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
It is December 31st, 2015, the last day of the year. This has been a very eventful year. We sold our old house, lived in an apartment for a while and then moved into another house all in this year. We are back home in Del City where we belong. I often have people ask me why I would live here but I guess it is hard to explain. Not all of Del City is “the hood”. I live in a nice area, things are close by and I am only four driving miles to downtown Oklahoma City. I live less than a half mile from a Walmart Supercenter. This is usually where someone chimes in to give me condolences but I really like Walmart.
We got more house than we were looking for and it was cheaper than we expected. I live about 200 yards from my junior high school. I’ve been a lot of places over my lifetime with the Air Force and I have to say that it is a great feeling to be home. My kids are now grown and living on their own. I miss them being around but life is the way it is supposed to be. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I have to say that we are going to lose some weight and lots of it. The timing of being at New Years is only because with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas being back to back, everyone is giving us food and it is very tough losing weight with all of that going on.
I have another goal this year and that is to get my radio antenna up. It has been down for more than two years. I’ve let my ham radio hobby go by the way side for so long because of our living situation. Anyway, twenty fifteen has been a good year for us.
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.
It is hard to imagine that it is twenty fourteen. Last year started out on a pretty good note, and with the exception of a few stressful times due to government furloughs, it was a good year. I lost 55 pounds within three months. While I gained 23 of it back over the rest of the year, I am convinced that this year I will complete my weight loss. Most of this gain back was due to the many get together events we had during the year plus our vacation to New Mexico. This is going to be a great year that has great potential.
With the furloughs we considered selling our home and downsizing, but after looking at the incredible success at paying off the mortgage, we have decided to keep it. Since we now know that we are going to keep the place, I am going to finish up the backyard. Over the last two years we started clearing the under brush of the wooded area of our property. We started out burning the wood before being told by the fire department that we can no longer do that. At that point, I stopped clearing the area. I am going to go ahead and finish clearing all the trees that died during the 2011 and 2012 drought. We lost easily 50+ trees and so the yard doesn’t look anything like it did when we moved in.
My wife got a new Chihuahua puppy on Christmas so her name is Navidad (Spanish for Christmas). We call her Navi for short. In this picture you can see my wife holding her last night on New Year’s Eve.
Yesterday we went to see my aunt and uncle in Gene Autry, Oklahoma for the first time in several years. We had an incredible meal, also contributing to my weight gain :). Then we had a fireworks show last night before coming back to Oklahoma City. It was a great time seeing family that we’ve not seen in such a long time. It was like the old times. This morning, my wife and I are watching the Rose Parade on HGTV following their hashtag #HGTVNewYear. So far it looks like 2014 will be at least as good as last year and I am very confident to have this year be even more productive with my weight loss than last year.
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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.
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!
This has been a crazy week and today was no different. Today was our 23rd wedding anniversary and though this is a great milestone, we’ve been in limbo the last few days. Since my Bell’s Palsy diagnosis the past week, we’ve been awaiting tests at the hospital and then the results. My doctor just wanted to make sure that I did not have a stroke. We were not sure what if anything they would find. Well after my last test, Sunday and I decided to go to the Oklahoma State Fair to spend some time on our Anniversary. While I was there, the doctor called me back to give me the results of the tests. He was pleases as I was to find out that all test results were negative and the Bell’s Palsy diagnosis was true. As you can see in this picture of Sunday and I at the State Fair, that I have a half smile. I can almost move my left side of my mouth enough to smile. Today my eyes were doing so much better. It is unbelievable how much better they were with the burning. When we were at the Fair, it was so hot and not a very pleasant experience. I am not sure if it has anything to do with my getting older, over weight, heat, or all of the above but after three and a half hours, I was ready to go. My feet were killing me and I just wanted to sit down. Despite it being rush hour on a Friday, we did manage to get home at a decent time.
I also want to say that St. Anthony Hospital, SaintsOK has the greatest care of any hospital in the Oklahoma City area. They are always so friendly and quick to offer help to their patients. At the admissions office, they were giving people escorts all over the building to show them where to go. I was in the building for 14 minutes today. I had an Echo-cardiogram and the woman, “nurse/PA/doctor/etc” walked me to the elevator that was closest to my car. I did know how to get out of the building but I was impressed by the great care that hospital gives.
The big story here is that God has blessed me enough to give me such a loving, perfect wife for the last 23 years. Sunday is a perfect match for me. I would not trade her for the national debt. She is a great companion and always thinking of others. I aspire to be as giving as her.
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.
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!
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.