Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This picture is of Abigail Bazar on our church bus. Her dad use to drive the bus and is the one responsible for starting this ministry at our church.
Memory is an amazing thing. I have been told that everything you have ever seen, heard, tasted, or felt is stored in your mind. We have, since the first Wednesday night in September been teaching the children we pick up with the bus about God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. They have been taught the Gospel which is how that Christ died for OUR sins according to the scriptures and that He was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures. It is a powerful message. The Apostle Paul describes the Gospel as "The power of God unto salvation." It is our prayer that these children will remember that Christ died for their sins and that if they will repent and believe in Jesus He will have mercy on their souls.

It is comforting to know that Clint knows the Lord as his savior. If Clint could speak right now he would tell you that everybody needs to know the Lord. Clint had surgery today. They did a tracheotomy on him and grafted skin to his other leg. He came through the surgery just fine. He has a fever and they are treating that with antibiotics. It has been another good day for him.

Tonight is the last night of our mid-week Bible school. We are going to feed the kids some pizza and let them have a longer play time in the gym. We we resume in September, Lord willing. Janie and I are headed for Henderson tonight and will have to go in separate vehicles. We are going to let our oldest daugther and her husband borrow our truck and trailer. We plan to be back in Hillsboro Friday. I heard from my brother today. He has hiked 41 miles and has come off the trail to rest a couple of days before resuming. He seems to be doing well. God bless you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This picture of Clint (on the left) was taken a few years ago the Sunday after his prom. We heard today that he is doing about the same. He will be having another surgery on Wednesday. They have taken pictures of him at the hospital but there are no plans to publish them. They are more for his benefit to help him in the future to see how far he has come. Don't forget about the blood drive on May 17th from 12 to 6. His recovery will be very slow and for his family, October must seem very far away. They have said that he will be in the hospital at least that long.

We have had a rainy day here today. I was out in the rain trying to clean out a little trench I had dug to let the water drain from the drive way at the back of the house. It seems to be draining now and my plans are to dig a little bigger trench and make it more permanent. We are headed for Waco this evening for Bible study. We are hoping that the rain will not keep us from running the bus on Wednesday. I have not heard from my brother in California. I am hopeful he is having a good hike. God bless you.

Monday, April 27, 2009


As of this morning Clint is doing well. The fever is down and they seem to think that they may not have to do as much skin grafting on his back as they once thought. He is scheduled for more surgery this Wednesday so keep him in your prayers.

We had a good service and visit at the nursing home this morning (pictured). It was raining this morning but that did not slow us down at all. I have chosen a text for this Sunday and have worked on that sermon and will finalize it tomorrow afternoon. We have Bible study in the morning and Bible study tomorrow night. Wednesday morning we want to go up to Dallas to check on Clint but will have to get back in time to run the bus for our evening services.

I got my walk in today and Janie walked with me for part of the way. It gave me someone to talk to while I walked. We found out today how much it will cost to fly to France and it looks doable. We talked to Jason today and ran itinerary by him and he was ok with it. The problem with scheduling a vacation so far out with tickets not refundable is that you do not know if something might happen that would keep you from going. The way we figure it is this if it God's will nothing will come up. God bless you.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


The word "sabbath" means rest. Today was a day of rest for me. I got up not feeling well this morning. I had a sore throat and stopped up head along with a headache. I took some medicine and by time for church I was feeling some better. We took a long nap this afternoon and though my throat is still sore I am feeling much better.

Clint Rogers had another good day today. That makes 7 in a row. They said that yesterday he opened his eyes just a little and just for a second or two. These signs of conscientiousness are very encouraging to his family. By no means is he out of the woods yet for he has a very long and slow recovery ahead. Keep praying for him. The picture is of Clint's brother and Father waiting to go in to see him.

