Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

It is always exciting when Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive because we get to see family that we don’t see very often.  While my dad is not going to be able to make it this time, we have 12 people scheduled to be here.  I will post some pictures and about the visit once everyone is gone.  I’ve just not been up to posting much lately. Since I’ve changed my policy on avoiding politics or anything controversial on here, there just isn’t much to talk about.  I just don’t want to only post on here when I am upset about something giving the impression that I’m even more of a lunatic than I actually am :).

This should be fun to get to see family because ours is one that likes to have a  lot of humor.  We laugh so hard that our sides hurt and that is just the way our family meetings are.  We use to meet at my grandparent’s house in Wynnewood, OK but since they’ve both past, it is usually my house where we all meet, mainly because we have some room.  Soon my sister will have plenty of room and maybe we can get together over there as well.  I am getting dangerously close to another high weight threshold so I have to be careful this weekend. I do not want to cross that 1,600 pound threshold no matter what happens.  It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend in the 60’s and 70’s so it is perfect for Thanksgiving. It is cool but not too cold.  I hope and wish the rest of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with your family. You don’t have them forever so enjoy the time together.

Happy Veterans Day

Good morning and Happy Veterans Day to all American veterans.  While I am not one of those that spends hours on end posting military this and military that on social networks, I do think it is good from time to time to recognize the military and those that were or are in the military.  It is easy to sit back and be political, demanding action from our leaders but to recognize that when we make these demands, it is the military that are used to enforce these requests.

Sometimes we have leaders that have good intentions with good intent and sometimes we don’t but the military complies with the orders given them regardless of the leader.  The military is expected to drop whatever they are doing at any moment and leave their family to go to a foreign land and fight.  That is just the nature of the job.  We often forget what is expected of them and this is the day that is set aside to recognize those that voluntarily go and fight for us.  For that, I say thank you.

Home Projects

Living Room Door being prepped.

Not only was it Easter today where we got to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, we also did a few projects around the house.  In this picture you can see where we took the front door off, sanded and refinished it.  It was looking a bit rough with the hot sun shining on it and the weather.  We also did some repairs on some walls and ceiling that we’ve been putting off.  It was a very productive day.  My wife managed to get the front flower garden almost complete as well.

We had a short visit with some family today as well.  Easter is without a doubt the most important holiday of the year.  Without Jesus’ resurrection, the entire gospel loses its meaning.  Jesus sacrificed for us and I am very grateful.  I’ve always loved this day and since it was nice weather, it was very nice as well.  Now it is time to wind down and get ready to go back to work.  We are really blessed and give God the glory.

What A Year

It has been a long time that I’ve been able to end the year and say it has been a great year.  I must say that 2013 has been a good year all around.  We seem to be ending the year off with a family that knows God and has good health.  I lost a significant amount of weight in 2013 and though I gained some of it back, this year I plan to lose the rest, putting my weight to normal.  I hope for 2014 to be even better.  Some financial breakthroughs should be the norm in 2014.

The drought of the last two years ended this year with the rain fall increasing to above normal.  The extraordinarily hot summers gave way to a cooler than normal year this year.  Signs are showing that the cooler that normal and wetter than normal times are going to continue.  As I go to work this final day of the year, I expect good things for the future.  Tonight I am going to see some relatives that I have not seen in many years. I have high hopes for a great future with God in control.

Congratulations Marian and Mark


Today was a big day for my sister and new brother in-law.  They got married at 4:00 PM in Lawton, Oklahoma in front of most of the family and many friends.  It would have been better if Marian’s sons and daughter would have been able to come.  I can honestly say that it is great to see her happy again.  She has been through a rough time for the last couple of years and now she is finally happy.  Mark is a good person and we are proud to have him in our family.  He was an inspiration to one of our relatives in their finding Jesus in their life.  It was a great time seeing a lot of the family together again.  They already had a professional photographer so I only took 13 pictures. They were not the best pictures because there were so many people taking pictures that I was having to compete for a spot.


Here is another photo that I took but the lighting is not that great because I was taking it behind about four people from quite a distance.  This photo is shows the happiness they have between them.

There was a special bonus when we had a thunderstorm arrive during the reception with lots of lightning and wind.  We didn’t get back home until nearly 10:00 PM as another line of thunderstorms were moving in.  Over all, it was a great day where everyone was in a good mood.  I am so happy for them and wish them the best of happiness for many many years.

Today is my sister's Wedding

My sister is getting married today and the family is getting together to see it happen.  I am so happy for my sister because she deserves to be happy.  She has been through some rough times and so it is a good feeling to see her happy for once.  She is marrying a great guy that really treats her right.  He is someone we really appreciate in our family.  She already has someone taking pictures for her but I may sneak a few here and there so that I have something to post online.  I will be doing the video for them.  Today looks to be a great day and also an opportunity for the family to be together.

We love you Marian and Mark!

