jeudi, mai 28, 2009

I'm still doing union business this week. I do like shift work, but it's good to be home in the evenings. The boys and I have been able to throw the football in the yard al most every night.

Christian is no longer in Misawa, Japan. He is now in Okinawa, Japan which is much further south.

I will be off this weekend.


dimanche, mai 24, 2009

Lisa and I started the day by getting up early enough to spend a little morning time on the porch. I had my cup of coffee and Lisa had her diet Coke. It was a nice morning with plenty of doves, mocking birds and other types of birds serenading us. After Lisa headed inside I stayed on the porch with a book. After a little while we all headed to worship services at Bethel.

Worship was good. After church we came home and Lisa made chilli and hot dogs for lunch. I again returned to the porch. Birds were still singing, there was a lot of thunder and a soft rain. On the porch with me was Oakly (Christian's lab), a class of Pinot Noir and a book by Michael Behe. I read for a while, sipped my wine and then to a short nap while it rained. 

This evening, I helped Lisa in the kitchen and now I'm watching Future Weapons (my favourite TV show) and sipping another glass of wine.

Coram Deo,

vendredi, mai 22, 2009

I spent this week on doing union business, so I've been out of the refinery. Any time I am off my normal shift work, I loose money, but this is important business and I hope it pays off.

It's been a long week, and I'm glad to make it to the weekend. My son and I went to the movie this evening. We saw Terminator. It was good. Now I'm home and ready to go to bed.


lundi, mai 18, 2009

I'm off my shift this week on union business. I am not sure how long I will be off-shift, but for now I am working Monday-Friday and will be off weekends. I do like my shift work, so I hope this assignment will be complete in short order.


dimanche, mai 17, 2009

This morning we went to worship at Bethel. The Lord has blessed Bethel with a wonderful pastor, Steve Wright. He is not a man with a very out going personality. He is, by nature a bit shy, but he is a talented preacher and a caring and loving pastor who is truly concerned about the flock that God has placed him over.

His sermon today was a continuation of a series that he has been going through about worship. Two Sundays ago he
 preached on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (i.e. Eucharist), which we celebrate weekly. We are an Evangelical, Protestant congregation that drinks wine during the Supper (just like all Protestants and other Christians before 1864). 

In the South, Baptist are the great majority of Christians and many of our members have Baptist backgrounds. American Baptists are well know for their strong stance against all consumption of alcohol, and since we serve wine (i.e. an alcoholic beverage) at Communion, it is good that the pastor is speaking about wine the way wine is treated in the Bible. Last week he spoke on wine in the Old Testament and this Sunday he spoke on wine in the New Testament. Both sermons have been GREAT.

You can find them here.

Coram Deo,

We had a good week. I was off from work on Thursday and Friday and my Paw-in-law and I went fishing at my Sister's pond on Friday . I caught a 6 or 7 small bass, and he mopped up on bluegill. I through my fish back, but I cleaned the perch and fried them for supper on Friday evening.

On Saturday the boys and I retuned to Longville to visit my folks. My brother, Terry, my bro-in-law, Brian, and my youngest son all did a little fishing. We caught a few bass.

I also picked up my canoe, which had been damaged by Hurricane Rita (I know, that is a good while back). I had assumed that it was totalled, but have never looked at it closely until a few months ago. It has a gash in it, and a buddy at work told me that he thinks he can repair it. So now it is loaded in the bed of a truck and I will bring it to him this week.

While in Longville, I checked out my brothers fiberglass pirogue. I like it. The question is do I want to get a pirogue or a kayak.

At this moment, I am on the porch with a cup of coffee, I'm already dressed for Church, there is soft rain, a nice breeze, and a mocking bird (along with other types) are singing for me as I type. 

Coram Deo,

jeudi, mai 14, 2009

Here are some pictures from last week when Christian and Jessica were home on leave from the Navy.

dimanche, mai 10, 2009

Friday was JB and Christian's last day in Louisianan, so Lisa and I checked the boys out of school a little early, and we all went to Sam Houston Jones State Park for the day. We hung out, fed the ducks, played chase and just enjoyed nature.