We had good services today and our attendance was up. This week will be a busy one. We plan to make a trip tomorrow to Dallas to see Clint. Tuesday we plan to meet with the church in Hewitt for Bible study. It looks like they may be getting close to finding a pastor and we are praying that they will. Wednesday we will run the bus and Thursday we will go to Henderson. Saturday we will go back to Dallas again to check on Clint. That is our plans for now. Janie and I are looking into the possibility of taking our last week of vacation in October. If we can work it out and save our money we want to go and see our Son and his family in Limoux, France. By October it will be one year since we have seen them. We shall leave this up to the Lord and if He is willing we will go. God bless you.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

We went to see Clint today and he looked much better. The nurse said he responded with a head shake when she asked him if he was in pain. He was running a low grade fever today. All in all it has been a good day for him.

Talked to my mother and she is doing well. She had been out doing some shopping and some yard work. She is looking forward to my oldest sister's visit the Saturday after Mother's Day. She plans to make the three hour drive to Hillsboro to visit with us for that weekend. My sister will drive her back to Henderson to spend the week with her. That Sunday is the blood drive at our church. I will be preaching from the book of Jude this Sunday and the book of Acts Sunday night. The picture, taken a few months ago, is of Janie and her sister visiting with their dad. God bless you.

Friday, April 24, 2009


I will begin with a quick update on Clint. He had surgery to skin graft his arms and they have cut down on his med's and he is beginning to move a little. All in all he has had a good day. I will be seeing him in the morning, Lord willing. He seems to be making good progress. Don't forget the blood drive at our church on May 17th.

Last night Janie and I worked on assembling another cabinet (pictured) for my mother-in-law. This morning my day started at 7:00 when at my in-law's house there was no water. A pipe had broken under the house and I had to go and dig up the water meter and find the shut off (see the picture). Since I am too old and fat to be crawling under a house we called a plumber. It was fixed and the water back on in just a couple of hours. My oldest daughter and her husband brought their fifth wheel trail over to my in-law's place last night. It is looking like they will be moving soon back to Henderson. He hit the barn with his trailer and gouged a hole in the side of it. They asked if I could patch it for them temporarily and so Janie and I got to work and got it patched. We worked on repairing the barn next and got the tin nailed back in place. We are at home now and hopefully our work is over. Going to work on supper now and then relax before heading for bed. God bless you.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A quick update on Clint: He had a good night and is due to have some surgery tomorrow. They are going to graft some skin onto one of his arms and do a tracheotomy to keep his vocal cords from being damaged. His parents seem to be holding up ok. This picture of Clint and his cousins was taken this Easter Sunday at our church.
We are in Henderson today and will return to Hillsboro on Friday. Things are going well with Janie's parents and we are planning to go by and check on my mother tomorrow. God bless you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I am to meet with a representative from the Carter Blood Center today at 1:00 pm. They need to look at our church facilities to work out where they will set up for the blood drive. I will not return to Dallas today but will stay here in Hillsboro to prepare for our services tonight. That could change if Clint should have a set back. They grafted skin from a cadaver onto Clint's stomach, chest and left thigh. The surgeon said that they got all the skin available in the Dallas Fort Worth area. It is my understanding that this skin will only last about six weeks and then the body will reject it. They do this to buy him some time and while they start the long process of grafting his own skin. The picture was taken yesterday at the hospital. From right to left is Clint's father, Tim, Clint's brother, Chris, and Josh who was our youth director for six years at Walnut Street Baptist Church and a very close friend. People have driven in from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Colorado to see about Clint. There are so many people at the hospital checking up on Clint that they fill the waiting room and many have to stand out in the hall. When I left the hospital on Sunday there were about 30 people in the hall all there for Clint and his family. Please keep them in your prayers.
My oldest daughter and her family came up to Elkhart, Texas to get their travel trailer. They had let my youngest daughter live in it when she first got married. I have not heard as yet if they made it back home without any problems. The truck they use to move the trailer is not in real good shape. I suppose that no news is good news. God bless you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Clint and L.A.

