and you will not need to fear them.
|The west side of the parsonage, foundation work|
|The south side of the parsonage, foundation work|
|Front, north side, of the parsonage|
|Sunday Night Sermon 1-13-13|