What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mother's Day & Birthday

By Creg

This 1st class raft will have the comfort of used carpet.

"Are you sure all of us can fit on it."
Chelsa's 41st birthday request was for us to build a raft to float down our river. If you know Chelsa at all you know that this was not anything unusual for my outdoorsy, fun-filled wife. Her previous requests have included a chicken-plucker, & a greenhouse.

So, we bought the plywood, 2x4's & barrels & started to work.

"All done. Now, how do we move it."

 The original 4 ft x 8 ft plan seemed a bit too small for 6 sailors so we bought more lumber & added 2 sections to make it a 6 ft x 10 ft floating deck with four used vinegar barrels wired to each corner.
"Should I just back up real fast & slam on the brakes?"

 It turned out to be quite a bit heavier than we had initially planned, so we used the tractor to get it to water, and with a 55 gallon barrel at each corner it was indeed sea-worthy. 
"Is that a snake?"

 My dad gave us 4 paddles that he had been keeping for a while; 2 of which I remembered using in the pool with our inflatable raft from my childhood. We also had a long wooden pole to push off from the bottom of the river, Huck Finn style. Later my dad found a trolling motor in his garage which fit perfectly on our raft. It works great, but don't plan on going in a straight line. Evidently a rectangular water vessel tends to veer to one side when propelled, so we travel in an s-shaped snake-like pattern down the river. What a blast. Chelsa loves it.

For Mother's day my mom, Granny Kay, had the kids make a poster quilt with one square each. It turned out wonderful. Nothing makes a great gift like a homemade creation where everyone has a part. Happy Mother's Day & Birthday, we love you.
Can you tell what our kids think of their mom?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sterling is 15

By Creg

Sterling holding his Veggie Tale notebook we made for him when he was 3 with his dinosaurs posters in the background.

From Veggie tales to Pixar movies to dinosaurs to Star Wars to Pro football & back again. Sterling has grown in leaps & bounds the last 15 years. 

His first memories are as a little boy who loved Jimmy & Jerry Gourd from Veggie Tales. He spent many days creating his own world with all of the characters from that series. The movies "Toy Story", "Bug's Life", "Monster's Inc.", and "Finding Nemo" took his interests to Lenny the binoculars, Heimlich the caterpillar, Harley (the yellow monster with a big mouth & no arms), & Bloat the blow-fish. He always seemed to find a minor character to be his favorite. And since they rarely made toys of those "in the crowd" personalities, we spent hours making our own figures for him to play with. It was great.

Later his fascination turned to dinosaurs and he read everything he could get his hands on. We took a vacation with Granny & Pa King to Glen Rose several times to see the dino tracks and Creation Museum. Then his older sister, Sierra, got him into football and he played 2 years with the home-school Jr.High team here in Abilene, leading the team in tackles & sacks.

Now he helps us out with whatever job we're doing, takes care of his 3 turtles, 4 frogs When he's at Granny's house he loves to watch "The Andy Griffith Show", "Pawn Stars", and Animal Planet. He also takes care of all the chickens on our farm and runs the power point during worship at Hope church of Christ. We're proud of him.