Janie and went back to Dallas today to check on Clint. He had a good night and has has a good day today. The doctor had said that over the next six months if he has more good days than bad he will pull through. It was encouraging to hear that they found more good, unburned skin and so the percentage of burned area has gone down a little. The initial shock is over and the family is now thinking long term. It will be a long road but they have lots of friends and a good church family to help them through. Most of all they have the Lord God as their strength. One of the nurses at the burn center told us today that she has worked there for 20 years. She said that they were just helpers and that God is the one will heal him (Clint). She is so right about that. With a chief doctor who believes in prayer and a staff with such a godly attitude it is no wonder that this burn unit is one of the best in the country. We will be having a blood drive at our church on Sunday, May 17th. Clint will need about 100 units of blood/blood products over the course of the next six months. From the phone calls that I have had so far I can tell it will be a hugely successful drive.

I am going to preach the sermon I had prepared for last Sunday this Sunday. We will try to run the bus Wednesday. Thursday will find us in Henderson taking care of Janie's parents and my mother. My brother, Steve, is headed for California on Friday and I wish things were where I could go with him but it was just not meant to be. The Ladies Auxiliary of our church is meeting here at the house right now and I would love to go in there and join them. We have such a good group of ladies at our church, very caring and loving, and boy can they cook! The picture is of 3 of the ladies of our ladies auxiliary when they met at our house a while back. Please pray for Clint, God bless you.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Glory of God

I saw the glory of God today. I suppose that especially on Sundays Christians ought to see the Glory of God. It is a sight that is in plain view every day if one would but open their spiritual eyes.
(John 11:39-40) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been [dead] four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

The key to seeing the glory of God is faith. If you will believe you will see. It is when you don't believe that you are filled with blindness. I suspect that many of those who read this blog have no idea what I am talking about. God's glory is seen in His works and in His working. When you have faith that God is in control and that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose, then your eyes will be open wide and you will see His glory.

Clint (pictured above) lies in the hospital with burns over 80% of his body. I was called at 3:00 a.m. today and told that they were taking him to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I rushed to the hospital and arrived just as the ambulance was leaving. I led the way to show his brother and his mother how to get to the hospital in Dallas. It was hard to hear the prognosis and watch as the news crushed the hearts of his family and friends. I thank God that Bro. Harold Davis was willing and able to drive for 2 hours to come and fill in for me at the Church so I could stay with Clint's family. I wanted to be with them through the valley of the doctor's telling them the seriousness of his condition. I wanted to walk with them through the valley of seeing their son lying on that bed in the burn center's ICU. They made it through those valleys not because I was there but because God walked with them.
The tough part of pastoring a church is that after a while you fall in love with the people and when they hurt you hurt. Their pain is your pain. I felt absolutely helpless. I wish I could sponge away the hurting and the worry but I can not. Nevertheless that which is impossible with men is possible with God. God can wipe away all tears. My God is amazing! I wish everyone knew my God. God bless you.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Got a phone call from my younger brother this afternoon. He is coming over Sunday morning to attend church and spend the afternoon with us. I am so looking forward to his visit. He is bringing over a laptop computer that is giving him some trouble that he wants me to take a look at. This picture of my two brothers was taken a couple of years ago.

I am excited about the series of lessons I am bringing on Sunday nights. We are going through the book of Acts looking for the reasons we believe and do the things we do. The Sunday school lesson is taken from my favorite chapter in the book of Nehemiah. It will be an exciting lesson. The book of Jude is on tap for the Sunday morning sermon. The text will teach us about "the faith" for which we are to contend. All in all I expect it to be a great day. God bless you.