Friday evening Sean and his girlfriend, Sarah, came over to see Christian and Jessica. Sean, who is in the Air Force, has not seen Christian in a couple of years, and it was good that he could come here from Shreveport to see his cousin. After the visit with Sean and Sarah, JB and Christian went out to eat.

Saturday morning Lisa and I were up a little after 3 AM. Christian and Jessica had to be at the airport at Lafayette for 5, so that they could catch their flights. Christian flew to JFK airport. He spent the night in New York and caught a flight to Tokyo this morning.

JB flew to San Diego. She is stationed on the Nimitz which is home ported at North Island Naval Air Station (which is were I was stationed long ago when I was in the Navy).

Lisa and I were home from the airport a little after 6 AM and went back to bed. Last night we took the boys to see the Star Trek movie.

This morning we worshipped at Bethel. Pastor Steve preached on wine, as a follow up on his sermon on the Lord's Supper last week. It is a sermon that all evangelicals that believe in abstinence needs to hear.

Happy Mother's Day,

vendredi, mai 08, 2009

Yesterday, was spent around the house with family. Lisa cooked a couple of shrimp dishes. We had some nice size boiled shrimp, which were Cajun spicy (Zatarains) and very good. She also cooked shrimp scampi and angel hair pasta. 

JB, Christian and our youngest son played Risk for a few hours. Morgan and Danny came over and ate with us. Just a normal day at the house.

Ps:  Notice my daughter-in-laws shirt. This young lady from a smal town in PA will be a saying Geaux Tigers in no time.

mercredi, mai 06, 2009

Christian, Jessica, Morgan and I went to Longville yesterday. I fished they did some fishing and visiting with my sister. After spending a few hours in Longville, we brought Morgan to her in-laws in DeQuincy. Her in-laws have miniature donkeys, one of which just had a colt. It was cute. They have a number of birds, a horse, dogs and a dozen or more donkeys. 

That evening Christian and JB went out to eat and MK came came over with a couple of bottles of wine and a lot of computer stuff. He visited with Lisa and me. I downloaded stuff, we talked and drank wine then Christian and Jessica returned. Neither of the ladies would try the wine, which is good, because both bottles were excellent. MK does not drink mediocre wines, which is good anytime he brings a bottle

Today, was a good day. I mostly hung around the house and finished Max Hastings' Overlord. I also went to the gym to watch Christian and Paul S. spar a few rounds. I took photographs, so I will post some tomorrow or the next day.

Christian, JB and my youngest son played Risk until it was his bed time. Then Woody came over with a bottle of Makers Mark and we sat around the table talked and sipped a little bourbon. Now everyone has gone home or to bed, and I am going to do the same.

In Christ,

mardi, mai 05, 2009

Woke this morning, watched a little news and ate breakfast, then I went to the porch with coffee and my book (Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, 1944 ). I read, and drank coffee while the birds sang their morning songs for me. I wish I could start every morning this way.

I've been reading Overlord (by Max Hastings) off and on, along with a number of other books, for a while. It's the second book by Hastings that I've read and is very good. MK resently read Hasting's is Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 and he raved about it. The firt of Hasting books that I read was Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45. It is one of the best books on WWII that I've ever read.

JB, Morgan, Christian and I may go to Longville shortly. I don't know. We will see how the day progresses.


dimanche, mai 03, 2009

I worked graveyards last night and when my shift was over I then started vacation at 5:30 this morning when I walked out of the refinery. I then went to bed and slept until 9:30. I then got up and got ready to attend worship services at Bethel.

It was great, because our whole family was there this morning. Morgan and Danny, Jessica and Christian along with Lisa, the boys and me. Pastor Steve had a good sermon on worship. I preached on the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

This inspired me to write on the subject on my As I See It blog. It is a bit tongue-in-check.

After church we went to eat and then came home. Lisa took a nap, the kids did their thing and I went to the porch with a book, read for a while and took a nap there myself.

Now I'm going to bed and watching the Military Channel.

Coram Deo,