It has been a month since I last blogged. I plan to do much better next year. This year my doctoral thesis took up most of my time the first five months. My son and his family came in for the summer June through August and that took up the next three months. By the time September arrived I was out of the habit of blogging. October and November my clerking responsibilities for both our local Baptist association and our State Association required my undivided attention. Now Christmas is upon us and all the activities which it brings keeps me busy. I shall get back into blogging in January if the Lord be willing. God bless you.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|Fall colors at the church Tuesday this week|
|Our speaker for the evening at Taco Tuesday, outstanding!|
My mother called me yesterday and seemed to be in such good spirits. She had made a baby blanket and wanted us to give it to one of our grandbabies. We plan to go by and see her tomorrow or maybe Friday. It is always good to hear her sounding happy and upbeat. God bless you.
Monday, November 5, 2012
|The roof and siding have worked! No leaks!|
|This picture makes me want to get Janie a cat.|
Tomorrow is election day and though we have already voted we will watch the news with great anticipation. We have an outreach program for college students on Tuesday nights and it usually finishes by 7:00 so after that we will start our election day TV marathon. God bless you.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
|2 benches for Stacie, painted by Janie|
|We stopped by Canton on our way to see mother|
|Our Wed. 5:00 class studying the book of Revelation|
The sermon I will preach in the morning is from Psalm 128 on the subject of "The Fear of The LORD." I love to preach the Word of God! The clocks have been turned back and I am using the extra hour to blog.
I visited my mother on Thursday and she was doing very well. She was a bit disturbed about the nursing home people fussing at her about going for a walk down the road. They told her she was not to leave the nursing home property by herself. Mother does not like to be fussed at or even be told what to do. I suppose, to some extent, that is true of us all.
|Mother having supper at Ralph's trailer house|
Our church has 2 adult classes on Wednesday nights now. We started a new class at 5:00 for those who do not like to get out after dark. Both classes have been very well attended and studying through the book of Revelation is always exciting.
God bless you.
Friday, October 26, 2012
|Mother's lap quilt|
|My Mother (picture taken today)|
I told mother all about my hiking trip with Steve and then took her out for lunch. I gave her a tour of Kilgore showing her where I went to college and where she went to church the Sunday that Peggy came to see her. I think she likes going for a ride. When I said good bye I gave her a hug and I could tell she really wanted to get back to that quilt. I love it when mother gives me a smile.
|Janie plying her skills baby sitting while I plied mine plumbing|
Janie and I find that it is often the case that our projects take a back seat to those of others. We have much work to do at the cottage and at the parsonage yet it just seems right to put the needs of others ahead of our own. My father criticized me once for not finishing projects that I started. I pointed out to him the things that I had done instead of finishing my projects all of which were things to help someone else. He called me later and apologized for being so critical of me. It was the first time in my life that he ever apologized to me. He had never had the need before. I think that he realized that I was doing what he had taught me to do. Our yard, our house, our car may not be as finished, clean, and nice as everyone else but I am content knowing that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive. God bless you.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
At the bus Station in Dallas
A rest stop along the way
Palm Trees in California
The bus stop in Palm Springs
Steve and his friend Dave at the trail head
One of many stops on the trail to rest and take care of our feet
One of many incredible views along the trail
Taking pictures becomes less of a priority the more tired you get
Heading to the mountain peak you see in the distance.
I laid down for a while to rest while Steve went off trail to refill our water bottles.
We stopped after 8 miles for our first camp. The food was good.
We slept out under the stars the first night. The bugs were not a big problem. The temperature was about 55.
Steve posed for a picture Sunday
My turn to pose. We were feeling great this our second day on the trail. By the end of this day we were both badly dehydrated and I drank throughout the night 1 liter of Gatorade and 2 liters of water.
12 miles from where we had started 4 miles from where we had camped.
More vista pictures before I run low on battery. I took my solar charger and it worked very well charging the battery while I walked.
I was in bad shape here and did not know it. Dehydration was setting in.
4 more miles all up hill to water. By the time we got there my bottles were empty.
Steve pointing the direction home. We got water and camped at Apache Spring were we had to filter water from the spring.
Back on the trail and rehydrated Monday found us hiking through the trees. Still a lot of steep climbs.
I only took pictures when I was feeling good. The shade of the trees help.
One more of many stops to rest from a steep climb.
A real pretty section of the hike.
We are going around that rock.
At Cedar Spring to refill our water and drink plenty. We did not filter this spring water it was clear and cold. Our next water would be from a creek which we did filter.
Here is where we exited the trail to hike down to Idyllwild.
We spent the night in this cabin. A hot shower after 35 miles and 3 days on the trail was wonderful.
These two young ladies gave us a ride to our hotel. We had no cell phone signal at all. The hotel would come and pick us up but we could not call them.
The tree next to our cabin. I slept very soundly that night!
Out front of the hotel.
We had pizza for supper and for breakfast the next morning. This picture is of fried pickles I had with my hamburger at lunch.
Waiting for Dave to pick us up. We enjoyed walking around Idyllwild visiting the shops and stores.
Dave and his wife whom we took out to eat in Banning where they live. A real sweet couple!
The view on our way to Dave's house.
We ate brunch with Dave then he waited with us for the bus to arrive. This windmill farm is at the station in Palm Springs.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Visited with my mother and my sister Peggy on Saturday|
|Helped my Son-in-law hook up with some electrical work on Wednesday|
|Janie played with Naomi while I helped Naomi's daddy|
|Missing this one and the 11 others|
|Janie and her mother tending to her Uncle Trenton's grave|
|Getting my hiking gear sorted out for next weeks trip to the PCT.|