Friday, April 17, 2009


As Janie's mother entered into the kitchen Janie was standing at the sink washing dishes. My mother-in-law asked "Paul, what is she doing?" I looked over at Janie and then back at my mother-in-law and said "It looks like she is honoring her father and mother." My mother-in-law heartily agreed. Thursday night before supper we went to the piano room for a recording session. The small country church where my mother-in-law attends has no piano player so they sing along with taped music. I suppose that this Sunday they will be singing along with us. No progress was made on the prospectus today. I worked on getting the camp online registration going. I finally got the error message solved with the help of tech support. I had trouble with my father-in-law's truck this morning. It did not want to crank but finally did. I told my father-in-law about it and he recognized the symptom as being consistent with a corroded battery terminal. As you can see from the picture above he was right. He had me to clean it with Coke and that worked really well.
I have outlined the sermon for Sunday and am looking forward to the district ladies auxiliary meeting in the morning. God bless you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Camp Computer Program

I worked on the computer program which will allow churches to register for summer camp on-line. A problem on the server caused it not to work but the fix is in and it will take a day for it to take effect. Tomorrow it should be working fine and people will be able to register on-line. It will save them a stamp and give them an extra week to get kids signed up. This picture was taken a couple of years ago on our way home from church camp. Janie and I had three boys riding in our truck back to Hillsboro and it got real quiet and we looked back to see them all piled on top of each other asleep. A whole week of getting them up at 6:00 am and putting them to bed at 10:30 pm catches up to them. I am looking forward to camp this year. Hiking and sleeping on the hard ground has helped me with church camp. At least at camp you have a mattress to sleep on and the room is air conditioned. The draw back is that by the second day the dorm room smells nothing like the great outdoors.
The kids were really good tonight at church. We only picked up 22 kids and there were three others which came on their own. They were well behaved on the way home and it was still daylight by the time we got back to the church. It is good to see the days getting longer.
Our Schwan's man was called back to active duty in the Air Force. His stand in is a lady whose name is Donna. She seems real nice. She says Lance will be back in six months. I was impressed that she said "have a blessed day" as she left. In the course of the next month I will find out if she is saved and if she attends church so stay tuned.
We are off to Henderson in the morning. I will work on the sermon for Sunday while Janie is with her parents at the doctor's office. Friday is prospectus day and then back to Hillsboro. God bless you.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


We were at the TBI open house today and had a good time. They drew the six names and I was not one of them so I did not get to preach. The picture is of me and Brother Davis during the break time.

I walked to the office Monday morning and took some pictures of wild flowers that I saw along the way. Spring time is in full bloom here. This picture is of a Bluebonnet which grows wild here in central Texas.
Tonight we will attend a banquet at the nursing home and then tomorrow I will get up early and get to work on camp registration mail outs and the sermon for Sunday. The lesson for the adults Wednesday night is from the book of Hebrews. After church tomorrow night we will head back over to Henderson so Janie can take her parents to the doctor's office. I will work on the sermon for Sunday on Thursday and the prospectus on Friday. Saturday finds us in Corsicana for the district ladies auxiliary meeting. Let me make a suggestion to those of you who are as busy as I am; stop and enjoy the flowers along the way. God bless you.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Door Prize

Rain did not keep us from having a good crowd at church today. We have another busy week ahead with our usual Monday morning nursing home visit and then Monday night we will go over to Henderson for the special day at the Seminary. They are going to put the names of all the preachers who come for the open house into a can and will draw names for door prizes. The door prize is that you get to preach. For preachers that is the best door prize of all. I hope and pray they will draw my name. We will return to Hillsboro Tuesday afternoon to attend the annual banquet at the nursing home. We have the district ladies auxiliary meeting on Saturday which means another good time of food and fellowship. It is stacking up to be a good week. The picture above is what my poor computer has to see when I am blogging.

