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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Colorado Adventure

By Creg
     For the last several months we have had quite a few big & hard jobs. To reward our kids for doing such a good job of working hard we decided to take a trip to Colorado. We stayed at my relative Deanna's house in Colorado Springs. When we first got there late Tuesday afternoon we went straight to The Garden of the Gods to do some hiking and rock climbing. Wednesday we went to Denver to spend the day at the Museum and eat at Casa Bonita. The restaurant was amazing with cliff divers, shoot-em-up cowboys, & a seemingly endless maze of tunnels & caves. Not to mention all-you-can-eat mexican food, including sopapillas.
      Thursday we went to Canon City to go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. We all had a blast. Friday we went with Deanna to Cheyenne Mountain to hike some of her favorite trails. It was a beautiful day & we loved every minute of it.

At the Mayan exhibit in the Denver museum

Samantha & Steele looking over the Arkansas River & Royal Gorge

Resting on our hike at Palmer Park
Rafting down the Arkansas River
Here comes some more whitewater
Garden of the Gods
Enjoying the hiking & scenery
A diver at Casa Bonita Restaurant
Hiking at Palmer Park
Steele going vertical barefoot

Steele & I took the river route up Cheyenne Mountain. We found a lot of flakes of Pyrite (Fools Gold)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Michael's Baptism

By Creg
Michael getting baptized
 We met Michael a couple of years ago at Faithworks, where he was known as mighty Michael with the mighty appetite, and we became friends. He is a hard worker who doesn't have trouble finding a job, just trouble keeping one, because his demon would always come back at the worst time. He's been trying to break his drug addiction for most of his life, going through various programs & counselors. He knew he needed something different.

People from HOPE Church praising God for his rebirth
April 20th at Jacob's Dream on the ACU campus is when Michael started something different. After a lot of studying, prayer & sharing his testimony at church, Michael decided to give his life to Jesus & be baptized for the forgiveness of his sins so the Holy Spirit could come live in him.

He knows his addiction is not gone, and there will still be struggles ahead, but now he has the power to deal with them by giving them up to God for healing.

On July 10th Michael graduated from the Serenity House for recovering addicts. His story keeps getting better.