Happy Birthday Dad

My dad's 75th Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated my dad’s 75th Birthday in Del City.  He is doing well and healthy as can be.  My dad has always kept active and does not like to lay around.  I can remember when I was young and still in school, he would not put up with sleeping in all day.  I have learned this lesson from him myself.  We had a great visit yesterday and hope to have many many more.  We usually have a big party for him but this year we didn’t because my sister is getting married tomorrow so we’ll all be there together to see her marriage.  Many people could not afford to meet together that close together.  Not everyone has the money to travel that far just two days apart.  My dad is a good sport and understands.

Good Seeing Old Friends

Last Friday, September 2, 2011, The Del City Eagles played their first football game of the year against the long time rivals, the Midwest City Bombers.  This game was significant in several ways.  Chief among the reasons this game was significant was that Del City was being downgraded to a 5A school from its long time 6A status.  I am not exactly sure of all the details except to say that enrollment has been down over recent years.  This could be due to less people living in the area or it could be less students going to school.  I am inclined to believe that it has to do with the city removing some highly congested apartment complexes that have been a crime problem. Whatever the reason, Del City High School and Midwest City High School are no longer in the same conference.  This has led people to worry that these two rivals may never play again.  I have heard that it may be possible those that schedule these games are leaving provisions to allow them to play out of conference games so they can still play each other.

Some people on Facebook convinced me to go last Friday night for the first time in more than 20 years.  They said that because of the occasion, they would be having an “all-year” reunion tailgate party in front of the school.  I reluctantly went and now I am glad that I did. I have never gone to any of the reunion events because I always felt awkward at things like that.  I met a couple dozen people that I had not seen since I graduated in 1984.  In true fashion, they had music playing from that era.  I really enjoyed myself despite the 100 degree temperatures.  Even my brother managed to go and meet some old high school friends.  I know it was a good time even though we lost the game.  The social enjoyment was more enjoyment than if we had won the game.  Besides, Midwest City Bombers have always been a football power in Oklahoma so we are use to getting beat by them :).

I was surprised by how many people that I recognized and how many recognized me.  I even managed to get a hug or two out of the deal even if his name was Bubba and weighed 500 pounds :)… Just kidding. After this entertaining evening, I will certainly be more inclined to go to one of these events in the future.

Happy Twenty Eleven

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy New Year and hope that you had a good 2010.  This past year has been very eventful for our family and looks to continue into the next year.  We have been blessed in so many ways and owe all the credit to God.  The new year is always a happy time for us as it seems to symbolize a new start.  I have never been one for resolutions because I feel like if I had the will power to start or stop something, why would I wait until New Year?  Anyway, just as Spring seems to be a fresh start, so does January first.  Tonight we will watch the Oklahoma Sooners play the University of Connecticut Huskies in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  I always love watching these games when they come on.  I miss the days when all bowl games were done on New Years Day.  I hope your family has a wonderful start to the new year.

Had a nice Thanksgiving

As we get ready to go back to work and get back to the normal routine we end a long Thanksgiving weekend.  We went to my father in-law’s house in Checotah, Oklahoma where we got to visit with relatives that we have not seen in a while.  In a strange, out of the ordinary trip we found ourselves driving in freezing rain.  We had a very warm 79 degrees on Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving but that night things really changed.  As the front moved in we experienced some lightning and thunder.  The East of us they had some thunderstorms.  When we got up early on Thanksgiving morning to drive to Checotah, it was cold and cloudy.  By the time we were to the East of Shawnee it started raining the rest of the way down there.  Before long we began to see ice forming on the wind shield and on the radio antenna.  By the time we reached Checotah we had a half inch of ice built up on the radio antenna.  We had a nice visit though it was cold and raining keeping us in the house the whole time.

When we came back, I took the opportunity to spend some time with my dad here in Del City.  He has been a bit under the weather but we still had a great visit.  I see my dad frequently but rarely with other family members there so that was fun. We really enjoyed both my wife’s family and my own.  Everyone was in a great mood and no one got into any fights which is nice Winking smile.

Today we find ourselves listening to Christmas music on Pandora.  Currently playing Mannheim Steamroller.

It sort of helps to create the mood of Christmas even though we are still living in a cramped apartment this year.  There is no room for a Christmas tree or any decorations.  That stuff will have to wait until next year when we are in our new home.  It is hard to believe that it will be December in just three days.  Then we’ll only have one month before we can start actions on getting our house built.  It seems like it has been forever and will be two years by the time we get it built.  I can hardly wait to set  up my new ham shack back up.  I had to put all of our gear in storage so that I will have room while we temporarily live in an apartment.

This week I have a class all week long at work so I will not be in my office even though I am at work.  I have several days scheduled off work this month because I have some use or lose vacation time to take.  I love being in that position where I have to take vacation time.  Don’t get me wrong… I love my job but just as anyone will tell you that vacations are not only pleasant, they are needed to relieve stress.  I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving.  It is always a good time here.  Even though it is only 2:30 PM I find my self drowsy since we did not make it to bed until 2:00 AM last night and then I was up again at 6:00 AM.  Hopefully this will help me sleep tonight since I normally have insomnia.

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