I am wanting to find a hiking companion who lives here in Hillsboro. I enjoy hiking but would rather not hike alone. It is good to have company when your far off the beaten path. I want to hike the trail that starts at Kimball Bend state park. It is 12 1/2 miles long and I could walk it easily in one day. I may have Janie to drop me off one morning on the south end of the trail and come back late that afternoon and pick me up on the north end. If your interested in joining me just drop me an email and we will work out the details. It looks as though I will not be going to hike with my brother in California. He has his train ticket and is all packed to leave for the trail on the 24th of this month. I am thinking about trying for a permit to hike across the Grand Canyon. It is very hard to get a permit and I will have to fax in my request on May 1st. I will let you know if I am successful. I want to hike the Canyon in October for the weather will not be as hot. Janie would most likely stay in a motel in Flagstaff while I spend the night in the bottom of the Canyon. She would drop me off on the north rim and pick me up 2 days later on the south rim. That all depends on getting a permit which is very difficult but it want hurt to try. God bless you.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

12,896 Days

Janie and I have been married 12,895 days. Every single one of those days I have acted like a happily married man. It has not been difficult to do so for I have daily reminders that I am married. I have a ring on my finger. I have clothes which were formerly dirty that every day show up in my closet which I did not clean nor put there. Janie will just not let me forget that I am married so every day I have remembered and acted accordingly. There has never been a day in the past 12,895 that I was ashamed of or tried to hide the fact that I was a married man. I have been a born again child of God for some 16,986 days. I just wish that I had acted like I was a child of God all those days. I wish that I could say that I had never forgotten that I was a christian. I wish that I could say that there was never a day in the past 16,986 that I was ashamed of or tried to hide the fact that I was a saved person. Why has it been so difficult to remember that I am bought with a price and am not my own? Why would I ever be ashamed of the one who died for me? Why have I treated my Lord and Savior so badly when every day He feeds me and cares for me. He sustains me and provides for my every need yet I give him a half hearted service. Lord, I am not worthy of the least of thy blessings.
Tomorrow we celebrate Easter. Jesus is alive and He doeth all things well. I am looking forward to the services tomorrow. Click on the link in the right hand column and listen to our broadcast live. The picture is one I took of our auditorium from the sound room. It is the view that my son and his family see when they watch our services via SKYPE. God bless you.

Family Gathering

We had a large gathering of the Taylor family today to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday (pictured here with 6 of his 10 great grand children). I got up extra early that morning and drove over to Elkhart to help my daughter with her taxes. We got that worked out and I took the cake with me back to the birthday party. The cake was lemon flavored and was really good. My daughter's mother-in-law made the cake. My grandson wanted to take a walk this afternoon and so with the four grand kids and my son-in-law, Scott, in tow we took about a one mile walk. It was fun and I got to hear my son-in-law's interesting stories about his job as a substitute Teacher. Such stories would cause me to home school my kids if I had school age children. Janie and her sisters pooled there money and got their father one of those digital picture frames. I spent much of the afternoon loading it full of pictures. He seemed to really enjoy it.
I will spend my Saturday getting ready for Sunday. There are some phone calls I must make so will go to the office in the morning. Janie wants to buy me a shirt for Easter so will probably do some shopping tomorrow afternoon. God bless you.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Private Birthday Party

We had a quite, private birthday party for my father-in-law this evening. Tomorrow will be the real celebration with about 20 people present. He was craving a German chocolate cake so Janie got him one and put a candle in the middle which he extinguished without any problem. We let him open a couple of presents after we cut and served the cake.

Earlier this afternoon we took Janie's uncle Trenton to a meeting of the members of the rural electric coop (pictured). It is a big deal with a big turnout of people. They have free BBQ and a chili cook off. Lots of entertainment and door prizes. It is an annual event and since he is on the board of directors he wanted to be there. We had a good time. I got a phone call while there from one of my church members that the mother of the child we had some problems with Wednesday night wanted to talk to me. I pray that I will be able to help her. God bless you.


