Can you believe it is already 2016? This year went pretty quick and was also a great year for us. It was nice to have a year where most things went well and everyone had great health. I am very thankful for the year we had in 2015 and look forward to an even better year in 2016. God has been so good to us and has blessed us in so many ways. I pray that all of our family and friends will have great health and prosperity in 2016. Even more importantly they will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. After all, you can earn money until your dying day but when the day comes to spend eternity, none of it will even matter.
I am thankful to God for allowing me to come to Jesus in 1986, 30 years ago when I had no direction in life. I’ve made more than my fair share of bad decisions and thankfully God is good enough to forgive them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 KJV
I may not have everything this world has to offer but I have even better with the saving grace of Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for my personal sins. I can’t think of anything better than that.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 KJV
You too can have that assurance by believing in the gospel that is that Jesus’ death on the cross saved all of us that have faith and believe.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 KJV
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. It is days like this that make me miss my mom so much. My mom went to be with Jesus on February 24th, 2005. She was a great mom and to this day has an impact on my life. My mom was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico (Fair Acres) and met my dad while he was stationed at Holomon AFB near Alamogordo, New Mexico. She moved back to Oklahoma City when he finished his time in the Air Force in 1962 though her heart was always in New Mexico. She sacrificed and moved here for my dad and lived the rest of her life here. She did not like people taking her picture and I honored her wishes but have found that by doing that, we have very few pictures of her. Those that I do have are priceless. While I look pretty scary in that outfit :), the fact that my mom is in it, makes it worth more than all I have. While my beautiful wife Sunday is the new woman in my life, my mom will always be in my heart. I love you mom!
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.
I just wanted to wish my beautiful wife a wonderful happy birthday. She has been a wonderful part of my life for more than 20 years. My wife has been an incredible influence on those that she touches because she always puts others before her. I aspire to be the giving person that she is. She is such a giving person that I am so blessed to have her as my wife. I love you Sunday.
The last few months I have been posting about selling the house. Today, July 30, 2010 we closed on the sale of our house. This photo was taken at 9:00 AM this morning, just two hours before turning the keys over to the new owner. This was our first real home and a bit sad to move but also allows for a greater opportunity of a better home. This was the house that we moved into when we came back from the Air Force in 1999. We now live in an apartment in Midwest City for the next year while our house is being built. For those of you that know us personally, our phone numbers are the same and this web site will remain. Our kids spent most of their childhood years in this house. We have been so busy trying to get the house in sellable order. Also we have been just as busy at work preparing for some very important meetings. With all this going on, I have not had a lot of time to post on this blog.
I can say that my wife and I have been over our heads in work with a new project every day. If anyone has ever needed a vacation, it is us. If you are considering selling a house, be prepared for a lot of work and patience. Looking back, it went relatively smooth though a lot of stress. Now that the sale is complete, we can finally catch our breath.
I will continue to post on this page in the future despite my lack of activity in the last few months. Now we have a lot of things to put away. What a mess! I hope to be back into a normal pattern again soon. Thanks for continuing to check the page even though I have not been online much.
Last week there was an air show at Tinker AFB. The days prior to the show had the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practicing in the area. I took this photo from my front yard as the Thunderbirds were practicing overhead. As enjoyable as it was to watch, it was very humid making it very uncomfortable to sit out for a long time. I took many photos like this one on my Flickr page. If you click on the image, you can see the whole group.
Today, June 24th, 2010 we put the house up for sale. Actually we did on June 21st but the sign was placed in the yard today. We have worked for a long time to get it ready to sell so we can move to another place. This is a mixed feeling moment since we have been in this house for the last 11 years. On the other hand, we are very excited. It has been so hot and humid that it has been very uncomfortable to work. Let’s just hope that it sells fast. It has been a long journey to get here.
I guess it is that time again. The photo above shows the temperature as 109 degrees while the National Weather Service only listed the high as 105. Oklahoma gets a little of both cold and hot. This is fairly common temperatures to get in summer though it only happens about two weeks each year. The average high on the hottest day of the year is 94 degrees though we have periods of much warmer like this. Just thought I would share this.