Things did not go just real smoothly tonight at church. I was called out of my adult class to see about a problem with one of the kids we picked up with the Bus. Then about half way through the class Janie was called out of the adult class to help with a problem with the same kid. I did not get an accurate count of how many kids we picked up but I would guess about 35.
Janie is driving right now and we are almost to her parents house. I let her drive the second half or our three hour trip so I could get some work done. It is about 12:30 a.m. right now and I will be taking my father-in-law to the doctor at 9:00 this morning. Afterward I will probably try to get some more work done. It does not look like I will be taking a day off this week, just too much work to be done. The picture is of the bridge we crossed over at Kimball Bend where the Hiking trail was. God bless you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Friends are good things. This picture is of our newest friend. Janie and I met her at the nursing home that we visit every Monday morning where she works in the cafeteria. I was having trouble with my voice and she brought me a glass of water. We were at Wal-Mart in the check out line when our new friend came up and greeted us. She seemed so glad to see us some where besides where she works. She takes a break from her work to sit in on the services each Monday morning. She is a very caring and sweet person we count it a blessing to have her as a friend.
We had a good Bible study this morning and I had a good visit at "The Legends" this afternoon. I have the sermon for Sunday typed up and lack just a few finishing touches and it will be ready to go. Tomorrow will find me driving the bus and teaching the adult class from the book of Philemon. After taking the kids home on the bus Janie and I will head for Henderson where I will take her dad to the doctor's office and she will take her mother over to Tyler. We will celebrate my father-in-law's birthday on Friday and then return to Hillsboro. God bless you.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Janie and I took a short hike today. We went over to Kimball Bend which is an old ghost town that has been made into a state park. There is a 12 1/2 mile hiking trail that starts there and we hiked for just a little ways down the trail. These pictures were taken on our outing. I plan to take a day sometime soon and hike this trail.

It was a good visit at the nursing home today. The service went very well. I got some work done on the sermon for Sunday. I read the text in Greek and checked the definition and translation of the words. I am putting together an explanation of the word Holy as used in Revelation chapter 4. With a firm grip on the meaning of this adjective one would have to agree with these angelic creatures God is Holy, Holy, Holy.
Tomorrow we have the Ladies Bible study here at the house and then after lunch we will be visiting a lady who has just moved here and is living in an assisted living facility. She called the church and asked to speak to with the pastor. I called her back and arranged to meet with her. Her mother and father use to be members of our church years and years ago. God bless you.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Prisoner of Hope

I am a prisoner of hope. Hope has captured me. Our nation faces serious problems. Things are changing quickly and many around me are apprehensive even worried. I know the future of planet earth and there is coming a time of peace that the world has never known. My personal future is bright and I long to see it unfold. You see I know the King of Kings and nothing that men do will stop Him from coming again. My friend you can be a prisoner of hope too. Real hope is found in Jesus Christ the Lord. This Sunday the Christians of this world will celebrate the great hope that is found in a Savior who is very much alive today and will always be.

I preach at the nursing home in the morning and then will go to the bank and the post office. Then Monday afternoon will find me working on the sermons for next week. I will get some computer programing done, hopefully, tomorrow night. There have been some computer related projects that I have been putting off for quite some time and so before I forget how to program I will get to coding. We will be in Henderson on Thursday and Friday this week. Janie's parents have doctor appointments on Thursday and though his birthday is Thursday we will not celebrate my father-in-law's birthday until noon on Friday at what is sounding like a fairly large gathering of family. He will be 85 years old. I don't think I mentioned it but Janie did find her an Easter dress and a pant suit (pictured above is Janie modeling her pant suit for her mother). The other picture is of Janie showing her father the clothes that her mother bought on their Friday shopping spree. God bless you.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


We slept late this morning, a thing not often done. We went by and visited with my mother for a little bit and then headed to Canton, Texas. The picture above is one I took while we were visiting mother. I gave her a lesson on how to use her new satellite dish and I hope she want have any problems. I gave her a final exam after the lesson and she nearly passed it.

Janie wanted to get a Marine Corp flag for her father's birthday and there is a place that sells them at the trades day. There were many many people at the Canton First Monday Trades day and the traffic was really bad. We both enjoy the trades day at Canton. There is a lot to see and there is a place that sells home made ice cream which is my favorite stop. We usually have a cup of ice cream right before heading back to the car. The picture below is one I took today of Janie at one of her favorite booths.

Tomorrow is the Lord's day and we will spend it worshiping Him. The sermon will be from the book of John and will be the last one in that series. I have preached 116 sermons from the book of John. I have not finished the sermon for Easter Sunday as yet but have a good start on it. It will not be primarily about the resurrecting of Jesus, though that subject will come up. I have entitled it, at least for now, "Holy Holy Holy."
Well its off to bed now. I will be up at 6:00 am talking to my Lord. God bless you.

Friday, April 3, 2009


The day has gone well. I started my day with Bible reading and then took out the trash for my mother-in-law. Janie took off with her mother to Tyler and they plan to do some shopping while there. I have spoken to Janie a couple of times and they are having fun. I had my mother-in-law afraid that I would "get" her if she did not make sure that Janie bought herself an Easter dress. Janie handed her the phone after giving me instructions to tell her I was not serious. Janie wears a size 6 in a dress and she is tall and not petite. It is hard to find stores with that size of dress and in a style that she likes. I hope she finds one.

I went to the bank for my mother-in-law and then went by to see my mother. The shingles are looking better and she was taking a nap when I arrived. She feels fine and we had a good hour visit. The picture above is one I took of her as I was leaving her house today. I think I may have mentioned in an earlier blog that she carpeted and painted both her front and back porch and they look really nice. I stopped by to visit for a few minutes with my brother, Steve. He and Ralph are going hiking tomorrow. Steve was sitting on the porch looking at a map of the PCT. We looked at the sections he and I have hiked together which amounts to 78 trail miles. I enjoyed hiking with him and hope I well be able to do it again soon.

After having lunch with my father-in-law I finished typing the sermon for Sunday and then worked on the sermon for Sunday night. With that finished it was break time so I had a nice 1 hour walk. This picture is of a pond that is about 1/2 a mile from my in-laws. It was a beautiful day for a walk. Well blogging is not what I am suppose to be working on right now so I better get back to the prospectus. God bless you.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I spent today with my mother. She had me to go and get her a new TV. She had said she wanted a 19 inch TV and so that is what I got her. After setting it up she thought it was too small so I boxed it back up and exchanged it for a 26 inch. She liked that one much better. I also called and signed her up for satellite TV. They will come out Saturday and hook that up then she will be able to have hundreds of channels where she only has 3 now.

Janie spent the day with her dad in Tyler. It was a long day for them with little to nothing to eat until they got home. I worry about Janie spending a long day without eating. She said she did get some peanut butter crackers out of a vending machine at the hospital and that kept her from starving.

We have a family plan with our cell phones. On our plan I have a phone, Janie has a phone, both my daughters have phones and one of my son-in-laws has a phone. It is hard to keep track of them all. The benefit for me is that at least one of these five phones at any given time is eligible for an up grade. I usually steal the up grade for myself and that way I get a more up to date phone and pass mine on to someone else. I up grade my phone today with one that has a better camera (3 mp) and a large touch screen. I like it and it does take good pictures. It only took a few minutes to get the blue tooth connection to working with my laptop. The picture above is the first one I took with the new phone while we were at the phone store. This second picture is of Janie's uncle and her mother visiting out in the driveway. He had been taken to the doctor by Jaine's sister and had stopped by for a quick visit.
Tomorrow I will spend the day working on my doctoral prospectus. It is getting really close to being finished and then after proof reading and corrections it will be ready to turn in. It is back to Hillsboro on Saturday via a stop in Canton to pick up a present for my father-in-law's birthday. I am trying to talk my brother, Steve, into starting a blog and I hope he will. If he does I will put a link on my blog so you can check it out. God bless you.